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Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Lilly is Single.

"Lilly is Single"
Original Oil on Canvas

     Pretty Lilly here was the first painting that I did in the Nancy Medina workshop.  This also means that it is one of my very first oil paintings, done with a brush, and also done using fresh flowers as a model.  I chose this single big and full beauty very carefully, anticipating what kind of challenge I was up for.  I remember my heart was racing and I was beginning to sweat a bit.  I think that came from being among so many artists.  I know I began to compare myself to all the others before there was even a need to compare.  At the end of the day, I was unhappy with it, so I took it to my hotel room and continued to work.  I haven't had time to work on it until now, but I think a few days to soak in my training helped.  I've made lots of changes and I do love this one now!  My husband made the comment, that the glass looked just like a glass of water!  What more could I ask for? I am pleased with the sharp focal area and the subtle color changes within the painting. I think Nancy would really approve of my painting.   What about you?  Do you think the glass looks like it has water in it?  

Friday, April 25, 2014

Sunshine and Dreams

"Sunshine and Dreams"
Oil on Archival Panel

     This painting was started on the last day of the Nancy Medina workshop.  We only had a few hours in the afternoon to paint, and the challenge was to paint a still life (from fresh flowers) with a clear vase.  The previous days were spent painting just a single flower, so this was a real challenge for me.  I carefully selected the flowers and arranged them, while contemplating whether or not I thought I could "do it".  Nancy sped through, kept pushing us to complete the steps in lightening speed.  I remember breaking out in a sweat a few times, in panic mode.  Finally, I had to just let intuition kick in and just "go for it".  I didn't complete it that day, rather got about 70% finished.  I brought it home and looked at it for a few days, wondering what to do.  Late one night, I decided to just "go for it" again.  I'm more than pleased!  My flowers are rich and my vase sparked with water!  I had to title it Sunshine and Dreams because of coarse the flowers name themselves and the dreamy feeling that it gives me causes me to anxiously await summer.  Can you think of a better title?  

     This one won't be going to Deep Creek Art Festival tomorrow.  It's not dry enough to varnish, but is up for grabs.  Follow the link above for buying information.  

Thursday, April 24, 2014


16x20 Oil on Archival Panel

     This one is a real beauty!  I painted this while taking a workshop by Nancy Medina.  We learned to paint from fresh flowers, and it was such a joy!  I kind of felt like I might be in heaven...the fragrance of fresh cut flowers along with a brush in my hand.  Oh my!  Nancy is a fantastic teacher, and I learned so much.  I feel that this painting speaks from my personality.  It's focused in the middle and rough on the edges, kind of like me.  I love the contrast and the sheer beauty of this full hydrangea.  What about you?  

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Art Festival

You are invited
Deep Creek Art Festival
April 25th 6-9 pm
April 26th 10-4 pm

Come by my booth and register for a 
FREE door prize!
Mention that you saw my blog and get an 
EXTRA entry!

     There has been so much preparation and anticipation for this event!  My studio is full of all sorts of pieces in all sorts of stages, from the beginning to the end.  I've begun boxing things up all nice and snug for the trip over to Snyder.  The family affair of trying to get a booth built has been an experience, to say the least.  My body is sore from climbing and bending, but it is almost finished.  Now, I await in great anticipation for some things that I've ordered just especially for this show.  There will be a variety of pricing and a variety of media from oil and cold wax, to inks, and watercolors.  Come on out and enjoy the fun!  

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Little Hummer

"Little Hummer"
Alcohol Ink on 6" Tile
Contact me for Purchasing Information

     Although I haven't posted on my blog in a few weeks, I have been a busy bee.  I got accepted into the Deep Creek Art Festival,  in Snyder, TX.  I've never done a show, and so have had lots and lots of decisions to make, including making a booth, finishing pieces, and creating pieces.  This is one of my latest creations.  I have wooden boxes that hold these tiles.  I can't wait to get them in.  I love little hummers, and they have started coming to our back yard.  We can't feed them yet, due to the horrific wind.  I think I would have sticky juice all over everything!  I plan to do a few more hummers over the next few days.  I'm also going to travel down to the hill country and enjoy some solitude and solid painting with an artist that I've admired for a few years, Nancy Medina.   I'm so excited to refresh, meet new friends, and learn some new techniques.  The show is April 25th, from 6-9 pm, and the 26th from 10 am until 4 pm; all at the coliseum.   Stop by my booth and sigh up for a FREE drawing!