Personal Art Blog

Sharing the lessons I teach at the Artist Guild and the personal discoveries in my art.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Patina & Peaches




Patina & Peaches
6"x 6" oil on canvas

Artist Note.
I painted this while visiting a
good painting friend, back in August.
I was attracted to the
beautiful patina
on the antique tray.

Preparing the house
AND studio ready to sell
has been a lot of work
but at least this was part of
our own plan.
I really feel for the folk
who have just had their homes
torn apart or flooded in
Florida and Houston.
Getting it all back to normal
will take a huge effort.
I send my true
and warmest blessings to all those
reading this who have been,
 affected. May the future get brighter
very quickly.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Harvey Fundraiser


Bouquet of Hope
8"x8" oil on canvas panel

This is my donation for the 
Daily Paintworks Harvey Fundraiser

Please go to the above link to see 
many, many amazing paintings
 donated
 for this worthwhile cause.


You can specify where you
 want your money to go.

Only a couple of days left on this one.


Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Threesome - Watercolor on Yupo

Threesome
9"x7" watercolor on Yupo SOLD

Artist Note
This a piece from
my Avian show
last November.
I loved doing it.

I am happy to report that
the yard/garage sale went very well.
I was well-prepared, thanks
to the helpful hints from
my blogger friends.

It was even fun... due to
several fabulous friends
who turned up to help
with
laughter and energy.

We didn't have one
difficult customer and
very few "negotiators".
I would say that my
first and last
yard sale
showed me how
really nice most people are.
I feel blessed!


Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Another Mustard and Garlic

Mustard and Garlic
6'x8" oil on canvas  Sold.

Artist Note.

I am so busy I decided to 
re-post an image
from a  previous post 
using the Gray Poupon mustard jar
I have painted it several
times.
This is from Jan 2015.
I find it interesting to see
 the two different approaches.

Still sorting, eliminating or boxing
for either the garage sale
 or keepers.
This is a lot of work!

Thanks for all the helpful hints
on having a garage sale.
All written down for a guideline.
They have given me peace of mind...
well... as much as is possible
at the moment. 
Happy I started the process early,
 but still so much to do.
My classes prevent a full-time focus, 
but also provide a refuge
from it all.

The sale is on Sept 2nd

Nothing as great
as having kind and caring 
blogging friends.
Thank YOU!

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Gray Poupon



Gray Poupon
7x10"  Oil on canvas  SOLD

Artist Note.
The wonderfully versatile artist
came up with 
this weeks
The Daily Paintworks Challenge 
The Name Brand.


I love the Gray Poupon jar
and have painted it several times.
So well known it doesn't need 
more'than a suggestion 
of the name.
To see the other entries
here is a LINK

Have a great week. Think of
me and please send positive energy
as I work on clearing up 
my home studio ready
for the garage sale 
to beat all garage sales.

I have never had one before 
so if any of you have any
helpful tips, please pass them on.



Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Peony Time




Peony Time
8"x 8" oil on canvas panel SOLD


Artist Note.
Cherries and Peonies,
what could be more classic than that?

I always remember what 
Ovanes Berberian
told me...
Paint in  the NOW and not in
the ways of the past.

So did he mean the brown type
or dark backgrounds?
He certainly has never done 
one remotely like a Chardin,
The Dutch School or Rembrandt.

He was true to his beliefs
and I love his colors...but I wanted 
a dark cloth behind these peonies
so
I added the
 non-traditional striped cloth.
I think it gives it a little more
of a contemporary flair.

Going to have a "packing" weekend.
This is just so we empty
the house of too much "stuff"
to get it ready to show.
My studio will take at least a week to tidy up.

Hope you have a wonderful weekend.

Monday, August 7, 2017

Farmers Market - The Red Hat.

Farmers Market - Red Hat

8"x6" oil on canvas panel SOLD
Purchase HERE

Artist Note

Every Saturday morning
the market is right outside 
my downtown studio. 
I have all the reference material
I could ever need.
BUT
this market scene is from a visit to 
Santa Cruz, CA.
I needed those striped awnings!
Personal stuff...
After fabulous 16 years
 in our Las Cruces, NM home 
it is time to move.
Anyone want a beautiful view...
a 1700sq ft studio or workshop.
As well as a 2600 sq ft house?
Oh, yes, and a swimming pool!

 I am going to be one busy lady!

Monday, July 31, 2017

Fig Trio



Fig Trio
6x6' oil on canvas panel  SOLD

Artist Note.
A friend gave me some figs
and I do not think
 I have painted them before.
Surely I would remember
their funky shape.
and coloration.
Yes,...and the striped cloth
is still holding my interest.

It is monsoon season
and the clouds are quite amazing.
It is my favorite season because
the skies are so amazing.
It is possible to see multiple storms
at one time due to the vastness
of the horizon.

We need the rain and we are getting it.
The purple sage is blooming
and the desert smells so fresh.

Thanks for visiting.

Friday, July 28, 2017

Copy of a Mancini.



Copy of a Mancini
 6x8 oil on canvas $150.\
Purchase HERE

Artist Note

Carol Marine
came up with a great
Daily Paintworks Challenge

The idea was a fabulous one...
copy a painting you admire 
and  then do a painting 
using what you learned

details HERE

BUT... after I copied this one 
I found I had no heart to do another.
How can I ever match what this 
guy does - he is brilliant!
Took me forever to do this little urchin!


I saw this piece in a traveling show at the
El Paso Art Museum. 
I took the photo on the left.
 I eye-balled the proportions 
so there are  
several areas that are not quite right.
Doesn't matter - I learned a lot.

I have followed Antonio Mancini's 
work for years.
Sargent was an admirer and has
been quoted as saying,
Mancini
 was the worlds greatest artist

The great Richard Schmid has said
 he, too, was heavily
influenced by Mancini's work.

If you are not familiar with 
his paintings here is a link.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Pitcher & Apricots


Pitcher & Apricots
8"x6" oil on Raymar board  $150.
Purchase HERE

Artist Note.

I think that the striped cloth
adds a bit of zip to this
otherwise ordinary still life.

Priscilla Hoback made this
wonderful pitcher
and it is my first time painting it.
Fascinating discovering
the layers.

Priscilla does amazing work and
you can see some of her large
 animal art pieces
HERE