Monday, June 3, 2019
This is an experiment I tried that I like, but for a lot of people it is not their favorite! I've always had a problem with being too controlled in my painting and I think this is the epitome of control. So, I keep this one just to remind me not to be that way! I need to loosen up. But, still l look at this painting every day and never get tired of it—for me it's mesmerizing, it lets your thoughts go everywhere and never come to a conclusion. It took me three months because I could only do every other square before I had to remove the tape (carefully), wait for that square to dry and then do another one. Tedious!
Saturday, June 1, 2019
This is a painting I did in Carmel, California one summer when we vacationed there. I didn't have any canvas with me so this was done on heavy cold-pressed watercolor paper that had been sprayed with fixative to keep the paint from soaking into the paper. Then I taped the edges down on a piece of foam board as if I were doing a watercolor. I've done several paintings like this, and I enjoy the feel of oil painting on paper. Plus when you're traveling it's very light and easy to transport. If it won't be too long I put a piece of wax paper on top and slip them into an expanding file folder until I get home. If need be, they can easily be touched up. When I frame them I put them behind glass, just because of the paper.
Monday, October 3, 2016
Friday, July 29, 2016
Monday, April 28, 2014
Felos and Abracadabra - Pastel on Paper 4'x6'
Limes and Coconut - Oil on Canvas 12"x12"
Sunday, February 27, 2011
This is a clay sculpture done with the coil method. It's about 2 feet by 15 inches tall now, but will shrink a bit when fired. I will post the glazed and fired finished product if it makes it through the first firing intact!
Wednesday, September 29, 2010
Saturday, September 25, 2010
Monday, August 16, 2010
Sunday, February 21, 2010
On the heels of a workshop with Carol Marine I took a class from Laurel Daniel - lucky me! Two of the very best painters and teachers in the world and right in my "backyard". I still can't get over it. So, this was my first landscape - our first class was held inside due to rain, but we learned the basics of blocking in that I applied here. It's very simple because I was diligently following the rules...
dark (uprights), lightest light (flat plains) and then in between. I worked the whole class period on it, almost 3 hours, I love it. And my teacher rocks! darkest
This was a fun paintings to do. India was my cat at first, but then ended up living with my daughter Stacy's friend Edie. She (India) is now in cat heaven probably sunning herself in some celestial window. Painting in acrylic makes me wild and this painting shows it - I get a little of that "fauve" spirit in me and I have fun.
When I paint in acrylic my style completely changes and I'm not sure why. It might be that the colors are "edgier", I have trouble mixing them, and they dry a shade or two darker. I paint faster because they dry fast, and by that I mean they get kind of sticky, but they don't dry completely until the next day so you have to wait to see if you like it. Frans has such distinct, chiseled features that they just begged to be painted and I did, albeit, from a photograph taken in 1985. And the eyes were fun to paint - I love to do eyes. I have to thank Tyler Norman, a portrait painter and very good friend I've studied with for my success with eyes - she is a master.
I call this painting "Dark Horse" because I don't know who it is! It's done partly from a photo and partly from memory. I have a thing for eyes and this horse gave me some practice time on horse eyes. It was fun to do and I'm happy with the outcome. I gave it to my friend Jo Anderson who owns Anderson-O'brien Art Gallery in Omaha's Old Town. Jo and I go back years and we had many wild
experiences with our horses and dogs.
experiences with our horses and dogs.
I did this small oil painting from a photograph of two horses I had when I lived on the farm at Rice's Crossing in Texas. They are running in the hayfield having a good time. Felos is an Arabian and Abracadabra is an Arabian cross. Both are fine jumpers.
Friday, February 19, 2010
This is a small painting I did from life for a class with Gladys Poorte, it's very exact, not really how I usually paint, but a nice learning experience, and Gladys was a delightful teacher. The horse is one I sculpted from plasticine clay and the heart is one from my collection as my birthday falls on Valentine's Day. The beads were from New Years Eve 2008, the first year I celebrated New Years as a single woman after 43 years of marriage. The painted blocks were a project I did for myself after a workshop with Susan Sarback—to learn how to see color.
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
This is a study I did for a class with Laurel Daniel. I started it in the classroom, but had to finish it at home so I had to rely on a photo to get the details in. I don't like to paint from photographs because they differ from the view you have when painting from life. The camera tends to flatten the plane so it's important to get the perspective right when you have the actual subject in front of you. I think I accomplished that much and I am fairly happy with the outcome.
Friday, January 22, 2010
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
Red on a Cloud oil on board 8"x10"
Red belonged to three little redheads, Alexandra 11, Emily 8 and Olivia 5 who live in Dallas. They found her at the pound and had to have her when they found out her name was actually "Red". Sadly Red became ill and now is on her cloud in Dog Heaven watching over her three charges. It is said that angel dogs make their way invisibly back down to earth to check on things and we're sure Red does that often.