Friday, December 19, 2014

Dog Days Still

I am still on the quest for the perfect
dog.  This one reminds me of the dog my step-brother had....a friendly pooch called "Lady"
that loved to chew your shoes!
I played with the idea of collage but decided just to use the collage paper on the background .
I may still add a few layers of paint to the dog to add some reflected background colors. but I am off to a good start with the acrylic paints .

There will not be a lot of art time this week since I am getting ready for the holidays and a visit from family....so my artistic creations may have to come from the kitchen!

MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL AND MAY 2015 BE A GREAT NEW YEAR FOR EVERYONE.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Gone to the Dogs


 With cooler and wetter weather I have painted indoors
more recently and experimented with mixed media to
try different approaches to creating the texture of doggie
fur.  I have used collage papers, light molding paste and
application of other texture scraps that I have retained
for mixed media collage.  Some animals really lend themselves
to using the texture.  I previously used some of these techniques
when I painted some sheep.



It is another fun option to try when you paint your favorite furry friends.

  I have to admit I am a dog person so I have enjoyed working on these pieces.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Something to do while waiting for the Plumber

What a day!  It is hurry up and wait!

I was trapped at home waiting for the plumber
who was good enough to work me in his
schedule today....so that means waiting.....
since I didn't know when he would be here.

That gave me a full day to paint so I should not complain.  I had a nice 22 x 22 canvas that I had
primed with wonderful orange and gold paints.
I was not sure where I was going with this new
canvas.
I decided to add texture and collage then to work
with some ideas as the values appeared on the canvas.  I may still need some additional small
changes to the painting and paint the sides of this wrapped canvas but I was pleased with the results
thus far.

Oh, the plumber did get by to assess the problem but it looks like it will be another day to resolve the
problem.  Guess I will have another day to paint!

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Plein Air October

October can be the best month for painting,

THAT IS IF YOU PICK THE BEST DAYS!!!

This week I painted plein air on a day with the sun shining and
temperatures in the 80's.....then today,

it was a different time, partly cloudy and temperatures in the
mid 40's at the start of the day.

It is important to keep that easel packed and ready to go
so that you can take advantage of the beautiful day when
it happens.
Our color is just past peak so we try to grab all the color that is left to paint this month.
It won't be long before we will have a lot fewer days we can capture the lovely color
on site to paint in relative comfort.  It is always to capture the changing light since
the angle of the sun has really changed and the days with good painting light is less
than during the summer season.

Enjoy the autumn season!


Wednesday, August 20, 2014




What a busy summer this has been with attending workshops,
working with the Double Line Painters to present
paper painting workshops, vacationing with family
and plein air painting!

The above painting was an oil painting which was mostly
done on site at Greenfield Park in Bototourt County.

I am looking forward to seeing a lot of my artist friends and 
art lovers at Lynchburg Art Show at E.C. Glass High School
which is a project ob the Lynchburg Art Club.

Hope to see you there.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Beach Trip to Paint


Just a Wave to Put you in the Beach Mood



It was a Beach Trip of the best kind last week with friends, good food, good weather and a 
wonderful instructor/artist Sterling Edwards at the Sunset River Marketplace Gallery in 
Calabash, North Carolina hosted by the super Gallery owner, Ginny Lassiter.
We had a delightful week of painting  in acrylic exploring numerous ways of
expressing yourself abstractly on canvas and watercolor paper.  



Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Painting with Paper

Get out the rubbing alcohol......gelling down painted papers, again and this is the best to disconnect from the gel medium which I use
and, when using painted papers to paint, I usually wear some of them
for the next few days if I am not careful!


It was interesting to work on this sheep, finding that it is easier to
make to wool lay correctly in the painting, to work with small
pieces of painted papers working from the outside inward.



The Double Line Painters will be doing 2 workshops at Sedalia Center  Artisan Fair  (Bedford County between Bedford and Big Island) on May 31st showing how to make your painted papers and then
use them in a painting.  Hope to see you there.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Don't you just love having inspiration from a Beach Trip?!
It was great to see friends, see the Atlantic again, wiggle my toes in
the sand and eat some delicious seafood.

It was interesting to see the art at Sunset River Marketplace Gallery
and bring new art to the Gallery.
After returning home, I was inspired to paint this ocean inspired abstract.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Spring Painting Adventures

Although the spring weather still is a bit fickle,  our painting group headed to the Blue Ridge Winery to plein air paint. It was a bit cool and a few sprinkles but the joy was being out to paint with friends.

We will be returning to the Blue Ridge Winery in the Eagle Rock area on April 27th for an opening event at the winery joined by a local Eagle Rock artist, musicians and the Wine makers.  It should be a wonderful afternoon.  By then we should have nice spring color to also celebrate.

Monday, March 17, 2014

Painted Papers to Create Interesting Texture and             Movement in Your Paintings

                  
It sure is time for spring.  I am so ready for the warm temperatures, sun
and plein air painting.  In the mean time, I completed the "Man of Style #2"
which is an acrylic/collage painting of a brown pelican.

I have been making my own painted collage papers, using deli papers and
artist tissue papers.  I have torn the papers in small pieces, using directional
tearing to give a depth to the paintings.  This was also used on the
rooster painting  as well.  It is a fun and exciting way to paint and provide depth for the painting.  If you don't like what is developing, just add additional papers or paint over the site you want to change .


Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Winter snows, ice and cold temperatures makes me yearn for the spring days we will have to plein air paint with warmer temperatures and colorful days.
 However, now I make use of studio time to make some art, using and making painted papers, design and prepare new art for spring.  I decided to resume growing the rooster collection.  With some painted papers, I took my rooster works to 2nd Helpings Gallery for a demonstration last week and painting the rooster.  I had an opportunity to see some friends I had not seen for a while and to talk with some new
customers.   Here is what developed during the demonstration, and I call it Caught You Watching!

Today I am off to paint at 2nd Helpings again.  Since we have such a cold/winter forecast and snow of the way I will plan to paint spring spring flowers.

Stay warm, safe and hope we don't get too snowed in!

Sunday, January 12, 2014

New Year....New Painting Opportunities

It is hard to believe that we are well into January of the new year.....it has been a busy time
making some plans for the new year and connecting with our artist friends.  Our painting group
will be providing demonstrations and some special events this year through the Sedalia Center
in Bedford and galleries in the area.

Another fun event and support for this area is the Roanoke Valley SPCA "Best in Show " event which

is being held at the Taubman Museum in Roanoke.  I have a great animal friend that posed for me this summer and her kitty friends which made for subject matter for these paintings.  Have you ever asked
your pet to sit still for a painting........mine would not until they got to be so old, they were no longer subject matter for paintings