Monday, March 29, 2010
As a painter, I am very much a realist, but every so often I just do something more impressionistic and then I look at it afterwards and think,"Did I do that?" When I did this canvas, I was playing and being like a child. So here it is; I like the colors a lot. It's a smaller image, about 12x16 in oil.
Friday, March 26, 2010
Afew years ago, An avid horsewoman commissioned me to paint her stallion, Germanicus, who is a Freesian. He is a magnificent animal,huge,black,regal and he lets you know just how special he is. He has a haughty air about him but he can also be very sweet and engaging when you have treats in your pocket. He was a challenge to paint, but I did it and when I presented the work to the owner, she said she had wanted him running, soI had to do it all over again,and this is the result. I did sell the other one too, 2 years after a man had seen it in a gallery. I am available for commissions from other horse owners.
Monday, March 22, 2010
If you live in Texas, as I do, you must go to Big Bend. It IS BIG, and it's beautiful in a rugged way. It can be sunny and hot in winter and then in the next hour, it can be snowing. My favorite time of the day is sunset when the colors are almost too brilliant to believe. In this painting, I am not exaggerating, they are that intense.
the image is 12x24,oil.
Thursday, March 18, 2010
When I was a kid, we had chickens. I loved the sound they make when they are happy and contented , kind of a "kwaaaa,kwa,kwa", sound is how I would describe it. They have the best time scratching in the dirt for bugs and worms and eating grass. They seemed hungry for their salad in the spring. They are quite territorial as well, especially the roosters.
I have done several chicken paintings and have some prints as well as originals. Most of them are acrylic but it looks like watercolor.
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
I was in Portugal with a painting group, and we decided to go to the ancient hill town of Sintra. I had heard about it, but nothing could have prepared me for it's magic! The bus strained up the mountain, the road being as wide as the vehicle, and suddenly, there it was! How it was built is another question. Bringing all that material up the mountain BEFORE vehicles were ever heard of. I painted just below a castle wall, out of the wind, and had a wonderful view of the town below. I had no idea I had an audience above me on the castle wall.
The image is 14x18,oil and framed.
I am inspired to do some different things, and my Goddess series shows that. This image I call "swinging" for obvious reasons. It's small,only 8x10,matted and framed. This is rag paper and watercolor pen.
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
For years I had looked at this scene from the highway thinking how serene it was and wanting to paint it. Finally, one day I followed a small road and there it was. The barn is very old, probably close to 150,maybe older and there are several houses scattered around. It's surrounded by tidal marsh which to me is very mysterious.
This is acrylic on watercolor board,matted and framed. Image size 14x18
Tuesday, March 9, 2010
it's spring in Texas, and for a short time, we have strawberries. Not yet though. They come in may and only last maybe 2 weeks.
This small oil is 12x12 and has been sold. I can paint something similar however.
Friday, March 5, 2010
With invites from generous friends, I get to go to Maine almost every summer. Getting out of the Texas heat is a big motivator, but also staying with easygoing friends in their 200 year old house is another. It is divine there from the wild blueberries, the lobstah and the fog rolling in at night, it's all good.
I was attracted to this scene particularly to the contrast in color and the shapes of the boats. It's small,6x12, in oil.
Wednesday, March 3, 2010
One sunday morning last fall, I saw these 3 women sitting on the curb preparing to walk the trail. The rear view was interesting, so I asked if I could take their photo and they said Icould. This is the result of that meeting. I did adjust the fit of the pants however, as it was something the models might not like.
The image is 12x16,oil, canvas. this has recently sold. 11/10/10
Tuesday, March 2, 2010
I have had a long love affair with horses, which my daughter inherited. When she was a teen, we enjoyed the 2 horses we had at the time. It was one of the things we could do together where we weren't in opposition.
This image has been sold, but I can do more. I find them difficult with all the muscle structure, but challenging.