Sunday, September 30, 2007

Bus Stop 1-Bench Warmers 3


A photo I borrowed from a friend at Flickr. I decided to make this a more soft effect and did not paint details. I like the way it turned out. I painted 2 versions of this and I will post the next one tomorrow. Credit for photo goes to Caryn Tayeh and a big thankyou.
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Saturday, September 29, 2007


This study is all about value (lights and darks) I used indigo blue, ultramarine blue, titanium white and a touch of cad yellow medium for the lights. It shows the cold mood of the colors and season. It seems to work.
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Sorry this one isn't cropped. for some reason I can't pick up the cropped image and it keeps sending this one.

Friday, September 28, 2007

Unique Views of Huntsville



These two paintings were chosen to hang in the Huntsville Museum Of Art in a juried art show called Unique Views Of Huntsville. This is the first show I have particpated in since college(alright I'm old!!). It was a big step for me. The show runs from Oct,1 to Oct.7, 2007. The art will be for sale between Oct.5-7. I posted these paintings this summer after I painted them in the historic district of Huntsville. Bannister At Adams and Bannister At Green 8x10 oils en plein air. Framed $300.00 each. Sponsered by the Huntsville Art League. Huntsville, Alabama
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Waiting-Bench Warmers 2


I decided to try a more watercolor approach to this 6x8 oil. It is a much softer less paint look. I feel it helped the mood of the piece to convey a lonely feeling.
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Thursday, September 27, 2007


This is the last painting I did at the Leipers Fork workshop. I almost forgot about it. The colors are not colors I like. I should have gone with different ones. None the less we worked with a live model and it was a lot of fun. I learned so much. The perspective of the wall is a little off. Knowing when to stop is hard for me and I sometimes over work the painting. I did stop here and I am pleased with it because of the short time we had to paint and it was also en plein air. Sorry for the glare.
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Wednesday, September 26, 2007

After The Game-Bench Warmers 1


5x7 oil on masonite. My light values may be a little off here but I like the mood and story this painting tells.
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Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Which Way Is Up?

Just a fun painting with vivid color.I borrowed this photo from completelyknown over at flickr.I hope he doesn't mind although I did ask. ps. He said it was ok today, thank goodness. oil 10x10
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Monday, September 24, 2007

Moonlight Serendipity

This is my last Leiper's Fork painting. I had so much fun with this. We sat up easels right at dusk and painted as soon as it got dark. We used battery operated book lights. I can't wait to do this again.You really don't know what your painting will look like until you see it the next day. $110.00 ©
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Sunday, September 23, 2007

Green's Grocery

The second painting from my Tennessee workshop. This was done en plein air beside a very busy road that huge trucks were on and I was just a few feet from the exhaust. This was distracting and hard and I loved every minute of it. I think this painting holds together pretty well. 6x8 oil study
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Saturday, September 22, 2007

Cumberland Workshop Study

This is an 8x10 study that is the result of my Cumberland Society Workshop in Leipers Fork, Tn. day 1.All of the fundamentals of creating a piece of art were stressed and we were give a photo to work from. This is the result of that day for me.
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Friday, September 21, 2007

Model Portrait Study

I am becoming more interested in painting portraits. This is a model I found in a magazine for study.After looking at this portrait for a while, I see how unnatural the hair looks, too white. I may come back to it soon and change a few things. 8x10 oil
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Thursday, September 20, 2007

New Orleans

I took this from a decorating magazine to do a study of light.
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Wednesday, September 19, 2007

The Doris Farm

A plein air from early in the summer at Carolyn Davis' farm near Birmingham, Al. Quick and spontaneous.oil
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Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Lake Radnor Path


This is a piece for the fall 2008 show of the Chestnut Groups Lake Radnor land preservation fund raiser. The photo came from Nelson Charette NKYPhoto over on
Thanks Nelson!
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Monday, September 17, 2007

Time Walkers 2


This couple reminds me of Dale Evans and Roy Rogers! Now you know how old I am! Simple color palette here of opposing hues. I think it works ok and the mood or the vintage quality of the people comes through which is what the painting is about.
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Sunday, September 16, 2007

Wishing For A Tuscan Sun-day


I wish I were in Tuscany! It is funny how I have the actual painting right here! I didn't see a major flaw until I looked at it on the blog. Maybe it is the way color transfers from the canvas to the computer but it looks like a long neutral gray tube of upper sky instead of gently fading into the clouds. Other than that it is not a bad painting. Keep in mind these are all very quick small painting studies. These are my little lessons to look at each day and to help me grow as an artist. 6x8 oil
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Saturday, September 15, 2007

Beach Colors 4

This is the last in this series that I have finished. I do plan on painting more of this subject. I am really trying to work on the values (lights and darks) in my paintings I can see myself doing some neutral palette value studies in the near future. The journey never ends in the struggle for growth as an artist...sound like I have been to a workshop? Well, I have been to the dream workshop of a lifetime with the Cumberland Society of Painters in Leipers Fork,Tennessee. A priceless experience when you consider the amount of knowledge and experience these giving artists shared with us. Thank goodness for artists that are willing to share and teach us what they know. I really learned so much and now I can look at all of my paintings here and see mistakes I have made as well as some good things I have done. The main thing is I can take what I have relearned I will say, because having a degree in art education, I truly know better I just have not been applying the knowledge to my work. I am excited to grow as an artist everyday. This is such a joy for me.
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Friday, September 14, 2007

Beach Colors 3


Another in the series about color relating to value.
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Thursday, September 13, 2007

Beach Colors 2


The second in my beach hut series. All about color and simplicity (as my friend Carrie reminded me). I am currently at a workshop in Leiper's Fork, Tn. with The Cumberland Society of Painters and OMG their work is so fabulous. When you see their rich colors and brush strokes so painterly, I realize the never ending journey I am on. As an artist you never quite make it, there is always room to grow.
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Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Beach Colors 1


South Beach in Miami, Fl. Has the coolest lifeguard huts. Each one has different colors and design. I have done a series of small 6x8 oils each expressing the beautiful colors of the water, sky and sand. With those as a backdrop the colors of the huts really pop. This study was all about color.
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Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Manic Garden


A fun, loose, acrylic 16x20.
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Monday, September 10, 2007

Aleksandra's Serbia


The world seems to become smaller everyday. The internet opens such amazing opportunities to see the world from your own home. As I have stated earlier is one of my favorite photo sites. You can see anything and everything there. I came across a photo that is so stunning and old world looking I just had to paint it. A wonderful photographer named Aleksandra Radonic ( with an accent on the c) loaned me the photo to paint. Thanks so much Aleksandra. I am so pleased with the way it turned out. I love the back lighting and the moody evening feel. I will definitely do a larger piece.
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Sunday, September 9, 2007

Say Cheese!


A plein air I painted at Belle Meade Plantation in Nashville, Tennessee. I am going to donate a painting to a fund raiser there.I am going to paint this one again and see if I can make a decent one to donate. I used a lot of obvious brush strokes here. It was a very hot bright day.
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Saturday, September 8, 2007

There's Something About Mary's


Mary's "junk" shop has been around long before I moved to this city and that was 26 years ago. Her shop is full of everything and Mary is quite a character. In the south we love our characters. This is a plein air I painted on a very hot day with a huge amount of traffic flowing by. I think it turned out OK. I am disappointed with the shadows under the trees and when I use this study to do a larger piece I will correct that.
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Friday, September 7, 2007

Flint River At Hays Nature Preserve


This is a plein air piece of our local area. The area is a beautiful nature preserve and is truly that. It is left to it's own just as nature has designed it. I did this piece quickly. I have to say after painting en plein air so much this summer, I am a little tired of green. Hopefully as fall arrives my painting subjects will change with beautiful fall colors.
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