Friday, November 30, 2007

Santa Baby

Can You guess who I am? Happy Holidays! 8"x10"oil. For Sale On Ebay For some reason his whole face does not show but he has a beautiful mouth, check it out on ebay you can see the whole picture there. SOLD

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Jethro Tull

Meet Jethro Tull a 6x8 inch oil of a very cheeky dog (or rock star however you want to put it). Lot's of texture and personality to this one.
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Monday, November 26, 2007

It's You!

A 6x8 figurative piece. Why is she so surprised when she see's the person? Is she glad,scared or just surprised? Those are emotions this 6x8 oil reminds me of. Enjoy!
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Wednesday, November 21, 2007


It is raining heavily here as a cold front approaches and families gather together to celebrate and give thanks. I hope everyone has some warm comforting shelter and someone to be with tomorrow. Happy Thanksgiving Everyone
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Monday, November 19, 2007

Half Full-Half Empty?

Large brush strokes colorful quick study. 6x8 oil for sale on ebay SOLD
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Friday, November 16, 2007

Where Do I Go From Here?-bench warmer 16

This piece is all about texture with brush stokes.minimized as much as possible. 8x10 oil
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Wednesday, November 14, 2007

The Secrets He Knows - 2

I decided to pull my watercolors out and try a portrait. This is the same subject I did a couple of weeks ago in oil. If you want to see some really great watercolor portraits google Jane Paul Angelhart.
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Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Summer In The City

I want to paint more scenes like this. I enjoy the architecture,the people, the whole busy scene. oil 8x16.
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Saturday, November 10, 2007

Selling On Ebay

I took the plunge and put 2 paintings up for sale on Ebay. I know it will take a while for me to get established there, so I am patient. Wish me luck!

Puckett's Grocery Leipers Fork, Tn.

A study of the famous Puckett's Grocery in Leipers Fork, Tn. Afun study during the Ken Auster workshop. 6x8 oil on board
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Friday, November 9, 2007

Scottish Bench Warmer 15

I don't know how or why I got started doing this bench warmer series but I am still infatuated with it. This is an 8x10 oil on board.
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Thursday, November 8, 2007

A Man Of Distinction-A Real Big Spender

My attempt of trying to capture the light in a store window(from a borrowed photo)and recreate it on canvas.12x16 oil
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Wednesday, November 7, 2007


Another study of values. I need to work on faces in general but in these studies i just want to convey that there is a face there.
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Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Sunday On The Steps

I tried to use a lot of paint with very few details. I think the idea came through.
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Monday, November 5, 2007

Ken Auster's Workshop

I was asked by Mark from Dallas about my workshop experience with Ken. I thought I would just post a reply here in case other's were thinking the same things. I had been nervous for months before this workshop. When you respect an artist so much they almost become like a superstar in your mind. At least in my mind. Would I be over my head and not on a level to understand or keep up in this workshop? Well, I was pleasantly surprised on the very first day. Ken likes to put things in terms everyone can understand. He does not use a lot of artsy jargon. He basically tells you everything he knows about painting in a very short time and you can absolutely understand and retain the information. All levels of artists take his workshops. He does a lot of demos and lectures while he is painting, wasting no time. He is receptive to any question, even if you think it is a dumb one ask it, you would be surprised at how much information comes from a question you may think as dumb. I believe there are no dumb questions when you are trying to learn and grow as an artist. We experienced bad weather so our painting time outside en plein air was limited. He made the rounds to every person offering really helpful ideas in a very non intimidating way. You will enjoy his humor. He is very straight forward, very laid back and wow can he crank out a demo in a very short time. He loves a lot of paint and will push you to be free and more loose in your painting. If you are a very neat person who uses little dabs of paint and never gets dirty and paranoid if your brushes aren't clean, he may be shocking to you. He doesn't wash brushes EVER! He uses wax paper as a palette and throws it away when finished. All in all he is very liberating in the process. If you get a chance to take a workshop from Ken by all means do it! You will learn so much and be so inspired, I guarantee you will grow as an artist. Hope this helps Mark! Go for it. His dvd is well worth the money and if you are signed up for a class you get a discount. Although I couldn't swing it myself this time, he discounts his demos for students to 50% off! Now, I am just a fan and I am not on his payroll, LOL! See ya...

A Dog's New York State Of Mind

I painted this a couple of months ago, I am not sure if I have enough dark values in the overall painting. Hmmm. after looking at the painting online. I think it works ok as far as the values go. oil 8x10
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Sunday, November 4, 2007

The Secrets He Knows

I used a lot of paint on this one and I had fun. I am posting this but it isn't really finished I need to correct the mouth. I am still trying to go between windows and mac because I am too hooked on my little blog button in picasa which they don't have for a mac at this time. So confusing to me but I am learning!
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Saturday, November 3, 2007

new computer

I am trying to get used to using a mac after using a pc so until I learn a bit more I won't be posting for a day or two. Help! It's hard for an old lady.

Thursday, November 1, 2007

Greens Grocery1

This is the first of tis plein air scene done in the Cumberland Society Workshop. Two different painting approaches of the same subject.
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Greens Grocery2

I painted the same plein air scene in Sept. in another workshop. Who knew I would be back in this same spot in the Ken Auster workshop.
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