I just returned from from a show in Chattanooga with a lot of ideas swirling around in my head. I loved participating in the 4 Bridges Art Festival this past weekend. I met so many nice folks and lots of new patrons. Thanks Chattanooga. I love seeing people walking away with artwork. Mine and others!
I have another favorite show coming up this Saturday in Oxford, Mississippi. The Double Decker Art Festival is April 28 from 10-5:30. My booth # is 94. I hope you will come see me if you are in the area.
What a challenge for me. A client wanted a painting with no blue. A mi no comprende. Thats what I do. I paint blue. At first I thought I would not be able to pull it off but I really like this. My very soon too be daughter in laws Mom brought me some flowers in the green jar and this is its first appearance in a painting. This is painted on a 30 x 40" canvas.sold
I needed a little palette knife therapy today. This is painted on an 18 x 24" canvas.
I had a good but cold and wet show in Ridgeland, MS last weekend. The temperatures rose and the sun and the people came out on Sunday. My next show is Four Bridges Art Festival in Chattanooga, TN April 21 & 22. It is held in the First Tennessee Pavillion. This is my first time to participate in this show so come see me if you live in the area. Chattanooga has so many things to offer so come for a visit.
I started the day painting a couple of things that were very tight and ended it by painting something very loose. I had more fun at the end of the day. I am like a broken record but I am loving painting over old paintings. It's better than cake. This is painted on a 12 x 24 x 2" canvas.
My best stress relief: Making a new painting come to life over one that was unsatisfactory. Also using a palette knife only and just going at it. This is painted on a 24 x 36 x 3" and was painted over some poorly painted mallard ducks. sold
This is a piece I did for a new restaurant in Nashville. Pork Belly Farmhouse opens in April and the three paintings pictured below will hang there. Very fun to be a part of this. It is in the Nolensville area of Nashville so give it a try. The pig and cow are painted on a 30 x 30" canvas and the rooster is painted on a 24 x 36".
This cow is going to hang in a new restaurant in the Nashville area. Pork Belly Farmhouse is opening in April and three of my pieces will help decorate the new space. This is painted on a 30 x 30 x 2" canvas.
My Spring show season starts this weekend at Watercolor Beach, FL. I am participating in Art in the Park at Watercolor's Cerulean Park. The hours are 9-5 on Saturday, March 17 and 9-1 on Sunday, March 18. Come see me if you are in the area. Pretty swell place to visit!
I have painted this image on a small canvas before but it was fun to paint it larger. This is painted on a 24 x 36" canvas. I love painting a rooster in motion. This is one of my favorite photos that I took from my sister and brother in law's brood.
I looked around my studio and realized I did not have one rooster or hen painted. A rarity for me. One great reason is because the gallery I am in in North Carolina has sold many of them. Thank you Steve, Jim and Taupe Gallery! This one is painted on a 24 x 24" .
Who names a cat Josh? Cats needs two syllable names. It is true that in the South one syllable names can easily be turned into two syllables. Jah..ush! Jah...ush belongs to my good friend's daughter who lives in Boston. He is named after Josh from the show "West Wing". This was commissioned by my friend as a 30th birthday gift for her daughter. Josh was thought to be a feral cat and in Boston they neuter cats and clip their ears to indicate that the procedure has been done. Josh was discovered not to have been feral and lives a cushy life in Boston with Kendal. Happy birthday to Kendal and happy life to Jah...ush.
I know I am all over the place with my work lately but I just paint what I love and that is lots of different things. I am very conflicted about it but it comes down to making myself happy. So if it looks pretty scattered.... so be it! This is painted on a 24 x 36" canvas.
My son, Clint, told me I needed to do some more umbrella pictures. This is a diptych. The total piece is 30 x 30". Each individual is 15 x 30". Well duh..... I'm just having one of those days.
I hope you are not having one of "those days". Have a great weekend!
I decided to paint a warm picture today. I am participating in a one day show at Watercolor Beach Resort , FL March 17. I have missed painting beach scenes. I included a second picture so that you could see the scale of this one. It is a 36 x 36 x 2".
Very different colors for me. I had to ask my husband about this one before posting. I have said before that I am a loner painter so he is my second set of eyes. He has no artistic ability himself but has developed a good eye for helping me with issues in paintings. This is painted on a 20 x 24" canvas.
I am participating in UAB's Comprehensive Cancer Center's Artblink Saturday, February 10. Go to the link to learn more about it. In a nut shell.....several wonderful artists have 90 minutes to create a painting while dressed up people watch them. :) The dressed up people bid on the paintings while the artists paint. The money raised goes to the Cancer Center to fund research and care for families experiencing cancer.The UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center is the only National Cancer Institute (NCI)-designated cancer center in a four-state region: Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana and Arkansas. I am going to paint something similar to this that night. This is painted on a 24 x 30" canvas.
It is so gratifying to paint over a painting that I was luke warm about and to morph it into something that I really like. This was a landscape that I felt was too literal so I turned the canvas into these three. I love the colors that are coming through underneath and the way the texture affected the finished painting. Happy dance!!
This is painted on a 30 x 30 x 2" canvas.
I spent lots of time on this one because I am still trying to figure out what works in a landscape. I do not want to give too much information but enough so that it reads correctly. I "think" this one works.
I had an artist friend visit this weekend and she showed me some things about using cold wax with your oils. (Not used in this painting.) I AM a loner so it was nice to talk shop with a kindred soul. She works much more abstractly than I do so I have a lot to learn from her. I love that there is no limit to where your work might transition.
Another day feeling not very confident but working through it. Pinky/purple is my favorite color. You have to work quickly when you are painting radishes because the leaves wilt on you. I sprayed them with water so they would stay perky for the painting session. Any other tips out there? Don't tell me to eat them. Not going to happen.
This is painted on a 20 x 24 x 2" linen canvas. Listening to George Strait at titling time. :)
I have struggled a bit at the easel the last few days. I am being too critical of myself and have done a lot of scrubbing off. Today I just tried to keep my head up and keep working through things I was not happy with. This is painted on a 20 x 24 x 2" linen canvas.
This painting was several things before it became sheep. I don't even remember all the things. I kept pushing through until this happened. I put no pressure on myself to turn out a painting. I did a lot of scraping so I got some nice colors left over from the earlier attempts. This is painted on a 12 x 12 x 2" canvas.
"By seeking and blundering we learn." Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
This is painted on a 20 x 20 x 2". For those of you who do not paint....this was done with a palette knife as compared to the lamb in my last post that I did with a brush. I like both tools. Fun to mix it up.
I am excited to paint a lot of new things. I painted this over a half finished, never going to be happy with, painting. I don't paint a lot of horses even though I think they are beautiful animals. I am a bit intimidated by that. This is painted on a 30 x 30 x 2".
My husband loves to watch the old cowboy shows like "Bonanza", "The Big Valley", etc... I like them too. I was thinking the other day how so many actors had to know how to ride and also what a big job it was to care for all of the horses on set. You never know where my mind might wander? :)
I was having one of those " I forgot how to paint days". So... I got out an old painting that I decided to paint over and went at it with a palette knife. It was a good way for me to get out frustrations. I like the textural effects this one has. It is painted on an 18 x 18 x 2" canvas.
I struggled some on this piece but I think I worked out my issues. It is painted on a 40 x 40 x 2" canvas so I included a second photo to help see the scale. I have been painting several large pieces lately. Think I will paint some smalls for a change.
This lady is all over the place. Yep... I am. A beach scene in very cold December.
I always want to get loose after painting commissions. It is impossible for me to paint commissions as loosely as I would like to paint because it has to look like someone's somebody or some thing. I have been painting over several older pieces. It is so invigorating painting with a palette knife. It is a great way to loosen your work up. This piece is painted on an 11 x 14".
This is my favorite time of the year because I will be painting lots of new things for Spring shows. Several ideas swimming around in my head.