Monday, July 21, 2014
Tuesday, July 15, 2014
Monday, July 14, 2014
Thursday, July 10, 2014
This is the first Longhorn cow I have ever painted. The herd that I photographed live in Eclectic, Alabama. We do not see a lot of long horns in our state so these generate a lot of curiosity. They seemed to like the attention and some came right up to the fence.
This one is painted on a 20 x 40 x 2" canvas.sold
Wednesday, July 9, 2014
This cow looks pretty comfortable. If I am approaching a group of cows that are lying down my goal is for them to stay that way. I try my best to slink up so that I do not rile them. This cow was very chill. I think one reason so many people enjoy cows is because they are calming. Especially if you do not own them.
This cow had beautiful eyes that were asking me to take her home. She is painted on a 24 x 24 x 2" canvas.
Friday, July 4, 2014
This was supposed to be a red, and blue 4th of July themed still life. I started with beautiful cherries and blueberries. Played around with that and was not happy with any of the set ups. Decided to punt our national holiday theme. Decided to add lemons and let it be composed of the three primary colors. Was not pleased with that either so this is what you are left with. I have to be happy with the set up or it is going to go south fast. This is painted on an 8 x 10" linen panel.
I hope you have some fun plans for the weekend. Happy Independence Day!!
Thursday, July 3, 2014
Sunday, June 29, 2014
Friday, June 27, 2014
Have a good weekend!
Tuesday, June 24, 2014
Sunday, June 22, 2014
I try to simplify shapes and stroke work. It may appear to the novice that it was easy to paint. It is a skill that comes after hours and hours of painting. When I first started painting I tortured and overworked my paintings trying to add every detail. I knew I wanted a looser look but that did not come until after logging in lots of easel time. The more you paint, the more confidence you build to become bolder with your strokes and knowing what to edit out. I TRY to remember what so many of my instructors have shared and that is to think about every stroke before you apply it to the canvas. Make it count. Sometimes I remember.
This is painted on a 6 x 6 x 2" canvas.
Wednesday, June 18, 2014
I spent the day at my sister and brother in law's home yesterday and they had some fairly new chicks. It was so fun to hold and watch them. I took a few (300) pictures. I am going to have fun with some of the titles. This one is painted on a 6 x 8 x 2" canvas.sold
Monday, June 16, 2014
Thursday, June 12, 2014
This is making me want to give in to my husband's desire to get a big dog. I do not have anything against it I just remember how much work it is. I Need to remember how much fun it is.
This is painted on a 24 x 36 x 2" canvas so that is my reason for including a second picture. Hard to appreciate the scale without a visual. This is going to be hung over their camp house mantle. Pure fun!
Wednesday, June 11, 2014
Monday, June 9, 2014
Wednesday, June 4, 2014
Friday, May 30, 2014
Thursday, May 29, 2014
Tuesday, May 27, 2014
Friday, May 16, 2014
I surprised myself today when I was thinking of a title. I do not know a lot of goose speak so when I came up with "gaggle" and then looked it up and found out that it's meaning was a flock of geese I was happily surprised. I guess I do know some goose speak. I took the reference photo for this painting at Lake Martin a couple of years back. This is painted on a 20 x 40 x 2" canvas. Sold
Thursday, May 15, 2014
This is painted on an 8 x 10 x 2" canvas. I am preparing to do a show at Lake Martin Memorial day weekend. The show is a benefit for Children's Harbor. This will be the forth time I have participated and I always enjoy staying with a good friend and seeing lots of other folks that come out to support this great cause. The show hours are Saturday, 9-5 and Sunday, 9-2. The show is on the grounds of the Children's Harbor retreat that is close to the Kowaliga bridge.
Wednesday, May 14, 2014
The two girls in my painting are cooling off from the sun and enjoying the weightless feeling water allows. I could pretty much go on and on about the wonderful attributes of water but the soothing sounds of water are calling for a nap on the porch. This is painted on a 16 x 20 x 2" canvas.sold
Wednesday, May 7, 2014
I am thinking positively that it will only be partly cloudy. This cow is painted on an 8 x 8 x 2" canvas.
Monday, May 5, 2014
Sunday, May 4, 2014
I have enjoyed having this weekend off from doing a show. My youngest son graduated from college and we celebrated with several family members. I go to Tupelo, Mississippi next weekend for the Gumtree Art Festival Saturday and Sunday. Come see me if you are in the area.
Wednesday, April 30, 2014
I have some happy news to report. My husband officially retired today after 33 years in the banking industry. A big woo hoo for him. I will tell you in a few weeks whether it is a big woo hoo for me. Think it will be. And...my youngest son, Dillon, is graduating from the University of Alabama with a degree in Geology this Friday. Sold
Thursday, April 24, 2014
I am about to go set up for the Magic City Art Connection show that runs from tomorrow through Sunday. It is located in beautiful Linn Park in downtown Birmingham. The weather is supposed to be nice so come on out and enjoy if you are in the area. My booth is 437 and is right next to the Birmingham Museum of Art.
This is painted on a 6 x 6 x 2" canvas.sold
Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Monday, April 21, 2014
I painted this the day I left for the Tallahassee art show. Touched it up a little this morning after returning last night. I spotted these calves on my way to North Carolina a few days ago. The little white one followed the black one every where it went. Guess it was a girl thing. I included another shot to show you that it is painted on a 24 x 36" canvas.Sold
So......next weekend is the Magic City Art connection here in Birmingham. Friday , Saturday and Sunday. It is held in beautiful Linn Park downtown. My spot is right next to the Art Museum so that will give you a landmark if you would like to come.
Wednesday, April 16, 2014
I took the photo reference for this in Balsam Mountain, North Carolina. My parents have a house not far from this area and I spotted this herd on my way up last week. I got some great photos and look forward to painting several of the pictures. This is painted on a 24 x 24 x 2" canvas.
I am headed to Tallahassee, Florida tomorrow afternoon to participate in the LeMoyne Chain of Parks Art Show Saturday and Sunday. Would love to see you if you are in the area. I will be the one with all the cows in my booth.sold
Sunday, April 13, 2014
I just returned from going on a trip with my Mom to North Carolina and I got some new pictures that I am chomping at the bit to paint. Beautiful herefords. I really do need a bumper sticker that says, "I stop for cows." Feel sorry for the people who travel with me.
I am headed to Tallahassee, FL this coming weekend for the LeMoyne Chain of Parks art show Saturday and Sunday. We are staying with our good friends , Kathleen and Steve, so I was inspired to name this beauty after her. I painted a 6 x 6" of this little one before and Kathleen owns it. Kathleen has been a huge encourager and supporter of my work. Wish I could carry her around in my pocket.
This is painted on an 8 x 10" linen panel.
Tuesday, April 8, 2014
I had a very successful art show Saturday with both the weather and the sales. I am happy to report that I took several people's "cow painting virginity". That means I get to paint more and that makes me happy. This is painted on an 8 x 10" linen panel.
My next show is in Tallahassee, FL and is the LeMoyne Chain of Parks Festival April 19 and 20th. I get to stay with my good, crazy, artist friend from college so it will be a good time.sold
Friday, April 4, 2014
Thursday, April 3, 2014
Sunday, March 30, 2014
I am trying to organize my work for upcoming shows. The first one I am participating in is this coming Saturday, April 5th. It is the 33rd annual Mt Brook Art Association Spring Festival. Say that fast five times. It is from 9-4 at the Crestline Sports field (25 Vine St) in Mountain Brook. Come see me and the other artists!sold
Saturday, March 29, 2014
I looked up the phrase "how do you do?" because it has been a while since I have heard it used and it did not make much sense to me when I thought about it. It is from a website called "phrase finders".
How do you do
This greeting was once commonplace, especially amongst the English upper classes, but is now heard less often and is largely rectricted to quite formal occasions. The phrase became one of the touchstones in the separation of the U from the non-U, that is, the separation of the upper classes from the rest. The U contingent had napkins, lavatories and greeted people with 'how do you do'; the non-U had serviettes, toilets and greeted with 'hello'. The proper response to 'How do you do?' was a reciprocal 'How do you do?', as in this exchange from Oscar Wilde's Lady Windermere's Fan, 1892:
Lord Darlington: How do you do, Lady Windermere?
Lady Windermere: How do you do, Lord Darlington?
'How do you do' has its essence in the early meaning of the verb 'do', which has been used since the 14th century to mean 'prosper; thrive'. Even now, gardeners sometimes refer to a plant that grows well as 'a good doer'. The association with 'do' as specifically relating to one's health is first found in print in The Paston Letters, 1463: