Wednesday, April 16, 2014

balsam mountain beauty


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.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

kathleen

Does she ever paint anything other than cows?  Yes.  I really do but this is what I am feeling right now.  It should not be too much longer before I get down to the beach and I will probably shift my subject matter then.  But...I love to take pictures of cows on my way to the beach.

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

rerun



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.



Friday, April 4, 2014

time for a cool change

I was listening to Little River Band's "cool change" at the same time I was posting this.  It is time for a cool change.  This is painted on a 6 x 6" linen panel.sold

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Squirrelly

This is a painting I did a year or so back.  Just found it in my workroom and it made me laugh because I sort of feel the way this lady looks today.   This is painted on an 8 x 10 x 2" canvas.

Come see me at the Mt Brook Art Association Show this Saturday from 9-4.

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Me, and my girls III

This is the third time I have painted this image. The original painting belongs to a friend who lives in Huntsville, AL. I can not remember what size I painted it the first time.  The second one was painted on an 11 x 14" canvas and I could have sold it three times in Nashville this past February.  The purchaser was from Charlotte, NC.  This time I painted it on a 12 x 12 x 2" canvas.  It turns out fairly different each time.

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!


Saturday, March 29, 2014

cow do you do?

This is a small,5 x 5 x 2" study for a larger painting I plan to do.  Sold

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

Meaning

A greeting.

Origin

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:

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

a whiter shade of pale

I am really sorry if you do not like cows.  I do and that is my little comfort place right now.  This is painted on a 12 x 24 x 2" canvas.sold

Sunday, March 23, 2014

friendly greeting

I have three shows coming up in April so I am happy to paint some more of my best selling subjects....cows!  Every home needs at least one cow painting. I have painted this photo before on a 6 x 12". This time I chose to paint it on a larger 12 x 24 x 2" canvas.
The first show I am participating in is the Mt Brook Art Association show here in town.  It is Saturday, April 5th from 9-4.  Next up is the LeMoyne Chain of Parks festival in Tallahassee, FL.  April 19 and 20th from 10-5.  Last, but not least is the Magic City Arts Connection here in Birmingham April 25-27. 10-5.  Makes me tired just typing it. 

Saturday, March 22, 2014

peace

This is the first day I have gotten back to painting after losing my father.  My Dad had been pretty sick since Christmas. I am thankful to have been able to spend lots of time with him before he died last Sunday.  He was a great man and loved by many but nobody more than his family.  He was very proud of what I was doing with my art and I am grateful to him for much of my creativity.  Sold
 Bob Morgan 1933- 2014
A larger view of this 24 x 24 x 2" canvas.

Monday, March 10, 2014

two cute

I am sure I have used this title before but it fits these two.  This is painted on a 6 x 8 x 2" canvas.  I dare you to think of something cuter than baby chickens.  Baby anythings?sold

Saturday, March 8, 2014

rainbow


This is painted on a 36 x 36 x 2" canvas.  I like to include a second picture on large pieces to show you the scale.  

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

got one

This lean one is having to scrunch his shoulders to reel this one in.   This is painted on a 6 x 6 x 2" canvas.


Tuesday, March 4, 2014

deep woods

This is the second time I have painted this pose.  This one is fairly different.  The first one was looser and titled "hot seat".  This is painted on an 8 x 16 x 2".sold






Sunday, March 2, 2014

chicken stand

This chick is reaching his full potential.  This is painted on a 6 x 8 x 2" canvas.  Sold

Saturday, March 1, 2014

amigos

Spring fever is effecting my subject matter.  This is painted on a 6 x 8 x 2" canvas.sold

Friday, February 28, 2014

water's edge

Wondering if you are glad I did not post another cow painting?  This is painted on an 11 x 14 x 2" canvas.
Have a good weekend!

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

scrappy

This calf looks a little scrappy to me.  This is painted on an 8 x 8 x 2" canvas.  I am painting a lot in preparation for many upcoming Spring shows.  The next show I have coming up is the Fairhope Arts and Craft Show March 14, 15 and 16.  After that I have three during the month of April and a couple in May.   Sold

Monday, February 24, 2014

pretentious poultry

My sister and brother in law had roosters and chickens for a couple of years.  It has been a few years since the birds all moved on to poultry paradise. I used to get so excited entering their long driveway and seeing them running around.  I was fortunate to get some nice pictures that I have painted over and over.  This bird is painted on a 12 x 24 x 2" canvas.sold

Thursday, February 20, 2014

black magic

I love the look on this guy's face.  This is painted on a 12 x 12 x 2" canvas.sold

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

window shopping

 I was pleasantly surprised to see how well this wide variety of cows was all lined up and on display in a field.  This is painted on a 18 x 36 x 2" canvas.sold

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

seasoned

I have had so much fun painting these ladies that I photographed on Dorchester Bay in Boston.  I love the baggy suit, stick legs and round belly.  They always make me smile.  This one is painted on a 6 x 6 x 2" canvas.
I bet the folks in Boston are longing for the days when they can put on a swim suit .
                                 sold

Saturday, February 15, 2014

milo

I have never painted a schnauzer before but Milo was pretty fun.  He was commissioned by a friend, Dee, to give to her oldest son.  Dee and I go way back to high school.  We were in art classes together a couple of years. I remember talking and cutting up more than producing art.  I got my pay back a few years later when I went on to teach high school art.  Milo is painted on an 8 x 10 x 2" canvas.sold

Friday, February 14, 2014

offspring


I have pretty much been holed up in my studio taking advantage of some conflict free days.  I have a lot of images that I want to paint but not enough time to get to them.  This mother and calf spent a lot of time checking me out.  I was thankful they did! This is painted on a 22 x 28 x 2" canvas.sold

Happy Valentines day and have a good weekend! 

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

be mine

In honor of the upcoming hallmark holiday.  I also needed to paint something bright and warm amid all this cold and cloudy weather. This is painted on a 10 x 20 x 2" canvas. sold  

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

new cow

So pleased to have sold most of my cow paintings. 
  Nothing makes me happier than to get to paint more.  This one is painted on a 24 x 36 x 2" canvas.  

Ruthie is showing the scale of this painting in relation to her feline form.  She turned a year old and has taken over our house.  I have turned into the crazy cat lady and have about two hundred pictures of her on my i pad.  She is irresistible.  And.... my furniture is irresistible to her claws.  The downside.sold

Monday, February 10, 2014

new babies

A friend and her sisters commissioned me to paint these young Westies for their Mom. They surprised her with the portrait during a fun get away to Mexico.  Boy, that sounds good right now.  This is painted on an 11 x 14 x 2" canavs.

I just returned from Nashville where I participated in the Lipscomb Academy Fine Arts Show.  Happy to report that I made some new friends and many of my paintings have new homes.  I love going to Nashville and it seems like I discover something new and wonderful about it each time.  Sunday morning I had a chance to walk around beautiful Radnor Lake.  I went early so there were only a  few humans.  It felt like it was just me and LOTS of deer.  So fun!

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

heads up

Two of my favorite subjects.  This is painted on an 8 x 10" linen panel.

I am participating in the "Art Event at Lipscomb Academy" in Nashville this Friday through Sunday.  Would love to see you if you are in the area.  sold

Friday, January 31, 2014

quad

I typically paint still life's from live set ups but I just made this one up.  I have painted enough pears in my lifetime to have a pretty good knowledge of them.  I love painting the colors and shapes of pears but my VERY favorite part to paint is the stem. I love making that little swoosh mark that turns the shape into a pear.  These could just be greenish eggs without the magical stem.  Wondering if any other pear painters out there share my enthusiasm for this inedible part of the fruit. 
 This is painted on a 6 x 8 x 2" canvas.sold

Thursday, January 30, 2014

sprouts

Sold
 Crazy weather going on around our area.  A "huge" snow storm (2") hit our area by surprise.  It may not sound like much but we Southeners are not used to driving on icy roads. The roads were not prepped with anything so the result was "winter gridlock 2014"!  Fun for us but not for a whole lots of folks that were stranded away from their homes. Temperatures in the very low teens. My husband walked eight miles home from his work.  He said it was very invigorating. Have to love that attitude considering a few miles of it were on the interstate.  He made better time than most of the emergency vehicles.

I have spent some of the last few days preparing to do a show in Nashville next weekend.  I have painted some small still lifes and "sprouts" are one example.  It is painted on a 6 x 6 x 2" gallery wrapped canvas.  The show is the "Art Event at Lipscomb Academy".  The show runs from February 7-9.  Would love to see you if you are in the area.


The view out of my studio window after it snowed. The picture below is the partially frozen creek below our house.  Never painted our creek before.  On the list.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

retreat


I think my workshop may have helped me more than anyone.  I guess it reinforced and reminded me of things that I think are important to creating successful art work. I tried to share tools that all of my teachers felt were necessary to produce stimulating paintings.  I have had the good fortune to take lessons from many very talented artists and I have appropriated bits and pieces from all of them that have helped my work mature.
This is painted on a 12 x 16 x 2" canvas.sold

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

putting two and two and two together

That is a long title but that is what I noticed about the painting.  This was the still life demo I did at my workshop.  Towards the end of the painting I noticed that everything was falling off the bottom left corner so I scrubbed that area out and reworked it. This is painted on an 8 x 10" linen canvas.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

windswept

The students in my workshop were so accomplished that we were able to paint two paintings on Sunday.  I demoed (that is a cool word for demonstrated) "amy" in the morning and "windswept" in the early afternoon.  I was glad that both paintings turned out.  I touched up the paintings a little bit after the workshop.  I did not get up and move back from my paintings much until after I was finished.  If I had I would have caught some of the issues.  So important!  
The first day we did still lifes and I scrubbed out part of my painting at the end of my demonstration.  That gave them lots of confidence in my abilities.  I will post it tomorrow.  
I did not get to photograph the paintings the class did of "windswept" because some folks had to leave a little early and well....I forgot.  They did a great job.
I painted my version on an 8 x 10 x 2" canvas. Sold

Monday, January 20, 2014

amy

My studio is lonely today.  It enjoyed having nine lovely ladies over the weekend.  It was" fulled up".  We painted still life set ups on Saturday and we worked from two of my photographs on Sunday. "amy" the cow was named so because my sister in law, Amy, provided delicious lunches both days.  We meant this to be a compliment.  Amy looks nothing like this cow.
This was my first time to conduct a workshop and it was a good experience for me and I think the students.  Everybody seemed to enjoy each other and they did a great job.  There were a couple that were very new to painting but you can see from the work below that they all did great.  It was so fun to see their paintings come to life.  "amy" was the demo I did before they painted their cows and my amy is a little jealous of some of these amys.  I am a proud mama.  Thank you to this great group !sold



Thursday, January 16, 2014

two and two eighths

I am digging deep for these titles.  Still practicing still life for the weekend workshop.  This is painted on an 8 x 10" linen panel.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

back to basics

I am teaching a workshop this weekend so I am experimenting with set ups.  Some of my favorite paintings are of pears.  The colors and shapes always draw me in. I have been having a hard time focusing this week because I have a lot going on in my life.  Pears always make me happier. This is painted on an 8 x 10" linen panel.
Sold

Sunday, January 12, 2014

lemony

One of my husband's co workers gave him this lemon with the leaves still intact.  It is such a treat to get to paint fruit fresh off the tree.  I am going to concentrate on still life for the next couple of days because we are going to do still life work the first day of my workshop.  I feel a little rusty after spending so much time doing commissions from photographs around the holidays.  I started my painting career doing still life and feel it is an integral part of the painting journey.  A great way to learn about drawing, value and color. This is painted on an 8 x 10" linen panel.sold

Saturday, January 11, 2014

tail end

I started this rooster painting a couple of weeks ago and finally had a chance to finish him.  He is painted on an 18 x 36" gallery wrap canvas.  The long tail roosters are quite beautiful but very camera shy.

I am preparing and looking forward to the first workshop that I am having at my home next weekend.  Hopefully it will be the first of many.  Sold

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

goldenrod


Goldenrod was the state flower of Alabama for fifty or so years. It is now the camellia. I love seeing pastures of  cows when the goldenrod is blooming.
 I hope this sunny scene will help  brighten your New Year.   This is painted on a 3 x 3' canvas.
Thank you for taking the time to check out my art work.  Your comments and support mean a lot to me.  I hope the coming year brings you good things and happiness! Happy 2014!sold
Posted by Picasa