This is my first view of the South rim of the Grand Canyon. It is so spectacular, no one can prepare you for the vast beauty, ever changing with light movement.
We visited this past fall, and would have loved to have lingered longer for more photos, but the winds were blowing at 40 mph which made the temps freezing cold. Definitely not a good idea for getting too close to the edge.
It's been fun revisiting this day, but in a warm studio. Hope you enjoy!
Painted this barn on Goforth in the White Rock Lake area this past Monday when the temps were in the 70's. Can't pass up a plein air day like that in January. Today we are in the 20's, and so goes Texas weather. And a big thank you to all the welcoming neighbors who came out to see what our group was painting.
This is the last of the 30 Paintings in 30 Days. Had some interruptions this month, mainly internet connection, so didn't get the full 30 in for the challenge. But have learned a lot, painting more regularly and trying new techniques.
There is no end to the art journey, it's a constant learning experience!
Here's another addition to the 30 Paintings in 30 Days. Unfortunately, we had a break in our phone and internet cable last week and we were without service for several days. So that's my excuse for not posting lately! Have been painting, just not posting to the blog. I think we forget how dependent we are on technology these days until something like this happens.
Painted with several friends the other day and we had Raul, wearing his Dallas Cowboys hat, as our model. It was 'one of those days' and my painting was a disaster, so to prove to myself that I could do this, I painted this portrait when I got back home as a challenge to myself.
One of the benefits of painting often is trying new things with technique, style and color. Feel like I "mixed it up" with this one in a more abstract way. Fun to try something different. This is #11 in the 30 Paintings in 30 Days.
The is painting number 10 in the 30 Paintings in 30 Days challenge, which means I'm one third of the way through this challenge. Guess by the look on this guy's face, he's not as happy about it as I am!
Well, here I go again! You might remember this past January that I participated in a painting challenge, 30 Paintings in 30 Days, offered by a California artist, Leslie Saeta. She is sponsoring this again for the month of September. I found this to be a huge "growth experience" and couldn't resist another try! I found that a theme was much easier to follow for the process. Did ranch inspired paintings last time, and as you see here, you guessed it...Indians and the West this time. I'll be heading to NM and AZ this fall, so have this idea in my head. Will definitely be prepared for the Wild West when I get there!
Hope you will follow along with the other artist as well, almost 350. Click on Leslie's name above to see the rest of the participating artist's work.
Again, my apologies if my followers find this "too much" in your mailbox each day. I'll give you a rest, and myself, in October! Thank you so much for "following", you give me much encouragement!
I know this seems a little "crafty" for an oil painting blog, but wanted to show you what I have been asked to paint for a donation to a fund raiser. The event is called A Feathered Affair and benefits TRAC, Trinity River Audubon Center, here in Dallas. The birdhouses, about 25 that will be stuffed with gift certificates, will be auctioned off during a reception in October.
When a friend saw a photo of what I had painted, she said in horror, "You put a cat on a birdhouse!!!" I know....what was I thinking???
Here are a couple of more views showing the painting on all four sides.
This is one of my entries in the plein air show at the Dallas Heritage Village. Need a doctor? This is where you would go in the late 1800"s, complete with examining room, operating room and pharmacy all in one place.
The art show will be in October at Heritage Village, I'm sure there will be some great plein air paintings in the exhibit.
Knew one of these days that my photo of this dog would become a painting! I was out at one of the local parks painting en plein air when this dog jumped in the nearby water fountain, was so glad I had my camera with me to capture this happy guy coolin' off!
Have been painting so many local historical buildings lately for two upcoming shows that I had to "take a break" and paint something else. This one made me happy!
The is the bell tower at the Monteagle Sunday School Assembly, part of the Chautaugua movement in the US at the turn of the century, located in East Tennessee between Nashville and Chattanooga. I'll be taking it to The Gallery on the Assembly in a few weeks. This entire area is filled with quaint old Victorian homes built in the late 1800's to the early 1900's. My husband will be teaching a photography class there and I'm planning on a week of plein air painting. A little slice of early Americana!
Painted with our Monday group of plein air painters yesterday and found this lovely spot south of downtown Dallas with the Trinity River and the top of the Reunion Tower in the background. For those of you who aren't familiar with Dallas, the tower is a big part of our skyline. An elevator takes you up 50 stories to a restaurant and observation deck.
The proceeds from this painting will benefit the Oklahoma Tornado victims by supporting Mercy Chefs, a non-profit, faith based, charitable organization committed to serving professionally prepared meals, during local, state and national disasters and emergencies. My son's in-laws have had devastating losses in Moore, and while he was there helping with the clean up, his family was served food from Mercy Chefs. Please consider taking this proud bird home and helping in this worthy cause.
This is a painting for our son's new office. It was painted from a photograph on his property in Gilmer which is in East Texas, a beautiful section of our state that is also referred to as the Piney Woods. Overlooking the 15 acre lake has been one of his favorite places to be in that "get away zone" for peace and tranquility. Hope this painting continues to take him back to that "quiet place".
Bought this beautiful copper tray at my favorite shopping spot, a garage sale. Was visiting my son in Houston and on an early morning walk, I stopped at a sale and asked them to "hold" this tray while I went back to the house for money. I thought it was well worth the extra walking!
Robert E Lee statue on his horse Traveller, at Lee Park in Dallas. On June 12, 1936, the statue was unveiled by President Franklin D. Roosevelt. A smaller-than-actual-size replica of Lee's Virginia home, Arlington House, is also located in the park. Our Monday plein air group is still painting historical sites in the Dallas area.
Have had several beautiful Spring days to paint with my local plein air group. This is the gazebo at Versailles Park in Highland Park, also called Echo Park by my children because you can stand in the middle of the gazebo and your voice will echo. The area is a perfect example of the dogwoods, azaleas and tulips that are in bloom here in the Spring.
This park also has fond memories for our family because our son proposed to his wife here and she later had her bridal portrait photographed here. A similar painting was their first anniversary gift.
This is my "quick draw" painting from the Outdoor Painters Society weekend show, Plein Air Southwest at Southwest Gallery. The timed quick draw event was held at the Dallas Arboretum with about 40 artists completing a painting from 10-12. These were quickly framed, delivered to the gallery to be hung on the "wet wall" for the opening reception from 3-7. That's the reason for the hasty, not so good photograph. But I am happy to say that the painting sold within the first hour of the show.
Here are my other two plein air pieces that were juried into the show about a month ago. If you are in the area, visit the gallery for a real visual treat!
Here is the gallery link for all the artists in the show, along with their paintings:
Several months ago the Highland Park Presbyterian Church had an art show for our plein air group that paints historical sites in Dallas. We had painted outside their church and they wanted to feature these paintings in a month long art show. With the success of that show, they wanted us to paint some of the features inside the church which will result in a show there for most of the Spring months.
These are my three entries to the show that will start mid April.
The angel sculpture and also the altar cross are works of one of the church's members, Barvo Walker, who is well know internationally, and especially locally for his replacement sculpture on our Texas State Capital, and also of the fireman and child sculpture from the photo after the Oklahoma City bombing.
Thanks for visiting my blog featuring my most recent oil paintings. I have an art degree from Southern Methodist University and spent about 10 years marketing my paintings through museum art shows, decorators and representation at the Dallas Decorative Center. I put the paints aside for a few years to pursue other business and design interests, but most recently have returned to oil painting. If purchase information is not listed, email me personally if you are interested. Thanks for visiting my blog.