Saturday, April 19, 2014

"Power to the Bluebonnets"

9 x 12
oil on canvas panel

Spring is the best time to head south of Dallas to the Palmer/Ennis area to find the bluebonnets in bloom. Met several other plein air painter friends there last week to capture the beauty of our Texas state flower in full bloom. The rancher whose house is in the background came out to visit with us just as we were setting up. There is a designated Bluebonnet Trail in this area and the property owners are more than generous and welcoming.
Someone said that if you are a painter and live it Texas, you HAVE to paint the bluebonnets...it's the law!!!

Friday, February 28, 2014

"Hill Country Shadows"

16 x 20
oil on canvas

The hill country in Central Texas offers the most beautiful views!

Friday, February 7, 2014

"Hillside Siesta"

9 x 12
oil on canvas

Knew immediately as we rounded a corner on a country road in the Cumberland Mountains in Tennessee that this "had" to be a painting. Sometimes scenes just "speak to you"...I love when that happens!

Thursday, January 30, 2014

"South Rim"

9 x 12
oil on canvas

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!

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Barn at White Rock Lake

9 x 12
oil on canvas

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.

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

"Buddy"

6 x 6
oil on panel
sold

A Christmas gift commission for a friend's granddaughter, hope it was a hit. I was told that Buddy always has his tennis ball, so that had to be included in the painting.

8 x 10
oil on canvas
sold

Another commission, headed to Tennessee.

Hope everyone had a very Merry Christmas. Wishing you a new year filled with good health, happiness, and good art!

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Christmas Greetings

6 x 6
oil on panel
sold

Wishing everyone a very Merry "Doggone Good" Christmas as we head into the last week of this special holiday!

Monday, September 30, 2013

"Young Indian Girl"

8 x 10
oil on canvas panel
available at Adobe Western Art Gallery

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! 
Thanks for following along!

Saturday, September 28, 2013

"Pueblo Girl"

8 x 10
Oil on canvas

A  young beauty from the Indian pueblo.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

"Fuel City Longhorn"

8 x 10
oil on canvas
sold

Several of these guys live between two expressways in a grassy space behind a business called Fuel City. A nice bit of "Texas" right in the middle of the big city!

Sunday, September 22, 2013

"American Indian"

8 x 10
oil on canvas
available at Adobe Western Art Gallery


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. 

Sunday, September 15, 2013

"Boxer"

12 x 12 x 1 1/2
oil on stretched gallery canvas
sold

Half way through the 30 Paintings in 30 Days, # 15!!! What does this boxer have to do with the Indian theme of the challenge...absolutely nothing!

Saturday, September 14, 2013

"Tribal Leader"

8 x 10
oil on canvas


 Day 14 in 30 Paintings in 30 Days.

Friday, September 13, 2013

"Cowboy Fan"

8 x 10
oil on canvas


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. 
This is #13 in the 30 Paintings in 30 Days.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

"Cactus"

8 x 10
oil on canvas-$95

 Day 12 of 30 Paintings in 30 Days. This was painted from a photo taken inside the garden gates of the Alamo in San Antonio. Loved all the shades of blues and greens accented by the cactus blossoms.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

"Indian Village"

8 x 10
oil on canvas-$95

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.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

"Straw Hat"

8 x 10
oil on canvas

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!

Monday, September 9, 2013

"Dog"

8 x 10
oil on canvas-$95

I know that my 30 Paintings in 30 Days theme is the Indian and the West. Well, this looks like an Indian dog...right?

Sunday, September 8, 2013

"Indian Territory"

8 x 10
oil on canvas-$95

It's been a week now since the 30 Paintings in 30 Days challenge started, here is entry number eight.

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Friday, September 6, 2013

"Papoose"




8 x 10
oil on canvas

This mother and child painting is entry number 6 in the 
30 Paintings in 30 Days. I'm also including the block in
to show the beginning stages and some of the values in the 
early stages.    
   

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Monday, September 2, 2013

"Warm Blanket"

8 x 10
oil on canvas
available at Adobe Western Art Gallery

Day two of the 30 Paintings in 30 Days. Thanks for following along on this challenge with Indian and Western theme.

Sunday, September 1, 2013

"Chief"

8 x 10
oil on canvas
Available at Adobe Western Art Gallery

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!

Saturday, August 31, 2013

Birdhouse


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.

Saturday, August 3, 2013

"Doctor's Office-1895"

9 x 12
oil on canvas

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.

Sunday, July 14, 2013

"Coolin' Off"

11 x 14
oil on stretched canvas

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!

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

"Pilot Grove Church-1895"

9 x 12
oil on canvas
sold

Pilot Grove Church is one of the older structures at Dallas Heritage Village, home to the largest and finest collection of 19th century pioneer and Victorian homes and commercial buildings in Texas. 
Several days of plein air painting this week with the wonderful cooler July temps, and Heritage Park offers limitless painting opportunities.

Monday, June 24, 2013

"Bell Tower-MSSA"

9 x 12
oil on canvas
sold

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!

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Dallas Reunion Tower

9 x12
oil on  canvas

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.

Thursday, May 30, 2013

"Proud Bird"

9 x 12
oil on canvas

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.   

$95 on the Daily Paintworks 

Thursday, May 9, 2013

"Gilmer"

30 x 40
oil on stretched canvas
nfs

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". 

Friday, May 3, 2013

Copper Tray

11 x 14
oil on stretched canvas, $125
sold


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!

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

"Colley Whisson Workshop"

10 x 14
oil on board
sold

Have just had the joy of taking a fantastic four day workshop with Australian artist Colley Whisson. http://www.colleywhisson.com/

Be sure to check out his website and take the time to watch some of his demos on YouTube. His use of color and the ability to capture light in a painting is like watching a magic act.

These are my four paintings from the workshop, following along with him as he did a demo each day on his step by step process.

10 x 14
oil on board
sold

12 x 16
oil on board
sold

12 x 16 
oil on board

Saturday, April 27, 2013

"Thanks For The Ride"

16 x 20
oil on stretched canvas

Loved these two little girls showing appreciation for their horse and buggy ride through the town of Estes Park, Co. This painting is going to the ACA art show at a local gallery for the month of May.

Monday, April 22, 2013

Robert E Lee Statue

9 x 12
oil on canvas

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.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

"Versailles Park Gazebo"

9 x 12
Oil on canvas
$125


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. 

Sunday, April 7, 2013

"Morning Light"

9 x 12
oil on canvas
sold

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:
http://swgallery.com/artists.aspx?style_id=28