Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Still Lake

Still lake is another painting I did along with my students that I teach on Monday nights. The rocks in the forground brought alot of groans from the ladies as they tried a new double loaded brush technique. What is a simple thing to me sometimes causes alot of anguish to my students. It is all part of the learning process. One day they will wonder why this seemed so hard to them.
This was done on a 16" x 20" canvas in oil. It is not for sale as my grandson has placed a claim on it. He likes the quiet stillness of the mountains reflections in the water.
Well this is the last post for a couple of days. This is First Monday Trade Days weekend here in Canton, Texas, and I own a small bed and bath business. I am totally booked from Thursday night until Sunday, and I have to go clean rooms and get ready for my guests. So it is no painting for me for the next couple of days. (I bet I do try to find at least an hour somewhere to paint something!).

Saturday, November 24, 2007

Country Road in Spring

Today is a cold wet dreay day, so I painted a Springtime scene of a country road with flowers blooming in the field and along the roadside. The rain did sneak in though as there are puddles of water on the road. It has made me feel a little lighter in mood. I hope it does the same for you.

This is a 16" x 20" oil on canvas. Price is $125.00. To purchase this painting email me at .

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Peaceful Waterfall

Happy Thanksgiving! Today I recieved an email from Rhonda Byrne (she wrote the book "The Secret") about gratitude and how just the two words "Thank you" can change your life. She is correct in that. We get so caught up in our day to day lives that we just completely forget to stop and say Thank you for even being alive! So today I share with you a painting I call "Peaceful Waterfall". It is from a photo I took on one of my forays in to nature. Just the sound of the quietly rushing water from this little fall soothed my soul and made me feel so alive in the moment. I am grateful to God for giving me artistic abilities to do my paintings and sculptures, and making it possible for me to share them with anyone who comes along to look at them. To me, art in it's simplist form brings light and beauty to our sometimes dreary world. I hope that viewing my paintings on this blog will bring a little brightness to your day as well. Have a joyous Holiday season .

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Color Variation Study of Roses

Today I am posting two small rose studies. I still have to put dew drops on the round pink and lavendar rose. These are both oil on wood. The yellow rose on the oval measures 5" x 3 1/2" and the pink rose on the round measures 4 1/2 ". They will be listed on ebay after the Thanksgiving Holiday. If you would like to purchase them before hand email me at Purchase price is $45.00 each.

Monday, November 19, 2007

Deep Red Rose

Roses are my absolute favorite flower to paint. I learned a wonderful technique quite a few years ago from a wonderful lady named Joan Johnson. She taught me just how to look at real roses and come up with the perfect color mixtures to create realistic roses on wood and tin surfaces. I also use this same method on canvas (if truth be known I will paint a rose on anything that will sit still long enough). I feel so fortunate to have taken lessons from this very talented artist when I did. Joan is no longer with us. She passed on about seven years ago. I do charish the knowlege she left with me and many other artists that were lucky enough to have learned from her.

This rose is painted on a 10" x10" canvas panel. SOLD.

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Kalahari Sunset

This painting was done from a photo I took while watching an episode ofMeerkat Manor on The Animal Planet network. I was surprised that I could actually take a digital photo of my tv screen. I used it as another subject for my painting class. I am always looking for new and different things for the ladies in my class to paint. This one is on a 16" x20" canvas.
Oh my goodness! I just looked at the clock and it is 1:38 a.m. I have alot to do tommorrow (I mean today) so this is the last post for tonight. Tommorrow I will post Roses!

Mountain View Lake

I teach an oil painting class where I live in Canton, Texas. This is one of the paintings that I did while instructing that class. And because it was done while instructing there are things that are a little off kilter in this painting. I have found it hard to keep things in perspective while standing to one side or the other of the easel so that the class can see what I am doing. Some times I feel like I am hanging upside down from the top of the easel just so they can see!
It is as much of a learning experience for me as it is for them. This is a beginners wet on wet class, and I have to keep it simple for them as most of them have never picked up a brush before. You would be amazed at what these ladies have learned, and how beautiful their paintings turn out.

My First Post

Posting a blog is a new experience for me, but I have been so impressed by all of the wonderful artwork I have viewed on so many painting a day blogs that I decided to join in the fun. It may take me a little time to get the hang of this, but here goes! My very first post!