March 31, 2009

Amaryllis on Tuesday

Long, hard day. Long, tiring evening - in the classroom right after work. So just another quick post. This one you have seen a smaller version. This original is a 4x4' oil on canvas.

March 30, 2009

Morning D'Light on Monday

Too tired for anything but a quick image post. This is another pastel from an early morning in Washington, D.C. Monday's wear me out.

March 29, 2009

Bluebonnet on Sunday Night

Busy weekend - Saturday was the fun of the Gallery Walk. Spring is definitely here. The Texas Artist Coalition at the Fort Worth Art Center is looking really promising. What a great bunch of folks. Looking at all of the work has motivated me to keep moving forward. I have also begun to pursue my Art Marketing Plan and Studio RE-Organization and planning. I also found Mecca on Main in Aubrey, and hope to connect with them soon. Tonight's posting is the classic Texas Bluebonnet, another pastel on paper.

March 26, 2009

Quick post tonight...just a Texas painting of a Texas flower. This one has a story. Bubbles accidentally popped on the paper, when the nephews were visiting the studio...and a really cool affect occurred on the paper. Looking at another real busy weekend...birthday parties and Gallery Night in Fort Worth. I've got to start preparing for the exhibit on the 26th in Pilot Point, too, and I really need to get the "Family" series out of my head and onto canvas and paper. Life is full. Life is good. Life is the Studio in the Back!

March 25, 2009

Five Zinnia's- Wednesday Night

Cold Rain today. And the first night of positive input from a program sponsored and presented by Alyson Stanfield. Looking forward to trying out some online training for something besides computer and logical knowledge. I think this is going to be a very good thing. On another subject, this weekend is Birthday weekend...Happy Birthday to Stefanie! AND Happy Birthday to Mimaw...the 90th birthday. Big day. And it is also GALLERY night on Saturday, so Spring Time is starting off really busy. And flowery...lots of flowers. So tonight I'm posting another floral...called Five Zinnia's. It is another pastel on paper. Well, re-reading this I am kind of bouncing all over the place tonight. Maybe tomorrow will be better, but for now...maybe some sleep will bring my brain back to center.

March 24, 2009

Bench in the Pink Garden on Tuesday Night

Busy night. Getting started on my first online Arts course by Alyson Stanfield. The course is on Getting Organized. I hope it helps and motivates. So I became engrossed on some of this online stuff. I really need to not touch the computer tomorrow and get back to the paint and the easel. For tonight we have a pastel - a pink pastel.

March 23, 2009

Columbine on Monday Evening

What a most excellent Spring Break. Fredericksburg has really changed since I was last there...of course, back then it was small ones and camping, so everything looked different. It was a nice long escape, and a good time-out from the stress, the deadlines, the rules and the regulations. And we did find some great landscaping and eyeball enchantments at the local Wineries. Tonight's painting is a large pastel on paper of an abstracted Colorado Columbine.

March 18, 2009

Wednesday Escaping- Red Amaryllis

Since there was a slight delay on our Spring Fling escape, I snuck on up here to the studio for a quick posting to the blog, a check of the email, and one last check of the day-job workload...not that I can help today. Today's posting is a little imagery test. I am wondering how the load time will be with this image. I guess if it is bad, I can take it down and try something different. This blog is a great way to keep my feet wet, so to speak. It is a perfect testing bed for how something looks or feels when it is posted on the web.
This painting started as a 5x7" study of a Christmas Amaryllis...and then it went to a 16x20" oil on canvas. Past that it was also rendered as a 4' x 4' image on down the road. I found out how much I love to paint with RED! But the tubes of oil cadmium reds have become staggering in price. Regardless, feel the joy in the paint and the color?

It is Spring, and time for Spring Break. Now then, the Iris is one of those very excellent Spring type symbols. This is a very special Iris, and the color is different. Rare and Unique. This is another pastel, and this one is rendered on paper. I'll be taking off for a few days for the Holiday. Really needed time off -and doubtful any electronics where I will be. The Blue Iris will hold down the Fort.

March 16, 2009

Water Lily on Monday Evening

We are into Spring, so therefore into one of my favorite genres- the MacroFlorals. This has always been one of my favorite things to do, to get my eyeballs so close to the flower, the pollen gets on my eyelashes...and I become a part of the flower. Especially when the sun is shining, and it tickles my eyeballs. I tried enrolling in an online course today. We will see how that goes, I am hoping it is motivating. I need to get back to painting a small work every single day.
This week is Spring Break. I am going to runaway about Wednesday for a few days. I don't think there is any signal where I am going. Heck, I may give my wrist and fingers a break for a few days.
Today's posting is a different medium from the last few weeks postings. This is a soft pastel painting of an Austin Lotus. It is about 22x28" on paper.

March 13, 2009

Agave- Friday Night

Car is out of the shop...and I am a little more broke. However, we do what we have to do. I am simply happy to have it back. Even though I mostly ride a bike, there are days coming where that car might be my best friend. Quick posting and early to bed tonight...another oil painting on wood panel of the Agave cactus. Happy Friday all!

March 12, 2009

Agave & a Disappointing Thursday

Disappointing because I drove all the way to Fort Worth for a New Members event at the Museum, only to have my car fail on me just as I arrived in town. Didn't want to deal with unknown Engine troubles in the dark, so had to turn around and come straight back home. Missed the Members event and disappointed about the loss, also missed the opportunity to ride the bike or take a long walk, and wasted the rest of the night. Kind of mad at myself right now. And then there is the vehicle to deal with. What to do? Replacing a vehicle certainly does not fit into my plans this year. Alas. Well, regardless, tonight we will continue with the Agave Paintings. Another Oil on wooden panel.

March 11, 2009

Agave on Wednesday Night

The weather did indeed change. It did get very cold and rain is here. YEAH! In Texas in March, we love the rain, we need the rain. Now the bluebonnets at Mom's should be spectacular this year. And it looks like we are off into the Florals. There are a lot of these paintings. They are one of my favorite genres. Tonight's offering is like the egg before the hen...the Agave that produced the Tequila series. Anyway, this is also an Oil painting on wooden panel.

March 10, 2009

Angel Wing Begonia- Tuesday Night

Oh dear. Back in 1994 - or was it 1995...well anyway, one year back then I had an Art booth at an Art Fair and a tornado came through. Actually they called it straight line winds over 100 mph, so, since then I have been afraid of storms or strong winds. So here comes a storm and that makes this a quick evening post...and I will hide under the covers until the storm has passed. I hear the temperature is on its way down, and it feels like it is changing rapidly out there.
Tonight's posting is another 16x20" Oil on Canvas of an Angel Wing Begonia.

March 9, 2009

Cactus World -Monday Night

Hey, I kind of took the weekend off. Well, at least I did not stay in the studio all weekend. Since I seemed to be kind of artistically unproductive this weekend, I used the time well. I delivered new works to Milagros - the Frame and Gift Gallery in Fort Worth. And was excited that they sold some more work. YEAH! I feel like the little train that could..."I think I can-I think I can-I think I can". I'm going to make it just fine or better working full time as a Fine Artist and Illustrator very soon. Literally, I will soon get to be saying to myself "LIVING THE DREAM". The support of the digital world is an important part of that success. It was exhilarating to visit with the Gallery, and then make a quick run over to the Asel Art Supply store and load up on a few new tubes of paint...woohoo! 40% off a tube...still expensive, but better. I also visited the Amon Carter Museum. It is inspiring to be around a lot of fine and inspiring art work.
I also took some time for myself on Sunday and played in the garden and went for a long bicycle ride with a good friend. So, the weekend gave me value. The weekend gave me harmony and balance.
I've gotten a little carried away on the verbal tonight. The painting is an Oil on 16x20" canvas. It is called Cactus World. This time I included a close up.

March 6, 2009

Friday Night & the Aubrey Landscape

So happy for Friday nights. Torn on what to do with the day tomorrow...I wanted to visit the Chicken Farm Art Center in San Angelo, but that would be a 5 hour drive one way so 10 hours on the road- um- no, that's too much. So, I guess it is time to visit the Galleries in Fort Worth, and to call and see about trading works at the Milagro Gallery.
I also started working a little harder at selecting an Art Fair or two for the fall, and I need to find someone to revamp my website. I give up- it is time to seek help with the website. There are just not enough hours in the day, and I would rather be creating.
Tonight's painting belongs to Robin. It is the old peanut plant in the middle of town and just down from her house. Acrylic on 10x30" canvas.

March 5, 2009

Tea Set Still Life - Thursday Night

Boy, about Thursday evenings I begin to struggle to stay awake past 10pm. I hate being so tired and look forward to more energy one day soon. Trying to decide what to do this weekend. I suppose it depends on the weather, the rain will discourage any camping, the wind encourages shorter bicycle rides and more time in the Studio. BUT! It is time to begin socializing and visiting openings, art fairs, galleries and events. Cannot work in a vacuum, after all.
Tonight's posting is a tea set rendered in Oil on Canvas.

March 4, 2009

Tequila Still Life 4- Weds Night

Except for a couple of miniatures, this is the last tequila still life. I really enjoyed working on them, and I want to paint more of them a little later on down the road. I keep thinking of the "Family" series I want to work on. There are many facets to that pending series. I am painting them in my head right now and will be getting to the easel with these ideas really soon. It is a warm and windy night in Denton, Texas tonight. Spring -the season of productivity is coming very soon. But for now, let's try for a good nights sleep and a very productive tomorrow.

March 3, 2009

Tequila Still Life 3- Tuesday Night

Woohoo! Awesome news today, so I can quietly celebrate. It has been a very long time since I have entered a competition, but last month I did. Today I got the great news that my work was accepted in a Regional Fine Arts Competition and Exhibit in Irving. So I am happy and driven to work harder. Celebrate with me, have a shot of Tequila 3.

March 2, 2009

Tequila Still Life 2 - Monday Night

Lovely colors of turquoise, aqua, teal, pale blue, pale green. These colors are soothing to me. They almost do not go with the Tequila theme- tequila colors seem more like warm colors. Like Fire. This is the second of the Tequila Still Life paintings. And there is a secret with these paintings...the secret of the hidden images. 16 x 20" Original Oil on Canvas.

March 1, 2009

Tequila Still Life I- Sunday Night

Something about those beautiful and different bottles of tequila make an awesome still life. Good weekend- and back to work tomorrow.Tonight was a special night, we got to go to the special shops of Legacy, and took in a movie, then over for dinner at the kid's house. What a great day.