August 26, 2009

Artistic Evening

Tonight Dan and I attended the opening event with her original art, at the Johnny Carino's restaurant for Carol Henry. That was a fun and delicious evening event. Now I am satisfied from a delicious dinner, and I need some sleep soon...but is a posting of an Azalea's pastel.

August 25, 2009

Almost time for Golden Aspens

Yes, it's almost time to make a run North to capture the visual stimulation that comes with the changing of colors of the Aspen groves. This is a quick post tonight because it was the first night of class - that Computer Course I am teaching. It is going to be a fun and enriching semester.

August 24, 2009

ASH or Austin State Hospital

Taking a few days from the day job to reconnect with my Artistic self. Doing the big Art Shuffle, moving paintings from one location to another. Sure wish some of the paintings would begin to be in demand and a few SALES would happen. Maybe a rearrangement and changing placement will help. I finished one painting in the "Quitaque Gals in Caprock Canyon" Series today. It feels so right. I know that is where I am supposed to be - in the Studio. I belong there. All of these other items are just distractions. Maybe that is what LIFE is all about, learning to discern the distractions.
Tonight's painting is another from the Landscape series from one of my working journey's to Austin. It's only a 5x7" Oil rendering of a building on the grounds of Austin State Hospital.

August 20, 2009

Dallas Arboretum Pastel- Thursday Night

Whew. Lots of meetings this week, and then some disappointing news, and another funeral to attend. Life is kind of harsh sometimes. The good news is I am back on the roster as an ADJUNCT at our local Community College - I'll be teaching about computers again, on Tuesday night. I need to move into teaching some ART too. Loving the opportunities, but it means more work! Still as part of the big master plan, it is all good. Tonight's painting is a Pastel work from the Dallas Arboretum. Tomorrow I head into Fort Worth to wish Mamacita a Happy Birthday, and a check on the lil sis who is not doing so well health wise. Busy world, busy life. I love this life, don't you?

August 19, 2009

The Red Roof

Another striking pastel of a lovely home in Annapolis, Maryland. A home with a red roof. This is a pastel rendering on illustration board. Woah, it is late and I am tired, so I guess this is all I have to say about it. Oh, except I am hoping to take some more days off next week...days to PAINT! Days to pretend I am living my dream.

August 18, 2009

The Bench Series Ends where it Began

Tonight's painting was the first in the Bench Series. It is called "Cool Morning Light". When I created this painting, it was like a light bulb went off concerning working thematically. I have enjoyed the unity and structure of working this plan. There are still several themes I wish to explore before my ticket gets punched. Guess I better get busier.
Hard to do after a day job that is mind-numbing and keeps one busy as a cat with a long tail in a room full of rocking chairs.

August 17, 2009

August is the Hottest Month

And sometimes it seems like the most sad month too. We lost a friend this month. It just underscores the brevity and sanctity that is life. After the numbness and sadness stopped jangling the nerves, some small things got done. That is the way life is - we go on until we leave for that next great and mysterious journey.
I guess I am going to hide all of the following phrases in the great big painting on the easel right now. You think about it - do they all mean the same thing? "It is what it is, A matter of Fate, It's chance, Que Garne, It's destiny, are you in the right place at the right time?, Everything is going somewhere, All that begins must end..." These are words to be hidden in the painting titled "Blue Chair". The painting that eludes me tonight.
Tonight's listing, however, is a study for a part of the Bench Series called "Spectrum". Spectrum because of the rich, wide range of color.
Tomorrow I will talk about the good parts of this weekend. That would be hanging out at Mecca on Main, and reorganizing the space. I shot some photo's as I left, and will add those to this blog.

August 11, 2009

Finished Commission-Waiting to Dry

Three new works, that took far too long because of far too many interruptions. Tonight we impatiently await for them to dry so they can be shipped to their most patient patrons! I wish I could see their face when they review these newest images of the originals.
Did you know you could have your own original? Now is the time to order, well before Christmas. All it takes is an email, small deposit and a high quality image of your precious pet.

August 10, 2009

Another Week as Time Slips on By

Some days it is harder than others not to get discouraged. I think that means that I did not do enough for someone else today, or I did not create something new today. We have to move outside of our world and our personal demands in order to push past our daily pains and worries. Getting out of that bubble is a requirement to be whole. This is why painting, drawing and creating work well to ward off our discouragement. Creating steps us outside of our world, and humbly presents our personal vision. This weekend was purposeful and much was accomplished. There are two small works developing nicely on the easel, and there are two dog portraits drying and soon to ship.
But for today, since 4:30am comes so early, this day is about done- and tonight's painting is a study called Sentries. Two wonderful chairs in the woods, more places to emotionally and mentally rest.

August 6, 2009

Another Place to Rest-In the Fall

I need to go back and visit the Dallas Arboretum -where this is painted from. It is HIGH Summer right now. I have done Spring and Fall, I need to do the intense seasons- Summer and Winter. Anyway, I hope you enjoy this evening's post and that it brings you a place to mentally rest. This is a 5x7" original Oil.

August 5, 2009

Another Place to Rest Midweek

Another hasty posting as the week goes on. This is another small oil in the bench painting series.

August 4, 2009

Awesome Opening Night at Oxide

WOW! This was a great fun night! An opening at the Oxide Gallery in Denton. Lots of family and lots of friends. Beautiful! Quick posting it ended up being a late night, and tomorrow morning comes nice and early. Tonight's posting we have another in the Bench Series.

August 3, 2009

Bench Painting Series and Manic Monday

When I go to the day job, I am always planning on taking a 5 minute break and doing one thing about my art each day. You would think I could take that 5 minute break. But life is so hectic there that the 5 minutes is never available. I'm going to work harder at that, especially on Monday's. Even if it is 5 minutes to plan on working on the evening's do some mental painting, so to speak. When I do that, I find the painting is done much faster. Tonight's offering is a 22x28" pastel on board. Remember to drop me an email if you are ever interested in acquiring any of the works you see here.

August 2, 2009

Wonderful Weekend - Perfect World

Wow! This was a perfect world weekend. This morning I was rocking in the gentle waves of a very calm lake, hanging outside of the sailboat in a sandy cove. We were out on the Lake almost at sun-up, and the world was most outstanding. Now I realize this means I was not in the Studio cranking out the work, but everything was so soothing and perfect that I suspect there will be artistic residuals. And there has been something very positive and invigorating about removing the exhaustion factor. Tonight's posting is a 5x7" in the Bench Series of paintings.