Thursday, April 29, 2010

04/29/10 My Donation to the Turtle Creek Chorale

This is my donation to the Turtle Creek Chorale fundraiser. Our painting associate, Grant asked for a donation from all the artists in our studio. I painted this for a Virtual Paintout last year. I had it framed and it looks great. Hope it brings in some $$$ for them.
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Saturday, April 24, 2010

04/24/10 Busy, Busy Day

Finally, ( I know this is backwards) I began working on a tiny "Bottoms Up" (4x6) that will also be framed for the W.T. show on Saturday, May 1st.
Next I finished this little single oyster - 4x6 in. It will be framed for the W.T. show.
I finished up the plate of oysters for the Wine Therapist show and added the last of the details!
I got to the studio early (9:30) this morning and decided to change the background on Sharon Hodges portrait. It had been bothering me for a while now. Originally it was the light blue like Kay's - but I never liked it so I put in my new favorite color - warm gray. I think it is MUCH more flattering to Sharon's skin tones and Georgia's coat.

04/24/10 On My Easel

Not quite finished with these oysters but they are looking good. These were just as much fun to paint as the first ones that already have a home. These oysters can be seen and bought at the Wine Therapist on May 1st.
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Tuesday, April 20, 2010

04/20/10 The Cheebster

This year Chibi, my French Bulldog, turned six years old! My friends say that when they die, they would like to come back as one of my pets! ( I do spoil him) Chibi is very patient with me and "the sweetest thing God ever made." He looks at me with those adoring eyes and I just melt. He is also a favorite with Miss Cherry over at Kinder Kritter where I take him for sleepovers when I do go out of town. As Cherry tells me,"He may not be perfect, but he's perfect for me."
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Thursday, April 15, 2010

04/15/10 Finally Finished

I really love the background colors in this painting. The oysters were not too difficult to paint but getting the right opalescence for the shells WAS challenging. I'm sorry it doesn't show up better in this photo.
This painting will be shown at The Wine Therapist in Lakewood opening on May 1st. Come see all the Studio Art and Soul artists and paintings there in May.
Finally finished my giant cupcakes painting. Very simple but a "Fun" painting for a little girl's room or a funky kitchen. I used Liquin Impasto to raise the frosting on the cupcakes. Interesting medium to experiment with.

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Monday, April 12, 2010

4/12/10 On my Easel

I actually began this painting last Tuesday - the background. Started on the oysters today and I have a lot of work to do tomorrow but this is a good start. I wanted to make sure the colors went well with the background. I think I will be forced to add some of the pinkish and bluer tones before it is all over. I want to make sure to make it very loose. I'm thinking this might be a good entry for our upcoming show at The Wine Therapist in Lakewood on May 1st.

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Wednesday, April 7, 2010

04/07/10 Vivian, completed

Amazingly, it only took two days to finish Vivian. I am pleased with the finished product and happy that I have a new recipe for flesh tones.
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Sunday, April 4, 2010

4/4/10 Vivian - on the easel

I spent a long day at the studio yesterday with Sharon and Kay. It was so much fun - especially since I hadn't really painted in quite a while. I took poor Chibi with me and the long hours wore him out.
This is Vivian, the granddaughter of my friend Theodosious, Teddy, that I spent time with in Round Top, Tx. I drew her off and had wanted to just get a start on her and suddenly I couldn't stop. My plans of getting home by 6:00 were shot and I just painted. If I hadn't had Chibi with me I might have stayed later than 8:00. Sometimes when I start a portrait I HAVE to continue until I get the right look. I tried a new combination of complexion colors and was pleased so I wanted to get as far as possible before stopping in case I couldn't duplicate this formula again.

Hope Teddy will like her surprise! (once it is finished and dried)

4/3/10 Giant Cupcakes

This is a reprise of my little cupcakes on hormones! I'm not finished yet but it will be a while before all the frosting (3D) dries. I added some liquin impasto to the paint to give that third dimension to my painting. It was very much like frosting a cupcake - then I will do the "fun"part of putting on the sprinkles and "voila`"Giant Cupcakes! This was done as a lark and because I was teaching at the time and needed to "get in tune" with my inner child. Now I hope to feel more like Julia Childs when it is finished!