Monday, May 31, 2010


6x6 Oil on Ampersand Gessobord

This is my submission for ROOKIEPAINTER. These little ceramic birds were fun to paint and a challenge for me. Check out this blog. You might enjoy this challenge, too.

Sunday, May 30, 2010


6x6 Oil on Ampersand Gessobord

This is my submission to Windows to the Words ART for the May challenge. I wanted to have a butterfly sitting on a paintbrush, but was in kind of a hurry so that just didn't happen. Visit Windows to the Words ART. I think you will be pleased!

Friday, May 28, 2010


New!!! Boating attire for this season in the Gulf of Mexico. Brought to you by BP.

What a sad way to introduce you to a new blog. I was invited to be a part of Some Texas Artists Like to Paint. We have two challenges for the month of June. One is "anything Texas!" and the other is "Oil Spill Sorrow." I did this sketch for the second challenge and as you can imagine it was not easy. I will spare you and not get on my soap box about this tragedy, but focus on something positive. Some Texas Artists Like to Paint has a fantastic group of people - Gwen Bell, Ann Rogers, Angela Elledge, Mitzi Easley, Nancy Medina, Roxanne, James Parker, and Kay Wyne. I am honored to be part of this talented and creative group. Please take some time and visit Some Texas Artists Like to Paint. You are going to see some great art in the coming months!!

Thursday, May 27, 2010


6X6 Oil on Ampersand Gessobord

When I first visited Goggle Maps this month for the Virtual Paintout I discovered a new tool labeled "Earth". This tool allows views from a bird's eye - very interesting. I mistakingly used it instead of the "Street View." Of course, I couldn't submit it to Virtual Paintout, but decided to go ahead and post here. I had so much fun with the different views and this was fun to paint. I think this is a church with surrounding buildings. The perspective while using "Earth" is off, but I like it - makes the views different. Click here and visit Virtual Paintout and enjoy some nice art work.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010


6x6 Oil on Ampersand Gessobord

This is another submission to Virtual Paintout. I'm not as pleased with this one as I am with my first painting for this month's challenge. But, as always, I enjoyed painting it. I'm looking forward to seeing June's destination!

Sunday, May 16, 2010


6x6 Oil on Ampersand Gessobord

I tried to use as few brush strokes as possible on this painting, however I certainly did not accomplish what I set out to do. I messed with it too much and I have no excuse for it. However, I'm fairly pleased with how it turned out. I may try peas again as it was fun and when the light hits the pods and peas there are many different greens.

Friday, May 14, 2010


6x6 Oil on Ampersand Gessobord

When painting for this month's Virtual Paintout challenge I kept thinking - SQUINT! MASS! SIMPLIFY! All of which I need to remind myself (among other things!!). I think I succeeded. This was really fun to paint! The Czech Republic is a beautiful country. I found it difficult to decide on what to paint. I spent a lot of time just exploring!

Have a fun filled weekend!!

Thursday, May 13, 2010


This is a very quick oil sketch from a photograph. I wanted to do something different and also to limit my brush strokes. It certainly isn't a museum piece, but I think I succeeded in what I set out to do. I intended to lay a brush stroke and not touch it, but his head was just too wide - made him look VERY strange - so I had to change it. All others are put down and that is where they stayed. It is good practice and it was fun to do. I love to paint!!!

Friday, May 7, 2010


6x6 Oil on Ampersand Gessobord n

Another try at the pears. I think this may be one of many more to come. Practice! Practice! Practice!


Wednesday, May 5, 2010


6x6 Oil on Ampersand Gessobord n

I found these pears at Central Market. They aren't Asian pears, which are usually round. I can't remember the name. They are fairly round and nice colors. They look more like apples. I have no idea how they taste. I used them as subjects for several days and by the time I was finished with them - they were finished!

WIPE OUT by the Sufaris

Barbara Muir sent me this video for my last post. How appropriate!! Thank you, Barbara!!!

Monday, May 3, 2010


8x6 Oil on Raymar Canvas Panel

Well, last week I had MANY learning experiences! I lost count on how many times I wiped out my paintings. And they are learning experiences, although sometimes I wonder what I am learning. Maybe patience? Determination? Drawing skills? Color mixing? I think it was a number of things. One thought that continued throughout the week was how much I love to paint. Even when I don't produce a painting that I like I just love the process. :-)

These tulips are a submission to the rookiepainter challenge. It was fun and I painted on a canvas panel, which was different for me. If you are interested in challenges, this one is fun.

I am lifting my diet Coke and "Here's to everyone having a great week with few wipe outs!!!"
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