Friday, December 31, 2010


6 x 6 Oil on Ampersand Gessobord

I wanted to do something quick and actually keep it quick and loose. I found some kiwis in the fridge so there is my subject. I've never painted kiwis so not only was it quick, but lots of fun, too. Perfect!

Tomorrow is 2011 - Already? Yikes, that was fast!!
To Everyone -

Thursday, December 30, 2010


8x8 Oil on Ampersand Gessobord n

This was really FUN to paint!! It is my submission for Studio Atelier's December challenge. I decided to do something entirely different and sort of in the style of Matisse. Who knows, I might try this again! :-)

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Monday, December 27, 2010

$20.00 CHAIR

6x6 Oil on Ampersand Gessobord

What idiot chose "chair" as a challenge on the Some Texas Artists Like to Paint site? ......... Oh, that would be me! What was I thinking? This was not easy, so I guess it definitely was a challenge for me. Despite the fact that it was a struggle and there were two wipe outs, it was really good to be painting again after a fantastic holiday. Click on the link above to see some really good chairs.

After the wipe outs I thought about posting this clever joke with a blank canvas. I can leave the blank canvas, but laughter is always welcome!

An eccentric philosophy professor gave a one question final exam after a semester dealing with a broad array of topics. The class was already seated and ready to go when the professor picked up his chair, plopped it on his desk and wrote on the board: "Using everything we have learned this semester, prove that this chair does not exist."

Fingers flew, erasers erased, notebooks were filled in furious fashion. Some students wrote over 30 pages in one hour attempting to refute the existence of the chair. One member of the class however, was up and finished in less than a minute.

Weeks later when the grades were posted, the rest of the group wondered how he could have gotten an A when he had barely written anything at all. His answer consisted of two words: "What chair?"

Friday, December 24, 2010

I want to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and to thank all of you who have taken the time to visit my blog! Those of you who have commented with encouraging words this past year have meant a great deal to me. When I began blogging I had no idea I would meet such wonderful people and become friends with so many of you. It is a joy to share this art journey with each and everyone!

Blessings -

Monday, December 20, 2010


6x6 Oil on Ampersand Gessobord

This is a Comice Pear. They are small with sensuous shapes and colors that sing. With all that is going on this time of year I am enjoying painting a familiar subject.

Friday, December 17, 2010


7x5 Oil on Ampersand Gessobord

Joy is a Christmas decoration. She usually stands on the kitchen counter, but sometimes she is located elsewhere. She is one of my favorite little decorations. She is always happy!

Get your merry on and have
a wonderful week-end!!

Monday, December 13, 2010


5x5 Oil on Ampersand Gessobord n

I don't know why, but hot chocolate always tastes better in a Christmas mug!

Friday, December 10, 2010


5x7 Oil on Ampersand Gessobord

In explanation of the "grays" in my last post I grayed each color using the compliment. I didn't want it to be grayed in the traditional since of black and white grays, but a hue taken to a gray. I was very tired when I posted my painting and didn't add any commentary. Lesson learned! :-)


Wednesday, December 8, 2010


6x6 Oil on Ampersand Gessobord

Red pears are realllllly red! They are so beautiful with their color and shape. Pears are always fun to paint.

Monday, December 6, 2010


6x6 Oil on Ampersand Gessobord

Shallots from Central Market ended up in my still life today. I may paint them again as it was fun to try to capture the values, colors and the modeling. Not perfect, but I am pleased with the outcome, so I may try it again. Painting is such a joy!

Sunday, December 5, 2010


6x6 Oil on Ampersand Gessobord

Beautiful, large naval oranges were piled high at Central Market. I wish I could have brought my paints into the produce department and painted all those oranges. Not being able to do that I bought a few and painted this still life ........ then I ate my set up! Not only are they large, but they are sweet and juicy.

Saturday, December 4, 2010


6x6 Oil on Ampersand Gessobord

This was painted from a photograph I took in an old cemetery in Savannah, Georgia. There were so many interesting grave stones. Some were very large as this one. In addition to being tall it was elaborate with sculpture that was a testament to a very affluent family. This detail is nice for a value study. AND, just for fun .........

Friday, December 3, 2010


5x7 Oil on Ampersand Gessobord

Virtual Paintout is such fun! This month Bill Guffey sent us to County Clare, Ireland. The photography was, in my opinion, better than former places we've visited. It was a delight to explore this beautiful area of the world. Click HERE to view art work and take the challenge yourself.

On another note, I love dogs, especially my dog, Maggie. However, I also love other people's and I just looked at Suzanne Berry's blog with the portrait of one of her Pugs (she has two). Her story of falling in love with these dogs is funny and just fun to read. Take a minute and click HERE to read her story, see a great painting and a photograph of her two cute Pugs!

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