Tuesday, April 26, 2011


12x12 Oil on Ampersand
Cradled Gessobord

This is painted from a photograph found in Behind the Scenes hosted by Celeste Bergin. Each month there are three photographs posted and the artist can choose which to paint. There are always beautiful photos at this site, but this is the first time I've painted this challenge. I painted on a larger support, which I am learning to like. I can play with the paint more and I find that a real joy.

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Saturday, April 23, 2011

BTW ....

6x6 Oil on Ampersand Gessobord

I have the privilege of choosing this week's Daily Paintworks Challenge (thanks, again, Carol!) and this is my submission. I enjoyed going through some of my photographs from last year's trip to New York and then painting this young woman. I wanted to get the light that struck her blonde hair that was blowing in a strong wind and I think I succeeded. Her focus was on her phone and not on anything going on around her. She was just one of many interesting people that I saw and had the opportunity to photograph. Please go to DPW and have some fun with this week's challenge!

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Wednesday, April 20, 2011


8x10 Oil on Gessobord

Wet Canvas provided the reference photo for this painting. I've wanted to paint a ballerina for some time and finally took the leap. I used a complementary color scheme and will submit this to this week's DPW challenge. Capturing the light coming from behind her was also a consideration that I wanted to portray. This was another painting that was fun to do.

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Monday, April 18, 2011


8x10 Oil on Ampersand Gessobord

This is my submission to this week's Daily Paintworks Challenge. The challenge is all about color using one of two color wheels with one being the traditional wheel and one being the Munsell color wheel. I decided to use a triad color scheme on the Munsell, using green as my main color with violet as a secondary color and red my third. I always learn something when painting challenges. With this one I learned that I prefer the Munsell color wheel. Color always attracts me, but I really don't know how to use color the way that I would like. I am going to study more about color schemes and how they can help create a pleasing and interesting piece of art.

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Tuesday, April 12, 2011


6x6 Oil on Ampersand Gessobord

After admiring Dana Cooper's painting of a ballerina, I decided it would be a good idea to explore the reference photos provided by Wet Canvas. What a treasure trove! Although, I prefer to use my own photographs it isn't always possible to have a photo that is of the subject I want to explore. Because I don't have any close ups of people, I went to Wet Canvas and chose this man to paint. I think he had an interesting appearance and I enjoyed painting him.


6x6 Oil on Ampersand Gessobord

Kelley MacDonald took a fantastic photo of Paris and invited anyone who was interested to paint it. It was such a good photograph that I just had to take part in her invitation. Thank you, Kelley!!

Monday, April 11, 2011


6x12 Oil on Gessobord

I wanted to work on softening edges and a background with a different look using drips and creating a little texture. I also wanted to work on a larger support. I'm happy with how the final painting turned out and had fun experimenting and playing with the paint.

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Saturday, April 9, 2011


6x6 Oil on Ampersand Gessobord

This is my submission to the DPW challenge. Carol Marine posted two beautiful photographs of the German landscape. I chose this one to paint, but I may do the other one, too, at a later date.

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Friday, April 8, 2011


6x6 Oil on Ampersand Gessobord

A Granny Smith a day keeps the doctor away!!

It's Friday! Enjoy friends and family this weekend!!

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Thursday, April 7, 2011


This morning Linda Reedy and I went to Tandy Hills Park and painted. We decided to do a few small acrylic studies. Acrylics are new to both of us and it took some time to get accustomed to the paints. The wind was blowing - always a challenge when painting outside! We were tightly holding our supports and the paints were drying out. However, we completed our sketches at noon and felt good that we learned a lot about acrylics and more about the area.

We are planning to return soon at sunrise in order to catch the morning light.

Hats off to all the acrylic painters out there!

Tuesday, April 5, 2011


6x6 Oil on Ampersand Gessobord

The challenge this month for Some Texas Artists Like to Paint is "tools" suggested by Lorraine Shirkus. It's a fantastic subject and fun to find a tool that would be good to paint. My problem was narrowing down what I found! I want to visit this subject again as the tools just around the house are endless. I had to make a decision and because I use these pliers often in the studio to remove stubborn caps on paint tubes I knew this would be the first tool for me to paint. Sometimes our everyday tools are over looked. What tools do you have that you would paint?

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Monday, April 4, 2011


6X6 on Ampersand Gessobord

While in Birmingham we visited the Botanical Gardens. Not only was the day full of sunshine, but the air was clear and permeated with fragrances from the flowers in bloom. Simply intoxicating! I took many photographs and several from the Japanese Gardens. I chose this photograph to paint because the bright red bridge was beautifully reflected in the pond. It's a reminder of a wonderful day!

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