Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Cowboy Cool

12x8, oil on panel
I'm in a new phase lately - I love the window shoppers. This is one of two that I worked on today and both are from images of a hip new urban development in Austin. 2nd Street has some really neat shops and restaurants and is laid back - well - very Austin. This young woman is looking into a store called "Cowboy Cool." I loved the rows of stylish cowboy boots including a longhorn, of course, and hot pink boots which I wish I was brave enough to wear. My daughter has a pair.... she loves pink shoes.
This one is for Artworks Gallery in Austin, framed in black, and available before the end of the week if anyone is interested. I am not sure I can do justice to this subject for a small auction painting, however. Thanks for looking.

Sunday, November 26, 2006

A Day at the MFAH

6x6, oil on panel - $100 email me
Another scene from the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. I am excited to learn they have a French Masterpieces (from the Met) exhibit coming in February. We do not have many opportunities in Austin to see impressionism and representational masterworks. So when a good tour comes along, I will drive to see it.

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Drawn In

8x6, oil on panel - $100 - email me
I posted this as one of my first blog entries and because E-bay is having a sale today on listings, I decided to repost it and go ahead and try the auction. The man is viewing a painting in the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. I love how carefully he is studying it.

Monday, November 20, 2006

Bored With Tea

9x12, oil on panel
I did this painting a couple of weeks ago and thought I'd share it - it is not for sale yet. I will probably be doing something similar larger, and/or offer this to my gallery.

This is my daughter (the blonde with the unruly hair) and her darling friend, Sarah, at a mother/daughter tea recently. The girls got restless and amused themselves by watching traffic and people outside. This was such a beautiful setting. And it makes me sappy, especially as we get close to the holidays. Anna has had a lot of health issues in her short life and her initial hospitalization and diagnosis came the week of Thanksgiving 2 years ago. So this time of year I get pretty overwhelmed and emotional when people start talking of what they are most thankful for.
Before I start getting all weepy here, I will wrap up - I wish you all health and happiness and beauty in your lives. Happy Thanksgiving.

Thursday, November 16, 2006

Making an Impression

7x5, oil on clayboard - $100 email me
This woman is another fun figure from the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. I love how close she is to the painting, studying it in earnest, but with her hands safely clamped behind her back like we've all been schooled since childhood. And like I must remind my three year old regularly. "Mustn't touch!" But, oh! how I've longed to when viewing some of those lush paintings myself.

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Halcyon Morning

7x5, oil on clayboard - sold
This young lady was waiting for customers at a local coffee house. I liked the play of light on the bottles and the yellow walls surrounding her darker features.

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Crossed Wires

6x6 - $100 email me
I've always been drawn to rather industrial scenes and have wanted to try something like this for awhile. So I did. Some of this was done with palette knife and some brush. And I enjoyed it so much I did another larger. I plan to continue to explore this theme. Let me know what you think.

Sunday, November 05, 2006

Green Chaise

7x5, oil on hardboard
My daughter and I went with another mom and her preschooler to a Mother/Daughter Tea sponsored by the Austin Junior Forum in the historic Caswell house in downtown Austin this past weekend. Everyone, especially our girls, looked so pretty in their nice Christmasy dresses, this begins the season I suppose, already. We had our tea in the Bride's room, and pinks and greens in this bright corner were a perfect painting awaiting.

Thursday, November 02, 2006

Bus Stop

6x6, oil on panel - $100 email me
This is a small study of a man sitting at a bus stop in Austin. The larger painting has more figures and can be seen on my website soon. Sorry for the glare on the image... its hard to get a good photo esp. when there are lots of wet dark areas.
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