Friday, November 30, 2007

Taxi Traffic

5x7 oil on panel

I've wanted to paint a NY cab for a while - such a quintessential part of life in the Big Apple. It might be the only place where cabbies drive around looking for riders and you can step off a curb, throw up your hand and they spot you from a block or more away.
I really got into that.

NOW. Whether this painting is successful I am not sure. Turns out cars are hard to paint. I sure worked and worked on it. I hope someone likes it.

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Rainy Times

7x5 oil on panel
$100 + $11 s/h - sold

This was such fun to paint. I vividly remember my first sight of Times Square. I was overawed. It could not have been more perfect for a painter with a light mist falling as well. It was a visual feast and I loved all the reflected lights and color. Everyone seemed happy there too - regardless of the damp.

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Blog Tag

Ok - I've been tagged twice while on vacation - by Kim Edge and Liz Hirst.
As required, here are the rules:
1. Link to your tagger and post these rules on your blog. 2. Share 5 facts about yourself on your blog, some random, some weird. 3. Tag 5 people at the end of your post by leaving their names as well as links to their blogs. 4. Let them know they are tagged by leaving a comment on their blog.

Five facts now about myself.
1. I've lived in 7 states and my family (that is my parents and me) moved 13 times - no my father was not in the military.
2. I've been in Austin 13 years now - the most stable part of my life.
3. I've never tried to, or wanted to, learn other media - just oil paint. And I know nothing about its technical properties, etc. I just paint.
4. I love chocolate. But it has to be good chocolate, no lame candy bars for me. The best truffles in the world are made by a close friend of mine here in Austin - Expressions Fine Chocolates. My latest (and most fattening) addiction though lately has been peanut butter and chocolate ice cream. mmmmmmm
5. I really dislike having a schedule or rules imposed on me, so I am not going to tag anyone else. ;-)

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Breakfast at the Bus Stop Cafe

6x6 oil on panel
$100 + $11 s/h
- sold

This is back in NYC in the West Village. On a sunny corner was the Bus Stop cafe and a lot of activity.

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Breakfast at 1886

6x6 oil on panel
$100 + $11 s/h - sold

A view through the window onto the patio of the 1886 Cafe and Bakery which is part of the Driskill Hotel.

Question for the other painters out there.... do you all spend as much time on these little paintings as you could/would on a larger piece? I find that no matter the size of panel, the work takes about the same time. Well, up to a certain size... like maybe 11x14. And given that I have about 3 1/2 hours each day to do this without interruption, you can guess that I am lucky to get one a day painted.

Monday, November 12, 2007

Baby Fat

18x18 oil on linen
Available at Gallery la Place

The grand opening reception for Gallery la Place is the evening of Thursday, Nov. 15th.
If you are near, please go and check out the gallery and the town of Washington, Georgia. It sounds like a lovely weekend retreat.

Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Unfashionably Early

20x10 oil on linen - sold

This is an Austin restaurant - Louie's 106. I couldn't resist featuring the large painting of "King Louie" as I painted this scene of the early dinner hour. With a small child at home, we are often some of the first guests to be seated in restaurants. We don't want to wait a long time or be out too late. But fine dining is one of my great pleasures. In another life, maybe I'd be a food critique!

Monday, November 05, 2007

Early Seating

12x12 oil on panel - sold

This was in the fabulous Del Posto restaurant in NY. The large window with the sheers created such a dramatic setting.

Sunday, November 04, 2007

Live Event Painting

24x36, oil on linen
A week ago Saturday I had the opportunity to paint another wedding reception. This one in the Texas State History Museum. It was a swank affair. Its so much fun. I get to do what I love, and live vicariously for a few hours being part of the celebration and finery.

Once again, the guests were enthralled and thought it was the neatest idea. I hope the couple likes the work. I've left it in its sketchy, impressionistic style. It kind of reminds me of some of Toulouse Lautrec's work of the Moulin Rouge. Lots of lines, the underpainting showing through, gestures and color being the most important things.

The way this works is, I go early and set up as the other vendors are as well. I begin the drawing and paint in background. But not too much since the people go in front of it, and with oils, I don't want to get muddy trying to overpaint in rather a rush. So the guests begin to arrive and I capture gestures and clothing - sometimes with an oil pastel. I painted about 5 hours total. Lots of interruptions from admiring and curious guests too... which is a lot of fun for me. I like too that it brings fine art into the real world. It introduces people to artists methods and materials and hopefully educates people about how attainable real, original art can be.

Saturday, November 03, 2007

Red Field

10x8 oil on panel, framed in gold
Ask Russell Collection Fine Art about this painting.

This was like therapy for me today. We've had the flu in the house and while I have been lucky (knock on wood) to not get it, I
have been nursing and cleaning a lot. So while my two invalids were resting today I managed to paint this. I approached it a little differently than normal, painted more slowly and really got absorbed in it. It felt very good.
The woman here is filling her field of vision with Barnett Newman's "Vir Heroicus Sublimis" (Man, heroic and sublime.)

Thursday, November 01, 2007

Modeling Picasso

6x6 oil on panel
$100 + $11 s/h - sold

I liked just the silhouettes of the couple looking at this large Picasso painting in the MOMA. His painting is Les Demoiselles d'Avignon.
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