Thursday, July 24, 2008

Meditative Mood

12x16 oil on panel

This is the "larger piece" I mentioned doing yesterday. I seriously thought it was going to be very bad but I just kept smearing paint on and pushing myself to continue and in the end, I really like the look of it. Its colorful but balanced, the brushwork looks spontaneous and fresh and I managed to capture the mood and tell a story too.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

In the Trenches

6x6 oil on panel
$100 +12 s/h - sold

This lady was too much to resist; dressed in her trench coat seeming to melt right into Gustave Caillebotte's Rainy Day.

Austin scenes are coming! I'm mulling things over and need to go downtown on a sketch crawl. Truth be told, I feel like I have artistic ADD. I stand in my studio looking through sketches and photos and have so many I want to do, but can't focus on one thing. My time is so very short right now, which probably increases my anxiety about working and completing things. My best work is completed in one sitting. I am really pleased with a larger painting I did today, though while I was working, I thought sure it was going to be a mess and have to be scraped. That is the reward for pushing through.

Monday, July 21, 2008

Austin's Bat Bridge

6x6 oil on panel
$100 + $12 s/h

This is inspired by my bat cruise last night on Lady Bird Lake downtown. Austin hosts the largest urban Mexican free-tail bat colony in North America during the summer months. This was the view looking up from our pontoon boat as the bats began their exodus from under Congress Ave. bridge.

I think I will celebrate Austin in my daily paintings. I will be your tour guide perhaps through central Texas! Stay tuned!

Friday, July 18, 2008

Cattle Baron's Comfort

12x16 oil on panel

The Driskill really is a lovely old hotel. And its so very refreshing upon entering from the glaring heat outside. Its full of dark wood paneling, polished marble floors, and rather masculine, earthy colors which create an oasis of southern comfort in the midst of a bustling downtown. Every once in awhile I like to check to see if they have any special room rates...until then, I can go and sit in the lobby, walk the elegant corridors and pretend I am a cattle baron's daughter.

What am I going to do with this painting? I don't know yet. Send me an email if you are interested in it.

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Sunday Brunch

6x6 oil on panel
$100 + $12 s/h - sold

I've been working, but have been to lazy to post anything. I think the heat is making me pleasantly lethargic or comfortably numb. This little painting I did to try to loosen up after working on a larger painting yesterday. It reminds me of Ken Auster a lot. Must have had him on the mind!

Friday, July 11, 2008

The Slow Lane

6x6 oil on panel
$100 + $12 s/h - sold

I've been thinking about NYC a lot this week as I made my plans for a September workshop with Ken Auster in the city. That should be a beautiful time to be there and Ken's work is so inspiring and fresh that I can't wait to learn from him.

So - a carriage ride in Central Park today for your viewing pleasure.

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Mid-Night Lights

6x6 oil on panel
$100 + $12 s/h - sold

I was up around 3 a.m. one night at the beach (thanks Dad!) and went outside to have a look at the moon which was a brilliant orangey-red and hanging low on the horizon. Looking to the north though I saw this hotel lit up with the glow of vapor lights.
I love night scenes. I should do more.

While I paint, my dog Macy sometimes hangs out in the studio on a pillow I have for her under my easel. Usually, though she is too busy laying on the couch in the front window watching for passersby to bark at. But today she was nearby and she was so cute and relaxed, that I quickly sketched her in on a board. Seriously, this took about 5 minutes and I am really pleased with it. Can you guess that she is a schnauzer? Best dog ever! :-)

6x6 oil on panel

Wednesday, July 09, 2008

Time To Boogie

11x14 oil on panel

This painting will be available at Castle Gallery around July 18th.

I am pretty pleased with this. I don't have much more to say about it than that. It was a great deal of fun to create.

Tuesday, July 08, 2008

Beach Girl

7x5 oil on panel

This is my little girl and its so like her, that I just can't part with this painting. I've been bouncing all over the last couple of days with larger pieces of art patrons, the city and beach! I can't make up my mind what to paint while I have so much time. My daughter is in a day camp the next two weeks so hopefully I will have more to share with you all and a couple (at least) small works.

Thursday, July 03, 2008

Collector's Corner

18x24 oil on canvas
purchase info to come

I worked on this over several days. I prefer to paint alla prima, but sometimes its just not possible. And once I had the figures painted, the rest was like, well, painting several small paintings. Some of them unknown and were from the gallery photos, some are from magazines, featuring some contemporary artists whom I admire. I hope if they recognize their work, they will appreciate it in the spirit it is intended.

Being an artist, I sometimes get access to those back rooms where art is stored and its a pretty neat place to visit! If you go to Austin Galleries though, there is no mystery. Its ALL out. But it could take you weeks to go through all the work. Its an amazing gallery.

Wednesday, July 02, 2008

30 Minute Study - Radiance

8 1/2 x 6 1/2 oil on canvas paper

This is new... a quick sketch I did today to loosen up. I've actually been working on and off for three days on a larger piece and when I finished that today, I had just enough time to stretch my wings a little. Ta da!

Personally, I love working this way. The results are so impressionistic, so spontaneous and I'm generally very pleased with my results. Perhaps sketches like this come more from the gut. Maybe because I am not so serious about making it perfect. But I plan to do more of these quick studies both for the exercise and for planning larger paintings.

This was painted on a canvas-style paper - not mounted
. As of this moment, I cannot decide if I will offer it for sale. Perhaps after I've lived with it, and used it to create my larger gallery painting.

Tuesday, July 01, 2008

Beach Sketch

acrylic on paper canvas

On this particular morning I decided to try a more complete painting of the beach. I figure if I can paint large paintings, on site, during a wedding reception, then I could paint a beach scene. Well, I think I could really, but the paint dried so darn fast! Its my normal complaint about acrylics. I was interested in trying the new ones coming out which have a longer "open" times and which can be wetted or spritzed to keep wet on the canvas even. But nothing, I think, can really compare to oil paints. The real, old fashioned ones. I've also tried the water miscible oils, but have not liked the results with those either.
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