Monday, September 1, 2014

"Happy Blues"

12 x 16
acrylic on hardboard
One more portrait with glasses.  I absolutely love painting these portraits, and making people smile as many of your comments and emails indicate.  This is Zora again.  She is just as bubbly and enthusiastic as the portraits I paint of her.  Lucky for me she's never met a camera she didn't love.  I learned a lot about hair with this painting.  I always taught to hint at hair and not try to draw in every single string.  I know, easier said than done.  Don't get me wrong I am just as amazed by those artists that literally paint in every string.  But who has that much time and patience?  The more extraordinary artists make this look easy.  Tah-dah! Hair in three brush strokes.  Magic, is the only way I can describe it. I am not there yet, but I got a little closer with this painting.
$220

Sunday, August 17, 2014

"Blue's My Favorite Color"

8"x 10"
acrylic on hardboard
I'm not sure why it took me so long to understand this, but I have just now come to realize, that what is being reflected in a pair of glasses, is as important and interesting as the person wearing them.  Wow, talk about overlooking the obvious! 
We have two sitting rooms in our house most people call theirs the den and living room.  Our kids never quite understood that, so our rooms are referred to as the quiet room, which is quiet until I actually sit in it.  Once my kids notice me there it quickly fills with kids and turns into the not so quiet room.  The other room is the tv room.  This room has a great set of windows that gets the most amazing afternoon light all year round.  Even in the winter, as the sun sets low, the light passes through the trees outside and casts the most interesting highlights and shadows on objects in that room as it did this day with Zora and her new blue glasses.

Monday, August 11, 2014

"Sunshine on Hope"

8 x 10
acrylic on hardboard
This is the first painting that I actually started and completed in one sitting.  Usually I work on several paintings at one time over several days or a week.  I started on the face, which didn't give me too many problems.  The painting surprisingly didn't come to life until I painted in the glasses.  I asked my kids to help me with the title.  After several suggestions I pulled together the one you see here, "Sunshine on Hope".  I hope it works.
$140

Sunday, August 10, 2014

"Ladies in Gray"


12 x 16
acrylic on hardboard
My aunt, seen here on the right, is what I call a wonder woman.  She raised seven children while working full time, and upon retiring opened and runs her own bakery. She created my wedding cake, which was gorgeous.

Every year my aunt, organizes a musical for her church.  This musical brings people in from all around this big state of Texas.  This year the women all wore gray.

It had been so long since I had been a part of their annual musical.  I was in high school the last time I participated.  I asked my parents whom are loyal participants,  how many people belong to my aunt's church now.  My parents thought for a few minutes before offering..."Not many."  My mother began counting each couple and the pastor and his wife finishing at the number eight.  "Are you sure I asked?" I was reminded that they live in a rural community.
SOLD

Sunday, April 13, 2014

"A Study in Color Yellow"

8"x 10"
acrylic on hardboard
In my life I have a very strong relationship with food, so I have to admit, this one reminds me of butter.  I'm excited and find these last serious of paintings just plain fun to paint.  I love to look at them too.
$140

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

"A Study in Red"

5" x 10"
acrylic on hardboard
This one reminds me of hard candy because it's bright and translucent.  The crabs stand out on their own as animated characters.  I love the complementary colors red and green.  I wish I could say I planned it, but it just happened.
$110

Sunday, April 6, 2014

"A Study in Orange"

8"x 10"
acrylic on hardboard
A study in color.  I have been hording this image ever since last summer.  I always knew I would be painting this one.  I'm glad I waited because, I'm not so sure that I could have pulled off the goggles last summer.  I got lost in the reflections, changes in lighting and color as the goggles move across his forehead. It was a challenge to paint, but very rewarding.
$140

Monday, March 24, 2014

"After Church"

8 x 10
acrylic on hardboard
I took this one from a family photo.  The back of the photo had a few sentences indicating that the picture was taken after church services. The couple had just become a deacon and a deaconess. This is quite an honor for Southern Baptists. I originally left a lot of white behind the two figures, which stayed true to the original photograph, but it just wasn't working. My son walked through and offered his opinion, which he never does because he could care less about art, and painting, and creating.  Girl stuff is how he would describe what I do. He is a young man of simple words and he did not let me down this time. He looked at the painting on his way to the kitchen and said, "It needs more depth." He had never been so right, nailed it!  It needed more depth, so I added more shadows in the background.  We often laugh about him getting a "B" in Art.  He wears his "B" like a badge of honor, because his mother is an art teacher and an artist.  Lucky for him I believe in following your own dreams and talents.
SOLD

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

"Up Close & Personal"

8 x 10
acrylic on hardboard
I am still working on portraits and light.  I finally got tired of mixing this specific pinkish rosy color every time  I had to use it, which was often.  It never occurred to me that I could just premix an entire bottle or tube of the color.   That was until I read an article that had a painter describing her process.  She mixed some of her own colors so that they would be ready and waiting for her to use. "Duh! how brilliant, simple, and efficient." I went out and purchased some empty paint tubes.  I was shocked that they make these.  "Empty paint tubes!...duh!  It's my new favorite thing.
SOLD

Saturday, March 15, 2014

"Alone"

8 x 10
acrylic on hardboard
I'm really working hard with trying different colors in my palate. I naturally would've painted the little girl's shirt a light brown, maybe a brownish yellow, or a calming blue.  Here you can see, I chose green. It went well with the scenery in which she sits. I'm taking baby steps. I'm also working hard at not modeling everything way too much.  I keep having to remind myself that, sometimes less is more.  I'm fascinated by artists that can show great detail and visual information with a few simple brushstrokes. "That takes great skill!" Here the little girl is sitting on the swing and fort set, which gave her great height, almost putting her above the fence line, which is where the sun was setting. This allowed me to create a fantastic halo around her hair. The swing's gone as of a few summers ago, when a tree remover miscalculated his angle and demolished it. One by one each kid stood at the window in disbelief wanting to know, what I was going to do about it. (This tree man had crushed all of their great memories along with that swing!)  Or so they acted.  Every kid in our family has had some great times on that swing and in the fort.  But really by the time it was crushed, they were all passed swings and had been for several years.  Sooo... what was I going to do about it? Needless to say we got a great discount on our tree removal that day.
$140

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

"Smile"

8 x 10
acrylic on hardboard
I'm still raiding our family photo album. How can you resist this fabulous smile. It's larger-than-life.   This is one of my grandfather's sisters.  He came from a large family, having eight siblings.  I wanted to be bold with the background, but that didn't work, so I went with a nice calm green.  At least, it's not taking away from the portrait.  I think I wrote before, how hard backgrounds were for me. I guess I'll try to be bold again next time. In the end I went with the soft green. I thought of the colors of my grandmother's bedrooms. When I was growing up, one was a soft pastel green. The other a soft pink. It always seemed dated and never changed. Then at the age of about eighty, she painted every room, and I do mean every room in her house white. When I went to visit and saw what she had done, I asked, who had helped her? She told me her niece, who was seventy years old at the time.
$100

Monday, March 10, 2014

"Woman in a White Hat"

5"x 7"
acrylic on hardboard
I was looking for inspiration for a painting, so I raided our family photo album.  This I was told was a family friend.  
$100

Sunday, February 2, 2014

"Portal"

8"x 10"
acrylic on hardboard
This is another painting from my trip through the back roads of La Grange.  I have always enjoyed seeing how the tree branches and vines reach across the dirt road almost touching in some areas.  
$140

Monday, January 13, 2014

"Transitions"

8 x 10
acrylic on hardboard
She's just not that into you....anymore.  I began this painting during my Christmas break.  For the first time I looked under our Christmas tree and didn't find it filled with toys,  but instead electronics.  Christmas shopping had been simplified to several popular gadgets and to some degree I appreciated that,  but it was sad seeing that my kids were growing up.  The grays in my hair were already an indicator.   I really liked buying them toys.  I already miss it.
$140

Monday, January 6, 2014

"Divided Attention"

8 x 10
acrylic on hardboard
I haven't painted a museum scene in awhile.  These two ladies seem to be more interested in their conversation than the figure in the painting.  It reminds me of all of the time I spent at the Metropolitan Museum of Art as a college student.  It was a common place to have an Art History class meet.  After three and a half years, the grandness of the architecture and the experience had worn off.  I had became more interested in finding the paintings the professor wanted me to compare and write about, so I could get out of there before the kids let out of school.   They had a way of swamping the subway with their outrageous behavior.  I love art.  I love history, but I hated art history.  I was too immature and I'm probably dyslexic.  I found the book which weighed about five lbs. completely intimidating.  I know, I'm really bad, but honestly I just wanted to paint and look at paintings without all of the pressure.  I had a friend with similar" interests".  We would sometimes stand in front of artwork and make up our own ridiculous and outrageous stories about the painting.  The man in this painting would have definitely gotten his own story. 
SOLD

Sunday, January 5, 2014

"Dressed Up in Black and White"

8 x 10
acrylic on hardboard
This is a repost from earlier this year.  I posted this painting and then realized the face and hairline didn't look natural.  This kind of thing bugs me so I pulled the image thinking I'll just correct it and repost.  Well months later I finally got around to it.  The following is what I wrote in the original post.....I was a tomboy when I was young, so I never liked buying cloths.  Every August my mother would drag all of us to a single department store and we would spend the entire morning trying on and buying schools cloths.  We also had another tradition which was trying on the same cloths all over again once my father had gotten home from work.  My mother insisted that my father wanted to see what we had gotten.  I always got the feeling that he was just as uninterested in this as I was, but we all went along with the process to please her.  We only got new cloths once a year.  If we weren't lucky we'd get them twice a year which meant we'd get cloths as Christmas gifts.  Horrible, I know.  Well my daughter and I just completed school cloths shopping, which she LOVES.  Then she forced me to sit and watch as she retried on each outfit.  Déjà vu!  I almost named this painting "Fashion Show".  I think I have gotten polka dots out of my system for now.  I added sequins to this dress because I enjoy looking at how light hits sequins at different points making it look animated. 
 $140

Monday, December 2, 2013

"The Back Way"

5"x 7"
acrylic on hardboard
 I took a rare trip to the country with my sister last weekend.  Rare for me because there is not as much reason for me to go now that my grandmother isn't there.   When we left out of her driveway she asked, "Which way do you want to go, I-10 or the back way?"  There has always been two ways you can make the trip.  Interstate 10 is the most direct, but for me the back way is the most interesting.  The town we were going to is at the beginning of what is known as the Hill Country.  Some of the towns we pass threw are quiet picturesque and the roads curve and wind in some interesting ways.  This is a painting of one such road.
$100

Monday, November 25, 2013

"Hibiscus 2"

 8"x 10"
acrylic on hardboard

This is the second painting of the same hibiscus flower from my mother's house.  I think I can safely say that I was able to give it a longer life with paint than my daughter was ever interested in giving it.
$140

Sunday, November 24, 2013

"Hibiscus"

acrylic on hardboard
8" x 10"
At the end of our last visit to my parents house my daughter acquired this hibiscus.  My mother always feels as if she needs to walk us outside to our car as we say our goodbyes.  I looked back to see what was taking so long this time.  My daughter had apparently asked my mom for her flower.  She was breaking off one of the plant's few blooms.  Why? I thought to myself, this beautiful flower isn't even going to make it past the thirty minute car ride home.  Thankfully it did.  As it lay on the kitchen counter, quickly discarded I decided to put it in water and paint this gorgeous flower.
$140

Monday, November 18, 2013

"A Face in the Crowd"

12"x 16"
acrylic on hardboard
Many of you that have followed my work for a while may remember this painting painted in a smaller 6x6 version.  I liked it at the time when I was concentrated on producing artwork daily. This time around I was more concerned with getting all of it to feel right.  I have been trying to paint larger and now realize that is something that also has to feel right.  It took me so long to complete this painting.  My daughter answered the phone and I heard her tell my sister that I was "still painting that picture."  That was funny because it was exactly how I felt.   I love the way it turned out, but it was a long journey to the end.  I didn't see that coming considering I thought I had already solved all of its big problems.  This time I managed to capture the depth of the little girl both literally and figuratively.  She is not fighting with the crowd in the background for importance.  I have captured her essence. Her spirit.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

"High Fashion"

8 x 10
acrylic on hardboard
The last time I visited my mother, she surprised me with a photo saying, "I found a picture you would probably love to paint."  To my amazement she reappeared from a back bedroom and presented me with this image.  Wow!  My mother found the picture in a file with some other documents belonging to my grandfather. What a treat it was to paint theses fashionable women.
SOLD

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Butterfly & Roses

8 x 10
acrylic on hardboard
This is a painting from an unused reference.  I worked on a book several years ago about a little girl and the largest earth quake in the US.  I had been cleaning up some files and came across the picture.  It made a great painting.  I am always amazed at how my work has developed over just a few years.  In this painting I am particularly excited about how the butterflies and roses on the dress turned out.  I would have never even tried painting them before.  Now I not only painted it but the pink pattern glows off of the dress.
SOLD

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

"Little Girl in Blue"

8 x 10
acrylic on hardboard
I had a great painting day over the weekend.  I was in the zone for most of Saturday.  I painted almost all of this painting that day.  The portrait alone would have had me pulling my hair out.  The little girl has dark skin and because she's back lit,  it was hard getting just the right balance of features and shadows on her face.  I find painting nature difficult.  I guess I am not bad at it because I have some great comments on the way that I handle certain landscapes, but it is not a subject I feel comfortable painting.  When your painting nature you have to constantly edit because you can't paint every leaf or twig.   So you are constantly asking yourself what is important.  Then you paint in the important stuff  like it took little or no effort at all.   
SOLD

Sunday, September 22, 2013

"Zora"

8 x 10
acrylic on hardboard
I love the result I got from cropping the portrait so close.  Sometimes simple is more effective.  I learned a lot from this painting.  First, there is no such thing as too close.  Second, blurring the edges of the hair is far more interesting than painting in individual strands. Third, softening up the jaw line creates a much more rounded face than using sharp edges.
$140

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

"Zora with the Orange Ball"

"Zora with the Orange Ball"
8 x 10
acrylic on hardboard
I finally finished this painting.  It wasn't difficult, I just dragged it on and on while I completed other paintings.  At different times of the year we get extraordinary lighting through the windows in our dining room and living room.  I usually can't resist taking advantage of these remarkable moments.  They only last about thirty to forty good minutes. 
$140