Saturday, October 31, 2009

Art Challenge#20- Shifting Shadows

Art Challenge#20- Shifting Shadows

October 30th, 2009
I have entered one of my prints for this exhibition. The title is called "Celebrate".

The Spirits are dancing tonight!

The Artist Challenge

Thursday, October 29, 2009

On the Easel

Well I finally finished the painting, "In Grandpapa's Hands"! I am happy with the outcome. But I wasn't able to take a photo as I take those outside. The weather has been soooo bad today. It doesn't seem that the rain will stop! I will try and get the picture posted soon. Tonight I will be starting a new painting. Detail to come later. And I hope that I will get that outline tonight, time permitting.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

On the Easel

Stage two of the painting. Here I have finished the arms. I feel that the painting is coming along.
This picture is showing the third stage of the painting. I have the figure and the sleeper done and have blocked in the shadow masses. I will be working on the painting again when the paint dries a little.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Saturday figure drawing class

Yesterday I attended a Saturday figure drawing class in The Woodlands. I haven't been in a figure drawing class in years and I felt that I was "home" again. The monitor of the class, Mike, well I knew him! Mike, a friend of ours and I would hire models to paint and that has been about 20 years ago!!! Such a small world. I found out that this group has been drawing in The Woodlands for 8 years. I am so glad that I found them and went to class. I got some good drawing yesterday and hope to make some paintings out of them.

Friday, October 23, 2009

Drawing for "In Grandpapa's Hands"

Oil on 20"x16" Amperstand board.

This is the drawing for a painting that I have decided to call "In Grandpapa's Hands".

I took a photograph of granddaughter when she was a month old being held by my dad. This is the first time that her great grandparents got to see her.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Wednesday night painting class

I went to the Wednesday night painting class and this is the result. There is a whole lot of things not working in this painting and some things that are. But I enjoyed the effort and learned a lot too.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

John Sloan

I find it interesting to read how artists of the past dealt with their art in their daily lives. So I just started reading a book about John Sloan. The book describes him as a painter and a rebel.

Here is a quote from the book leaf: As a member of the "The Eight," a group who challenges the anachronistic dictates of the Academy, John Sloan was a passionate chronicler of the untidy realities of urban American life, who believed that "character is everything in art".

Monday, October 19, 2009

The Artist Challenge #19- Beyond Boundaries

I have my painting on display in the online art gallery The Artist Challenge.

Art Challenge #19- Beyond Boundaries
PRIVATE PROPERTY! KEEP OUT! That is what the sign says as you read it out loud to yourself…Do I? Don’t I? Just drive on by? PRIVATE PROPERTY again reels in your head. A decision is to be made. What is over the hill you wonder? Huummnnn, where does the road lead? It’s trespassing you think, unlawful, but you just have to know. No one is around.
No one will see if you take that road you think…….

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Market Street Fall Fine Arts Festival

The Woodlands Art League participated in the Market Street Fall Fine Arts Festival Saturday in The Woodlands. I was able to exhibit my landscape painting called "Hill Country". It was a great show with some very beautiful and creative works and I was happy to be exhibiting with them.
There was a large turnout of people dropping by to see the show and the weather was fantastic!

Thursday, October 15, 2009

The Artist Challenge

I have a painting called "Stacey's Cloud" in the online art gallery called The Artist Challenge. The title of the show is "Hidden Treasure" and hidden in my cloud painting is a baby unicorn and baby elephant. Can you see them?
I have been working in the studio by cleaning it up as it was a mess. And toning several Amperstand boards for future paintings. Also I am re-reading "A Woman on Paper: Georgia O'Keefe". There was a movie recently on cable tv about her life with Alfred Stieglitz and I wanted to refresh my memory of them.

Friday, October 9, 2009

Jacksonville Trip

Oil on Amperstand board 11"x14"
I have a very large paint brush and wanted to test out it's technique. It was fun and interesting to see the effects I could acheive with one large brush.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Brother's on the soccer field

Oil on paper 8"x6"
I went through my photo box lastnight and came across this picture of my 2 grandsons on the soccer field. It is a photo from years ago and brought back memories of them as smaller children. They are such good boys...Here I was working on not trying to be "tight or photorealistic" in my paintings.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Cinderella in deep thought about the Ball

Oil on masonite, 16"x20"
The model we had came in with her own theme of posing as Cinderella contemplating on going to the Ball. Here she taking a break from her daily chores and is in deep thoughts about upcoming nights events.

Monday, October 5, 2009

The single pear

Oil on paper, 8 1/2"x6"
This single pear was the fustration of a lot of work.
I didn't get the technique that I was going for and I feel that the colors are too muted (over done) as I was trying for more of a "pop" in the colors.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Sliver Wheat Pattern

Oil on paper 9"x11"
I was working on the background and trying to stay loose.
Backgrounds have always been a problem for me.

Gold Wheat Pattern

Oil on paper 6"x8"

Well, I tonight is the first day of my "Paint a Day Challenge that I have set for myself. I have a huge collection of the wheat pattern dishes and I have been wanting to paint them. So I chose the sugar bowl as my first challenge.