APPLES AND CLEMENTINES acrylic and oil on canvas, 8"x10"
This began as a demo for a painting class I taught this morning. The class was in acrylics, so this painting was begun with acrylics. Back in my studio, I finished it using oils. You can paint oils over acrylics, but not acrylics over oils.
2/25/08 I placed these little clementines on the window sill in my studio and couldn't believe how beautiful they were with the sun shining on them! I had to paint this very fast before the light changed. What fun it was to do this painting!
SOLD TOMATO AND GREEN APPLE
oil on canvas, appr 4"x5.5"
2/16/08 I love painting reflections and light. When I saw this little Roma tomato in the grocery store, I immediately knew I would paint it. And, it looked just right in front of the green apple and the green candle.
2/15/08 We went to my parents' farm and enjoyed the beautiful landscapes and the company. My mother and I rode over to this pasture and looked around. She worked crossword puzzles while I painted this peaceful winter scene. It was a gray day threatening rain, and we even took an umbrella with us, but we didn't need it. It was so nice just to sit and enjoy the quiet beauty and visit a little now and then.
This is a white ceramic pitcher that I got from my mother. I noticed that in this back lighted view, there is very little actual white on it. It was interesting to paint the reflections and colors in the "white" pitcher on the white window sill.
SIXTY FIVE YEARS OF MARRIAGE oil on canvas, 20"x24"
2/7/08 These are my parents who celebrated their 65th anniversary last summer. I painted this from pictures I took of them in September at their farm. They are an amazing couple! I started this painting Thursday morning and decided I'd finish it in one day and it would by my "Daily Painting" for that day. It took me 11 hours, but I finished it! It will be in a gallery show titled "Shades of Red" which opens on Valentine's Day.
2/5/08 This pile of orange segments is from 2 oranges. I thought I would snack on these while I painted. But, after setting this dish on a table in my studio, I decided I needed to paint this. So, I didn't get to eat any of the orange pieces until I finished my painting. It was hard to look at them and smell the delicious just-peeled scent while I painted. I guess that's why I painted faster than ususal--so I could eat the still life. And, it was delicious!
1/31/08 Yes, this is another study for a large painting I'm working on. And, yes, all of these are my left hand. 1 and 2 are done from looking at my hand. 3 was done from looking at my hand in a mirror. If you have a mirror, you have a model. Believe it or not, my new modem (only about a month old) had to be replaced yesterday. It's been giving me trouble the past few weeks, so the cable company came and installed a new one. So far, this one is working perfectly. Keep your fingers crossed.
I am a full time artist, painting almost every day. Besides these small daily paintings, I also do murals, large landscapes, figurative works, and commissioned portraits. My paintings are in private and corporate collections across the country. I am represented by Harris Gallery in Houston. I also teach part time in a local college. My home and studio are in Lufkin, Texas where I live with my husband and 2 cats.