Tuesday, June 30, 2009

CARLOTA oil on board, 6x6

NFS This is my mother-in-law, a precious little lady. She's not even 5 ft tall, but before she became ill, she was a volunteer grandmother and a hardworking bundle of energy.

Monday, June 29, 2009

ROWING oil on canvas, 11x14

I used the photo on the Different Strokes site to paint this. I love painting water and this subject really appealed to me.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

GIRL WITH BLUE BOW acrylic on canvas, 8x10

This beautiful little girl was a student in one of my Art Camp classes last week and I couldn't resist painting her. She was one of the youngest in the classes of ages 7-14. I used acrylics and painted very fast. As I've said many times before, I love oil paints!

Monday, June 22, 2009

QUIET ELEGANCE oil on canvas, 6x6

I haven't had much time to paint lately with Art Camp going on, but I'm off today and I'm taking advantage of the opportunity to finish this little portrait. And, the day's not over, yet.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

BLUE VASE acrylic on board, 6x6

This is a demo for one of my museum Art Camp acrylic painting classes. I enjoy teaching painting, especially when I get to paint, too. I bought this bouquet of flowers on the way to the museum and it was painted by students in my 4 classes today.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

SUMMER SUN acrylic on board, 8x10

This is a demo I did for a group of kids at our museum Art Camp. It's an acrylic painting class that I'm teaching and they are doing some nice paintings. I don't normally use acrylics. Oils are my medium of choice, but sometimes acrylic paint has it's advantages and it's necessary in this case. I could almost call this a plein air painting, but not quite. My class area has a huge window and I painted this of the view outside the window--from inside. My students also painted their view out the window.

Friday, June 5, 2009

Mural Repair

Here's what I've been doing the past 2 days. No, not creating this mural, (I did create it 3 years ago) but cleaning and repairing it. Vandals sprayed graffiti on my mural and another mural (painted by Lance Hunter) a few blocks away. So I helped a City Parks official remove the varnish, which removed most of the graffiti. Then I had to repaint parts where some graffiti remained and put an acrylic varnish on it. I'll go back in a few days and reapply Soluvar, a removable varnish. I don't understand why people vandalize.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

OLEANDERS IN FOG oil on canvas, 4x6

My neighbor, Lucille, has such pretty flowers that I've painted them many times. This morning it's very cloudy and foggy, in fact, it started sprinkling rain before I finished this. But, since it's oil paint, I went ahead and painted while it rained. A "cold front" is coming and it's only supposed to be 85 the next few days. It's been in the low 90s for the past week.

Monday, June 1, 2009

WEEDING AND WATERING oil on board, 6x6

My husband is such a good painting subject! I don't know how many times I've painted him. I did this from a picture I took of him out the dining room window on Saturday. He was weeding and watering the plants (cactus) beside the mailbox.