Friday, August 22, 2014

"James Taylor"

A day full of surprises and joy for my biggest fan.

9x12 watercolor

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Ben and Neigh

My 3 year old grand nephew was out to visit last month and met the horses.  His favorite companion is Neigh.  Not sure if his love of Neigh transfers to actual horses but he had a good time with his grandmother grooming and riding.  I had this sweet picture to work from and used my recent workshop skills to paint another human being.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Shirley revisited

I  was just not happy with the painting of Shirley that I did in the workshop so I decided to try again.  I did use what I learned and what I know and a different paper that I like better.  I am much happier with the results.

Friday, August 8, 2014

Back in business


I attended a Mary Whyte watercolor workshop as a Christmas present  from my husband.  It was held at the Chesapeake Fine Art Studio.  I had so much fun and learned a lot.  Mary was such a kind instructor and encouraging to all.  It was wonderful to just make art for 3 days and to talk to other artists.  I also stayed in a beautiful Bed and Breakfast, Maries Love Point B&B.  These are the three paintings I did- There are things I like and dislike about them all but I gained some insight into how to do things better the next time.  I tried to challenge myself with things I was uncomfortable with or unaccustomed to doing.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Morning has broken

Just got word that this painting has been juried into the Michiana Annual Art Competition at the Box Factory for the Arts in St. Joseph, MI which runs June 20- Aug. 2. It is 24 x 36 oil on canvas and is titled "Morning Has Broken". 

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Something cool

Messing around trying to get an accurate picture of the color and found out some cool stuff my camera does.  Not helpful at the moment but fun.

Time to stop?

It is hard to know when to call a painting finished, sometimes it just comes down to not knowing what else to do and letting it ride.  Sometimes that is good and prevents overworking something and leaving some freshness to the paint strokes, other times I just don't know.  I keep thinking of what I might do differently and nothing is "dawning" on me so perhaps it is done.  There are parts of this painting that I love and some parts that I only like or are indifferent to- is that enough?