Saturday, April 26, 2008

A Pair of Pears

"Art is the only way to run away without leaving home."

--Twyla Tharp

I'm fairly pleased with today's painting. The colors are wild, but I like them. I told my husband this evening that I fall more in love with painting every day. The more time I invest, the more entranced I become. I'm so grateful I get to spend my time this way.

This painting is 6"x6" on gallery wrapped canvas---------painted in acrylic.

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Mom's Fiesta

"Painting is a faith, and it imposes the duty to disregard public opinion." ------------Vincent Van Gogh

This is today's painting. As I read recently on someones's blog, "I work so hard to make it look spontaneous!" That describes my process perfectly. I want to loosen up, but it is difficult for me. Perhaps as I paint more and more frequently, the work will become looser. This is acrylic and is 6" x 6."
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Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Old Chuck

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"The first quality that is needed is audacity." -----Pablo Picasso
This painting was a commission I did a while ago. I did a whole series of Chuck Taylor high tops and a client bought three from the series. Then she comissioned three more paintings of the shoes in specific colors. This piece is 24" x 20" and is in oil. It was great fun.

Monday, April 21, 2008

"To draw, you must close your eyes and sing."
------Pablo Picasso

"Parade of Artists"

This is a photo of me with two of my favorite people in the world: my son and my brother. They each came to Boerne Saturday to visit me during the annual "Parade of Artists." Wish my husband were in the picture but he was behind the camera.

The weather was great, I made some sales and met lots of nice people. All in all, quite a good weekend. I'm hugely grateful for my family and friends who constantly encourage and support me.
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Sunday, April 20, 2008

"I am interested in art as a means of living a life, not as a means of making a living."

---Robert Henri

I haven't posted anything in a while because I have been so busy with the "Parade of Artists" here in Boerne. Today is the last day, so I'll be back online early in the week. The weather has been perfect, and I have met so many great people. Cheers!

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Java For One

"Low art is just telling things; as 'There is the night.' High art gives the feel of the night. The latter is nearer reality and the former is a copy.....Rather paint the flying spirit of the bird than its feathers." ---Robert Henri

I kept messing with this and the more I did, the stranger it got. So frustrating. Oh well. Tomorrow is another day. I'm getting ready for a show this weekend. I tend to get bogged down in the details of preparing for a show. Then I get really crabby. I LOVE to paint, but I hate setting prices, making lists, and all the rest of it. If only I had a "personal assistant" to do all the dirty work, I could just paint and paint. AH-h-h-h-h-h.

Anyway this is as usual a 6" x 6" acrylic on gallery wrapped canvas. .
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Sunday, April 13, 2008

When Life Hands You Lemons......

"You can't kill time without injuring eternity."
Henry David Thoreau
I completely changed the background of this one. I like it much better. This is 6" x 6" on gallery wrapped canvas. Painted in acrylic. Thanks for checking in.

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Orange and Yellow, Black and White

Today's painting actually looks better than this photograph. I must have trembled when I clicked the photo. Anyway this is 6"x6" done in acrylic on gallery wrapped canvas. Thanks for checking in.
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Tuesday, April 8, 2008

A Fine Pair

"To the hard of hearing you shout, and for the almost blind you draw large and startling figures."------------Flannery O'Connor

This was a fun one to paint. And rewarding. As soon as I finished it, I ate one of the pears. Yummy. This is an acrylic done on 6" x 6" gallery wrapped canvas. No need to frame. .
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Thursday, April 3, 2008

Kellie's Painting

"Inspiration does exist, but it must find you working." ----------Pablo Picasso

This is a commission I did for my friend Kellie. It is painted in oil from a photograph she took in Italy. She will see it when she comes to visit this weekend. Commissions are difficult, just because as an artist you are trying to please someone else rather than yourself. If the person who commissions the painting lives out of town, I usually email "progress" photos, so they can have input along the way. Thank goodness for email! It certainly facilitates the process. This is 16" x 20."

I need to improve my photograpic skills!
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