Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Welcome Autumn!

Hello Spider

Mixed Media on Arches 300 lb. cold press
13" x 10-1/2"

How can autumn be here so soon! What a whirlwind summer! To celebrate the changing season I had hoped to paint a sprig from the turning dogwood beside our driveway...leaves of greyed alizarin crimson and muted thalo yellow green with Grumbacher Red berries! No time...so am posting this one of Mama's Manx cat from some years ago. She had found the tiny tailless kitten on her doorstep and immediately fell in love with him. They had many happy autumns together and I have bittersweet memories missing both of them.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Yee Haw

20 x 16 Oil on Canvas

I had been wanting to paint this young roper for a while and just couldn't work it in. Michelle's Western Theme for Following the Masters...was just the boost it took! This is my second entry celebrating the west, the first being the old master copy. For my personal challenge with this one, larger brushes, less detailed drawing to start, thicker paint...well...you get the picture! Miles out of my comfort zone! Have been keeping up with Dave Darrow and Susan Carlin on their U-stream broadcasts. They make it look so easy! Anyway...need more days to take it to my usual detailed style...but am pleased and stopping right here. (At least for now). There is more detail in the face than shows, however, since he's "moving"...maybe less is better? The challenge ends Tuesday. Thank's Michelle! Can't wait to see what's next!

Saturday, September 5, 2009

What an Honor!

10 x 8 Oil on Canvas

Remember this painting of Grandson Jed? I posted it in April as a study for a larger painting. Still haven't painted it larger but worked some more on this one and entered it in the Swannanoa Valley Fine Arts League Special Members Show at Montreat College in Montreat, N.C. Our beautiful great niece Morgan is a junior there so I thought it would be fun to hang in the Hamilton Gallery on campus! I had no idea an award would be forthcoming and didn't even attend the reception last weekend! The judge was Beverly Kies, a pastel artist from Hendersonville, N.C. Thank you Beverly! I am humbled and thrilled. The exhibit will be on display through September 29.