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Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Tale of the Two Tutu's

Anxious Moments
24" x 18"
Oil on Canvas

The ballerina on the left was from my figure class, I entered it in my local art league show where the other artist voted for their favorite piece. This is where it won Best of Show and was then qualified for the region Best of the Best Show.  But the regional BOB is a judged show, and that is when the question came to my mind, was it a problem because it was in part painted in a class setting.  Although the rules made no mention, I wanted to make sure I felt right and confident about my entry. So I repainted her!

(Sorry the one on the left has glare on it, so the one one the right appears dark. I entered it so I could not retake a side by side. Oops)

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Emily and Her Scarf

Emily and Her Scarf
18" x  24"
Oil on Canvas
This portrait of Emily was finished over two three hour painting sessions. 

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

A Red Dress is for Dancing all Night Long!

Oil on Gessoed Board
10" x 8"
A Red Dress is for Dancing all Night Long
So I was thinking about February being red dress month for women and then just about a red dress, and well.... it is great exercise!

Saturday, January 31, 2015

30 Pieces of Artwork and Done!!! 30 in 30 Collage

So it has been a tough month for this challenge, between cold, flu and an allergic reaction (not being able to paint for a while); I was at least home enough!  When able, I was trying to push further to figure a few things out and when I did, I gained confidence! So was  a challenge that worked for me!!!

Anxious Moments, Day 30 of 30 in 30

24" x 18"
Oil on Canvas
Anxious Moments
This is one of the figure paintings that I finished for a local show, and I am happy with how it turned out. But forgot to get a better picture before I dropped it off. 

Friday, January 30, 2015

Girl Quick Sketch, Day 29 of 30 in 30

6" x 6"
Girl Quick Sketch
Charcoal on Gessoed Board
I was drawing this with vine charcoal to see if I wanted to make it a painting.  When I finished I decided I liked the sketch so much I'm going to leave it and spray it.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Sassy, Day 28 of 30 in 30

9" x 12"
Charcoal and Pastel Pencils on Paper
In a comment I described someones art yesterday as sassy.  So that started my mind to thinking about Sassy women and then I saw this old photo pop up with hat, dripping in minks and I had to draw! 

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Warm and Cool Sunset, Day 27 of 30 in 30

6"x 6"
Oil on Gessoed Board
Warm and Cool Sunset
Today was another day of playing with color pushing warm and cools. Playing with clouds again and color. I like the result and found something really worked.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Sunset Color, Day 26 of 30 in 30

6" x  6"
Oil on Gessoed Board
Playing with color today on this landscape, but the pic has a lot of glare so I will retake photo replace this tomorrow.

Monday, January 26, 2015

Lil Mc day 25 of 30 in 30

16  " x 16"
"Li Mc"
Charcoal and Pastel Pencil on Bristol Board
Sketch of one of bight lights in my life who never cease to amaze me.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Sun Hat, Day 24 of 30 in 30

16" x 20"
Oil on Canvas
Sun Hat
I decided to finish one of the many portaits from class, did I mention I have several unfinished!

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Mine all Mine, Day 23, 30 in 30

8" x 10"
Charcoals on Paper
Today a little scribble of a chipmunk stuffing his face full of peanuts. I'm always amazed at how much they can stuff in their month!

Friday, January 23, 2015

By the Water, Day 22 of 30 in 30

8" x 10"
Oil on Gessoed Board
This was another painting orginally ready for destruction, and I decided to go back at it one more time!

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Beautiful Buttercup, Day 21 of 30 in 30

6" x 6"
Oil on Gessoed Board
Back to the flowers today, a big Buttercup to brighten a gloomy day!

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Memories of Fall, Day 19 of 30 in 30

6" x 6"
Oil on Gessoed Board
This started as a muted painting of a fall landscape, but hey I can do that paining some other time. This was originally a painting that was slated for destruction and I let it guide to the new landscape it became.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Island Exploring, Day 18 of 30 in 30

8" x 10"
Oil on Gessoed Board
Little motor boat used to do island exploring in the Greek Ilse's.  This painting was painted over something slated for the burn pile, I happy to say I now love how it looks!

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Ski Cap Emily Day 17 of 30 in 30

16"x 20"
Oil Paint on Canvas
Was able to go to painting class yesterday, Yea!  I ended up going back into it to day and by the time I needed to take the photo it was too dark so this isn't a very  good photo.

Friday, January 16, 2015

Checking the Shallows, Day 16 of 30 in 30

10"x 8"
Charcoal and Pastel on Paper
This landscape was done in charcoals and I decided to add just little touches of color just to give it ....

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Young Emily, Day 15 of 30 in 30

10" x 12"
Charcoal and Pastel on Paper
This is Emily one of the models for our painting class, she is such a sweet young lady. Today I drew from a photo and had some fun with it and today I am caught on the 30 in 30 Challenge!!

Colorful Begonias Days 14 of 30 in 30

 9" x 12"
Begonias charcoal and pastels on paper.
This started soft and sweet, and was almost thrown away.  Then it took a turn when I went and found some soft color pastels,....

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Anemone Day 13 of 30 in 30

9" x 12"Charcoal and Pastel Pencil
This is going to make a nice painting, the flower is yummy purples with the greenery. Anemone flowers are very striking this one having a solid black center.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Going Home, Day 12 of 30 in 30

8" x  8"
Charcoal and Pastel Pencil on Paper
After a long trip within a few mile from home I got behind this truck getting off on my ramp and all I could think of the truck is going home. I love rusty old pick up trucks, they remind me of my childhood and my grandfather driving a truck on the farm. I love the rust and the old paint! 

Monday, January 12, 2015

Talking Heads, Day 11 of 30 in 30

Talking Heads
8"x 10" Charcoal
These are doll head, there were piles of them on a table at one of those architectural salvage places. This little smiling baby face drew me to the table!

Sunday, January 11, 2015

There is Two Ways About it, Day 10 in 30 in 30

8" x 10" Charcoal on Paper
This is a little landscape that I will paint, when I get back to painting! I did enjoy drawing it though.  I made some changes to look like its just after sunset, with a peek of glow left over the mountain   landscape.

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Lil Em, Day 9 of 30 in 30

 8" x 10" Charcoal on Paper
This is Emily one of the little lights in my life!    Unlike her true bubbly personality her mom caught a rare moment where she seems so serious and mature. 

Friday, January 9, 2015

Portrait Quick Sketch Number2 Day 8 in 30 in 30

Charcoal on Paper
Since I'm not going to be able to paint for a little while, I'll practice drawing. So here is another portrait sketch for day eight.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Tulips Day Six of 30 in 30

Tulips 6" x 6" Oil on Board
These tulips were done pretty early today, yeah.  But then I photographed them and decided to add some gentle colors in the background.  So when I rephotographed them a little while ago out the back door, the wind blew snow all over it.  I am sure happy I work in oil!

Monday, January 5, 2015

Zinnia, Day Five of 30 in 30


6 x 6 Oil on Gesso Board

Decided to go with oil paint today and a purple Zinnia! These petals can drive you crazy, I had thought about doing this larger. I am sure glad I decided on a small 6 x 6!

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Portrait of Kevin, Day Four 30 in 30

Oil on Canvas 16 x 20
This is a friend Anita's son Kevin who modeled for us yesterday. So I finished it up today, although after I photographed it I made a few more changes.

Saturday, January 3, 2015