Thursday, November 28, 2013

Midnight Eerie

Midnight Eerie, 12x9, oil on canvas.

Better late than never, I guess.  A spooky little painting better suited for October than early winter.  Still, it's sitting over my TV and I like looking at it.

So this pumpkin is what is left form my pumpkin patch.  My favorite pumpkins, Snack Jacks, have hull-less (or naked) seeds.  They are getting increasingly hard to get ahold of and I'm wondering if the day will come when I'll have to start shelling seeds again... bummer. 

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Nostalgic Interlude

Nostalgic Interlude, 24x36, oil on canvas. 

Another edited version of an old slide.  Those who would know who these people are have all passed away.  However, my mothers childhood friend guessed they may be my great grandparents.  Who knows?  But the connection between the couple was simply adoring to me.  And the fact that someone caught it on camera was a gift!

It turns out that this one needs a little more editing.  The purple is a bit too strong.  I've been given some good advice on how to approach it but I have 2 events to paint for right now so my easel is booked until February!  This one will have to sit for a while. 

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Nostalgic Epitaph

Nostalgic Epitaph, 14x18, oil on canvas.
Honestly, I think this is one of my favorite paintings. Sometimes I look at it and wonder who painted it.  I'm the red head running.  The others are my sister and brother.  It's a collaboration of two different slides that I found in my parents collection. 
I found myself feeling a little nostalgic while attempting to transfer slides to my computer.   Much of this painting had to be invented due to poor quality reference but I was really happy with the result. 

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Morning Sun

Morning Sun, 8x6, oil on canvas.

It appears my husband is a cow collector.  He buys a few.  They have babies.  He decides to dump the 'herd'.  Then, as they are trailering down the road, he is already on craigslist making yet another transaction deal for more cows. 

Our newest cows were show cows and were BEAUTIFUL.  As far as cows go.  Sadly, and for the first time on our farm, we lost both babies before the cows even started to show (for the record, cows always look pregnant to me).  So we brought in a bull for round 2.  Bingo!  Last spring we had a set of twins and a single.  But sad to say, all heifers.  Bummer for us because we needed a steer for the freezer.  We did a little bovine trading and now have a handsome bull. 

The painting above is one of the heifers from last summer.  She took a good picture so I couldn't resist the opportunity to paint her. 

Thursday, November 14, 2013


Sparkle, 6x6, oil on canvas.
The third and final in my baby bird grouping.  I think they are barn swallows.  The kind that used to give me grief by building mud nests under my eaves. 
And Viola!  Fini!  Framed, hung in a little cutie grouping for all who use my powder room to see!


Tuesday, November 12, 2013


Sunshine, 6x6, oil on canvas.

Late last summer I found 3 baby birds hopping back and forth along my fence line outside my kitchen window.  Fortunately, I had the forethought to grab my point and shoot camera and start clicking away.  Unfortunately, pictures taken through a window and at a distance make for shakey reference material. It is what it is.  I took a few artistic liberties, framed them lightly and hung them as a grouping.  So sweet!

A side note:  It turns out that reference material is just that... reference.  One does what one will.  That is to say, some may copy inch for inch, others refer to and take many liberties.  I prefer the later when using a photo.  In fact, I extend the "liberties" liberally when painting from life as well.  It is, after all, a painting that I'm making - not a photo!

My reference photos, cropped, enlarged and on an 8x10:

Thursday, November 07, 2013

Morning Glory

Morning Glory, 6x6, oil on canvas.

I'm seeing a trend in my posting.  I post a few times, fall away, then start posting again.  Regardless of my posting frequencies, I continue to paint away. 

That said, my normal painting schedule was interrupted for the month of October as I dipped my toes into the pool of teaching.  I was fortunate for the opportunity to take on 2 very enthusiastic students.  It was as enlightening to me as I hope it was to them.  Teaching, it seams, re-enforces the lessons back onto the teacher. 

It was intended to be a "workshop" style experience but we added several extra classes just for grins consuming most of October. It was a good experience, to say the least.  But now it's over.

Now it's time to get back to some serious painting - and posting - again.  I have several events I want to paint for and so many ideas floating around in my head I can hardly wait to get back into the game full time!