Friday, December 31, 2010
8x10 oil on canvas panel
Just under the wire for my entry in this month's chair theme. I have a pair of these large overstuffed chairs in the living room, facing directly opposite of each other and perfect (if you're Cowgirl) for either looking out the front windows or the back french doors. If you are Cowgirl, the only way to sit in these chairs is to climb up onto the top of the cushion, sit in the center and make sure you squash the cushion into a perfect V shape. Apparently, these are the best seats in the house for watching important stuff like, people walking their pets, squirrels hiding nuts, children playing, and leaves blowing in the wind. All of these things bring loud barks and whines alerting me to the crazy antics of my neighbors; thanks Cowgirl, I'm not sure what we would do without your watchful eyes.
Monday, December 27, 2010
An eccentric philosophy professor gave a one question final exam after a semester dealing with a broad array of topics. The class was already seated and ready to go when the professor picked up his chair, plopped it on his desk and wrote on the board: "Using everything we have learned this semester, prove that this chair does not exist."
Fingers flew, erasers erased, notebooks were filled in furious fashion. Some students wrote over 30 pages in one hour attempting to refute the existence of the chair. One member of the class however, was up and finished in less than a minute.
Weeks later when the grades were posted, the rest of the group wondered how he could have gotten an A when he had barely written anything at all. His answer consisted of two words: "What chair?"
Sunday, December 26, 2010
About 20 years ago I found myself longing for a wicker
chair. It may have been the move from Aspen to San
Antonio and trying to embrace life in a hot southern clime.
They weren't expensive but the house was mostly factory
and my joke then was that I needed a $50,000 addition to
the house before I could have the $100 chair. A couple of
years later a friend was moving and gave me this chair! Ask
and ye shall receive? It's a sweet memory . . .
This photo isn't as accurate as I'd like. There are transparent
greens along the far edges before it fades into dark but the
camera wasn't being cooperative. Anyway, true to my deadline
oriented self, my "Chair" just before the month ends.
Thursday, December 23, 2010
Saturday, December 18, 2010
Friday, December 17, 2010
Monday, December 13, 2010
Saturday, December 11, 2010
Friday, December 10, 2010
Wednesday, December 8, 2010
5 x 7 oil on canvas nfs
I painted this from a photo I took years ago
while waiting on my Mural painting partner to
get his supplies packed. I was bored and looking
around for some interesting shadows to capture
on my new camera.
Craig and I haven't worked together for about 5
years, but I always think of him fondly when I
see his chair.
Tuesday, December 7, 2010
A Place to Dream is an original oil painting based on the Adirondack chair in my back yard retreat. With a little artistic license, I grew bunches of wild poppies and Blackeyed Susans, and changed my red chair to blue especially for this painting. Visit my art blog to see the flowers that bloom all year round in my Flower Mound garden.
Monday, December 6, 2010
Sunday, December 5, 2010
NSF - A Christmas gift for my in-laws.
I sent this painting to Ruth and Louie for a Christmas gift. It was a fun painting because of the shadows and the subject matter. My inspiration was a 1990's photograph and alot of memories from our summers in Charlevoix, Michigan. The beach at Sequanota Club was our afternoon hang-out. As my daugher pointed out, it was good that I put a few details in this painting...like the tennis shoes and laces, the bouys in the water, and Ruth's visor. I can feel the sun and sand when I look at this painting. Beach chairs are the greatest....
Thursday, December 2, 2010
Thursday, November 25, 2010
6" x 8" Oil on Cotton Panel
Happy Thanksgiving...I thought it would appropriate to post one of my small paintings today...food of course. (I guess I am breaking the rules....no sky here!!!) I hope that you all enjoy your day with friends and family. Travel safely. Happy Thanksgiving to all.
Monday, November 22, 2010
With 8 days to go, I finally come through! San Antonio had all gray
sky for a week, then a cloudless pure blue, then the wind kicked
up and brought drama. Looking at this on the monitor, it looks like
a scene out of Dickens. It's the view across the river at the end of
my street. This was way out of my comfort zone but I had fun.
Thank you for challenging me!
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
8 x 10 oil on canvas panel
We get some pretty scary weather here in Texas.
One minute the sky can be clear as a bell and the
next thing you know the tornado warnings are
going off. I tried to convey that feeling of
impending doom in this painting. Duck & Cover!
Saturday, November 13, 2010
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
Wild Blue Yonder....4' x 3'.....oil....on gallery wrapped stretched canvas.
Here's close up view.
Oh, how I love West Texas! With it's big open range and endless blue sky. Simple, yet majestic!
Recently, I posted a smaller version, a study really. Angela's comment got me to thinking and I decided to paint it big! 4 feet x 3 feet...if I do say so myself it's a keeper. The iphone pic doesn't capture all it's glory but you get the jest of it. Thank's Angela!
Sunday, November 7, 2010
Yesterday was a reception at the Dutch Art Gallery for The Artists of Texas...wonderful art and fabulous artists were there. It was fun to finally meeting some of the artists who post on daily blogs. Gwen Bell was there, and even though we live a few miles apart, I had not met her in person. (I knew her art, but not the artist!) Ann Rogers came through the doors, and it was great to see her. I must say that I got distracted and did not get a chance to really visit with everyone. The turn-out was great. I amazed at the wonderful art... a really good art at the show. Thanks to Pam Massar for all of her hard work. If you missed the reception yesterday, here is the show info:
Where Texas Finds Its Color
I have been away from my easel and blog for about two weeks....I was in an automobile accident and I was sidelined for a while. But I am back! I hope to be posting some new paintings. Have an artful day! Thanks for looking at my blog...Kay
Friday, November 5, 2010
Thursday, November 4, 2010
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
Sunday, October 24, 2010
6x8 oil on canvas
My best friend, Tina is quite the fashionista, and apparently so is her little granddaughter, Kate. When I received this photo, it cracked me up and I could not help but paint it for our theme of Pink. I painted Kate about a year ago in another funny little ensemble, you can see that painting here.
Friday, October 15, 2010
Sunday, October 10, 2010
Saturday, October 9, 2010
Wednesday, October 6, 2010
Monday, October 4, 2010
Gerbera daisies are the hardiest little plants, and pop back time and again in my summer garden, despite the blistering heat or the days with no rain. The yellows took precedence this year, but last year I had a number of pink daisies and this was one of them. I'm hopeful that next year will be pink's turn again.
We were told this week that my aunt Beth has been diagnosed with breast cancer. Beth is one of those tenacious people who always lights up a room and is full of laughter and energy. She is a pediatric oncology nurse so is familiar with what's to come. Please keep her in your thoughts and prayers.
Sunday, October 3, 2010
I love flowers! I love the way they look. I love the way they smell (except Lantana) :)
...I apologize for the unprofessional photo. It's gone now....lesson learned!
Thursday, September 30, 2010
8x16 oil on canvas panel
Here's one more fish for September. I delivered some commissions to a client and while there, discovered their beautiful koi pond. I don't remember this guy's name, they were quite friendly and seemed to enjoy posing for the camera. I think the background looks like wannabe camouflage, so until ya'll help me out with a title, Camo Koi it is.
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Friday, September 24, 2010
Thursday, September 23, 2010
Manna From Heaven is based on the beautiful koi ponds of the Dallas Arboretum. On the day I took the photo from which this was painted, a kind gentleman saw me trying to snap images and tossed bread into the koi pond for me. The fish swam right up and held their noses above the surface perfectly. The world is full of thoughtful strangers, it seems!
Friday, September 17, 2010
8x8 oil on canvas board
Dave is one of my plein air painting buddies and a man of many talents, not only can he catch his own fish, he can cook them up, too! This is another one of my little 1 hour painting studies and was so much fun to paint. Thanks for the photo reference, Dave!
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Wednesday, September 15, 2010
Sunday, September 12, 2010
Wednesday, September 8, 2010
Sunday, September 5, 2010
24" x 30"
Oil on Gallery Wrap Canvas
This is my first koi painting...I layered and layered the paint on, and had the gold/orange koi way too light. I was happy with the colors in the white/gray koi, but not the golden ones. I enjoyed the first day on this painting, and struggled with the days following. I know the water in the koi pond needs to be greener, but I don't like painting green very well, so I just went with what I wanted on the water. I hope to get some better reference photographs when the sun comes out and it warms up in Dallas. More koi paintings in the future. This afternoon I will hit the studio with some new blank canvas....hoping that my brushes are kind to me. Have a good Sunday! Thanks for viewing this blog!