Thursday, April 28, 2011

Lucky Dog by Kay Wyne

Lucky Dog
9" x 12" oil on canvas
This painting was painted with the palette knife...on one of our trips to New Orleans I took a picture of this Lucky Dog stand on the street corner. Here is the vendor with his tools....

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Old Kachina Doll

5 x 7
oil on canvas
Here is another of my Hopi kachinas for the tool theme. As I said in my last post, kachina dolls are tools the Hopi Indians use to teach their children about the Hopi religion, This is an old doll that I received as a birthday present.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Chisel Study 2

I'm feeling like a tool "hog" posting so many paintings
for this month's challenge. Please see my commentary
on my blog:

Chisel Study 1

This old chisel is such a beautiful tool . . . haven't done
it justice yet but am slowly gathering more insight into
what feels right paint-wise.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Ogre Woman Kachina

Ogre Woman Kachina
8 x 10
oil on canvas
For this month's challenge I'm submitting this painting of a Hopi kachina. The word kachina has many meanings,  the dolls that were originally given to their children,  the masked dancers and the spirits that the dolls and dancers represent. The dolls were played with, of course, but they were a tool to teach the children about their religion. This is a painting I did of a fairly old Ogre Woman kachina, that I bought in a gallery in Albuquerque many years ago. The Ogre Woman comes to the Hopi mesas with other ogres bringing  corn for the girls to grind and traps for the boys to catch mice.  The children are told that the girls must grind the corn well, and the boys catch the mice that eat the Hopi's grain, by the time the Ogres return, or they will take the children away, to eat (hence the scary eyes and sharp teeth.) The purpose of this is to teach the children the roles they will have as adults, the boys as hunters and the girls as grinders of corn who can prepare food for their famalies.

Friday, April 15, 2011

Fishing tools

This was done in a Carol Marine workshop with acrylics. I'm surprised I still like it even though it was so challenging for me. There are lots of mistakes but my nephew loved it because he loves to fish.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Baby Screwdrivers.


Digging Lemons by Mitzi Easley

Digging Lemons by Mitzi Easley
16x20, oil on canvas
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This is a painting from a still life class last year - I'm bringing it back around for our "tool" theme this month. It's a perfect example of subjects I would never have thought to put together but when your brilliant teacher does it, voila! You walk into the studio and the set-up looks great - paint away! Hope everyone is enjoying a beautiful (albeit dry) Texas spring.

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Utensils in France

This image was taken the afternoon a friend and I landed in France in 2004. I ordered a quiche and a glass of wine at an open cafe, Deux Magots, and this precious wren landed on my table and I just had to snap his photo. The tools I used to cut the flaky quiche are pointing right to my little feathered friend.

Friday, April 8, 2011

"Out to Pasture" by Ann Rogers

8 x 10
oil on stretched canvas 

The tractor is probably one of the most important tools of farming. This one had been put "out to pasture" after it had served it's usefulness. Painted from a photograph taken in the Texas Hill Country.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

On The Rocks

Another attempt at my tool of choice. Go-o-o-l-l-l-ly. I could paint this
thing over and over again and still not capture its personality. For more
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Tuesday, April 5, 2011

PLIERS & PAINT by Linda Popple

6x6 Oil on Ampersand Gessobord

The challenge this month for Some Texas Artists Like to Paint is "tools" suggested by Lorraine Shirkus. It's a fantastic subject and fun to find a tool that would be good to paint. My problem was narrowing down what I found! I want to visit this subject again as the tools just around the house are endless. I had to make a decision and because I use these pliers often in the studio to remove stubborn caps on paint tubes I knew this would be the first tool for me to paint. Sometimes our everyday tools are over looked. What tools do you have that you would paint?

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Monday, April 4, 2011

Croquet, Anyone? by Kay Wyne

Croquet, Anyone?
This little 4" x 6" oil painting is on a cotton panel.
I liked the look of the mallet and ball and then threw in the post.
It was fun...and you need the mallet (a game tool?) to play croquet.
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Fishing Kay Wyne

Here is a quick little painting ( 4" x 6") on a Raymar cotton panel. I painted it after attending a Carol Marine workshop.....Tools for fishing......some old things that I found in a tackle box.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Okay . . . okay, I'll do it!

This tool was quite a challenge! It's so complicated and
I'd never given it the respect it deserves. I plan to paint
it a few more times this month. I'll . . . uh . . . have to
check the model's schedule, of course.

Tool Time Geraniums by Nancy Medina

Tool Time Geraniums by Nancy Medina
Oil on Linen Board

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What a perfect Saturday. After getting Anniebelly and Howard's teeth all polished and cleaned at the Dallas Fort Worth Pug Rescue no-anesthesia dental event, we dropped off the puggies and went to the nursery! I had a plan - create a painting based on the Some Texas Artists Like to Paint Challenge this month. The topic - tools. My goal - find the perfect setup to paint a little gardening tool! So off we went. I love Flower Mound Calloways Nursery! Have I mentioned that before? The nursery was packed. You could see the gleem of excitement in all the Flower Moundians' beady little eyes! Plants - check! Knockout Roses - check! Tool for my painting - check! Pretty pots - double check! To see the setup that inspired Tool Time Geraniums, take a peek at my art blog.

Tools of the Trade, by Sharon Hodges

When I think of tools, I think of the annual tool sale at Sears (gee, I love October), and then I think of the tools in my dad's workshop, and then my mind wandered off into 'tools of the trade'...this painting is from a photo I shot in a potter's studio.  Her workbench was littered with her many mixing bowls, glazing powders, and secret formulas...all the tools of her trade.  This is one of my early paintings, but I thought I'd be brave and post it anyway.  Now, I'll get to thinking about other ideas for 'tools'!

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Farm Tool!

Two years ago the whole studio went to John Martin's farm in south Texas. This is the result of my first attempt at plein air painting. Lots of fun, good company and good painting! This big green John Deer tractor is a tool that a farm can't do without!

Friday, April 1, 2011

Shovelin' Shadows

Oil on masonite - 9 x 12"
Now that it's April and the challenge is "Tools" I got busy and dashed this off last night. April Fool!!! :)

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