Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Anxious Girl

I'm just sneaking under the wire here, one more child painting.

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Baby Rae

I looked at Carolyn Anderson's paintings before attempting this
daunting challenge, which isn't really evident here. This lovely child
was visiting her grandparents a few weeks ago and Regina Taylor
caught this pose with her camera. I started getting the hang of it when
I got to her hand and learned a lot . . . wanted to try again before
posting but May is quickly disappearing!

Saturday, May 21, 2011

"Liza" by Sharon Hodges

Liza is my goddaughter.  I photographed her playing one afternoon on the beach, and loved the colors in the sand and, most of all, her shadow.  The shadow is my favorite part of the painting.

05/21/11 Zoe by Carol Morgan

This is Zoe, the oldest little girl of one of my teacher friends. I had to dig into my past to pull this one up because I am consumed with school for at least the next week. Zoe was only my third painting and second one of a child. I think the world of this couple and love their children so I ended up painting them often. Zoe is ready for the first grade next year and loves school. She is a girly girl that loves to paint my toenails with "glow in the dark" nail polish when I stay with them so mom and dad can have an occasional night out! What fun!!

Thursday, May 19, 2011

"Not Exactly Fishing" by Sharon Hodges

These young boys were 'just looking', ahem, at the beautiful koi pond at The Cloisters at Sea Island...I promise that I did not see them grab any fish, at least not while I was standing there taking their photo!  This painting has generated two commissions that are currently on my easels....maybe they will be finished before this month's topic is completed.

"Father and Son" by Sharon Hodges

This father and son caught my eye at the Arboretum last summer...the boy had been playing in the frog fountain and had something in his foot.  He quickly crawled up into his dad's lap and knew it would be all better soon.  This was such a tender moment and the light was so pretty that it encouraged me to try to paint these figures, even though I had never painted figures before.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011


11x14 oil on canvas
Well, I've had to pull from the archives for this category because my entire life right now is consumed with school and more school. This is one of my students, Madyson, signing the word adore from the hymn, Lift High the Cross. As we are introduced each month to a new hymn, one of our teachers teaches the children sign language. In addition to hearing their sweet voices, it is truly a beautiful thing to watch children "singing" with their hands.

I recently learned that this painting is one of three that has been accepted to hang in a museum in honor of one of my late professors, Elemore Morgan, Jr. To pay tribute to a most beloved mentor, teacher, and friend, the museum is honoring him through works of his former students and I am thrilled to be included in the year long show. Here is a video of this kind, soft spoken gentleman, speaking about his love for art and the rice fields he so loved to paint. Years ago when we were first married, my husband and I sat in one of Elemore's favorite rice fields for a portrait, his wedding present to us; wow!

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Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Bathing Beauty by Mitzi Easley

Bathing Beauty by Mitzi Easley
16x20, oil on panel
Our Texas beaches are just the best for people-watching. This precious little one's family spent the day set-up right next to ours last summer in Port Aransas. She was a busy little bee and thoroughly entertaining to watch. I knew the minute I saw her pink bathing suit reflected in surf that I'd paint her time and again. Happy May all!

Monday, May 16, 2011

Thursday, May 12, 2011

"Patty Cake" by Ann Rogers

8 x 8

Saw this precious child while out shopping one day and her grandmother agreed to let me take her photo. The camera came out and she immediately started playing "patty cake". Think we could do a whole blog just on children.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

05/11/11 Sammy by Carol Morgan

This is a darling child that is perpetually smiling! Sammy is a little ray of sunshine! This image was given to me by his mom and though it was small in size (6x6) it was easy for me to paint. I am afraid I am going to be "the children's picture hog," for this month because I've painted so many in the last four years and I love them!

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

05/04/11 Commission of "Banjo" by Carol Morgan

This was a commission I completed last year when a friend had her son's photo taken professionally. I got permission from the artist and dove right in! Benjamin is lovingly called Banjo by his parents and is such a lovely child that I couldn't resist the urge to paint him. I think I was able to capture his intensity and thoughtfulness in this painting. It was a lot of fun to paint!

Monday, May 2, 2011

When We Grow Up ... ? by Kirk Witmer

6x8" oil on archival panel
This little brother and sister seem to be standing here wondering ....
"When We Grow Up .... "
...will the beaches still be this clean? Will the water still be this clear? Will the sky still be this beautiful? Can you promise us that?

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Sunday, May 1, 2011

05/01/11 Little Boy Blue by Carol Morgan

This is my neighbor's grandson, Christopher. I was just working on a monochromatic level blocking him in and I liked it so much that I left it as it was. If you've ever done this as an exercise, it is very interesting and can be challenging. At the last minute I gave his cheeks a bit of color and used a palette knife on his blonde hair. The whole effect was widely approved by my painting friends in the studio, so I "Stepped away from the canvas."


8X10 oil on canvas panel

Here I am a day late posting my solution for the tool challenge. Every Spring, our first and second graders experience life as a Colonial and a Pioneer. The children dress appropriately and experience a range of activities, like writing with a quill pen, making butter, and washing clothes with a washboard, a very handy tool back in the day.
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