Saturday, September 28, 2013
Hi there, For about the last 7 years or so I have chatted online with a wonderful group of fellow artists. The nicest ladies from several different states. We have always wanted to meet so we made plans months ago to meet in Spring City Tennessee where one of the artists lives. There were 7 of us and the furthest was from San Antonio. We had a wonderful time getting to know each other better and of course painting together. We mostly painted inside at Laura's wonderful studio and one day we went to a park and painted plein air. One of the gals Marilyn is involved with "Healing Ceilings" where artists paint ceiling tiles to replace the white ones in a cancer treatment center. A few of us completed a panel to send home with her and some of the ladies took panels home to paint and send back to Marilyn. They are 2ft by 2ft and I painted poppies on mine, that seemed like a happy thing to look up at and enjoy while getting treatment. I'll include a photo of it here but it was taken very quickly and there is some glare on the bottom. The first photos shows our happy group the first morning out at Laura's wonderful log home and her sweet dog Tommy who was thrilled to have us there, I am the one with the glowing white hair, lol. I completed 5 paintings and one tile and a few of them will be painted over, lol The third photo is one of the still lifes I completed. I am still amazed this all worked out and everyone made it safe and sound. Now when we chat online I hear their voices in my head, lol. I hope all of you are blessed with this kind of experience in your life. Hugs
Monday, September 23, 2013
Hi there, A while back I entered a competition through North Light Books. I entered a painting of mine called "Wedding Dress", it is a mixed media piece with patterned acid free paper, lots of texture and then I painted my dress in acrylics. The painting was accepted and was to be included in a book due out the end of September. I had to jump through a few hoops but was thrilled. I kept thinking I'll believe it when I see it. A while back Amazon had the book available and I could see my name and page number in the preview and I thought "Yea it's going to happen". Well here it is, it arrived a few days ago. Woo hoo I'm published.
Wednesday, September 11, 2013
Hello there, I paint with a gal that brought me two old violins and she had planned to throw out. They are both missing parts but I was so excited because I always wanted to paint one. I chose the better of the two and it is a wonderful red color. I painted it once, didn't like the set up so I painted it out and tried it again. I added a close up photo so you can see how the tulip reflects in the strings. This is acrylic on a 11" x 14" canvas. I plan to enter it in the members show of the Cincinnati Woman's Art Club. Thinking a gold frame?? Enjoy your day
Wednesday, September 4, 2013
Hello, My husband and I have been married 31 years and the first gift I bought him was a pair of L.L.Bean boots. I asked one of his best friends for advice and he suggested the boots. He loves these boots and calls them his "beaners", they have been re-soled once and they have seen a lot of hunting miles. I painted these for a competition, a show of woman painting men, anything related to men. I thought this seemed like the perfect thing to paint, they sure make me think of my man. I painted this in acrylics on a 16" x 20" stretched canvas and had a ball painting them. I'm pretty pleased with them and they passed the hubby test, lol. Hope you enjoy seeing them. Have a great day and stop back again soon.