Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Frio River at Garner State Park

9x12 oil on cotton canvas panel
$250 (email me if interested)

I am happy to say I am now exhibiting some of my work in Susan Carlin Art Studio and Gallery. The owner is Susan Carlin, a fantastic portrait artist. You can watch her paint on on Tuesday nights at 6:00pm est. She is so upbeat and a pleasure to be around. The other two artists in the gallery are Marilyn Moore and Bonnie Mann. Marilyn paints with watercolors. She does beautiful scenes of the Riverwalk in San Antonio. Bonnie paints in oils. Her still lifes are so eloquent. I feel so special being asked to be a part of their gallery family.

This painting is from another photo I took when Jim and I went camping at Garner State Park. I really tried hard to capture the blue of the water against the fall colors in the trees. That is what attracted me to the scene in the first place.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008


8x10 oil on stretched linen
$250 (email me if interested)Sold
I have never painted on linen before. So the last time I was at Jerry's Artarama I decided to get a prestretched canvas to give it a try. I really liked how the paint flowed on the surface. I had just bought a 6 yard roll of cotton canvas to make my own panels so I guess I will be using cotton for awhile. I do like the tooth that cotton has too. Jim and I went downtown to see the SAVA "Admiration" show when I took this photo of the Alamo. I debated putting the tourists and the fence in the painting. I decided I didn't want to date the painting so much.

Monday, November 10, 2008

my first plein aire!

6x8 oil on cotton canvas panel
$75 (email me if interested)Sold
I have mentioned before how uneasy I felt about putting myself out there to be looked at while I painted. I finally did it with a lot of coxing from my husband. And I loved it! Now I want to do it all the time. I realized how much more you see in colors and values. A photograph will lose some of the values, it seems to flatten. We were at Garner State Park, Texas camping, to see the fall colors. We also went to Lost Maples State Park. There is a large isolated stand of uncommon bigtooth maples. I was only able to paint one plein aire painting but I took a lot of pictures.

Monday, November 3, 2008

They were tourists at the plaza...

16 x 20 oil on stretched cotton canvas
$500 (email me if interested)
I took this photo last year when I was in Santa Fe. I liked the play of shadows all over the ground and pavilion. While I was painting this one I could just imagine who these people were. The only thing that I was concerned about as I painted was the fact that the figures ended up in the center of the painting. I would like to hear others opinion on this. Does it bother you they are in the center and is there too much foreground? Drop me a comment.