Monday, November 16, 2009

Prickly Pear Blossom

8x6 oil on cotton covered panel
$120 (email me if interested)SOLD
I enjoy painting cactus pads. I can achieve their green color by using cerulean blue, ultramarine blue, viridian, yellow ochre and/or cad yellow. It just depends on how the light hits the pad on which I use.

Monday, November 9, 2009

First Snow

6x8 oil on cotton canvas panel
$75 (email me if interested)

My first plein aire using my new "Cigar Box" by Guerrilla. Jim and I took our first RV trip to Taos, New Mexico this past week. We woke up to an early snow. This is what was left by the afternoon.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Mission Gardens

8x10 oil on cotton canvas panel
$250 (email me if interested)
The next best thing to painting plein aire is coming home and being able to paint from your photos. It takes me back to being at that location and what a good time I had with my Mom and daughter.

Sunday, October 4, 2009


8x10 oil on stretched cotton canvas
$150 (email me if interested)
Another painting of the Mission San Juan Capistrano.

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Mission San Juan Capistrano

20x24 oil on stretched cotton canvas
$600 (email me if interested)
I have a hard time photographing my work. This one seems to be washed out and the previous post you can see dull reflections. I have tried different times of the day and different locations. Anyway, while in California taking Robin Hall's workshop, we visited the mission in San Capistrano. What a beautiful place! Every corner you turn is a photo op or in my case a painting op. I would love to spend many hours there painting on location. Unfortunately I live many miles away and I have to settle painting from photos. One day I want to be able to paint plein aire every where I go. Its going to happen soon.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Salsa Bowl 4

6x6 oil on cotton canvas panel
$100 (email me if interested)

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Salsa Bowl with lime and lemon

6x6 oil on cotton canvas panel
$100 (email me if interested)
I enjoyed painting my little Mexican bowls so much I decided to paint one again.

Monday, September 7, 2009

Waterloo Icehouse Austin

8x8x3 oil on stretched cotton canvas
$100 (email me if interested)

I'm finally back. So many things in my life have been going on. I was kinda in a painting slump for awhile. It just seemed as though I couldn't paint anything I was happy with. Then I got the opportunity to take Robin Hall's Color Theory workshop in San Clemente, Ca. If you haven't ever seen Robin's work,take a look at her web site. Her use of colors are amazing. In fact, that is the reason I jumped at taking her class. We spent four days talking, mixing and painting colors. I was so pumped to get home and try out my new knowledge of color. I am working on a 20x24 painting of a photo I took at the Mission San Juan in San Capistrano. I am taking my time and thinking a lot about values and tones.
This painting is number 9 of my series of Austin Landmarks.

Friday, July 10, 2009

Willows in the Wetlands

11x14 oil on stretched cotton canvas
$300 unframed (email me if interested)
I need some advice. Do you think I need to go back and lighten up the value of the mountains to make them look like they are more in the distance? I feel as though I painted everything too much in the same value. I would appreciate any input. This is from a photo I took in the Rocky Mountain National Park. What a beautiful place. I love how there are so many different kinds of terrains. It is a painters paradise.

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Frio River Reflections

16x20 oil on stretched cotton canvas
$600 (email me if interested)
This was another photo I took when Jim and I went camping back in October, hence the fall colors. I think this painting is more intense with color than I am use to painting. When painting water you have to look at the water surface and reflections as just shapes and color not what you know it to be. I struggled but I do like the end result.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Sidewalk Parking

8x8x1.5 oil on stretched cotton canvas
$100 (email me if interested)SOLD
This is number 8 in my series of Austin Landmarks.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Whole Foods Blackbirds

8x8x1.5 oil on stretched cotton canvas
$100 unframed (email me if interested)SOLD
I have been gone for a week and it has taken me another week to get back in the swing of things. I had started this painting before I left for the Rocky Mountains. It is #7 in my series of Austin Landmarks. I wanted to finish it before I started a new painting from my photographs of the mountains. Anyone that lives in Austin knows there are thousands of blackbirds around the parking area at Whole Foods and up and down the street. The noise is deafening but fascinating.

Saturday, May 30, 2009

After the Rain- Canyon Lake

24x36 oil on stretched cotton canvas
$650 (email me if interested)
While my son was home on leave, Jim, Justin and I took him to the lake to do some fishing. I cooked hamburgers and took pictures. The day was very overcast and it was late in the evening. They didn't get a bite but I got some interesting pics. When I am painting I have to remind myself to use stronger highlights. Because of the late evening and overcast there were no strong shadows. I wanted to keep that overcast feeling.

Sunday, May 17, 2009

San Jose Mission courtyard

20x24 oil on stretched cotton canvas
$600 (email me if interested)
The hardest part was making sure I had the arches correct. I still have a tendency to paint shadows the same violet color no matter what they are cast on. I am taking a workshop in August from Robin Hall on color theory. I am excited about learning how to work with my coloring. All and all I am happy with the painting.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Magnolia Cafe

8x8 oil on stretched cotton canvas
$100 unframed (email me if interested)SOLD
Another painting in my series of Austin Landmarks. Magnolia Cafe is located on South Congress (SoCo). It is open 24 hours with a massive menu and wonderful food made with fresh ingredients. Last time I was there my daughter and I shared the best Queso dip topped with avocado slices that I have ever tasted and I have eaten a lot of Queso dip.
I have also started a larger painting so the Austin paintings are on hold for a few days or maybe weeks, depending.

Friday, May 8, 2009

Uncommon Objects

8x8 oil on stretched cotton canvas
$100 unframed (email me if interested)SOLD

The third installment of my Austin Landmarks.Uncommon Objects is a shop full of found objects that are displayed so creatively its almost like walking through a fun funky art gallery. The fiberglass rabbit was rescued from a dump in Dallas and the cowboy was made from a car muffler. This sculpture was produced around 1992 by Evan Voyles whose other creations are scattered around Austin. This is only one of the many landmark art that makes Austin quirky.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Hotel San Jose

8x8 oil on stretched cotton canvas
$100 unframed (email me if interested)SOLD
This is the second painting in my series of Austin landmarks. The Hotel San Jose built in 1939 is located on South Congress. It is an urban bungalow-style hotel. It is rumored this is where all the celebrities like to stay when in town.

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Amy's Ice Cream

8x8 oil on stretched canvas
$100 unframed (email me if interested)SOLD
I am painting a series of Austin landmarks on 8x8 canvas that is 1 1/2" thick. I have decided they would look the best in a floater frame. I am going to get Jim to make me some frames as soon as I am through. So for I am thinking there will be 12. They could be left unframed as I painted the sides too. My daughter has lived in Austin for ten years. Over the years she has introduced me to a city full of art and culture. "Austinites" take pride in being different in their lifestyles. They have adopted a motto, "Keep Austin Weird" which refers partly to their eclectic lifestyles and also for a campaign that preserves and supports small independent businesses. This is what I wanted to represent in my paintings. Thanks Kristen!

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Prickly Pear

6x8 oil on cotton canvas panel
$75 (email me if interested)

We have lots and lots of these in our yard. They begin blooming in June. The pads and the fruit of the cactus are edible. The fruit is ready after they blossom, in the late summer and early fall. Just be careful of the spines on both! The tiny ones on the fruit are really hard to remove. In a drought, ranchers have been known to burn off the spines so their cows could eat the cactus for the liquid inside. I made some note cards from this painting. I would like to paint a series of cacti paintings, especially one with the fruit because I like the contrast of the red fruit against the green pads.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Texas Hill Country

8x10 oil on stretched cotton canvas
$200 (email me if interested)

Another painting of my stomping grounds. My favorite is painting sun dapples through the trees. I always paint them using the same colors. Maybe I should step out on a limb (no pun intended) and try other colors.

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Mission San Jose Door

12x12 oil on cotton canvas panel
$250 (email me if interested)

After living in the San Antonio area for over 15 years, I finally took a day to visit the missions. San Antonio has five counting the Alamo. These five missions were built along the San Antonio River. The other four missions continue to operate as active parishes of the Catholic Church. I took lots of pictures. After getting home and looking at my photos, I can think of some other compositions I should of taken. I am from the old school, it is hard for me to just click, click, click. It's digital! This first painting was an unusual size for me. With all the carvings around the door, I probably should have gone even bigger. Thats a lot of detail to do that small. When it comes to architecture, one little brush stroke can throw the whole perspective off. After looking at it for a few days I may go back and tweak it a little.

Friday, April 3, 2009

Enchanted Rock #2

20x24 oil on stretched cotton canvas
It has been awhile since I have posted anything. Even so, I have been painting everyday. I recently finished this larger piece. It is a gift for my wonderful Air Force son. Shhh! don't tell. He hasn't seen it yet. He will be coming home on leave in a couple of weeks. It is for his new apartment to remind him of Texas. I hope he likes it. I have also been doing a series of urban landscapes of Austin. I will post some of them later.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Enchanted Rock

12x16 oil on stretched cotton canvas
$500 (email me if interested)

The Rock is a huge, pink granite exfoliation dome, that rises 425 feet above ground, 1825 feet above sea level, and covers 640 acres. It is one of the largest batholiths (underground rock formation uncovered by erosion) in the United States.
Tonkawa Indians believed ghost fires flickered at the top, and they heard weird creaking and groaning, which geologists now say resulted from the rock's heating by day and contracting in the cool night. A conquistador captured by the Tonkawa described how he escaped by losing himself in the rock area, giving rise to an Indian legend of a "pale man swallowed by a rock and reborn as one of their own." The Indians believed he wove enchantments on the area, but he explained that the rock wove the spells. "When I was swallowed by the rock, I joined the many spirits who enchant this place." Jim and I climbed to the top a couple of weekends ago. I took lots of pictures to paint.

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Winter on the Guadalupe River

12x16 oil on stretched cotton canvas
$600 (email me if interested)

This view of the river is behind our house. I think winter is just as beautiful on the river. I love the golden hues against the green water. We have not had any rain to speak of in the last 9 months. The river is so dry in some spots it has just a trickle. The bank on the left of the painting is usually under water. I think my favorite part of the painting is the two small patches of cerulean blue reflecting in the water. I saved that for the very last thing to brush on. All along the river bed are huge cottonwoods and cypress trees. The lot next to us has a cottonwood that the owners wanted to have measured and registered it is so big. We have lived here for 15 years and have seen the river dried up and two floods, one a hundred year flood.

Monday, February 2, 2009

Texas Ranch Road

8x10 oil on stretched linen canvas
$250 (email me if interested)
Jim and I drove around this weekend so I could take some pictures. We turned off onto this road that was one lane with cattle guards. We went for a couple of miles until it ended at the Guadalupe River. Even though it is a public road I am sure it is used mostly by the rancher that is on both sides of the road. This is one of the few places left here that hasn't been touched by developers. So sad.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Lost Maples Hike

11x14 oil on stretched linen
$400 (email me if interested)
As Jim and I were walking the trails at Lost Maples State Park, we came upon this older lady that looked so entranced by this particular Maple tree. She stood in that one spot staring up at the tree. Even after we passed, she was still there. I have really enjoyed painting these landscapes from Lost Maples. The trees are such a beautiful color to paint up against a clear blue sky.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Cows in Fredericksburg

5x7 oil on linen stretched canvas
$50 (email me if interested)sold

I usually work on cotton canvas. I received an assortment of linen canvases for Christmas from my Mom. I really like the smoothness of the surface. The paint just seems to glide right on. Thanks Mom.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Lavender Fields at Becker Vineyards

8x10 oil on cotton canvas panel
$250 (email me if interested)

Texas has some very good wines. Several of the wineries are in Fredericksburg. I am not sure what the connection is with lavender and grapes but it sure is pretty when they are blooming. I mixed every combination of different blues and reds to find the right color for the lavender. I am happy with the color I ended up with.

Saturday, January 3, 2009

Maverick Plaza at La Villita

6x8 oil on cotton canvas panel
$100 (email me if interested)

This courtyard is to the right of the gallery, Susan Carlin Art Studio & Gallery, in San Antonio where I have some work hanging. At least it was the view until they removed the bougainvilleas for the winter. I really wanted to capture the sun hitting the water coming from the fountain. It was sparkling. I used a palette knife to add an extra mix of cad yellow light and titanium white at the very end of painting. My photos of my paintings never seem to capture my colors in a true fashion. I don't know what I do wrong as far as photography. I am going to keep working at it because I like to make note cards of my paintings for the gallery.