Thursday, April 19, 2018

Harjo oil portrait

This is a painting that I did several years ago with a live model.  When cleaning the studio this week I revisited several paintings, this being one.  I made a few minor adjustments and added it to my ebay auction this week.  It is a 16x20 oil painting of one of the Harjo clan.  Once upon a time I could remember her name but I have forgotten.  It may be 'Joy' but I wouldn't swear to it ;-)  She is wearing her traditional ceremonial costume that might be worn to a pow wow.  She is holding a feather fan that is also used in blessing ceremonies.  If you would like to purchase this directly from me ( $200)  you may contact me through this website or visit it in my ebay auction where the start price is lower w no reserve.  Click here for Ebay



Monday, April 16, 2018

Sirens of Snake Creek

This is another painting that I revisited this year.  It is a montage of a couple photos and a little imagination.  The problem of using multiple photos in one painting is getting the perspective right.  If you aren't taking the photos with the intention of painting them in the future, this is a common problem.  I started with several photos of my friends at the creek and had a painting I was pretty pleased with.  Upon getting it back from a gallery I looked at it anew.  It bothered me that the furthest left figure just didn't seem right.  I think her head was too large for where she was in the painting, and in particular, where she was in comparison to the two other figures ( who were taken from the same photo)  I changed the size of her head and hat and now it seems better to me.  I also lengthened and widened the arm of the figure on the right.  I also decided there were too many girls in sunglasses and took them off of the far right figure.  There is one other change that I made.  Can you find it?
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original




final ( I think)


Monday, April 09, 2018

Your phone's camera.... the most useful tool in your arsenal

I pulled this old painting out of the studio the other day.  It was painted several years ago using a live model  With a live model you really can't go back and take another look because they are now home, cooking dinner or something ;-)  But, you can look at your own work and re evaluate and try to make it a better painting.  I have found that stepping away is by far the most useful tool ; I stepped away from this painting for a couple of years, but that is not really what I am talking about, although that too, really frees you up to make necessary changes.  I mean, stepping back to the other end of the room, go outside and come back in w your painting facing the door so you are surprised and looking at it freshly.  Since having access to an i phone and to always use it to post photos of paintings to my online auction on ebay, I noticed how many times I took a photo of a painting, thinking it was ready for sale, and only realizing mistakes after looking at the mini photo.  I started noticing how great a tool it was for 'stepping back.'  Here is a series of changes that I am making after viewing this painting from a photo.  Notice how the head shape changes, the eyes, hair, shadows in background, drape across legs, carving into the flesh around her tummy, lips...
This painting is on ebay right now and you can bid on it Here  or contact me for purchase

I started with this:

and ended with this:


You an see below subtil 

small changes... not in any correct order... seen below




Thursday, April 05, 2018

Another Floral .... this year's version


 A work in progress... nearly finished. 







Friday, March 30, 2018

Pretty Girl with Shawl

I just put this on ebay for $399 starting bid.  If it has no other bids feel free to contact me for purchase and I can pull it from the Ebay gallery for you.  To visit my ebay gallery, click here

Monday, March 05, 2018

Oklahoma Bounty

When I was asked to create a show of paintings for the Circle Cinema I looked at my body of work and noticed how many paintings I had with an Oklahoma theme, whether it was the billowing clouds over an Osage prairie, Tulsa Ballet dancers, or the simple bounty of fruits and vegetables from my back yard garden. I hope you enjoy seeing them as much as I enjoyed painting them. We will have a little opening on March 8th from 6-8 during the Kendall Whittier first Thursday Art Walk. I hope to see you. Bring a friend!

Friday, February 02, 2018

Oil Painting Workshop at Tulsa Botanical Garden

Getting ready for a little workshop that I will be conducting at Tulsa's Botanical Garden next week.
I went out there last week to visit the green house and earmark some plants that we might use for our still life workshop and couldn't pass up the opportunity, although a very cold and windy one.... to paint outside.  Just when you think there is no color left in the world, you look a little closer....

Apples

A cold and windy day.... what to paint?..... Apples on a sunny table.
visit in my ebay auction  or contact me directly for purchase.
8x10 oil on canvas

Friday, January 26, 2018

My husband, Scott's paintings

Hi everyone.... I thought I would share this sampling of my husband's paintings.  He has been my student for a couple of years and I thought it was time to brag on him a little.  This is a page that I made for his art work that can be found on my ebay gallery.




Tuesday, January 23, 2018

What I saw one day

This pretty scene was painted from memory and photographs.  Of course, it is the beautiful cloud formation that first captured my attention.  We are so lucky here to be able to see this kind of thing on a weekly basis.  This is a tiny painting which is available for sale through  me or on my ebay gallery.  contact me if you want to go around my ebay auction which has the painting starting at $185 and purchase directly from me.  Otherwise, Happy Bidding!  Click here to visit my ebay gallery


Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Oranges

When it is cold outside, I cruise around the fridge looking for inspiration.  These little oranges were on their way out and I decided that they need to be eaten today.... and painted today.  To Bid on this 6x6 click here

Monday, January 15, 2018

Tangle of Trees



This is a painting that I did last year using an onsite, black and white pencil sketch and a photo taken the same day.  I enjoyed working with the negative space to create the positive illusion of tangled tree branches.  I loved following the abstract shapes that just happen when you tone your canvas first before jumping in.  Inside those negative areas were plenty of little twigs trying to reach the light.
This painting is for sale on ebay this week.  Click here to visit my ebay gallery.

Happy to be a part of this show at the Performing Arts Center in Tulsa


Monday, December 18, 2017

Video from around 2005, Jesse/Jared open for Blind Boys of Alabama

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Painting Surfaces

I thought I would encourage you to consider painting on other surfaces.  Here is what I did on a blank drumhead, a van in France, and a violin.  To bid on the violin, Click Here




Wednesday, November 01, 2017

Beach Figures

This week's study involved the use of photographs of beach figures.  I think it is a bit of a challenge to teach people to create an impressionistic painting using photos.  You kind of have to un see what you see. and create what you do not see.  Anyways here is my little impressionistic study of a mother and daughter at the shore.  It is on auction this week on Ebay  CLICK HERE to visit the auction and my ebay gallery.

Saturday, October 28, 2017

This week's project

This is what I have been working on this week.  I went to a friend's house out in the country for a fall bonfire/potluck.  Thankfully I had my camera with me.  I was struck in the gloaming, of how the grass was almost a spring green and the fall trees glowed with the last hurrah of the sun.  I threw in a dramatic sky in the background from a photo that I had taken earlier in the same week.  I had fun knitting the two together.

I begin with a wash of burnt sienna, a quick abstract of the basic composition, a block in of basic colors and then refine, refine, refine while trying to hold on to the painterly brush stokes and some of the under painting.  That is the trickiest part.  I will sit with this now for a week or so and give it another look to see if there are areas that need more work.




Friday, October 27, 2017

one of my favorite Still Life paintings from this year

To Bid CLICK HERE or contact me.  Starting bid is $499 on ebay or purchase directly from me for the starting bid price this week.

Friday, October 13, 2017

Sunset on the Prairie

To bid on this painting... starting bid $133 click here  This will also take you to my ebay gallery where you can see a lot of my gallery quality paintings along with these demos and studies.


Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Studies/Demos on sale for under $20 this week

Just for fun and to help clear out the ole' studio I put quite a few paintings on auction sale for under a $20 start price w no reserve.  I have also reduced multiple others.  Of course I always have my gallery open on ebay where you can find just the right full price ( yet still much lower than physical galleries ) painting for over the mantle ;-)  Click here to visit one of the studies that is on sale this week.