Monday, January 09, 2017

Re visiting an older piece

This painting was 'completed' several years ago.  About a year ago I went back in and took out some things and added others.  The painting was started as a complicated still life for a class.  I had to put a little of everything in it so that no matter where my students were in the room, that they would have something interesting to paint.  As the teacher I pretty much demonstrated the painting of every object so therefore had a lot of objects in my finished piece.  This painting deals with the magic of childhood and contains a lot of my own and my students' toys.  It is for sale on Ebay.  To visit the painting in my ebay gallery and see more of my work, Click Here

Monday, December 26, 2016

King of the Prairie

This idea has been rolling around in my head for a while.  Out here in Oklahoma we live with both of the "creatures" in this painting.  It is a perfect example of the push and pull that human beings have struggled with for centuries.... nature VS human comforts....some who take too much, and those who pay for it....those who learn from the past, and those who repeat it.... sustainability VS depleting our gifts..... honoring our gifts and using them wisely, or not.... I could go on but ultimately it will be you, the viewer who gets to interpret the story.  Notice too that there is a storm brewing in the back ground.

Below are the beginnings and nearing completion of the painting.  I need to sit with it for a week or so and then will finish it.

a week later.... It is finished and sent to the new art gallery in town, The Artery.

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Sugar Plums Dance .... Tulsa Ballet

In order for Sugar Plums to dance in their heads, you first need to learn how to dance.  This painting was done after a visit to the rehearsals for the Tulsa Ballet's opening season.  To bid on this or visit my ebay gallery, Click Here

Horton Records in Tulsa w my son, Jesse Aycock, Jacob Tovar, Wink Burcham, Lauren Barth, Paul Benjaman and more

Friday, November 11, 2016


It's that time again.... Time to take a walk in the woods without having to worry about getting chiggers or ticks and look for something sweet.  They are as much fun to paint as they are to eat.  If they are squishy and ugly, those are the ones you want to eat.  A lot of times you will find them on the ground when they reach that point.    You have to be quick though because the deer love them as much as you do.  ;-)

These are on auction in my ebay gallery today.  Click here to visit my Gallery

Tuesday, November 08, 2016

Foraging in Oklahoma

This time last year Scott and I were in a workshop over in Coyle, OK where we were learning about all the different kinds of wild foods that were available to us in our state.  I brought my camera along so I wouldn't forget how to recognize different plants.  While there I snapped a pic or two of other participants.  This is a painting done from one of those photos.  Just a side note, our facilitator was Jackie Dill, a Native American woman who shared with us her favorite gathering places and taught us how to identify and cook foraged food.  At this writing her stone home is nearly destroyed by recent waste water injection caused earthquakes that have rattled my own home which is a 2 1/2 hour drive from the epicenter.

To visit this piece in my Ebay Auction, Click Here

Monday, November 07, 2016

Cecil plays the Piano Oil

I did this painting, which is kind of a departure for me, for a show that Scott and I did last year at right about this time.  The show was a back and forth between painting and poems.

Here's the painting that is on auction this week on my ebay gallery site, Click here to visit.

Here is the corresponding poem written by Scott Aycock


Cecil keeps our yard trim as a sailor’s beard-
not a blade of grass out of place.
With a surveyor’s eye he places poles along
the hedge row,
making Grandma’s English Boxwoods
level as poured cement,
stretching the length of the drive.

He starts early and works through, into the
heat of the day.
I am just a boy.
Cecil comes to back door, hat in hand, like a child asking a favor of a man.
“Mr. Jo Eddie’s grandson, you ‘spose I could have me some ‘freshment?”
I go under sink where grandma keeps the
drink, pour comfort from a bottle.
I place a capful in a glass, fill the rest with water.
It turns the color of rosin.

That’ll do, Mr. Jo Eddie’s grandson, don’t need no ice.
He tips his head, tosses the drink, and wipes
his mouth.
It is a litany of motion.

Five drinks into the day, his tools put away,
Cecil comes to the door-  a final drink to stay
the blues away.

I being home alone,
Cecil points with fingered bone
towards ivories lined up in a row.
“Mr. Jo Eddie’s grandson, I can make that
coffin sing.
Some folks they scared a dyin’, but they ain’t got that rhythm thang.”

Cecil straddles piano bench, with one leg north, the other east,
to work the pedals, to keep the beat.
With both hands poised on whitened keys,
his long black fingers fill spaces,
make dark holes in the music,
as he begins a slow growl, a low moan.
Gonna’ chase those blues.
Gonna’ chase those blues.”

Bowed over the keys, eyes closed,
Cecil is there in some sepia-toned place. 

It seems with every note, with every chord,
Cecil spills more of himself between the keys,
as though the music is drinking him one note
at a time.

With an ear bent to the ivories, listening for the sound of suffering as it leaves his fingertips;
Cecil’s hand begins to jitter, and juke, and then to jive,
into some boogie-woogie slide.

 His huge black hands, like crows,
flap the width of the piano,
as  Cecil tosses back his head, enraptured.

I am just a boy held in time. 

As Cecil’s shoulders sway in time to the beat,
mouth open, he eats.

Drinking notes, swallowing chords,
half-digested they come spilling forth,
crude and primitive.

A truer sound.

Sunday, November 06, 2016

Garlic from my garden, Blue Bowls and Cutting Board

This was our latest class project.  I had a bunch of new students and thought we might try something that didn't look too scary.  I really liked the way it turned out.
I had a nice harvest of garlic this year and it is one thing that you can leave out for an extended time with out it fading away or shrinking.  I just put this on auction on my ebay gallery.  To visit this piece in Ebay and wander through the gallery, click here

Tuesday, November 01, 2016

Osage Hills State Park in fall

There is nothing I like better than sitting in nature w a canvas and paint.  I especially like being near running water.  As luck would have it it was a very cloudy day as we visited Osage Hills State Park this weekend where I did this little sketch on the edge of this sweet little creek.
Here it is on my ebay auction this week... Click Here for Auction

Friday, October 21, 2016

Nude Woman Standing

Just got a reminder from one of my students that Saturday was painting w a model day at the local museum.  I was glad I showed up for this lovely model.  The painting is now on auction on my ebay gallery along with the other sketch I did that day.

To visit this painting in my ebay gallery CLICK HERE 

Wednesday, October 05, 2016

After Andres Zorn

Sometimes it is fun to see what you can learn from the masters by copying a master work.  I really like this artist and he has been gone from the earth long enough to feel free to copy him.  His name is Andres Zorn.  I really liked this painting, the brush strokes, the lighting, and of course, the lovely subject matter.  Whenever you copy an artist you need to wait at least 75 years after his/her death and sometimes longer.  No matter what you must always site the original artist along with yourself on the work... In this case it would read Margaret Aycock after Andres Zorn.
This is for sale in my ebay auction/gallery right now.  To visit my ebay gallery click here

Friday, September 30, 2016

Taking a Rest

Well since I am taking a rest from loading my car for the Utica Square Art in the Square sale, I thought I would post a painting with the same theme.  These Tulsa Ballet Dancers are getting ready to rehearse again for an upcoming opening.  Resting for a moment.

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Thursday, September 29, 2016

Two Paintings on Ebay this week. Buyer's Choice

I have these paintings listed together with a starting bid of only $175.  If you wish to Buy It Now, please use the contact form to the right and get in touch.  Buy it now price is still a bargain at $250.  If you want both, even better.  They are both  painted from photos taken in Oklahoma, the top one from the Wichita Mts and the lower from the Illinois River Basin.
To visit these paintings in my Ebay Gallery click here

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Ozark Waterfall oil painting

On a recent trip to Arkansas we were unable to find time to sketch but did find time to take some great photos.  This painting was started as a class demonstration and completed at home and is now for sale on Ebay.  Click here to visit my Ebay Gallery

Tulsa Folks, I am getting ready for the annual Art in the Square at Utica Square this Saturday, Oct 1 See you there in front of Star Bucks and Pendeltons

My fingers are crossed for a warm and sunny day this Saturday.  I always look forward to actually meeting my buyers and hanging out with several of my artsy friends in this beautiful, upscale shopping area in Tulsa.  Hope to see some of you this weekend.

SOLD! A talk before rehearsal

Earlier this year I had an opportunity to sketch, photograph the ballet dancers as they rehearsed for their opening season. I completed several paintings of those sessions. This one was my favorite. In this painting I was drawn to the curve of this dancer's neck and head as she and her companions put on their slippers and chatted before rehearsal. I just sold this to a buyer from the Netherlands. Yippie!

Monday, September 26, 2016

Oklahoma Revue in Amsterdam

Here is a little video of my son, Jesse and several other Oklahoma musicians who are featured on this live interview/performance in Amsterdam.  If you fast forward to just shy of middle, you will see my son, Jesse Aycock's performance and interview.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Demo at Alpha Rho Tau meeting in Tulsa

I was invited to speak at the September mtg of Alpha Rho Tau which is a long standing art organization in Tulsa.  Here is the demo that I did that evening.  I spent a moment or two on it at home to finish it up.  Here it is on Ebay for you to bid on.  Ebay Gallery