Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Provence Rose Garden

Maybe I am finished with this... I am not sure.  I just reworked some of it and toned down the red door as it was fighting with the red roses which I was more interested in having as a focal point... the red door will be another painting, maybe.  Anyways I also added some more climbing vines, put a shadow across the sidewalk ( which now, I think I need more shadow up by the upper path ) and added more greenery by the door. 
It is in my ebay gallery in its current state for the time being but might end up w a little more shadow on the upper path.
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Monday, June 24, 2013

SOLD! Red Barn

I was keeping my eyes out for cool stuff to paint near the college so that I might take my students plein aire painting.  I ran across this on my way home from school and as luck would have it, had my paints in the car ( you should see my car... it is a studio on wheels complete with still life set ups in the trunk ) .  Anyways I loved that bright red against spring green.
The price is only $35 w no reserve on auction this week.
To Bid

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Pre Raphaelite ' poem' .... to honor Summer in Oklahoma

I love taking modern photos, mixing them w old painting, putting the subjects in my neck of the woods and creating a new work in the style of the Pre=Raphaelites.
This one is on auction this week along w several others. Some starting ( w no reserve ) at lower than $100.  To visit this painting in my ebay gallery ( and have access to the rest of my work )
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Friday, June 21, 2013

varnishing paintings today

Man, the varnish really pops the darks.  This is fun.  Provence.... Oklahoma... Equal in beauty.

Cowgirl Dreams

I have finally come to terms with the fact that I live out west.  I grew up on the east cost, near mountains and the ocean.  Now I live in the fair city of Tulsa, OK.  And Oklahoma really IS OK!
This is a painting that I demonstrated to one of my adult classes.  It has a more southwestern look and features an old poster of a rodeo girl.  It is on auction this week w no reserve and a start price at less than 1/2 off retail.

Thursday, June 20, 2013


This is a fun little study that I did on our last week of class.  My students wanted to do a landscape before the semester ended.  I brought in several examples of finished landscapes that we could work from as we couldn't do a plein aire piece because too many people had work to catch up on.  Anyways.... They loved the sky in this one, the flowers in that one, then wanted to put a person in it... so here it is!  Very painterly, fun and cheery.  On auction this week w no reserve starting at only $57.  Someone should snap it up.  There are several others on auction this week so check out my ebay gallery/store from more.
To Bid

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

My Peoney Garden

Keep a painting in the studio long enough and you are bound to rework it.  This one is on auction this week.  a really pretty little 8x10.  It used to have a darker background but I thought the softer bluer fencing looked better with the bluish shadows in the flowers.
to bid click here  ( very low start price and no reserve )

Saturday, June 15, 2013

House Concert w Amelia White and Robert Mache

We had a great show at the house last night.  We are so blessed to have these amazing musicians/ singer/ songwriters in our very own home.  Two weeks ago we had the Stray Birds staying w us and shared their music w our house concert crowd.

                                                                        Amelia White

Stray Birds
The Stray Birds

Friday, June 14, 2013

A naturalist's Desk

It takes a great class to get me out of my comfort zone.  I open the discussion for themes for our next painting and ask for students to bring things from home.  I love that because It gets me away from my own still life stuff and opens me up to new ideas AND gets the class involved in setting up their own painting.  I actually set up the painting but with lots of input from students... Eventually they will need to be able to set them up from scratch and come up w decent compositions so It helps to give them some practice at that in a setting where they can get input from me.  Anyways this is what we came up with using an old drawing from my house, branches gathered in the woods by me, some of my favorite stones and pencil box.  Students brought bird nest, eggs, back drop, glass vase and a few other things that didn't make it into my painting.  This is on auction this week through ebay
I have written a full color book on the process of painting a painterly still life in oils and have several teaching DVDs in my Blog.

To Bid

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Dreaming of the West

To Bid
I set up this still life for my new students this past spring.  We like to weed out the weak ones in the herd right at the start.  Those angles scared some of them away but those who stuck with it were soooo happy.  They surprised themselves as their first attempt at painting ( and drawing ) in oil turned out so well.  I teach demonstration style which is how I learned a lot in a very short time, and those of you who take workshops know how well this method works.  Anyways I taught my students a lot about using their brush to determine angles, measure for placement, and how to hold the brush for different effects.  So many new students come to me thinking that you hold the brush like a pencil.  Those old habits are hard to break but well worth the effort.  You can read more about my methods of teaching still life in my book which can be purchased through my blog , and through ebay.  If watching a video floats your boat, I have those too :-)

Monday, June 10, 2013

My Garden

A little Plein Aire painting in my garden.  This painting was exhibited this time last summer at the Governor's Gallery in the State Capitol Bldg
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I have 4 pieces in the More Color Exhibition starting Thursday, the 13th of June

More Color Exhibition at the Equality Center
You Oklahoma folks stop by for great food, great entertainment, and it goes with out saying, great art..... Oh, and it is FREE!

Sunday, June 09, 2013

Little Red Barn

Bidding starts at only $35 on this painting.  It is 9x11 or 11x14 or so... gotta go measure to be sure.  Oil on stretched canvas.  Saw this on the way to my painting class and decided to do a plein aire painting on the way home.
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Friday, June 07, 2013

The Garden at Notre Dame de Fidelite

While in France, I spent a lot of time just a few yards from the guest house, painting the scenery around us, in the garden, the poppy fields, the olive orchards.... Here is the original plein aire sketch, a photo taken of the garden, and the painting I am working on in the studio.  Check my ebay site for finished paintings and plein aire sketches.  http://midwest-fine-art.com

Monday, June 03, 2013

A Walk in the Woods 16x20 oil

I combined several photos for this painting and added a little imagination.  I was demonstrating the process of painting a portrait for my adult students and this was the end result.  Even though it is a demo, it is still a nice painting and is priced to go fast on ebay. 

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Sunday, June 02, 2013

Studies from Provence

I recently had the opportunity to paint where Van Gogh and Cezanne painted.  I saw what they saw, and like them, was inspired to paint the beauty that surrounded me on all sides.  These are all studies done on site.  They will be used to create larger works and will also be sold as I will get them all to a finished place, here in the studio.  One of these was done by my favorite student, Scott Aycock ( my husband :-)