Tuesday, August 20, 2013

First Day of School

Today was my first day back at school at TCC.  As expected, one half of my class showed up ( A+ for you guys :-) and half did not.  Looks like we are going to have lots of fun this year, yet again.  I always get to hang out with the best, most interesting people!   I am so lucky.  We are going to start out with a little 6x6 painting of peaches as I have been painting them till they were no more in the community garden, and now I am inspired to pass along the joy. I will post the next paintings soon and maybe even include a student piece or two.  Oh, I have 3 returning students this year. They were a joy to have in class last year and one, in years past, and I am looking forward to having them in my life again this year. 

For those of you who can't come to the TCC or Zieglers classes, Check out my mini workshops at the Arts and Humanities, Hardesty Center this fall.  There will be fun to be had.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Peaches update

There were tons of peaches in our community garden this year, up until about a week ago when several adult people who don't live in our neighborhood and had no part in purchasing, planting, tending the garden, came and stripped the trees clean.  Can you believe it? !  What nerve.  When confronted, they replied, " it's a COMMUNITY garden so we figured we are in the community so we picked them."  They had also picked veggies from several of the neighbor's garden plots there.  Oh well, at least I got several paintings and a couple of great desserts before they were all gone.  This one is on auction this week.

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Friday, August 09, 2013

Louise in the Prairie 16x20 oil

If you leave a painting too long in the studio, you begin to notice things that you could do to make it a better painting.  I pulled this one out and revisited it the other day.  I changed the figure slightly and cleaned up a couple of spots in the mid-ground.  This was painted from a couple of photos, one from the prairie above Turner Falls in Oklahoma and one from my own back yard where my friend, Louise had borrowed my red shawl and was looking over my garden, w my husband, Scott.  I thought she looked so pretty with that red against all the spring green in my back yard garden.  I combined the pair of photos to get to this painting.  It is on ebay auction for about 6 more hours today with a very low start price and no reserve.  click below to visit this painting and to see other daily paintings and larger pieces that I have on auction this week.  PS... the yellows in the painting are brighter than this photo shows.
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Monday, August 05, 2013

Daily Studies

I Love how these little paintings look in groups.  At one time, last year, I had around 12 or 15 of them hanging in my kitchen.  They, of course, changed daily as one would sell and a new one or two would be painted.  I taught a mini workshop on painting them at the new Arts And Humanities Council in downtown Tulsa last fall and have been invited back to do two more of them this fall.  It is a great way to teach many of the skills needed for a larger oil painting endeavor, in a shorter period of time.  My students, last time were a mix of novices and artists skilled in other mediums.  They all had a blast and I must say, most of them walked away with a sellable piece at the end of the session.  Looking forward to doing the same this fall.  Anyways, I have quite a few of these on auction this week.  Here is a link to one of them which will gain you access to the whole gallery on ebay. ( some auction and some fixed listings )
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Friday, August 02, 2013

Life IS a Bowl of Cherries... a little reworked.

I have been painting peaches like crazy as our community garden trees are loaded.  My husband brought home a bag of cherries from the market and I couldn't pass up the opportunity to paint them as well.  Cleansing the pallet :-).  There is something very soothing about looking deeply into one or two objects and reproducing them in oil.  The very best form of meditation around.... and... you get to eat, afterwards!
I just put it on ebay for a very low start price with no reserve.  have fun bidding.
I also put a link to my blog where I have my book and DVDs for sale.  I am almost finished with my book on painting the landscape which will soon be for sale on my site as well.  You'll be the first to know if you subscribe to my blog....Until then, Happy Bidding!
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