Saturday, September 28, 2013

Pears from my Art Grab Workshop at AHHA

In Tulsa we have this new, amazing art center called AHHA.  I was invited to do several workshops there throughout the year.  I introduce adult students to oil painting by setting up a simple still life that can be completed within 2 hours.  Ok, so my first one took a few minutes past 2 hours but I had some great students who were primed to learn, who listened and followed directions excellently.  They did a great job, learned a lot about the process, and all went home with a small painting that they could be proud of.  I worked very quickly as I demonstrated the process to them step by step.  This is what I ended up with, and I must say, I love it!  I put it on auction this week on ebay.  It is an 8x8 oil on canvas.

Friday, September 27, 2013

Vintage Wild Flowers and Sarah McQuaid concert

The world comes to our doorstep.  We were honored to have Vintage Wildflowers ( of Tulsa fame ) open for Sarah Mc Quaid ( from the UK ) last night at our house.  We are so lucky to be able to host these concerts and share them with others.  These artists were all greeted with a very enthusiastic and appreciative crowd.  ballads were sung, Cds were sold and everyone's ears had a treat.


I told my students to bring items for a summer still life that would include lemons and lemonade.  We added and subtracted till we came up with a pleasing composition.  It includes a lemonade pitcher that used to belong to my husband's grandma.  This painting and about 50 others are marked down this week on my ebay gallery in preparation for a big sale coming up next weekend.  The more I sell online, the less I have to carry to my annual sale at Tulsa's exclusive, Utica Square's Art in the Square.  Check out my gallery for all the items on auction this week and get your bids in early!
To my ebay gallery

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Maybe the final version of this painting?

If you leave any painting long enough in an artist's studio, the chance is that they will find something else that needs fixin'.  I had 'finished' this painting several months ago and then took a fresh look at it.  Since most of it was a product of imagination, I had to figure out, would the flowers be that big?, would her neck be that long? head tilted in that direction? etc.  So today it looks like this and is on sale on ebay... auction actually.  Selling a piece is the only sure way to keep our artistic hands off of it :-)
To bid
To my blog where you can purchase my "hot off the presses," book on landscape painting or find a link to the Kindle version of it.

Monday, September 23, 2013


A little painting of the roses in my garden.  This painting ( and a bunch of others ) on auction this week on ebay.
To bid an visit my ebay store Click here

House concert this Thursday at our house

House Concerts Unlimited
Sarah McQuaid
with opening act
Vintage Wildflowers
sponsored by


When:  Thursday, September 26th
Where:  1135 N. Denver Ave. Tulsa
Time:  Doors open 6:30pm and show starts 7:00pm
Suggested Donation:  $20
RSVP is required, as seating is limited.  RSVP to  You may reserve a spot through paypal to


Note from your house concert host:   If you like Celtic and British Isles traditional music, then you will love both our opening act Vintage Wildflowers and headliner, Sarah McQuaid.  Expect, exceptional musicianship, coupled with lilting vocals and be transported to a place of castles and fields of heather.  Of course there might be a head chopped off or two.  :-) 


Rising star Sarah McQuaid’s voice has been likened to malt whiskey, melted chocolate and “honey poured into wine” (Minor 7th). A captivating performer, she seduces her audience with cheeky banter and stories from the road, as well as with stunning musicianship; in her hands, the guitar becomes much more than merely an accompanying instrument.
Her musical output reflects her own eclectic background: Sarah was born in Spain, raised in Chicago, holds dual US and Irish citizenship, and now lives in rural England. Refusing to be pigeonholed, she spans the genres with both her beautifully crafted originals and her interpretations of material from around the globe and down the centuries. Sarah’s third solo album The Plum Tree and the Rose has drawn critical acclaim on both sides of the Atlantic: “Impeccable,” wrote fRoots (UK), while Midwest Record (USA) called it “low key but glorious and incendiary” and Hot Press (Ireland) said it “should feature on many end-of-year best-ofs.” “A great songwriter and traditional singer, and a wonderful guitarist.” — Mike Harding, BBC Radio 2, UK

“Brilliant musicianship, a warm and welcoming stage presence and a voice as rich, matured and knowing as the finest thrice-distilled Irish malt whiskey.” — Geoff Wallis, fRoots, UK
“Sparkling guitar and compelling alto voice ... reminiscent of Pentangle’s best efforts.” — Tom Druckenmiller, Sing Out!, USA
“Likely to make the hairs stand up on the back of your neck.” — Aled Jones, BBC Radio 2, UK
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My Landscape book is now available on Kindle!

My book is now available on Kindle! book on landscape

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Okies on the Shore 8x10 oil

Every now and then I pull out my old beach pics and do a fun painting of beach figures.  I usually pump up the colors, break down the planes and just have fun.  This one is 8x10 oil on canvas and is on auction this week at a very low start w free shipping.
To Bid click here

Friday, September 13, 2013

House Concert with Wendy Colona and Jesse Aycock

you tube video of Wendy at our house concert

Friday the 13th Book Release! Painting the Landscape Outdoors and in the Studio

It is finally done... my book on painting the landscape.  This is a very affordable way for you to have a Provence, France painting experience with out having to leave the country.  I packed the book with lots of great tips, for painting outside and then even more for studio work.  I will help you pack for a successful plein air painting excursion... hats, no sunglasses.... changing light... bug spray.....I will help you get set up... sun? shade? how little can you carry and be able to have it all when  you are out in the field?

I will guide you through the thought process of seeing a great composition in nature and translating it to the canvas.

I also have a great homework section at the back of the book to keep you motivated and inspired.

The book retails for $23 but I will keep it at $20 through the blog.  If you are ordering from outside the country, I would appreciate an extra $5 to get it to you.  Any overage, I will pay myself.

To purchase, click the button under the picture of the cover of the book to the right.

Here is a little sample of a few pages that include some 1 1/2 hour sketches.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Oklahoma Torndado

This is a tornado that we saw on our way home from playing in the creek. I have painted it a couple of times and this particular painting is on auction this week in one of my ebay sites.
To bid, click here

A cool photo

We just happened along this scene in western Oklahoma. I loved how the natural world seemed to be eating up this house... taking back what was once their own. 

Saturday, September 07, 2013

Gallery openings in Tulsa

See a very short video of First Friday Art openings, Tulsa
I took this last night at one of the gallery openings.

Something Hot

I love to garden almost as much as I love painting.  Sometimes I get to do both in the same day.  This was from one of those days.  This little painting is an oil on stretched canvas and is for sale by auction on ebay.  there is no reserve and a very low start price.

To bid

Friday, September 06, 2013

First Friday Art Openings in Tulsa

I am excited to announce the both of my entries into the TAC annual show got in..... And.... I have 5 pieces in a show at Living Arts that is in honor of the author of " The Kite Runner," who is coming to town for a series of talks on his work.  I also have a piece in the, yet to open, Route 66 show at MEME gallery and another in the upcoming "Stacked Deck" show/fundraiser for Resonance, and... a piece in the 12x12 OVAC show in OKC.... I am breathless!

I am also continuing to paint and get ready for my show at Utica Square's annual Art in the Square.  Not to be missed!!

Here is just one page from my new book on Landscape painting.

Wednesday, September 04, 2013

Painting the Landscape Outdoors and in the Studio with Margaret Aycock

I am excited to share with you artsy folks that I just finished a book on painting the landscape plein air and in the studio.  If anyone has a moment, I would love for you to read a small portion and give me some ( hopefully, positive ) feedback.  I started the book after going to France earlier this year.  I stayed in the guest house of an abbey there and painted in the poppy fields, olive and almond groves that surrounded the abbey.  I was able to paint in the same areas of the pioneers of the French Impressionist movement.  I will try to get a link up today in my blog so that you can buy the book, if interested.
A link to read a portion of the book

a link to my gallery on ebay