Sunday, March 27, 2016

Happy Easter!

easter, daffodils, margaret aycock oil painting tulsa eggs

Happy Easter
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Thursday, March 24, 2016

How to paint a floral with Lilacs and Cherry Blossoms

These flowers fade so quickly that one must paint quickly.... which is fine by me as I love the feel of the impressionist quality of a well thought out, quick plein aire sketch.  This painting features lilacs and cherry blossoms from my garden.  I am going to picture the step by step process below.
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lilac, cherry blossom, oil painting, margaret aycock

Wednesday, March 23, 2016


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I look forward to this time of year when the peonies start to bloom in my yard.  Every year I try to devote several days to paint these, quick to fade, flowers.

peony oil painting for sale by margaret aycock


Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Cedar Trees

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cedar trees, oil painting, art, margaret aycock, prairie, oklahoma
Some of my favorite paintings are on site, plein aire sketches.  This one was from just last week in one of my favorite haunts on a rise in an Oklahoma prairie.

Monday, March 21, 2016

Picking Sand Plums in Rural Oklahoma

This painting began after a wildcrafting trip in rural Oklahoma where Jackie Dill lead a group of us to her favorite haunts and shared Native American recipes, Here we are foraging for wild plums.  I loved how the sun fell across a young woman in our group as she reached for more plums.  I said, " Wait!  Hold that pose!  Snapped a few photos and used them later in the studio to create this painting.  This painting started out as a stretched canvas that later got ripped when my husband was cleaning up.  On my blog I go through the process of repairing it and putting it on a board.  To bid on the painting, click here
Want to see how to repair a canvas?  Click here but scroll down the page till you get to the repair step by step.  Click here
oil painting, landscape, girl picking flowers, sand plums, art, oklahoma

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Back Yard

I got inspired the other day.  It was such a warm and wonderful afternoon and all my work was complete.  I had a couple hours left of daylight and my neighbor's fully leafed out willow tree looked so pretty against the rest of the barren trees and the cloudy day.  I ran in and grabbed my brushes and set about the painting.
oil painting spring willow tree margaret aycock

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Just a few more weeks to go... Tulsa Artists Studio Tour

Tulsa Art Studio Tour, April 9-10 2016

A self-guided tour, the Tulsa Art Studio Tour showcases the talent of artists who live and work in Tulsa. Visitors meet artists, buy artwork and observe art being created in working spaces. The 2016 Tour will be April 9-10 from 12-5pm; visitors start at any studio they like.
View the Tour artists’ work at the Preview Exhibition, hosted by Circle Cinema (FREE event).
Opening reception: February 19, 6-8pm; Exhibition dates: February 19 – March 31, 2016


$5 in advance, $10 at studio door
Children 16 and under are FREE
Order online below, or visit our ticket outlets:
The Gadget Company, 104 E. 15th St.
Mainline Art Bar, 111 N Main
Lovetts Gallery, 6528 E. 51st St.
Nielsens Gifts, 8138 A S Lewis Ave

2016 Featured Artists
13 Artists in 6 Studios

Margaret Aycock & Scott Aycock
1135 N Denver Ave
Julianne Clark
327 N Santa Fe Ave
Joey Frisillo & Al Frisillo
1187 Bayshore Dr, Sand Springs
Mery McNett
1140 N Cheyenne Ave
Amy Rockett-Todd
1903 W Easton St, Unit 108*
*Wheelchair accessible

2016 Tour Committee

Grace Grothaus Grimm
Steve Tomlin
Marjorie Atwood
Cynthia Brown
Marjorie Bontemps
Krystle Brewer
Eleanor Davy Carmack
Julianne Clark
Janet Fadler Davie
Rachel Ann Dennis
Christy Fell
Joey Frisillo
Susan Green
John Hammer
Peter Hay
Ariana Jakub
Karen Lamb
Jim Polan
Jim Terrell
Robin Tilly
Chuck Tomlins
Richard Wills
Dean Wyatt


Volunteers receive one free ticket to the Tour!

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Advantage Graphics
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Joey & Al Frisillo
Susan Green
Andrew & Grace Grimm
Sandra Langenkamp
Russell Parker
Raymond James & Associates, Inc.
Steve Tomlin
M. Teresa Valero
Martin Wing
Laura Bryant
Jo Ellen Clow
ColourBlind Organic Salon
Janet Fadler Davie
East Village Bohemian Pizzeria
Raymond G Feldman Living Trust
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Anne G. Solomon
Ronnie & Lana Thomas
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The Tour is also made possible through the generous support of the George Kaiser Family Foundation and the Oklahoma Arts Council.
Help OVAC support local artists in our community and become a sponsor of the Tulsa Art Studio Tour below.

Saturday, March 19, 2016

Rainy Sunday

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rainy day city oil painting by margaret aycock
What to do on a rainy Sunday?  Paint it!  I really liked the process of attempting to capture the look and feel of a rainy day where your vision is a little clouded and everything takes on a greyish hue.  Click above to visit more of my work,

Friday, March 18, 2016

Girl in a Red Coat on a Snowy Walk OIL PAINTING

I know some of you guys are still playing around with winter weather.  I am not... my garden is planted, we are having great salads every day, the fruit trees are all blooming.... ahhhh So I figured one look back at winter before we leave it for next year.  I love this painting and so far it hasn't been snatched up.  I have it on auction this week on Ebay.  It is not a steal but still a great deal less than gallery prices.  To visit my ebay gallery click here 
Red Coat Girl in Snow, oil painting

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Tea with Lemon

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This is this week's study.  Tea with Lemon.
I enjoyed playing with this one.  I like the light, Spring feel.

Thursday, March 10, 2016

We are getting ready for some plein aire's a list of stuff to bring

throw in a little sun screen.  If you plan ahead, you can find some travel versions of these things and not have to pack anything too heavy, and if you stick close to your car, you won’t have to carry any of it with you.   Just put it on before you get out into the wild, and leave it in the car.

Leave your sun glasses in the car and get out your hat, cap, or visor.  Sunglasses are great for the trip out, but you do not want to view your subject through them.  I might also mention an umbrella.  I don’t have this listed in bold print.  My experience is that it is too darned windy in Oklahoma to use one, it is bulky, hard to secure, and more trouble than it is worth.  Some may find it useful, however.

The next thing on my list is a great, lightweight, folding easel.  Lightweight is the key here.  I know you would look cool with a big, fancy, wooden easel, but there is a time and a place for everything, and the time for that is in the studio.  In the photo on the previous page is the kind of easel I took with me to France as it was not covered in paint and had a nice little carrying case, a clasp at the top to secure my canvas, and was adjustable for small paintings ( another great garage sale find ).  The one I use in Oklahoma has the addition of retractable spikes on the bottom to help secure it to the earth in a strong wind, and has a spot in the middle of its three legs to house a pallet, or a sandbag if it is extremely windy.  You should be able to find one of these easels at your favorite art store, or online, for a very affordable price.
When going into the field, I usually load up my pallet with paint daubs from my big tubes in the car, and take with me, an array of smaller tubes, and the tail ends of the big tubes, so as not to add any extra weight, or bulk to my pack.  Do not leave colors out of the mix, unless, for some reason, you are experimenting with a limited pallet, for as soon as you leave a color out, that will be the one color you need, and your work will suffer as you try to make do with what you have.

 pallet, and pallet box.  
rags, spirits, and spirit holder. I will supply 
The kind of canvas you chose is a personal preference.  For my trip, I decided to try a canvas pad with pre-gessoed canvases that could be torn out.  I also took several pre-stretched, gessoed, 8x10 and 11x14 canvases.  In the field you have limited time, perhaps only an hour to two hours before your light has changed too much.  Don’t bring a canvas that is too large to cover in a 2 hour stretch.  The whole purpose for you doing this in the field is to capture a moment.  That moment is gone within two hours and you are only working from memory or worse, creating a portion of your landscape with the light in the east and a portion of it with the light in the west.  Very bad!
Last, but not least, take a snack and a bottle of water.  You will be glad you did.

Tuesday, March 08, 2016

Steps to create a still life

This is the process that I tend to follow when painting a complicated still life or landscape

Look what I found! Opportunities for Paintings in my adult class

Looking through the computer I found a power point presentation that I never got to give to my adult students due to some conflict in files between my flash drive and the school's computers.  Anyways here is what the possibilities are for my adult students to learn.

Sunday, March 06, 2016

Hot Peppers 6x6 oil on canvas

This is a little painting that I revisited the other day..... which proves my theory that if you leave a painting with us long enough, we will have to get our hands on it again.  This painting used to have 3 peppers in it and that 3rd one, although present when I painted it, didn't do anything for the composition so out it went and back on to ebay.  To bid ( starting bid $49 with no shipping charge) click here
hot peppers oil painting daily painting
Hot Peppers

Thursday, March 03, 2016

Blooming Vetch SOLD!

purple flowers field oil painting

Apples 6x6 oil

Last week's daily painting sketch
It is a little brighter in this photo than in real life.  I need to adjust those reds.  I will try to post a better pic.  To visit my ebay gallery and possibly bid on this painting click here
apples red oil painting
6x6 oil on canvas  Apples

Jesse Aycock and Lauren Barth Live @ Folk Alliance 2016

Live @ KJHK Singles: "First to Last" by Jesse Aycock

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Wednesday, March 02, 2016

A Sketch at Dusk oil on canvas

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One of my favorite places is just a couple miles from the house, through a fence, up a hill and across the fields.  That is where the yellow orange grasses grow.  They light up at this time of day.  It is so pretty and one has to paint quick in order to capture it.  This is a plein aire sketch from a couple of days ago.  I often love these sketches more than a painting that is a labored over, large painting.  This one is perfect just as it is and coveys a feeling of joy at being in that place at that moment.  My husband mentioned that we only have a small window of opportunity to paint in these wild places before the chiggers, ticks and heat arrive.