Sunday, August 13, 2017

SOLD Getting ready for OVAC's 12x12 fundraiser

I was thinking I might paint something specifically for the fundraiser this year but then decided to take a 2 week vacation.  When I got home I was revisiting some older paintings and decided to play with this one.  The first is what it used to look like and the 2nd includes a new sky that was inspired by a photo that I took a week before going on vacation out in the wilds of Oklahoma.  I think it looks wonderful.  Can you notice any other changes that I made?


Well I have been playing with my food again.  One of my students needed a quick subject and I brought him some cherries and a few hours later he had a wonderful painting.  Not to let my students have all the fun, of course, I joined him and this is one of two paintings that I did.  They make great kitchen paintings.  I will be working on another series as the rest of the students were so impressed with the fun result that they all want to do one too.  Next week.... peaches.
Oh, this one and its sister painting are on auction this week with a low start price and no reserve.  To visit my ebay auction and gallery, Click Here

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Apricots 8x10 oil

When I have a student or two who works faster than the rest, I often set up subjects for quick sketches.  These are often my favorite paintings as they are very immediate responses to what is present.  They must be done within one sitting so you often have to throw details out the window and just have fun with it.  This time around I decided to join my quick student and this was the result.

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Thursday, July 20, 2017

Sensual Still Life

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Notice how I used my original painting of the reclining nude in the still life above?  Both very sensuous paintings and both on auction this week!

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Cool Down

It has been a couple weeks w triple digit temps in Tulsa so I thought it was time to revisit this painting.  My nephew was lucky ( According to him... not to me... as this would be way, way too cold for me.) to visit a glacier in Patagonia a couple of years ago.  He posted this photo which really captured my imagination.  This was really fun to paint.  I like the play between cold and warm.  It kind of looks inviting.  I have it on auction this week on ebay.  If interested in visiting my ebay gallery CLICK HERE

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Billowing Clouds on Osage Landscape

A common theme in my work is the amazing skies that show up, unobstructed, in our Oklahoma landscape.  I didn't know that as a child, I must have been a Woody Guthrie fan as barbed wire fences and no trespassing signs meant very little to us kids.  We traipsed over many a farmer's pasture and woods in our day. And now when I see an old oil road heading off into the wilds of Oklahoma, it just beckons me forward.

Here is the line from Oklahoma born, Woody Guthrie ( whose birthday is this week )
 As I went walking I saw a sign there
And on the sign it said "No Trespassing."
But on the other side it didn't say nothing,
That side was made for you and me.

Starting bid is $399 w no reserve.
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Wednesday, July 05, 2017

Lilacs and Cherry Blossoms on auction this week

Completed this spring on on my summer sale in ebay this week.  gifts from my own garden.  Love the scent of lilacs and the beauty of the pair of them together.  Want to Bid?  Click Here or contact me directly through this blog to purchase.

Tuesday, July 04, 2017

Billowing Clouds 16x20 oil on canvas

An oil road in Osage county OK.  this painting is on auction this week.  Click Here to visit this painting in my Ebay Gallery where you can also access my entire portfolio of available paintings.

Monday, July 03, 2017

Rainy Night in Tulsa

This is a painting that I did from a photo of Tulsa at night that I took last year.  The photo was just after a rain and I wanted to make this painting a little later in the evening and a little more rainy.  I just darkened everything a bit and softened some edges w some diagonal brush strokes to indicate both rain and fog.  Hopefully I was able to pull it off.  This one is for sale by auction through my ebay gallery or you may contact me directly for purchase.  Click here to visit my ebay gallery and view the rest of my auction items and full price paintings on Ebay

Friday, June 30, 2017

SOLD! Three Sister Willows 8x10 oil on canvas by Margaret Aycock

There's only one thing better than sitting beside a cool Oklahoma creek on a hot day.... than to sit there with family, snacks, a great book and your painting supplies.  I started this little painting on the banks of Flint Creek last week and finished it in the studio this week.  It is on my ebay auction this week.  To access this auction and all my other ebay items, CLICK HERE

Monday, June 12, 2017

A year in the nude ;-)


These are a few of the nudes that I have painted this year.  All available paintings are on ebay right now.  The bottom one is on auction for a very low start price with no reserve.  Here is a link to it and through this link you will have access to the rest of my ebay gallery.  Click Here

Thursday, June 01, 2017

Poppy Fields in Provence, France by Margaret Aycock

This was painted in part from memory and what memory couldn't provide, photos from a trip to a convent in France helped.  My husband and I were fortunate to get to stay at the guest house at this lovely abby where everywhere was beauty.
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Poppies in Provence

This was painted in part from memory and what memory couldn't provide, photos from a trip to a convent in France helped.  My husband and I were fortunate to get to stay at the guest house at this lovely abby where everywhere was beauty.
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SOLD! Garden Chairs a plein aire study in my back yard.

Friday, May 26, 2017

Pink Clouds in an Oklahoma sky

This is a brand new painting.  We have had some wild thunder storms lately and the sky has been a new surprise every day.  I really loved the way this one turned out with the dusty country oil road with approaching storm clouds.  This one is for sale by auction on my ebay gallery right now.  it is a 16x20 oil on canvas.  To visit this painting, and others in my gallery, CLICK HERE

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Another Oklahoma Sky

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Billowing Clouds on an Oklahoma Prairie, 16x20  oil painting by Margaret Aycock.  One thing Oklahoma does very well is amazing skies.  I get lots of inspiration around here and up on the Osage Prairies. I had been working on a painting of an Oklahoma sky in my adult painting class and when I came home, the sky presented me with a beautiful, ever changing display of white, billowing clouds.  I grabbed my paints and went outside to paint en plein aire.  Some of this is from memory of a couple of different spots that are in the countryside of Oklahoma.  
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Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Beach Walkers

summer is here and our class is playing with beach pics
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Monday, May 15, 2017

A lot going on this weekend in Tulsa

I have two paintings in the International Mayfest this year

Scott's band, Marked Tree will be performing at the Mayfest Bartlett Stage on Saturday
And.... Our garden is on the Audubon Garden Habitat Tour where I will have copies of my book, Claire Goes Foraging for sale.  I will also be on hand to show you wild foods that you can find in most Oklahoma yards that are nutritious and delicious.
24th Wildlife Habitat Garden Tour & Plant Sale
Saturday, May 20 9 am - 5 pm 
 Sunday, May 21 Noon - 5 pm
(Rain or Shine)
Adult Admission Donation $6 Children under 13 Free
Featuring 5 northwest Tulsa Gardens with Native Plant Sales and additional information at each garden:
546 N. 27th W. Ave.
Wild Things Nursery, Oklahoma Native Plant Society, Monarch Watch
1424 W. Easton Pl.
 Duck Creek Farm, WING-IT
639 N. Cheyenne Ave.
Utopia Gardens, Bird Houses by Mark
1135 N. Denver Ave.
Pine Ridge Gardens, Oxley Nature Center, Oklahoma Wildcrafting
636 N. Denver Ave.
Missouri Wildflowers Nursery, Tulsa Audubon Society, Northeast Oklahoma Beekeepers Association
For complete information and maps see or call 918 521-8894

Thursday, May 04, 2017

Garden Walk

A sketch made last year in my garden.  I need to take another photo of this as this photo doesn't do the painting justice.

Friday, April 28, 2017

A Day in the Garden

Tis the season for painting in the garden.  gosh, trying to find a 3 hour stretch where there is no rain in the forecast is tricky but we did it.  I had my adult class over for painting in the garden yesterday.  We had such a wonderful day.  We did one sketch that we will work with in the studio next week to finish.  I don't have a lot to do to finish my sketch but will work on it a bit.  Here are some pics of the day.  You will find them in my ebay auction when finished.  Until then here is one that is up for bid now.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

We are having a pretty amazing...early... Spring around here.  This painting of the cherry blossoms and lilacs is the first of the season with hopefully more to come.  The middle paitning is on auction this week on Ebay.  CHECK IT OUT

Saturday, April 22, 2017


My adult class wanted to learn some techniques to do a portrait in oil so I lead them through a step by step method used by the old masters.  First a wash of burnt umber, then a sketch in burnt umber w shadows, lights... like a sepia toned old photo.  Next a spray of damar retouch varnish, after it dries apply a transparent layer of skin tone, sky, grass etc.  Last step is opeque paint.  or maybe one more step... you can apply another glazing coat on the final piece to give warmth to the cheeks for instance.
Anyways here is the process using  a painting by Thayer as a jumping off point.  The finished piece is on ebay auction this week.  To Visit my Ebay Gallery.... CLICK HERE 

Friday, April 21, 2017

White Blossoms and Lemons

I began this painting as a demonstration for my adult painting class.  I really liked the set up and decided to put on some finishing touches and put it up for auction this week.  A cheery painting to go to a good home ;-)
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Gearing up for May Shows

Gosh, there are a lot of things coming up for me.  The last week in April my painting, " King of the Prairie," will be in a fundraising auction for a local charity.
May 4  I will have a painting in Chris Mantle's Gallery show.
May 14 a couple paintings in the fund raiser for Crossroads local charity
May 15 Mayfest international will get two paintings for their show ( Scott's band will perform at Mayfest this year at the Bartlet Square stage)
May 20 and 21 our yard will be featured for their walking tour and I will have some paintings for sale

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Standing Nude oil on 11x14 canvas

I need to take a better photo of this painting.  Sorry for the blurry face... I have another day of auction on this piece.  To visit my ebay auction site, and gallery, CLICK HERE

Sunday, April 09, 2017


I was playing around with this painting today and as I was scrolling through my many paintings I began to notice how many paintings I had done with woman foraging.  I never intended to paint all these paintings but I guess you gravitate towards things you love and they show up in your work whether you mean them to or not.  I love to forage, take walks and explore the wild places.  I am committed to the preservation of our gifts of land, water, air and of course the biodiversity that sustains us.

Herbalist outstanding in her field.... or is she out standing in her field?  ;-)  Either way... This is my friend, Louise who had visited my house and gotten a little chilly as she went out to my garden to see what I had growing out there, and borrowed my red shawl.... and no, this isn't a painting of my garden.  I combined a couple of photos to create this painting.  Since I love to forage and ramble around the fields around our home, I decided to put her in a field of flowers.
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Here are some more paintings along those same lines