Thursday, January 31, 2008
to this spot. I set up my paints and did this
watercolor of the scene.
Where the rocks split is Santa Elena canyon,
by far the most beautiful place we saw.
The river flows through this deep canyon, and
it is quite narrow in places. We hiked the trail
that leads across the river (but still on the U. S.
side!) up the side of the hill, and all the way
back into the canyon. We met several other
groups along the trail. I even met a couple from
Boerne, Texas, the same town I did the Christmas
Santa Elena Canyon original watercolor 11 x 14
Wednesday, January 30, 2008
and rocks in Big Bend. There is nothing like getting
away, and being an artist full-time. I absolutely
love these precious opportunities. I am grateful
that my husband lets me travel, and takes care of
things while I am away. He totally understands my
need to wander.
The woman right in front of me is Mary Tam, a widow
in her 70's that loves art and enjoys traveling. Linda Loe,
to her left, has taken my painting classes for years, and
has gone with me on all my trips. Next to me is Mary Lee
Coles, Linda's room mate from college (that's how long they
have known each other). She is passionate about learning
all she can; loves art, and has traveled all over the world.
Our trip to Alaska last summer, was her final state; she
has made all 50. I love all these
women; they are such good friends, and we have had some
great times together.
singing the hymn that says, "He hideth my soul in the cleft of
the rock, that shadows a dry thirsty land..." I thought it was so
appropriate for the landscape. This is a sketch of some of those
The other song I hummed a lot was "Jesus is a Rock in a weary land...a shelter in the time of storm". And I know He is... I sketched these rocks with the lyrics written with them.
I thank God for the beautiful scenery, and the chance to get to appreciate it.
"Not all who wander are lost."
Tuesday, January 29, 2008
Sunday, January 27, 2008
Saturday, January 19, 2008
desert. Three of my travel painting buddies and
I are doing the "road trip" thing all the way across
Texas to the Big Bend park. We will be there all
week, and will keep a sketchbook journal, and paint
on location with watercolor. We have checked the
weather, and it is supposed to be great. I will post
some of our efforts when we return. Adios!
Thursday, January 17, 2008
finish a piece of artwork, especially one that you have
been working on a long time.
I started this colored pencil about a year ago. I took the
photograph at the Audubon zoo in New Orleans, where the
turtles are very tame, and won't immediately jump off the log!
I had the photograph for several years, and knew I wanted
to draw it one day.
I worked on just the turtles first, and almost finished them.
Then the drawing was put aside in order to work on more
pressing things, mainly portrait commissions, with the water
and the log, and most of the details still to be done. I have
been working on it the last few nights, and I believe it is
finished now. I will enter it in the CPSA show this year.
And I am satisfied.
"Logged On" colored pencil 22 x 30 $950.00
Tuesday, January 15, 2008
by the Natchitoches Art Guild Gallery for me, the
featured artist for the month of January. It was a
I used to belong to this co-op gallery, an eclectic
group of artists mostly from north Louisiana.
Natchitoches is quite a tourist destination. It is
the oldest town in the Louisiana Purchase, and they
have done a wonderful job of preserving their history.
The gallery is located in a restored downtown hotel,
and they get a good bit of foot traffic.
The show will be on display during the month of January.
I am currently working on the turtles again, trying to
get them finished for the CPSA juried show.
Saturday, January 12, 2008
Friday, January 11, 2008
daughter, Hannah, when she was about 2 years old.
I am not finished with it, and I will work on it some
I am the featured artist at the gallery in Natchitoches
and the reception is Friday night. So I will get to meet
and greet a lot of people (i hope) who are interested
in my work.
Information on children's portraits:
Tuesday, January 8, 2008
and our Tigers are #1. It was so much fun. We have
season tickets to the games, and were able to get 4 tickets.
I took some girl friends, and we went down Monday (it's
a 4-5 hour drive to New Orleans from here). It was a great
game, and we are very proud of our team. The only sad
thing was my daughter, the LSU alumni, was not able
to come from her home in Florida. But she was there in
spirit, and I will send her a championship t-shirt!
Saturday, January 5, 2008
Tuesday, January 1, 2008
a unit on photography every year. I would take my
students all over town to take photos. This is the
grandmother of one of my students at the time. He
wanted to go by her house, and she happened to be
sitting on the porch. I took this photo of her, and have
had it for many years. I thought it would look nice in
pencil. There is such wisdom and peace in her face.
I will continue this drawing tomorrow. Please leave
a comment; I would love to hear from you.