Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Thinking outside the Square

This is the first two little square canvases that I finished.
I added a blue wash over the background, before I added the
birds.  They are painted with acrylic paint.

I did a couple of others...painting these blackeyed susans onto
the blue background.   There is a lot of texture on the canvas.
It doesn't show up that well in these pics.  These have been
really fun...plan to do some more!

5" square canvases  $50 each


Friday, October 23, 2015

Square Minded

I recently saw some neat little canvases at a gift shop down
in Covington, Louisiana.  They were coated with this modeling paste,
that provides some great texture on the surface.  So, I thought I would give
it a try.  I spread the paste with a letter opener! because I do not
own a palette knife?!  I am just a watercolor painter...and we don't use
palette knives much...

And then I have painted them blue as a first coat.  I am planning to
paint some kind of bird on them.  It may be an egret or heron.  Or
a bluebird or sparrow...I haven't decided yet.   I will play around with
the background colors some more until I get them interesting.
I enjoy doing something different from time to time.  And since it is more
difficult for me to draw right now (having trouble with arthritis in my hands),
painting is not quite as painful.

Will try to post the final results!


Friday, October 16, 2015

The Light of Christmas

It is that time of year again...already!!  I design a Christmas
t-shirt every year that I sell at the gallery.  I order a
limited number, and they usually sell out quickly.

This is the design for this year's shirt.  The shirt is royal blue,
and the stars will be yellow gold, and the lettering is black, red and
white.  The printer will send me a proof of the colors.  Once I
approve the design, they will be printed and picked up
before our Christmas Open House on November 12.

I can ship if anyone is interested!  They will be $30 each
(long-sleeved t-shirt)


Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Through the Lens

One of the most rewarding aspects of being a teacher is getting to see one
of your former students pursuing the passion you share.  I had the pleasure
of visiting with Joe Stroud yesterday, an art student that I taught many years ago.
He finished his education at the Savannah College of Art and Design, with a major in
Photography and Art History.  I have kept in touch with him over the years.  He
lived out west for awhile, and traveled taking pictures all over the country.
He has moved back home (Winnfield, Louisiana) and is still taking photos of
wildlife and landscapes.

We are currently hosting a Photography Contest at the gallery, and he brought several
photos by.   The ones above are on his wonderful website: www.joestroudphotography.com
I encourage you to visit his site, and purchase a print.  They are beautiful and
varied...something for everyone.  Please help support an artist!


Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Lunar Eclipse

This is from the lunar eclipse a couple of weeks ago.  I have
never really tried to photograph anything like this.  It was soooo
much fun!  I had to use my large lens, and my tripod.  It was hard
to get one in focus.  This is the best one I got.  My husband and I did
really enjoy sitting outside and watching the whole process.  It was
spell binding....awesome....amazing.
Another one of God's beautiful creations and events...glorious.


Thursday, October 8, 2015

Pumpkin Painting

Sometimes I get to participate in an art activity that is really funny!
That was the case this week at the daycare that my grand daughter attends.
They were painting their own pumpkin, and I was lucky enough to
go.  The young workers were braver than I would have been...giving them
full plates of all kinds of colors.  It started timidly...as the young "Picassos" got
the feel of the brush and paint.  That did not last long, as the artistic
juices began to flow!!  My little Clara had lots of paint on her pumpkin, and
her face, arm, hands, shirt, table....etc!  It was so cute...all the kids really
enjoyed it.  Luckily, the paint is washable!