Saturday, August 23, 2014

Yupo, India Ink and Alcohol Inks

These pieces are also from the Mixed Media workshop. I have been playing with the India and Alcohol Inks. I have come up with a series of floral patterns. It's on yupo paper so I am going to mat them with a 5 x 7 mat in an 8 x 10 frame.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Mixed Media Workshop

This painting is a 12 x 18 on Gesso Board. It's oil paint and cold wax. This is my first time using cold wax and I love the feel and texture of it. I plan to use it in some of my future work.

It's titled "Keep Rolling". I started our with various shapes and hated what I had. Part of the workshop was to push yourself and to keep adding layers. I continued to add layers and finally took a roller and kept rolling on it. I ended up with this really neat texture and design. This is my first abstract painting that I can actually feel it is art worthy.... Whatever that means... 

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Pink Flamingos 2

This is the second pink Flamingo painting. I just finished. It is 12 x 24 Oil on Panel. I took the photo at the Flamingo Hotel in Las Vegas. It's their Flamingos. They are beautiful birds and I found out that they turn that color because they eat shrimp!

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Plein air painting

Yesterday I got out to the Dallas Arboretum to paint with friends. The flowers are blooming and it was beautiful! Although..... Here in Texas in the summer it is HOT! It was also muggy and sweat was dripping down my back as I was painting!

I have always thought that people who plein air paint should get more money for there paintings! It's much harder and if you are not an artist, you probably don't realize how much harder it is to paint in plein air.

When I go on a plein air painting excursion, the goal is not to have a frameable painting in the end. I feel I learn more and am challenged by the colors from life that a photo can not capture. Your drawing and simplifying the scene is crucial. I find it has made me a better artist and progressed me faster than painting from photos.

Back to yesterday, I did two small paintings, neither fabulous.... With the heat, bugs, carrying equipment, making sure you have all your supplies... I forgot my wet canvas carrier and only had one trash bag. We broke for lunch and had a fabulous meal at the restaurant at the Arboretum. Air conditioning and lots of iced tea were very welcomed. It was a successful painting day!!

Friday, May 16, 2014

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Well Read

This painting is 18 x 24. Oil on Panel. She is reading a book which is transporting her to other worlds and locations.

Monday, May 5, 2014


This is an Oil painting on Canvas. It is a 20 x 20. The umbrellas and deck are mostly palette knife. This is the Oasis in Austin, Texas!

Royal Kitty

This is an oil painting 20 x 24. It is on panel. This is my cat Velvet. I am teased that she is the most spoiled cat in the world!!! Therefore, I decided to paint her in front of the Taj Mahal!!

Monday, March 17, 2014

Pink Flamingos

This painting is 12 x 24. Oil on panel. The photo I painted this from, I took in Vegas at the Flamingo hotel.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Tide in and Tide out

I've been working on a series of ocean paintings. There are 4 in the collection. Each of these are 8 x 24 and oil on canvas. The photos are from pictures I took several years ago in Hawaii. I worked with looser and bigger strokes than I usually tend toward. I hope you enjoy viewing them. Tide in and Tide out.