This is Stella. I did her portrait for the auction winner for a local fundraiser for "No Dog Gets Left Behind"
What a great organization - working to bring home the dogs adopted by our soldiers serving overseas.
Stella gave me a kiss when I delivered this so I think that is all the approval I need.
Laid back might be the title for a whole series of paintings I'm working on and now going to start to share here. I've had some feedback on several paintings in this style and been told they are too traditional for the markets I am in. That kinda smarts... but I am not giving up. And I like the work and believe in it enough to share it regardless of feedback. LOL
I rather like the juxtaposition of the modern girls slouched into traditional furniture. Of course I do, I painted it! But, collectors want brighter, bigger and less representational work I'm hearing.
I have more ideas and plan to continue the series - I gotta paint what the muse tells me. I plan to continue to try to modernize a bit as well as seek an area where more traditional figurative works are collected.
I like the feedback I've gotten however and its sparked another fire to continue on and keep trying. More to come!
This one isn't quite done, but far enough to share. The canvas was one I recently painted over with white oil primer and, unfortunately, the primer seemed to suck the oil out of my paint making it hard to move around or even stick. I will have to go over the darks and improve the color. It's all a little dull.
This is continuing with a theme I seem to be stuck on - girls/women as focal point. I have quite a collection and many more ideas. I have been sketching these out regularly too - planning the composition - making notes about color or light source and direction.
I am still not sure about this one. I was asked to paint a symphony scene for this exhibit. I decided to try a monochromatic effect. Initially, the background was sort of plain so I went back in with my palette knife to add some texture and dimension. I think it improved it....buuuut....
Pardon the glare and the bad cropping. Still using the phone camera.
One of my new year resolves was to work more from life. To that end, and liking things my own way, I started a figure painting session and invited other Austin artists to join in. The turn out was great! :-)
I was very pleased Saturday morning to meet new friends and work together. I loved that everyone worked seriously, but enjoyed the breaks talking and laughing.
I'm so grateful to Joel's Coffee for allowing me to hold this session in their business. I dream of a great studio space but its just not feasible. Its nice that they are willing patrons of the arts!
I've been suffering a creative blockage lately and like to think that a beautiful studio space would help, but in truth its not where we work but that we DO the work. This figure session has sparked some new ideas for me already and I feel my drive returning. I can't wait for the next one. Every two weeks on Saturday mornings.
Another for the "Blue and Gray" themed show at dk Gallery. The inspiration behind this show is, I believe, an anniversary of the Civil War and the paintings of Philip Levine. Phil is a talented expressive impressionist painter, workshop leader and instructor. I've had the pleasure of working with him in NYC on workshops and hope one day to travel with him to France or Cuba or ANYWHERE. He leads groups to many wonderful spots and has recently added a culinary and cultural bent to the artist trips. Its really worth checking out. He is a great tour guide.
I've been feeling rather bummed lately... stuck in the studio. I keep seeing all these artist friends reporting in from Italy and France... experiencing cool shows and scenery here in the states, etc. and I have been housebound for months and months. I suppose its just the time of life. My primary role is mother really and while I have a young daughter at home I want to be as involved as I can be in her life. She is my creative task. Though I do care deeply about my art and where it goes. That leads to another bummer. Feeling as if the work I do is just sitting here. Or in galleries perhaps. But the art market is still down - or at least the market for my work - or the art market at traditional galleries. And I've been spending a lot of time considering marketing strategies and day dreaming of Italy. But with such low sales....
Sorry, perhaps I shouldn't be whining here about such things. But such is the life of an artist. We make and market things that are very intangible. Art is an emotional outpouring created by an artist and sparking a response in a collector. And my blog is my "journal" for collectors and friends to understand me and my work better.
I think I am looking forward to my workshop as a way to shake off the doldrums and get inspired... even if its still in my own backyard.
Well hello there. I didn't mean to take such a break from my new blog. Life can sure throw us some curves can't it? This past week or so has been another ailing dog. Her illness threw me for a loop. It was sudden and not easy to fix but we have her on the mend now!
At the risk of sounding like I am bragging, I have to say that I adore this painting. I really like the palette and the brushwork but I also think I really did capture that sort of pause one has now and then. She's ready to cut her wildflowers, but her attention is out the window perhaps admiring the spring morning or thinking about last night. I liked this so well, I did another version larger.
I sent this one to Edward Montgomery Fine Art in Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA. Please contact them for information on purchasing.
24x30 oil on linen
I'm trying really hard to conjure up spring here. All my focus is on sunlight and color. And today the sun is shining, but it was 21 this morning here in Central Texas. This is harsh! But I'm enjoying depicting the sun streaming in, even if its a false sense of warmth.
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