Sunday, October 30, 2011


Flower Dance, 6 x 6

Lately, I've been doing lots of 6 x 6's -- a good thing, since I have been noodling ideas for larger formats, but not settling on any yet (i.e wiping out).  For me, it's a challenge to develop new approaches while keeping up with commitments.  Figuring out the balance is my current (and ongoing) quest.  YIKES!  So the 6 x 6 studies are comforting, relatively risk-free, and keep the painterly paint paint paint going.  I am seriously aiming to release the HAVE TO vibe, and find the WANT TO, inspired feeling that we all seek (and yet get the paintings out there too : ) 

One space just opened for the workshop this coming Sunday, November 6th, at Huff Harrington Fine Art in 404-257-0511 on Monday if you want to join us from 9 - 4:00 - one day only - with the focus on feeling the subject and eliminating detail!

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Green and Blue

Green and Blue Bottles, 6 x 6

SO glad to be back in Atlanta, after our trip to Provence and then out to Alaska to see the kids...we had a truly wonderful time, both places, but I really like being back to the rhythm and comforts of home.  And, oh yes, back to my easel too!  I have been doing lots of 6 x 6 life studies, always trying to loosen up and practice seeing nuance and little bits of truth.  I can see that I was somewhat bolder with the 2nd bottle painting below, which was done 2 days after the one above...

Bottled Up, 6 x 6 

Monday, October 10, 2011

Table at Les Murets

Quick sketch of the table, large shapes

The real deal

Well, long time, no blog...I wanted to post from Provence, but wifi a bit sketchy and time was fleeting.  Meanwhile, the trip was just great!  We were there for  2 weeks, with 2 different groups, lots of gorgeous weather, amazing evenings (wonderful wines too!) overlooking the Luberon, painting mornings and afternoons in different settings.  Of course, we also found time to browse local markets,  enjoy gourmet lunches at quaint restaurants, and laugh together each evening at La Table!

The group painted in different settings, but the focus everywhere was on seeing the large shapes, seeing values, keeping it simple, simple, simple!  I nagged everyone to use bigger brushes (as usual)!  We contended with a mistral, for real, the first week on the very first day, forcing most into a cafe for a sip of wine (save one hardy soul -- not me -- who braved the winds).  Photos follow of the wonderful people, the paintings done and partially done, and a glimpse into the magic of Les Murets, the lovely home that was our base.

The smiling and gracious Ann Huff, creator of this magical place, dans la cuisine

Angels Mary, Kelly, Nancy, Georgia, and Rhonda take on Cassis - watch out!

Crystal Cox, beside Lac du St. Remy


Juanita Kauffman, smiling at the beauty found in Isle Sur La Sorgue

Three Huffingtons (Dawne Raulet, Ann Huff, and me)

Mary Muir, braving the winds

Nancy Armstrong and Georgia McAuley gathering onlookers in Cassis

 Sunlit Salon chez Les Murets, our home in Provence

Dawne Raulet and John Jenkins, first day

Kathy Broyles, early morning light

Kathy's study

Juanita's oeuvre

Sketches, petits et grands

More impressions

Nice painting by Janah Doles (view from the terrace)

Last Morning

Au Revoir!