Monday, December 26, 2011

Top Ten

Well, it is that time (i.e., the end) of the year, when we are deluged with top 10's on movies, restaurant openings, books, etc.  So, why not add to the fray?  I'm posting my top ten "whoa" moments when I discovered certain paintings.  They follow in no particular order:  some are works by my friends, some by well-known painters, and some that I just swerved across on the internet. Enjoy this varied and interesting assortment!

Tom Balderas

Jacob Collins

Kathy Cousart

Neil Hollingsworth

Isabelle Melchior

Gavin Brooks

Juanita Kauffman

Zhaoming Wu

Bill Davidson

Evert Ploeg

Happy New Year !

Monday, December 19, 2011

Amaryllis Thoughts

Studio Table

Last week at the flower market, I found some beautiful cut amaryllis, which were headed for my dining room table.  The flowers took a petite detour into my studio, where I wanted to do a quick study, aiming to keep it loose and fresh.  Below are some photos I took during the painting session, from about 1 - 5 p.m. 

Start - I did a pretty strong sketch in paint,
 to help me figure out the flower shapes

Adding Color

Moving forward, and then...

Backing up -- i.e. wiping off (!) flowers on the left side, 
which were getting over-complicated and murky

Re-stating, just before I stopped for the day

Touch-ups galore were done the next day... i.e., I changed the background a bit, tried to soften the strong X in the middle formed by the crossing stems, adjusted highlights, etc. and my quick study ended up being less than quick.  Meanwhile, as I look at the finished painting below and the close-up above, I like that cropped image better!  

Oh well, there's always next year, and other paintings to be created : )  Have a very Merry Christmas!  

Fresh Start, 20 x 30

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Christmas is Coming...

Say It in Red, 16 x 16

And I've been goofing off!  YAY... one week of running around, shopping, doing the tree and the house (sort of) and just generally having a great time.  But, I HAVE been tweaking a few paintings for the Huntsville (AL) Museum Gala Event in March.  Since I'm the featured artist this year,  I spent much of November creating 15 pieces for the show.  Unlike many painters, I like to paint without the pressure of shows.  It really is just a preference, I think.  Some artists like/want/need a deadline of an exhibit and rise to the challenge admirably.  I would not be in that group!!  Somehow, the path of painting for me is way more fun and productive when it's a want-to instead of a have-to.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Puff Piece

Photo of me painting "en plein air"

Well, it was flattering to me that Huff Harrington Fine Art, my principal gallery here in Atlanta, organized an article in The Atlantan magazine featuring the Provence painting trips I hosted at Les Murets in September.  I like the article -- to me, it captures the essence of our "not just painting" experience in France!   Totally FUN....  and, 2 spots have opened for September, 2012 - best for 2 art friends, as they would be rooming together.  Check it out at, and click the link for Painting in Provence.  Au revoir!

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