Saturday, September 03, 2016

My Side of the Fence

"My Side of the Fence"
Day 4, 30 in 30 challenge
Acrylic on wood
6x6 inches

Took about 3--4 hours to paint this. Feels weird to paint fantasy that quickly. Usually those paintings take a lot longer, because it take time to paint tight. 

If you want to follow all of my 30 paintings for this challenge (ends Sept 30, 2016), mine are on my other blog, Fun Art Gallery. 

If you want to view the whole entire challenge, click here.

Monday, August 29, 2016

Dude! I Toad You So

Title: "Dude! I Toad You So"
Size: 8x10
Medium: Acrylic on Gessobord panel
Genre: Fantasy

Credits : Frog photo, Richard William Haynes from Photos For Artists Facebook group; gnome, my obliging husband patiently sat on the floor for me; all the rest of it, my imagination.

This one started out with the Frog sitting in a tree, but it just didn't look right, so I put in the black background and the pebbly foreground and things popped. Black backgrounds are a new thing for me and I'm having fun exploring them.

Friday, August 19, 2016

Knitting at Night

Title: "Knitting at Night"
Medium: Acrylic on panel
Size: 6x6 inches
Genre: Fantasy

The image of a sheep knitting in Lewis Carroll's book, "Through the Looking-Glass" has always fascinated me. Haven't seen the movie yet, but would like to. And it was fun to hold my hand in front of the mirror and do some "air knitting" with a paint brush.

Available on Daily Paintworks 

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Sea Shanty

"Sea Shanty"
Size: 24x30
Medium: Acrylic on canvas
Genre: Fantasy

This one combines a trip to the Terlingua Ghost Town with of my love of underwater scenes. Terlingua is in the Big Bend area of Texas, and parts of that desert landscape were once under sea many eons ago. The Ghost Town has many fascinating adobe houses in various states of decomposition-- one of which particularly caught my eye and ended up in this painting. Also shown are the desert mountains in the background. The dark areas in this painting will form a vague shape similar to the state of Texas if you squint your eyes and use your imagination.

What do desert and ocean have in common? Perhaps it is that they are teeming with life forms not usually seen unless you go looking for them, and that there is a sense of vast expanse experienced in both environments.

I started this painting back in 2014 and only now came back to finish it-- life had intervened; there was caregiving for a beloved family member, the Hospice time, and the aftermath of tying up all the loose ends that people leave behind. 

Saturday, August 13, 2016


Title: "Stormy"
Medium: Acrylic on canvas
Size: 8x8 inches
Genre: Animals

This is a study done for the Daily Paintworks equine challenge. I like the DPW challenges because they help jumpstart my creativity. My favorite way out of a creative block is to do small studies, or to sketch, or to doodle. This equine challenge was the perfect anwer for a bit of creative sluggishness.

For the palette I used thalo blue, cobalt turquoise, and yellow oxide plus black and white. I tried a tiny amount of cadmium red but it just didn't work so I left it out. There still may be a trace in the left ear.

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Armadillo Con Convention 2016

This weekend July 29--31,  I will be showing my artwork at ArmadilloCon Convention, in Austin, Texas.

Omni Southpark hotel, 4140 Governors Row, Austin, Texas 78744 

Art show hours:
Friday - Noon - 6 p.m. - Open
Friday - 7:30 P.M. - 9:30 p.m. - Open
Saturday - 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. - Open
Saturday - 6 p.m. - 7 p.m. - Closed for pre-auction logistics
Saturday - 7 p.m. - 8 p.m. -Closed during the auction
Saturday - 8 p.m. until last client leaves - Open for post-auction transactions
Sunday - 10 a.m. - Noonish - Open for final sales

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Wisdom Cometh

"Wisdom Cometh" 3rd in my Monster series. The Monster is the reptilian brain, which has its own charm but doesn't always make the right decisions. The Owl represents the coming of wisdom. The two have got to make friends with each other.

Acrylic on wood panel
5x5 inches  -- it's tiny!