Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Hello Again

"Spring's Harmony of Color"
24x30 oil on linen



June 21, 2017


Friends~Hello Again
If you are still out there...wow...thank you.  My last post was November of 2015.  I have been painting but I have had a lot of other things in my life as well.  I hope those of you that are still out there and are still subscribed to my blog will take a look once again and let me know too.  I plan on posting again at the urging of my daughter who is working my social media for me.  Thank you Jill.  I had forgotten how much I enjoyed writing.  

So much has been going on.  My stepmother recently passed-I was her guardian.  Not enough time when life gets in the way sometimes.  I miss her but I am grateful I will be able to get back into the swing of my everyday life.  For those of you who have been caretakers, you will understand.

In the coming weeks, I'll be posting new work so I hope that you will let me know what you like-or don't.  Also will be posted are paintings in stages and perhaps even some videos.  I'll be posting on other artists works as well and insights that I have had over the years about materials, color and things learned from others that I hope will be helpful and useful to you.  I hope you will join me!  

Take care!


Sunday, November 01, 2015

Roses and Ribbons

"Roses and Ribbons"  
8x10 oil on gessoed board


I love to paint ribbons for some reason.  I think it's because they pick up so much light and different colors from the objects around them.  Also they are a great way of connecting things in your painting making for a better composition besides just adding interest.  I grew these roses in my yard which I think are the best because they are more relaxed than the roses you find in grocery stores.

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Wednesday, October 28, 2015

It's been a while


"China and Primroses"  12x12


It has been quite a while since I've blogged.  My husband and I were involved in a very big move from Houston to 'the top of the hill country'.  We sold our home in Houston and we now live in a lovely small town or village (it's not even incorporated) about an hour southwest of Ft. Worth, Texas.  It's taken me a while to get assimilated to a new place and really we are still in the process of doing that.  But I do like living in the country.  Our home is on 12 acres and it's been an ongoing transition.  It's quite a bit different from Houston.  No traffic, no humidity, and some beautiful scenery.  On the down side, I do miss my wonderful friends in the Houston area and the great stimulation of learning alongside my peers in order to grow as an artist.  But moving provides a good way to grow in another way and now I'm looking forward to doing that...I haven't been able to paint as much although I am painting some. That is about to change.  I'll be putting all I have into it very soon~I hope you will stay tuned.  I have not been out of the picture entirely and some good things have happened in the past year.  I am now a signature member of American Impressionists Society and a Master Signature member of American Women Artists Association, both very prestigious groups.  Last year I was awarded an Award of Excellence at the Oil Painter's of America's Western Regional show and won best of show in a local plein air competition.  

While getting back my painting legs I've decided to sell some small 6x6 (and a few others) at very reasonable prices.  Some of these will be auctioned at Daily Paintworks.  Here is a link if you would like to see some of those small sketches.

Thank you for reading my blog and I always appreciate feedback from friends.  Blessings, Judy

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

What I've been up to

Hi Everyone,  It's hard to keep up with a blog for me.  There is always something else on the agenda.  I'm sure we all feel the same way.  I thought this year might not be quite so busy but I was wrong.  I've been entering a few shows.  Some successfully, others not so much but that's the way it goes.  I thought today I'd just post a couple of new paintings.  Take care and thanks for being faithful followers.

The first painting is from my trip to Provence a couple of years ago.  The second painting, Desert Drama was done on location in Tucson last November for the American women artist's paint out at the Sonoran Desert Museum.

I'm in two shows in Dallas in April.  Both the openings are on April 6 so that will be a really full day, Rites of Spring, Dutch Art Gallery (the Provence painting will be in that one)  in the morning and Outdoor Painter's Society's Southwest Salon show in the afternoon and evening at Southwest Gallery in Dallas on Sigma Rd.  Stop by if you can.  More info is on my website at www.judycrowe.com.

In progress are some illustrative paintings of Women in the Bible or "Women of the Word", a series of books by authors Dr. Nancy Dawson and Raye Pearson.  There will be 7 books and I've been asked to illustrate via paintings the book covers.  I hope to post some images of those very soon.  In addition if you would like to see the author's website and blog, I will update you as that will be up and running before too long as well.  Again, thank you for following my blog!

Desert Drama 12x9 oil on linen panel

Friday, April 20, 2012

Spring Wildflowers

'Spring Wildflowers'  12x9 oil on linen panel
Tonight my husband and I watched a movie.  It was sad and inspiring about Margaret Thatcher.  No matter her politics, she had spunk and still does.  What an inspiring lady!  I need women like this (or need to know of women like this).  I've been fortunate to have a few since my own mother passed when I was young.  My friend Bernice among others.  She's tough.  And at her age...she still can paint me under the table.  Anyway, I digress, :).  Margaret Thatcher said a couple of things that I thought was worth remembering.  One was 'A woman must do something worth while other than washing the tea cups!' which made me feel better since my carpet is dirty!!  The other thing she quoted was this, and you will recognize this if you saw the movie, "Iron Lady".

Watch your thoughts, for they become words.
Watch your words, for they become actions.
Watch your actions, for they become habits.
Watch your habits, for they become your character,
And Watch your character, for it becomes your destiny.
What we think, we become.
I hope this next week finds you having the time to think.  As for me, I'm going to be mindful of how I think about mine-I plan to be positive and not negative....to remember how far I've become as an artist....to think about how I can better myself not only in my art but in my life and how I can help others....because that's who I will become-
Ok, Enough psychoanalysis!  

Blessings, Friend.  Thanks for stopping by my blog!

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Country Spring Harmony

Country Spring Harmony  11x14 oil on linen panel
Hi Friends, I have been working, just not blogging.  Wow I can't believe it's easy to let time pass by but I have purposely been trying to limit my time on the computer-to paint more.  Painting is becoming my number one priority.  I am hoping to enter some new shows and some shows that I haven't had the work to enter in recent years.  Since my son left in January, I have tried to clear my schedule for everything except painting.  I have tried to be more critical of my work also so that I don't put images out there that I 'm not happy with.  I hope to get better--- as we all do I suppose.

This painting was done a couple of weeks ago on a country road outside of Magnolia Texas.  It was a little overcast, the sun was in and out, but this scene caught me eye.  Even with clouds, it was pretty.  I hope I captured the morning.  These are Texas bluebonnets.  Bluebonnets can be a picky flower are a little hard to paint if you want to keep them loose.  I prefer simplicity and color over detail.

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Monday, March 05, 2012

Back to Work

Artwork on Tile "Gardening Day" 
Dear Friends,

Well, I have been out of pocket.  Usually when I've been gone, it's hard for me to get back into the swing of blogging but I am back and hope to get a few paintings done in the next few weeks and post them for you.  I have finished my small works project.  I did not post all of the paintings but the experiment taught me some things.  One of those things is that I am not meant to paint the 6x6 paintings.  I'm not happy just doing those.  So I have decided to move on, take what I've learned about myself and do some things differently.  Tonight I ordered a book on Amazon entitled "Steal Like and Artist-10 things no one told you about being creative".  It only had 14 reviews but they were rave ones, so I ordered it.  It's supposed to be a short book too which suits me...I'm not an avid reader.  I do better with books on cd while I travel or short ones.   As for the pic above, this is one of my older paintings but I thought I would show you what a mural of my work on tile looks like.  This is through a company out of North Carolina called Artwork on tile.  Take care and I'll be posting more new work soon.  Thanks for visiting my blog!

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Friday, January 20, 2012

End of Summer Sunflowers

End of Summer Sunflowers  7x5

I did this painting a month or so ago and forgot that I did not post it!  That's where my head is these days...this painting will be in the upcoming Art Party show that I'm in on February 4.  The info is on my Facebook page if you are interested in coming and live in the Houston area.  Would love to see you.  Art Party is a one day event.  My friend Jimmy McDonald puts it on in his studio which at one time was his home.  It's a very fun event with fabulous food, live entertainment and a variety of very good art.  I am proud that Jim asked me to come again.  This will be my second 'art party'.  :)  I'll be selling some of these smaller paintings at very very affordable prices.

On anther note, I read a great article last night.  Would like to share it with you. This article makes a wonderful argument for why the arts are so important in our everyday lives.  It made me thankful once again to be an artist and to be able to hopefully contribute something of value to the world we live in and thankful that there are other artists with completely different visions that do the same.  Enjoy: http://www.utne.com/arts--culture/this-art-is-your-art.aspx#ixzz1js4X1pI9.  

Thanks for stopping in today!  


Thursday, January 19, 2012

Flow blue and pansies

Flow Blue and Pansies  
Flow Blue with Pansies 10x10

I love to paint pansies.  Pansies and roses are probably my favorite flowers.  I like sunflowers too but pansies are so colorful.  Color is king I think.  :)  This is one of my few flow blue pieces.  Wish I had more but they are pretty expensive so I buy the Wabi Sabi ones.  I pick these up where I can.  Usually they are chipped or the lid is missing or something.  This sugar bowl has no lid but it makes a perfect flower pot.  I like Wabi Sabi things.  If you don't know what Wabi Sabi means, here it is in a nutshell:  Wabi-Sabi is a traditional Japanese idea based on the acceptance of transience. It also means seeing beauty in imperfection, impermanence, incompletion and decay. This sort of beauty can be found both in nature and in man-made things. 
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Tuesday, January 17, 2012

The Artist by Judy Crowe

The Artist  12x9 oil on linen

Hi Friends,  I have been negligent about posting.  Life is busy and 2012 has started off no differently.  But I am painting and I am thankful.  I did not make New Year's resolutions to speak of but there is one thing I did tell myself~I will not post or put work on my blog or website until I have had a chance to really contemplate the work.
I hope you enjoy this link:  http://www.underpaintings.blogspot.com/  There are beautiful showings of some of the works in the American Wing of the Met.  Take care and thank you for visiting my blog!

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Monday, January 02, 2012

For Auld Lang Syne




Dear Friends,  I painted on my rose floral this morning but did not finish it.  I have actually been on an emotional roller coaster today as my son, John, packed his belongings into his car and headed off to Austin where he starts his first real job tomorrow morning as a recent computer science graduate.  He has a bright future ahead of him and I'm so happy for him.  I helped him pack.  Then we waved him away.  Then this sadness came.  For those of you that have also done this, you understand......... and I know it will pass.  
He's left before many times, but that was different.  Somehow this time seems final even though I know he'll be back to visit and he isn't that far away.  (thank goodness) 
I have actually waved 3 others goodbye.  What is it though, about the last one?   Many things I suppose that I won't go into further.  But it reminded me of the song that we sing this time of year so I leave you with the words and a posting of a painting from 2011.  I'll finish my roses tomorrow - I am taking it slow but still trying to keep it fresh and loose-and will post it for you then.  In the meantime, here is a painting from 2011 and a note below about my green mixing theory....for what it's worth.  Thanks as always for stopping by!
"New Year's Gift"  
PS  Thanks so much to Dana for leaving that nice comment.  Dana, For my greens, I usually always mix them from Ultramarine Blue and the yellows-I mix it up.  Ultramarine and Indian Yellow makes a wonderful dark, transparent olive green that is so common in earthy greens in nature (I think.).  Then I lighten with one of my cad yellows on my palette.  The Rembrandt Cad Yellow light mixture makes a nice middle green depending on how much yellow you use.  The lemon makes a really nice cooler green-then I modify with white, adding more yellow or blue back in to get the color I need.  I hope this makes sense...
I sometime alternate Indian Yellow with a Gamblin Transparent Orange which, with blue makes an ever darker olive green.  The inner most parts of foliage sometimes has this olive, earth green.  I also alternate my blues at times and use cobalt instead of the Ultramarine when making greens.  Richard Schmid suggests making color charts with all the colors on the palette that you like so that you know ahead of time what they are going to look like when you need them.  You can find this info in his book, "Alla Prima, Everything I know about Painting" which you can purchase off his website at www.RichardSchmid.com.  


About Auld Lang Syne According to  Wikepedia:

The song's Scots title may be translated into English literally as "old long since", or more idiomatically, "long long ago", "days gone by" or "old times". Consequently "For auld lang syne", as it appears in the first line of the chorus, is loosely translated as "for (the sake of) old times".
The James Watson version, 1711
Should Old Acquaintance be forgot, and never thought upon;
The flames of Love extinguished, and fully past and gone:  Is thy sweet Heart now grown so cold,
that loving Breast of thine;
That thou canst never once reflect  on Old long syne.
CHORUS:
On Old long syne my Jo,  in Old long syne,  That thou canst never once reflect,   on Old long syne.
My Heart is ravisht with delight,
when thee I think upon;
All Grief and Sorrow takes the flight,
and speedily is gone;
The bright resemblance of thy Face,
so fills this, Heart of mine;
That Force nor Fate can me displease,
for Old long syne.
Since thoughts of thee doth banish grief,
when from thee I am gone;
will not thy presence yield relief,
to this sad Heart of mine:
Why doth thy presence me defeat,
with excellence divine?
Especially when I reflect
on Old long syne

Sunday, January 01, 2012

Work in Progress

Paint mixtures and Palette
In the kitchen this afternoon
Different Vase

Hi Friends,  Well, I did paint today even after I woke up not feeling wonderfully....with a little sore throat.  I have made it through the day though thanks to ibuprofen...-didn't make it to church which I usually do on Sunday morning but watched In Touch with Charles Stanley instead on TV.  It was very good...... If my studio had been anywhere else but home, I probably would not have attempted to make it there but since I already had these beautiful flowers sitting waiting on me, I at least pushed some paint around.  Here is my progress.  The flowers that were sitting in the kitchen (1st photo) were so pretty.  My husband had brought them in from the yard, but I did not want to attempt to paint the whole lot, so I took several out and put them in a smaller vase in the studio.  (2nd photo) I thought I would show you my progress and hopefully will finish this tomorrow.  I hope this painting turns out and we'll see how I feel tomorrow!  At any rate, I painted and that was my goal today.  Wish me luck and thanks for checking in!  Now off to finish the black eyed peas.  I have to feed my son who leaves for his new job in Austin tomorrow!

My palette:  Cad Lemon, Rembrandt, Cad Yellow lt, Rembrandt, Indian Yellow, Gamblin, Permanent Rose, Windsor Newton,  Scarlett, Rembrandt, Permanent Alizarin, Gamblin, Ultramarine Blue, Rembrandt

                                       
My Start
Will have to finish tomorrow!  (hopefully)
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Saturday, December 31, 2011

Winter Pansies

'Winter Pansies'  7x5 oil on panel
Pansies are a favorite flower of mine because they are just so colorful.  As my mentor :) Richard Schmid says, "you can almost paint them with colors straight from the tube".  I am very very very very happy to be painting!  And I will paint tomorrow Lord Willing!!  You know, they say that what you do on the first day of the year determines what you will be doing the rest of the year as well...so if you are an artist...I do hope we all can get in our studios tomorrow!  If not, that's ok, this week then....Blessings to you and your family for the new year!  Thanks for stopping by.

Friday, December 30, 2011

"Moon Rise"  5x7  Plein air, Teton Valley, October 2011
Hi Friends,  Today I start posting again.  The holidays are almost over and a lot has happened in the past few months.  Some of it has been art related, but there have also been family related events.  After traveling to Jackson Hole and painting in early October, to Atlanta in mid October for the AWA show, and then to Louisiana to paint for a week on the bayou, the holidays were here and I went on a cooking spree (not intentional!).  Kids and family were here for Thanksgiving and right afterward our son John graduated from Baylor University.  I spent a good amount of time compiling a photo book for him (24/7 to be exact).  It was a book of photos from his 'babyhood to adulthood'.  My gift to him for graduation.  It was an obsession once I got started!  Then I sent the book off to blurb.com for publishing.  It turned out great and I recommend that publishing software.  I am actually thinking about writing and self publishing an instructional art book but that will be later...John has landed a job, our daughter is moving and Christmas....I'm tired!  I hope you all had a fun filled holiday!  I am really looking forward to getting back to work.  I am learning to be flexible I think.  I knew some of these things were going to take place and one reason why I chose not to put a time limit on my 50/50 project.  I have 6 paintings to finish the project.  After, who knows....thanks for listening to my babbling!  And thanks as always for checking in with my blog....more paintings to come.  Please stay tuned!  This one is up for auction.

Starting Bid  $50.00
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Saturday, December 24, 2011

Merry Christmas!

"Twas the Night Before Christmas"

Dear Friends, Merry Christmas to each of you and blessings for the new year!  I wanted to share with you the recent email letter received from artist Robert Genn 

The Claus factor

December 23, 2011

Dear Judy,

Clausism is one of our most endearing and unique superstitions. Even when people stop believing in the Jolly Old Guy with the nighttime chimney-work, they tend to carry on his regimen of giving and receiving. Remarkably harmless to innocent bystanders, you seldom hear of anyone driving sleds into tall buildings while shouting "Claus is Great!"

Santa urges his followers to go forth and be generous. Some years ago there was a movement to make him the Patron Saint of Artists. "An artist gives," said Veronica Roth. "He gives visually, through courses, with free advice, through generosity of spirit and through a need to share."
 Fact is, artists are in the Claus game all year 'round. "Art is the giving by each of us of our evidence to the world," said Robert Henri. "Those who wish to give, love to give, discover the pleasure of giving. Those who give are tremendously strong."

And it's this time of year when we artists get a chance to show just how strong we are. It's not surprising that most charity fundraisers back their carts up to the Santa Season. When you think of it, we love doing the work--one fine way to help a children's hospital, a dance centre, a small village in Africa, or further research toward a cure for cancer.

Then there are the little gifts we give on our own. I like the unwrapped, offhand ones--perhaps a small painting or drawing given with no clatter on the roof, no cookie crumbs to clean up. I think Santa likes to hear about these little services--and besides, it lessens his load.

More than anything, a gift that happens to be personally crafted by the giver is most likely to be a treasure to the receiver. It seems these days that Santa's up-north workshop, once hands-on and all abuzz with creative elves, has now been transmogrified into a Chinese factory. All the more reason to get out your brushes and chisels. "It is when you give of yourself," said Kahlil Gibran, "that you truly give."


God Bless you!  Judy

Sunday, October 09, 2011

The Grand Tetons-some of my photos

Hi There Friends,
I am back from Jackson Hole Wyoming.  What a wonderful trip it was!  Needless to say the trip came to an end too soon.  There are so many paintings to be painted and such beauty there!  I hope you can visit the Grand Teton National Park at some time if you have never been able to.  This was my first visit but I hope to go back.  We are so blessed to live in a country that has such preserved beautiful land and scenery.  While traveling to Europe is exciting and wonderful, the good old USA has so much to offer.    I will be posting some of my plein air paintings completed there in the coming days and weeks.  I'll also be finishing my 50/50 project, with 10 paintings approximately to go.  Thanks as always for allowing me to share my work via this blog with you!
A black bear in the park.

Beautiful Jenny Lake

The Grand Tetons

Such beautiful skies~ the aspens were turning gold...

One of our last days there...I was able to capture this beautiful rainbow.  
Of course these photos do not do justice to the sights we saw!

Monday, September 19, 2011

Dream Lake 8x10
Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Neil Patterson


"Consider the Lilies of the field, how they toil not, neither do they spin..."  Matthew 6:28


Hi Friends
I am going to Wyoming.  (big yeah!!!)  Going to paint, be with friends and paint some more.  I may not post until I get back but then maybe I'll send you some pictures?  I'll be home around the 6th of October.  I am not leaving until later this week so I may have time to get another post in....At any rate, I wanted to send you this little note of inspiration that I received in my mail just now from Robert Genn.  Words of inspiration and wisdom.  Take care and as always, thanks for stopping by.

Note:  After trying to copy and paste Mr. Genn's letter, it just doesn't work so here is the link.  It's a great letter so hope you have time to check it out.  Blessings.....




Sunday, September 18, 2011

Jubilent Cherries!! :)

Jubilent Cherries!!    :)      6x6      oil/panel


Thank you again Sarah, Charlotte, Judy, Sheriart, Tracy, Pam, Angela, Theresa, well, all you guys out there in internet land.  It's great when doing the thing that you love connects you with so many others who also love doing the things that we love to do!  Does that make sense?  Hope so.  Well, this is another little personality..this little German Sugar bowl.  They have become like little friends so I hope you get to meet them all in the coming weeks yet....I am enjoying doing these little studies.  This one, is up for bid also but not one of my 50/50 studies.  As always, thanks for stopping by!


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Friday, September 16, 2011

Summer Music

Summer Music 12x24 oil on linen

A Big Thank you to those that leave comments.  You don't know how much they matter to me and how much they are appreciated.  All I can say is thank you.  This painting is larger and so not for auction.  It will be taking a trip to Atlanta for the annual AWA (American Women Artist's Association) show which will open at the Huff Harrington Gallery on October 14.  If any of you live in that area and would like to attend, I would love to meet you.  The opening is that Friday evening at 6 pm.  Please come and introduce yourself.  Fortunately, my sister lives in Atlanta so I have 2 reasons to go...to visit my sis and also to go to the show. www.huffharrington.com   www.americanwomenartists.org

Thanks for visiting my blog!  Have a wonderful weekend.
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My 50/50 thingy....will continue.  I have about 10 paintings to go to finish this and will be posting another 5 x 5 this weekend sometime.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

The Austrian Creamer

The Austrian Creamer 5x5 oil on gatorboard panel
The Austrian Creamer
I love to collect old dishes and I have several of these small china sugar bowls, creamers, and tea cups.  Some are so intricate and it is a real challenge to paint them and get the character of each one.  This one is so pretty and paper thin, I wish you could see it in person!  It's from Austria according to the lady I purchased it from.  Thanks for visiting my blog.  Please keep all the folks here in Texas in your prayers.  So many homes have been destroyed.  We need some rain so badly...
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Thursday, September 01, 2011

The Power of Art to do Good!

Stop And Smell the.... Daisies?  6x6  o/p
Hi Friends, Well I cannot believe I have let so much time go by since I posted the last time.  I have been extremely busy though.  I have been working on some larger pieces and trying to get some work done for a couple of shows coming up.  I have also been shipping some...two paintings for 2 shows that I am fortunate enough to be in.  I will be happy to share that info with you if you are interested in a later blog...but today I would like to tell you that this little painting.  This is one of my 50/50 works however I have decided to do this one a little differently.  Instead of starting the bid at $50.00, I've decided to start at $100.00.  The reason for this is that this one is for a great cause...all of the net proceeds (winning bid less shipping) will go to the efforts to help the children in Somalia through World Vision.  www.worldvision.org   World Vision is a fiscally responsible organization that is instrumental in helping children all over the world in poor circumstances.  I have had the privilege to sponsor children through them for the last 15 years.  The child that I am sponsoring now is from the Philippines...Anna Mae.  :) I began her sponsorship when  she was 6...now she is 16 and about to graduate!  Stay tuned because in coming days, I will scan and post the letter I received from her the other day with her picture.  Anyway, this painting represents what I would like to do with my art....use it for good.  If you would like to donate:

Sold!  to Pam Phillips  Thank you Pam for helping me contribute to World Vision!


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Thursday, August 18, 2011

Finished painting "Summer's Music" and Other things

Summer's Music 20x26 oil on linen
Thank you all so much for the nice comments on this painting!  Yeah.  I had thought about using it for my painting for the AWA show in Atlanta in October but I have one more idea for a larger piece that I might try first....this is the finish.  I've been looking at it for a while on my easel to make sure it's ok.  It's so hard for me to even know if I think it is show worthy amidst so many other wonderful paintings.  And of course to sell it would be nice.  :)  At any rate, thank you for the comments.  I added a couple more flowers because I felt the painting needed them on the right side above the pitcher.  It felt too bare there, in fact my husband mentioned that too so we were both thinking it.  But now I am thinking I might remove the blue plumbago on the sheet music but haven't decided yet.  I took this photo outside, inside, and all around trying to get the best color naturally.  Just so happens that one of Robert Genn's latest letters was on taking photos.  Here is the link if you would like to read that "clickback" of his on how to do that.  Thanks again all...and as always for visiting my blog!  Happy Trails!

Oh, if anyone is interested in a Clyde Aspevig book...check out the Autry Museum.  www.theautry.org. I found one that I thought was out of print, Elemental Solitude.  If you don't know who Clyde Aspevig is, well he taught Scott Christensen and Matt Smith.  Google him..you'll be amazed!  Click those links to see.

Have a blessed day!

PS  Back to painting a few small studies to finish my 50/50 project next week for a day or two.  :)

Saturday, August 13, 2011

New painting I am working on

This is a painting I am working on .  I hope to finish it tomorrow or Monday.  Wish me luck!  Or better yet, say a prayer for me!  :)  Have a great Sunday....






Summer's Music (if I finish it satisfactorily)
20x16


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Wednesday, August 03, 2011

Periwinkles

Periwinkles  8x8 oil on gallery wrap
Oh the joys and headaches of painting....somedays it's there and others it's just not.  Somedays I think I would have been better off using my painting as target practice!  Ever feel that way?  The creative process is something that is so abstract and undefinable that it's virtually impossible (for me at least) to put it into words.  I found a blog thanks to my friend Wanda and was reading it last night that more appropriately states what I am feeling right now.  The artist basically states how absurd it seems what we spend our time, days, hours doing this thing and that the creative process can be maddening.


There is an art… or rather, a knack to flying. The knack lies in learning how to throw yourself at the ground and miss.
He continues with one of the best descriptions of art-making I have every heard:
The first part is easy. All it requires is simply the ability to throw yourself forward with all your weight, and the willingness not to mind that it’s going to hurt. That is, it’s going to hurt if you fail to miss the ground. Most people fail to miss the ground, and if they are really trying properly, the likelihood is that they will fail to miss it fairly hard. Clearly, it is the second part, the missing, which presents the difficulties.

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Monday, July 25, 2011

Granny Smith

Granny Smith 6x6 oil/canvas panel                        
I am teaching a workshop next month through the local art league on how to set up a blog.  I have been tossing around ideas in my head about why we do this.  The jury is still out on that but I will try to share with you in the coming week or two about that.  After all, what I really want to do is paint....Anyway, I really like running across websites that are interesting to read with varying opinions and ideas to ponder.  I ran across another today.  One thing I like about this one is that it is not just geared to artists but also to collectors.  So I hope if you are like me and enjoy following other articles on the subject, you will enjoy perusing this one!  Thanks for visiting mine!

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Fall Color

Fall Color 12x16
This is not one of my 50/50 paintings but I wanted to post and say hi!  I am trying to remember that fall is not that far away!  It's hot.....Hope all of you out there had a wonderful Sunday-and restful-whatever you did.  We went to church this morning and then spent the day with our lovely daughter, our awesome son and his sweet girlfriend, and our really nice summer guest who is staying with us while he interns at a local computer corporation until mid August.  It's been a full day but very nice.  Sometimes I have to get away from the art world for a while-and I miss it-but my family is #1 in my heart I have to say...as much as I do love painting.  Through the good times and the bad-it's all good in the end.  I am thankful today.  And thankful for you as well.  God Bless and blessings this week!

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'Worry looks around, Sorry looks back, Faith looks up.'  anonymous



Tuesday, July 19, 2011

I'm a Little Teapot!

I'm a Little Teapot 6x6 oil on canvas panel
Ok, I am really happy with this little painting and I almost didn't post it tonight.  I thought about putting it in my kitchen instead!  Where the teapot sits....I like painting this teapot and what is it about still life??  I just like still life....a lot.  But I do love landscapes too.  Did I tell you I am going to Wyoming in Sept, October to paint???  Also to Brice Canyon??!!!!  Big Woo Hoo.  I am excited.  I am also excited about the colors I am playing with and I did try to use that new color idea on this-maybe not totally but I am getting there somewhat.  Anyway.  Thanks so much for visiting my blog.  And a very Big Thank you to Crystal Cook for that nice comment!!  I appreciate the time people take to post a comment.  We're all so busy.  Have a great day tomorrow all.

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Monday, July 18, 2011

Flow Blue

Flow Blue  5x7 oil on panel-Starting bid $50.00
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I have several flow blue dishes.  They are difficult for me to paint..but fun also.  I was a bit happy with this one.  Thank you for visiting my blog!!

I promised to tell you a few things about the Munsell Color Wheel but we went on a long long drive this weekend and got home late last night so I have not had a chance to fully read my book (car sick if I read in the car! Ugh!)  Anyway, if you are interested in the book it's called, 'A Color Notation, an Illustrated System of Defining Color and Their Relationships'.  Purchased very cheaply through www.half.com!   Honestly though, it's basically about experimenting with compliments other than those we were taught in school.  I am posting some pics of the traditional color wheel as well as that of the Munsell Color Wheel so that you can see the difference.  I am having a lot of fun doing this and am playing with a lot of different colored backgrounds etc.  I plan on posting one of the newer paintings on the site tomorrow night.  

And Here is a couple of pics of the Munsell Color Theory wheels where you can see the compliments are not quite the same.  With this one, you could actually use a turquoise background with a pair of red apples or push it one way or the other.  I find this interesting and a bit hard to put to use.   But it's fun also!  


Friday, July 15, 2011

Spiced Tea

Spiced Tea

I read an interesting article yesterday sent to my inbox - the Robert Genn newsletter.  Basically the article talked about the art of fishing and how it parallels to painting-it takes a long time to really understand what it is all about and to acquire the necessary skills.  It requires patience and more patience...a constant trying and working to really understand the craft...got my Munsell book today.  Looking forward to sharing more of those insights with you....


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"Time, time--that is our greatest master! Alas, like Ugolino, time devours its own children." Hector Berlioz

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

If You've Got the Money, Honey.....

If You've Got the Money Honey....
6x6 oil on panel

Last week I was reading about the Albert Munsell Color wheel so this was one attempt to just try something a bit different and out of the ordinary for me.  It was fun!  Thanks for visiting my blog! 

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