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 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 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.

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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

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Morning Roses 7x5

Morning Roses 7x5

Wow is life busy.  I almost made the mistake of saying, particularly if you have a family, but I know that isn't necessarily the case.  If you live in today's world and are trying to make a living-whether you have a family or not, you are most probably as busy as I am.  I so would like to move from Houston and have a cottage in the country with a lovely studio!  I am praying for that for the future.  Right now, today, though...I painted.  Yeah.  Here is the painting I produced and I hope you like it.  It is up for bid and this is the first of just a few paintings that I have left to finish my 50/50 project.  I will be counting today to see what I need to do to finish but I think it's about 10...I'll be trying to get these online and up for sale between now and Christmas.  Take care out there!  And as always, thanks for letting me in on your cyber world.  

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Hi Friends!  These are both plein air studies of the Louisiana bayou.  I've painted in this spot for several years in a row and no matter how many times you paint this spot, it's always different.  That's one of the great things about painting on location in my mind-trying to capture that particular moment in time that will never be again....  Monet gave us a glimpse of this when he painted his water lilies on different days under all kinds of light conditions and situations.  His hay bales also were painted over and over again while he examined color and light.  I try to remember some of the things he said:

 Paint what you really see, not what you think you ought to see; not the object isolated as in a test tube, but the object enveloped in sunlight and atmosphere, with the blue dome of Heaven reflected in the shadows. (Claude Monet)

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Approaching Sun 9x12

Morning Shower  8x10

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Going Going Gone!

Going, Going, Gone!

Well Hi Everyone,  As the name of this post implies, I have been going, going, going.  Wow.  Time to stay home and get some things done here.  The following are studies that I have done on recent plein air trips.  What a great opportunity to be able to paint outside in the open air.  Whenever I look at these studies, I can remember the exact time of day, the way I felt, the smells, the sounds, the wonderful encounters with people and otherwise....(critters).  The top painting is the beautiful Louisiana bayou as was the last study of the marsh.  The middle study (not the greatest photo) was from the Teton Valley near a place called Moose Creek.  The weather that day could not decide on whether to be cloudy, rainy, or sunny so I stuck with the first thing I got when I set up to paint, cloudy with sprinkles.  I wore my friend Kathy's bear bells that day....and was on constant lookout for them.  They are everywhere.  There is some discussion between locals there whether the bear bells let the bears know you are there and to stay away from humanoids or whether they send the message...'hm there is a human around with backpack and food!'.  So I kept my eyes pealed.  :)  Next week I'll be working on 'tweaking' some of my other studies done last month and also I will start to post my small works to finish off my 50 / 50 project..just in time for Christmas.  Thanks as always for allowing me into your digital life via this blog!
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Catch of the Day 9x12

Moose Creek and Bears! 12x9

Slight Overcast 8x10

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Teton Valley Changes

Teton Valley Changes 5x5 oil on linen panel
Hi Friends!  Well, here is one small study I did when I was on my recent trip to Jackson Hole Wyoming.  Did I tell you how beautiful it was there?  I think so....:)  I have been traveling a lot lately-Jackson Hole, then last weekend I was at the annual AWA show in Atlanta.  What great paintings and wonderful time.  Our show was at the Huff Harrington Fine Art Gallery.  Thank you Huff Harrington!  Next year we will be in Tucson at the Sonoran Desert Museum!  Sunday, I will be leaving for Louisiana, my last trip for the year.  I have been to Louisiana the past 4 years.  The bayou is a beautiful place to paint and the subject matter very different.  But in time, I'll be posting some of the work from that trip as well.  Today I worked on a couple of the studies I did in Wyoming and will be posting those soon also.  I will also be getting back to my 50/50 project to complete the last 10 paintings for that so please stay tuned.  As always, thanks for allowing me into your digital life!

This painting will eventually be for sale...

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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!


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 visit my sis and also to go to the show.

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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.   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 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. 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'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)

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Thursday, August 11, 2011

Roses and Daisies

Roses and Daisies 6x6 oil on panel
Today I did not paint.  I took chicken soup to my daughter who is 24 and lives about an hour away.  She's really really under the weather.  Get well Jill!


Mr and Mrs. Dave Martin
Thanks Dave and Chris!

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Tuesday, August 09, 2011

Tangerines and Cream

Tangerines and Cream  6x6
I'm tired.  Long day and long few days and not enough time to paint!!!  Ugh.   Life is busy and it seems that too often it's painting that goes by the wayside unless I just absolutely let a lot of things go which I plan to do in the next few days.   It's also difficult with so many distractions to really produce work that you are proud of.  For those other artists out there I am sure you feel the same way sometimes.  But I have decided to just post what I am really very happy with.  That's why you haven't heard from me in a few days.   But I figure if it takes me a year to finish my project, I'll be practicing and that was the idea in the first place....on a brighter note, this is my 34th study.  Thanks for hangin' in there with me!!  :)

Friday, August 05, 2011

The Music Hour

The Music Hour 9x12 oil on panel
This is not a daily, 6x6 painting but is one of my favorite subjects.  This little doll is really a lot of fun to paint and I hope she finds a good home!

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Wednesday, August 03, 2011


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.

If you would like to read the blog in it's entirety:  The blog and art photography of Daniel Sroka. 

Sold to Mrs. Chris Martin, thank you Chris!

Tuesday, August 02, 2011

Remember When? or Call for Help!

Call For Help!  8x8 oil on linen panel
Poor Pooh....he's stuck in the honey pot again!   This was my children's book.  And I remember when my mom took photos with that brownie starlet camera which by the way is not the easiest thing to paint!

Have a great day!  Thanks for letting me into your email each day!

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Monday, August 01, 2011

In the Pink

In The Pink 6x6 oil on panel
I love painting this sugar bowl.  There are so many colors in it.  It goes with just about anything or any flower that you can think of.  Perfect with pink carnations!  Have a great one!

Sold to Ms. Kay Putnam
Thank you Kay!

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Sunday, July 31, 2011

Fab Four

Fab Four 8x8 oil on gallery wrap
I am sitting here on Sunday evening trying to stay awake so that I can get my painting  posted...zzz.  It's late.  It's been a full weekend but a good one.  I started painting this evening about 6 pm because everyone left.  I cannot believe that this is approximately my 28th painting for my 50/50 project!   Thanks so much for visiting my blog!

Friday, July 29, 2011

Ebony and Ivory

Ebony and Ivory 6x6 oil on panel
I kept thinking about the song by Stevie Wonder and Paul McCartney called Ebony and Ivory..which I always loved for the tune and the message.

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Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Deep in the Heart of Texas

Deep in the Heart of Texas 7x5 oil/p

 These are my youngest son's cowboy boots when he was a little boy.  He used to wear them on the wrong feet!  Talk about cute.  We still laugh about that today.  But the really funny thing is that he also wore..with the boots of course...his batman cape.  Never went anywhere without the two!  I have pics of him on the couch sound asleep-batman cape and boots and all.  Those were the days..  I guess I should have named this painting 'those were the days?'  Anyway, I am glad I kept them because now I can paint them.  Maybe tomorrow I'll paint my daughter's ruby slippers.  :)  They are also quite worn.

On another note, I got a note from my son today (my #1 son)  He had a Theodore Roosevelt quote for us...
"Far Better is it to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumph, even though checkered by failure, than to take rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much, because they live in the gray twilight that knows not victory or defeat."
Thank you Jason.

Thanks for stopping by my blog and take it easy out there.
Sold! to Ms. Keri Keene
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Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Another Daisy Day

Another Daisy Day 6x6
Sold to Mrs. Chris Martin, thank you Chris!

"Life is not the way it's supposed to be, it's the way it is.  It's the way we cope with it that makes the difference."

What do they say, attitude is everything?

I am in the process of gathering my thoughts for some future paintings. In the meantime~last night I was wondering why we blog.  I think that some days it is therapy for me.  It's almost like an online, public diary of sorts.  Do you blog?  I'd like to hear what you all write me, tell me..and...

Take care and as always, thank you for visiting my blog!

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 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!

Quote for the day:
'Worry looks around, Sorry looks back, Faith looks up.'  anonymous

Friday, July 22, 2011

Making Lemonade

Making Lemonade 5x5 oil on c/p
On Friday mornings I paint with a local artist's group and we hire a model.  It's great practice in painting the head and figure but it's a struggle for me.  These ladies (there were 2 today, together!!) were such great models and you sooo want to capture the beauty in those of these days I hope to be able to capture just a little of that beauty on canvas.  We keep plugging away.
Have a fun and safe weekend!

Quote for today:
"The Future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their Dreams!"
Eleanor Roosevelt
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Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Yellow Rose Of Texas

Yellow Rose Of Texas oil/panel 7x5

I have heard it said that it is not what you paint but how you paint it.  I don't know if that is true or not but there are many times, even though I love to paint still life that I have felt like I don't quite measure up as an artist because I love to paint still life.  I do paint other subjects and if you are interested in seeing some of those, they are on my website, but I think this subject is my favorite. I hope you like these flowers..they are from my yard..It's so hot here in Texas right now, I had to pick these to save their lives!  (or extend them a little?)  Thank you for visiting my blog!  Quote of the day:

 with permission from Judy Joy Nocifora's website:

“When you look back on a lifetime and think of what has been given to the world by your presence, your fugitive presence, inevitably you think of your art, whatever it may be, as the gift you have made to the world in acknowledgment of the gift you have been given, which is life itself. And I think the world tends to forget that this is the ultimate significance of the body of work each artist produces. That work is not an expression of the desire for praise or recognition, or prizes, but the deepest manifestation of your gratitude for the gift of life.”
The Wild Braid, A Poet Reflects on a Century in the Garden
Sold to Ms. Gaye Sekula
Thank you Gaye!

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!   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.    So here is the traditional color wheel pic:

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 my Munsell book today.  Looking forward to sharing more of those insights with you....

Blessings and thanks for visiting my site!

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

Wednesday, July 13, 2011


cider! 6x6 oil on canvas panel

Over the years I've collected a lot of "stuff" to paint! :)  This is one of my favs not only because of the colors it has in the jug, but also because of the color it picks up from everything around it.  Yummy color.  Another experiment..
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Quote of the Day-
"Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life"  Picasso

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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Monday, July 11, 2011

Porcelain and Roses

Porcelain and Roses 7x5 oil/panel

Well, I have wandered across another Blog Radio show that I think might be informative.  So I am attaching the link here for anyone that might be interested:  
It is hosted by Kevin MacPherson and Linda Fisler and also looks promising to inspire artists.  I love it!  Today I actually listened to Clint Watson and also Kevin MacPherson on the blog radio program mentioned a few days ago…look for that info below…anyway, both programs were excellent but I’ve decided to listen at lunch or at night though…no more listening while painting. :)

The above link FYI has an article about our current economy which I find interesting…so lest you think you are the only one out there struggling to buy materials, etc., read this article.  Whether you are an artist or not, you might find these articles and radio shows pretty interesting…a look into the mind of an artist.  Take care, and as always, thanks for visiting my blog.  Stay tuned this week because I’d like to show you my color experimentations.  I am learning some things by doing these.  Tomorrow I am painting big! 


Saturday, July 09, 2011

Sweet Delicacies

'Sweet Delicacies'  6x6 oil on panel
I have several of these pretty little french limoges tea pots, creamers and pitchers.  They are fun to paint and I love putting them together and seeing what happens....

Today I experimented with some color changes and I plan to post one of those tomorrow night.  I listened to the blog radio by Carol Marine.  She was talking about the Munsell Color wheel.  It was great fun experimenting with that-if you haven't heard of Munsell, I'll post a link where you can read a little about it (below).  It's pretty interesting stuff and I think will help my painting a bit.  Hope you glean something from it too....more this week!  Take care!
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Friday, July 08, 2011

Start the Day with Roses

Start the Day with Roses!  7x5 oil on panel
Last night I was scouring the internet for some inspiration.  Do you ever just feel out of sync?  Maybe it's spiritual...I think I need to start reading some morning devotionals again before starting my day.  I have been jumping into painting without doing that mostly to get started before the house gets noisy.  I like quiet.  Anyway, I ran across these podcasts.....they are great and you need to listen to these, guys.  There are a year's worth of them and I have only listened to two, but they are really great, full of inspiration and information too.  So......I am excited to say that I have been wanting to experiment for a while and now feel like I am going to be doing just that.  I don't know about work may look exactly the same but maybe just better??  I have been reading a lot about color theory and will share those thoughts with you in the coming days but for right now, please, if you are in need of some inspiration for your art, click on the link below.  As always, thanks so much for visiting my blog.  Take care!

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