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.

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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 about...email me, tell me..and...

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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



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 faces....one 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
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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.    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 craft...got my Munsell book today.  Looking forward to sharing more of those insights with you....


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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

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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"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:  http://www.artistmentorsonline.com/?cat=44.  
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! 



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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 this....my 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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Thursday, July 07, 2011

Love at First Bite 6x6

Love At First Bite!  6x6 oil on canvas panel
I am experimenting.  A lot...with these little paintings.  I was thinking maybe this was a boring painting...what do you think?  Painting red and white is hard!  Keeping the colors clean is a real challenge-I think I went through a whole roll of Viva!

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Wednesday, July 06, 2011

Bonnie Bunny's Garden 5x5

Bonnie Bunny's Garden 5x5 oil on panel
'Bonnie Bunny's Garden'  5x5

Just a fun painting.  I have several ceramic bunnies and birds and love painting them....they are like little friends.  :)

I love how she smiles......

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Tuesday, July 05, 2011

Daisy Day

Daisy Day 7x5 oil on panel
I love to paint flowers.  Roses and Daisies I think are my favorites.  I am finding that it is pretty time consuming doing these small studies but I am learning a lot about color, edges, value and drawing.

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Monday, July 04, 2011

Morning Roses

Morning Roses 7x5
Morning Roses  7x5 oil on panel

I am having a lot of fun painting these small paintings.  I am finding that morning is a great time for me to have coffee and paint until the day even starts while I am fresh.  I have several rose bushes, several different colors.  Here in Texas it is very hot right now and so the roses tend to be small.  These are knock out roses.  Have a wonderful 4th!

God Bless America!  I am very proud of my son who will be heading back to Afghanistan soon for his 2nd tour.
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Friday, July 01, 2011

Aggie's Like to Ham It Up by Judy Crowe

Aggies Like to Ham it Up!  5x7 oil on panel
I can say this because my husband's an Aggie.  If you have ever been to an Aggie football game, you know what I mean-it's an experience everyone should have.  It's all in good fun and Aggie traditions are great!  Gig Em....!!  :)

Have a great day and as always, thanks for looking.
Judy
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