Wednesday, October 31, 2012

I Am So Blessed!

APS National Juried Exhibition
judge, Richard McKinley, PSA

That is Richard McKinley critiquing my painting, "Bountiful Harvest" during the walk through prior to the awards reception last night. He was so complimentary in his comments about my painting, that I became a tad emotional. It was such an awesome moment! I am kicking myself that I did not video it with my phone, but as you can see, I wasn't able to get too close to the action.

I was just thrilled to have him say really nice things about the painting. But it got even better!!! I won a Merit Award for the painting!!!!!!!!!!!! I have had so many "firsts" these last 4 months, but I think this may just take the cake. I have been blessed beyond my wildest expectations--recognition for my efforts after only 8 months of painting seriously in pastel is surreal.

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Monarch Birch

Monarch Birch
7 x 5, Pastel

We are watching the 4th game of the World Series, what pitiful conditions to sit out and watch a baseball game! Maybe it's OK for football, but not baseball. Makes me wish for the beautiful spring in Colorado.

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Quackers in the Pool

Quackers in the Pool
6 x 6, pastel
matted and framed to 12 x 12
Click to Bid

Really had a great day at the CRRC Market Day! Three paintings have new homes and I hope the new owners enjoy them as much as I enjoyed painting them. Met a number of interesting people. Always interesting to talk to people, who enjoy art.

Enjoy this beautiful weather!! "Quackers in the Pool" is available to purchase, but if it still lives with me in the middle of November, it will be entered in the Small Works for Big Holidays Show at NBAL. If you haven't seen the Artoberfest Show at the NBAL Gallery, you are missing a great show.

Also, you MUST see the two artists show at Cactus Jacks in Gruene, Texas. Rita Kirkman and Jeanette Cuevas are premier pastel artists.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Italian Reflections

Italian Reflections
14x11, SOLD

This is my latest watercolor. So many great memories of Italy, wish I could paint them all. The sky reflected in the window looked unreal, it was such a brilliant blue.

Thirteenth century church reflected in a thirteenth century building window---just too cool.

Monday, October 22, 2012

Good for the Eyes

Good for the Eyes
16x20, matted watercolor

This is one of my paintings available to purchase at the CRRC Market Day, this Saturday, October 27, from 9-4. The CRRC is on Mable Dr. just below Canyon Dam and the Tye Preston Library. This and several other paintings will be matted only which reduces the cost. All matted paintings will fit standard frames available at Hobby Lobby, Michaels, etc.

I will have a number of the paintings that you have seen on this blog available, framed and ready to hang. Hope to see you there. My booth is inside, nice and warm for the cold front that is heading our way!!

Saturday, October 20, 2012

       Curley #2       
9 x 12, pastel

Can you tell I like to paint animals? This is my second version of Curley, the first lives in Pennylvania with a couple who had a Curley who looked just like him. This Curley needs a good home, too.

Attended the TPS show opening/reception last night. There is some beautiful art there by artists from across the nation. Hope you can get by to see it.

Also, New Braunfels' own, Rita Kirkman, has a two woman show opening next Friday at Cactus Jack's in Gruene. Her partner in art is Jeannette Cuevas. The reception starts at 6 pm on the 26th. There are rumors that door prizes of their art will be given away that night!!!!! This coincides with the Texas Clay Festival in Gruene.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

On Alert

On Alert
7 x 5, pastel

This dog had no clue I was interested in taking his picture. I discovered that is the key, plus a telephoto lens!! Other dogs I have attempted to photograph go bonkers whenever I aim the camera at them. The Lost Maples Dog really spoiled me!! 

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Lost Maples Dog

Lost Maples Dog
7 x 5, Pastel  SOLD

This is the painting that started it all. It is the first painting I completed in Rita Kirkman's Miniature workshop last March. I enjoyed painting it in a stressful sort of way--if you know what I mean.

But----do you know how hard it is to get a good picture of a dog??? I snapped this photo at Lost Maples so easily---but I spent over an hour last March in Landa Park trying to get one good picture of all the dogs there that day. The only one I got was taken with the advantage of a long lens--I will post him tomorrow.

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Feedin' with Grandaddy

Feedin' with Grandaddy
15x11, watercolor

This is the painting I referenced in the last blog. I had the pleasure of watching this routine every time we visited grandaddy----so glad I had the where-with-all to snap a picture of it. This activity ended way too soon. 

Friday, October 12, 2012

TPS National Juried Show

Wanted to share the flyer sent out by Art Incorporated (hosts of the show). I am thrilled because they chose one of my accepted entries for the flyer. You may recognize, Orvieto Alley, in the lower right corner from an earlier blog entry on September 21. Hope you can make it to the show!!

I have been working in pastel mostly, so decided today that I need to get back into watercolor. I pulled out one I have had drawn for years and started painting this year--it is really a sentimental piece. I will post it when I get it completed.

Monday, October 8, 2012

New Braunfels Icon

New Braunfels Icon
27 x 19, Watercolor

This painting is my third entry accepted in the Artoberfest Juried Show. This was a real challenge, my first attempt at architecture and an automobile!

Hope you can get by and see the show.

Saturday, October 6, 2012

River Relics
12 x 12, pastel

This is another picture from Salida, CO and another painting accepted into the Artoberfest show in New Braunfels. I was fortunate to get all 3 entries accepted into the show.

These kayaks are leaning against the wall of an artist's studio. I have a photo of him standing where I took this picture painting the kayaks en plein air!

Friday, October 5, 2012

Another First!!

Lost Maples
12 x 9, pastel
The Artoberfest Juried Exhibition opened this week and I was blessed to have 3 paintings accepted into the show. Lost Maples was awarded 3rd place in pastel! My first award for my art-- I am so humbled. (I apologize for the quality of the photo-I forgot to take a picture before I put the painting under glass--bummer.)

This is a wonderful show that runs through the second week in November. Hope you can get there to check it out.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

This Little Piggy

This Little Piggy
5 x 7, pastel

The Comal County Fair was the news maker here last week. Unfortunately, I didn't make it there to take pictures of the critters. This little fellow (well, he wasn't too little!) was a contestant in the Youth Show last March. Painting animals is always a challenge, fur, eyes, catching their personality (oh, yeah, they have a personality!). Think this guy is saying, "What are you lookin' at?"

The New Braunfels Art League Artoberfest Juried Exhibition opened yesterday at the gallery--drop by and see it.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

FIBArk Freestyle

FIBArk Freestyle
4 x 6, pastel

One of our favorite places to vacation is Salida, CO, any season it's great. Each June, around the 3rd week, FIBArk draws thousands of people to this quaint town. The highlight is the activity on the Arkansas River, all sorts of competitions. The things they do in these tiny kayaks blow the mind, flips, somersaults, 360's, you name it they do it. 

Monday, October 1, 2012

Watercolor Study

                                         Citta Della Pieve Farmer                                      
11 x 7.5, watercolor

I have been painting the same subject in different mediums. I think that painting with pastels has allowed me to loosen up when I paint with watercolor. It is good to evolve!

Paintings are turned in tomorrow to be juried for the Artoberfest Show---keeping my fingers crossed!! Good luck to all those entering!