Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Moon Shadows Series.....Oil Painting

Moon with Tree Silhouette...12x12....oil on canvas(sold)
(I do have more paint, so if you like this contact me about doing something similar, but different, made just for you!)
The second in my Moon Shadow series.  I took a little poetic license with this one.  But I love the effect and since I am an artist I can do strange things.  Just ask my kids.  

Friday, March 10, 2017

Moon Shadows Series....Oil Paintings

24x24......Moon Over the Lake....Oil On Canvas

This painting is part of a series called Moon Shadows that was inspired by a full moon that I had the pleasure to view on a couple of different evenings recently.  I have always enjoyed sunsets, but I am finding that a full moon rising is just a beautiful and possibly a little mysterious.  This painting has lots of yummy texture and colors that show up in different sorts of light.  Though it does not hold a candle to God's version, I am pretty proud of my humble efforts.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Retro Shasta Camper......Oil Painting

...Sold  (I do have more paint, so if you like this, contact me about doing something similar, but different, made just for you!)
This is a large (30x30) painting of a vintage Shasta camper.  My sister-in-law's family has one of these in a kitsch-y color of pink.  But I loved so many things about this view that I did the orange one for my painting.  I love the canopy and lights, I love the old-timey metal lawn chairs, and the orange against the blue sky.  I chose to add the vintage aluminum colorful tumblers on the table.  It just called for them!

Monday, September 12, 2016

New Home for this Landscape!.......Oil Painting

I love it when I get to see my work in it's forever home.  I even got to see this one in person.  It looks like it was made to go there.  But then, that's what a commission is, isn't it?  It was, indeed, actually MADE to go right there!

Thursday, August 25, 2016

St. Louis Cathedral...................Oil Painting

(I do have more paint, so if you like this contact me about doing something similar, but different, made just for you!)
Ok.  I am getting there.  This is so much closer to how I really want to paint than the first painting I did of the cathedral in New Orleans.  I am going to humble myself and post a small photo of the first painting.  I think you will see the difference.

Ok, I guess in all honesty this one isn't as bad as I remembered, but I still like the mood of the more recent one.  The top one is for sale, but the bottom one is long gone to a forever home

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Snappy Snapper......................Red Snapper oil painting

I based this painting on a photo I took of some red snapper that we caught the second year we rented a house on Dauphin Island.  Our fish didn't look exactly like this but this guy is much "snappier"!

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Tree at Houmas House.......oil painting

(I do have more paint, so if you like this contact me about doing something similar, but different, made just for you!)
A dear friend's daughter (one of the best people!) got married at Houmas House in Louisiana a couple of years ago. I took this photo that day.  In light of the flooding that is happening in the Baton Rouge area right now, I post this in hopes that Houmas House is safe and dry and that all those adversely affected by the tragedy will have a speedy recovery process.

Friday, August 19, 2016

Large oyster ................oil painting

I have been wanting to paint a large painting of an oyster for quite some time.  I have done them on 12x12 canvases before.  But this bad boy is 36"x36".  My favorite part is how the light is shining through the lemon.  I took the photo that I painted this from when we were in New Orleans for our anniversary about 4 years ago.  That's why I like painting from photos.....it still looks as fresh as it did 4 years ago!

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Barn and Field...................oil painting

I have been enjoying my journey with my newfound philosophies and mindsets.  (see last three posts) This particular painting is a "paintover" which always makes for amazing texture and depth.  I love how this turned out.  Hope you do too.If you know anyone that is looking for a nice 30x40 barn painting send them my way.

Friday, August 12, 2016

Progress from Flora Bowley Bloom True Boot Camp.....oil painting, inspiration

I am thoroughly enjoying my exploration of the Flora Bowley Bloom True Boot Camp and simultaneous reading of the War of Art by Steven Pressfield.  I think it is just the inspiration and encouragement that I needed to do some things that I knew I needed to do all along......even if only subconsciously.

I am finding as I read and experience these things that they are open to my own interpretation and therefore, sometimes, I think my own feelings deep inside bubble to the top and I find I am interjecting thoughts of my own as I interpret the words of others.  It is a very validating experience when you find your own thoughts sometimes slip effortlessly into the train of thought of the author.

Some major themes that I see developing from both sources (and from my own deep well of un-thought-out thoughts) are:
I need to paint for the sake of painting and NOT what I think others will like or want to buy.
I need to STOP comparing myself to others or doing things that I think I am expected to do.
I need to remember to have fun and experiment.

And with that in mind I decided to paint what I wanted to paint this week.  Not because I thought it would be a popular mainstream subject, or that I thought it would sell well at my next show, but
BECAUSE      I     WANTED     TO.

Hence the above octopus painting.  I fell in love with the photograph when my DIL, Heather, took it when we were visiting the Estuarium on Dauphin Island in July.  I instantly wanted to paint it.  So, this week I did.  Don't know if it will sell, but it makes me happy.