Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Kitchen Art....still lifes with tabasco, tmoatoes, etc.


I recently sold the top painting to a sweet young couple in Shreveport.  Their mother is a client and now they are too.

I set up the still life of the next one and painted it from real life.  I absolutely love it.  The olive oil is one that we got on our trip to Italy.  This is another one that has to be seen in person to be appreciated. 

I never get tired of painting Tabasco.  I love all the different colors of red that go together to make it come alive.

This is a stack of cups that I actually (I asked permission first) stacked myself at a cute little coffee shop in Tupelo.  I took several shots of different compositions so expect to see more eventually.

Monday, April 29, 2013

Oil paintings....creatures and critters...Heron, Redfish, Crabs, Shrimp


These are some of the creature paintings I have done this spring.  The heron was a daily visitor during our vacation on Dauphin Island last summer.  He was quite a friendly fellow and posed on numerous occasions. 
The redfish was caught by us on our deep sea fishing trip during the same vacation.  He is sort of a combination of the real thing and my own vision of him. 
The crabs are known as "The Crabby Couple II"....the original crabby couple live in Shreveport and they really aren't so crabby.
The shrimp is part of an ongoing series of square paintings of shrimp, crabs, oysters and crawfish.  Cousins of this guy are scattered around all over the southeast.

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Wine me dine me.....wine oil paintings

I previously did a smaller "study" version of the wine bottle with oranges.  I really liked it so I did a larger version and love it as well.

But the second painting, the one marked "Not for Sale" has been added to my private collection.  I decided I cannot part with it for now.  My husband and I just love the way my artist friend Martin Welch has his home decorated.  He has lots of his own art as well as that of others featured throughout his home, high and low, covering most all available space and it is stunning!  My husband suggested that I start collecting a little more of my own art along the way.  This is going to be one of three anchor pieces on my dining room "wine wall".  You should see it in person....it is just so happy.

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Musical Instruments...clarinet, sax, and bass...

The gallery that features my work on Royal St. in New Orleans suggested that I do some "musical" pieces in anticipation of Jazz Fest which draws a huge crowd of music lovers from all over the world.
I will have to say it is the first, but not the last time I have done a bass and a clarinet. 

Friday, April 26, 2013

Floral,...Oil paintings....

These are florals that I have done for the spring.  I used to have some bittersweet branches in my room when I was a teenager and I love the way the berries look on the bare branches.  I also am in love with the black and white check motif....it never gets old.  The close-ups are of photos of flowers taken by me and my daughter-in-law on each of our separate trips to Hawaii.

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Italy....oil paintings

Scenes from our trip to Italy in 2010.  What wonderful memories.  I can still remember taking photos at every turn....everywhere you looked was a painting.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Southern Scenes....Oil paintings

I love living in the south.  It is really funny to me how many transplants we have here....people that come down here and decide to stay or return permanently.  The south, and particularly Mississippi, has such a bad reputation in other parts of the country.   But people that come here and really give it a chance find out that it is a wonderful place to be.  The food, the culture, the kindness of the people.  I wouldn't live anywhere else. 

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Romantic Dinner for Two....

I saw this photo and got drawn in immediately.  I want to be there.  I can feel the warm air, smell the plants, taste the wine.  I REALLY want to be there.

Monday, April 22, 2013

Fruit, Vegetables and Still Life....Oil paintings

I paint a lot of pears and tomatoes.  The painting with the wine bottle and the oranges was a new set-up for me and I like the results a lot.  I also featured my McKenzie-Childs enamelware tray in the bottom painting.  Another first.  And I REALLY like it because it is sold already.

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Wine Art...Oil Paintings...

Recently I was featured artist at the Cork Wine Festival in Shreveport, LA.  I was invited to come and display my artwork during the amazing wine tasting event that they sponsor every spring.  Believe me this is a first class event and I was proud and happy to be included.  I painted a lot of wine art for the event.  Above are some of the wine themed creations.

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Jazz Trio of Oil Paintings...

These are a trio of musical instruments that I painted from photos I have taken during one of my many trips to New Orleans.  They are 12x12.  This size is very versatile....tucks into a book shelf, hangs in a vertical stack, horizontal line-up (even fit under a back splash in a kitchen or bar area) or can be hung in an asymmetrical grouping.  Call me if you think you need them.

Friday, April 19, 2013

Little Shack...Oil Painting

This is a painting that I sold recently through my wonderful gallery in Jackson, MS.  It is on its way to a new blues and barbecue restaurant on the East Coast.  I think it will fit in quite nicely in that setting. 

Thursday, April 18, 2013

New Oil Paintings.....2013

Here are some examples of my new work for Spring 2013.  All are for sale unless otherwise marked.  If you are interested in purchasing one of these original oil paintings please enquire by email for sizes and prices.  All are on 1 1/2" thick gallery wrap and are painted on the sides (and there are no staples).  They come wired and ready to hang with no framing necessary unless you choose to go that route.  Thanks for looking at my work!