Monday, December 22, 2008

Moroccan Street Vendor -- SOLD

Yesterday was a dreadful, teary day for me so I decided the best thing to do would be to get into the studio and get to work! I took a photo of this street vender in the Casbah in Tagier last May. He was leaning against the wall with his foot up, waiting for tourists to meander down his way. In the Casbah, the streets (if you can call them that), are very narrow, often perhaps 4 or 5 feet wide at most. These long narrow passageways create some interesting scenes. This 18" X 36" canvas works perfectly. This happens to be the 3rd reincanation on this canvas! There are two more paintings beneath this poor guy! Hopefully this will be the last.

Acrylic 18" X 36"

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Kents Girl

My nephew is dating a lady and I loved her look. I have never met her and have only seen one real picture of her. I just thought she was very striking and reminded me of Mia Farrow - my daughter thinks she looks like Toni Collette - boy does that point out our age difference.

Acrylic 12" X 18"

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Jazz #4 - SOLD

I've been very lazy about getting into the studio. Yesterday I spent 3 hours in 40-ish degree weather working in the yard so today I forced myself. I varnished a couple of paintings and then picked up this one. (I've had it sketched out for months.) It's the last in the series I started some time ago. The next thing I knew it was 3:30 PM. I wanted to see all four of them hanging together but two are already at the gallery.

Acrylic 20" X 20"

Sunday, November 30, 2008

Jennifer (Private Collection)

I started this yesterday though I have been thinking about it for a very long time. She is seated next to a window and the light is so bright that her image almost fades into the light. I found a wonderful photo of an old lady and wrote to the photographer asking permission to use the photo. When he responded, his avitar was this photo which included him and his wife. I was so taken with her that I asked permission to paint her (Jennifer) too. She is goreous, so I only hope I've done her justice. This one is quite subtle for me but if you click on the painting you can see a much larger version.

Acrylic 14" X 18"

Friday, November 28, 2008

Jazz # 3 = SOLD

I finally made my way back into the studio. It feels good to be back though perhaps a little strange. Instead of coming in the house to check on Kevin, now I come in and check on Tommie the cat. Whatever works right?! This is a continuation of the Jazz series. It will be interesting to see how or if they all fit together in the end...

Acrylic 20" X 20"

Friday, October 10, 2008

Girl In A Yellow Raincoat

I pulled out the pastels for this one. I had some brief spaces of time so wanted to have something I could pick and put down it is. This sweet child belongs to a friend of my daughter. She has the roundest brown eyes!


Friday, October 3, 2008

Jazz # 2 - SOLD

I loved the fact that this instument was a light honey color. Most of them are quite dark. The shadow of the mike adds a little something too.
Acrylic 20 X 20

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Jazz #1 - SOLD

After several weeks I was able to get some painting in again and it felt wonderful! Someone contacted me resently about a commission but A) they couldn't afford it or B) his "decorator" nixed the idea. It doesn't matter because it was the impetus I needed to get back to my musicians. This is either the start of a new series or a continuation of my Blues Series. In addition, due to circumstances at home I can not take any commissions at present.

Acrylic 20 X 20

Monday, September 1, 2008

A Hand on the Sill - SOLD

Hey I'm done on this (finally).This is update #7. I used a different approach here. Lots of layers of very watery colors.... It was a very slow process - but that's ok. I normally use a lot of medium with my paints but for this one wanted to strictly use water. It takes much longer to build up the layers when using very watery washes but it produces some very translucent results. I have to admit towards the end I have reverted to some glazing mediums on her dress. I also have had to deal with some blemishes in the canvas. I didn't do a very good job with the gesso! I loved the upper left quarter of this piece. Once again, the hair gave me fits!

Acrylic 16" X 20"

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Hombre a la Luz de la Luna - SOLD

This started out with a reference photo of Stevie Ray Vaughn. Somewhere along the way it became something and someone else. I loved the crop and the concept. In the end it bears no resemblance to the original reference, except for the hat perhaps. It is not uncommon for a painting to take on a life of it's own somewhere along the way. This is definitely one of those....and I'm very pleased with the results. The translation of the name is Man in the Moonlight.

Acrylic 16" X 20" $350

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Julia (private collection)

This is a portrait of my dear friend Julia. Since leaving Chicago I don't get to see her much and I miss her so! She came to visit me here in Dallas and I snapped a photo of her sitting outside in the sun. It seemed to capture one of those pensive moments.....I love this painting.


Thursday, August 21, 2008

ND Fountain (Sold)

This is N.D. , Mildred's husband. His tiny 60 year old school picture was scratched and bent, and of course, in black & white. I showed this painting to mutual friends and they recognized him immediately. This at least indicates I was able to get the likeness anyway. The fun for me is that I met these folks in their 70's but somehow came to know them as school children through these portraits.

Acrylic on Arches 140# cold press 11" X 14"

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Mildred Fountain (Sold)

Someone gave me a half wallet size photo circa 1930's and asked me to paint it - in color no less! I put it off for a long time but finally sat down to play with it. I thought I might be able to get away with a sepia likeness - but no - it had to be color.

I'm very pleased with how it turned out and now I'm actually looking forward to do another one of her husband!

Acrylic on Arches 140# cold press 11" X 14"

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Texas Yellow Rose - SOLD

I may not be finished with the cows yet but I needed to do something else (and in a different color scheme) so today's adventure was to paint this one in yellow. I have painted it in red and that one usually rests on the mantel in my family room. Those of you who are paying attention will notice that I've added some water drops....

Acrylic 16" X 20" $350

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Cow-licious (SOLD)

We'll see how this one flys. Only a true "Cow person" will understand. I'm not sure what they are looking for or what it is they store up there but cows all seem to spend an inordinate amount of time with their tongues in their nostrils.

Acrylic 12" X 12" $300

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Blue Moo - SOLD

It's hard when you search for reference material and you find several that you like very much. It just means you have to keep painting! I loved this little calf and thought he/she deserved to be memorialized so here it is. This one is my smallest painting in some time.
Acrylic 12" X 12" $300

Friday, August 8, 2008

Oh Bull ! - SOLD

This fun little number is going to be my contribution to a "South By Southwest" Art show the gallery is having in Sept. Each artist associated with the gallery is being encouraged to participate. That definitely required something outside my usual genre. I have painted some Irish bovines in the past, in fact my son asked recently when I might paint some more. So I thought, bovines are pretty Southwestern, right?! (And trust me - these are cows not bulls)

Acrylic 24" X 36" $900

Friday, August 1, 2008

Sunflower - private collection

Continuing on with some floral macros, I thought I'd give the sunflower a try. I am not a big fan of them - yellow is a color I would never wear! But I know that other people love them (particularly my daughter) so here's one I am pretty sure she will love. My sister will love it too since yellow is her favorite color.

Acrylic 24" X 36" $900

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Calla Lily - SOLD

Painting something white is not as simple and easy as it might seem. I usually avoid white florals for that reason. At the same time, I want to be able to understand how to paint white and to master the white floral. I'm pretty pleased with how this one evolved. A calla lily is naturally simplistic in design so works very nicely for this experiment. I went back and added a couple of tiny water drops...

Acrylic 24" X 36"

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Gallery Representation

The Artists Showplace has accepted me as an associate of their gallery. As an artist, I can not think of a better gallery to represent you than this one owned and operated by a group of artists. It's a marvelous gallery and the thought and care that goes into it, is apparent the moment you walk in. For the next two weeks my art is split between two spaces, but once the gallery is rotated in two weeks, they will reside together. The entire gallery is rotated 4 times a year which keeps it fresh and surprising.

Here are a couple of photos of my work hung. The dancers are in the front window so it was difficult to get a good photo. My Blues series over powers it's neighbors at present because of the strong colors. This will all work itself out at rotation. You may notice that the female singer in my Blues series is MIA. She has already found a home in Manhattan NY.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

WYO 3248 (SOLD)

I'm calling this one done... finally! I painted this for my brother Tom. Tom took this photo a long time ago and I have been toying with painting it forever. Tom and his wife recently built a mid-century modern style home and this was supposed to hang in the wine cellar. At one point I was ready to throw it out but I kept at it and now I am glad I did. I've included a tiny detail from the hood where I even added the Mercury decal the car owner added to the hood.
Acrylic 36" X 48"

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

A Little Late Nite Jazz - private collection

I'm posting this one just for fun while I start work on another large piece (36" X 48"). This one is still a favorite of mine. It was painted about 3 years ago when I first began painting again after many years. I've kept this small one, though I did paint a larger version which is in someone else's private collection.

Acrylic 9" X 12"

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Sizzle (SOLD)

The goal here was to break away from all my blue musicians and to do something a little more in the pop art style. I love this rather off kilter crop and while it is really the same color palette as the others, this one relies heavily on the reds and yellows. To understand the impact, this needs to be seen IRL.

Acrylic 36" X 48"

Sunday, July 6, 2008

Little Girl Lost

This was an expirement in image transfer that I've wanted to try for some time. I had this small canvas in my studio that was a failed painting of a marigold. It has been gathering dust forever so became the perfect choice to learn how this process works. It had been gessoed over long ago. The secondary goal here was to do something more abstract. I rather enjoyed the process (not to mention doing something different) and now think I may use the transfer process in other works....Oh - and the little girl...that's me at age 4 or something.

Acrylic 12" X 16"

Sunday, June 29, 2008

Girl At The Barre - Private collection

I've had this reference for some time and I finally decided to jump in and do it. She is the fifth of my Dance series. I'd love to be this flexible.
Acrylic 24" X 36" $1,600

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Dew On a Parrot Tulip - SOLD

Someone asked me recently why so many of my current paintings were blue. Aside from the fact that I was working on my Blues series, I guess I'd have to say because I thought I was out of my red phase....but then again, perhaps not. I love these large floral macros. A single blossom that fills a huge canvas makes quite a statement on a wall don't you think?!

Acrylic on canvas 24" X 36"

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Grandma's Blue Goblet

Here's a little something I've been working on. I became intrigued by hands - especially elderly hands. Even when they get old & gnarled there is still a certain grace about them.
Acrylic on canvas 12" X 12"

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

The Trumpet Player - SOLD

This trumpet player makes up the final entry in the Blues series. Now you have seen them all. They make an impact hung together. They currently reside in the home as I have not been able to let go of them yet.
Acrylic on canvas 24" X 36" $ 900

Amy Curnow (SOLD)

I thought I would go ahead and add the other paintings in the Blues series. This is Amy Curnow, a local singer.

Those of you who know her will wonder but as an artist (and a mother) I removed the tattoos because I felt they did not add anything to this painting. Original photo by Bill Ellison.

Acrylic on canvas 20" X 24"

Monday, June 16, 2008

At The Keyboards (SOLD)

I finished this one today. I love the way the keyboards are reflected and distorted in his sunglasses. There's an intensity about this guy that captured my interest. I hope I was able to convey that to you.
Credit for the reference photo goes to Suzanne Foschino a truly gifted photographer.
Acrylic on canvas 16" X 20"

Saturday, June 14, 2008

Morgan - SOLD

This is a portrait of Morgan, a friend of my daughter. He is such an interesting individual and portraits are a favorite subject. I love the way this one turned out.

11" X 14" Pastel

Waiting in the Wings - Private collection

This painting is part of a series depicting some amazing dancers. In my next life I will be a dancer.
Acrylic on canvas 24" X 36" $1,600

The Trombone Player (SOLD)

I didn't realize it when I started but this painting started what turned into the blues series. There are currently 4 in the series and I am working on a fifth.
Acrylic on canvas 24" X 30"

Harmonica Man - Private collection

This painting is part of a series. The series is deicated to various muscians that remind me of the wonderful blues music my husband and I used to enjoy at Andy's in Chicago.

Acrylic on canvas 24" X 30" $1,800