Thursday, October 8, 2015

Pumpkin Painting

Sometimes I get to participate in an art activity that is really funny!
That was the case this week at the daycare that my grand daughter attends.
They were painting their own pumpkin, and I was lucky enough to
go.  The young workers were braver than I would have them
full plates of all kinds of colors.  It started the young "Picassos" got
the feel of the brush and paint.  That did not last long, as the artistic
juices began to flow!!  My little Clara had lots of paint on her pumpkin, and
her face, arm, hands, shirt, table....etc!  It was so cute...all the kids really
enjoyed it.  Luckily, the paint is washable!

Friday, September 25, 2015

Brush and Flush

Sometimes I get asked to do some really simple things...and I
don't mind.  The middle canvas is store-bought, and my daughter
wanted a couple of other little canvases to go with it in
the children's bathroom.  So, here are the finished
products...ready to hang and instruct the little ones.
They are acrylic on canvas, 12 x 12.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Time for Class

Mr. Chad Smith teaching the kids a little watercolor today.

Samuel working on some colored pencil

Chad giving out some instruction.

I usually teach the Wednesday afternoon art classes.  But this year,
a young man and former art student of mine, has returned to Winnfield,
and was interested in doing some teaching.  So, I agreed to let him
try his hand a the children's really get his feet wet!
He taught all summer, and now he is continuing this fall.
Today, they did some basic watercolor, and painted a cardinal.
They all seemed to catch on, and enjoy the class.  Chad is
doing a great job, and really loves it.  I will continue to guide him
on what to teach, and provide the supplies.  I'm just enjoying the break,
and giving this young man a chance to do something we both love.

Children's Art Classes   Ages 10 and up  Wed pm  4-5 pm
$15.00 a lesson

Monday, September 7, 2015

Baby Face

I have been working in this drawing, a little at a time, for a
client in Natchitoches.  I am just about finished...a few more dark shadows,
and a little tweaking.  My hand only allows me to draw for a
short time now, so I am not producing as much artwork.  I am still
doing a lot of photography however.  And I don't want to quit drawing
and painting altogether.  So, I'll just do what I can when I can, and
we will see how it goes!

So, if you would like me to do something for you, please give me
lots of time!  I can still do it, just not on a deadline.  Thanks so much
for continuing to support my art and my life.  I feel very blessed.

Friday, September 4, 2015

Show it Off

"Midlife 24"  Mixed media collage   Carolyn Swift  Traverse City, Michigan

"White Bluffs Triptych"   Glenna Cole Allee    Photograph   San Francisco, California

"Walker 1"  Collage  Jack Girard   Lexington, Kentucky

"Cheetah"   Wood and Aluminum sculpture    Sallye Holloway     Alexandria, Louisiana

"Bike Shadows"  Me!  watercolor    Winnfield, Louisiana

"Sander's Old Barn"  Oil painting  Roderick Murchison    Pineville, Louisiana

"Which Point of View?"     Oil on Panel    Evelien Bachrach   Hancock, New Hampshire

"Misty Cypress Sunrise"  photograph  Jeff Stephens    Dry Prong, Louisiana

"Cleaned out My Studio"   Clay  Suzanne Sidebottom    New Albany, Indiana

"Precariously Balanced Diet"  Wood and Paint   Ron Koehler   Cleveland, Mississippi

Enjoyed  a nice evening at the Alexandria Museum of Art, attending the opening
reception for their 28th September Competition.  There were a variety of
pieces, as you can see, and lots of interesting approaches.  I am always
amazed at some of the creativity and the thoughts of other artists:  I am such a
traditional realist.  My mind doesn't come up with some of the wild
stuff I saw tonight.  I like some of it: I can appreciate some of it; and some
of it, I do not care for at all.  I did not agree with the judging...but I rarely do!

It truly is an honor just to get in this show.  When I saw some of the other pieces,
I am not sure why the judges selected mine.  My two were the most realistic ones there.
And many of the things they selected were similar to their own work...which does
happen sometimes.

The show will stay up until November 21st, so if you are in Alexandria,
stop by and check it out.  Quite an interesting show!

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Inspiration and Tribute

Colored Pencil Drawing: Chinese dancer I photographed during a trip to China

A honey bee on a Bradford pear tree in my front yard.
Colored Pencil 

A watercolor of a brown pelican that I photographed during a trip to
the Galapagos islands.  

Colored pencil of a preening flamingo

"Street Music"  Watercolor of a street musician in New Orleans
Kestrel by Morton Solberg

White Egret by Morton Solberg

Elk by Morton Solberg


Art has always been a part of my life.  My aunt was an artist, and my
father was very creative and worked with wood.  Art was in my DNA.
If you would have asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up, it was
always, "an artist".  My mother was not artistic, but she had many
friends who were.  One of her closest friends, Betty Gene Haile, was a
professional artist, painting in both watercolors and oils.  She loved to travel,
and painted often on location in the hill country of Texas, and villages in Mexico.
She was perhaps my earliest inspiration.  When we would visit her home, I loved to
peek into her studio, and see what she was working on.
I was always thrilled to see colorful Mexican fruit markets, boasting striped awnings
and multi colored fruit; Texas hillsides dotted with blooming prickly pear or
a rocky creek lined with live oaks and bluebonnets.

She painted what she saw and what she loved.

I'm teaming up with Patience Brewster in honor of Artist Appreciation Month and sharing 

my inspirations. Patience is a well known artist and designer of figurines and ornaments.
What inspires us as artists can vary widely I am sure.
While in college, I began to study Art History, and was inspired by numerous
masters.  But my favorite is Vincent Van Gogh.  I have been blessed to view
many of his works throughout the world.  I stand in front of them, humbled by
the brushwork, color, and passion.  I am inspired by the sheer number of works
that he completed in a very short time, and saddened by his tragic story, so full of
struggle and agony.

He painted what he loved and what he saw.
And now, as a professional artist myself, I have been able to attend workshops
given by some of favorite living artists.  The beautiful examples above are by
Morton Solberg, who I had the pleasure of meeting at a workshop in Wyoming.
I have always enjoyed painting with watercolor, but this man makes it look
effortless and fun.  I love his use of abstract surroundings and detailed
wildlife.  I wish I could paint with such abandon, and yet, focus.  He
paints the wildlife he loves, and puts them in environments that showcase
them in masterful compositions.

He paints what he knows and what he loves.\
  I am currently inspired so much by God's
wonderful creation all around me.  I live out in the country in Louisiana, and I see wildlife
every day.  I especially like birds, and I have the chance to view many of them.
I am also inspired when I travel, and enjoy capturing life in other
places...the people, architecture, the landscapes and wildlife.
I continue to paint when I am able, and do travel several times a year.

I find myself painting on location, much like Mrs Haile.  I hope that I am
as passionate about my work in even a small way like Vincent.  And
that I capture the Louisiana wildlife I love in masterful compositions like
Mr. Solberg.

I paint what I see, and what I love.
patience brewster ornaments

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Italian Journey 2016

I have booked my 2016 trip for next summer to....Italy.  Specifically Venice, Lake Como,
Milan (to see the Last Supper!), and Cinque Terre on the Italian Riviera.  I would
love for some of you to join me!  The departure date if June 4, and the trip is 11 days.
I am going to stay for the added extension in Venice for a couple of days.
The trip is around $4000, and if you book early, you can make payments all during
the year.  I am using Go Ahead Tours again, and they handle all the details and

If you think you might be interested, please let me know.  I can answer any
questions you might have, and help you get signed up if you'd like to go.
I am looking forward to the trip, and it will be a wonderful experience.
Great scenery, fabulous food, beautiful architecture, and lots of art...
a trip of a lifetime.

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Show and Tell

I just received notification that these two pieces were
accepted into the September Competition at the
Alexandria Museum.  Woohoo!
I have never been in this show.  I don't remember entering
very often.  But this time, I had some work I thought might
have a chance at getting in, and
I was right!
I have to frame them both with some "gallery framing".
It should be a plain simple mat with a simple black or
wooden frame.  It highlights the work more
if the frame is not distracting.  White mats allow the work
to "pop" or show up.

I have also been chosen to be on the review team
for the DAF, the Arts Council of Central Louisiana
grant proposals.  I have to read and study each
one, and rate them, making comments as I go.  Then we meet
as a panel,and review them, and determine who gets what
funding.  It is a good opportunity to
meet some others in the art community in Alexandria.  It is
also giving me lots of ideas for art related activities
that I could do in my own little town. 

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Germany, Austria, and Switzerland Book

I know I haven't posted in awhile....been really busy!  My artwork has
taken a back seat.  I do have good news, however.  This digital copy of my
travel journal to Europe is finally ready.  It is the large 12 x 12 format, and is 42 pages.It contains most of my paintings in the original sketchbook, and lots of
photos from the trip.

The books are $100, and I can ship them to you.  If you are interested, just
email me, or call the gallery.  You can pay with PayPal, mail a check,
or call with your credit card #.  It was a spectacular trip, and I was very
inspired by the scenery and the people.
Gail H. Shelton
Pea Patch Gallery
109 S. Abel    Winnfield, LA  71483

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Art History in Vienna

My niece, Katie, hamming it up with the Hapsburgs

Carved ivory pieces from the royal family...amazing

This carved ivory ship moved and the oarsmen rowed.  A clock maker
outfitted it with moving parts that are inside the

I thoroughly enjoyed touring the Art Museum in Vienna, Austria.
They have a huge Egyptian exhibit, lots of beautiful carved ivory treasures,
unlike any I have seen anywhere.  The building itself was gorgeous,
built by the Hapsburgs to house this collection.

I love seeing the art treasures that survive the centuries.
I like to wonder what those craftsmen and artists knew and how
they made their objects.  I wonder what they would think now
about their creation being in a museum...viewed by thousands
every year.  It would be humbling, or even comical to some of
them, I'm sure.  I am grateful that people have the
foresight to save so many valuable and priceless items.