Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Going to the Zoo, Zoo, Zoo

Audubon Zoo   New Orleans

Got to take my grandchildren to the zoo this past weekend.  It is one
of my favorite places. They are known for their bird collections, and birds
are one of my favorite subjects for artwork.  Took a few pics in between
chasing an adorable 2 yr old around.  Our favorite animals were the
giraffes.  They were not out in their enclosure (they told us if it is muddy,
they don't let them out because they might slip and break a leg). They
were in their barn, and we got to see them up CLOSE...really CLOSE!
And they are huge!!  They were right on the other side of a  wire
fence...we could experience them from the ground level, and appreciate
their height!  In fact, the large males had to duck to come inside the door...
amazing!! (no was dark, and too close up for my big lens...!)

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Selling in the South

These are three more little mixed media watercolors that I finished
and took down to Breaux Bridge.  I took 25 pieces down there over the
weekend, and they wanted 22 of them!  They were very impressed, and thought
they would be able to sell them easily.  I hope they are right!.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Painted Birds in the Swamp

Still doing a few of these mixed media pieces to take down
south to a shop.  I hope she decides to keep some of these!  or I will
have a lot to sell at my own gallery!  I have had some
good feedback on I am hopeful they will like them.

I am also getting a couple of my colored pencil pieces printed in Baton
Rouge: the "Let ir Bee" drawing and the "Basket of Blues" drawing of
some blue crabs.  I will pick them up on Friday, and have them
to sell at the shop as well.

Monday, January 18, 2016

When a Plan comes Together

Still enjoying painting a few of these small watercolor/acrylic pieces.
I go through my photos of the birds and find several that I like.  Then I
try to envision what kind of background will best highlight the
bird.  I do several abstract pieces of paper, using different colors, compositions,
etc.  When I like the background, then I begin to paint the bird in
acrylic onto the watercolor paper.  Hopefully, when finished,
the plan all comes together!

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Loose and Tight

Still working on these abstract, mixed media pieces.  I like doing the
fun, loose, wet backgrounds.  They happen in just a few minutes, and then
you have to wait for them to dry.  It is always neat to see how
they will turn out.  The white specs are made by sprinkling salt on
the wet paper.  It soaks up the pigment, and leaves the white areas.
Then I paint the bird over the background.  I just recently took this photo
in south Louisiana where these white pelicans spend the winters.

It is 11 x 14, and $100.

Friday, January 15, 2016

A Few More

A few more that are headed down south to the Louisiana Marketplace.
As soon as I posted the first one (the egret in the blue background),
someone wanted it!  So it is sold already!!  Hopefully, customers down
there will be receptive to these as well....fingers crossed!

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

South Louisiana Bound at the 115

This is the Louisiana Marketplace on Interstate 10 near Breaux
Bridge, Louisiana.  This unique shop carries art by 175 Louisiana
artists.  It is an eclectic mix of all kinds of paintings, sculptures, mixed media,
along with antiques, junk, and assorted collectibles.  I was here
recently, and the owner would like to have some of my work in the
shop as well.

So, here are a couple of little watercolor originals that I am taking
down there at the end of the month.  They carry a mix of realistic and more
impressionistic pieces, and they have very few watercolors, and no
colored pencil pieces. I will be taking a few colored pencil
prints and a couple of originals too.  And we'll just see 
how it goes!

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Show Time

Lily Pads   Acrylic on Canvas

Bella    Acrylic on Canvas

Florals at the Gallery

We have a new show up at the gallery through the end of
February.  JoAnne Thompson is exhibiting her beautiful acrylic
paintings.  She is an accomplished painter, first taking watercolor
classes from me many years ago.  She continued taking
courses in oil and finally acrylic, which came to be her medium
of choice.  She has a studio at River Oaks in downtown
Alexandria where she also teaches some acrylic painting
classes.  We are proud to exhibit her work, and share her
colorful, joyful view of the world.

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

A Home for Christmas

Just finished this house for a client.  It is her great grandfather's house,
and she is giving it as a gift to her father.  I did pen and ink drawing
and then painted it with watercolor.  She told me that the
shingles used to be black, so I painted a darker roof. 

I hope she likes it, and that he is surprised! 
Merry Christmas!

Sunday, December 6, 2015

Seeing Double

Several years ago, I did a drawing of a baby girl for a client.
It is a large portrait, about 20 x 24.  Awhile back, the same client
brought me this photo of the baby girl's new baby
brother.  She wanted me to do a matching portrait of him
as well.  This is the portrait in progress...some of the shading
done, but not finished.

But tonight, I was able to finish it!  So, here is the new
drawing of the baby boy...

And here is the other earlier drawing of the sister.  They almost
look like twins...a strong family resemblance.  I think these
are going to be gifts for the mom of these babies.  I hope
she will be surprised!

Merry Christmas!!

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Black, White, and Red Birds

Finished this 11 x 14 canvas tonight...gesso on burlap with hand
lettering.  My lettering is certainly not perfect...but that's
what makes it charming?!  I really like the saying...kind of a
twist on "Bloom where you are Planted".

And these two are the last small canvases that I finished
last night.  These have already been sprayed with the sealer.

And I also finished this canvas.  I painted the black
acrylic over the gesso, and then the white lettering.  Again,
the letters are far from perfect...but I like the
saying as well.

These will all be for sale at the Pea Patch Gallery
and Cafe.  The small canvases are $25 each,
and the large lettered ones are $40.

Monday, November 9, 2015

Birds and Blooms

Still working on a few of these small canvases.  These
are 4 inches square and an inch deep.  I added the texture on
them first, and painted a background color.  Then I layered a couple
of colors over the background color, blending  it in some places.
I painted the egrets and the sunflowers then in acrylic, and I will
spray them with a sealer.
They are for sale; this size is $25.  The larger ones are $35, and $50
each.  I painted them in pairs, and you can buy them separately or
together. I can also ship if you would be interested.
These make great gifts, and I will do some more before Christmas. If
there is something in particular you would like,
just let me know.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Thinking outside the Square

This is the first two little square canvases that I finished.
I added a blue wash over the background, before I added the
birds.  They are painted with acrylic paint.

I did a couple of others...painting these blackeyed susans onto
the blue background.   There is a lot of texture on the canvas.
It doesn't show up that well in these pics.  These have been
really fun...plan to do some more!

5" square canvases  $50 each

Friday, October 23, 2015

Square Minded

I recently saw some neat little canvases at a gift shop down
in Covington, Louisiana.  They were coated with this modeling paste,
that provides some great texture on the surface.  So, I thought I would give
it a try.  I spread the paste with a letter opener! because I do not
own a palette knife?!  I am just a watercolor painter...and we don't use
palette knives much...

And then I have painted them blue as a first coat.  I am planning to
paint some kind of bird on them.  It may be an egret or heron.  Or
a bluebird or sparrow...I haven't decided yet.   I will play around with
the background colors some more until I get them interesting.
I enjoy doing something different from time to time.  And since it is more
difficult for me to draw right now (having trouble with arthritis in my hands),
painting is not quite as painful.

Will try to post the final results!

Friday, October 16, 2015

The Light of Christmas

It is that time of year again...already!!  I design a Christmas
t-shirt every year that I sell at the gallery.  I order a
limited number, and they usually sell out quickly.

This is the design for this year's shirt.  The shirt is royal blue,
and the stars will be yellow gold, and the lettering is black, red and
white.  The printer will send me a proof of the colors.  Once I
approve the design, they will be printed and picked up
before our Christmas Open House on November 12.

I can ship if anyone is interested!  They will be $30 each
(long-sleeved t-shirt)

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Through the Lens

One of the most rewarding aspects of being a teacher is getting to see one
of your former students pursuing the passion you share.  I had the pleasure
of visiting with Joe Stroud yesterday, an art student that I taught many years ago.
He finished his education at the Savannah College of Art and Design, with a major in
Photography and Art History.  I have kept in touch with him over the years.  He
lived out west for awhile, and traveled taking pictures all over the country.
He has moved back home (Winnfield, Louisiana) and is still taking photos of
wildlife and landscapes.

We are currently hosting a Photography Contest at the gallery, and he brought several
photos by.   The ones above are on his wonderful website:
I encourage you to visit his site, and purchase a print.  They are beautiful and
varied...something for everyone.  Please help support an artist!