Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Georgia on my Mind

Georgia O'Keefe.....master painter of flowers, and one of
my favorites.  In my art class today, they learned about her
and how she painted flowers.  We examined her sunflower painting,
and then tried to copy it on canvas.  They did pretty well!
It was fun, and they got to take home their
little creation!  It was a good day!

Children's Art Classes  Every Wednesday from 4-5 pm
$15.00 a lesson
We only meet during the school year.  I will schedule other
special classes during the summer

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Fingers Crossed

"Strokes of Genius" is a book published by North Light Books.  It is
made up of drawings submitted by contemporary artists working in
drawing mediums (pencil, colored pencil, ink, pastel, etc).  I just submitted
all of these for publication in the book.  They accept a higher percentage of
black and white entries, but they do accept colored entries too.
I will not know for a long time...August 28th, which happens to be my
birthday!  Maybe I will get a special present, and have one of these
accepted.  Got my fingers crossed! 

Monday, April 13, 2015

The World in a Thistle

While outside this evening, I noticed this thistle, and wondered how it
would look with the setting sun behind it.  So, I practically laid on my
stomach! to try to photograph it.  I played around with a couple of versions...
like it.  How beautiful God has made even the grasses of the field...
here one day, and gone the next.  Oh, how He must love you and me!

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Senior Gifts

Here are the final chalkboard projects.  I trimmed the photos, and
placed them around the edges.  I attached the chalkboards to the back of
the beaded board frames.  These are gifts for these graduating senior girls....I bet
they are surprised and happy!

Friday, April 10, 2015


Just a quick project for a couple of graduating seniors.  One of their
friends wanted some chalkboard boards, framed in the old
beaded board.  Today, I sprayed the masonite with the chalkboard paint.

This is the beaded board frame that the chalkboards will go in.  Then she
wants me to add some of their photos onto the chalkboard (around the
edges).  I should be able to get them done tomorrow.

I know I haven't posted in awhile.  I have been having trouble with
the arthritis in my hands, and it has been hard to do any
work.  I am doing a little bit of drawing, but it is very slow.
Don't give up on me...keep checking back...I will be posting
again soon!

Monday, March 23, 2015

Texas Transplant

You know that all of us Texans are always proud of our state, and look
for opportunities to share that pride.  I was surprised to hear from an
elementary school in Fort Worth, Texas.  The teacher was planning a school Texas program, with the students singing and performing.
She had come across my Texas design on Pinterest, and tracked me down through this blog!  She wanted to know if I would give
permission for them to use my design for their
stage decoration. I said, "Of course!", and she sent me these photos to show
how they used it.  It looks like a great group of kids, and I am honored they wanted to use my design.  Hats off to all of you!  Yeehaw!

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Parade of Pigs 2015

It's Parade of Pigs time again!  Our little town hosts the
annual Uncle Earl's Hog Dog Trials every March, and
we decorate these concrete pigs to mark the occasion.  This
is "Frankenswine" entry.  Hog hunters come from all over to
enter their dogs in this contest.  It is quite interesting.  And amazing to me..
a big city girl living in a small town!

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Clara in Pencil

Did a little sketching this weekend of my favorite smiling face!
There have been several photos I have wanted to draw, but this
is the first one I have tried.  It was fun, and not too difficult.  I will probably
give it to my daughter sooner or later, but right now, I am enjoying it
sitting on my drawing desk!

I can do a drawing of your favorite little one too!  Email me
for info on children's portraits.  I am very reasonable, and
fairly fast.  I can work from your photograph, or I can come
and take some too.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Sunsets Times Three

I am still teaching kids art lessons on Wednesday afternoons.  These three
did a watercolor today using the wet into wet technique on the sunset,
and then dry brush for the trees. I let them choose their sky colors...they turned
out very colorful!

I take students age 10 and up, and we meet every Wednesday from 4-5 pm.
It's $15 a class, and they are not consecutive.  You can call the gallery
for more info.
Pea Patch Gallery  318-628-3560

Friday, February 27, 2015

Blue Pelicans

Still in progress here...I did some "lifting" can re-wet some dark
areas with a brush, scrubbing slightly, and the pigment will loosen
and can be dabbed up with a paper towel.

Here's a close up of some of the lifted areas.

I still thought it needed something, so I added some pen and ink lines
and flourishes.  I may still add some colored pencil strokes too.  I like the
colors in contrast with the white birds.  I thought the complimentary
scheme of purples and yellows would be different.
It's just a fun piece...another Louisiana subject.  It will be for sale
in the gallery, or I can ship!

Blue Pelicans   Watercolor/Ink   11 x 22

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Blind Pelicans

Been working on this watercolor of these white pelicans...
I like the bright colors.  I am not finished...they are "blind" right eyes!  But I am going to lift some of the dark reflections
and add some details.  Will post when I finish...soon!

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Bike Shadows....Pedal Power!

I did get a chance to paint this bicycle photo...from New Orleans.
It's watercolor on Arches cold pressed paper.  I used a sponge
to make some of the texture in the corners.  The bike and the shadow are
painted mostly with just black, but I mixed in a little purple and blue.  I
thought it still needed some tweaking, so I worked on it a little more this morning.

So, here is the finished product.  I painted it all again, and deepened the
shadow.  I punched up the blues, and then added some more splatter on the
ground.  I like's different for me, but fun!  Maybe a bicycle enthusiast will
have to have it!
Bike Shadows  Original watercolor  $150.00

Sunday, February 8, 2015

The Long View

Just been scrolling through some of my New Orleans pics....looking
for something new to paint.  These are some possibilities.  I cropped
and saturated them with color.  I really like the shadow patterns,
especially the first one, the buggy.  We'll see what

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Winter Berries

I love these winter berries.  I don't know what kind of tree this
is, but it grows in damp areas, mostly in south Louisiana.  I was
driving around down there the other day, and wished I could pull
over somewhere and photograph them.  But everywhere I spied them,
there wasn't a place to park, or get out without wading through the
water, etc.  So, I was disappointed.

As I drove toward my house, here in north Louisiana, just down the
road, there they were! And the light was beautiful.  The ground was dry,
So, I excitedly got my camera, and snapped away.  I love the color and
the contrast against the sky.  These would be good for scripture photos, or
I can add a bird or bug in a composition.  Or I could just look at them
and admire one more of God's glorious creations that
color this grey season of the year.

Friday, February 6, 2015

The Finishing Touches

I started this watercolor awhile back, but I have been unable to get back to
it.  I did add the background stripes and the shadows on her

So tonight, I was able to get a little time, and do the finishing touches.  I added
some colored pencil in the background and a few squiggles here and there.
I thought it "jazzed" up the piece (ha!).  Anyway, I am satisfied with it now,
and enjoyed trying something new.

As women these days, we "wear a lot of hats", meaning we do a lot of
different jobs.  At the gallery, we also have a cafe, and I have been filling
in with the cooking for the last month.  My fulltime cook has had
surgery, and she is still at home recuperating.  So, instead of painting and
drawing, I have been measuring, stirring, boiling and baking!  But
cooking is quite creative too, and I have enjoyed it.  I have always
heard that the best kind of work is work you are passionate about.  Art is certainly
my first passion (although being a grandmother is running a close
second!).  But I enjoy all aspects of my business...afterall, it was all my idea
to begin with.  So, I will savor my last week or so in the kitchen, but I was
tickled to get to finish this painting as well.
And now on a peaceful Friday night, its' hats off!!

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Time for Class

I am still teaching my children's art classes on
Wednesday afternoons.  These two did some watercolor
and ink paintings of a branch with berries.  They are sisters,
and love to compete with each other!  But they are having fun
and hopefully learning a lot!

For info on classes, call the gallery:

Sunday, January 25, 2015

It's all in a Name

Oh, the blessings of family!  I am a "great Aunt" again, thanks to my
niece and her husband, and their new baby boy, Zane.  She asked me if I
would paint a sign for the baby's room with the meaning of his name.
I finished this fun project this afternoon.  It is painted in acrylic paint on
canvas in shades of pale blue, white and grey.

I will get it shipped out tomorrow and on its' way to Texas.
I hope to see baby Zane sometime soon!

Saturday, January 24, 2015

A Little Street Noise

I took this photo several months ago down in New Orleans.
I love the passion that this musician has...she is so "into" her
performance.  The audience loved her, and there were smiles all
around.  I knew I wanted to try to do something with it.
So I started it in watercolor, laying in a wet into wet wash in the
background.  I decided to use the opposite colors of yellow and purple,
since they are compliments.  When I took a workshop with Stephen Quiller,
he made us do a painting with only two colors, and all the variations
you could make with them. I plan to try that with this one...we'll see where it
goes from here!