Friday, November 13, 2009

East Austin Studio Tour 2009

Please come by and see my paintings at
the Real Gallery
located in
The East Village Lofts 1200 E. 11th St. Ausitn, TX 78702
I look forward to seeing you there.

EAST 2009 Annual East Austin Studio Tour
Saturday 14th November-Sunday 15th November &
Saturday 21st November-Sunday 22nd November
10 am-5 pm each day

As usual I'm way behind on posting (sigh). I hope to not only put photos up of the Ian Roberts Plein Air Workshop but also some snaps of my paintings for E.A.S.T. or East Austin Studio Tour at the Real Gallery.

Many thanks for looking at my blog,

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Buda Fine Arts, Part 2

So, why haven't I been posting lately after I swore I would do so... Well, there was the Buda Fine Arts Festival where my friend and fellow artist, Nancy Kirk, and I shared a booth. As always, I learned a lot. I also sold a few paintings and met some wonderful people including Kathleen Ash, a glass artist, and Laura Krouse, a jewelry maker.

Then there was the week long plein air workshop given by Ian Roberts. I'll post some photos later. All I can say is it was fabulous. If you ever get a chance to take one of his workshops, you should.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Buda Fine Arts Festival

From Elizabeth's Garden
11 x 14

Hola Everyone:

Today's is post shows two recent paintngs. I apologize for not posting lately but I've been getting ready for the Buda Fine Arts Festival in Buda, TX which will take place from Oct 3-4, 2009. My friend and follow artist, Nancy Kirk and I will have a booth there at the Festival. This Still-Life will go into the auction which will take place Friday night on Oct. 2nd. Wish me luck on a big sale!

Last Rays
5 x 7

I did this pastel while visting my friend, Regina Burchett. Nancy Kirk and I went to Regina's a couple of weekends ago to see her fabulous studio. We both came away with an extreme case of studio envy ;-). This, too, will go into our booth at the Festival.
Please do plan to drop by. It should be a fun event and you'll get to see lots of good art...
Buda Fine Arts Festival in Buda, TX
We will be in Booth 12
Oct. 3-4, 2009, Sat. & Sun. 10am-6pm
Festival Admission is free

Thanks for looking at my paintings.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Another pastel

5 x 7


This scene reminds me of a Paris cafe found on the Boulevard du Montparnasse. A small cafe where one can rest, have an expresso and watch the world go by. I love doing these small pastels and capturing a slice of time and place. This painting is also being featured as the Painting of the Week on Polly Jackson's painting blog. Thanks, Polly!


Tuesday, August 18, 2009

It's good to be back

Bridge at Mendoza Park, Austin, TX

Hello Everybody:

It's so good to be back posting again. I have lots of paintings to show as I've been painting instead of blogging. The painting I'm posting today is a pastel of the pedestrian bridge at Mendoza Park here in Austin. It was done for a challenge sent out by Polly Jackson on her Paint Paint Paint blog. I'm also donating it to the annual auction benefiting the Arc of the Capital Area which will take place on Thursday, Oct. 15 at the Hilton, Austin, Downtown.


Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Thanks to Regina Burchett I'm doing more pastels these days and am having such a good time with them. This is first in a series of passion flowers. They come in several different shapes, sizes and colors -- who knew!

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

This is the last painting I did in Jennifer's Figurative Painting class. The model, Erin, held four 30 minute poses (same position) for us. I feel like I really learned a lot about painting from a live model. Really enjoyed the class.

Saturday, April 4, 2009


Well the exhibit at the Austin Museum of Art went really well. Lots of people showed up and there was a lot of very good feedback on everyone's entries. As well, five pieces were sold but, not mine this time.

Today's posting are the figurative oil sketches I did in Jennifer Balkan's figurative workshop that went for five Mondays. The first two Mondays, we did 5, 10 and 15 minute gestures with a live model in a light, dark and mid-tone value.

Two of the 5 minute poses using a light and dark--using capturing shapes and values here.
Two of the 10 minute gesture poses, this time adding a third mid-tone value to suggest the curve of the body.
Color! Adding yellow and purples to the skin tones here to get the shadows (previously just used red/green/yellow) to these 15 minute gesture poses
Again, using the same palette as above but longer poses--30 minutes this time.

The last night of the workshop, we did one painting from a model. This will be the next post. All in all, I really learned a lot about painting skin. Doing these quick gesture oil sketches from a model were fun and energizing. Now comes the really fun part of taking all this information and translating it into my work.

Monday, March 30, 2009


Finally, time to post. I apologize for not posting but there's been quite a lot going on lately. I shared a booth at the Zilker Garden Festival with two painter friends, Sally Fraser and Regina Calton Burchett this past week. It was a lovely, albeit windy, weekend and the gardens looked lovely.

This coming Thursday, April 2nd, will be a group exhibit at the Austin Museum of Art, downtown. If you're in town please come. I'll have two paintings in the exhibit.

Later this week I'll post some oil sketches done in Jennifer Balkan's figurative painting class that I just finished. Jennifer's a wonderful teacher and I learned a lot from her.

Friday, March 6, 2009

Sadly, no posting today


I didn't have time to photograph my painting so there's no post today. Be sure to check back next week as I will have it done on Monday.


Thursday, March 5, 2009

Lost in Thought

8 x 10

Another figurative painting done about two months ago. My acrylic paintings are very different from my oils. This one was done before "The Art of Conversation," my first posting, and is much tighter. I find it's much harder for me to be loose in this medium than with oils. Oils have such a creamy consistency and, because of the drying time, are easier to "push" around. Golden has come out with the "Open" acrylic series which has a longer drying time. I've ordered some and am really looking forward to trying them out.

This painting, along with another that I'll post tomorrow, will be in a group exhibit at the Comerica Building, downtown Austin. My cohorts in the exhibit are part of a group that went to France last summer to do a workshop with Ian Roberts. His assistant dubbed us the "Wildcats" and the name stuck. As soon as we returned home, we formed a group to paint and exhibit together. What fun!

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Two Figurative Paintings

6 x 8

This is a very bad photograph of this painting and brought to light some changes I need to make. The blue in her coat should not be there. It doesn't show in normal daylight but under photographic lights -- well, it must go. I'll glaze over it in a dulled down purple. On the whole, I'm very satisfied with the way it came out. (I will re-shoot this once it's fixed!)

Here's Looking at You
8 x 10

I painted this several weeks ago. I loved the backlighting on this and how this person engages the viewer. I've been working small as I tend to put in too much detail and get very tight in my painting style when working in a larger format. I wanted to get the expression (in loose brushstrokes) not a likeness.

These two paintings will be entered into a one night, group show at AMOA downtown on April 2, 6:00-8:00. There will be a reception so please come if you can.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

The Art of Conversation

8 x 10

I've always been drawn to figurative works of art and this is my latest. I love to watch people interacting with one another and then try to catch those impressions on canvas. It's now hanging in an group exhibition at the South Congress St. location of Texas French Breads. If you're in Austin, TX please go by and see it.

This is my first posting. Now, that I've gotten my feet wet, so to speak, I'll post more examples of my work later on. Please check back.