Sunday, May 31, 2009

Landscape Challenge

Landscape Challenge was finished yesterday. It was my interpretation of a black and white photograph posted on Different Strokes for Different Folks. I painted a 24 " x 24" gallery wrap canvas, laying in colors that I visualized. It was a fun painting to do.

Saturday, May 30, 2009

Parade Route

I can't decide if this painting is finished. I have certainly worked on it long enough. John and I went to New Orleans a couple of months ago...and I took many photographs. I was amazed at all the Mardi Gras beads hanging on the fences, on the wires, and in the trees of New Orleans. We were walking along Magazine Street, and a small house with iron fence with all these beads were there. The tiny house with porch, folage, iron gate and colorful beads was very interesting. I might need to add one or two more strands of beads.
This painting is on a 12" x 12" gessoed masonite board. I think I will add another strand of beads and sign it today. If you are interested in this painting, or any of my other works of art, please contact me.

Friday, May 29, 2009

Santa Monica on the Easel

It's still on the easel, but I think it is completed. Thanks to Russell Newman for the photograph. This beach scene is on a 6" x 12" gallery wrap canvas. I hope to finish up my New Orleans painting and Different Strokes From Different Folks painting challenge today. I am headed to the studio for a day of painting. I hope that you have an artful day!!!

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Studio Time

Here I am working away in the studio....I will be taking more pictures today. I have a landscape on the easel. And lots of almost finished pieces!!! Be sure to check out Studio Art and Soul website, the Daily Abstract Painters Gallery Blog and my website! Thanks so much, Kay

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Quick Study Nest

Today's posting is a small 12" x 12" painting on masonite panel. I have decided that the masonite has a smooth, almost too slick surface for painting, and that I like canvas much better. It is easier to get some details on canvas. But, I will probably paint on masonite again. This is one of my nest paintings. I like the turquoise and soft baby blue in the eggs. I purposely painted this very fast and loose. I started a new landscape yesterday in the studio, and moved my stuff around in the studio because there was a leak in the roof. It rained in Dallas last night, so I am glad that my paintings, easel and supplies were moved. I hope to go to the studio early today...

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Eggs & Tabasco

Today's posting is a quick, small painting on a 6" x 8" cotton panel. Inspired by Carol Marine's daily paintings, I went to the kitchen at the studio and pulled the Tabasco bottle off the shelf and found some of Karen's eggs. I hope to get back in the groove and paint one of these smalls everyday along with my other larger paintings. I like my eggs in this painting...Maybe I need to do another nest and egg painting. I missed painting in the studio yesterday, so I am very anxious to get in there today. I hope you all have a great day.

Monday, May 25, 2009

Sushi Two

Painted on a 6" x 8" cotton panel, this was a fun sushi painting. It is very painterly. You can see the brush strokes. The colors are vivid and intense. It was a fun little painting...if you are into sushi you might enjoy having this painting!!! Contact me at or visit my website:

Sunday, May 24, 2009

contemporary cow

This painting is still on the easel. Only needs some high lights and a little more work on the eyes. This is one of the good looking cows that roamed the Martin Farm in south Texas. We had an artist's retreat there in March. As you can see, my photograph is on the left, and the 8" x 10" canvas is on the right. Not a great photo, but it gives me a chance to look at the painting. It is always good to stand back and view your art from a distance. It certainly looks better from afar than up close. I can see that I need to hit the nose and forehead with some lighter touches of paint. I also need to put the identification tag on his ear. It is orange and will blend in with his coloring. I don't know why I like cows...I don't know much about them, and I certainly don't get to see them very often since I live in the city. I probably need to name this cow...actually, I don't know if it is a male or female. I was kind of thinking of the name Maude. What do you think? I think she looks like a Maude. Let me know!!

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Staring At You

This painting is still on the easel. I think. Maybe I am finished with it. Not quite sure. I was driving to the studio a few weeks ago, and in the middle of downtown Dallas is Old City Park...a little village of old buildings and some animals. I was driving, minding my own business and this one sheep was just standing there looking at me...staring at me. I pulled over and took some pics of him. (All of the other goats and sheep ignored me.) So the title of this is Staring At You. I am finished with the sheep, but might change the background. This is on a 24" x 24" gallery wrap canvas. (I just found the photograph that I used as a reference for this painting....and posted it just for fun.)

Friday, May 22, 2009

General Store

This oil painting is of the Horton Bay General Store....located on the Charlevoix-Boyne City Road in the little tiny village of Horton Bay. Horton Bay, Michigan was the inspiration for Ernest Hemingway's earliest published stories. I don't think much has changed in this town since the days of Hemingway. This cool general store was built in 1876, and it is so much fun to stop in and enjoy a coke and look at all the memoribilia and photos. If you have not been "Up North" you might need to get a map out and locate the village of Horton Bay. It is close to Charlevoix. This painting was painted with many summer memories for me. I just love the old porch, flower boxes, red roof, and of course the location of this old building.

Thursday, May 21, 2009


This photograph really doesn't capture the true colors in this painting. I had painted this a while back, and gave to my parents. It is a rather large painting...24" x 36", framed out in a barnwood like moulding. I can't remember exactly where these mailboxes were located, or when I took the the photograph for the inspiration and reference. As with many of my paintings, I would like to put it back in the studio and do some more work on it. I guess that won't happen since it is in Illinois and I am in Texas! I enjoyed painting it, and I would love to do a mailbox series of paintings....after my barn series. I had a productive day in the studio. The New Orleans painting is coming along, and I can't wait to work on it today. I hope that you have a good and productive day.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Untitled and Unfinished

This painting is not completed...I took a picture of it so that I could look at it and try to decide what I am going to do with it next. Needs some movement and color in it, but I am happy with this start. I did not get any painting accomplished yesterday.... too many things to do. My painting area at the studio is a wreck because we have a roof leak (directly over my easel). Fortunately there were some people at the studio when it poured buckets of water on Saturday, and they were able to move my art, easel and cart out of the way of the drips. I hope to get into the groove today and paint. If you have a suggestion for the title for this abstract, feel free to let me know your opinion!!!

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Farmer's Market

I am posting a rather large painting today. 24" x 36" on gallery wrap canvas. Lots of different colors and brushstrokes. My inspiration for this painting came while walking around the Farmer's Market on a Saturday morning. I would like to pull out my photos from that day and paint some more colorful flowers.
I am anxious to work on my New Orleans painting today. And of course I want to start my barn series after taking the Historic Barn tour in Illinois. I have a customer who is interested in some abstracts, and hope to do a commission piece for her. I will meet with her this weekend. Of course when I get in front of the easel, I might not be in the mood to finish what is sitting in front of me. Many times I get bored with a current painting and jump around from canvas to canvas. I wonder how many artists feel that way---planning to paint a particular painting, but the mood just doesn't hit you right. It could be Adult Artist ADHD Syndrome. (is there such a condition?) Hmmmm...something to think about!

Monday, May 18, 2009

Graduation Time!

I am back! We had a good trip to Fayetteville, Arkansas for Lindsay's graduation, and great visit with the folks in Macomb, Illinois, and a move (Lindsay, furniture, stuff and more stuff) from Fayetteville to Dallas that I don't ever want to do again.
One of the highlights of the trip was a barn tour that my Dad and I took in McDonough County, Illinois. The 23 historic barns were fabulous...I got some great photos. I will post a few pics from the tour tomorrow...Barns are so cool and I hope to paint a barn series soon. There were all types of barns...stick-style, basilica type, true-round, simple gable, square cross-gable, hip-gambreil, half-pitch, board and batten, ----the list goes on and on.
I am playing catch-up after being gone. But do plan to hit the studio today to work on my New Orleans painting. I brought quite a few paintings home to Dallas that were in Fayetteville...will post those when I get them photographed.

Thursday, May 7, 2009


Celebration is a piece that I am dedicating to my daughter, Lindsay. I may not be finished with the painting, but she is finished with her collegiate career and graduating on Saturday. I see lots of colorful confetti flying around in this painting, and so I thought that it would be appropriate to paint this one for her. Just like I struggle in my paintings, Lindsay has struggled and been challenged through out her Interior Design studies at the University of Arkansas. The family will go and celebrate with her as she graduates. We are so proud of her! It's just another milestone!
This painting is rather is on a gallery wrap canvas, and measures 36" x 36". I like the colors and the movement in the painting, but will probably add some dark accents to make it more dramatic. I have used alot of paint on this one. Lots of layers of paint with the palette knife. It has been in the works for about a month.
I will be away from the computer for a while, as we will be traveling to Fayetteville, Arkansas with son, Blake and dog, Penny Lane. Then after graduation, John, Lindsay, Wes and I are taking a trip up north to Illinois to visit family. I am looking forward to seeing the family and possibly eating some fresh morel mushrooms. Then on the last leg of the trip, we will be moving Lindsay back to Dallas. I dread the move. (Not her moving to Dallas, but the actual move and U-Haul thing.) But, I hope to get alot of pictures in the next week on our trip...lots of inspiration for my studio paintings. I hope to get back into the studio today since I will be away from the easel for a while.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Horizon Series: Abstract 11

Today's abstract is on a 8" x 8" masonite panel. Another framed piece. Yesterday was a good day in the studio. I finished three paintings that had been sitting on the easel for a long time. I completed the Santa Monica beach scene, my latest sheep, and a cow. I hope to get some good pictures of them to post soon.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Horizon Series: Abstract 10

Today's posting is a very vertical piece...6" x 20" canvas. It would fit in a tight spot on a wall...possibly a small space between a doorway and bookshelves, or a little empty space in a hallway. This abstract is down at Studio Art and Soul right now. Since it has multiple layers of paint on it, it is going to take some time to dry. If you are interested in this painting, or any other paintings please contact me.

Monday, May 4, 2009

Horizon Series: Abstract 3

This abstract is 8" x 8" on gessoed masonite, framed in a black frame. Today's posting is one of a series that I painted several weeks ago. I have three 8" x 8" abstracts, framed in black and they would look great hanging together. The frame does what a frame is suppose to do...frame the piece, compliment it, but not distract they eye from the artwork. Today is Monday, and I have alot of things to do. Studio time is on top of the list!

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Horizon Series: Abstract 7

This painting has changed dramatically since I started painting on the canvas. I had originally thought the 18" x 18" gallery wrap canvas was great for a longhorn. I was struggling with it, after I painted on it for several days. I did have a good start, but composition did not work for me. Instead of throwing the canvas out, I started over. With lots of thick paint. I like the intense color on the very dark blue/black background. I like the way the colors pop out and have some presence in this painting. The horizon line pulls the eye up to the focal point. I hope you enjoy this abstract painting...I certainly enjoyed painting it after the longhorn went away.

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Horizon Series: Abstract 2

Here is another abstract...with more to come. This one is not framed up. It is 6" x 8" on a cotton panel. And it does not have a title. Yet. I might title this series of abstracts with something like Horizon. I am dropping off a piece at Medical City today for a two week show with Texas Visual Arts Association. If you have a suggestion on a name for this series of abstracts, I welcome your input. Have a Happy Derby Day!

Friday, May 1, 2009

Horizon Series: Abstract 1

This is a small 6" x 8" abstract on cotton panel. I have started a series of abstracts. They are untitled as of now. If you have any ideas for a title, please let me know. I am open to anything! I framed three of them up yesterday at the studio and they look handsome in black frames. This painting is very wet because I have layers and layers of paint, applied with the palette knife. I welcome your feed-back on my paintings...if it floats your boat or sinks it. I can't wait to work on my red (and I do mean red) abstract today. In an attempt to finish all of my unfinished, almost completed and just started work, my painting challenge today will be with a sheep...hope to post it soon. I struggled with it yesterday, so hopefully I will be in love with my paint brush today.