Thursday, December 31, 2009

Beach Time

Beach Time
9" x 12" Oil on Canvas
NSF - A Christmas gift for my in-laws.
I sent this painting to Ruth and Louie for a Christmas gift. It was a fun painting because of the shadows and the subject matter. My inspiration was a 1990's photograph and alot of memories from our summers in Charlevoix, Michigan. The beach at Sequanota Club was our afternoon hang-out. As my daugher pointed out, it was good that I put a few details in this the tennis shoes and laces, the bouys in the water, and Ruth's visor. I can feel the sun and sand when I look at this painting. I hope to go to the studio today and ring out the year painting. Happy New Year to all, and have a safe holiday!!!

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

On my easel......

Red Rooster after two days of painting...This canvas is extremely wet. After thick application of paint with a wide brush, I started layering the paint with a knife. The paint needs to set up before I finish the eyes and hit him with some hi-lites. I don't know if I am going to the studio today or not. If I do go, I need to let this one rest and work on something else. Have a warm and artful day.

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Pastoral Scene

This painting has a new home in Illinois....this image is a little different from many of my paintings....I toned the color down. It is peaceful. Not alot of movement. I wanted the viewer to imagine that he or she is out on the Texas landscape...far from the city or the hussle and bussle of anyone. The grazing sheep are images that don't have alot of detail because they are small compared to the vast landscape. The canvas has big, open sky on the painting, so I am sure that some people could imagine this being in Montana or somewhere out west. (At least west of Dallas.) My inspiration for this painting was an old photograph out of an album....I really don't know where the pic was taken, and I added the sheep for interest. I have painted three paintings with sheep, and hope to do more. Thanks for viewing this blog, and I will be painting at the studio today and hope to post the rooster that I started yesterday. Dallas is in for more snow and bad weather, so I hope that I can get downtown. Have an artful day!!!

Monday, December 28, 2009

The Bridge

The Bridge
Oil on 18" x 18" Gallery Wrap Canvas
This painting was inspired by a photograph my husband took as we were sitting in traffic ready to cross the the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. It was a clear, windy day and we had a great time traveling around the California coast! I had researched the color of the bridge...according to my findings, the bridge is painted with a Sherwin Williams color #6328, Fireweed. I went to a local Sherwin Williams to check out this Fireweed color....and I really don't think the bridge is actually Fireweed. According to the paint swatches, Fireweed is a deep, rusty brick red....almost brown. So I mixed my own colors to what I remember and according to our photographs. This painting has a new home in Plano, was a Christmas gift to a friend who traveled with us to California. Fun trip, good I hope that this painting will be a reminder of our trip when it is viewed.

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Jackson Hole Chapel #2

Jackson Hole Chapel
Oil on Linen
9" x 12"
This is the last painting I will post of the chapel...I like the front door open, so the eye looks thru the building, all the way back to the landscape. At one time I had a path painted to the front door, but decided that it detracted from the chapel. This painting is very handsome in a dark wood frame with a gold liner. Thanks for visiting my blog!

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Jackson Hole Chapel #3

Jackson Hole Chapel
Painting #3
Oil on 8" x 36" Gallery Wrap Canvas
I can post this painting now that it has been given to Raymond and Marydel as a Christmas gift from daughter Carrie. After painting two versions of this chapel, I was not satisfied. So I started slapping the paint on the mountains with a palette knife and got loose on this canvas. At one point the grass in the foreground was green.....and it blended in too much with the aspen trees. So I did scrape the paint off the fence and ground. I have been known to have "issues" with green before....everyone at the studio knows that I can get into trouble with green paint. So I used Naples Yellow, Yellow Ochre and some Raw Umber on the ground. Tomorrow I will post the second painting....Have a great day, and thanks for viewing my blog!

Friday, December 25, 2009

Jackson Hole Chapel

Jackson Hole Chapel
Oil on Linen
9" x 12"
This is one of three paintings that I have completed of a chapel in Jackson Hole. Carrie Harris asked me to paint the chapel so that she could give to her parents for a Christmas gift. The mountains and aspens were so much fun to paint. Since I have not seen this chapel, I had to rely on Carrie's photographs for reference. This is painted on linen...which gives the painting a very smooth texture compared to the canvas that I normally paint on. Tomorrow I will post painting number two. This is painting is very handsome in a dark plein air frame. This painting will be for sale once it is framed....Carrie decided that she liked painting number three and that is what is under her Christmas I will post that one in a couple of days. Three different paintings, three different interpretations....all the same subject matter. It was a good painting challenge for me. I just hope that Carrie's gift is a hit with her parents!

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Hen Session

Hen Session
Contemporary Oil on 16" x 20" Gallery Wrap Canvas
No Frame Needed!
The painting is fresh off the is fun, colorful and loose. These three characters are talking and having a session. It's a Hen Session. Please contact me if you are interested in this contemporary oil painting. Because the painting is on a gallery wrap canvas, no frame is needed. It's Christmas Eve...I hope that you all are enjoying your family and friends on this holiday. Travel safe!

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Mixed Media at Studio Art and Soul

Lauren and Michelle Fickling
Today I spent a couple of hours working with Lauren and Michelle on some mixed media pieces...they got a wonderful start!! We met up at Studio Art and Soul and started with a 12" x 12" Gallery Wrap Canvas......and after a couple of hours of creative work, this is what appeared! It was fun, and the girls had great ideas and put them on the canvas.
Tommorrow I will post my newsest painting.....I have been busy. I finished up some work that was sitting the easel for days. I also put finishing touches on some Christmas gifts. Thanks for visiting my blog!!!

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Happy Holidays

Happy Holidays from me to you!!!
It is hard getting the family we are in June at a wedding. Lindsay had just moved back to Dallas, and Blake was in College Station, but has since moved to Houston. It was 112 degrees when we came out of the church from Stacey's wedding in Ft. Worth. A typical Texas afternoon!!! This is one of the rare photos I have of us together....need to work on that! I have been mailing out Christmas cards...the final rush is on. Merry Christmas, and have a safe and joyful holiday with your family and friends. I will be heading to Studio Art and Soul today, so will post some paintings tomorrow. Thanks for visiting my blog!

Friday, December 18, 2009

On my easel...

Here are two 9" x 12" paintings that might be finished....they are sitting on my easel, and I am thinking about it. I have two other versions of this painting going also. The sky and mountians were painted first. I loved doing the mountains with the palette knife. Two things have given me problems in this painting: The color of the field and the chapel. I have changed the grass to yellow ochre, to sap green, and everything in between. The photograph I have been working from doesn't have much detail in it, and it is very hard for me to see the chapel. I may need to take a break from these paintings, as I have worked on them for two weeks. More to follow on these....I will be doing some Christmas shopping and working on our family Christmas card today. Have a good day, and thanks for viewing my blog!

Monday, December 14, 2009

Finish Line

Finish Line
Oil on 24" x 24" Gallery Wrap Canvas
This contemporary oil painting is in the Texas Visual Arts Association Exhibit now at The Plaza of the Americas. If you are interested in purchasing, please contact me.
Thanks for viewing my blog!
Kay's cell: 214-532-0325

Friday, December 11, 2009

Horizon Series: Abstract 20 - SOLD

Horizon Series: Abstract 20
This painting sold last night at the Andelon Art Gallery for $400. I donated this painting to Smart-Art, Artists for Education. The money raised benefits the scholarship fund of St. Mary of Carmel School. Liz Schneider and her friends put on a wonderful event. It was an evening of art, artists and wine. Liz and her friends should be proud of the turn-out on a rather cold evening. I met Colleen, the lady who purchased this painting...I know it will be hanging in a good home. Thanks for viewing my blog!

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Two Plus One - SOLD

Two Plus One
This painting is a 8” x 8” gallery wrap canvas. The title of the piece is “Two Plus One” and I painted it about a month ago. It sold this weekend at a charity function, benefiting St. Philip's School. I am sure that this painting has a new home and is viewed by many. I hope to paint today and finish up some canvas' that need a little attention. Have a great day.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Eat Your Veggies

Eat Your Veggies
Oil on 6" x 8" cotton panel

This painting is at the Dutch Art Gallery for the Artists of Texas Exhibit...this painting is all framed up and hanging. Thanks for viewing my blog! Have an artful day.
$150.00 Framed

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Painted Face

Painted Face
Oil on 24" x 24" Gallery Wrap Canvas
This painting was inspired from a photograph that I took in 1977 on the Northern Cheyenne Reservation in Busby, Montana. I had taken this photo at a Pow Wow and have always liked the clothing this child had on...all of the beads, leather, feathers....and I aged the child...he turned into a man on the canvas. Of course I added my own color and shapes. Lots of wide brush strokes and geometric shapes. I finished this yesterday in the studio. Please contact me if you are interested in purchasing.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

The Bridge

The Bridge
Oil on 6" x 8" Cotton Panel
This small daily painting is is small and if you have been to The Golden Gate Bridge, hopefully it will make you smile. It is handsome framed up. Contact me for more information! or 214-532-0325. Thanks for viewing this blog!!!

Floral & Fruit

Floral & Fruit
Oil on 24" x 24" canvas
This painting went through many stages...I learned alot on this canvas. Especially shadows. There are layers and layers of color in the flowers, giving it depth. This painting is beautiful framed up. Please contact me if you are interested in purchasing.
Thanks for viewing my blog!!!

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Tow Truck

This is a 9" x 12" oil painting, painted from a photo I took in Salado, Texas. We were eating lunch at the local BBQ joint, and this truck was parked in a front yard across the street. We all thought it had alot of character. Actually, the whole town has alot of character. This is my second painting of an old truck, and I must say it is not getting easier. The next truck I paint is going to be on a larger canvas...I have a photo of an old truck in Madrid, New Mexico that I want to start today. This painting is framed and hanging up at the Dutch Art Gallery in Dallas. If you have time, please go see the show. Thanks for viewing my blog!

Friday, November 27, 2009

Two Eggs

Two Eggs
Oil on 6" x 6" Cotton Panel
This little painting probably needs a frame, although it is propped up on an easel at the Dutch Art Gallery in Dallas. This is one of my smalls...The eggs are nestled down in the grass...Please contact me if you are interested in purchasing this painting.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Eleven Eggs

Eleven Eggs
Oil on 18" x 18" Gallery Wrap Canvas
This painting is hanging at Studio Art & Soul in Dallas.
It is available for frame needed.
I am not painting today, as I need to make an airport run and I have a garage project going on.
I hope to paint later this weekend.
For more information on this painting, please see my website,
or call me at 214-532-0325.
Thanks for viewing my blog!!!

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Studio Art & Soul Artists

Studio Art & Soul Artists
Here we are...all eleven of us before the Open Studio Tour on Saturday. From left to right: Grant Schirpik, Gail Kirkham, Linda Greer, Donna Page, me (Kay Wyne), Karen Rike, Mark Malone, Carol Morgan, Michael Terstriep, Suzy Moritz and Sharon Hodges. The day was a huge success, and we all had a great time. Thanks to everyone who attended!!!

Finish Line

Finish Line
Oil on 16" x 16" canvas
This painting sold yesterday at the studio tour. I have always like the subject matter, color, movement and balance in this painting. A very nice lady named Madge purchased this, and I have no doubt that it will be hanging in a very nice place. Thanks to Madge and all the other visitors at the studio was alot of fun and success!

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Floral at Open Studio Tour

24" x 24" Oil on canvas

This painting is on display at Studio Art and Soul. The annual Open Studio Tour is TODAY!!!! Got to get down to the studio and do some last minute things. Please stop in if you are in the downtown Dallas area. The 7th Annual Cedars Open Studio Tour is today, Saturday, Nov 21, 10-6. If you are in Dallas, come start the tour at Studio Art and Soul, 1505 Beaumont, Dallas 75215. Lots of talented artists will have their work on display!

Thursday, November 19, 2009

On the easel...

Yesterday I painted...started this painting of the Golden Gate Bridge. I was using a photograph John Wyne took about a year ago. The paint is on very thick. I have to put some more shadows and highlights in, along with the cables. I wasn't sure that I had the right orange-red color on the bridge, so I came home from the studio and researched it. Sherwin Williams #6328 is the color on the bridge, so I will stop at a Sherwin Williams and pick up a paint chip. The official color name is Fireweed. We have great memories from that California trip a year ago...makes me want to go back. I can't wait to finish this one up. Maybe my post tomorrow will be the finished painting!
This painting --- along with many others will be on display at the 7th Annual Cedars Open Studio Tour this Saturday, Nov 21, 10-6. If you are in Dallas, come start the tour at Studio Art and Soul, 1505 Beaumont, Dallas 75215. Lots of talented artists will have their work on display!

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

NYC Bag Lady

NYC Bag Lady
I just framed this painting up yesterday, and it will be on display at the Cedars Open Studio Tour on Saturday. The weather will be great...there is alot of studios open, and of course lots of art. I hope that you can visit Studio Art and Soul! For more information on this event, please go to 7th Annual Cedars Open Studio Tour for directions and a map. Thanks for visiting this blog!!

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Studio Art & Soul

Once a year, artists and businesses of the Cedars open their doors to give visitors a chance to really experience a creative evolving neighborhood, rich in art, history, dining and entertainment. Meet the artists who live and work in the Cedars. See where we work and what we create. And of course, there's always the opportunity to find the perfect piece of art to take home. For more information about the tour and the artists, click on this link.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Finish Line

Finish Line
18" x 18" Oil on canvas
This contemporary oil painting will be down at Studio Art and Soul for the Cedars Open Studio Tour this Saturday. Please try to come and visit if you live in the DFW area.
Please visit for a glimpse of some of the art on display and directions. Thanks for visiting my blog!

Sunday, November 15, 2009

NYC Times Square

NYC Times Square
I have been neglecting my blog....I have been getting ready for our Open Studio Tour next Saturday. Finishing up some paintings, cleaning out my work station, and getting organized. It seems like we have alot to do at the studio....and so much of it has to be done at the last minute. Here is a painting that I pulled out and will be displaying next weekend. I hope that you are able to visit Studio Art and Soul in The Cedars next will be alot of fun.

Friday, November 13, 2009


Oil on 18" x 18" Gallery Wrap Canvas
This painting is at the Expressions 2009 National League of American Pen Women Juried Art Show, located at the Lakewood Library in Dallas. Last night was the artists reception. Lots of people! This painting was awarded Honorable Mention. More painting today at the studio, as we are getting ready for the Cedars Open Studio Tour.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009


Celebration---36" x 36" Gallery Wrap Canvas
This painting is hanging at the Lakewood Library in Dallas.
November 12 - December 5
Artists Reception
Thursday, November 12
6 - 8 pm
Lakewood Library
6121 Worth St, Dallas, TX 75214

Monday, November 9, 2009

Santa Fe, Madrid & Chimayo New Mexico

Little chapel located way out in the country...on an old western movie set.
Chimayo....the little chapel with so much history.
Driving to Madrid, this old rusty truck has seen better days. It should be great subject matter for a painting!
The Plaza in Santa Fe...people were selling jewelry and art on the sidewalk.

We are back! I did not want to post all 314 photos that I took over the weekend...but here are a few. John and I were able to do everything on our to-do list, and more. Canyon Road was fabulous, the Friday Night Gallery Walk was fun. The Georgia O'Keeffe Museum was very interesting, as was the Capital Art Collection, and all of the galleries we hit. John even found the Eaves Western Movie Set located somewhere on a country road between Albuquerque and Santa Fe. El Santuario de Chimayo is such a special place...holy dirt and all. Now that we are back in Dallas, I can't wait to get in the studio. New Mexico is so neat and inspirational!

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Texas Star

Texas Star
This contemporary oil painting is on a 16" x 16" canvas. Sides are painted, but a frame would be very handsome on this painting. Years ago John and I bought some iron architectural elements from an old man at Canton Trade Days. We painted them and hung them on the brick wall on the patio. They are quite interesting, and although they must have an official name, I call then Texas Stars. I haven't signed this painting yet, but it is finished. Almost. I hope to get to the studio today and put finishing touches on several paintings. John and I are off to Santa Fe for a few days of touring around New Mexico. The weather will be rain in the forecast. I will be back next week --- hopefully with some new photographs and ideas for paintings. Have a good weekend!!!

Tuesday, November 3, 2009


This is a 18" x 18" oil painting on a gallery wrap canvas. Very colorful. Inspired by yarn. Lots of stacked up yarn in a bin. It is a kaleidoscope of variegated colors. I thought I would rename this painting, but Yarn it is. Please contact me if you are interested in purchasing. No frame is ready to hang!

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Horizon Series: Abstract 1027

Horizon Series: Abstract 1027
Oil on 22" x 30" Gallery Wrap Canvas
When I started this painting, I was thinking of painting abstract circles...but after one day of painting, I changed my mind and went in another direction. After day one, the canvas composition changed...and I put a horizon line it in, and took out the circles. It was too complicated, so I painted out everything. I also changed my color palette. Some of the colors were random, like the cad yellow and paynes gray. I wasn't happy with the color combination. I put down the brush and picked up the palette knife. The layers of paint went on...I have not signed this painting, but it could be finished. I am taking a few days to let it sit before I sign it.
This contemporary abstract is on gallery wrap canvas, so no frame is needed. It is ready to hang once I sign and make a few minor changes.

I did not get to paint yesterday...but had a good day walking the barns and fields of Canton, Texas at First Monday Trade Days. It was great weather, good shopping. After all the crummy wet weather we have had, it was nice to be out in the sunshine. Looks like another great sunny day in Dallas. I can't beleive it is November!!!

Friday, October 30, 2009

Bag Lady

Bag Lady
Oil on 8" x 10" Canvas
This painting is one I started months ago, and forced myself to finish. John and I were in New York City visiting about a year ago, and we were taking a break, sitting in a park people watching. This lady was very busy filling her bags with treasures from the trash can. One person's trash is another person's treasure....I believe that is how the saying goes. I thought this lady had alot of character. This painting is for sale. Please contact me for more information. Thanks for viewing this blog.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Martin Ranch Cow

Martin Ranch Cow
Oil on 12" x 12" Gallery Wrap Canvas
This lovely cow lives at the Martin Ranch in South Texas, near Columbus. Wait a minute, I think it is the Martin Farm. Anyway, last March the artists at Studio Art and Soul and a few other creative individuals went to John Martin's place (notice I did not say Ranch or Farm because I am not sure what it is.) I took alot of photos of cows. I finally finished this one today. Signed it. It has been in the works for about 6 months....but I got bored with her, and put her away for months. Now she is out!!!!

As my son, Blake was driving the Polaris around in the pasture, I was taking pics of these creatures. This one just stared at me. I have yet to name her, so I am open to any suggestions. My first cow I painted was Elsie, so that name is out. I was thinking about Harriett because she had big, hairy eye brows and eye lashes.

Please contact me if you are interested in purchasing, or hit the Pay Pal button! Thanks for visiting my blog.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Cup Cake

Here's another little cup cake painting....5" x 5" Oil on Gallery Wrap Canvas. I have finished my cup cakes....about five new ones. I started an abstract yesterday, changed the direction that I am going on it today. Changed colors, shapes and I am liking it better. I also put finishing touches on a cow that I started last March after a trip to the Hill Country. We had a full studio today...everyone except Linda was there. We planned for the Open Studio Tour, and celebrated Suzy's Birthday. It was a good day. Thanks for visiting my blog!

Monday, October 26, 2009

Another Cup Cake

Another Cup Cake
8" x 8" Oil on Gallery Wrap Canvas
This fun and colorful painting would make a great little birthday or celebration gift. It is painted on the gallery wrap sides, so no framing needed. It is ready to hang! If you would like to purchase, please contact me, or click on the By Now button. This painting is $50.00 plus shipping and handling.Have a good day....

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Horizon Series: Abstract 1023

Horizon Series: Abstract 1023
Here is another Horizon Series Painting....This 18" x 18" Gallery Wrap Canvas has color, lines, shapes and texture. The oil paints were pushed around with palette knives and brushes. If you are interested in purchasing this contemporary oil painting, please contact me at:

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Horizon Series: Abstract 20

Horizon Series: Abstract 20
Oil on 18" x 18" Gallery Wrap Canvas
This contemporary abstract painting was donated to an Art Sale to be held on December 10, at the Andelon Art Gallery in Dallas. The proceeds from the Art Sale will benefit The Scholarship Fund at the St. Mary of Carmel School. 100% (isn't that great---100%) of proceeds from the sale of art will benefit The St. Mary of Carmel Scholarship Fund. St. Mary of Carmel is a parochial PK-8 school in west Dallas, with an enrollment of approximately 200 students. The school provides a fabulous education in a loving and safe environment. Scholarship funds enable more students to attend and many to continue their education at the school. If you would like to donate to this worthy cause, contact Liz Schneider ( ).

Friday, October 23, 2009

Lucky Dog Stand

Lucky Dog Stand
9" x 12" Oil on canvas
This palette knife painting has layers of color applied to the canvas. I painted this New Orleans Lucky Dog stand earlier this year with a brush. I wanted to see how the two look next to each other. Actually, I think I like the palette knife painting better. It doesn't have all the detail that the first painting has. I finished up five small paintings yesterday, and have several on the easel waiting for finishing touches. Thanks for viewing this blog!

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Parade Route

This painting was sold on Saturday at the Dutch Art Gallery. It is a 12" x 12" gessoed masonite oil painting. I was inspired by the beads hanging on fences, telephone wires, trees...all over New Orleans. I just could not believe that these beads were left behind....just a sign of what a fun, colorful party town New Orleans is. I hope the new owner of this painting enjoys it! Thanks for viewing my blog.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Dutch Art Gallery Pictures

Susan Moss, myself and Laurie Pace

Sharon Hodges, myself, Karen Rike, Donna Page
Carol Morgan. These are just a few of my painting
buddies...we all paint together at Studio Art and
Soul in The Cedars. (Sharon's paintings are in the

Son Blake, daughter Lindsay, and husband John.
These three are my greatest supporters....they
encourage me to paint, paint, paint.

Lindsey (girlfriend) and Blake...they came in
from Houston to the show. Shea Baby painting
is in the background.

Those are just a few pics that I have from the
Artists of Texas Show----Somewhere in Texas:
A Painting Begins. I hope that you have the
opportunity to stop in and see the show. There
are over twenty artists displaying work until the
end of November. Thanks for looking at my blog!