Friday, April 30, 2010

Macomb Maid-Rite

Macomb Maid-Rite
Oil on 9" x 12" canvas
I was going through my paintings, and ran across this one. As far as I know, this old building is still standing in Macomb, Illinois. I think it was built in 1926 or 1927...and served up many steam-burgers back in the day. This painting might strike up a memory or two if you have had a burger there. Thanks for viewing this blog! I will be getting ready for our reception tommorrow at The Wine Therapist. I hope you have an artful day.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Still on the easel....

Cowboy Up is still on the easel. It is almost finished. I put the belt buckle on, and need to work on skin tones for the hands and chin. I am going to the studio to finish this cowboy up! Thanks for viewing...

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Donation for Turtle Creek Chorale

This painting was donated to the Turtle Creek Chorale...they have a big fundraiser coming up. Grant asked all the partners at Studio Art and Soul for a donation ---- and this is my contribution. It was my interpretation of a black and white photograph posted on Different Strokes for Different Folks blog. I painted a 24 " x 24" gallery wrap canvas, laying in colors that I visualized. It was a fun painting to do. Thanks for viewing my blog!

Monday, April 26, 2010

On my easel...

Cowboy Up is extremely wet. All I have to do is look at it and I get paint on myself. I had the knives and brushes working on this painting. Saturday I put the lettering on, worked on his hat and shirt. I thought the background was finished, but I need to put more light coming from behind his shoulder. The shirt, jeans, boots and chaps need some detail. Or at least a little implication of detail. I can't wait to put the fringe on the chaps...I just hope I don't get carried away with it and over paint. It is important to know when to stop painting. That is when it is good to step back from the painting and look at it. I can't wait to get into the studio today...Thank for viewing this blog. I hope to post more tommorrow....

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Next show at The Wine Therapist

Today was a great down to the studio, and made some progress on my contemporary cowboy. I will post him tommorrow. Here is the info on our show and reception at The Wine Therapist. We are all getting ready for it at Studio Art & Soul. Everyone is invited to join us!

Thursday, April 22, 2010

On my easel...

Things were not working for me yesterday at the studio...I had been working on the above painting of the five race horses, and all of the sudden I decided it needed to go. Instead of trashing the canvas, I applied thick coats of naples yellow, warm grey and white with the palette knife. In a minute of frustration I painted it all out and went from a horizontal to a vertical canvas. Funny how things can change so quickly. I had originally purchased this large canvas to do a contemporary cowboy painting...and I think that was in the back of my mind as I was working on the horses. Whatever I was doing, I wasn't happy with it. I am taking a break today after yesterday's annoying experience and tackle a new painting tommorrow. Thanks for viewing this blog.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Horizon Series: Abstract 1027

Horizon Series: Abstract 1027
Oil on 22" x 30" Gallery Wrap Canvas
This abstract will probably be shown at the upcoming exhibit at The Wine Therapist. 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. 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.

May 1, 2010 - Studio Art & Soul Exhibit - Wine Therapist
Please join us at the Wine Therapist - 1810 Skillman St. @ Live Oak, Dallas, TX.
Meet the artists May 1, 5-8pm with jazz saxophonist David Carr, Jr
playing 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. Art will be on display from May 1, 2010 through June 11, 2010.

Thanks so much for viewing this blog. Please contact me if you are interested in purchasing this painting. Have a great day!

Monday, April 19, 2010

Neck & Neck

Neck & Neck
Oil on 32" x 30" Gallery Wrap Canvas
This painting will go to The Wine Therapist Exhibit
(if it is dry enough!)
This painting is fast and furious...lots of color, engergy and movement on the canvas. I wanted the viewer to keep looking at the horses...trying to decide which one is in the lead. It is close. I just finished and signed it today. I hope to put it in Studio Art & Soul's upcoming show. More details on the artists' reception and show. I hope that you had an artful day....I did!

May 1, 2010 - Group Exhibit - Wine Therapist
Please join us at the Wine Therapist - 1810 Skillman St. @ Live Oak, Dallas, TX. Meet the artists May 1, 5-8pm with jazz saxophonist David Carr, Jr playing 5:30 - 7:30. Art will be on display from May 1, 2010 through June 11, 2010.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Country Lane

This oil painting is going to be donated to the Hollywood Heights Home Tour Auction in Dallas. I did not get to the studio yesterday, but hope to paint later today. We are having spring showers in Dallas, so it really isn't a great day to be outside. Have an artful day, and thanks for viewing my blog.

Friday, April 16, 2010

Penny Lane

Penny Lane
This doggie painting is very whimsical...and playful. Just like the subject matter, Penny Lane. I thought I would post this painting since I am babysitting Penny for our son, Blake. She is full of energy, always happy, eager to fetch a tennis ball...really fun to have around the house. I painted this last year for Blake....I know he misses Penny alot, but she is loving all the attention John and I give her. Thanks for viewing my blog...I had a great day at the studio yesterday, and have four paintings in the works. I hope you have an artful and creative day!

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Aspens Landscape
8" x 8" Oil on Canvas
Palette Knife Painting
Aspen trees......This painting was inspired by some of daughter Lindsay's Jackson Hole pics. Wes Henry told me he learned alot about them from Raymond Harris while visiting Jackson Hole last summer. They tend to grow in clumps, sharing the same roots. The aspen tree, also known as quaking aspen or Populus tremuloides, is from the willow family. It is a fast-growing but short-lived tree. I need to research this. Anyway, here is my painting.....and I am happy to say that it has a new home! SOLD. Thank you, Pam at Dutch Art Gallery.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Red Rooster

City RoosterOil on 30" x 30" Canvas

This City Rooster lives a few blocks away from Studio Art and Soul. Heritage Village (formerly known as Old City Park) has some very interesting reference photo for this painting was taken by one of my studio partners, Sharon Hodges. She was kind enough to let me use a fabulous image that she captured with her camera.
This plump rooster has bold brush strokes, and fills the canvas with his black and white feathers. His golden beak, red comb and black and white feathers make this contemporary City Rooster interesting. The background was applied with a palette knife, using naples yellow, white and yellow ochre. I signed this feathered creature, and will have it framed at Dutch Art Gallery. I think this City Rooster will look great in a gold frame. Thanks for viewing this blog. Please contact me if you are interested in City Rooster!

Monday, April 12, 2010

Art Show at Dutch Art Gallery

We are back from New Orleans...what a fun city. Four full days of NOLA --- including the French Quarter Festival makes you tired. Now I am playing catch-up. Yesterday was the reception for the all women art show at Dutch Art went well, and there were alot of people there. Pam had lots of good food, and we watched the movie, Who Does She Think She Is? It was great meeting some new artists and looking at all the art. If you get the opportunity, please go see the exhibit. There will be art demos going on until May 15th. I am heading to the studio today...hope to post a painting tommorrow. Thanks for viewing...

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Good-bye Red Rooster

Red Rooster - SOLD
I said good-bye to this Red Rooster today....he is all framed up (thanks to Dutch Art Gallery) and has a new home. I appreciated the customer who walked into the gallery and purchased this contemporary oil painting! I am sure that the Red Rooster will love his new home. I will be off of the computer, blog and easel for a week as John and I are heading to New Orleans. We will wander the streets of New Orleans and listen to all the bands at the French Quarter Festival, and of course eat all the wonderful foods of The Big Easy. I hope to come back to Dallas inspired and ready to paint some new paintings! Thanks for viewing my blog. Kay

Monday, April 5, 2010

Still on the easel...still wet...

This rooster is still pretty on my easel...I think I have the background completed, and the layers of white, grey and black are going on for the feathers. There are so many shades of red for this rooster....orangey-reds, pink and raspberry reds, deep madder red....and everything inbetween! I will be taking a little break from the studio (Studio Art & Soul) and she will be able to dry. Thanks for viewing today! I hope that you have an artful day.

Sunday, April 4, 2010

On the easel...

On the easel.....three paintings in progress.

I got to the studio yesterday afternoon, and worked until dark on these three a good start on the rooster. It is on a 30" x 30" it is going to be pretty large. I need to let the paint dry before I go in with the palette knife and really apply thick layers of paint. The saddle on the horse has bored me because it is standing action. I was using a reference photograph from the horse show I went to last month. (Maybe I need to talk to the horseman, Casey Settles about this.....) I am not sure what I am going to do to jazz it up. The race horse painting did have five horses in it, and I painted three of them out. I am not sure if I like the two horses...I might change my mind and put another one back in. It is good for me to see these paintings on the computer....and look at what changes need to be made. I welcome any suggestions!!!!
I am taking today off from the day at the Wyne house. We will head out to church, and I have made my chicken sour cream enchiladas for lunch. We are missing Blake today because he is working. But we do have Wes and Lindsay here with us....and Penny Lane (Blake's dog). I hope that you have a joyful Easter with your family and friends. Thanks for viewing this blog!

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Cowboy Up

Cowboy Up
Contemporary Oil Painting
24" x 24" on Gallery Wrap Canvas
This painting was inspired from a photograph that I took of my nephew, Casey...taken about a month ago. He was getting ready to ride in a competition, and my camera caught him putting his chaps on. He need alot of help because they were very tight, and had to have two people working on those chaps. The rodeo arena was in the background, but I wanted it to be abstract and only a suggestion of the fence and the ground. I used oil sticks and oil paints with my wide brushes. I had alot of fun with this painting, and I might start a cowboy series. Thanks so much for viewing!