This is Pooh Bear, she was a very energetic and friendly puppy, so friendly it was said she would have made a terrible guard dog because she’d just lick you to death! Love when I have a dog commission in my studio, their sweet little faces always brighten my day. Thanks, Jill!! I hope it brings back wonderful memories for your mom.
I hope you will all bear with me as I practice what I learned at my recent plein air workshops. This was painted from a photo in my studio. The golf course is kind of like a puzzle the way the shapes fit together. I had fun with the background trees, note to self—5x7 is very small.
Bees are such incredible insects, and I have always been intrigued by them.
I am very allergic to their sting though, so they were not bff's of mine growing up. One summer at my grandmother's I was stung 5 times and could not get my shoe on because of the swelling.
My good friend and artist, Susan Jones, who attended Dreama's workshop with me purchased this painting as soon as I posted on facebook. Way cool!! Can't wait to get started on some more paintings using this palette. New favorite color is Richeson Shiva Ice Blue, the lightest blue/grey color in the background.
LOVE IT!!!! Thanks, Susan!!!
Rowdy group from workshop! Dreama, far left and I am 3rd from right, with my friend Susan next to me on my right.
This has been a busy workshop week, and I am having the time of my life. Tuesday I painted with fine art artist, Kevin Menck. Kevin has been a friend since I was a graphic artist years ago, and he is the one who encouraged me to make a blog and paint. His work is incredible, and watching him paint with a number #1 hogbristle brush was mind blowing. He taught us the importance of values and temperature in a painting, and said as long as you have that right you will have a great base for a painting. All the extra edge work and brushwork is frosting on the cake. He uses a limited palette of cadmium lemon, cadmium scarlet, ultramarine blue and titanium white. (sometimes adds cobalt blue in sky) Amazing how he uses the colors to work such magic. It turned out to be a rainy day, but we were able to paint on the porch at the Leiper's Creek Gallery in Leiper's Fork. I have another plein air workshop tomorrow, so I hope to post again tomorrow. :) (Be sure and visit Kevin's blog! )
Painted this a couple of weeks ago for my brother-in-law's birthday. This is the cupola of the courthouse in Pulaski, Tennessee, where they live. I have always admired the beautiful building, and thought it would be wonderful subject matter to paint. Love the patina of the dome, and probably should have worked on the sky some more, but ran out of time. Loved getting lost in the columns.
So much to paint and so little time. :)
Erected in 1909, the neoclassical building is marked by tall Corinthian columns. In the cupola, the 1858 bell still strikes the hours. Solid brass door pulls are incised "Giles." One of the most beautiful courthouses in the state.
Just had a wonderful weekend at a workshop with artist Dreama Tolle Perry, so hence the title of this painting. Today I am dreaming of being in this painting and also thinking back to the wonderful weekend with so many wonderful artists. Thanks Dreama, Ron and friends for a weekend I will never forget! I highly recommend Dreama's workshop! I learned a years worth of great info in a 3 day period.
This is Gizmo, my sister-in-law and brother's dog. I needed a photo for a birthday surprise and found a great one on facebook. Love surprising people by painting from their favorite photos on facebook.
Painted this as a quick stress relief following spring break week with my teenage son. He is a very unhappy camper with a broken foot, so there was not much he could do for fun. Amazing how much better I felt after this painting.
This is Dexter a beloved lab who passed on a year ago. Dexter's mom said she called him Poodle Doodle and that he loved to chase after a ball. When he was around three he had 3 teeth knocked out when he caught a rock that someone was throwing to get one of his toys out of a tree. Ouch!! Thanks so much Amy for trusting me to paint your precious baby. I have a couple of other commissions I am working on, it is such a blessing to paint these sweet faces.
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This is Zoe, my neighbors cat who visits us regularly to taunt my dog. :) I was leaving my house for an appointment one day when I saw her on our retaining wall and had to run back in to get my camera. I have had some wonderful missed photo ops as I am driving lately. I catch myself looking at everything around me thinking that would be a good composition or the lighting is really nice on those cows. I need to carry my camera with me always, but finding somewhere to pull over without wrecking is another issue.