Thursday, December 25, 2008

Merry Christmas!

I wish a very Merry Christmas to you all, and a blessed New Year!!

Friday, December 19, 2008

Blue Vase and Blue Boot

Blue Vase by Jean Levert Hood - Oil

Blue Vase
is an oil painting measuring 14 inches wide by 18 inches tall. Blue Vase was fun to paint. OK, I know I say that all the time! Believe me, painting is work no doubt, but some paintings are just plain fun. I think it is because of the neat objects I choose. The crockery on the left is delightfully misshapen. The blue vase is a gorgeous piece, and I wanted it to really show it off. The fresh peppers and pot of daisies are nice live elements among the vases. Blue Vase is available on my website for $595.00. I truly do not know why I am having trouble with the font size tonight. I can see that after this paragraph it is correct. Changing font sizes seems to have no effect.

Remember Maddie, one of my students? maddie drawing We've been studying drawing but Maddie has been painting on her own. I'm very fortunate to now own one of her paintings! She had 2 of her pieces in a local sale and I grabbed this one. It is a wonderful little piece. As of yet, she has had no painting instructions. I am amazed at her color choices.

Maddie's boot

maddie 2 She didn't simply paint the background a solid orange. There are warm shades of orange, yellow, red and even a touch of pink here and there.

maddie 3 And look at the blue of the boot - she incorporated the warm tones here too! I'm thrilled to be teaching this budding artist!

In my Etsy store you'll see my watercolor and oil paintings priced from $10.00 to $395.00.

Don't miss my web site for oil paintings of my corner of Texas as well as my travels. There are cute kitty pictures on the "What's going on in my studio this month" page. Fair warning given...

If I miss you before the holidays, have a very Merry Christmas!

Till next time! Oh, they had to have headgear. Sigh.

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Fowl and More Fowl!

This is a fowl post!

This oil painting, Chicken Strut, is one of our chickens. It's 10 inches wide by 8 inches tall. Chicken Strut is painted on gallery wrapped canvas, so you can hang it without a frame if you'd like. It has many shades of oranges and reds. Our chickens are really quite pretty! And, you know I love to paint the animals here.

Rooster, Chicken painting in oil

Chicken Strut, Detail:

Chicken painting in oil detail Chicken Strut is available in my Etsy shop for $200.00.

A good companion piece to Chicken Strut would be One Proud Rooster, and Young Rooster.

rooster resized for web blog Young rooster resized

Turkey Run

Yesterday morning the whole flock of turkeys came running at break-turkey-neck speed across the field to the house feeder. What a site! Twenty nine huge and ungraceful birds hauling it! It was so funny. It looked like they were being chase or maybe had some treasure in front of them. Something had to be going on to make them go soooo fast.

Well, that evening we checked the game camera card and saw the "before" to the field race. They were at the feeder at Lake Jean. I guess they had their fill and you can see the last of the exodus from there.



If you can see it, just above and a little to the left of the deer's head is one in flight. The deer seems to be saying "whaaa??" Turkeys do not seem to fly when they can walk or run. To see this one in flight, I'm wondering if someone in the lead said "OK, last one to the house feeder is fried!"

When you do see them fly you find yourself lifting, as if to help them get off of the ground. Watching them wind up and get ready leaves you wondering if they will ever make it. The effort is apparent. If one decides to clear a fence, it will not get any more lift than it needs to. They do not give an extra inch clearance.

The one under the feeder has his wings going, I guess he was the last. Poor thing. Oh, and that is part of Lake Jean in the background to the left in the photo.

So, please do visit my Etsy store for original watercolor and oil paintings priced from $10.00 to $395.00.

Don't miss my website for more oil paintings, and to see my "What's going on in my studio this month" feature! I'll update for the December post next week.

Thank you!
They are glad the sale is over. Even though they took turns, they were tired holding the sale sign.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Affordable art for your walls, featuring Liz Plummer

Liz Plummer is a textile artist. You can see these wonderful works as well as many of her other pieces in her Etsy Store. She is such a versitile artist, creating in a variety of mediums and styles. I love her gocco prints! She has those great gocco prints, fabric postcards, large wall hangings, mixed media collages, mounted art quilts, and much more!

Spiders Web Collage on art board - available for only $30.00!

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Spiders' webs on a collage of leaves and autumn debris is an original tissue paper collage on art board. It is made with acid free tissue paper and quality acrylic paints and acrylic medium, and also incorporates printed paper and Italian newspaper to form a dramatic abstract picture. The many layers and texture of the transparent tissue paper provide depth and interest to the design.

In her own words, Liz says:

I’m a textile artist living in South Wales in the UK. A few things about me:

* I love the feel and texture of fabric, the effects of layering it and using sheers to give the illusion of depth or cutting back layers to reveal hidden elements underneath.

* A City and Guilds certificate in Patchwork and Quilting (completed June 2004) got me started working with layers of fabric, experimenting with paint, dye and other media and learning about colour and design.

* The Quiltart email discussion list, based in the US, has provided me with challenges, ideas and stimulation. My journal quilts and fabric postcards originated here (see Portfolio).

* I am based in Wales, in the UK, where I have lived with my husband and 3 boys since 1989.

* I have always made things: knitting and sewing at a young age, though usually from patterns and magazines. I first bought a sewing machine in the 1980s when I needed a dress for my brother’s wedding. My degree in history reflects my interest in the past and I love visiting textile museums, silk mills etc.

"Rushing hither and thither in our daily lives, there are so many little details we miss. The glistening raindrop on a branch, the way a leaf hangs, sparkling streets after rain.
I try and capture some of those moments in my artwork: the wonder of the beautiful world all around us, little vignettes into eternity.....
I love working with layers: layers of fabric, paint, dye, adding colours, taking away colours, building up those layers to create depth and meaning in each piece of art I make.
Most of my work uses fabric which I have dyed, painted or otherwise altered myself. I use a variety of fibres depending on the effect I want to achieve, including cotton and silk."

Here is one of those great gocco prints!

Botanical Gocco Print on handmade Khadi Paper - Plane tree seedpods - price at only $10.00!

Liz 2

This is based on a photograph Liz took. It is 6"x4" on handmade Khadi paper, made in Southern India from 100% recycled cotton rag. She used Golden heavy body acrylic paint and Golden screen printing medium. It is an original print and the nature of the Print Gocco means that each print is individual and unique.

Visit her great blog here! I never miss it.

Next month, I'll bring you more affordable art for your walls!

Please visit my Etsy store for original watercolor and oil paintings priced from $10.00 to $395.00.

Don't miss my website for more oil paintings, and to see my "What's going on in my studio this month" feature!

Check out my blog and see new artwork, as well as the wonderful flora and fauna of the beautiful Texas Hill Country!

Thank you!

Jean Levert Hood

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Aspen Paintings Listed and Today's Walk

Aspen at Lake Buckles,  Study

My two Aspen paintings have been placed for sale.

"Aspen at Lake Buckles" a study, is available at my Art Fire studio for $30.00. (above)

Art Fire is a new venue that I'm trying out. It will have my smaller works, studies and watercolors, much like Etsy. They have a nice site that's very user friendly.

Aspen at Lake Buckles resized

"Aspen at Lake Buckles," a 10 inch tall by 8 inch wide oil painting is available here on my web site for $200.00. (above)

I painted this piece on Gallery Wrap Canvas so you can hang it without a frame if that suits you.

My walk today was great. Even though we've had a freeze the last 2 nights the afternoons have been beautiful. The sky was totally clear and it was 70 degrees!

Lake Jean had nice reflections. The water was glassy-still.

lake Jean still day

The palms haven't lost any of their foliage yet.

palms at Lake Jean

The water was intensely blue from this angle.

Lake Jean reflections

We have a small amount of fall color, some trees and shrubs are yellow-gold.

early December color

Don't forget my Holiday sale! You'll find it on Etsy. In my Etsy store you'll see my watercolor and oil paintings priced from $7.00 to $395.00.

Don't miss my web site for oil paintings of my corner of Texas as well as my travels. It's been updated. Yes, my web site has been updated! I actually updated my web site! There are cute kitty pictures on the "What's going on in my studio this month" page. Fair warning given...

Till next time,

image I think his arms are getting tired.

Friday, November 28, 2008

Falling Ginkgos, An Owl, and more!

Falling Ginkgos:

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Yes, more ginkgos! I love to paint these leaves. This original watercolor painting has layers of ochers, violets, oranges, greens, yellows, and probably more!
"Falling Ginkgos" is 5 1/4 inches tall by 3 5/8 wide, sized to fit into a 5x7 mat and frame. Falling is is available in my ArtFire Studio!

An owl! The game camera caught an owl! This is another first. Not a great shot, but pretty neat for night time photo!

My beautiful picture

echinacea holiday sale

My Holiday Sale continues, and I've added Cone Flower to the sale! It was listed at $22.00, and is on sale for only $17.00. Cone Flower is available here in my Etsy Shop!

Sharon Shubert is an amazing artist, and does much to promote other's art. We are both in the group WWAO, Worldwide Women Artists Online. Sharon shows a daily page on her web site for our work. Click here to visit that page. She changes it each day to give everyone exposure. What a great way to see so many artists on one page! This is a wonderful way to see many artist's pieces in one place.

Please visit my Etsy store for original watercolor and oil paintings priced from $7.00 to $395.00. Don't miss my web site for more oil paintings of my corner of the world, and my travels.

Till next time!


Holiday Sale resized copy They all said to tell you to shop early!

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving

With a grateful heart, I wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving!


Friday, November 21, 2008

Nueces reflections, another Holiday Sale item!

Oh, the magic of water. I love these reflections. These photos are from the beautiful Nueces River, which runs through much of the Texas Hill Country.

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The water is perfectly clear. the red leaf is floating on top.

tularosa water 1

Hmmmm, I think I see another painting coming with this one:

tularosa water 2

Here is another in my Holiday Sale!!

Rio Frio Series - Twilight

This little study is 6 inches tall by 8 inches wide. It is on sale for $45.00, and will return to $55.00 after my sale is over. You can find this in my Etsy store by clicking here.

Please visit my Etsy store for sale items starting at $7.00! This is where you'll see my smaller works and studies, as well as my watercolor paintings.

Don't miss my website for more oil paintings of my beautiful area of Texas, as well as my travels.

Thank you!
and, they wanted you to know how hard they worked to get this lettering right...

Monday, November 17, 2008

Watusi and Workshop, Holiday Sale - Orange Eye

I was in Fredericksburg recently, a beautiful part of our Texas Hill Country. Just outside of town I saw these amazing cattle! Well, amazing for me. Their horn base is huge. Huge. Big. They are Watusi. I wish I would have been able to get a closer shot of them, but this must do. They were in an area with these 3 donkeys, and I thought the way they were all lined up was too funny.

watusi 1

3 donkeys

Here's one of the pieces on sale from my Etsy Shop. This is Orange Eye - Moon Bunny. This is a larger Moon Bunny, not one of my miniatures. It's an original watercolor and measures 4 inches tall by 6 inches wide. This Moon Bunny has many shades of yellows, greens, maroons, and, of course - oranges! Orange Eye is on sale for $17.00, click here.

I taught another delightful workshop at the Fort Clark Art Studio recently. I love to teach, and love these ladies!

This is Betty,

workshop betty

and Gloria,

workshop Gloria

and Queta,

workshop queta


workshop lois 2


workshop jane

and I don't have a photo of Twila, but this is her wonderful painting. She does beautiful work, and I think she should be the teacher!

workshop twila

It was great, as always.

I have a Holiday sale in my Etsy store! Many paintings are marked down, sale prices start at $7.00 for some of my Tiny Bits of Fine Art!

Don't miss my website for more oil paintings!

Till next time! Jean

Who could ask for better helpers??

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Iris Emerging, Lake Jean's Moon, Deer and Turkey!

The moon was so awesome last night! It was huge just above the horizon, early in the evening. Our Game Camera at Lake Jean caught this awesome shot! I don't think I've ever seen this before. We don't have too many deer feeding at night, so this is really a special shot. Oh, sigh, and about that date and time - it's kind of like the old VCR's, we have no idea how to get that date right or to remove it!

Deer moon

Turkeys!! I saw over 30 turkeys in the field in front of our house 2 days ago. I'd hoped that they had all stopped at the Lake to munch out before they crossed the field, but, I'm happy to have the shot of these guys!

My beautiful picture

Here is the shot I got from the patio, they are pretty far for my camera to do much, but you can see most of the large group.

turkeys in field

Iris Emerging, Abstract Study is now available for sale!

It is 8 inches tall by 10 inches wide and features the light of the iris petals emerging from a dark background. I love doing pieces that are part abstract and part impressionistic. Fun, very fun! My sister had these gorgeous iris in her yard, and it was perfect for this piece. The outer petals of the iris were white, and the inner ones were the palest of purples.

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Iris Emerging is available in in my Etsy store, click here, for $200.00.

Please visit my Etsy store for sale items starting at $7.00! Here is where you'll see my smaller works and studies, as well as my watercolor paintings. Holiday Sale is in progress!

Don't miss my website for more oil paintings of my beautiful area of Texas, as well as my travels.

Thank you!

They worked so hard to get this lettering perfect for you!