Saturday, April 26, 2008

Painting Demonstration and Wisteria



I was honored to be asked to give a painting demonstration at the Del Rio Art League's March meeting. They have an active art league and are a fun group. I was recently in Louisiana, and loved seeing the wisteria in bloom, so I painted a few branches. Doing a demonstration painting is not an easy thing! An hour time limit to complete a painting is quite a challenge, and I enjoy doing them.












Aren't they gorgeous?









Below are some of the Del Rio Art League members. Jane Morain Goodson, 2nd from left is President this year. Other members pictured are Rosie Calvetti, Queta Eaton, and Gloria Fernandez.



























Next blog I'll be showing you some of the beautiful blooming trees and shrubs that are on the ranch. We had an inch of rain last night, so I'm hoping for some wildflowers soon. We really needed that rain. And, yes, I know this paragraph should be at the bottom of the demo photos, but I just can't seem to get my blog to cooperate with me tonight! So, until next time!

19 comments:

Melody said...

The wisteria are beautiful and so is your artwork Jean

Linda Blondheim said...

Great job Jean,
I usually end up talking about process more than I paint at my demos. That's because I have a big mouth!! :>)
Love,
Linda

www.lindablondheimartnotes.blogspot.com

Anonymous said...

You captured the wisteria beautifully.

Janis

Jean Levert Hood said...

Melody, thank you so much!

Jean Levert Hood said...

Hi Linda!

A few years ago I had an important demo to do, and I practiced in my studio talking through an entire painting, saying what I was doing, why, etc. I've learned to be able to talk and paint at the same time, but at times I just have to go it alone with the right brain!

Jean Levert Hood said...

Hey Janis! Thank you so much!

Michelle (artscapes) said...

These are beautiful! What fun you must have had....

jstinson said...

Beautiful paintings! It looks like you all are having just too much fun! When will we see Texas Blue Bonnets?

Jean Levert Hood said...

Michelle - thank you for stopping by!

Jean Levert Hood said...

Hey Joni! We aren't going to see bluebonnets this year. The fall was too dry, although I had high hopes! The hill country showing was not great, ( infact on one trip there, I only saw cultivated ones) but I did see some beautiful displays between San Antonio and parts East.

thewildhare said...

As always, Jean, I adore your work. It would be a thrill to see you whip out a "demo" painting. Maybe we could see some of these hour items listed for a great sale price? (Giggle!)

Seriously, I would love to watch such an event - it would be fascinating. My son says he is really slow, it sometimes takes him all day to work on a single moth on one of his paintings (although, it was a Large Moth)....

cynthia said...

Sounds fantastic Jean - congratulations.

I love wisteria, though I don't think they grow well in Colorado.

Jean said...

Hare, thank you for stopping by!! I'll email you about your request!

I am a faster painter than some, but I also don't do a lot of small details.

jstinson said...

Jean, too bad about the Blue Bonnets. I loved them when I lived in Dallas. I worked at Baylor and our elite private dining room was called the Blue Bonnet Room. It had great paintings of Blue Bonnets by Texas artists. Fond memories!

Shantiearth said...

Your blog is just amazing! But that is to be expected considering how magnificent your work! Your art is a treat for my eyes. I don't know where you find the time for it all. I am truly in awe! I will be visiting your blog frequently!

P.S. Thanks for your kind words of encouragement. I'm going to list something at my new Etsy site tonight but my main focus for now has to be Ruby Lane.
Namaste!
xxxxooooxxxx
Michele

Jill said...

I love your work, Jean. I'm in Mississippi, and the wisteria, dogwood and redbud were all lovely this year. We have honeysuckle everywhere now and some of the magnolias are coming out. I do miss the Texas bluebonnets though. Keep up the good work.

Jean Levert Hood said...

Joni, yes, it's a disappointing year for wildflowers!

Jean Levert Hood said...

Shantie, your comment means so much to me, and I appreciate it so! I am humbled at such a compliment. I love painting, and really enjoy my blog, and if they bring pleasure to others, that's a great bonus to me.

Jean Levert Hood said...

Jill, it was in Mississippi that I saw wisteria climbing to the top of huge trees! We had honeysuckle all over the back fence where I grew up in South Louisiana!