Friday, May 30, 2008

Pink Floral Watercolor, Children's Art

This original piece is called "Pink Floral." It is a watercolor painting of one alstromeria flower. I love them! They last forever in a vase, and are just beautiful colors. This piece is 5 1/2 inches tall by 3 1/4 inches wide. It is sized to fit in a standard 7 inch by 5 inch mat and frame. "Pink Floral" is available in My Etsy Store.

Click here for the listing for Pink Floral.

Last fall I participated in a project with elementary school children in Lebanon, Indiana. Artist sent the children their art work, and the students were to send their own artwork back to exchange with the artist. Eighty elementary students participated, a book was published with some of the work, and the project will be presented at the fall art education conference in Indiana. What a success!

I received my artwork from a little girl named Allison. She titled this first piece "Flower Smiles," and listed her materials used on the back - paper, glue, brad pin. Along with her wonderful artwork, she sent a letter telling me all about herself and her pets, and colored and decorated the letter.

Allison named this piece "Flower Days", and listed her materials used as colored pencils, glue.

I love stuff like this! Children are natural artists, and they seem to enjoy any art project. This was fun to participate with the school kids.

Until next time!

Saturday, May 24, 2008

Painted Bunting, New Oil Painting

There are large glass doors on our patio. With too much frequency, birds fly into them. I'm constantly amazed that most fly right away, just after I hear the loud thud. Occasionally they stay on the patio for a few minutes until they get their bearings again.

After one of those thuds, this male painted bunting stayed and posed for me. I've always been fascinated by this little bird. It's about the size of a sparrow, and the colors are a bit unbelievable. I think that God threw tiny little buckets of paint, all different colors, and delighted in where they fell!

So, you know that I had to paint it!

This is 8 inches tall by 10 inches wide, and will be available for sale after it dries a bit more. (There's some pretty thick paint on this one.) I'm considering this a "study," and as such the price will be $100.00. I will paint one a little larger soon, and get a little more free with the paint.

The female is green, and the bunting likes to hang out in the brush. They love our patio fountain. It has 3 tiers of water, and all of the birds love it. April - October is this bunting's Texas stay.

So, until next time!

Monday, May 19, 2008

Calla Lily and Wildflowers

This original oil painting is titled "Single Calla." Calla is 10 inches tall by 8 inches wide. You can see it by clicking here for my website. It is available for $200.00.

We had 3 1/2 inches of rain last week! I am hoping that will give us a few more wildflowers to enjoy.

This is one of the very hardy wildflowers we have, it's around even when our rains are few. This is Gaillardia, a member of the sunflower family. It has many nicknames: Indian Blanket, and Firewheel are 2.

Here are 3 stages of the flower, in full petals, beginning to drop, and the remaining center. It blooms from February to December. Now, I say it is Gaillardia, but my books also show another very close looking flower called Sneezeweed. I rely on 2 books, Wildflowers of the Texas Hill Country, and Wildflowers of Texas. Very often, what we have is a little different than is shown in the books. There are such a huge variety of these wildflowers!

OK, this one is a little blurry, apologies to my photographer friends!

This little yellow flower is a primrose. It tends to close up in the day time hours. These primrose are about the size of a quarter. They grow only about 4-6 inches tall.

For my readers who are artist, (and for others who want to see good art work!) I want to recommend a great blog to you. Linda Blondheim puts out a wonderful blog almost every day. How she finds time to write great content so regularly and paint like she does is amazing to me. Her blog, Art Notes, is filled with great painting tips and information. She ends each post with a recipe, and likes grits and sweet potatoes! Yes, she is another Southerner!

Linda is a Florida painter, and I think you'll really enjoy her blog. For Art Notes, click here, and for her web site, click Here. She's a wonderfully giving artist. It's like a mini workshop each time.

Until next time!

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Nueces River, chickens, and orange cactus

This is an original oil painting of the Nueces River. It's not far from where I live, and it's a beautiful area. I drove out there this past weekend. I had family visiting from Louisiana, and always love to take a drive and show them this gorgeous area. The Nueces winds through much of the Texas Hill Country area. This painting is 11 inches by 14 inches.


It's been a while since you've seen the chickens. They are happy and laying! I have a rooster painting I just finished, and another drawn out to do. I also have 2 canvases drawn with the white antelope from last post. And a turkey. And a painted bunting. Time for animal and bird paintings! I'll be posting them soon for you.

This is the orange blooming prickly pear cactus. This one is covered with buds and blooms!

The pear blooms are winding down now. The many tree blooms are giving way to a variety of bean pods. The Spanish Dagger seed pods are huge. Vividly colored orange and red berries are covering bushes. It's a pretty spring!

and, my helpers are still working hard!

Until next time..

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

White Antelope and Ginkgo Leaves

Ginkgo Leaves
This is an original painting of ginkgo leaves. I really enjoy painting ginkgo leaves, and have done several in the miniature format. This watercolor painting is sized to fit in the standard 8 inch by 10 inch precut mat and frame. It has layers and layers of colors, (my favorite technique in watercolor) and is available in My Etsy Store.

Click here for a link to this item in my Etsy Store.
Even though it isn't an abstract, it is designed to be able to turn in any direction that pleases you!

White Antelope
I can't wait for you to see this! We have many exotic animals in the counties around us. Whenever I have a long drive through the beautiful Texas Hill County, I keep my eyes alert to see whatever may be there. Game proof fencing is coming up everywhere, and ranchers are adding exotic animals to their ranches. (Game proof fencing simply means it's extra tall so most animals can't jump over it.) We've had exotic animals come through our property after somehow getting out of their "home." Sometimes they hang around a while, and we love seeing these beautiful animals. One of our neighbors has exotics, and these large animals are often close enough for me to get a picture. This morning, they stopped and posed for me. These are White Antelope, native to Africa. Aren't they magnificent?

I think this means that I'm going to have to paint animals again. I see things like this and just feel that I must capture it in paint.

They are just being so helpful these days!

Until next time..