Monday, January 31, 2011

Dress me in red

Unfortunately i have no wise words to go into this blog.  I think I'm in a winter blah state of mind.  I wish spring would arrive and kiss me on the cheeks with its sunny days and warm breezes!! I am definitely not a winter girl, i like the first snow of the year, but after that i want my 70 degree weather and flip flops!

Dress me in red
8 x10
prints $25

Friday, January 21, 2011

Here I Am

Life can be tricky.  You have dreams, expectations, carefully laid out plans, and somewhere along the way they get lost in all the mess of just living! When i finished college i thought my art career would begin.  Like a red carpet laid out before me, or better yet, follow the yellow brick road to all that awaits.  What they don't tell you is that its damn hard being an artist.  All i have ever wanted to do in life is paint, create and sell my work.  I didn't choose an art degree because i thought it would be fun to sit and draw and paint, i choose an art degree because i wanted to take my talent to the next level.  I wanted to learn how to create a work of art that people would want in their homes, galleries, and businesses.  So after i finished college i went out and did just that, Nope!  I taught.  I taught art class to wee little ones and my art, my creating, was pushed to the wayside.  I'm sure you are wondering when all this babbling is going to come to some conclusion, or maybe even end!  Well, your out of luck!  This is just the beginning, the beginning of a series of fulfilling my dreams.  This is the start of my sit and reflect series.  This first painting i wanted to start with the word FULFILL.

Fulfill: to carry out order; to satisfy something

Im done putting off tomorrow what i can fulfill today.  I have been contemplating what my power word was going to be this year.  I even had another painting, that i mulled over for days, with the word create.  I knew it was not right because i could not post it here and share it with you because i knew deep down that was not the word i wanted.  Fulfill means taking action on a promise to yourself. Words are powerful when we put them into action.  This is just what i am doing!

Here I Am
11 x 14
oil on panel
Print $25 

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Precious Nitro

Today was a snow day!  No school, no work, so i decided that since it really wasn't my day in the studio i would "play" instead of work!  So i decided to tackle the watercolors again and do that portrait of our dog that i have been putting on the back burner.  Again, i don't quite know what I'm doing when i choose to dabble in watercolors, but like any artist i stick both feet in anyways.  I decided that i would do a quick painting and  then leave it alone, but the more i sit here and look at it the more i find "wrong" with it!  Don't be surprised if i repost this one!!!!!

9 x 12
not for sale

Monday, January 17, 2011

Silent Auction Piece

So i told a friend i would donate a painting for their silent auction.  When i found out that it was a banquet celebrating 2010s achievements for the Northwest Arkansas Hunter Jumper Association, i thought to myself; do i have a horse painting? Even though i drew horses practically every day when i was a little girl, i had drew none since i had "grown" up into an actual artist!  I thought how sad is that, i use to be really good at drawing horses, not to toot my own horn. Furthermore i love horses! There was one problem though, i had no oil paintings of horses, and three days to produce the work that i knew would not be dry in time for the banquet! So, i thought i could just do a drawing or charcoal and then i looked at the watercolors i had purchased at Christmas!  Of course i did not look at them with anticipation and joy, because i am an oil painter, not a watercolorist! My goodness i sounded like Michelangelo when he said "i am a sculptor, not a painter".  Sorry, i had a random left field thought at the moment.  As you can see above i tackled it anyway, and through some very meticulous brush strokes and thoughtful placement i achieved my goal.  Now you have to consider that this is only my second watercolor that i have done in my whole life, so please go lightly!  And for all my watercolor artist friends out there, you guys are my new hero's!

I was told that the painting went for 150 dollars, which is wonderful to me because i was also told that the signed Bobby Petrino football was last viewed at 125!

Thanks for coming by everyone and i will try to have a painting up tomorrow of my new series called sit and reflect.  Which in a tormenting way i am soulfully trying to incorporate words into my paintings!!!

Sitting Tall
8.5 x 11
prints $25

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Laissez les Bon Temps Roulez!!!!

Let the Good Times Roll!!  Growing up in Louisiana i was groomed on mudbugs(yes this is one word), everything hot and spicy, and madi gras! Yes, i come from Louisiana were you didn't realize that mardi gras was not a national holiday until you left the state.  Growing up in a small town we didn't make it to the big easy but almost every town in the great state of the boot celebrates with beads(no flashing required), great food, and crazy parades!

I am totally mesmerized by this woman.  I have no idea who she is, since i googled 30's burlesque woman and found a black and white photo of her with no caption.  I truly believe that if every woman could hold this much sex appeal with just one gaze, we would rule the world.  Now you all know its true, i mean I'm a straight woman who loves her man dearly, but when i finished this painting i couldn't quite take my eyes off of her!  So, my hope is that you cant either!!!!!

Laissez les Bon Temps Roulez
11 x 14
$295 original
$35 print

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Happy New Year!

A new painting for the new year!  It seemed like yesterday the beginning of 2010 had started!  Golly how it flies by and before you know it another year has come and gone!  Wouldn't we all love to go back to the years of our childhood when time was so irrelevant.  Back when the choice of which beautiful ball room dress i would adorn my barbie in was the dilemma of the day!  Back when time moved so slowly!  Maybe that's why i love painting.  Well, i know i have a talent but when the paint meets the canvas something happens.  Its almost as if i am transported in a time machine back to the years of my childhood!  I know this to be true because when i start my journey i look up after a while and think how it must only be a  certain time of the day,  but in actuality time has flown by and left me in my peaceful "zone".  Hopefully when you come here to my site you will view these painting and get a feel of the same!  Happy New Year everyone!

Holly Go Lightly
11 x 14
oil on panel
$195 original
$25 print