Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Three Rooster Portraits

"Looking Fierce" painted in oil is 16" by 16" floated in a black frame,

"This is my Best Side" oil 16" by 16"
and "Bad Hair Day",an oil and 16" by 16", are also framed in black float frames. All three are currently showing at the gallery of the Arizona Art Alliance. Who doesn't like roosters?!

Monday, April 18, 2011


I just love Sunflowers. I love their thick seedy center and the interesting texture that each variety of Sunflowers have. I also love how strong the petals are, and still be translucent when the sun shines through them. Here are a few of my favorite Sunflower paintings, some recently painted and some I did some years back... above: "Sunflower, Flora Series #09" oil 16" by 20" SOLD

above: "Sunflowers and 3 1/2 Lemons" oil 11" by 14" SOLD
above: "Three Sunflowers" soft pastel 11" by 14" SOLD

"Afternoon Sunlight" soft pastel image 15" by 21", framed 22" by 28" SOLD
(I actually traded this painting for a wonderful painting of drying laundry that I still treasure by artist Donna Stenger)

above "?" ...If you know me, you know that I try to be very organized. I have taken photos and recorded the show history and sales of every one of my paintings. But I can not find the paper work for this one, only the photo. I don't remember what I titled this painting, but am pretty sure that one of my daughters has it....(let me know if you do and look on the back for it's title OK girls?) Anyway, I do remember painting it. I was in the Celebration of Fine Art Show that lasts for 3 months several years ago! Each artists creates a studio and basically lives there for the duration of the show. I sold paintings to people who come specifically to that show from all over the United States and Canada. It was fun because I met so many wonderful artists who were so very generous and shared their knowledge and tips for creating and selling art. But unfortunately, I am not the best seller of my own art, so I was not invited back. I do have to say that I have grown much in the business side of art since then AND I can sell other artists work very easily and enthusiastically!

"Carrot Stack"

I like to paint things in 5's to celebrate my five daughters. I was looking at the grocery ads and saw a photo of some fresh carrots and decided to pay homage to the orange vegetable. (I don't have a diamond, but my girls are worth more to me than a multiple carrot stone!!! This 11" by 14" painting is showing and for sale at the Arizona Art Alliance at The Pavilions at Talking Stick. It is painted with soft pastels on Wallis sanded paper and matted & framed in a black 16" by 20" frame.

"One Beat at a Time" is an oil paining with oil stick. It measures 24" high and is 12" wide.

"Fresh Garlic" is also an oil painting with oil stick and measures 24" high by 12" wide. Both are for sale in the Arizona Art Alliance Gallery at The Pavilions at Talking Stick.

The perspective of this portrait of a client's children by their pool is very popular and on trend currently. A couple of my friends who are not artists, came over and saw the red primed canvas, they were very worried about how this painting was going to turn out. I explained to them that I like to paint my canvas a contrasting color to the overall color theme that I will be using. When you see the finished painting up close, tiny spots of red can be seen between the ripples of water. The blue and red vibrate against each other because the colors are opposite temperatures and close to opposite each other on the color wheel. and the finished painting! It is 48" by 48". Quite big and fun!