Sunday, March 23, 2014

I Eat Kale, So Should You

"I Eat Kale, So Should You"
6" x 6"
Original Oil on Ampersand Panel
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I met this big guy or gal at the zoo. I have discovered the very best time to visit our zoo is around 9:00 am- right about breakfast time.  I was absolutely mesmerized by the facial expressions displayed by this orangutan.  
It's easier to eat your veggies when you have four hands! 

Friday, March 14, 2014

My First Workshop!

6" x 6"
Oil On Ampersand Panel
This is my favorite kind of donut and I painted it under the tutelage of Julie Ford Oliver.  Can life get any better?  I have been a crazed fan of Julie for a very long time. But  I still remember the first time I saw one of her paintings.  I just stared at it in total fascination thinking,  "how does she do that?" 
I could not wait for her very informative ArtByte about Fracturing to debut. 
As fortune would have it, my husband recently began working near Las Cruces, New Mexico.  He will vouch for the first words out of my mouth being, "that's where Julie Ford Oliver lives!"
I called Julie about a workshop and she graciously offered me a weekend of her valuable time.  Julie is a delight.  She is exactly as I imagined her to be from reading her blog.  Not only did she teach me plenty, I left Las Cruces as her friend!
Another of my workshop paintings with Julie:
6" x 6"
Oil on Ampersand Panel
Julie encouraged me to wrap fracturing around my own painting style. There are so many exciting places I want to go with fracturing and all of my new Julie Ford Oliver inspiration.
 Julie's words were with me as I painted this big guy after returning to South Carolina.
6" x 6"
Oil on Ampersand Panel

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Nick and Cheyenne


8" x 10"
Oil On Canvas
It does not happen often, but sometimes the gift of a painting inspiration comes your way.
 "Go on go to school, Nick.  I'll just hang out here on your bed, today."
Nothing sweeter than a boy and his dog!