Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Get Your Spring Fix!

I started this last Friday at the Lubbock Arts Festival, and worked on it all day Friday, Saturday and half a day Sunday.  It took me all morning to finish it up. I haven't done the sides or the varnish yet. I take the photo before varnishing. We are so ready for Spring flowers, and warm weather, I thought this was a good name! It is 18x24 and is available.

'Road Trip' sold this week end  at the festival. It was in the juried gallery. It was fun to get to sell one! It is such a great feeling when somebody likes something enough to buy for their home or office!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Get Your Spring Fix!

This Past week end I spent Friday and Saturday and half a day Sunday working on a collage. they ask me to come and demo during the Arts Festival.  It is a really neat art gathering! Lots of beautiful art and handmade things. A few famous people were there with their art.
This is what I worked on, and if we are friends on FB you saw the progression.  It is hard to work and visit, but I got a long way this time.  You can tell in step 1 that I draw a plain drawing with a sharpie, then I start by adding magazine pieces.
in Step 4, I added the basket which was strips torn and woven together. Hopefully I will get the inside of the wheel done and the flowers brightened up, and it will be finished!
It was fun but exhausting. The Name 'Get Your Spring Fix' was a saying I found at the beginning and thought it would be perfect since we are all so anxious for spring, summer, pretty weather and flowers!  Maybe even a bike ride!

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Wyoming Cowboy

When I went to Wyoming last year, I got some good photos of cowboys! I saw this man the first night, and in our area we don't see these kind of hats, and I was taking photos constantly!  I love the scarves they wear too.  I still want to go back! Maybe next year. It just didn't seem to work out this year.
The workshop is awesome plus all the great subjects to paint or collage.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Collage Workshop in Plains, TX

Sandy, Nancy, Bob, Olene, Alice, Reta and Jane
I had a great class this past week end.  They all jumped in and tore up lots of magazine pages!
When it got quite, that is all you could hear, was paper ripping. Was such fun!
They all had a great portrait when they finished.  There were 7. Sandy Oveson came all the way from DeKalb TX, Bob and Nancy Phillips from Roswell, NM, Alice Hahn from Eunice, NM, Olene Harris from Tatum, NM, and Jane Phillips and Reta Nail from Lubbock,TX.Alice chose her husband Troy to collage. Bob did a self portrait, and Nancy collaged a cute picture of her Mother.  Olene collaged her Grandson, Jane a basketball player and Reta a family member.  Sandy did a cupcake, then started on some tuba players from a parade. I was proud of all their hard work!

Jane and Reta
Troy-Alice's Husband

Bob and Nancy


Two Sisters, laughing all day
Olene and Alice

Monday, March 31, 2014

Brownfield Art Show

This past week was the Brownfield TX art show. It is about 40 miles from here, and I always try to enter.  This year I got a 1st on my miniature flower, and I was excited to get something on this because it is the first oil that I have entered since the late 80's.
The 2nd place is a woven barn. This was done for a demo in Portales, NM last year. I was shocked that it even placed. I was hoping it would sell but it came back home!

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Two Juried Art Shows

 'Just Horse'n Around'
got into the Richardson, TX 48th Annual juried show.  Xiang Zhang was the juror. He is an awesome western art-artist.  The show is May 1-27th.
'Road Trip'
 got in the Lubbock Arts Festival, April 11-13th.
The juror for this one was Mondel Rogers

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Demo in Portales, NM

We lucked out last night and had half way decent weather to drive to Portales.  It is 100 miles.  We saw a fire on the way, just inside NM. I didn't get a very good photo, but you can see what could burn! Most of the ranchers have sold their cattle, it is so dry here..heading into a 4 year drought.

The demo went ok I guess. There is no way you can do a collage in 30-45 mins. but you can explain how you work, etc.  This demo was taking failed watercolors and collaging them.  The music scene on the bottom corner was one of those. as well as the white flower I worked on. The music is below. It was just so blah and there didn't seem to be much I could do with it.  I think the collaged one worked out much better. Has more excitement.  I left some of the watercolor showing.  The bottom right is all watercolor, and some of the piano keys are left.


The Purple top left corner was collage/watercolor and one of the ladies bought it for her Granddaughter.  We had a fun night. Great Mexican food with a good friend then an hour of art!

Monday, March 17, 2014

Underpaintings in Class

In our monthly watercolor class, we have been doing under paintings.  Last month we did a background under painting, then painted the pears. Then this month we did a complete under painting, then figured out where to put the bike and painted over the under painting. This is a lot of fun, but takes some planning and thinking.
This was the under painting that we did first. I find flower designs, and just use that for my designs.
Scrapbook paper works great for ideas.   It has to be painted lightly.  I had them try to mix their watery color about like iced tea...that transparent. It is just for interest, etc.
 Then with the bike drawn off on tracing paper so we could see through it, we put the bike on the under painting where we wanted it to work best, and then drew it off.  I had the basket come out by the center yellow flowers and used them as part of the painting. Everything else was painted over. I did use some gouache in a few places.

The Red Bike was what I worked up, then I did the blue one in class.  I have started giving away my demos because they stack up, and Faye picked out the red one!
This is an example of some under paintings.  Just experiment and you would be surprised at what you end up with!

Friday, March 14, 2014

Pears Re-Worked

 I started out with an under painting, trying to come up with a lesson for my watercolor class.  We have been working on some under paintings, and as I got into this drawing with the pears, it just wasn't working for me. I have done in the past, I just collaged it.  Even though it is on watercolor paper it still works out ok. I have done several like this.  I am working on a demo for Portales NM, and this one will work for what I am planning.  I am also having a workshop March 28-29, and there is still room for more if you are interested.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Time to Party!

The summer that Keri and I got hung up in Memphis due to a weather delay, we went down to Beale Street.  We had Bar-b-q on the patio...THEN, we were scared to death by a zombie march! We had never seen anything like it! What a shock to be eating and all this start marching by. We went into some little shops and I found this wall hanging and took a photo of it.

I painted it a while ago and didn't like it so In preparation for a demo, I got it out, and collaged part of it.  I left the bottom below the instruments just watercolor and some of the piano keys. It will have to be framed because it is on watercolor paper. I will go ahead and put it under plexi too. 

I am doing a demo in Portales NM Monday the 17th. If you are close, come for a visit!
I am teaching a 2 day workshop here in Plains March 28-29, if interested email me.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

New Chaps

This is a couple of years old, but fits in with what I am doing right now.  I took this photo at the cowboy symposium in Lubbock, TX.  The cowboy was showing tricks, working cattle, etc.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014


A couple of years ago, my son called and told me Lester  was coming to shoe his horses and mules, if I wanted pictures. So I grabbed my camera and took off. He is about 30 minutes away. When I got there he was already through and loaded up, and I was so disappointed, so he got his tools out, and posed for me! I took quite a few photos. I have known Lester for a long time, so he didn't seem to mind to help me out!
This is done on 300 pound hot press watercolor paper, using transparent watercolors as well as some gouache.  It will be 18x24 framed.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Three Crosses

This is a pencil I did from all the photos I took at our neighbor's branding.
To me the belt buckle really stood out, and so that is why I wanted to name it...'Three Crosses'.
I think I have some tweaking to do yet, It is funny how you see it when it is on the monitor.  I think I need to get darker in some places.
I still love to do a pencil drawing once in a while.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Just Horse'n Around

I normally don't have problems naming my paintings but for some reason, I had trouble naming him, and it may change! The background and mane is gouache. The rest is transparent watercolor. Also, it is on 300 lb. hot press, which is a very different paper to paint on.  If you haven't used it, it is soft and when you put the color down, if you don't soften the edges immediately it just dries there. Very quickly.  It was a challenge because the photo was back lit and the sun was coming through his eye and whiskers. I was coming home from Portales NM, and saw him in Tatum, NM and I hit my brakes, and turned around for photos! He was just beautiful, but then I think all horses are!
 It will be 18x24 framed.

Monday, February 17, 2014


I have been doing some pencil work too. It is hard to photo and get the paper white! I am sure there is a way, I haven't figured it out yet.  This was from a Wyoming photo.  There was a pair of them, and so pretty. This is on Bristol paper, with several different graphite pencils, ranging from 2H-9B.
I still love to draw, but don't do it enough.