Monday, August 15, 2016

A Fun Weekend

This weekend I had a group of ladies come and create in my little studio. There were 7 fun ladies that were excited to learn something new! It is fun to gain new friends. 
Thanks Anna for getting them together and coming to Plains. 

Friday, August 5, 2016

Workshop in Cloudcroft NM

I have been in Cloudcroft NM For a week taking a watercolor class from Laurie Goldstein-Warren.
It was a great and fun class. I learned a lot I hope! I hope I can paint more cityscapes and glass when I get home. These are both Half sheets. 

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Lunch Time

When we went to Kerrville, I got some photos of some really neat cows! This one was eating and walking along the fence.  I don't know how they keep their head up! Their horns are so big and must be heavy.  There were still a few wildflowers around too.  This is called lunch time, and if you could see it in real life you would see a couple of watches.  I like to put a watch or two in my work.This is acrylic and torn magazine pages.  It is 30"x40" on stretched canvas.  It is also available, however I plan on entering it in a show in Breckenridge Texas called 'Best of the Best'  they invite back winners from their previous shows. It isn't a juried show, you automatically get in. That is coming up in September.
Below are some of the steps as I went along.

Lunch Time
30x40 mixed media

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

The Bee Keepers-Mixed Media

When Keri and I were in Kerrville TX in May we were leaving town headed to Fredericksburg and she spotted some bee keepers way off.  Thank goodness for zoom lenses! We stopped and I took 'several' pictures.  It was a treat to see them. See the smoke, and all the flowers and grasses. It was just a cool thing to see! I did a sketch first, and was so much fun, I wanted to do a big one. I had trouble deciding on whether to use watercolor or collage.  I chose the collage and I had a blast putting it together! I decided to go with black instead of dark greens like the sketch.
It is 18x18 on stretched canvas.
The sketch was done with Casein paint, and is 5x5.

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

July 4th drawings

Two new sketches for July 4th!  The Saddle shop in Post, TX and the little antique store in Comfort,TX.  The Saddle shop was painted with Casein paint,  drawn with brown ink.
The Antique shop drawn with platinum Carbon pen and black ink. then watercolor.

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Wyoming Watercolor Socitey and Breckenridge Art Society

I got notices this week that I got into the 31st Watercolor Wyoming National Exhibition,
 as well as Breckenridge TX 25th Annual Art Show.
It is always such an honor when a juror selects your work to be in the show!
Fringe Benefit and Tool Box got in the Wyoming Show.
Keri's Jacks in Breckenridge.
If you are in Sheridan WY during the month of August, stop by and see the show.  If you are in Breckenridge TX July 26- Sept.3, drop by there!

Saturday, June 11, 2016


I wanted to try a new method on my collage, so I cut the pieces into rectangles and some squares.  I thought a windmill would be a good thing to experiment with. It was unbalanced I thought so I added a couple of black birds.  I tried blue in the sky and didn't care for it, so I went back to the white.

It is 18x18 on stretched canvas.  It was fun to do, thinking about what a precious commodity our water is , and unfortunately is dwindling in our area.

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

TexArt in Kerrville, TX

I spent a week in Kerrville, TX at another SKB workshop.  This one was called TexArt.  It was a great week.  David Rankin was the watercolor instructor and i really enjoyed his class.  He is an awesome instructor.  We did gray studies using paynes gray watercolor.  We also all did this same snow scene.  They all turned out great.
We also went to the Musuem of Western art in Kerrville and saw the beautiful paintings about Charles Goodnight by Lee Cable. They are awesome. Then Friday Night we went to Fredericksburg to the Hanna Gallery to see the Society of Animals exhibit. Wow! What artists they are.  If you are close by go see these awesome art pieces.

These sketches I did after I got home. 

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Sketchbook Workshop June 23-24 with Suzy Pal

June 23-24th I am having a sketching/draw workshop. The space is limited to 10 so I need to know as soon as possible to get you on the list.

We will spend the first day in the studio, then on the 2nd day, I have a couple of locations to go to.
You will need a hat, a good sketchbook, and pen or pencil. If you want color, a small watercolor set.
It doesn't take much to keep a sketchbook. When you get one filled it is such a treasure! And so much fun.

Monday, May 2, 2016

Collage Workshop April 29-30

We had our 2 day collage workshop. It was so much fun! We laughed and had the best time.
There were 10 students, and my room was pretty full!
Everybody did an awesome job.
I am having another one Sept.30, Oct. 1st.
I only have room for 10 so let me know if you want to come as soon as you know so you can get on the list.

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Art Exhibit in Big Spring, TX

Last year I was invited to join some artists from Big Spring to join their group,
'Caboose Watercolor Group' and we have an exhibit in Big Spring at the Howard County Jr.College.
The show will be up until May 2.
Kay Smith, Suzy, Leada Wood, and Sue Bagwell.
Members not present, Linda Rupard, Carole Berry, and Estelle Howard.

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Lubbock TX Arts Festival

Two pieces of my art was accepted in the gallery at the Lubbock Arts Festival.
It is open to the public April 16-17.

The juror is Paul Milosevich of Santa Fe, NM.

This is 22x28 Watercolor, that I poured. There is not a lot of brush work on it.  My favorite...
Western Art! This is ' Work Day', using photos I took when our neighbor was branding.

The second piece is a torn paper collage of an old Woodie.
It is on a stretched canvas and is:   'Woodie'

Friday, April 1, 2016

Collage Workshop April 29-30

April 29-30
Two day collage workshop in Plains TX at my little studio.
The class is almost full.Have room for 1-2 more.
$100 for both days. Contact me if interested.

Monday, March 28, 2016

Sketching/Drawing Workshop

I am so excited to be having  a drawing/ sketching workshop June 24-25th. The first day we will focus on some drawing techniques, what to draw with, and sketchbooks. The Cost is $100.
my email is  Address is 1141 US HWY 82 Plains, TX 79355
I need half ($50) by June 5 to hold your spot. (they wont be cashed until the workshop is over)

The second day we will go out and sketch. I will have some places for us to go. We will probably want to start by 9 a.m to beat the heat. We can go east of town and sketch windmills. The motel sign in town is awesome. We also have an old courthouse. Also a lavender patch...maybe.
I am so excited about getting to share this fun.

I recommend watercolor or mixed media sketch books because they won't ripple when wet.
I love moleskins, strathmore, visual journal, etc.
I draw with ink and use fountain pens, but if you can't let go of your pencil I understand.
 The windmill, hay field and Motel sign were drawn on location.

you can pick up travel watercolor sets, or make one, as well as travel brushes. OR any watercolor brush. You wont need a lot. here is a list I like to use. I will send it to Karen at Varistiy Book store if you want to shop there. Or you can order via amazon or art supply stores online.

You need to bring your lunch. I have a small refrigerator.  and lots of ice.
also on Saturday, we can eat in town if we don't' want to run back out here. (4 miles)

If you come and need a place to stay, there is an awesome bed and breakfast right outside of Plains. You would need to get your reservation pretty quick though.  There are 4 bedrooms. one can be shared, so if you have a friend to come with you, that would help!
Rock'n B and B, Plains, TX  (they are also online)

 This is what I use but you don't have to get it.
Tobacco brown water soluable ink from
Noodlers lexington gray ink, from
lamy safari fountain pen...about $30
platinum carbon ink pen with extra fine nib. $12.00-andmy new fav.
tombow marker
sketchbook and travel palette with my own colors

  1. GOOD sketchbook
  2. pen/ink or pencil
  3. small watercolor set and brush
  4. small water container and water (water bottle)
  5. paper towels
  6. camera
  7.  hat
  8. water to drink
  9. sunscreen 
  10. lawn chair or stool
     You can use whatever colors you want. but this is what I use.
    Bright Red and Alizarin
    permanent rose
    manganese blue
    ultramarine blue
    sap green
    thalo yellow green ( or mix your own)
    new gambouge (yellow)
    quinocrodone gold or transparent oxide yellow
    optional...horizon blue (my fav)
    optional Turquoise