Today I received an "Award of Excellence" for
my pastel "By a Nose" at the exhibit reception at the York Art
Association 44th annual Open Juried Exhibition from judge Jay Mckean
Fisher. The exhibit runs thru December 27th.
I love the rich and warm colors of fall so I try to paint them as much as I can. This oil painting was really a lot of fun to paint and it is now hanging in the Drawing Room Gallery available for sale.
This is a painting of my cat "Spokey"watching the birs at the feeder on my patio.This painting will be available Friday, September 12th in The Drawing Room Gallery at 333 Baltimore Street, Gettysburg when I am there from 2-7pm.
On a recent drive through the battlefield at Gettysburg, I took many photos but the reference photo I used for this painting was my all time favorite. I do not know who the people in this horseback tour are tat happened to be there that day but I thought the scene looked so peaceful. I have this on my list to do.
This was an experiment in handling the same color in different subjects like the wall, cat and the piece of furniture. My reference photo was taken by Laura Nelson and posted on Paint My Photo-a website where photographers grant artist permission to use their photos for their art. I usually like to take my own reference photos but this was a fun challenge.
This painting is something I have never done before-a war scene but this is not an actual war just a re-enactment captured by a photographer friend of mine, David Churchill. When he showed me some of the photos from the re-enactment he saw, I said I was drawn to the action of the horses so he said "paint it". I used his photo for reference but changed some things and has sparked a thought to create a series of civil war horses. I will be doing my research and try this new series.
This is a new pastel that I just finished. It is a little bit different for me but I wanted to paint from my photo I took on a trip to Annapolis last year. I liked the colorful outdoor cafe and of course there is a dog in it. Looks like a Chow Chow.
I just completed this pastel of pears in a bowl but always looking at ways to improve it. Even though pastels are messy, I love to watch the color pop on on the paper and form the object that is in front of me.
My friend gave me me some cuttings from her iris but did not tell me what color. I was so amazed when these deep purple flowers bloomed in my garden. I knew I had to paint them and this is the second one, The first was a watercolor.
Fresh off my easel is this oil painting of a steer and her calf alone in a field. My reference photo was the basis of this painting which was taken on a friends farm near Hunterstown many years ago. Since I was raised on a farm, I get excited when I can visit a farm to take pictures for painting references.
The Drawing Room Gallery at 333 Baltimore Street Gettysburg will be open April 17th at 11:00 am which will be the beginning of a new venture for me and 5 other artists. Amy Lindenberger, Larry Lerew, Diane Lordon, Claire Cornell and Sarah Frotscher. We will be selling original art, reproductions and cards. If you are in Gettysburg, please stop by.
I just received notification that my Colored Pencil drawing "Four Rescues" was accepted and received Honorable Mention in the Spring Open Juried Exhibition at the Art School and Gallery in Mechanicsburg.
My acrylic and colored pencil painting was also accepted into the show.
Just off my easel! I love painting horses and this mother and baby belong to the Hanover Shoe Farms. It is that time of year when you drive by the fields of mothers and babies and I have to stop and take pictures for future paintings.
I am in a spring flower painting frenzy lately! I just can not wait to see these beautiful flowers appear in my garden so I am glad I took plenty of photos over the years so that I can paint them in the colder months. The reference photo I took of these dafodills had the warm colors of the mulch in the background which really made the yellow flowers stand out. Hope you enjoy them!
I am like everyone, am so sick of winter. So I had to start a spring project so there is hope for warmer days ahead. As I look out at my snow covered flower beds, it is hard to imagine my pink tulips are going to come back again.
This painted stork I met in Florida at Disney Animal Kingdom. So beautiful that I had to do a colored pencil portrait of him or her since there is no difference in feather coloring between the male and female.
2.5x3 Oil I
am still painting and this is my latest. I long for the site of one of
these guys in a plush green lawn on a warm day so I painted this mini
painting of a bunny. It measures 2.5x3 and is framed. This little
painting is for sale for $50- just message me.
Painting#30 Traveler and Willow 8x10 watercolor. This challenge has taught me that each painting I do is is a learning experience even though I have been painting a long time. Watercolor is not a medium I do often but I will keep trying to master this wet medium. My reference photo for this one was taken by Wendy Erdman and the subject is two of her beautiful Borzoi.
Painting #28 Rocky 8x10 colored pencil. This
is the 3rd Rocky in my challenge but this guy is very special because he
is owned by Danielle and Dylan(my daughter and grandson). He would
never sit still for a portrait and I am lucky that he sat still for a