Monday, July 27, 2009

Pretty Daisy

One of my favorite flowers is the I couldn't resist this one. It's on a 16" x 20" canvas and in oil. I hope you enjoy it...I do, a lot.

In case some of you might stop in at the Hilton, the decision was made to take my portraits down because "they don't sell". The reason I'm painting still lifes and anything else, is to replace the portraits I brought home. I'm working on getting them finished and hung before the reception which will be the third or fourth week in August. This one is more to go!

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Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Country Rose

Here is a new still-life. It's 24" x 18" in oil and I've named it Country Rose. No story behind it...just something I put together. Hope you enjoy!

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Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Free to be Me

I am eager to present to you a painting of my lovely granddaughter, Lauren. I named it Free to be Me, as she is such a charming and beautiful young lady inside as well as on the outside. The title, Free to be Me, actually was the theme at the last Ladies of Honor camp, a powerful ministry for young people that our daughter and son-in-law are founders of (you can read more about that ministry on their website listed under the Other Links of Interest). When I was thinking about what to name the painting it just kinda' stuck because of Lauren's sweet and vivacious spirit.

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The painting is 14" x 11" and is in oil.

Today, Wednesday the 8th of July, is her 17th birthday.

"Happy, happy birthday, Lauren! We love you very much!"

G'ma Candy and G'pa R A

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Little Boy Blue

At the beginning of this last painting class, we were required to bring a photo of our choice. There were certain conditions due to the lighting and such. It was becoming a challenge for me to find one and a dear friend, Johnny Gomez, left an envelope on my front porch just a couple of days before the class. I wouldn't have found it that evening, except for walking out to view something in the daylight light.

When I opened it I found the photo of this adorable little boy. Johnny said it was one he saved many years ago (dated 1952) thinking he might paint it some day...and just never have. Immediately, I knew it was the one I needed to paint for this class.

It was funny, in the beginning stages, when I started on it and he had dark all around him with dark eyes. My instructor told me the students in his other classes were complaining because he looked so scary. They were asking to turn him around to face the wall and named him Rosemary's Baby. I have to admit...he was pretty scary looking!

When our class was over, a little more modeling and a lot more detail needed, yet, to be done. With much going back and forth with R A and Johnny's wonderful guidance and advice, and some prayer, I've finished Little Boy Blue. The medium is oil and he is on a 20" x 16" canvas. He can be enlarged by clicking him. Enjoy!

Little Boy Blue,

Come blow your horn,

The sheep's in the meadow,

The cow's in the corn;

Where is that boy

Who looks after the sheep?

Under the haystack

Fast asleep.

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