Saturday, October 9, 2010

Clown Warrior

Clown Warrior by Candy Prather
11"x14" Oil on Canvas

What do you think about this little guy?
One of my favs...hope you like him, too!

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Friday, October 1, 2010

Outback Rosellas

Outback Rosellas by Candy Prather
14"x11" oil on canvas

A few years ago I had the privilege of visiting Australia with an awesome group of gals from the local church I attend. We went to Sydney and had a variety of touring choices to do in just a couple of days and of course one person just wasn't able to do all of them. I chose to visit the Wildlife Refuge, see the Blue Mountains, took the Sydney Harbor Cruise, visited the Bundi Beach and climbed the Sydney Harbor Bridge. We shopped and ate and shopped and ate. Then we traveled over to Manly for a Ladies Conference and heard from a wonderful selection of Ladies who imparted the Word of Life into us. It was great! This was, of course one of my most memorable of trips.

While I was there, I picked up a book, Australia's Wilderness. I picked it up again a few weeks ago and chose to paint these birds. I hope you like them. Let me know!

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Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Winter Lake

Winter Lake by Candy Prather
16"x20" oil on canvas

The reference for this one came from a dear friend who is a wonderful wildlife photographer that I met at an online art community. We followed each other to Facebook and I am always sneaking over to her beautiful photos, admiring her work. She tells me that these are Tundra Swans (also called Whistling Swans) and they are at Lake Almanor in Northern California. It does get below zero in the winter there.

Thank you Susan for giving me the pleasure to paint one of your amazing works. This was such a refreshing painting to paint in the dead of the Summer heat in Texas at over 100 degree days. Loved it!

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Spring Radiance

Spring Radiance by Candy Prather
16"x20" oil on canvas

Just another fun one...hope you enjoy!

Stay tuned...about to begin painting a commissioned portrait.

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Monday, May 17, 2010

The Row Boat

The Row Boat by Candy Prather, oil on canvas 16"x20" is more of a study to see how I can do with water. No story behind it really; just found the photo online, liked it and decided it would be a good one to paint.

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Saturday, May 1, 2010

Tableau of Landmarks

Tableau of Landmarks is pen & ink and pencil, 24"x30" on illustration board by Candy Prather. This is the commission I've been working on for several months. We met my client at the framer's this morning and I can hardly wait to see how it's gonna look in the frame.
The landmarks you see are some of the locations of my client's travels: The Sydney Harbor Bridge and Opera House in Australia, the Eiffel Tower and
the Arch de Triumph in Paris, France, and the Big Ben Clock in London, England. It was quite a challenge for me with it being so large, but I'm so glad I did it. The experience, because of all the measuring and care I put into it, has helped me to be more careful with measurements in my paintings. I feel like I "see" better. Now remember, the size and res has been reduced for faster loading, so this photo is missing some of the detail.

This is my first undertaking of doing pen & ink this size. Let me know what you think.

Be blessed!

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Sunday, April 11, 2010

Anniversary Drive

My husband and I recently had our 26th Wedding Anniversary. We celebrated it along with Easter beginning with Good Friday. We had a weekend of restaurants, a movie, an overnight stay at the Hyatt (a superb Hotel, btw). To finish it off we took a drive to see the Dogwoods at Davey Dogwood Park in Palestine on Sunday. I did get a few photos to share and will share most of them on Facebook, too.

When we were leaving the park, I got out of the car to take another shoot of a tree with fuchsia colored blooms (sorry, I don't know all the trees), a lovely lady pulled over and began telling us about two dogwoods, one white and one pink that were grafted together and asked if we wanted to see it. Well, of course we did, so she took the time out of her day to drive across town to show us that one and then took us to another one. What a blessing and God send she was...thank you Tina!

Well, enjoy the few photos here...and if you get a chance, pop in and visit me on Facebook to see the rest of them.

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Friday, March 5, 2010

Peace Like a River

Hello all! Here is the landscape painting I did in the Fall, Peace Like a River, oil on canvas 16" x 12". It's from a photo I took when R A and I stayed in Pagosa Springs, CO a couple of years ago. We took the train ride from Durango to Silverton. Gorgeous weather and the countryside was so amazingly beautiful. It is one of our most memorable trips.

I'm still working on the pen/pencil commission. It's coming along nicely and I'm so close to finishing it. Because of my full-time job, all the duties of a housewife and "Life"...and because of the processes and details of the project, it's been quite slow. I'm on the last stage and the last subject and am looking forward to completing it real soon.

Spring is on it's way! I enjoy living in Texas because we have such variety in the weather. I'm so glad for each season seems I'm always ready for it! Sending love and blessings your way!

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