Saturday, November 28, 2009

Hello from Kentucky!

McKinley Paige Drennan...November 2009
Our little pilgrim-turkey girls...too precious for words

Kayleigh Lorelle.....November 2009
Well, this year there is definitely MUCH to be thankful for! We have enjoyed these little girls so much!!!! They are so precious and happy. There is nothing in the world like having one of them crawl over to you and stand up next to you to play and smile and dance. They love to snuggle up and Kayleigh likes to give kisses now. We are so proud of these little chickies. They have such sweet personalities. They are truly good babies. Can't wait to have them with us at Christmas!!!

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

I'm "published!

I enjoy, very much, a web site for artists and art-lovers, called The Empty Easel. It is a very comprehensive site that offers art how-to's, tips for selling art online, opinions on everything art-related as well as introductions of various artists in various disciplines around the country (and world sometimes). A week or so ago they invited artists to answer the question "What is Art?"

Well, those of you who know me know that I can expound for 30 minutes on a subject that I know absolutely nothing about, so you can imagine how I could get rolling when the subject is ART. So I dashed off a response giving my thoughts on the matter.

Imagine my surprise when in my inbox today I found the weekly newsletter that I get from EE and there, where they display what had been featured during the week, was the article by ME! They published the article in it's entirety complete with photos of two of my recent paintings and a link to my blog! You can read the article here .

Woo! Woo! And since I don't like a book with no pictures (or a blog, either) here is a shot of one of my favorite paintings that I have done in the past. It features art on the fence in New Orleans being viewed by passers-by...interpreting the work of others in their own way.

Fence Gallery...30x40..oil on canvas...Sold

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Art at the Auditorium...

This is the poster from the event that I was a part of on Tuesday night. A very cool restaurant in Jackson has started doing meet the artist night once a month and I was one of the featured artists this month. Great food, great people, great fun. This is the poster that advertised the upcoming adventure. I think this is the first time I have seen my name in poster form. They did a great job.
And speaking of adventures...I had another one Monday night. I was the Guest Artist at Easely Amused...a paint-your-own-masterpiece gallery here in our town. It was great fun and I plan to do another one in January...we did a palm tree this time. I think in January we will either do a crab or a group of tomatoes.
With having taught a painting Mon. and then having had the meet and greet on Tues. (coming on the heels of an outdoor weekend show) I was pooped out by Wed. But I am packing the car today and we are off to Covington, LA tomorrow for the Three Rivers Arts Festival. I have a new set-up for displaying my prints that I am anxious to try. Hopefully we will have beautiful weather and great sales.
I have big news on the horizon, but it is a little too soon to talk about it...more info coming as soon as details are definite.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Crabs and more crabs....Shell-y and Clawed



These are two more in my "seafood" series...I have loved giving them slightly skewed people names. If these guys don't sell, I might just end up hanging them in my house somewhere...I like them that much.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Seafood Sampler...Crab, Shrimp, and Crawfish

Painting 1

Painting 2

Painting 3

# 1..."A-2 Fay"....12x12...oil.....$150(sold)
#2..."Barbie Q".....12x12....oil....$150(sold)
#3...."Sue Shee"...12x12.....oil.....$150(sold)

These are three paintings that I did for the festivals that I have coming up. As I said in a previous post....this is how I want to paint. I love the colorful loose style and the mood of the paintings. And it was a little bit of fun naming them.

Monday, November 2, 2009

Tipsy Wine and Wine Straight Up..Oil Paintings...

Painting 1 Painting 2

#1........Tipsy Wine................8x16............$130

#2.....Wine Straight Up........8x16............$130

These are two more wine bottle paintings that I have done to get ready for my two upcoming shows. They are fun and evoke thoughts of having a good time, I think.

Speaking of having a good time.....I have some more paintings waiting in the the wings to unveil. I just love them, the style, the subject, the mood of them. I am finally getting a more consistent "look" for my work. I have all my new stuff hanging in the foyer to dry and when I look around I see that I am heading in the direction that I want to be. I knew that my little "painter's block" that I experienced last week was probably a harbinger of change and I was right. I am so much closer to where I want to be.

This is not to say that everyone is going to like my paintings better, or that they will sell better (but I hope both of these things do happen). I used to paint a painting every now and then and be able to say..."this is how I want to paint!" But then I would fall back into the inconsistent mode and paint something totally different in style and mood. Now I am finding that I am turning out one of those "this is how I want it to be" paintings much more often now.

I don't ever want to be one of those painters that finds a "niche" and then paints nothing but trees or nothing but houses. I want my unifying factor to be my signature style and my consistent choice of colors. I think in this past week I have taken a step closer to achieving that goal.