Monday, May 28, 2012

Asparagus Bunch...Oil painting

8x24....oil on canvas

This is a first time painting of asparagus.  I love it and plan to paint more.  My favorite part is the purple rubber band.  Not sure why, but it is.

On another note...As we pause to thank our veterans I have cause to think of another group of people that deserve our thanks...our often overlooked teachers!  I had the distinct pleasure of talking to my junior high school (to you young people, that's what we used to call middle school) art teacher a few minutes ago.

I think of her often and in teaching my recent workshop I realized that some of the art principles that I was teaching to others were little gems that I had picked up way back when in her class in the 70's.  I decided to look her up and tell her thank you for the impact that she had had on my life.  I'm glad I did.

So to all the teachers out there....whether your students are able to find you to thank you or not....remember that most likely there are scads of former students out there that think of you often.

So once again, Thank you Ms. Swager!

Friday, May 25, 2012

Crab-i-liscious....oil painting

16x20......original oil painting on canvas

I love this painting, and it is one of my first to feature a more realistic colored crab.  I was really digging my awesome colorations...and then my husband mentioned that once the crab is it would be when you actually put it on a PLATE....they turn orange.  Oh, yeah, they do, don't they?  Oh well, lol.  I still like it.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Market Fresh...original oil painting of FISH

24x24 ....oil on canvas

This is my favorite of my new paintings this spring!  I love the colors and the unique-ness of the subject.  In person, this one has great depth and presence.  If it was a floral painting, I would say you can almost smell it, but with this one, well, you know......

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Shrimps for Dinner....Oil Painting

I love this painting.  It is 16x20 oil on canvas and I just love it. 

It is New is is is eating and having fun....messy hands....hanging out and laughing...everything I like about the South.

I was talking to my daughter at a recent art festival and I said..."I just love how this painting turned out!"  I told her "I love the shrimp, and the wine glass, and the checked tablecloth!  and the corn, I LOVE the corn! and the olive oil bottle!" 

She said, " It sounds like you pretty much like everything about this painting!"

I said, "Well, the plate's ok"

Then I decided I really like it too!

Monday, May 14, 2012

Art in Hand Playing Cards...

A while ago I was contacted about a project called Art in Hand.  It is a unique set-up whereby many different artists are contacted and asked to produce art for one specicific card in a deck of playing cards.  The art is collected and an interesting deck of cards is produced with lots of different styles and types of art represented.  The first decks were produced featuring art of specific cities...Charlotte, Portland and Washington, D.C.  They had such success with the city projects that they decided to produce a nationwide deck featuring one artist from each of the 50 states, plus D.C. and 3 U.S. territories.   

One day I got an email asking me if I would like to be the artist to represent Mississippi.  It was so random and out of the blue and to this day I still don't know where they saw me (I am supposing it was this little ole blog) or how they chose me.  But after researching the city projects and seeing how well done they were and what a success they had been I decided to jump on in.  Even though the timing was less than ideal (there were grandbabies being born and lots of important stuff to do) I did enjoy participating.

You can view the entire deck (and even order one of your own) at the link above.  Just go to the USA Project on the home page and it will bring up the entire 54 cards.  I am the 9 of spades.  Your card was supposed to represent your state and your art.  I think mine does. 

Thanks for looking.