Sunday, March 27, 2011

Saturday Afternoon

Saturdays I usually teach a class at the classroom connected with Artistic Creations Art gallery from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm. I have lunch after that and then I paint at the gallery for a few hours in the afternoon. (This is unless I'm in an art show for the weekend.)

Yesterday a gentleman came into the gallery and bought 5 paintings from me and the demo on negative space I had started in class that morning and finished up at the gallery. It was a wonderful experience and I am very thankful. Now I have to say goodbye to Koi IV, Sweet Lips, Website, Monarch Queen and In the Reeds. I will miss them. Now I have to get painting so that I have enough paintings to put in my spring shows!

Sunday, March 20, 2011


I finished this portrait after going to Suzanna Winton's workshop at Nancy Couik's studio in Raleigh NC. It is of her niece Katherine. She is a great teacher as well as a very nice person. She really has developed a very good teaching method of her way of painting portraits.
When I first came home from the workshop my brain was on overload. I took in so much information in such a short time that I could not even think about it. I was a little frustrated with myself for not being able to produce anything that I considered to be successful and was a little concerned about not having really absorbed anything. But then I started to paint and I felt like the floodgates opened and I was able to experience painting portraits on a whole new level. At times when I was painting I felt like I was in the "zone". It's that place that my painting comes without the interference of thought. I am satisfied with the painting and the process of creating it. Not that I think its the greatest painting I've ever done but I really feel that I have taken a step in the right direction. And I only have to continue on the same path and hopefully my portraits will continue to grow.

Friday, March 11, 2011

Currituck County Art Extravaganza

Tomorrow I'm supposed to be at the Currituck County Arts Council's 12th Annual Art Extravaganza. It is located at the Currituck County High School in Barco March 12th from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. I've never been in it before but it's supposed to be a good show. The only reason I may not make it is because I think I have the flu. I'm all packed up and ready to go so as long as I have a good night I'll be there tomorrow. If you're in the neighborhood stop on by. It ought to be alot of fun.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Stylish Blogger Award

I am honored that Meera from ArtbyMeera has given me the Stylish Blogger Award. Thank you Meera for all of your support, encouragement and your friendship.
I have been requested to reveal 7 things about myself and to pass the award on to 7 other bloggers. So here goes.
1. My favorite days are those that I can stay in my pajamas all day and do nothing but paint. They are too few and far between.
2. I could open an art supply store with all the art supplies that I own.
3. I could also open an art book store.
4. Since I have retired from the real world I am busier than ever.
5. The saddest thing about getting older is realizing there are so many things that you will not have the time to do. (Like playing the cello, and speaking foreign languages, travelling across the world and many more.)
6. I truly admire artists in all different fields.
7. I love my coffee in the morning and afternoon as well as a glass of wine before I go to sleep.
The 7 bloggers I admire are:
Diana M. Davis Watercolor
Barbara Fox-Daily Paintings
Contemporary Realism
Watercolor Paintings and Oil Paintings Figurative Art Doris Joa - Romantic Realism in Oil and Watercolor
A Painting a Day Blog
Brush Paper Water
and last but not least
Art by Meera