Well, it is a beautiful...cold day. The new thermostat says 60 degrees, it must have a hangover because I am sure it is 30 degrees as the dogs water was frozen this morning!!! Well, my new scale is due to arrive today! I am excited to try it out. I am reading a book by Kevin Macpherson. I am hoping he will remind me of things I already know and also give me some new ideas to expand my thinking. I am running out of small portraits for eBay. I have several very large pieces but do not know if anyone wants large portraits of people they do not know. I am also still trying to figure out how to ship them safely as they are stretched canvas. I have a few self portraits but do not know if my son would like them. I need to check. Must go. These tugs were done about 15 years ago at Noyo Harbour with my friend Nancy Lawson! Enjoy each moment!CLICK HERE TO BID
She was originally a 20 minute quick study but I could not stand it so I put 15 more minutes in on her yesterday. I am much more satisfied with the new refinements. In that 15 minutes I put in the shadow actually got the face in and refined the background. Before her face was a smear of value changes but no features.I can not believe how big a differance 15 more minutes makes. Well, I need to work in the studio again today. One step at a time. Enjoy the moment. CLICK HERE TO BID
Well, it is another day when the blog is not letting me post a picture. I really hate that!! It is 2:04 P.M. and it now lets me give you a painting. I made some progress in the studio today. I varnished a stack of paintings, added another 10 minutes or so on one of my quick studies. Wow, 10 minutes makes such a differance! Like a crazy woman, I painted the edges of a painting then tryed to put it into a floater frame while still wet on the edges. Trust me...do not do this at home. In the end, I decided to let it dry and finish the frame job tomorrow. It is rainy, another perfect day for a pot of soup, a fluffy blanket and a good book. Enjoy! TO SEE ART OR BID CLICK HERE
Here is a small acrylic plein aire painting I did when I was in Venice with a friend. I just love how the laundry weaves it's way across the sky and moves the eye through the space!!! Hope all of you had a lovely Christmas. I did. Now...out to the studio to get some work done. To many lazy days in a row!!! CLICK HERE TO BID
Forgive me but yesterday I was in the kitchen making lovely things to eat. I only made it to the computer late in the evening and just did not want to compute!! I got such lovely Christmas presents. Both our children called from Kansas. It was wonderful! Will and Catherine are expecting next July. This will be Catherine's 1st child and it was such beautiful news for Christmas morning!!!!! Our Melissa's family sent a digital picture frame with a WHOLE flash drive full of pictures of the grandkids. It is wonderful for the long distance grand ma! It has a calender, date and perpetual slide show of those beautiful faces!!! I am truely blessed.
This painting was done for my landscape class and it was a color theory problem. I love those color theory problems because they make me think and try things that I would not normally try. Today I have to get some thumbnail sketches done for the hospital. Have a great day. CLICK HERE TO BID
Well, today I feel like a trapped animal!! The FedX man is due to deliver a package that has to be signed for...sometime today!!!!!! I want to go buy a scale so I ....YAHHHHH!!!! He just got here! I need a scale so I can do a better job in calculating my eBay paintings. I have really goofed a few times and paid my buyers to take my paintings...that is sad but it is a learning experience. Funny, when I started this blog, I had the idea that I would do a painting a day to post and sell on eBay. Well, with teaching high school full time and working on my M.F.A. in painting, the longest I have gone was 50 paintings in 50 days and that is doing NO other painting. I think it is a great idea but to soon for me. Maybe when I retire...or finish my M.F.A. I still like the idea!!! Oh well, enough rambling. This painting was done in a class at The Cellar many years ago, after my BA. It is the first and maybe the only portrait that I have done totally from a live model. I spent 40 hours on it. He was a wonderful model!!! Working from life is such a wonderful treat!!!To Bid Click Here
Don't you just love those socks? When ever I see those stipped socks in the store, I have to look at them and touch them because the colors are so delicious!! This one was done for my Situations and the Environment Class. We were learning about pattern and how to paint it. She is on eBay now. If you want to see all I have on eBay scroll right and click the link at the top to see only this one click this purple link. Click Here To Bid
This is a painting I did for my Situations and the Environment Class at the Academy of Art. It seems like the more work I sell from the studio, the more work I find buried in flat files, portfolios and stacks of canvases in various places.
I am feeling better now that I have finished off 10 days of antibiotics. I am still taking it easy as I do not want a relapes of the Pleurasy. It is nice to breath without it hurting.
I am having a lot of fun with eBay but sure wish I could find a coach for shipping larger pieces and the international shipping and how to use the shipping calculator. I am so afraid I will do it wrong that I am doing what I am comfortable with, smaller art and works on paper. I am not posting my nudes here but if you want to see the nudes I have on eBay or all the work I have on eBay scroll right and click the eBay link. Have a Merry Christmas Everyone!!!!!To bid Click Here
This is one more Plein Aire painting I did for this directed study class. Nancy and I went down on Harney Lane, parked and set up to conquer the weathered window of this old house. This is not on eBay, it is brand new 11" X 14" in oil. I rearranged the roof on the right as it was creating a tangent and that would not do!! I am feeling better. I am still on antibiotics but it is not painful when I breath anymore. What a wonderful blessing. One more day of high school finals then 2 weeks to paint, read, curl up in a snuggly blanket and watch movies and rest. Once the Pleurasy is gone I need to kick some butt in the studio!!!! I need to put first things first!!! If you want to see what I have on eBay please scroll to the right and look for the eBay link.
This is a painting I did for my thesis, also. Just wanted someone to see it. I am under the weather. I have something called Pluracy, it is inflammation of the lining of the lungs. The good news is I am on antibiotics and it forces me to curl up with a warm blanket, sleep, read and write and sleep some more.
I got some good news, The Lodi Memorial Hospital wants 3 more of my pieces. One is already done and I have 2 more to do by the end of March. Once I am well again...I will begin. Happy a very happy holidays!!!!
Okay guy...time for some feedback. What can I do to make it better? Speak to me!!!!! Yes, the ribbons are mine for various show awards. If you know me well, I collect antique glass, love mirrors & how they reflect things, grow fruit on trees we planted and have canned for years. This is autobiographical. Your turn. How can it be improved? Please help! Thank-you in advance. Also if you want to see my newest eBay painting scroll right to the eBay link and click!
This drawing was done for my thesis project. I was hoping it would be a part of the Knowlton Drawing Show but the final decision was that the subject would not appeal to enough people. That could be true. This will not be on eBay, but I really wanted my friends to see this drawing anyway. Of course it is a part of my ribbon series. It is in charcoal with many delicate layers.
I have many items on eBay right now including landscape books. Many of the pieces on eBay are nudes, figures and faces. If these subjects are not of interest, do not go to the eBay link to the right. I truely do not want to offend anyone that I care about! You are special!
This is an oil pastel again for my MFA Thesis. I actually did it for the drawing show but thoughts are that it is to personal and no one would want it....so I will show it here. It is not on eBay...none of my ribbon pieces are. Ribbons are so beautiful but after what happens to the ribbons? I thought it would be nice to mull over the significance of the ribbon and how it effects us. What promises does it give and are those promises fulfilled? To see what I have on eBay scroll to the right and click the eBay link.
This morning it was so glorious. There was a fog with the early morning light sifting through onto the grape vines. My it was a joy to watch. I have a sore throat and a cough but at least I can snuggle up with my blanket and the computer and relax!!! I have a big pot of ham and navy bean soup slow cooking and the house smells good and cozy! Yesterday we put together a Eliptical....you know...exercise equipment. We decided that we need to be proactive and exercise and take care of ourselves because these are the only bodies we get. Since I should not jog and it is pretty muddy out here once the rains start we need other choices besides long walks. This is the choice. Wish me luck! Oh, my painting. It is one I finished about 2 weeks ago for part of my Masters Thesis Project. No, it will not go on eBay! I am still posting to eBay and even put some books on today. Again we are still cleaning out. If you want to see my eBay items, scroll to the right and down till you see my eBay link. It will take you toALL that I have listed.
The server is not allowing me to upload pictures right now!! I hate that!! To see the painting use the link, PLEASE!!!! This small little painting is also shown framed. I think it is charming but that is just me. Have a wonderful day! Smile, it gives others around you a gift that costs nothing but warms the heart!!! Click here to bid or just see the painting
Still cleaning out the studio....boy, my studio has way to much stuff! No wonder my sweet husband keeps telling me to clean things out. There are so many things that I forgot I had. Amazing! This painting was another demo for my high school students. I do not iron...trust me on that but I do use them for still lifes in the classroom. This is from quite a few years back.
Well, Blogger will not let me post a painting again today. I just hate that. Yesterday I picked up a book "7 Habits of Highly Effective People" I read it years ago and opened it again last night. I had forgotten so many wonderful principles in this book. It was written by Stephen R. Covey. He talks about 4 quadrants of living and reminded me that I need to go to work on myself again. I need to find what is important and focus on that. I need to work my life so that I stay out of crisis and stay in healthy, important activities. Excercise is one I neglect. I need to do better. Oh well, I am posting a link to a painting on eBay...since I can not post it here this morning.CLICK HERE TO SEE ART OR BID
The art is an older oil painting that I did from life, of geraniums and flower pots.
This pastel was done many years ago. It brings back memories of those days. I left the strokes of the pastel unblended to add energy to the drawing. Well, Jerry had a nice birthday yesterday and I am back to work today. I am trying to think about what I think, what that means and the power that can give me.Click here to bid
These are the 2 drawings that I will have in theKnowlton Gallery's SKETCHBOOK SHOW, opening this coming Saturday, Dece. 4th from 1 to 4 P.M. The dog yawning is my "Rosebud", she is a sweet yellow labrador. I was having some fun with this piece and used my finger prints to put in the under values with black tempura paint, then when that dryed, I went over the top with charcoal to unify the value changes more. Chuck Close used this finger print method and I thought it would be fun to try. The "3 Geese" were out at Lodi Lake and I enjoy seeing them congregate and conversate with each other!To Go To The Knowlton Gallery Web Site, Click Here
Well, it is Jerry's birthday today. I have made him a totally new cake like desert. I sure hope it is good. I am not so good at shaving chocolate but I still think it will taste good and be pretty. It has raspberries on top. This pastel was done about 15 years ago and I am hoping to find it a new home. Sounds like a puppy or a kitten huh!!! Oh well, maybe they are to me. To Bid Click Here
This was done about 15 years ago. I was just discovering pastel. This was done on red Canson paper. I have used this red mirror many times through the years. It is like an old friend. You know...eBay is kind of addictive. Strange!!! I want you to know that if you click the link it will not automatically bid you will actually have to choose to bid once in eBay but you can see what the piece is doing and if it has been bid on. I am still trying to figure out shipping for larger sizes and hope to someday figure out international shipping. I think I need to take a class on eBay. I am such a beginner and make so many dumb mistakes. Click Here To Bid
Well, for some reason I can not load pictures again today???? I am still putting paintings on eBay and my studio is very slowly getting better. I figure I have over a hundred 16" X 20" paintings stacked that I have no room to hang. I did finally get my studio hung with my newer work. I feel good about that. A good new movie is "Eat, Pray and Love". I liked it. It made me think about how I think. Have a great day, stay warm and think happy thoughts!! Okay it is now 9:04...past my bedtime but I am finally able to get a photo up for you to see! If you click on the photo you can see the brushstrokes! Click Here To Bid
Well, for some reason the photo option is not working this morning. There are times that things do not work. That is just a part of life. I have a huge crock pot of turkey soup simmering and the world is a good place here in Acampo. This is a 25 minute quick study in oil of a man in a trench coat and hat with his arms folded. I finally was able to get the photo to post!! Click here to see image and or Bid
This ia a 25 minute oil sketch that I did in my quick studies class. I love the crazy lighting in this little guy!!! Well, I need to get off my lazy but and get to the study in about 5 minutes. Yesterday I made chix soup and read almost all day. I was really lazy!! I did lose 3 lbs. but my jeans still seem as tight as ever. Doc says I am fine so I will just watch that darn cholesteral not that it is a big problem but borderline means be more thoughtful about what I eat. Boy, isn't it tough getting older. Wow, the sun is shining!!!! I must go now. Perfect time for the walk to the studio!!! Click Here to Bid
Well, I had blood work done early this morning and my coffee was so nice as I had to wait for it. I just put on a crock pot of chicken vegtable soup. With the rain, the smell will help keep that cold dampness away. Also it will make the house smell good! This painting was done for my M.F.A. landscape class. I had to use an analogous color scheme for it. I type so poorly that sometimes I hit the wrong key and struggle with my links. I got this one to work on the second try. To Bid Click Here.
This is a still life that I did about 19 years ago. The little pot I threw in the ceramics class that I was teaching at the high school. I just love flowers. Don't you? I hope I have some time this summer to paint some florals. I have a lot on eBay right now. If you want to see all of them click the eBay link to the right and scroll down or use the click here to bid link and scroll right and click other items by this seller. Have a very happy thanksgiving. Click Here to Bid
This is from the "Gift" pieces I did for a poem a few years back. I posted it's companion yesterday. There were 3 but I gave one to a friend last year. It is 12" X 12" oil on Gesso Board. Yesterday was such a nice day. Jerry and I took a long walk, we picked gourds with MaryAnn, (we grew them...she paints them), I signed paintings and started reading a new book. It rained like crazy but I snuggled up in a blanket, made a big pot of vegetable soup and enjoyed my book. Now that is so close to heaven...who could ask for more!!!Click Here to Bid
Yes, I am still cleaning the studio. Gosh, I had NO IDEA I had so much of a back log of art stashed everywhere!!!!!!! This was done for a show called "The Gift". It is a playful piece that was illustrating a line in a poem. I think it would be nice it a small childs room! You know how they question everything!! Again I am having link issues. If you can not reach eBay through this link, go to the right side of my blog and scroll down and click the eBay link there!!!! So Sorry!!! OKAY!! It took me a day to figure out I put in to many zeros in my link! Whew! Why is this so hard for me!!! Click Here To Bid
This was done on location a very long time ago. I love the wet in wet in it and the salt effect in the foreground. If you have never painted on location you must try it. It is so wonderful!!! It is a total experience. The smells and temperature and even the wind on your face is part of the painting. Click Here To Bid
This is another demo in watercolor for my high school students. Again it was finished in the studio at a later date. It is funny. A few years back I bought these gorgous antique buttons to paint, well, to make a long story short...I lost them in the studio. Every once in a while when I am not looking for them, I will find them...then immediately I forget about them and they are lost again. I guess when the right moment comes they will be found and painted but until then they will stay in never neverland. Jerry and I took the dogs out to the Mackville ranch for a long walk this morning. It was wonderful to see they doggies running through the pasture!!!! To Bid Click Here
I just love this Iris. She is a lot of fun to paint but to get that color right in watercolors would take a genius and trust me I am not!!! I still like the painting though. This was started as a demo for my high school art class a few years back and was finished in my studio at home.I think I may be out of my painting slump. I made some progress on some paintings today. It felt really good! Click Here to Bid
I used to have a yard full of Irises but we decided to change to a more evergreen yard and now only have a few left. This was started as a demo in watercolor for my high school students and finished in my studio later. I stretched the paper just like you would canvas except the paper was wet when I did the stretching. The paper does not buckle when it is stretched in this fashion. Click here to bid
This watercolor is over 20 years old. Hummmmm, older than all of my students. It was done on location in beautiful Silver Lake, Ca. As you all know I am on a mission to clean out my studio. I have torn up many drawings and paintings in the last few monthes. Some are just to good a friends to destroy. Those I will be putting on eBay. I need a clean slate. The easiest way to find my work on eBay is to select the art catagory and then type in Eger. Usually that will pull up a list of everything I have at auction. I will still have a link here as well.Click Here To Bid
If you want tips on quick studies check out my post yesterday. It may help. Edges are also important. Once the 3 value areas are in and the paint is still wet soften some edges, by wiggling the brush on the edge between the 2 value areas. This is Jessie and he looks like he overheard my high school students talking to their friends and was shocked by the language they use with each other. To see this image larger, click on the image. Click Here to Bid The starting bid is $45.00. Have a great day!
Jean asked me to talk a bit about how I do the quick studies. I tone the canvas ahead of time with a neutral grey or a midtone skin color. I do not start the quick study till the toned canvas is totally dry. I squint a lot!!!! I think mostly in terms of darks, midtones, and lights. I use as large a brush as humanly possible. Only at the end do I shift to a smallish brush. For these I used Liquin as the medium because it drys quickly. I also used Liquin mixed in the underpainting/canvas toning. I do all drawing with a #2 filbert brush using burnt umber. I used a full color palette for the ones I am posting...however...if you are new at this, to start try using a limited palette of Yellow Ochre, Terra Rosa, Ivory Black and Titanium White. The black is actually very blue...so use it as a blue. Do not add much white to the Terra Rosa (it will make it chalky) instead use Yellow Ochre, only add white when nothing else will work to lighten. These colors work as primarys and can help you paint faster and will always have a color harmony. I hope this helps!! The portrait here was done with a full palette in 40 minutes. Stop when the timer goes off. Oh, something else that helps ona 40 minute study, is to set the timer for 20 minutes, when it goes off walk away...get a drink of water, walk the dog, come back...look at it, then set the timer for 20 more minutes and do what your eye told you to do when you got back from your very short break!! Click Here to Bid
Me and my computer have been having a very hard time this weekend. Mozilla Firefox will not work and I need to instal Flash Player for my Master's class but it also will not install. I spent most of the day yesterday with Mcafee on the phone and the say it is not a virus. Anyway...I have to decide soon to fix this one or get a new one and I have put off the new one for four years already. I do not want to deal with that either. Well here is another oil quick study but this one was done in 40 minutes.Click Here To Bid
Have a geat day!
Well, my blog and I are still at war this morning but it looks like it is going to let me post after a few trys and a very slow upload. Good news. I have been asked to be one of three judges for the 51st Art Annual, which is at the Mondavi Winery on Woodbrige Road in Acampo, Ca. in March.
Also my Jerrry gave me the radio/CD player that he did not use..YAAAH! My old one quit playing CD's and I had to tape the on switch on to get the radio to play...so now I am in the lap of luxury!!!!
Sad news, I have lost my figure drawing sketchbook so I will not be posting any of them on eBay. For the life of me I do not know where it is. Sometimes I think I am lossing my mind. We have been cleaning the studio for weeks...it is probably in a new place, I hope. I have a whole stack of nude really quick sketches on newsprint but I can not imagine anyone wanting them as newsprint paper is such poor quality. I could use feedback on that.
Etched with Age is a 25 minute quick study in oil for my quick studies class.Click Here To Bid
My blog is giving me trouble again today. It is very frustrating. I actually got the image in the browser box but could not get it to move to the blog. The image is a portrait of a black woman with her hair wrapped in a black scarf and she is wearing a black shirt. Since I can not get it to post, click my link to view it. So sorry!!!! : ( To See or Bid on my eBay 25 minute quick study oil portrait, CLICK HERE
I started framing pieces for the Knowlton Sketchbook Show. The Opening Reception is December 4, 1-4. I got one framed today and will continue framing tomorrow. Yehhhhh! I finally got the image to post. Boy, that was tough work!!
Well, today I stripped 6 portraits off the canvases with Easy-Off Oven cleaner. I figure if I do not think they are good enough for a bidder on eBay to like them, I should reuse the canvas. Enough saving things that are of no value besides, my work has gotten better since then. This is a 25 minute oil head study from my Quick Studies Class. Click Here To Bid
I am struggling with my blog tonight. It does not want to let me post an image. I will try again. Well, still no luck. I am going to put a link so you can see Sandra on eBay. Sorry, I can not put in a link tonight either. My eBay name is eger_studio if you want to find me on eBay. OK, it finally let me do something! Yah! Yes, I am still cleaning out the studio! Click here to bid
This is Kenny again. This drawing has much nicer color than this image. Doesn't he have a terrific face!!!! I have been doing some work for my MFA directed study but I am going to work on that more before I post any of that work. I have been using award ribbons as my subject. The colors are so beautiful and the flowing shapes are a challenge. To Bid on Kenny Click Here
Oh, a really sad effect of the economy...the wonderful 20th Street Gallery in Sacramento, Ca. has officially closed. It was a wonderful gallery and Jim Ferry and his staff worked so hard for the community of Sacramento and the art community at large. They will be missed!!!
This was a quick study in pastel of Kenny Davis. He was a student of mine in 1993. He was a terrific person and a wonderful portrait model!!!!! Click Here to Bid
I will be posting a group of pastel drawings that I did in 1993. My students were going to the Lodi Art Center and posing for the portrait and clothed figure drawing group. They were wonderful models. Four of the drawings I will be posting are of Kenny Davis. All four will be head studies in pastel. This one is on burgandy Canson paper. To Bid Click Here
I did this quite a few years back in a painting class with Ning Hou. I learned a lot from him but it was a painful learning experience.He had us paint from dark to light and he would say one stroke...one stroke...one stroke! He meant that you only put down one stoke of color then change the color with every stroke. The color is rather emotional but the painting is playful. It is an oil and 8" X 10". Yes, I am still cleaning out the studio. Yesterday I started to rehang it and discovered that it was much dirtier than I thought. I am allergic to dust and my head and face are saying bad words to me today!!! To Bid Click Here.
I am still cleaning out the studio one drawing at a time. I am still trying to figure out how to ship paintings bigger than 11" X 14". Once I am sure I know how to deal with the shipping, I will post some misc. figures in oil, that I have done for several of my Academy Classes. I also have a large stack of portraits that I have done over the years of my students. They were all done from life and most were between 30 minutes and 45 minutes. They are mostly pastel maybe a few in charcoal. I will be posting those as well. Some are really delightful, and I see something lovely or .... and so I have kept them for many years.
Well, now that the studio tour is over...I need to rehang the entire studio. It looks depressing right now!!!! It is bare and sad. The bottom picture is paintings to hang. The 3rd picture is the hordes of paintings that keep piling up in the studio.(the flat file is full also.) The 1st and 2nd is my upstairs studio space. Hopefully this weekend I will get some work back on the walls again. I have a huge stack of pastel quick life portraits and I am hoping to put some of those on eBay very soon. The entire stack is past students that came to the Lodi Art Center to model about 10 years ago. I am a pack rat. I just can not bear to toss out something that I see beauty in. I am still posting under grad life drawings and head drawings on eBay. Click here for latest eBay post
I love painting and the world around me is amazing. Life is to short and I want to see the best in people. I am putting a few drawings on eBay, as I have time. My Etsy store is empty for now, maybe when I retire or finish my M.F.A. or just find some extra time, I may try again. My Blog is more a forum to share what I am painting, my growth, both failures and successes. I am also working on my M.F.A. in painting and working full time as a high school art teacher. I am an 10 year cancer survivor so I have been given a special gift of life and want to enjoy it to it's fullest.