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!
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.