Click Here To Bid This was done in the quick studies class I had with Michelle Goodwin. A great class and a hell of a lot of work but good for the soul!!!!! I am soooo tired. My kids are doing airbrush, scratchboard, learning clay tools and tomorrow starting to get really messy with clay whistles!! They are so much fun!!!! Got to go. I need to put in some more time of that cute little "Phillip", pastel!
Well I am back to work with the high school students and my Academy of Art classes. I am working on Phillip some more. Diana...email me. We are starting airbrush and clay today in my classes. If you have not been to Karen Appleton's site...it is a must see. She inspires me.This was a 25 minute quick study but I went back in and put more detail in the face so it is really about 40 to 45 minutes. To Bid Click Here
This is a quick study I did for one of my painting classes. She started out being a 25 minute quick study but I spent another 10 to 15 minutes adding more detail to the face. To Bid Click Here Tomorrow I am back to work. The rain has been pretty heavy here and the water has flooded over my gravel road going out to the studio. It has been partially washed away. It is still walkable though. When the weather is better and the water level lower we will have to do some road work and bring in a truck of gravel. Keep Japan in your prayers. I still haven't heard from Sayaka. Have a greaat day!
Here is a pastel I did of "Phillip" I am waiting for feedback before I call it done for sure. I am hoping to send little "Phillip" to Germany next week. I promised to do this pastel early last fall and I am begining to feel bad. I have worked on it off and on between assignments for my MFA classes at the Academy. I had the face looking real nice and one of my high school students drug his hand across the face and ruined it, then the next time the face was almost done last week...I sprayed it and got heavy handed with the spray fixitive and the face disappeared...so this is the third time and we all know the third time is a charm!!!!! Right! I have 3 pieces on eBay that have never been on before so go to the link to the right and chack them out if you like. To see the detail in Phillip click the image.
I finished this last week. It will hang in the Lodi Memorial Hospital. I am trying to finish up "Phillip" now. A pastel portrait. As soon as it is finished I will send it out to Germany. Yesterday I was stretching canvas till I ran out of staples. I tryed Jerry's heavy duty staple gun but I am just not strong enough to use it effectively. It took 2 hands to squeeze the handle and I like to hold the canvas with one hand and staple with the other. I do have a few things on eBay if you go to the upper right hand corner of this site and click eBay you can see all that is posted there. Enjoy our liquid sunshine. This summer we will wish for a day like today!!
This is one of the 13 pieces I did for the Lodi Memorial Hospital. I finished it yesterday and delivered it to be framed. I can breath now. It you ever need an excellent framer...check out "The Cellar" in Lodi, Ca. She does such fine work and is a pleasure to work with!!!! I am finishing up "Phillip" today. I have been working on it for way to long. Oh, for those of you that have not made it to my show at the Elsie May Goodwin Gallery, the show will be up thru April 2nd at 5 P.M. Must get some work done! Must go! Enjoy the day!!!!
I am frustrated. Maybe I have used all my memory...I do not know, but I still can not add pictures. Yesterday I climbed into the Koi pond and began pulling out the over abundance of water lilies. Did you know they have a huge truck like a tree floating under the surface of the water? I didn't!! I pulled and pulled and wow it was heavy!! If you are local and want some water lily starts for your own pond come by and get some!!! I have them in water in a childrens wading pool so they stay fresh and healthy.
I think I have "School Street" done or almost done. I wanted to post it for you to see but Blogger saysNo Mam!! I have to get back to the pastels! One more to finish!
I am still not able to add pictures to my blog. I am very worried about Sayaka. She was our exchange daughter many years ago. She lives in Osaka, Japan. I am hoping to hear from her. I need to finish my 1st pastel for my MFA directed study class. The last day to post it is tomorrow. As I sit here and look out the window at the tulip magnolia and the touches of yellow green growth pushing behind the flowers I see hope.
Yesterday was my show opening. I meant to take some pictures but I forgot. I was so busy talking with people...Oh well. I can not seem to post the pictures anyway. The show will be up the entire month of March. If you get a chance to go, please sign the guest book. I would love to know that you made it by.
Well, My art show reception is today, Saturday March 12th, from 4 to 7 P.M. It is at the Elsie May Goodwin Gallery, 1902 Pacific Ave, Stockton, Ca.
My dearest Jerry, put stamps on all my invitations for me! Thank-you Jerry!!!!! I am actually so preoccupied with the disaster in Japan that I am having trouble thinking about the show. I am worried about Sayaka and my friends sister. Say prayers please!!!!!!! I am still not able to post pictures of my paintings. It is very frustrating. Come to the show if you can. I would love to see you!!!
Well, I have a quick study of Mr. Duke done but ...my blog will not let me select it. I have tried twice...maybe the thrid time is a charm...here goes. Well my add selected button is not working! Yikes!
Sorry all, I have not been posting, instead I have been working on my Academy class and trying to get ready for the show at the Else May Goodwin Gallery. I did a tiny painting of my Mr. Duke. For those of you that do not know him...he was my dear Border Collie mix that died a couple of monthes ago. I will post it in a day or two. I still have a few corrections but this one is for me. I judge the Mondavi Show tomorrow and then Monday I deliver the work to the Elsie May Goodwin Gallery after work. I will hang it then come home. Then on Thursday I will do a portrait demonstration using a photo of one of my students. Sorry, no live model. Then Saturday, March 12th from 4 to 7 P.M. is the opening reception for the Elsie May Goodwin Show and the Expressions Selections in Tracey at the Grand Theater. I have a large piece there but I can not be at both receptions because the overlap each other so I will be at the Elsie May Goodwin, 1902 Pacific Ave., Stockton, Ca hope you can come.
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.