This cute little rabbit is actually a ceramic figurine with very worn gold leaf. It was so cute that I had to have it. The little square bottle was one of my many garage sale finds. The flowers are oleanders and if you did not know, they are poisonous, but pretty! I worked out on the ranch with Jerry today checking the drip lines and flushing out all the ends. My poor Jerry started feeling bad. He got a terrible headache and nausious. He is napping now. I hope it makes him feel better. I also painted on the "Waterlilies" a bit more early this morning. If anyone wants to check out some cool lecture notes from one of Richard Schmid's lectures go here: http://artofrodrigo.blogspot.com/2011/04/richard-schmid-lecture-notes.html Richard Schmid is just excellent. I know I need to locate his landscape book. Later!!! Enjoy the sun! Click Here to Bid
This is one of my many tractors from my farming and ranching series. I am working on a 36" X 48" oil painting of waterlilies in the studio. It is about 80% done. I am hoping to have it finished in the next couple of weeks. I am working on edge control and color temperature on it now. My spring Academy class will be over the middle of May so I need to focus. This summer I will be attempting 2 Academy classes for the 1st time in 5 years of taking classes. Wish me luck, I may need it!! Click Here To Bid
I did this little guy on Thursday after work down in Turlock, Ca. with the Central Valley Suncatchers. The wind was blowing and my beautiful brand new Kevin McPherson Pochade easel was thrown to the ground an slightly damaged but I felt alive and happy!!!! Enjoy!
Well, it took me 9 monthes but I finally finished the pastel of Phillip and shipped it to Germany this last Monday. I made some changes in the background and quieted down the reflected light in the hat and jacket since the last posting. I threw my back out a week ago and 2 trips to see Dr. Toni Reynolds, (my Chiropractor) I am finally starting to feel a lot better. I am very tired...I am thinking that maybe I am not drinking enough water. Sorry, I have been very negligent about posting lately. I did not get any work in Pastels USA. Oh well. There is next year. I will just have to try again.
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.