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Wednesday, November 23, 2011

You're Kidding -- Right?

She is so sassy I can't stand it!  That look just says that she doesn't take any guff from anyone.  I love it when we are strong enough to stand up and be our own person - regardless what anyone thinks.  SOLD.

Friday, October 14, 2011


I love her hair!  My hair would look so fabulous like this ... if only I had a lot more of it, it was looooonger, and really red.  And, oh, if I weighed a lot less.  These paintings are so much fun to do.  You can make them be as sassy as you want, and don't have to answer to anyone.  I love it.
Red, 8x10 mixed media on paper, SOLD

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

My New Kimono

There is something about this series of strong women that makes me want to explore the exotic.  I want to give them exotic clothes and wild hair.  Do you think that they are strong because they have the freedom to be wild and exotic?  Or, do you think they are exotic and wild because they are free?

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Wishful Thinking

Ahh, to be that young again!  Nice thought, but really - never again!  This is another in my series of Strong Women.  Strength in a woman is visible self-confidence; knowing who she is, what she wants and how to get it.   I love seeing that in the young women of today.  It certainly didn't exist very often when I was young -- only occasional glimpses of what was to come.  More power to ya sistas!
Mixed Media 15x22 on paper. $500.00

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Old Lacy

I painted this portrait of Lacy for a friend's birthday.  She is one of her dogs in heaven.  On the day the photo what shot, she had been moved from the ranch to the house in town, and she was a happy, happy dog.  Her owner was happy, too.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Kerri at Port A

This is the painting that I did on the first day of Liz Hill's workshop.  She really looks a lot like my sweet sister.  I loved painting her and putting her in this environment.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Model 3

I took an amazing workshop this weekend from Liz Hill at Dragonfly Gallery this weekend.  This is one of a series of models and paintings from that workshop.  Liz is an amazing teacher, and has helped me take my art to another level completely.  It is difficult to find meet up groups in this area for figure drawing who don't always use nude models.  As Liz said, "what can you do with a nude?  Nothing!"

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Rest a While

This gentleman was sitting on the bench in the square under one of the big pecan trees by the courthouse.  He looked so peaceful as he waited - for whom, I don't know.  He is typical of some of the folks in Georgetown.  Life is easier here, somewhat slower. I often wish for a more progressive town center - plazas, fountains, flowers, but then I'm reminded that this place has existed pretty much as it is for over 100 years.  I bet that our friends from the past rested under this tree, too.

Monday, August 29, 2011

Next Flight

This is my version of an old painting challenge by Karen Jurick. She manages to take some of the most interesting photographs - which turn into the most interesting paintings. I am working on my photographic techniques - learning how to frame the subject in a more interesting way. We will see what happens with that in the next few weeks.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

My bad!

A few days ago, I wrote about a demonstration I did for some new students - the Apple and Pear painting, and I forgot to give my friend, Polly Jackson credit for teaching me this amazing technique. It was she who opened my eyes to the process that brings such life to acrylic painting. I will be forever grateful to her, and hope that she forgives my thoughtless post.

You can see her link at the bottom of this page - check it out - she is an amazing artist!

Friday, August 12, 2011

Campbell and the Dragon

When I was in school, I fell in love with scratchboard. There is something about the calmness that it takes to make an image appear out of blackness. Something akin to doing calligraphy maybe. Whatever that is, when I create with a stylus, or pen and ink, I go into a very zen space. All my animals like to gather around me and sleep at my feet. I am totally at peace. Makes me wonder why I don't do that more often!

Monday, August 8, 2011

Rock Candy Mountain

It is this time of year that I dream of living in New Mexico or Colorado. Texas has been so hot and so dry, I think we are becoming like Phoenix or Las Vegas. Our kids vacation in Colorado every year, hike the mountain trails and rejuvenate. Lucky guys! This little collage sort of captures what I think it might be like to do that. Have fun! See you in a couple of weeks.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Pear and Apple Demonstration

This little painting was created as a demonstration for some friends who want to learn to paint with acrylics. The technique is the interesting thing, because it layers warm and cool colors on top of each other. Start with a red background, then sketch the outline of your subject in white chalk. Think about the final colors of the subject and first block in the subject with it's cool complement. Do the same with the background. Then paint over the subject again using warm colors. Be sure to leave some of the original background red showing around the edges. Add some detail, and you are done in a flash.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

A Rose is a Rose

I've returned to collage lately to my great delight. I had forgotten how much I enjoy it. Creating something out of bits of paper and paint ... makes me happy.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Best Friends

I love this picture! I am reminded of how exciting childhood can be, exploring with your best friend, stomping in the water, racing along the beach, looking for treasure! The possibilities are endless and so is the imagination.

Monday, July 25, 2011

The Bobs

These two characters were seen sipping coffee and smoking cigars on the square in Georgetown, Texas recently. I was told that they are known as "the Bobs" - General Bob on the right, and Tall Bob on the left. Apparently they are often seen doing just this - I suppose that cigars are not allowed at home.


About Me

I was married - for a really long time to the most interesting man in the world - Wayne Harmon. He is gone now, but never forgotten. We have one child, and two amazing grandchildren. I've been painting all my life, and consider myself a born teacher and a story teller.