Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Oil on board

This is my third 18 x 24 incher in a row. I do like this size. Usually I paint on linen on board but this time I tried painting right onto a primed board. It was a very different painting experience. The paint just slid on, real smooth, no teeth to hold the paint.  I haven't decided yet whether or not I like it.
These orchids were  inspired by a book of botanical illustrations that I have by Alexandre Brun. A beautiful collection called The Forgotten Orchids. I might do a few more from the book.
I see there is some glare in the photo. I'll see if I can correct that at a later time.

Friday, September 30, 2011

Sunny Side of the Street
Oil on linen on panel
24 x 18

I like to imagine the conversation the woman with the bag and and the person in the window are having. Are they merely greeting each other, engaging in neighborhood gossip, or perhaps they are arguing.
I have started painting bigger and am really liking it. For the longest time I was intimidated by the big canvas. It being such an investment in time and materials, I'd be so upset when the painting didn't work out. And while I still am, it is really fun to work big and in a strange way it is easier.

Sunday, July 31, 2011

Bananza Troop Trailer

Here is the latest game app we developed. Brilliant Charles Whitley did an amazing job with all the coding. My awesome nephew Jesse A. Lopez and I did all the graphics.  The magnificent Kristin Shand Turner wrote the original score, "Theme From Bananza Troop" which is what is playing in the trailer.  It is currently in review and should be available within a week or so.  Our website  has more info.  Getting this game out has taken me away from painting but it was worth it.  I think it is really fun to play and great to look at.

Friday, July 1, 2011

Feed Me
Oil on linen on panel
12 x 9

My always hungry friend.

Sunday, June 26, 2011

6 x 8
Oil on linen on panel

This is my second attempt at trying to incorporate what I learned from Goerschner's book. I am pretty happy with it.

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Goerschner Landscape
Oil on canvas board
18 x 24

 I have been reading through Ted Goerschner's Oil Painting the Workshop Experience the past couple of weeks. I have been copying all of his paintings trying to learn how he achieved certain results. Needless, to say, I really like his paintings. Anyway, this is the final one I did. It is my favorite in the book. I think it turned out pretty darn good. Now I hope I can take what I learned and incorporate into my own images and paintings.

Friday, May 6, 2011

Into the Tunnel
Oil on canvas panel
16 x 20

This is another painting challenge. It's from, but it is from last December. I have wanted to do this painting as soon as I saw it as it is such a reminder of my childhood.   For those few of you who don't recognize it, it is NY's Central Park. They have these bridges with tunnel pathways all over the park.  They always intrigued me. A little bit scary a little bit exciting.  

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

What Color is White?
Oil on linen on panel
6 x 6

This is the latest Daily Paintworks challenge-the color of white.  It's a hard exercise, but a fun one.  I got to use lots of color and if I kept my values right it would still look like white. 

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Street Jazz
Oil on Linen on panel
12x 9

This is a New York City street musician. The streets of New York are always so full of life and one reason is the frequency of live music on a corner, in a park, on a subway platform. This guy has apparently been around for years.

This is a combination of two challenges this week. The Daily Paintworks challenge

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Around and Around
Oil on canvas on panel
6 x 6

While looking at this painting I noticed that my eyes kept going around and around the painting starting at the bottle, down the flower stem to the first apple, up to the second apple and back to the bottle, down the stem, and over and over again. I hope you don't get dizzy.

I'll be hanging some of my art Tuesday March 1 at the Scooters in South Austin. My painting buddies Deborah, Ruthie and Sandra will have work up too. It will be there until the end of April. So maybe you'll get a chance to stop by and see it in person.

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Morning Bottles
Oil on canvas on panel
6 x 6

I have been having so much fun painting these bottles and setting the light low and from behind. It feels so much like early morning light. Which is my favorite time of day. It holds so much promise.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Rose Challenge
Oil on linen on panel
8 x 6

This is my first submission to the Daily Paintworks Challenge. Here is the link if you want to see other submissions. Or perhaps enter one yourself. Every week or so they post a new painting challenge. It's fun.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Morning Oranges
Oil on canvas on panel
6 x 6

I just love this little painting. It has such a warm glow to it, like the morning light.
I think I am going to paint more from this set up.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Niece Elise
Oil on Canvas
16 x 16

I finally finished this portrait of my niece. I had to wipe the face many times because I just couldn't get the likeness or the expression right. But I think I finally got it.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Oil on linen
12 x 18

After all those warm winter days we are cold here this week. My little bird is too. Good thing he has his winter coat on.

Monday, January 10, 2011

Winter in Texas 2
Oil on linen on panel
8 x 8

Being a fair weather plein air painter, it's only the lovely winter days that I go out and paint. Lucky for me that here in central Texas their are quite a few of those.

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Winter in Texas
Oil on linen on panel
11 1/2 x 8

This is the first plein air painting I've done that I liked enough to post. I went to a sleepover at my painting buddy Belinda's house and I guess the muse came to me. I did two paintings there I liked! I'll post the other one tomorrow.

Saturday, January 8, 2011

The White Ewer
Oil on linen on panel
6 X 6

This is the first painting I've done in a long time. It's good to be back. I like the looseness of the brush work and even though there is hardly any white in the painting I think it "reads" as a white pitcher.

Friday, January 7, 2011

I have been gone from painting for a long time but I have been busy learning Adobe Illustrator. My husband and I have been developing Iphone/Ipad apps. This one is called Pop Dem Reps, and is our first. You choose to be a Democrat (donkey) or a Republican (elephant) and try to pop your opponent. Teapots come along and cause all sorts of trouble. It's a simple but fun game. Our nephew Jesse A. Lopez (a great graphic artist) did most of the game art. But I did the bottom two screens. If you want to see the game in action go to and click on the video.