Books & Trinket Box

It's been a few weeks since my last post and I wanted to  post  some new work I'm recently completed.   I hope to keep a better handle on tis blog in the upcoming months.  Thank you for your patience with me!  Here is the  first of several.  The book ends were found in an antique store.  I hadn't seen any like them before so they caught my eye...most of you know, I love the  unusual and unique character of old things.   They alone inspire me...:).  The antique trinket box was a gift from a friend.

Books & Trinket Box
14 x 16
Oil on Linen

"Texas Blue"

"Texas Blue"  will be  on display beginning this coming Saturday - November 3rd for the  Gallery Off The Square contest for works representing "Texas Traditions"   Visitors will be voting on the works submitted by some of our 32 Texas artist.

The inaugural event "Gallery Georgetown" is a free event promoting art in Georgetown,  7 galleries will be  participating in the event.   Participants who visit all galleries will be eligible to participate in a drawing to win several wonderful prizes.  I'll be at Gallery Off The Square (in Framers Gallery)  and Casa 'Ole will be catering fajita nachos and Pilot Knob Vineyards will be providing a wine tasting for our visitors   Food samplings and refreshments will be offered at all locations... an opportunity to try out some of Georgetown's best.  

Please come by.  Would love to see you!

Oil  on Linen

The Landing and the Plane

It's been a busy Summer.  Now that I'm able to spend more time in the studio, I hope to post more regularly and share what I've been doing.  I recently purchased this amazing antique toy airplane in an antique shop in Colorado Springs, Co.   I decided to paint it two ways -  as a display and in flight "coming in for  a landing".  the pieces used for the assembly of the plane fascinate me and broken down, you can see tin metal from old signs  used for the body of the plane and the propellers (crimped so the young recipient of this amazing toy wouldn't get cut);  hand carved wood pieces (wing, fuselage  and wheels); and crown bottle caps (which surprisingly date back to the 1800's)  for the hubs.  I just fell in love with it!

20x20 on oil primed linen

16x20 on oil primed linen

Milk and Grapes

Another great find!  i recently bid on a box of vintage milk glass at a local auction and won!  This compote caught my eye immediately and I just had to paint it.  The globe grapes were plucked off the vine before all were ripe (notice the variation of colors) and the leaf was a vibrant spring green.  I just love the color combination.   The contrast of the milk glass under low lighting was the finishing touch!  Hope you like it too.

Milk and Grapes
Oil on Linen Panel
11 x 14