Bosque Arts Center - Clifton, Tx

Went to the awards dinner of the 29th Annual Bosque Art Center Exhibit last night.  What a wonderful treat!  The quality of art was so impressive and the warmth of the members of the art council and guest was moving.   Three of my pieces were juried into the show and what an honor to walk into a crowded room and discover that  one of them, "Embroidered Treasure" had not only won the First Time Entrant Award but the Gold Award  for the Oil/Acrylic category and it had sold!   Another entry, "It's Appealing" had also sold!  What a wonderful event and evening!

 "Embroidered Treasure"

"It's Appealing"

Oil Painters of America Western Regional Exhibit - Mountainsong Gallery at Carmel-by-the-Sea

I've been a little  delinquent sharing some wonderful  things that have happened during this summer - one of which is the selection of "Blue Enamel & Eggs w/Slotted Spoon", to be in the Oil Painters of America Western Region Exhibit! I've posted a picture here...I'm also thrilled to share that it was chosen (along with another one which I'll post soon) as a finalist in the 2014 Artist Magazine  Annual Art competition ... with over 7,500 entries this year!

Blue Enamel & Eggs
w/Slotted Spoon
If interested in this work - please contact artist

Ever painted Lace?

When I paint clothe, I  learn so much about  values and  how they impact  form. This painting  pairs cloth with a  basket of eggs - mixed browns and creamy whites.    I used the chiaroscuro technique which I'm drawn to.  I love the drama the  shadows and light create with this method.

Eggs & Battenburg

14 x 22

Painting Lemons

I'm always amazing at how many colors are  "hidden" in  objects we  tend think of as being pretty much  just one main color.   When painting lemons  for this  piece - it provided the color surprises I've learned to look for in my still life set ups.  When matching colors for both the lemons and silver, I discovered shades of mauve, lilac and red along with various shades of yellow.  

To add to it's interest... I  decided to include some silver items in this still life.  I have only painted silver once before and found it to be challenging...especially in an all black studio with controlled lighting.    I'm planning to use silver more often so I can study reflections and the way light affects if any of you have some silver objects you care to loan... please speak up...:)  

Oh..this painting is still wet so you'll notice a few areas that have "sunken in",  which will be corrected once it's completely dry and  varnished.  :)

Silver & Lemons
14 x 16