Sunday, December 07, 2014

Cameron Art Show Saturday, December 13


These are some works I will have for sale at the Cameron Art Show on Saturday, December 13th.  Hope to see you there.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Painting class this semester

This has been a fun semester in Painting.  I needed to do a series so decided to make a series of three paintings of my friend, Betsy.  She is so photogenic and I love all her pictures.  So I stated out making a very beautiful painting, then wanted to capture different moods. Ended up with the following:

A little moody:

This is Bad Ass Betsy

I have a couple more but they are not quite finished yet.

Sunday, October 05, 2014

Lafayette High School 50th Class Reunion

Friday night and last night were the celebrations of my 50th high school class reunion.  What a fun time!  It was great to see all my friends from a most memorable time in my life.  Some I had seen at the previous reunions and others, well, it had been 50 years since we walked down the aisle to receive our diplomas.  Time has flown by but the fun memories remain as vivid as if they were yesterday. 

Many thanks to Gary Mann and everyone else who help make this a night we will all remember fondly.  We had a large number of attendees with only a few unable to attend.  That says a lot for a large class of 200+ graduates.  We have also lost some of our classmates and they are sadly missed but their memory is still alive in all of us who, as teenagers, had much fun with them in school. 

I am looking forward the number 55 reunion so I can see all my friends again.  To those of you who attended, thank you for sharing the evening.  It certainly will remain one of the most memorable nights for me.  For those of you who could not attend, I hope you will be able to attend number 55.  There is nothing like old friends from our youth.

As I read the comments in "The Oak" from 50 years ago it brought back memories of a time when we were all carefree and just enjoying our youth.  1961 thru 1964 certainly was a time of change and growing up for all of us but we made it!  Earl and I are going to celebrate 49 years of marriage in 3 months and when I read the updates on everyone I saw that we have MANY from our class that are celebrating from 38 to 50 years together.  WOW that says a lot for all of us!  Happy Anniversary to all of you and I hope you celebrate many more with your high school sweetheart!

Go Irish!  See you in 5 years!

Saturday, October 04, 2014

Realize I had not published the completed Einstein painting.  He is truly my favorite.

Wednesday, October 09, 2013

Classes this Semester

I absolutely love the classes I am taking this semester.  Of course, the Art History class with Dr. Sauls is on my schedule again.  Love learning about the artists and the times in which they were creating.  Seems different to me now that I am older than it did when I was much younger.  I feel a greater connection to the fact that living in a certain era provides more influence on what we do and how we create than we realized as we moved through life.  During much of my life I always felt a great degree of independence coupled with doing my own "thing", whatever that was.  Now as I look back I have realized how much the decade I lived in affected my path in life.  In any case, Art History has given me new view and a better understanding of the art that was produced.

This is a woodcarving from the Printmaking class I am taking with Geo Sipp.  Geo is great!  I learned so much just in the first class.  I have never carved anything in my life!  We were to create part human - part animal and carve into a piece of wood.  Now that I have the image carved I will be printing it on paper.  (I will post a pic once I have it completed.)

Self-portrait project in Painting, also with Geo Sipp.  As you can see I am not good with this but am learning and having fun.  That is what counts, huh?

This is another self-portrait.  I had so much fun with this and decided I should leave well enough alone.

Now am doing a picture of Einstein.  LOVE doing this!  Geo had us use a grid to create the portrait with more accuracy.  Lots of prep work up front but it is worth it.  This is the first paint layer.

This is color layer number 2.  Think this is looking better.

Color layer number 3.  Lots more layers to go but I really love doing this project.  It measures 24 inches x 32 inches so it makes a big statement. 
Will post the completed work once I have it done.  Stay tuned..................

Monday, September 23, 2013


The Lady of Mystery is finished and ready to mail.  I hope the auction at International Quilt is a huge success.  If you are going to Houston please check out the donated quilts and bid on your favorite one.

This will be in the mail tomorrow.  Now to get to working on the items for the demos and classes.

Monday, September 02, 2013

Lady of Mystery Quiltlet

I decided I should work on the quilted wall hanging for International Quilt.  Wasn't sure what I was going to make until I got started.  It always seems like whenever I begin a project the creating just comes to me.  This was no different.  I grabbed my paints, brushes, fabric and a glass of cherry limeade.  Then, just stared painting.                                                                                               

As I began to paint the brush just seemed to take a mind of its own and I started drawing a woman's face.  I had made a drawing in my sketchbook of a woman with various colored spheres.  Then for some reason a veil across her face seemed to add mystery to the lovely lady.  I decided that she would become the center of the quilt.

With brush in hand a form began to appear then a flower stem rose from the bottom of the piece.  As I painted the face then the sphere the colors for the objects almost selected themselves. While yellow is my favorite color I decided that perhaps I should begin with its compliment - purple.  The large sphere would bear the color of royalty with the mysterious lady's eyes captured the color of emeralds.  She would have large beautiful eyes that peered over the veil covering her slight smile indicating she had a mysterious secret.

Her blue veil gave a hint of the sky above the garden where she spends most of her time reflecting on its beauty.  The colorful hues dance in the breeze as ballerinas sway with the notes of a musical telling a story of love.  Using silk flowers from my stash of recycled bouquets I decorated around her face.  Now they are ready to be stitched then I will need to decide what I will use to create the centers.  Rather than felting the centers I am thinking I might use crystals. 
Once this is completed it will be in the auction at International Quilt Houston.  Perhaps you could be the proud owner!
Time to get back to working on my Painting Class assignment for class tomorrow.  I will be painting a self portrait from photographs I had taken this week.  This is an exciting semester for me.  I love to paint and am looking forward to learning many new techniques.  Our first assignment is the self-portrait without using a brush!  Love my instructor.  He is so talented and has already shared many good ideas.