Monday, January 25, 2016

MARKET SCENE, FRANCE, a study. Click here to go to auction.

​This was executed in my class with Jim Richards. I've been taking from him for almost a year, once a week for, 3 times a month, 8 hours each day. He demonstrates on my canvas when I'm in trouble. As time goes by, he works on my pieces less and less. But he worked quite a bit on this one, and I have to say that I don't recognize any of my own brushstrokes or colors in this piece. But it's good to know that I am beginning to see the difference.

But it's taking up room on my floor. 

I will note on the back of the painting that both Jim and I had our hands in this.  MARKET SCENE, FRANCE, is a 9x12 oil on board and is available for auction on DailyPaintworks. Bidding begins at $200.

Sunday, January 24, 2016

MODEL'S BREAK, click here to view auction

Rosa has posed for my workshop in France for 4 years. A lovely artist from Hungary, she lives and teaches art in Paris. One day she made a typical Hungarian dish for us for dinner.

Model's break is a 9x12 oil sketch on board, available at auction on DailyPaintworks. You can go here to view the auction: 

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Sienna sketch

And another oil sketch from Jim Richards' class, up for auction on Daily Paintworks:

Friday, January 22, 2016

Accademia, Florence, Italy

This is from the Acadamia in Florence, Italy. We had a brilliant guide who rushed us through the museum. Oh, to have that knowledge inside me. I don't seem to be able to retain all the info. But I do retain the energy of an artist's brushstrokes. So sad to be compelled to leave a room before I've had time to put my nose to the painting to figure out what size brush the artist used, what pigments. On to the next room...

This is a 9x12 oil on board, up for auction on DailyPaintworks. Bidding begins Monday, January 25, at $200. Go here to watch...

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Hydrangeas, Lemon and Lime

Here's another oil painting from my class with Jim Richards. It's an 11x14 oil on board. Click here to go to Daily Paintworks if you're interested:

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

A sunny day in Ballyhack Ireland

I participated in a plein air event in Wexford, Ireland a few years ago. I had no idea what a plein air event was; I was out of my league. It rained nonstop, and I was doing pastels at the time. Not a good mixture, pastels and rain. Needless to say, it was a very difficult time for me.

This oil painting I did from a photo I took on the trip one day when the sun made its brief appearance. I hope to go back to the annual plein air event in Wexford one day, now that I know better what I’m doing.

This is an 11x14 oil on board, up for auction or sale on DailyPaintworks. Bidding begins at $200 or you can purchase it for $400 outright. You can watch the auction or purchase this painting by going here:

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Studies for sale, making room in my little house for more. SOLD!

I have been taking painting classes from Jim Richards for quite a few months now, and the work from class has been accumulating. Since I don't have a working studio at the moment (my garage is in transition and I'm holed up in my mudroom with canvases and boards lining the walls), I need to make room for more. So for the next few weeks I'm putting up for sale my class work (much of which Jim has actually helped me with). Here's one I like.

This one is a 12x16 oil on board, price begins at $200 on I think it's a sweet little piece. Click here to go to site:

There's still room in my pastel workshop in Fontaine-Fourches, France, May 8-22, 2016!

If you are playing with the idea of joining me in France this year, now might be a good time to get those airplane tickets. I'm seeing prices around $1,000.00 from Atlanta. That's pretty incredible. Here's a sampling of what you'll be doing. It's two weeks of magic and easy as pie. Everything is taken care of for you.  Here's the link if you want more info: