Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Oh, Pool Boy!

8 x 8 Oil on Gessobord


These women reminded me so much of the people at the  pool I used to go to when I was in my teens.  They had cabanas for the wealthier families and lockers for the "regular" folks.  We had a locker and didn't spend much time hanging around there, but spent our days either in the pool or following the cute pool boys who brought drinks and chairs to the cabana people.  My friends and I loved following the boys around and felt ever so lucky when they had us lugging the chairs to the people.  Why we didn't see that we were working for nothing is beyond me :-)  Our main goal was to get the boys' attention.  Ah....Youth!

Friday, July 26, 2013

Katherine's View

8 x 8 Oil on Gessobord

My Daughter-In-Law was here visiting.  She and my son live in Singapore, but we got to spend a great week with Katherine.  She's a terrific photographer with her own blog, KK's Photo Friday.  Each Friday she posts photos she's usually taken the previous week.  Today, she posted from Munich, Germany, where they are vacationing.  Their next stop is Copenhagen.  This painting is Katherine zooming in on the farmhouse in the distance in Bedford, VA.  We took her to get some new lens filters for the camera while she was here.  The photos she posted today were wonderful, so I guess the filters really work well :-)

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Bar Butts

8 x 8 Oil On Gessobord


Another in my series (this makes two) of butts.  I know I've done more butts in the past, but at that time I wasn't a dedicated butt painter.  I guess I am now :-)  I find enjoyment and inspiration in lots of strange things, and then I can't wait to paint them.  I'm not sure I want to be remembered as the Butt Painter, though...

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Herb's Moment of Zen

5 x 7 Oil on Linen Board

Here's Herb, an avid fisherman, Blue Bird genius, and an all around nice guy, fishing in a quiet cove at Smith Mountain Lake on our friend Jim's boat.  If you go out during the week, you pretty much have the lake to yourself, and it doesn't get much better than that!  All you hear are the sounds of summer...the water lapping, the birds chirping, the fish jumping (never near your line), and an occasional Great White Shark circling....only kidding!  Here's my Ode to Herb.

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Recent Commissions

8 x 8 Oil On Gessobord

8 x 8 Oil On Gessobord

These two commissions were such a pleasure to do!  I'm so glad that they liked them.  It is really a challenge to paint children, at least for me, but I find it to be very satisfying.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

The Mellow Yellow Camp Group

8 x 8 Oil On Gessobord

I'm taking pottery classes at the Bower Center for the Arts in Bedford, Virginia, and when I took my husband in to see the "almost" pots I made, I came across these boys taking pottery lessons as part of their camp experience.  They were very quiet and serious, unlike the adult class I'm taking :-)  I didn't hear any complaining about the clay being too hard, or to messy, or too wet, or not wet enough....(in our class, that was just me..)  One boy did have a red face, but I think that was just sunburn and not rage.  Anyway, I was really impressed with the Center.  They have so much to offer the community, and it's a really great place to spend some quality time.

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Don't Hate Me 'Cause I'm Pretty


8 x 8 Oil on Gessobord

This is my cousin's new French Bulldog Puppy, Dory.  What a face!  It doesn't get much cuter than that.  Not exactly pretty, but for another Frenchie, I suppose she's spectacular and will be very popular with the boys :-)

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Carp Diem

8 x 8 Oil On Gessobord

A study of an interesting woman...Very loose, but so great to paint!  I felt as though I was sculpting this woman with my brush.  There are things I might think about changing a little, but I'm leaving it as is and will probably do another one.  I'm learning that studies are really important. This has turned into one of my favorite paintings.  She was not just feeding the carp, but actually petting them...YUCH!  I'm pretty sure she was talking to them, as well :-)  It takes all kinds, right?!  She was enjoying the day, and that's what counts.  I just hope she went home with all her fingers....

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Butts Galore

12 x 12 Oil on Gessobord

Love the postures of this group of vacationers looking at the fish here at the lake.  Even the dog had his rear to me :-)   Thankfully, they were intent enough that they didn't pay any attention to me taking their picture.  For me, this is what it's all about..Painting people doing what they do...Just hanging out.  Another "Day in the Life."

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Objects in the Mirror Are Closer Than They Appear

10 x 14 Oil on Arches Paper for Oil

Rear Views...I seem to have a thing about them.  I love to paint the rear of people, places, and things. What's with that?!  Am I always looking back?  I'm sure an analyst would have plenty to say :-)  I was watching the motorcycle behind us on our way back from Bedford, VA, and suddenly realized that this would make an interesting painting. The landscape between Moneta and Bedford is, in my opinion, the most beautiful around.  Farmland, rolling hillsides, and mountains...It simply doesn't get better than that.  Well, the beach is right up there, too...