5.29.2008

Encaustic - Red & White

Ta da! I received my paintings on Tuesday from my workshop in Carmel, and I've been so excited about it. I am really proud of some of them since abstract subjects have never come easy to me. But with the encaustic technique of paintng quickly and fusing each layer with a blow torch, abstracts were pretty fun and easy to try. It takes a little bit of going with the flow as you learn to use the torch as a tool or paint brush. So much fun! So this one was one I worked really hard to get smooth and a pure white. That wasn't easy, as I realized that "dinking up" your colors is very easy to do and something I try to avoid in my usual painting. So keeping a pure white was a challenge. So tell me what you think! I plan to show them all in July at my "Twins & Friends Show"--so stay tuned for all the details and plan to come!

5.27.2008

I'm Back!

California was beyond amazing--I learned encaustic painting from William Harsh, and the bug has bitten me.  I am setting up my encaustic studio and will be learning more and producing some NEW work!  Check back for some examples as I hope to receive my paintings that I did in Carmel today.

Also, see that I've got a new look with my site and blogs--I hope that you find all that you are looking for.  Just email with any questions.

Today's thought:
May He strengthen in you the inner self through His Spirit, according to the riches of His glory; may Christ dwell in your hearts through faith; may you be rooted and founded in love. Ephesians 3:16,17

5.10.2008

Headin' Out!


I'm leaving tomorrow for what is going to be a dream come true! I've had the dream of going to take a fabulous workshop from another artist somewhere else in the U.S., but I've never found the right artist or workshop. But a few weeks ago, I was flipping through a magazine and found Artista Creative workshops in Carmel, California. "Perfect!" I thought. So the stars aligned, no kidding, and my twin sister Claire and I are going tomorrow on Mother's Day (Happy Mother's Day, Mom!!) to beautiful Carmel to begin our week of relaxing, artistic luxury! I will let you know how it goes. I plan to be away from technology as much as I can be--phones, email, laptop....I'll see you when I get back next week. Please pray for us to have a safe and enlightening trip. I plan to bring back all that I learn to share in my future workshops! Can't wait....

If you're wanting to visit the gallery in Athens, feel free! Leslie will still be there Tuesday - Saturday, 10am - 5pm.

Welcome me back by enrolling in one of my workshops or Wine & Paint Nights coming up! They are going to be fabulous, and I'll be sharing my experience in Carmel too! Read more on my site...


5.07.2008

Bee-autiful Day!

Oh my.  It couldn't have been nicer outside today.  While I took my puppy out to do his business this morning, I noticed an area of our backyard that seemed suddenly so inviting.  It's the entrance to the backyard that we rarely use with steps coming down from the porch.  To my surprise our oak tree has grown enough to give some pleasant shade and the breeze was just right that I decided to take my easel outside with my lunch and have a cool "artist's date" right at home.  Since I've been babysitting Gus, our new boxer puppy, this seemed like the perfect thing since I've been attending to him like a newborn baby so that he'll potty-train as soon as possible.  Besides, Gus really likes being outside.  Something cute and funny--the breeze was blowing my sundress, and Gus was following the hem of it with his eyes, then jumped up and chomped down on my dress and hit the ground with it.  He is really much like a pirana right now. Ouch!....Ok, I "lied" in the painting--there really aren't pretty pink flowers in the pot.  But thank goodness for being able to use my artist's license!  The painting is in Oil on cradled board, 6x6.  Not selling this right now. But let me know what you think of it! Below was my set-up...


5.02.2008

Paintings for Charity!

These paintings of Big Al and Aubie one are going to be sold to raise funds for my friend Kevin Derryberry's ministry. He held a golf tournament last month, which Leslie and I shot photos for, and I also told him that I would sell these to raise money for his ministry. So, grab one of them for yourself--the money is going to a great cause! And check out Kevin's site and read about all the great things he does through his musical talents. He is amazing....This is one way I could help. I hope you enjoy these paintings! (Let me say that the photos of these paintings are not as vibrant as the pieces are in person. If you would like to see them, they are in the window in my gallery!)


So, before anyone freaks out that I've gone crazy, I haven't! I'm still a die-hard Auburn fan, BUT, I am going to start painting other college paintings too. So, why not start with the beloved Big Al from the University of Alabama? I did always like Big Al driving his little car when I was a young girl before I decided to go to the other school.

Big Al, Acrylic on Cradled Board, 6x6 $100 plus $10 shipping


And then there's my favorite and most beloved Aubie! I love this guy--he is the best mascot in the nation! I'm not kidding--he really has won awards for being the best, but just ask the kids who love watching his fun antics during the football games. Me for one, well, I love wathching Aubie. War Eagle!!

Aubie, Acrylic on Cradled Board, 6x6 $100 plus $10 shipping

Big Al SOLD

Aubie SOLD

Granny in Blue Bowl




Painted on my back porch in the spring air, this granny smith apple called my name to paint--rich green and shiny skin. It made it even better that is was sitting in one of my favorite bowls made by an awesome potter and friend of mine, Conrad Lippert.
You can see this one in person at my gallery in downtown Athens!
Oil on Cradled Board, 6x6, $95 plus $5 shipping SOLD