I wish I could have had a little bit longer to make some areas of this painting stronger but, I am just thankful to have had such an interesting model. This is the last painting done in William "Bill" Schneider's workshop. What a wonderful workshop it was!!!
Ok, it's not really Tevya but that's what I thought when Michael walked in the door! I could hardly wait to get started painting him. This was done in an effort to apply the techniques we learned doing the Fechin studies. I am very pleased with it.
Please excuse the charcoal scribble in the upper left side. I wanted to be sure to remember the model's name and just decided to leave it.
I must confess that I don't know the title Fechin gave this painting or the gender of the model. It seems most think it is a girl but, it looks like a boy to me. Something about it makes me feel he/she was a young composer. Impressions and personal interpretations! That's all that really matters in the end.
I am unsure of the title Fechin gave this painting. It is another study and I have given it a title that helps me identify it.
I loved all of the Fechin studies but, when this one began to remind me of my middle granddaughter, I decided to leave it as it was and end the study. I should have her pose in a similar way while she is still about this girl's age.
In the fall I was privileged to be able to take a workshop with William "Bill" Schneider. I had met him several years ago and was so impressed by his passion for art and generous spirit that I determined I had to take a workshop with him one day. When he offered one on Techniques of the Old Masters and, specifically Nicolai Fechin, I knew this was the one!
This painting is of his wife, Alexandra, and was the first of three that we studied. All of these studies were allowed about three hours and I am very pleased with each one.
Join us for the 15th Annual Master & Signature Member Show and National Juried Competition Exhibition. Southwest Art Magazine notes this annual show features "women of distinction" in a celebration of their finest work.
The Gallery will host an Artists Reception for the public from 1:00-4:00pm on Friday, November 2, 2012. The winners of the juried competition will receive approximately $15,000 in cash and prizes, with a Best of Show award package of over $6,000.
15th Annual Master & Signature Member Show and National Juried Competition Exhibition.
November 2 – November 25, 2012
K Newby Gallery + Sculpture Garden
19 Tubac Rd • Tubac, AZ 85646-4217
Last fall my husband and I took a day trip to Lost Maples near Vanderpool, Texas. There were so many beautiful, beautiful things to paint, especially the maples, which were in all their glory! Here is one of them, a little stand of backlit maples. If only the paint could truly capture the magic!
In early June, I had the privilege of taking a workshop with Kim Casebeer. She is a wonderful artist, a great teacher and a really nice person, too!
This painting was done on the banks of the Guadalupe River, just off of River Road, near New Braunfels, Texas. It is usually blazing hot by this time of year but, it was nice and cool along the river. The only uncool thing was the snake that fell from the tree across from us. Such are the adventures of plein air painters! SOLD
I drive by this little ravine quite often. I always have to slow down and take a good look and, if I have my camera, which I usually do, take several photos to add to my collection. I have many photos of this scene taken at different times of day throughout the seasons and over many years. There is something so peaceful about it and always something a little different. Sometimes there are cattle, sometimes an egret and sometimes even a fisherman after a good rain.
This painting is from Wildseed Farms in Fredericksburg, Texas. The scene is from the west entrance of the building when the sun was just beginning to peek over the roof. I wasn't pleased with the results on site and brought it home to complete. I could see what was wrong but, it took a while to figure out how to correct it and make it all cohesive. I am now pleased with the results and am calling it done!
Country Road, 8"x10", oil
Sometimes giving a painting a title is the hardest part. Nothing I thought about seemed to fit so, I showed it to my husband and asked what first came to mind. He answered, "a country road" so, Country Road it is. For now, anyway.
(Available for purchase at Cactus Jack's )
Freudenburg Farm, 8"x10", oil, SOLD
This is a scene very near where I live. It never fails to capture my eye, no matter the time of day. This was an early morning scene so, the lighting was still a little blue. I have more paintings planned that will reflect how it looks at different times of day.
Early Texas Spring, 8"x10", oil
Fellow artist Bonny White and her husband, Roy, recently hosted a paint out for the Texas Paint Slingers. The fields were full of very bright and wonderfully fragrant wildflowers, which just glowed when the sun came out. Not only did the Whites kindly offer us the run of their ranch, they fed us some pretty darn good eats. Thank you Bonny and Roy for a great day!
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I am very honored to have had my painting featured in this month's issue of Gallery Guide West. The ad is for the New Braunfels Art League, an art organization that has been very close to my heart for many years. It is not only a wonderful gallery but a teaching center, which is abuzz just about any day of the year.
Workshops for 2012 include award winning artists such as Deborah Paris, Myra Knapp, Kim Casebeer and Qiang Huang to name but a few. Please check the NBAL website to see who else is on the schedule. And be sure to check back often as workshops are being added on a regular basis.