Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Meerkat Lookout, 6x6 Original Oil Painting

Meerkats are just adorable little animals. They are so busy. I wish I could channel my inner meerkat, I'd get a lot more done.

This mama was vigilantly watching for danger, which does not exist in the loving environs of the Brevard Zoo. She had a bunch of little fuzzy round babies that dashed in and out of the holes in their tunnel complex, then would break for lunch by scrambling up the hill to nurse enthusiastically. So cute!


Saturday, April 26, 2014

The Violinist, 5x7 Original Oil Painting on Canvas

I painted this from a bad cell phone photo shot in a dark cafe. I then Photoshopped it until I could make out the musician enough to paint him. He was with the San Miguel Five, a band that is famous in San Miguel de Allende, and for good reason. They played haunting Argentine music that was at times so sad that it made someone cry (I won't say who). I love night scenes, and I love to paint musicians and feel the music all over again.

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Red Glass with Roses, 8x10 Oil Painting on Canvas

Carol Schiff recently posted on her blog about her two paintings that got the most page views. This made me curious, so I looked up which post got the most page views for my blog. To my astonishment, it was one called "Oh, My Aching Back, My Whiny Post" showing the below cartoon and talking about my back going out. I have been analyzing this and have come to the conclusion that there are more painful backs than there are art collectors. Perhaps I should call my blog "The Art of the Aching Back" to attract more visitors? 

Monday, April 21, 2014

Two Palms, 5x7 Original Oil Painting on Canvas Panel


Picture this: the weather is perfect, the sun is setting, the view is incredible, the company is great. Ahhh...that is San Miguel de Allende. Sooner or later I will return to painting other locations, but I need to get all this out of my system while I am inspired. 

In between all this painting, I am proud to say that I got rid of those darn weeds in my yard. Pulled every last one. Of course, they are starting up again where I started. It's a vicious cycle, but I need the exercise. In San Miguel there was a yard man. Sigh.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Rooftop Flowers, 8x10 Original Oil Floral Painting on Canvas

The flowers of Mexico are beautiful, and I actually have the same ones here in Florida, but all husbands hate bougainvilleas because they grow fast and have big thorns. I love them because they are gorgeous, tropical, and easy to grow. 

My sympathy to those up North who keep having a Winter Replay. I hope you will be rewarded with a beautiful summer, you have earned it.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Cowboy, 14x11 Oil on Canvas

I've been working on this all week. Quite a change from my previous post, isn't it? This was a very complicated painting of a cowboy in downtown San Miguel de Allende, resting against a wall. This is not a daily painting, except in the sense that I painted it every day. San Miguel is so colorful, and it's not just the locals. The Americans are pretty colorful too. Supposedly there are 17,000 expatriate Americans living there. The locals are hospitable, the climate is lovely, the city is beautiful, and medical care is cheap (and if you drink the water, you may need medical care).

Friday, April 11, 2014

Zentennae, 8x10 Pen and Ink

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I haven't posted for days, because I am working on a complicated larger painting right now. It even has a horse in it. Last night I indulged in some meditative zentangle as a relief from the detail work in the oil painting on my easel. I just drew a line and let it grow from there until I had this quirky piece.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Copper Pot with Apple, 10x8 Oil on Canvas

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Taking a break from my San Miguel series to post a still life. This one was started in the Qiang Huang workshop in Melbourne. I have been so pleased to get thank-you notes from some of the people attending the class. Learning from Qiang is a very enriching experience, and some people came from a long distance and were glad they did. It's so gratifying when all the effort to put on a workshop is appreciated.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Almost a Rainbow, 10x8 Oil Painting on Canvas

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This was a busy sky over San Miguel de Allende. It had light, darkness, rain, and almost a rainbow. There was a lot going on.

Speaking of a lot going on, yesterday morning I saw the real Rosie the Riveters on TV at the White House. In their 80s and 90s, I got the feeling they could still pop-rivet today if needed. They are vivacious and smart, just what I want to be when I grow up.