Monday, March 26, 2012

An Afternoon in Centennial Park

Yesterday afternoon my lil' sister Kay and I packed up our paints and headed to Centennial Park in downtown Nashville. You should have seen our heads spinning as we were trying to choose where to set up. Finally we decided on the site seen in the photo below because we thought there would be less foot traffic there. We wished for little painting kits to give to the children. I'm sure with their enthusiasim they could produce amazing art. Yep~! you got it ...
we had a lot of help :-)
What we didn't project was the movement of the sun shinning directly onto our canvas. Kay had artists umbrellas but they were way back at our car so we tried to paint while truly being "blinded by the light"....hummmm that sounds like a song??? While I'm not willing to post our attempts I will show you the photo we took of what we tried to paint. I still love the view and will paint it here in my studio. We do have our canvas from yesterday with colors from the atmosphere to transfer to the studio painting.
All in all it was a gorgeous day in the park. If you can get there this week the tulips are blooming early along with lots of other floral both trees and bulbs.
Hey, I just thought of something, why don't some of you paint from this photo and send me a photo of your painting~! Now that would be fun~!

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Painting with the BBB's The Bold Beautiful Babes of Pulaski

Last night I went near Florence, Alabama to paint with a fabulous group of women. Two of these women had never painted anything. What they lacked in experience they brought in eagerness to succeed. I pleaded with Karen, who initiated this workshop, to let them off easy and we would paint something simpler. Nope~! Karen had her heart set on painting from a photo of these women sitting on the beach. No one could have been more surprised then me when their paintings turned out really good. You can imagine me starting by telling them it's not about how good the finished painting is, but about the experience and learning from each attempt. Well they showed me~! These women were amazing~!
I forgot to tell you that the experience was greatly enhanced by the setting. We painted behind a glass wall over looking the Tennessee River. It was the vacation home of Karen and Steve Spivey and what a home it is. I had a really hard time this morning getting out of bed because the view of the river held me captive as I looked from my bed out the window.
Thank you Karen and all of your precious friends. I look forward to returning to your
home away from home. I'm including a couple of photos of the women and their paintings. I can't believe I forgot to get photos of the river. I guess that means I have to return.

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Red Posies 10" x 8" canvas

This is one of 6 floral paintings I'm painting for a class in Pulaski, TN. We are going to hold an art show where the ladies will be donating one of two paintings they will complete in class. The sale will be on April 17, 2012. The location of the sale will follow later. I've been amazed at the talent in these classes. And now they are willing to part with one of their beautiful pieces of art for a very good cause. If you love to paint or have always wanted to paint, there is still time to join us in the class on March 20, 2012. Contact me for more information.

Christina's Boots 20" x 16" canvas

I painted this for a class coming up in a couple of weeks. I borrowed a pair of Christina's boots as my model. A beautiful young lady named Wendy Buttler asked me to paint boots for a class for her birthday coming up in a couple of weeks. It was so much fun to paint. These can be painted with a variety of background colors to match your decor. If you'd like your very own, please contact me for more information.