Friday, May 25, 2012



Wishing you all a wonderful holiday weekend!  May God bless all of our veterans and their families.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

This is one of my under-paintings from Fongwei Liu's workshop.  He generously shared his five value concept with us.  The five values are:  light, light mid-tone, core shadow, dark mid-tone and reflecting light.  I'm used to thinking in terms of light, mid-tone and dark, so this concept is a revelation to me.  

I hope you're all having a great week!


Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Home Again

Hi there!  I am home again and trying to get back into the swing of things.  Unpacking and laundry were at the top of my "To Do" list today.  Along with grocery shopping.  And of course, spoiling Mark and Rodeo a bit.  I sure missed my little family.  And all of you!

I haven't had a chance to photograph my workshop paintings, but I thought you might enjoy seeing our group.  So many talented artists!  And I just can't say enough GOOD things about Fongwei Liu.  He is an outstanding artist and an excellent teacher.  Very thoughtful and generous.  Be sure to check out his blog at the above link.  His workshop demos are amazing!

Many thanks to Fongwei.  And also to Qiang Huang, his lovely wife Song, and all of the wonderful ladies of the Anderson Mill Garden Museum.  It was a great workshop!

Tuesday, May 15, 2012



These little wildflowers are my entry for this week's Daily Paintworks Challenge.  The Yellow Challenge was posted by Abbey Ryan, and as always, there are so many wonderful entries.  If you haven't had a chance yet, head on over and check them out!

And most importantly, I want to send "Happy 7th Birthday" wishes to my sweet niece Hailey.  Markers the Cowboy and I love you very much!

Have a great day, everyone!


Saturday, May 12, 2012

Workshop Paintings

These are a couple of my paintings from Qiang Huang's workshop in April.  I meant to post them earlier, but in the craziness of the past few weeks, it slipped my mind.  The one above was done on our last class day, and I painted it with a palette knife.  I struggle with my work being too tight, and working with the palette knife seems to be a great way to free up my mind and my brushwork.

This was painted on our first class day.  During the morning, Qiang demonstrated his high key painting techniques, and in the afternoon, we spent several hours working with our own still life set-ups.  I learned so much from his lectures and demonstrations, but I gained a great deal of insight from his thoughtful critiques of my work.  I have only been fortunate enough to attend three workshops, but in all three, the critiques have proved so valuable to me.

This next week, I am headed to Austin for a portrait workshop with Fongwei Liu.  I am so excited!  After that, I hope to settle in for a summer of painting, but I'm very grateful for the opportunity to study with these two artists.  I will post more about Fongwei's workshop next week.

On a side note, I have 3 packages of 6x6 Ampersand panels that I would like to give away.  I love the quality of the panels, but I cannot seem to paint on such a smooth surface.  And I don't like to see things go to waste.  So, if you would like them, just let me know, and I will send them to you ASAP!  Thanks!

Happy (early) Mother's Day to all of you.  I hope you have the most wonderful of days!


Thursday, May 10, 2012

Happy Hour

This little painting took me two attempts.  I really liked the set-up, though.  So, I wiped the first one down and started over.  Some days are just like that, aren't they?

I hope you're all having a great week!


Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Primary Play

This painting was another experiment in using a transparent under-painting of burnt sienna and ultramarine blue.  I really like the technique with regards to alla prima painting, but I need a lot more practice.  After a week away, though, it felt great to be painting again.  There is nothing like it, eh?

I hope you're all having a great week!