Thursday, November 21, 2013

Vijay

 
Vijay  aka  V....J
This handsome man was my first model at last night's art event at Joel's Coffee House! I've been talking about this event, "Chocolate and Chiaroscuro", and invited people to brig a "life" for some "LIFE Drawing". My friend, Priti brought in her son, Vijay, who I have known since he was a newborn!  He was real fun to sketch, because he never sat still or stopped talking! I LOVE that about Vijay...he is FULL OF LIFE...just perfect for LIFE Drawing!
It is not natural for a little guy to sit for something like this, so when I finished, I honored Vijay by "dotting" him!
His name is now "V....J"
With four dots!
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Below is  my "signature" chocolate bar, by Austin Truffle Company, the chocolate company housed at Joel's Coffee House. Brad, the owner, created a special label dark chocolate bar for last night's event!
Let me know if you want one...$3
 



Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Dogs at Joel's

 
Harley and Shadow___Sketched at the Chocolate event tonight
These are a couple of "family members" of my old friend Lynda, who showed up at "Chocolate and Chiaroscuro" this evening.
Many friends were there...that's THE BEST PART of hosting such an event!
I appreciate all the RSVP's and will do it again soon, hoping that those of you that wanted to come can come to the next one! Stay tuned!
I'll bet that Robin will post some pics from her side of our "studio" at Joel's! Go see!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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UPCOMING EVENTS
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NOW thru Nov. 24 -  AWA Show, RS Hanna Gallery, Fredericksburg, TX
Wednesday, November 20 - YOU MISSED IT??
 Chocolate & Chiaroscuro....and Holiday CHEER
4 to 8 pm at Joel's
an open studio event featuring V....Vaughan and Robin Cheers...and CHOCOLATE
at Joel's Coffee House, Austin and it was so fun!!
 

Tricolor

 Tricolor Heron

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SEE YOU THIS EVENING!!!
Wednesday, November 20 - Chocolate Chiaroscuro....and Holiday CHEER
4 to 8 pm at Joel's
an open studio event featuring V....Vaughan and Robin Cheers...and CHOCOLATE

Monday, November 18, 2013

Single

 Single___7x5 watercolor for Chocolate & Chiaroscuro
The small graphite wash  mission paintings that I have posted the past few days are part of a grouping available at Wednesday night's event. See links below to Joel's, and JOIN me from 4 to 8 pm!
These small works are meant to be small PRICED original works that are perfect for Christmas giving! We'll also be doing what we always do at Joel's...SKETCHING from life!
So, BRING YOUR LIFE, or someone else's and sit for a quick sketch portrait, while enjoying the chocolate and great coffees and teas at Joel's !...

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UPCOMING EVENTS
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NOW thru Nov. 24 -  AWA Show, RS Hanna Gallery, Fredericksburg, TX
Wednesday, November 20 - Chocolate & Chiaroscuro....and Holiday CHEER
4 to 8 pm at Joel's
an open studio event featuring V....Vaughan and Robin Cheers...and CHOCOLATE

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Maria del Presidio

Maria del Presidio___5x7 watercolor for Chocolate & Chiaroscuro

Wednesday is my first open "studio" event...if you want to call Joel's a "studio"...I DO!!!
Joel's is where I go several times a week, just to get out of the studio and the classroom. To sit with my artist buddy, or sometimes alone with a sketchbook. Robin Cheers and I solve all the world's problems over coffee, chocolate and sketchbooks...Come see some of our "coffee shop works" and enjoy a casual evening in our "studio". info below.
 

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UPCOMING EVENTS
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NOW thru Nov. 24 -  AWA Show, RS Hanna Gallery, Fredericksburg, TX
Wednesday, November 20 - Chocolate & Chiaroscuro....and Holiday CHEER
4 to 8 pm at Joel's
an open studio event featuring V....Vaughan and Robin Cheers...and CHOCOLATE

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Solemn Shadows - Goliad

Solemn Shadows - Goliad___5x7 graphite wash__available at
 
Chocolate & Chiaroscuro
My first Open "Studio" event with artist friend Robin Cheers is WEDNESDAY.
Robin and I meet each week at Joel's to sketch, and paint and share artist life. That's how this event came to be...We always have coffee (me) and hot chocolate (her) and some of Joel's wonderful artisan truffles (both of us). PLEASE JOIN US for our first studio event!
We will be sketching anyone who wants to sit for us! An original, personal sketch makes a nice gift...we are keeping this event focused on affordable, smaller works and sketches, just right for unique gifts...We hope you can drop by
 

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UPCOMING EVENTS
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NOW thru Nov. 24 -  AWA Show, RS Hanna Gallery, Fredericksburg, TX
Wednesday, November 20 - Chocolate & Chiaroscuro....and Holiday CHEER
4 to 8 pm at Joel's
an open studio event featuring V....Vaughan and Robin Cheers...and CHOCOLATE

Thursday, November 14, 2013

St. Mark's Shadows - Cuero, TX


 
St. Mark's Shadows__Cuero, TX___water soluble graphite on paper
One of many small watercolor originals available at our Joel's event.
PLEASE COME if you can! Info Below.
 

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UPCOMING EVENTS
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NOW thru Nov. 24 -  AWA Show, RS Hanna Gallery, Fredericksburg, TX
Wednesday, November 20 - Chocolate & Chiaroscuro....and Holiday CHEER
an open studio event featuring V....Vaughan and Robin Cheers...and CHOCOLATE

Here is an updated video for my demo yesterday....
STILL NOT QUITE TOGETHER, BUT MY FRIEND BEV IS HAVING FUN PLAYING.
 

Thou My Vision___60 x 40 demo at HP
 
This week I gave a little talk and did a demo for High School students at Hyde Park High in Austin.
My theme was about SYMOLISM in scripture. Mainly Light and COLOR (the colors of light and the color of pigment)....There is a lot of interesting symbolism in all of this, one of which is depicted with contrasts: Light and Dark, Sky and Scape, Flesh and Spirit. After speaking I did a 20 minute painting demo, accompanied by some music.
I painted this sideways (see below, and click the link to see a video that my friend, Bev made while there....some could'nt see the symbolism until the canvas was rotated...I LOVE when that happens :)
See the video clip
http://www.magisto.com/video/PVsFP14bRTQhTR5hCzE

NEXT DEMO is Wednesday, Nov. 20 at Joel's...see below!

 

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UPCOMING EVENTS
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NOW thru Nov. 24 -  AWA Show, RS Hanna Gallery, Fredericksburg, TX
Wednesday, November 20 - Chocolate & Chiaroscuro....and Holiday CHEER
an open studio event featuring V....Vaughan and Robin Cheers...and CHOCOLATE
at Joel's Coffee House, Austin




http://www.magisto.com/video/PVsFP14bRTQhTR5hCzE
 

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Behrens Creek

Behrens Creek at the Pedernales___6x8 oil study on linen
Last weekend went out to Fredericksburg, TX for the opening of the American Women Artists show, but before I went to the festivities, I visited my friend, artist Nicole Kroeger. She is an expert at "Painting Parables" and her figures are exquisite...she tells a story with each work. Nicole's place is on Behrens Creek, right where it runs into the Pedernales...You could just HEAR and FEEL Texas history floating by...it was a calm, blue fall day, with color just turning the leaves....HEY NICOLE!, I'll be back!!!!
 
Trivia for my NON TEXAN friends...How do you pronounce "Pedernales"?
 
I'll have this little painting at Joel's next Wednesday for Chocolates and Chiaroscuro. Who's coming? Robin and I will do some live sketching, so come early and bring your kids or pets if you want a little sketch portrait for Christmas!...see info below

 

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UPCOMING EVENTS
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NOW thru Nov. 24 -  AWA Show, RS Hanna Gallery, Fredericksburg, TX
Wednesday, November 20 - Chocolate & Chiaroscuro....and Holiday CHEER
an open studio event featuring V....Vaughan and Robin Cheers...and CHOCOLATE
at Joel's Coffee House, Austin

 

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Quarry Willow 1

Quarries Willow 1___8x10 oil on panel
As fall starts turning the leaves a new shade of golden green, here in central Texas, I've been getting outside to paint. My friend, Terri Wells, a watercolor pro, met me early one morning at this location called the Quarries in Austin. When the sun was just hitting the treetops, we were treated to a great color show.
How are the fall colors at your place this year?
Thank you, dear VETERANS. YOU bless!

 

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UPCOMING EVENTS
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NOW thru Nov. 24 -  AWA Show, RS Hanna Gallery, Fredericksburg, TX
Wednesday, November 20 - Chocolate &  Chiaroscuro....and Holiday CHEER
an open studio event featuring V....Vaughan and Robin Cheers...and CHOCOLATE
at Joel's Coffee House, Austin

 

Saturday, November 09, 2013

Rockport Storm Spread

Rockport Storm Spread___10x8 oil on panel
When Robin and I rolled into Rockport on 
our painting road trip, we we t straight to the marina bait shop area and sat in the warm sun to stretch out our paint legs. This was my warm up effort ... A small painting of a place called  "Claws and Taws"... But really, it's all about the spread of sky... Fabulous storm clouds increased while there. 
Join Robin and I at our first "studio" event on Wed.  Nov. 20..info below
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UPCOMING EVENTS
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NOW thru Nov. 24 -  AWA Show, RS Hanna Gallery, Fredericksburg, TX
Wednesday, November 20 - Chocolate & Chiaroscuro....and Holiday CHEER
an open studio event featuring V....Vaughan and Robin Cheers...and CHOCOLATE
at Joel's Coffee House, Austin

Thursday, November 07, 2013

Cow Study 1

Cow Study 1___Oil on oil paper
That weekend paint trip with Robin was a typical "stop and sketch it" session, as we stopped all along the way to photograph and paint....We stayed a little bit with friend Barbara, but really, I only remember the road and the things we sketched. This was a quickie cow...Part of a small herd that settled down to watch us watch them!
 

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UPCOMING EVENTS
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NOW thru Nov. 24 -  AWA Show, RS Hanna Gallery, Fredericksburg, TX
Wednesday, November 20 - Chocolate & Chiaroscuro....and Holiday CHEER
an open studio event featuring V....Vaughan and Robin Cheers...and CHOCOLATE
at Joel's Coffee House, Austin

 

Wednesday, November 06, 2013

Maestro

Maestro___ Watercolor pencil sketch
Last Spring I went to a live painting event with painting buddy Robin Cheers who had a commission to paint at the Houston Symphony. We stayed backstage and while Robin painted the symphony from peepholes and monitors, I wandered around and found a peep hole of my own to sketch from. It was so small I could only see the conductor.
Join Robin and I on November 20 for a live sketch event with lots of goodies! We'll also be sketching from life, so think about whether you would like a sketch portrait of yourself or a child...great gifts!
PETS, too!
 

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UPCOMING EVENTS
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NOW thru Nov. 24 -  AWA Show, RS Hanna Gallery, Fredericksburg, TX
Wednesday, November 20 - Chocolate &Chiaroscuro....and Holiday CHEER
an open studio event featuring V....Vaughan and Robin Cheers...and CHOCOLATE
at Joel's Coffee House, Austin

 

Tuesday, November 05, 2013

Port Lavaca Later

Port Lavaca Later__8x10 oil on panel
 
My friend Barbara lives in Port Lavaca, and a few weeks ago Robin Cheers and I went down there to paint and of course we painted along the way! But we had a fun time sitting in the car, painting downtown PL while lightning flashed.
Robin and I are having a Chocolate and Chiaroscuro event...that means WE DRAW, and everyone else enjoys CHOCOLATE, coffees, and other Holiday goodies from Joe's and the Austin Truffle Company! Come meet us and hang out on  Wednesday Nov. 20

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UPCOMING EVENTS
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NOW thru Nov. 24 -  AWA Show, RS Hanna Gallery, Fredericksburg, TX
Wednesday, November 20 - Chocolate & Chiaroscuro....and Holiday CHEER
an open studio event featuring V....Vaughan and Robin Cheers...and CHOCOLATE
at Joel's Coffee House, Austin

 

Sunday, November 03, 2013

Behind the Studio

Behind the Studio, St. Jo ___8x10 oil on panel
Last weekend was the first Annual (I hope!) plein air and gallery event in St. Jo, TX. Hosted by Davis & Blevins Gallery, which is the home place of great cowgirl artist,
Donna Howell-Sickles....the event was a big fundraiser for the Montague County Child Welfare Board, and I think a lot of money was raised with the art, auctions and galas. Of course for me and the other artists, it was all about "hanging" with other artists...some, my heros, like Donna. LOOK UP her work and see if it doesn't make you smile...She is one of those artists whose work is 100% unique, and can be identified just by it's style...I like that!
My painting above is the back of her studio and gallery on Main Street.

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UPCOMING EVENTS
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NOW thru Nov. 24 -  AWA Show, RS Hanna Gallery, Fredericksburg, TX
Wednesday, November 20 - Chocolate & Chiaroscuro....and Holiday CHEER
an open studio event featuring V....Vaughan and Robin Cheers...and CHOCOLATE
at Joel's Coffee House, Austin

 

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Goliad Storm Brewing

Goliad Storm Brewing___8x10 oil on linen panel__$450
 
A few short weeks ago, just before my mom passed away, I went on a little painting jaunt with artist pal, Robin Cheers. The storms chased us away from Port Lavaca, and we stopped at Goliad on the way home...we started painting there, but before I finished, the storms got us again!...I finished it from memory and a picture....
Another painting of this "mission" is my entry in the American Women Artists National Show opening FRIDAY, November 1st (now!) in Fredericksburg at RS Hanna Gallery.  Click here to see the show painting, as it appeared in this month's Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine (at the bottom middle of page). Join me, and the best women artists for some wine and cheese and great art FRIDAY from 6-9 pm!
If you miss the opening, head over to Fredericksburg later on. The show hangs till November 24th.
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EVENTS
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NOW thru Nov. 24 -  AWA Show, RS Hanna Gallery, Fredericksburg, TX
Wednesday, November 20 - Chocolate....Charcoal....and CHEER