The Juice Well

November 17, 2014

The Juice Well12 x 24; oil on stretched cotton canvas

I am not going to make excuses for why I have not been posting on my blog. If it had not been for getting a comment from a fellow artist I probably would not be here now. This is just so hard for me to keep up. I have been painting. This one I painted this summer. I was at a succulent plant place in Austin and saw this little boy with his red cape sitting on his Dad’s Airstream. He was spending his Saturday in a world of his own imagination.

A father’s song

August 11, 2013

20x24 oil on stretched cotton canvas

20×24 oil on stretched cotton canvas

When I visit my daughter in Austin, we like to walk along Congress St.. There are great restaurants, boutiques and on certain days you can find arts and craft booths set up. I took the photo used for this painting almost two years before the photo of my first guitar man.  I now believe they are the same person. I was told while the paintings were hung at the Magnolia Cafe on Congress St. the man and his daughter came in and recognized themselves.  My favorite part to paint was the light shining on the girls hair. I always have trouble deciding what to do with a background. I debated on this one to leave an empty background but after staring at the painting for a long time I decided the cars needed to be put in to help tell the story of a street performer.a father's song detail

guitar man

July 24, 2013

18x44 oil on stretched cotton canvas

18×44 oil on stretched cotton canvas

The last time I stretched my own canvas I was not very happy with the final results. The first attempt was with 100% cotton canvas/double primed/medium texture. I also bought stretcher bars and a canvas stretcher tool. I just wasn’t happy with the texture of the canvas. It was not smooth enough for me. So the next time around I bought unprimed cotton canvas and a gallon bucket of gesso. I stretched the canvas and applied 2 coats of gesso, sanding in-between each coat. I was really excited because it felt really smooth. After painting on the newly stretched canvas (not the painting above) again I was very disappointed. Even though it felt smooth I believe I didn’t put enough gesso on because it just wanted to absorb my brushstrokes. I just recently tried it again. This time I put 4 thick coats and sanded between the last 2. It feels really good. I will be starting a new painting and will report on how well it paints. The  painting above  is of a street performer in Austin, Texas. I am debating rather to add a collage of torn posters and playbills on the left side, like you see on a telephone pole.

Breakfast Tacos

July 16, 2013

24x36 oil on stretched cotton canvas

24×36 oil on stretched cotton canvas

I took a little hiatus from blogging (a year and a half to be exact) I am not very good at the social networking part of being an artist. I have a hard time putting myself out there. That is probably why I have a studio full of paintings and no idea how to get them out there. I have continued to paint except for a small gap when I had cataract surgery on both of my eyes. It is amazing how much better I can see. I was teased that my paintings were going to look different. They may not look that different but now I don’t have to stop and rest my eyes every 30 minutes. I was really struggling to see details. So here I am trying the socializing again. I plan to join some painter organizations and approach some galleries this year. Enough of that let me tell you about this painting, Breakfast Tacos. One Saturday morning I accompanied my husband to work in Austin. He stopped to get his breakfast at his favorite taco stand. The long shadows cast by the morning sun caught my eye.

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