Thursday, December 31, 2009

Pencil Sketches

Cactus with Butterflies
Graphite pencil 15" x 18"


White colored pencil on black board 16" x 13 7/8"

Circus Elephant

Graphite pencil 7.5" x 10.25"

Lady at the Foot of the Cross

White colored pencil on black board 23" x 22"

White Roses

White colored pencil on black board 18.75" x 17"

These are a sampling of pencil drawings that I love.  My favorite is still the White Roses, I love flowers of all types.  Pencil drawings are a labor of love for me, and I take time in completing them.  It may be a while before I post more pencil drawings.
The signature on Carmen is actually the singers signature.  I had friends who knew him and got it signed for me.  I was excited to have that particular autograph, it's the only one that I have like that.  I'm sure that pencil drawings will never become my signature piece, but I do like to branch out and express myself in different mediums all the time.  These are the more conservative artistic voice.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Desert Flower

Desert Flower
Soft pastel, Canson paper

This piece is just finished tonight, and none to soon. It will be a Christmas present for a family member.  I will be framing it tonight.
I was trying to get the highlights right, and then the back ground to have some interest but nothing that stands out.  The flower being the focal point.
I never seem to paint the desert flowers with the traditional pallet.  I like to bring out colors that are hidden deep within, and let them shine.
I plan to add two other pieces from the desert here soon.
I like the Canson paper, but I think I will keep trying different types of paper with the soft pastels until I find a perfect fit.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Chinese brush paintings

I am sorry that I have not posted for a while. I've been under the weather, and now the holidays are upon us.  Here are some Chinese brush painting pieces.







I love painting floral pieces.  Roses are especially a favorite to paint.  One day though I will paint some animals in this medium.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Soft Pastels

"Cactus Bloom" in Soft Pastel (13x20)
This Cactus Bloom was inspired in part by my cousin's art.  He does fantastic pastels, and I thought I would give them a try.  I have another that I am in the process on, but I'm a bit stuck for the moment.
I changed the back ground on this one multiple times trying to get it the cactus to stand out the way I wanted.
My next is a compilation of three white flowers, which I am very excited about.  I'm just looking to add in the depth and interest that will express what I'm seeing.

"Huntington Beach" in Soft Pastel (12.5 x 17)
This is the first soft pastel I completed.  I wanted a very loose and arity feeling to come through for this beach scene.  I think for my first piece it turned out well, I have been planning to do another of this scene to show some more of the depth.

Here is a link to Brian & Jennifer Thornton's web page, she has also posted some lovely pieces.
He inspires me to do better everytime I see his work.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Autumn Abstract

This last weekend I planned to paint a lovely water color while away on the Woman's Advance, but it was not to be.
I thought I would put up another abstract, the first one that started my favorite type of art.  Airbrush, ink, and random things from nature.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Murals and websites

This last weekend I spoke with another artist, Jane Jackson, out in the South Carolina region about becoming a part of the online art community and starting my own website. 
Her website is:  If you have a chance you should check out her work, it is lovely.

This blog is a small start to getting my presence online started.  I will be posting my art on Fine Art America, and will post the link in my next blog.  Here are some of the pictures from my first mural, it was a two year process, and it has now been painted over so it lives only in pictures now.

Since we discussed murals, I thought I would post some of the fun things I've done for kids.

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Nightmare before X-mas

This poster was from another art show I was involved with in Salt Lake City.  This is the poster with just my picture on it, the other one was the main poster for this underground event.
Before the blog becomes wildly popular, I thought I would be good to put in the history of where I started and where I intend to go.
"Dreams" acrylic abstract (Private Collection)
This piece I created with my airbrush.  There was no thougth out plan for this piece, it was all spontenaity and I just went with the feelings. 
"Masque" ink and colored pencil.
This was piece was created by design.  I love masks and really though about making one look like it was alive.  I have begun another, but it is not yet finished.
"Suspended Movement" acrylic
This piece is one of my favorites, and was in both of my shows.  It's fun and carefree. 

This was the main poster for this event. 
I missed the event, my mother had passed away the week before and the funeral was on this day.  We had lots of family and friends in town, and I was in no condition to smile and chat with people.  From what I heard it was a fanstastic event, and that those who came were thrilled.  Laura McBride was the main organizer of it, and I'm sure that she has gone on to do many new things.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Gallery Stroll

My first art show collection.
Grey Girl - Private collection - Watercolor

Sadness - Private Collection - Watercolor
Wildflowers - Private Collection - Ink Airbrush

Suspended Movement - Acrylic 
Fractured - Watercolor

The Rose - Private Collection - Water color
These pieces comprise my first time in an art show.  I was invited and was able to submit my art a bit last minute.  These pieces were framed, and able to be hung on the wall, so they were chosen.  Quite a few of them now have found new homes.  Some were donated, others auctioned off, I hope they have found great homes.  I was written up, by a small local magazine and had a great night. 

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Winter Abstract

Winter Abstract - Ink 16" x 20"

This is my second piece of art in this style, and it has become a great motivator for me.  I have decided to begin the long project of scanning my artwork for the ability to sell prints.  I love the colors of this piece it  is unique and beautiful, it make people think fairies are hiding somewhere in the mist, just behind one of the flowers.  I have done a couple of other pieces that were inspired by this one, and it's predecessor, and others will be inspired by them in the future.
 Now that it is scanned I will look to have it framed.  Many thanks to Becky for encouraging me to pursue this dream of mine.