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Cheerful and Colorful Paintings in Oil, Acrylic, Mixed Media and Collage
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Monday, September 1, 2014

White Pitcher, Small Oil Painting, Leslie Saeta 30/30 Challenge by Texas Artist Nancy Standlee

White Pitcher 14027
Oil
6x6x1.5" on gallery wrapped canvas
Sides are painted, no need for a frame, ready to hang

Hello friends, I haven't painted much this summer but I've been doing a lot of sketchbook journaling and more to come on that in future posts. I've also been trying to regroup and declutter but I'm not there yet but closer that I was 6 months ago. I wanted to join the hundreds in the new Leslie Saeta 30/30 painting challenge in September which is to paint 30 paintings in 30 days. White pitcher is day one and that means 29 more to go but if I don't make each one that is O.K. A challenge is an effort, a battle call and my theme is to revisit some workshop notes and some books while practicing painting. 
I saw this quote on Facebook and I will need it during this September painting marathon. "Instead of cleaning house I just watch an episode of Hoarders and think Wow my house looks great."

I joined Urban Sketchers August 16 and sketched in a Moleskine A4 journal with these two entries. 
This was before the meeting and some girl friends and I needed lunch in a tearoom and we sketched our lunch.
The transit authority in Fort Worth. 


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Thursday, June 26, 2014

Atlanta Pears, Oil Still Life, Nancy Franke Workshop by Texas Painter Nancy Standlee

Atlanta Pears 14026
8x10 Oil on canvas panel

I was in Atlanta June 13 and 14 for the Nancy Franke oil workshop and we painted from still life set ups. See the first post here.



My spot in the workshop and fortunately the Atlanta Artists Center had easels.




I traveled on AA miles and you have to travel on their time so my flight was not until 8:30 PM (and late) on Sunday so I spent most of the day at the Atlanta Botanical Gardens. I enjoyed a fresh food demo by Megan McCarthy and the Garden has other recipes posted on their website.

I'm enjoying another virtual journal trip to France with Dreama and here are two pages from my Cachet 7x10 journal. If you have been in a Dreama workshop you know about these Big Girl Panties and the scale in the journal does not do them justice. These are huge and Dreama is petite so there must be a lesson here.

Joyce Hicks:
I watched a free one hour webinar this week with Joyce Hicks and it is now on YouTube with Artists Network. It details how to turn a photo into a work of art in Transforming Landscapes HERE.

Suzy Pal is getting a new studio gallery in order and has invited me to Plains October 17-18, 2014 to give a 2 day sketchbook journaling workshop. See more details on my website at http://nancystandlee.com under workshops and sign up by writing Suzy at Suzy_pal2000@yahoo.com. This is a description about the workshop I sent to Suzy.

This two day workshop is all about you and how to record some of your life events.
This sketchbook journaling workshop will be an introduction to sketchbook journaling with pen and watercolor and will focus on YOU with  a "Love Your Life" theme. We will explore choices in sketchbooks and paints and palettes, examine some great reference books and I will demo techniques I use to keep various sketchbook journals. The student does not need any previous art experience or drawing experience but just needs to come with the desire to explore some possibilities of preserving some moments on their life journey. For example, we usually have some type of hot beverage each morning and it is a great beginning for an entry. Below is an entry I made in a previous art journal workshop of a favorite coffee cup. We will begin with a structured lesson like this and then students will be able to add their personal experiences to their journals for Day One. On Day Two, we will explore travel journals and architecture and people drawings.
After sign up a supply list will be mailed with more details.
Some more details can be found on my website at http://NancyStandlee.com under workshops.

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Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Atlanta Roses, Oil Floral, Nancy Franke Workshop, Atlanta, GA by Texas Painter Nancy Standlee

Atlanta Roses 14025
Oil, 14x11 painted on New Traditions C-15 panel

I have enjoyed another two day workshop with Nancy Franke in Atlanta June 13 and 14 at the Atlanta Artist Center and Tom Quinn was a great host. The roses above were painted from fresh roses in a still life set up. Read more about the Gainesville workshop with Nancy in February HERE.  


Lunches were so convenient as we walked a few steps to Basil's Restaurant and enjoyed great food and the Atlanta view from the patio. We had a good class size at 10 and below is some of our lunch photos. I'll post some class room photos in the next blog about the workshop. 
 








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I have written an ArtByte about the process of torn paper collage for the Daily Paintworks site is available with more than 50 images. An ArtByte is a small online tutorial that may be free or it's very affordable. Mine will be very affordable. Here is the web address and browse and download some of the free ones by Carol Marine or another favorite artist such as Julie Ford Oliver that will explain some of the tools she uses in an oil painting technique. There are several very good free ArtBytes that are filled with information. When you get to the Daily Paintworks web page, look under tutorials. Here is my online gallery at Daily Paintworks.

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Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Friday Poppies, Oil Floral, Hedi Moran Workshop Day 5, Scottsdale, AZ and Watercolor Study by Texas Artist Nancy Standlee


Friday Poppies 14022
Oil, 20x16, on Canvas 3/4" depth


A new Schmincke Half-pan watercolor sets with 12 colors and 12 empty half pans I filled with my own colors. Sale still on at Wet Paint until the 15th.

I've been enjoying using some watercolors again and studying Joyce Hicks new book, Painting Beautiful Watercolor Landscapes,  and doing some of her exercises from the book and DVD's. If you are looking for a good watercolor book to study from, this one is a good choice. Explanations are clear and it has good demo instructions.

This seagull painting has sold and flown off to grace a beach house in Florida. I've always liked the muted colors in this one.
SOLD 

Suzy Pal is busy getting her new studio ready for classes and I'm scheduled to give an art journal, 2 day workshop in October 17 and 18. See my website for more details. 
I have written an ArtByte about the process of torn paper collage for the Daily Paintworks site is available with more than 50 images. An ArtByte is a small online tutorial that may be free or it's very affordable. Mine will be very affordable. Here is the web address and browse and download some of the free ones by Carol Marine or another favorite artist such as Julie Ford Oliver that will explain some of the tools she uses in an oil painting technique. There are several very good free ArtBytes that are filled with information. When you get to the Daily Paintworks web page, look under tutorials. Here is my online gallery at Daily Paintworks.

Texas Daily Painter, Oil painting, small oil floral, Poppy oil painting, Artists of Texas, Nancy Standlee Fine Art, Daily Paintworks, Pinterest, oil workshop, Canvas by Canvas, Check Advantage, Journal Workshop, Hedi Moran, seagull, sold painting,  
 
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Saturday, May 31, 2014

Rose Oil Floral, Day 4, Hedi Moran Workshop, Scottsdale AZ and a Fall Sketchbook Journal Workshop by Nancy Standlee Texas Artist

Roses and Teapot 14021
16x20 Oil on 3/4" depth canvas
Available on Daily Paintworks

This was painted on day 4 of the Hedi Moran workshop at the Scottsdale Artist School, and she lives in Scottsdale,  and read more about it on previous posts. Hedi is a native of Norway and is there now teaching workshops. She is known for her florals and for using a very special "Hedi brush" by Princeton and that is available at the http://www.arizonaartsupply.com/. Just ask for the Hedi brush. Here is a photo on Dick Blick's site and they are called Children's brushes and as you see a very reasonable in price. I've seen her paint the whole painting using just this brush but then I think it's her touch instead of the brush!

Because I've recently taken a David Rankin workshop in Kanuga and then Roz Stendahl for a week in Sketchbook Skool, I sorta fancied myself that I might draw animals!! Not!! On my arrival on Sunday in Phoenix before the workshop I decided to check out their zoo with my camera and sketchbook. I enjoyed walking around and the first thing I saw was a Texas longhorn. I definitely need more study before I can draw a giraffe. I got sooo hot I had to call one of the Rangers to retrieve me with one of the golf carts and all the time thinking "you are not ready for drawing zoo animals" but Fort Worth has a great zoo and I may try it again. 


Suzy Pal is getting a new studio gallery in order and has invited me to Plains TX October 17-18, 2014 to give a 2 day sketchbook journaling workshop. See more details on my website at http://nancystandlee.com under workshops and sign up by writing Suzy at Suzy_pal2000@yahoo.com. This is a description about the workshop I sent to Suzy today:


This two day workshop is all about you and how to record some of your life events.

This sketchbook journaling workshop will be an introduction to sketchbook journaling with pen and watercolor and will focus on YOU with  a "Love Your Life" theme. We will explore choices in sketchbooks and paints and palettes, examine some great reference books and I will demo techniques I use to keep various sketchbook journals. The student does not need any previous art experience or drawing experience but just needs to come with the desire to explore some possibilities of preserving some moments on their life journey. For example, we usually have some type of hot beverage each morning and it is a great beginning for an entry. We will begin with a structured lesson like this and then students will be able to add their personal experiences to their journals for Day One. On Day Two, we will explore travel journals and architecture and people drawings.
After sign up a supply list will be mailed with more details.
Some more details can be found on my website at http://NancyStandlee.com under workshops.
A recent journal entry.


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Sunday, May 25, 2014

Landscape Workshop with Irma Ward, River Legacy Park Oil Painting, by Texas Artist Nancy Standlee

River Legacy Park 14023
Oil 8x10 on linen panel

Painting the Landscape workshop with Irma Ward, May 23 and 24 in Arlington...hey, guess what? I stayed home and painted locally and what fun. I haven't had much experience with plein air painting and the weather has been very nice in Texas so I signed up for a two day landscape with Irma and it was a great way to be outside, learn something new and paint with friends. Irma has a very spacious upstairs studio in her home and the first day was theory (9-4) in the studio and on her patio and in the afternoon a small backyard color study. (I missed that part). The second day we met at River Legacy Park for painting on site. I had been admiring the purple thistles blooming along the roadside and knew right away I wanted to incorporate them into my painting.

Irma supplied the 8x10 Claessens #66 linen panels from Plein Air Panels and they are nearby to save on shipping and I have picked up a few in Kennedale for another workshop. 
This workshop was right on because:
1. Short walk to car
2. Shady spot
3. Weather was perfect
4. Fun companions
5. Instructor who knew how to teach
6. Lunch was delivered

I am pretty anal about my art supplies and I want to bring exactly what's on the supply list, even to the same size pencil..sad, I know but on Irma's demo Saturday morning when I asked my usual question, "Which brush are you using?" Irma "#10 Bristlon flat"!! After a short recovery that my Bristlon was at home and I had the natural bristle brushes that was on the supply list I recovered and produced two 8x10 paintings. 

Irma is a very generous instructor who provided handouts in a folder, gave us a value viewer, bungee cords, tube opener and her dear husband picked up our lunches after we had chosen from Jason's Deli Menu. Check her website for future workshops HERE.


 The Class Tracy, Betty, Maryann, Irma, and Stacy


 Irma's palette on the Soltek Easel.


Lunch ready and delivered. How cool is this, eating outside with artist friends and then jump right back into chasing that light. 

I have written an ArtByte about the process of torn paper collage for the Daily Paintworks site is available with more than 50 images. An ArtByte is a small online tutorial that may be free or it's very affordable. Mine will be very affordable. Here is the web address and browse and download some of the free ones by Carol Marine or another favorite artist such as Julie Ford Oliver that will explain some of the tools she uses in an oil painting technique. There are several very good free ArtBytes that are filled with information. When you get to the Daily Paintworks web page, look under tutorials. Here is my online gallery at Daily Paintworks.

Texas Daily Painter, Oil painting, small oil landscape, River Legacy Park, Arlington, TX, Artists of Texas, Nancy Standlee Fine Art, Daily Paintworks, Pinterest, Canvas by Canvas, Claessens Linen panel, 8x10, Irma Ward Workshop, Check Advantage, Plein Air Panels,

 Original fine art and affordable prints can be found at:
Follow me on Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/NancyStandlee/
                           http://fineartamerica.com/profiles/nancy-standlee.html
Order personalized checks, side tear checks, checkbook covers and address labels with a choice of 20 of my paintings on them.