Cheerful and Colorful Paintings

Cheerful and Colorful Paintings in Oil, Acrylic, Mixed Media and Collage
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Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Apples and More Apples, Acrylic Still Life for the OPOMAC Gallery Show in Graham TX


Apples 14071


More Apples 14072
Available on Daily Paintworks

The above two paintings were painted in the Patti Mollica workshop in November at the Carmel Visual Arts Center in Carmel, CA. I had really thought I had made reservations at Clint Eastwood's Mission Ranch Inn but sadly I got my motels mixed up and after I realized it, it was for the best because his was a little more $$ than I had in my budget.. maybe next trip. Here was my lovely motel The Carmel Mission Inn and the name was very similar.  I had hopes of finding him loading up the Coke machine or sitting at the bar. (Rich from Visual Arts said Patti will return in October for another workshop. hmmm?) I didn't have enough time this trip to explore around Carmel like I wanted as I had scheduled another workshop with Leslie Saeta the following day. 
These paintings will be at the OPOMAC Old Post Office Museum and Art Center in Graham, TX for the next 6 weeks along with my friends from Canvas by Canvas. We'd like you to pay our exhibit a visit if you are in the area. 

The artists of Canvas by Canvas will be exhibiting their personal paintings at the Graham Old Post Office Museum and Art Center from January 17, 2015, through February 28th, with artwork themed around Food, Glorious Food!  All paintings will reflect the theme with scenes of food and drink items. The exhibit will also include 2 or 3 of the Canvas by Canvas group's collaborative paintings relating to the theme. The month-long event will kick off with a reception from 6 to 8 PM on the evening of Saturday, January 17th, and everyone is invited.

Here are two more Journal Pages for my Daily Journal, pages 3, 4 and 5.



 I'm trying to keep count of my calories with app, My Fitness Pal and reading the Bible with app YouVersion. I like them both but most of January has been taken with getting ready for the gallery show. The cross hatch is personal info about a friend.

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Friday, January 9, 2015

Fuyu Persimmons and Apple Acrylic Paintings for the Old Post Office Museum and Art Center in Graham, TX and a New Journal by Texas Artist Nancy Standlee

 Green Apple and Strawberries 14073
8x10 framed in a 3" plein air gold frame acrylic

  Fuyu Persimmon 14076
8x10 framed in a 3" plein air gold frame acrylic

Two more acrylic paintings for the upcoming show in Graham, Texas. I'm preparing paintings for a group show at the Old Post Office Museum and Art Center in Graham, Texas.  
Both of the above paintings were done in Carmel CA in November at the Carmel Visual Arts Center in the acrylic workshop with Patti Mollica.
As I am getting ready, varnishing and framing, and wiring I now have approximately 50 different sizes to bring to the show along with my painting peeps from Canvas by Canvas. The painting below was done by the painting friends of CBC.
The artists of Canvas by Canvas will be exhibiting their personal paintings at the Graham Old Post Office Museum and Art Center from January 17, 2015, through February 28th, with artwork themed around Food, Glorious Food!  All paintings will reflect the theme with scenes of food and drink items. The exhibit will also include 2 or 3 of the Canvas by Canvas group's collaborative paintings relating to the theme. The month-long event will kick off with a reception from 6 to 8 PM on the evening of Saturday, January 17th, and everyone is invited.
 Journal Pages:
Journal pages tie into some of my New Years Resolutions. I wanted to keep track of food eaten and began a separate journal of all food eaten and that got boring right quick so I decided to incorporate food into my daily journal and maybe add one food from the day and keep account of calories eaten with the app My Fitness Pal with the hope of some 2015 weight loss..(so far not so good as some time during the day it gets to non thinking stress eating). Another resolution I wanted to read the Bible through this year by using a plan for the iPad called the YouVersion and I've decided to add some image from the day's passage. I may have to add an art supply or anything else that happens in my day. The crosshatched areas are about a friend with some health issues. This journal is a Strathmore Visual Journal and a mixed media 9x12. I like it and I am using a Lamy Joy with Brown Noodlers Ink. 

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Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Wine and Yellow Rose, Acrylic Painting, Old Post Office Museum and Art Center, Graham, Texas by Texas Artist Nancy Standlee

Wine and Yellow Rose 14057
30x20x1.5" Acrylic on Gallery Wrapped Canvas
Available on Daily Paintworks until the show

Happy New Year and I'm a little surprised that it has been this long since my last post. I'm preparing paintings for a group show at the Old Post Office Museum and Art Center in Graham, Texas. 
As I am getting ready, varnishing and framing, and wiring I now have approximately 50 different sizes to bring to the show along with my painting peeps from Canvas by Canvas. The above painting was done at our last long weekend at the rented lake house in Gun Barrel City where we retreat, paint and share delicious food with each other.  
During the time spent there we painted our newest truck: 


The artists of Canvas by Canvas will be exhibiting their personal paintings at the Graham Old Post Office Museum and Art Center from January 17, 2015, through February 28th, with artwork themed around Food, Glorious Food!  All paintings will reflect the theme with scenes of food and drink items. The exhibit will also include 2 or 3 of the Canvas by Canvas group's collaborative paintings relating to the theme. The month-long event will kick off with a reception from 6 to 8 PM on the evening of Saturday, January 17th, and everyone is invited.

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Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Ventura Fruit Stand, Palette Knife Painting and Liz Steel Sketching Now Class by Texas Artist Nancy Standlee

Ventura Fruit Stand
Oil, 12x12: on Ampersand gessobord panel

The palette knife workshop with Leslie Saeta at her beach house in November in Ventura CA was a combo of plein air and studio. This particular painting was done in the studio on the last day of the workshop. She has just posted her 2015 list of workshop dates. If you are wanting to learn the palette knife she is an excellent instructor. 
In preparation for more traveling and lighter loads, I've just ordered the mini palette (2 lbs.) from James Coulter. I have the compact and standard but I keep wanting smaller and lighter. He has some good videos on how to set up. 
While in California, the Liz Steel Sketching Now online classes started and I'm just now catching up. She lives in Australia and it's the best way I know of for this Texas gal to get to study with her along with hundreds of other students around the globe. Here is part B of my homework for this week on volumes. I used the Stillman and Birn, Zeta book, 7x10". 


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Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Boat Oil Palette Knife Painting, Ventura Marina and More Sketching Toys by Texas Artist Nancy Standlee


Ventura Marina 14079
Oil, 12x12 on Ampersand gessobord panel, unframed

On the last blog post I wrote about two California workshops and this palette knife painting was done in Ventura in the Leslie Saeta workshop. I had an interesting post about palm trees and turkey talk and Thanksgiving came and went and you probably didn't have time to read it anyway. Well, maybe just one item from my notes.

One of my jobs at Thanksgiving is to bring LOTS of dressing, chocolate and pecan pies and chopped up fresh fruit salad to whichever child is hosting our get together (my house has outgrown our gathering by too many art supplies) and this time I threw in an apple pie for good measure, but this story will be about the dressing. As a young mother of a 4 year old and we moved to California to face Thanksgiving for the first time without my mother's or mother-in-law's meal so I made a deal with another young Texas mother who had never had to cook a Thanksgiving meal. If our husbands would agree to watch the children we'd attempt to cook them a traditional meal. I came armed with a Lone Star Gas November 1960 Turkey Talk paper and I do think that's what we used for the dressing along with some phone calls back to Texas. Anyway I'm still using that cornbread dressing recipe and it's tearing at the folds and has a few food splatters and blurred notations and the recipe has to be doubled now but it has become a requested dish each November. I stew a few chicken breasts and chop and drop those pieces in before baking just as my Mom did. I hope you got to spend some time with family and enjoyed a favorite dish or started a new tradition. We will meet at Christmas but the evening meal will be snacks like Virginia Ham Biscuits..yum.

I am forever on the quest to find a good messenger bag for outdoor sketching and I found this online from Target, made by Diaper Dude..Yep, it's a diaper bag but I think those pockets for wipes and bottles might make a great place for pens and pencils. I'm loading it up but I haven't taken it on a trial run yet but I love the camo and bright orange zippers. 


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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Two California Workshops, Leslie Saeta, Palette Knive in Ventura, VW Beetle Oil Painting and Urban Sketchers in Dallas by Texas Artist Nancy Standlee

VW Beetle 14080
12x12" Oil
Ampersand Panel

I returned Friday night, November 14 from a great two weeks art workshops in California and I guess I will work backwards in the posts. One of the workshop ladies spotted this VW on Leslie Saeta's street near the Ventura beach and all the class walked down and met the owner and took lots of photos and figured this cute bug must be painted. I felt like the traveling van symbolized my experiences as I flew from DFW to Phoenix to change planes, Monterrey, CA took a rental to Carmel, CA where I took 5 days with Patti Mollica, in acrylic and flew from Monterrey to Santa Barbara by way of LAX, got a shuttle to Ventura and from Ventura another shuttle to LAX and back to DFW. We painted 5 days in "Paradise Pallete Knife Paintings by the Beach" and left shirt sleeve weather to arrive to freezing cold in DFW area. 

Here is a photo of the class on the beach:
 Lucy, Tina, Debbie, Leslie, Karla, and NS
 
I headed to Dallas and the Bishop Arts District on Saturday, Nov. 15 to join the Urban Sketchers of Texas for outdoor sketching in the afternoon. Over the next few weeks, I'll share some of the tips and info I've discovered by way of my journeys.

 Pizza at Enzo's before painting - so many layers!

This is a great chair for sketching, the Xpress Lounger from REI and it comes in XL and regular http://www.rei.com/product/783457
/gci-outdoor-xpress-lounger-chair and you can see me trying it out along with some fingerless mittens purchased on the way to the venue. This chair is super easy to carry, put up and take down.

This is my sketch in the Moleskine A4 journal. Need to work on my architectural skills. I hope to do that in the next 12 weeks as I'm taking another online class with Liz Steel and it is excellent. http://www.lizsteel.com/2014/10/sketching-foundations-course.html
She lives in Australia, is an architect and in 7 years has filled 100 sketchbooks. Oh, yes, I'm sure to pick up a few tidbits along the way. 



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Monday, October 6, 2014

More paintings in Watercolor and a Recent Richard Stephens Watercolor Workshop by Texas Artist Nancy Standlee


Showcase Flowers 14058
15x9" on 140 cp paper
no frame, or mat

I spent 3 days last week, October 1-3, 2014, in Dallas taking a Richard Stephens watercolor workshop at the Artist Showplace, called "Lighten Up, Loosen Up". The above painting was painted after watching Richard paint his demo flowers on day 2. I became aware of his work when I was at the Kanuga workshop in the spring. Our first day was a barn demo but mine will be a painting that I will eventually paint something on the back and leave my barn painting to another day. This painting will be mailed without a mat or frame or glass. 

Dallas Flowers 14059
8x6" watercolor on Rtistx board

Rtistx.com is an archival board, 6x8” manufactured in the United States and Texas, light weight, and can be presented without mat or glass. I am applying a coat of Renaissance wax for protection and this small, lightweight can be placed on a tabletop easel for display. I ordered my wax from Amazon but the link below tells more about it.
http://www.restorationproduct.com/renwaxinfo.html

Two items that I will have to purchase now after the workshop:

Cheap Joe's dagger liner brushes
and the workbook from Betty Edwards: Drawing on the Right side of the Brain Workbook available on Amazon.

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