When life gives you lemons, draw them, 11 x 14 inches dry pastels, graphite on paper

"When life gives you lemons, draw them". (Nikki)

"Trust your intuition, it's just like goin' fishin'; you cast your line 'til you get a bite." (Paul Simon)

"Color! What a deep and mysterious language..." (Paul Gauguin)

Archive for April, 2010

Basic Drawing workshops in May

Monday, April 26th, 2010


Iris, 24 x 18 inches oil pastels on paperIris, 24 x 18 inches Oil Pastels on paper


Basic Drawing and Color Play


1) Saturday, May 15th 10:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
2) Saturday, May 22nd 10:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Ages: Young adult (16) – Adult – Seniors

Experience Level:
Beginners to Experienced Artists, maximum number of participants: 6

The Workshop:
We will sketch simple objects using a variety of loosening-up techniques, graduating to a more complex still-life arrangement, fun with color, then a longer study period in the afternoon.
Bring favorite reference photos or items that you’d like to study, sketchpad and supplies that you usually work with. A variety of papers and drawing supplies will be on hand to experiment with during class. Also bring beverage and lunch.

Registration (pre-paid) – $50.00 Oxide Gallery 501 West Hickory St., Denton, Texas 940-483-8900

Registration Deadlines:
March 12th and March 19th – Maximum Students per Class 6

Dancing With Trees Art list for Madison, WI

Friday, April 16th, 2010



Dancing With Trees, exhibition signature piece, 85H x 45W x 3D inches acrylics on canvas Norway Maple, 48H x 36W x 2D inches acrylics, gel paste on canvas Sounds of Silence, 36H x 24W x 2D inches acrylics on canvas Neighborhood Heron, 11H x 11W x 3D inches acrylics on canvas Jones Falls, 11H x11W x 3D inches acrylics on canvas
St. Catherine's Sunset, 11H x11W x 3D inches acrylics on canvas Paint Arson, 11H x 11W x 3D inches acrylics on canvas Sweetgum, 11H x 11W x 3D inches acrylics on canvas Reflections, 11 x 11 x 3 inches acrylics on canvas Chapala Wind, 11 x 11 x 3 inches acrylics on canvas
Ceiba Leaves, 11H x 11W x 3D inches acrylics on canvas Kookaburras, 11H x 11W x 3D inches acrylics on canvas Young Howler Monkey, 11H x 11W x 3D inches acrylics on canvas Shadows of Summer, 60H x 40W x 3D inches acrylics on canvas Spruce, 28 x 28 x 1” acrylics on canvas
First Snow, 40H x 28W x 1D acrylics, crackle glaze on canvas Polypore Fungi, 58H x 41W x 2D modeling paste, acrylics on canvas Morning Light, 59 x 40 x 2 inches acrylics on canvas What Large Leaf Maples Do At Night: day view, 20 x 57 x 4 inches acrylics on canvas, LED light system What Large Leaf Maples Do At Night: night view, 20 x 57 x 4 inches acrylics on canvas, LED light system
The Campsite, professionally framed size 22 x 29 inches, watercolors on 140 lb. acid free cold pressed premium Salt Spring Island Fog, professionally framed size 29 x 34 x 3 inches, dry pastel, graphite on paper Eastern White Pine, professionally framed size 26 x 32 inches, oil pastels on paper White Pine Bows, 20 x 34 x 1.5 inches acrylics on canvas Scarlet Oak: Sun Shower, more Photography on www.majestyoftrees.com

Paintings as shown are not to scale in comparison to one another

The Dancing With Trees Art Exhibition celebrates the importance of trees and forests throughout history, portraying their diversity and relationships through a variety of creative associations. Twenty three of the paintings in this collection are on exhibit in the Steinhauer Trust Gallery at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Arboretum, May 1st through June 30th, 2010. Opening Reception Saturday May 1st, 12:45 – 4:00 p.m.

All life forms on this planet proliferated, continue to flourish, and ultimately depend on the existence of trees. While the message is urgent, I consider humanity’s role on the planet as positive, with the statement that creativity is our greatest asset; that “Our carbon footprint is worthy”. Further, creative thinking is our most primal, yet highly advanced and ever-evolving contribution toward solutions to healing wrongs done and changing ingrained habits to ones that are more appreciative of the environment in general.

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2D Pine Cone

Monday, April 12th, 2010


2D Pinecone, diagonal 24H x 24W x 1D inches, acrylics on woven canvas strips. Sold but can be replicated, allow 7 days before shipping

2D Pine Cone, diagonal 28 x 28 x 1 inches, acrylics on woven canvas strips, wrapped sides painted, signed on the back so as not to intrude on the design.

  Phase 01, weaving folded, ironed canvas strips Woven canvas strips, 24 x 24 inches

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Norway Maple: finished, combined posts

Friday, April 9th, 2010


Norway Maple, 36H x 48W x 3D inches acrylics, gel paste on canvas, wrapped sides painted, narrow frame

Norway Maple in Madison, Wisconsin, 36H x 48W x 2D inches acrylics and modeling gel on canvas, wrapped sides painted, narrow frame

Norway Maple: scrubbing off areas, clarifying focal point and compositionMarch 9th: Subtle changes since last post…have been working more on tones in the background, which weren’t planned initially; I had hoped to use only pure colors without the usual layering, but it’s otherwise too hard to look at. Also am connecting a few shapes horizontally, and it’s almost “there”, but ‘2D Pinecone’ was started in the meantime to avoid overworking this.

March 6th: Thanks, Virginia for taking the time to write and digitize a detailed, objective critique. I sure appreciate your opinion about what might improve this. Spotted Cow Syndrome eh? Yes, you’re absolutely right. There needs to be one focus somewhere; left thumbnail shows another day of work..still in progress.

Feb. 28th work in progress  Norway Maple, detail image of lower center, February 28th: very nearly finished

Feb. 28th, above right: detail of above, left Adding a solid patch of turquoise to lower left and some tiny details like that may ground the whole thing, but that’s about it; am leaving it out of sight for a while. This really is a carnival of color, I love it!

Thumbnails: Combined, edited posts of progression between Dec. 8th, 2009 – Feb. 27th, 2010. Started December 8th, 2009: modeling gel is available in varied textures, finishes and viscosity. Acrylics paint can be mixed with the medium or when dry paint can be applied over top. 3) January 18th, 2010: applying modeling paste to the base painting, and sculpting with a small trowel. February 27th: lighter background colors were added in order to open up the space.

Started Dec. 10th, 2009: 36 x 48 x 2 inches acrylics on canvas, will sculpt with modeling gel medium on canvas  Modeling Paste  Norway Maple, applying modeling gel to canvas - work in progress

Norway Maple, detail image of acrylics painted over dried modeling paste Left: Jan 28th, detail image – used  a dry brush so paint would catch mostly on the textures, and kept the feeling soft. Intentions are to maintain the fresh pure colors. Studied from a distance for about a week after this stage to contemplate what the next move will be.

All paintings and Art forms created from now until the end of April will be specifically toward the Dancing With Trees Exhibition to be held at the Steinhaur Trust Gallery, Wisconsin-Madison University Arboretum, scheduled May through June 2010.


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Merging Visions Exhibition

Tuesday, April 6th, 2010


  The Fourth of July 03, 27H x 33W inches Oil Pastels on 140 lb cold pressed premium watercolor paper, brassy-gold frame

Milkweed Melody, 27H x 33W inches framed Oil Pastels on 140 lb cold pressed premium watercolor paper 

Partnering with poet Christina Smith and her poem, Earth’s Love Song Milkweed Melody is showing April 1st – 30th at the VAST (Visual Arts Society of Texas) and Denton Poets Assembly collaborative event, Merging Visions Exhibition, with art and poetry at both the Emily Fowler and North Branch Libraries, Denton, Texas. Opening Receptions Saturday, April 17th 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. at Emily Fowler and 1 – 3 p.m. at North Branch

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Extreme writing

Thursday, April 1st, 2010


 Leaf study, conte and graphite on paper

The article, Extreme Drawing is finally revised and re-posted…10 days writing and revising. If I could draw about extreme writing I would, because it would certainly be a lot easier! Tomorrow, a treat away from all the computer work: starting a new painting.  Today: a leaf study, conte and graphite on paper.