Wednesday, October 31, 2012

OK....One Thing

Dreama Tolle Perry, a wonderful artist who I am friends with on Facebook and whose art I have admired for several years wrote about a challenge (for me it will be a challenge).  You can read about it here.  Simply...to find something to be thankful for - each day of November.

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Where I Stand Sunday

Nothing to report today, just MORE fun....not...!  
Had arthroscopic surgery on Wednesday.

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Stood and Standing - All in One

Beautiful days make for lots of time to work on what we want.  Me, on my painting, DH in his auto/workshop that is right next door to the studio.

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Where I Stood Friday into Saturday

It's Sunday, but this is Andy and me on Saturday morning.  Andy is an Anatolian Shepherd which are suited for "livestock guardians..earlier in time they were also second hand for the raison d’ˆtre of hunting and as action dogs ın wars."  I am talking BIG DOG.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Cowgirl - WIP

Work in progress 

I used a "Morguefile" photo for this portrait. Morguefile is a great place for artists to USE photos - this is one of diggerdanno's photos.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

An Oil Painting - Night Vision...


"Three A.M."
9" x 12" 
oil on Raymar canvasboard

This painting is inspired by many things, one of them being - each night, after dark, I hear the coyotes.  Our dogs hear them, too.  They begin their calls from far away but get within close proximity within several minutes.  

We go through spurts of them being around.  Right now, I imagine, they may have a more difficult time finding food with the drought.  I have seen less deer, less rabbits, no skunks, a few squirrels...and even the chicken farm across the road is chickenless right now..not from the drought, 
but from the owner's dogs.

At 3:00 last night, I was awakened by the coyotes, again really close by.  It is such a mournful and wild sound on the night's breeze in 
the quiet of the night in the country.   
It takes my mind away ~ somewhere on the wind, when I hear them.  



Monday, October 1, 2012

A Painting for a Special Celebration


"Prairie Palace, Nebraska"
6" x 6"
mixed media

An internet artist friend of mine, Deb Groesser, of Ralston, Nebraska put out a call a few weeks ago for anyone wanting to be a part of a 
special community project to help celebrate 
her town's centennial birthday.  This piece is my contribution to the project.

The project is called the Community Mosaic Art Project.  
The "goal is to have 400 individual works of art, donated and 
displayed together to create a large "mosaic". "  It's to help raise awareness of art and raise money for the Ralston Community Foundation.  
You can read further about it here. 

If you live in farm country these elevator buildings dot the landscape. denoting a  current agri-center (or perhaps one of the past), where lots of grain business is/was done. They are such a symbol of Americana - old or new, working or abandoned.

I have painted others.  The one where I used to work - across the highway a few miles from me can be seen here.  Another prairie palace incorporated into a narrative piece can be seen here.  
They are fascinating and simple, yet when you look at the operations and inner workings of them, they are quite complex.

Addendum:
And here is the installation of the special wall in the Baright Library in Ralston.