Tuesday, March 31, 2009

CPSA 17th Annual International Exhibition, Atlana, GA.

Well... I'm happy to announce my entries are finished and submitted. Now, the best thing to do is forget about it. It takes so long it seems, and I'm not one to dwell on it. Better to occupy myself with other things.

Speaking of other things... I can't wait to get out of the studio! I do need a break doing something a little different.... stay tuned!

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

March 2009

Spring is springing.. the ocotillos are trying to bloom, sparse green leaves are starting to appear. Buds on the prickly pear, and the mesquite trees are turning green.

However for me, it's the wild flowers that signal spring. Not the garden flowers.. the wild flowers!

My mother was born and raised in Indiana, then moved out here several years before I was born. I remember as a little girl, my mother Oooooing and awwwing over the desert wildflowers. These were her favorite. This time of year, Mom, I always think of you, but your always in my heart. I miss you!

Friday, March 13, 2009

Pencil Persuasion Artist Reception, Tohono Chul Park

Last night was the Artists Reception for the CPSA DC 212 spring show here in Tucson. I must say Arizona has a lot of very fine CP artists and .. my fellow Southern Arizona CP artists are quite an impressive group. My Chaps & Chevy's received an Honorable Mention last night, and I'm very happy!

What a nice surprise it was when I looked in my envelope, to find a printed statement from the Jurors. Here is a small excerpt from the statement:
"Congratulations on being awarded Honorable Mention in the Pencil Persuasion Exhibition. We were awestruck by your beautiful composition (and the complexity of rendering such a diverse piece with the architectural form, human and rusty vehicle as your subject) as well as your masterful execution. (We also admired "The Boys of Summer) "
It was so nice of them to do this. We don't usually get this kind of input from a judge or jury. I think it's a wonderful addition to the award, maybe even better than the award itself.
Thank you Tohono Chul, Vicki Donkersley and Peggy Hazard!

Monday, March 9, 2009

Bouguerau Study, Apres Le Bain in colored pencil

I did this quick little study on one of the Uart 800 samples they donated at the Seattle CPSA convention. It's actually only 4"x6". Of course it's not and exact study, I did change a few things. I find his skin tones fascinating as his paintings as a whole. Studying the old masters gives one a whole new thought process when approaching a piece with colored pencil. I highly recommend it!
This isn't my first master's study. My first one was a crop from one of Sir Edward Poynter's "Cave of the Storm Nymphs" aprox 8x10 on Wallis pastel paper. Such a great learning tool!

Tuesday, March 3, 2009


Also known as Artist Trading Cards, 2.5"x 3.5" . These tiny little original pieces of art are traded and never sold.

I participate in a trade once in awhile, not very often due to time. However I love to get my trades in the mail, and I treasure each and every one of them! I thought I'd share some that I have done, just for fun.

This little cowboy was done from a picture I took at a local ranch.

This one was started from life and finished by membory.

This is my favorite, done from life. Kay I hope you love it as much as I did!

Sunset at my house... photo refrence.

This little bottle, from life. grrr. I did have to work on it more after this scan. lol.

This marble was so fun! Also from life.

This little gold pony was from imagination.