Saturday, April 21, 2012

These Boots are Made for Marching.....

8x10 oil on panel

I painted this before I left for my workshop last week but didn't have time to post it, so here it is now.....If you've been following my Boot Camp series, you know my son in in Great Lakes IL becoming a sailor in finest Navy in the world :)  He has less than a week left and I will be traveling to Waukegan to see him graduate...I am soooo proud, there are no words.....

Also, something for me to look forward to when I get back is an art form I've wanted to try for a long time...I used to do a lot of glass fusing before I started painting, and have somehow wanted to try to meld the two together....Kelly Alge has mastered it and is going to give a workshop on the ins and outs of Sgraffito drawing in glass.....Please visit her BLOG , her work is incredible.... Here is what I will be learning

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Final Day of Dreama's workshop

6x6 oil on panel click to bid

12 x 12 oil on panel click to bid

12 x 12 oil on panel click to bid

Trying to catch up and recover from the workshop with Dreama this past always I come home to a lot of household chores that I neglected in the days preceding and while I was gone, so mowing and laundry are tops on my list today.  This cupcake was from the last day and I can't take full credit for it because it was painted by at least ten other artists during "musical easels" which I have to admit was the highlight of the workshop for me!  Everyone got 3 minutes per station until Dreama determined we were finished and when I got back to my easel this was there!!  I'm posting the other two paintings because I think I have better pics of them now.....

Also, for my faithful followers, thank you for your kind comments that I am still trying to catch up and reply to!!  They didn't go unnoticed and I appreciate all of your thoughts!!

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Dreama workshop Day two

Today's painting was a big challenge I think for almost everyone there but I was happy to try out my first city/cafe scape using dreama's technique. It's not quite finished so will finish it up tomorrow. I will say this. I love the team of both Dreama and her husband ron such great hospitality.

Friday, April 13, 2012

Dreama Tolle Perry Workshop in Nashville Day one

First day of the workshop in beautiful Tennessee and I've never heard more southern drawls in one place y'all. Great group of ladies and the two token men at the Nossi school of art and design.

Monday, April 2, 2012

Never Again Volunteer Yourself

Still working on this one, just got into the figures so they look a little funny like blobs but here is #3 in the boot camp series...When a recruit arrives at book camp they can volunteer or just be chosen at random to join one of the performance divisions.  Now, I was given some sound advice by my stepdad that Navy is actually an acronym for Never Again Volunteer Yourself.  Especially at boot camp.  So I didn't volunteer for anything, but I have to admit when I first saw them perform and march with those flags I was really jealous.  I also finished the firefighting one I posted the other day.....I already have another one in the works for later this week.  I hope to get about 20 of these done so I can make a small book for my son when he gets out of bootcamp.
9x12 oil on panel
 Photo reference used with permission of US Navy Recruit Training Command.  Photography by Sue Krawczyk)