Friday, April 6, 2018

April Update of Paintings.

Gosh!  I'm not sure where the time goes.  Has it really been January since I have updated my blog!!!
I had to stop and think, well what have I been doing!  
Below I finished a painting, I had so much fun with.  At the February Reception of the Mississippi Bicentennial Art Exhibit at the Gumtree Museum of Art in Tupelo, MS, I happened to take this snapshot of Mr. & Mrs. Luckett.  I am a board member of the museum and try to show up at the receptions to promote them on social media.  When I got home, I just loved the contrast from the beautiful art in the background to what I am more familiar with, and that being the lovely portraits in the foreground.  I have had it on my mind to paint a painting that was more like a typical British Painting.  This lovely couple just screamed paint me.  The paintings in the background, which I had to get permission to paint are:  
Untitled by Fred Mitchell, 1961
Nature Morte by Becky Hendrick, 1980
and Configuration by Millicent Howell.

Here is the work in progress at my studio.  I still have the frame to paint and so I'll post a photo when I get through with it completely.

I love collecting Art.  Though we live in a house where there is not enough wall space I painted this portrait and will be swapping it with the talented Artist and my friend, Maria Tucci Hughes.  This is a painting of her daughter.  I hope to use more of the photos I took of her that day.  You can find them on my Facebook Photography page.

I love helping out our Community when I can.  Below are some donations I made this year already for Art Auctions.  The Denim & Diamonds event supports the Itawamba Crossroads Ranch which is just up the road from us and very dear to our heart.

The Gumtree Museum of Art's Guild host an Art Galla.  It was last weekend
and a great success.  

Our Mississippi Painters Society had a "Paint Out" at the 
Itawamba Historical Center in Mantachie, MS
The Bonds House.  To thank them for such a lovely day painting
with friends I donated this painting I did mostly on that day.
It was still cold though, so instead of painting from life, I took a photo
with my Ipad and we all painted inside where it was warm.

Bob Franks is the curator and head Genealogist there and as well as being so knowledgeable about the area.  He is a wonderful photographer.  Ya'll should go and follow him on Facebook.  His photos are a delight each day.  

I had a fun photo-shoot with my Art friend Jackie Massey.
She is a member of the Mississippi Painters Society.

So, that almost gets me up to date.  I have works available on my website for Sale.  Please contact me if you are interested in any.  

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

January painting finished.

It's not a great day to photograph on the porch but I wanted to update on another finished portrait.  This one is to go with one I did years ago of her sister.  It is painted on copper.


Saturday, January 6, 2018

Little Pewter Jug

A little painting of a pewter jug.
Brings back memories of my childhood in Scotland picking flowers from my Mum’s garden and placing them in this jug.
Dedicated to my Mum who still loves her garden.
She sprouted love like flowers,
Grew a garden in her mind,
And even on the darkest days,
From her smile the sun still shined.
Poem by Erin Hanson

Monday, October 2, 2017

Portrait of my Mum finished

For the Month of October you can go by Itawamba Community College Gallery and see a show by the Mississippi Painters Society.  I have 2 of my Underwater Series in the Show.  There will be a reception on the 27th October at 1pm.

I finally finished the portrait of my Mum.  I took the photo when I was home in the Spring.  She was in my old bedroom which has great North Light coming in the window.  I loved the contrast of light.  One of the hardest thing about life is having to say goodbye to this lovely lady each time I visit.  It's not just down the road, or even in the next town or state but we are devided by thousands of miles as she is in Scotland and I am in Mississippi.  All this has been heavy on my heart lately as my own daughter and family moved to another state.  A better move for them and I'm happy for them, but I am still trying to adjust  "Leaving".


It wasn't planned but the cup in the portrait is the 2nd cup I have painted in portraits that was handpainted by my Gran.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

September Update

I finally finished my second Underwater Painting.  I also made the frame for it and stained it myself.  Both the underwater paintings are being shown at Itawamba Community College for the Month of October. Both are available for sale.

I'm also working on a painting of my Mum.  I'm having to take breaks as I get so homesick working on it.  The painting is called "Leaving" as it looks like she is watching someone leave through the window.  It's actually my old bedroom window that had some amazing North Light.  Still got a ways to go on it.  

I got a text to do a portrait for the local Volunteer Fire Department.  Union County in Plantersville.  I was happy to do this little portrait for them to hang in the Firehouse.  If you go to my FaceBook page you can see a video of this painting being painted.

Another painting I'm working on is from a photo I took at our Gumtree Reception.  I walked outside as I saw the sun and thought it might make a good photo, to find Christy and her son posing for an excellent shot, I thought.  So I asked if she minded me painting her portrait.  The sun on the building caught my eye but also the contrast with them in red and blue.  Still a ways to go on this one too.  The hard part is the reflection in the window.  What to leave out and what to add in, that is the question.  Ha!  I'm making some of it up as I go along.  

Thank you for following along.  I'm having too much fun as usual.

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Dress Up

My grand daughters and their friends know better than to play dress up!  I always have to drag my camera out!

Sheffield Manor Commission

I recently finished this Sheffield Manor commission.  Something a little bit different.  I'm not used to painting houses and trees but all in all I think it turned out ok.  Luckily the house is not far from where I live so I was able to drop by at different times of the day to get just the right photo as well as do some plein air studies from life.  It is 30" x 48" which is larger than normal also.  I can't wait to see it famed and hung in this lovely Southern Home.  Thinking of having a wedding or event, check out Sheffield Manon in Fulton, Mississippi.