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Archive for August, 2009

Speaking to Linden Rotary Club

Speaking to Linden Rotary Club

I spoke to the Linden Rotary Club yesterday morning.  They meet at 7 a.m. at The Apple House.  It’s a great group of folks doing great service work in our community and worldwide. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Signal Knob View for Rotary

I also did a demonstration for them of this painting.  It is a version of a view of Signal Knob. 

Most people are surprised to hear how much time is actually spent painting and how much time it takes to promote and market the work.  It takes a lot more time to get the word out there to sell the work than to actually create it.

Thanks to Debbie Grove for inviting me to speak to the Linden Rotary Club.  I appreciate your support.

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Sunflowers

Sunflowers

Sunflowers is an oil on 10″x8″ canvas and is available for $195 framed.

I’ve been having computer difficulties this morning.  Always a pain when the computer is not working.

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Cat in Window Lesson 1Cat in the Window was an art class lesson for the Wednesday Oil Painting class.  Here is the start.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cat in Window Lesson 2And the progression.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cat in Window Lesson 3And the finished painting.  It measures 10″x8 and is an oil on canvas panel.

If you are interested in learning to paint, see the tabs at the top of the page for Art Lessons or Workshops.

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Butter Twist 1I have never been a big bread eater but when I do want bread this is it.  As a kid, my mom used to make lasagna once a week and she always made Butter Twists to serve with it.  I make it and just eat them with nothing else.  They are that good.

 

 

 

 

Butter Twist 2Mix together 2 cups self rising flour, 3/4 cup cottage cheese, 3/4 cup milk, 1 tablespoon sugar.

It should be thick.

 

 

 

 

 

Butter Twist 3Form a ball and place on a floured surface. 

 

 

 

 

 

Butter Twist 4Roll out dough til it is about 1/2″ thick and cut into 1″ strips.

 

 

 

 

 

Butter Twist 5Dip each strip in butter.  Yeah, I said butter.  Now you see why I eat these with nothing else. 

Cover them thoroughly with butter and twist as you lay onto a baking sheet. 

Bake at 450 degrees until golden brown.

 

 

Butter Twist 7And this is the final result.  Delicious bread to serve especially with Italian foods. 

This is another one of those comfort foods that reminds me of Mama. 

Hope you like them too!

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River Reflections

River Reflections

Sticking with the river theme from the last day or so, today’s painting is River Reflections.  It is an 8″ x10″ oil painting and is available for $145 (unframed). 

And don’t forget the River Festival tomorrow in Front Royal.

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Shenandoah River from the Low Water Bridge

Shenandoah River from the Low Water Bridge

Don’t forget that this Saturday is the “On the River” Festival in Front Royal.  For more information on the festival you can go to this link:  http://www.canoecapital.org/ 

As I have said many times, as an artist I am so lucky to live in the Shenandoah Valley with the river and mountains and valley views.  It is a gold mine for painters.  I hope others will come out on Saturday and celebrate one of the treasures that is ours.

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Roses Tonal StudySometimes it is good to practice things that are most difficult to paint.  And every painter has something that is a challenge.  For me it is flowers.  They are really difficult to paint without them appearing flat.

One way I have learned to practice to try to improve my technique is through tonal studies.  I paint the set-up in tones of black and white, usually with acrylic paint.  Then I allow that to dry.

 

 

 

 

Roses Tonal Study 2Next I add some color, using oil color and a glazing medium, I paint thin layers on top of the tonal study. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Roses Tonal Study 3I continue to adjust the colors until I get it to a place I like.  Often, once it is at this point, I will set it aside and look at it for several days, deciding what else it needs to complete the painting. 

And that is where I am with this study.  I continue to tweak it.  And maybe one day, when it is really finished, I will post another photo of it.

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