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Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Where I was last January.

I'd like to share my experience in the Antarctic with you.
Our 2015 trip was in two phases- the first half was visiting the actual 
South Pole that you can read about by clicking here.

The second leg of our journey was a small cruise ship from Ushuaia, Argentina
across the Drake Passage to the coast of the Antarctic Continent.
Once we arrived we kaycked with just 12 other people.
It was amazing!

Did I mention three days in twenty foot seas (one way) to get there?
Yes, it was worth it!
Unlike the actual South Pole this area is filled with wildlife,
whales, penquin, leopard seals, birds and more.
Close encounters!
Snow Angel

And what's on the horizon for 2016?
I'm in!

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Wednesday, January 20, 2016

What has Robi been up to? And Fundraiser is sold!

For you guys that keep up with Robi and his antics here's the latest.

You know the French have a long history of famous forward thinkers that have made a huge impact on the world.  Joan of Arc, Voltaire, Napolean (who is still inspiring many with the complex label), Marie Curie, Coco Channel, the French Impressionists and Conte de Roblechon.

He's French you know.

Yes, my own Conte de Roblechon de la Bourierie (his nom de plume), lovingly called Robi.  True to his French heritage and independent thinking he's inspiring others by his writing and actions.  His latest dissertation was titled 'Disobedience and It's Effect on Society'.

He's been growling about this from under his beard and beret since the tragic events in Paris, not far from where he was born.  He believes that anyone who blindly folows orders creating harm are rabid threats to world order.  He will not back down on this topic.
He's very protective.
Case in point:
Porcupined! One minute in and he wasn't backing down.
Painful to look at I know but he walked away with only two stitches. 
Thank goodness!

As far as he is concerned the world is divided into two camps.  Those that take orders and those that give them.  Guess which camp he thinks I fall into?  Pity me please, sometimes this can be hard to live with! But a protective friend who is by my side no matter what 
is the very best friend to have.
It's a good time to stand side by side.

Good news about the fundraiser for 5 year old Ryan Etten.
Mean Eyed Cat 2016 is sold!
Thank you Dona Owen for your generous gift to Ryan!

If you missed it the first time you can see more here:

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Monday, January 18, 2016

Fundraiser for Ryan Etten and Mean Eyed Cat Bar

Mean Eyed Cat Bar 2016
oil on museum board
Thank you Dona Owen for helping Ryan!

This painting is being auctioned off here and all proceeds go to benefit a 
little boy named Ryan Etten, who has a brain tumor.
His story touched my heart and if you'd like to
learn more about his story you can do so here.

Normally this size painting sells for 950 framed but I'm
offering a discount in auction format starting at $700, so if you like quirky Austin architecture
and want to contribute to a worthy cause then this
is your lucky day to help create a difference in a child's life.

Thank you for your support.

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Fall Color Week Fave

Bar Harbor Afternoon 
12 x 12 oil on board

Returning to my Fall Color Week experience,
I have to say that this was
my favorite painting of the week.

It was one of those that felt like it almost painted itself
and everything sort of fell into place
without alot of struggle.
I love it when that happens.

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Monday, November 2, 2015

What happens in San Angelo stays in San Angelo and Zorro Lives

Concho Confetti  9 x 12 oil on board

Saturday I entered my first Quick Draw competition in San Angelo, Texas.  In the spirit of the
day I cleverly disguised myself as Zorro.
Since we only had two hours to complete the painting, and
since I'm not the fastest brush in the west, 
I thought the costume might help me remember to speed things up.
I was delighted to be awarded Best Painting in the Aspiring Artists division,
by Gay Faulkenberry. Thank you!
That means people who went to the quick draw that were not in the week long paint out.


The greater Austin area group that was there did well:
I'm pictured here with award winning Laurel Daniel, Kim Hoester,

But the highlight of the event for me was purchasing a wonderful painting by
Shelby Keefe called Intersection.
Shelby won BEST in Show!

Awesome right?!
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Monday, October 26, 2015

Winter Harbor, Maine

Fall Color Week Continues....

Buoy Connections 9 x 12 oil on board
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We had seen this adorable small building while heading to a painting location
and it was love at first sight. So the next time we had a sunny 
morning I headed over with a couple of friends,

The colorful buoys added charm and their shadows held them together in a 
shape.  This picturesque landmark was closed for the season but it also doubled as
the Winter Harbor Chamber of Commerce.
It was so much fun to paint.

Current exhibitions:
Oil Painters of America National Salon Show at
the Beverly McNeil Gallery, 
You can see all the art work by clicking here.
I was very honored to have this painting accepted:

Buried Treasure 12 x 12 oil on board
available through

Also I am happy to be one of the 25 finalists in the Artists of Texas Fall Show.
Opening is November 6th, 
at the Uptown Downtown Gallery
Rockwall, Texas
Below is the accepted painting;

Tough Love 16 x 20 oil on board

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Thursday, October 22, 2015

Not just a fair weather painter....

Lobster Shack
9x12 oil sold

We had some beautiful weather in Maine at Fall Color Week.  They were
expecting snow the following week so we got out just in time.
It's highly likely that most of the 100 painters that attended will return next year.

I've never been to an event like it before and found it extremely helpful and was able to learn
alot , maybe even more that in a workshop!
The best part was being able to focus completely on painting for a week.

This was painted at one of my favorite spots, Corea, Maine, a little fishing village that 
had everything I could possibly want to paint.

When I paint plein air I don't necessarily try to create a finished painting, although if
that happens great.  My goal is to just react to how the scene effects me emotionally.
This one was started with colorful darks, a colorist approach, and I
continued to use color intuitively, using warm and cool combinations
within the value planes, with the focal being the colorful buoys on the fence.

And some of our weather was not so nice....
This is actual proof that I'm not just a fair weather painter!

The painting I did was interrupted before I was able to finish and I chose not to try to finish it later.
I had plans to make the lower half of the painting very abstract with expressive brush strokes.
But those plans got washed away, literally.
It started raining so hard that I couldn't get anything to stick and called it quits and joined my friends in the car.
What I took away from the experience is that there are some things that I like about the painting.
Those being: I do like the soft combination of muted orange and green, the atmosphere and mood,
and the richness of color that shows up on a very gray day.

Slippery Slope 12 x 16 oil

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is a little long, but we had a busy week  and
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