Wednesday, June 30, 2010

The Virtual Paint Out

March 2017
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November 2014
June 2014

May 2014

April 2014

November 2013


August 2013

Oil on canvas 2.5 x 3.5


June 2013

May 2013

It has been a few months since I participated in the Paint Out, but I enh=joyed working this month on a small landscape.


January 2013

I decided that mountain was too lonely and added a couple!

October 2012

August 2012

This is a piece in oils.  Tazmania was this month's paint out!


July 2012

After a short hiatus, I gave a try to another scene.  Thailand was just so appealing, even though the backgrounds where so busy it was a little overwhelming!  At the end I decided on this piece in watercolor.

April 2012

Gdansk, Poland

March 2012

St. Petersburg, Russia a pop art rendition of the Hermitage Museum in India ink with bamboo brush and markers.

February 2012

A different media experiment!  A combination of markers, inks, colored pencils and graphite pencils.

January 2012

8 x 10 Oil on canvas

Going back to my confort zone for December!

Aries in November, the place where Van Gogh did so many  paintings ... I was so tempted to paint in oils a landscape in his style,  but I decided to for in a complete different Avenue and use watercolors and pencils, which I rarely do!

Sardinia in Italy for October, with its beautiful coastal landscapes.

September was New Orleans, and I thought it would be fun to paint a painting!

In August I opted for a simple road and trees.  I fell in love with the perspective.

In July the challenge for the virtual paint out is Jersey is one of the Channel Islands that sits off the coast of Normandy, France, and south of Great Britain.  Here is my contribution.

This is my contribution for the mont of June.  The Virtual Paint Out is located in New Zealand!


May Virtual Paint Out is on the beautiful Cote d'Azur in the French Riviera.  I opted for a scenic view.

The virtual paint out the month of April was Japan.  I can not help but think all month long about the people that perish and are suffering in that area of our world. 
I decided to paint something sort of cute, and appealing to grown ups and kids alike  and I will be putting this painting on EBay for sale where 100% of the proceeds I make will be donated to the Japans relief efforts.

I hope I can follow the virtual paint out every month this year.  March is the start of a new year for me because is my birthday!  This month Bill took us to Cape Town.  I had no idea how beautiful it was.

 Romania is such a beautiful simple country.  I opted for a house.  I am not very good at depicting buildings,  but I gave it a try.

In December the paint out was located in County Clare, Ireland.   I did not want to do water, so I opted for a farm house..

How much fun is Rio de Janeiro!
  It was so hard to pick, but I ultimately had to go for the beach! I remember traveling there many years ago, and the contrast between the beauty of nature, and not so pretty construction in some areas is one of the things I recall the most. I decided for a beach scene in a very small canvas. I do not think I never painted that small, and I found it way harder than working on a bigger surface. One looses much of the detail...

The month of October the virtual paint out was located in San Miguel de Allende in Mexico.  As much as I love the colonial Spanish homes, I decided to go for something a little different, and return to the medium I love,  oils.

I lived in NY for some of my college years, and when I learned we were going to Manhattan on the virtual paint out for September I was ecstatic!  However, I found it quite difficult to find something to paint. I had in mind all these great buildings and locations, but I was so disappointed to find out so many people and vehicles blocking it. This month of August on the virtual Paint out Bill took us to Prince Edward Island in Canada. I was surprised to see a combination of plains and beaches. Very beautiful. As I scouted the area I saw many lighthouses, but decided not to paint those thinking many would do just that. I was so wrong! I am always amazed at the creativity and different views of every artist.

It became a daunting task. I also thought to paint something that would refer to 9/11, but all the streets are still blocked and fill with constructions signs.

I settled for something not out of the ordinary. Because of time constraints, I worked with pastels this time. I do not have much experience with the medium, and it turned out very different to what I ususally do.

I decided to give the guy a face, and even a beard. Here is the link to my inspiration:   Hey Taxi!

For the month of August Bill took us to  Prince Edward Island in Canada. 

I decided for just a plain road going to the beach. I eliminated all the building and posts, as I wanted to give it a modern look in perspective. As a relatively new artist, I welcome any comments on how to improve.

This is my end result, and below the link for my inspiration!

This month of July the virtual paint out was in Hong Kong.  I was taken by some beautiful scenery, and the contrast between the city and the majestic mountains by the roads.  So I decided to work on two paintings.  I am not very happy with the fabric street,  but I may take it on the future when I have grown in experience, and work some more of it.

Here are my works:

June 2010 

I really enjoyed participating in the virtual paint out this month. I was a little intimidated because I might not have as much experience as others do.

I decided to eliminate all the signs from the original source, and I do not know if many noticed, but there are two little people by the beach! That is the reason I called it Exploring the Beach in Hawaii.

Looking at everyone’s work I was so amazed at how we all have so many different views and perspectives. Amazing. I also learned that I can look at an area and pick a good focal point, and not the whole thing.

Hope I can do better next time!

Here is the Link I picked for my art:

Friday, June 25, 2010

Wet Canvas challenges.

Yellow Iris
Oils 4 x 6
Cardinal with food in oil pastels.

 Waterfall, somewhere SE of Mt. St. Helens, Washington

 Turner OK
Fall Trees
Bananas in Soft Pastels
Peggy's Cove, Nova Scotia
Sossussvlei, Namibia
By the lake, Maine

Smokey Mountains
Alaskan Landscapes

Waimanalo Beach
Boot and Spur
Complemeantary Colors / Soft Pastel exercise
May Landscape - New York

Miniature Western Art
South West Swap

Mixed Media Kids Western Boots!

Cameron Falls, by the townsite.

It was very interesting to work from a painting reference and not a photo.

Bahia of Juan Griego

The Famous Angel Falls in Venezuela

South Australia Photo courtesy of Meggs

Pears in Pastel

Yellow Stone Photo reference by Ann Garlough

English Lake District - Buttermere


This month I did a sky study.  I really love painting skies.  They are so dreammy!  And I just love the way the brush caresses the canvas.

So far I have worked on two painting.  I am learning to paint much faster, using knifes and other techniques. 

I have had a difficult month of November with many personal things going on,  but I managed to work on one painting.  personally is not my favorite,  but my family likes it!  So I thought I still would share.

New work for October!

I have been so busy these last few months,  too much going on and less time to paint.  That is a bummer .... However I managed to complete some challenges for the pastels and southwestern forums, as well as one landscape challenge.  This last one was a teaching tool , as I did my first wet on wet technique. 

Oil on Canvas
Pastel on Vellum

Pastel on Vellum

Oils wet on wet technique.

What a hot month it has been this August in Texas!.  We are spending much time indoors until a cold front comes through,  so I have been able to spend much time painting. This month on the wet canvas pastel challenge we are focusing on focus. I believe many of us we get comfortable with our abilities we start to forget all those basic rules of design. I really love this challenge, what a great lesson!

I also worked on this bull in oils.  Had A lot of fun painting the shirws in the hair!

This month on the challenges I worked on this pastel piece. I took an image and cropped and flip it it my computer to change the composition. I worked on it a little quickly, but I do like the painterly, sort of impressionist style I ended with.

I really enjoy participating in the wet canvas challenges. Every month a new one is posted.
I specially like to keep up with the soft pastels challenge, as it is the new medium I have been trying to master.


 My better works this month were a door in pastels above.

And a rooster in oils. 

Curious Horse!
A wooden tray

Boot and Spur
Santa Ana in Pastels

2 inches Tomatoes


Spring Texas
Roy's Photo in limited palette.
Oil pastel ladybug