Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Art Class at a New Location

This summer my art class has moved to a new location... the studio of our instructor, Charles Brindley, in tiny Adairville, Kentucky. It's a bit of a drive, but the scenery along the way is worth the trip. We passed by fields of tall corn, soybeans, and tobacco, peppered with weathered barns and stately farm houses.

Then we arrived at the studio in a lovely restored Victorian house, complete with white gingerbread on the wide front porch. Three tall-ceilinged rooms are equipped with easels, tables, and good lighting. There was plenty of room for all the members of our class.

Coffee was waiting in the quaint old kitchen,

along with a silver tray filled with big cookies.
Chocolate chip, oatmeal raisin, M&M, and sugar... yum!

Charles works with Faith, a member of our class who brought along her granddaughter today.
Charles' wife, Jennifer, teaches a summer art class for children.
You can see some of their creations on the studio wall.

I'll bet she put the hydrangeas in the kitchen window too.

Jennifer makes castles like the one on the sideboard in the dining room.
Charles is not the only artist in the family!

Jimmie's lovely rural landscape is not finished but isn't it beautiful!
We loved painting in a relaxed, peaceful setting.
As you can see from the painting above, we are inspired!

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Pink Poppies for the Nursery

Several years ago, I painted these brightly colored poppies for my daughter to hang over the mantel in her New York apartment.
36 x 36 oil on canvas
She married and moved to an apartment with no fireplace so the poppies spent some time stored in her mother-in-law's basement.

Recently, they've moved again... this time across the country! The poppies now hang in my new granddaughter's nursery.

There was a slight problem... the poppies needed to be pink! Grandma Peg traveled with tubes of permanent rose and zinc white. Voila!!! Pink poppies... easy peasy!

The room is not quite finished, but here's a sneak peak!

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Happy 4th on the Farm!

We'll be celebrating a rainy Fourth of July here on the farm, but that's a good thing for crops and cattle. We need the rain, but hopefully it will subside in time for an evening cook-out!
30x40 oil on canvas
This is a large painting that I did three years ago for a young lady who never came to pick it up... that's one reason I don't like commissions! There were a couple of things that bothered me about the painting so I recently reworked the problems and now I'm pleased with it. The large size is perfect to hang over a couch or perhaps in a little boy's nursery.