Friday, October 7, 2016

Is This Cool or What?

We went to see the Nevada Watercolor Society Fall Show at Sahara West Library today.  This sculpture is on display at the library.  We loved it!  It's made of thin pieces of steel that are suspended with clear strands of what I think is some sort of plastic.

The watercolor show was good, too!  I especially liked a painting by Tatsiana Harbacheuskaya.  It was called Stephan.  I had never seen her work before.  I think her work is lovely.

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Old and New

I was over at my Mom's house and I took a picture of a painting I did in 2002.  My mom liked it, framed it and has it hanging in her living room.

I did this one a couple of weeks ago when I was experimenting with aquaboard.  You can lift easily off of it, so that is neat.  If you try to work very wet, the paint just sits there. 
Well, I'm off to do lesson plans and listen to the Packer game.  Happy Sunday!

Saturday, September 3, 2016

Clark County Museum

Here are some photos from the Clark County Museum.  We loved it.  We didn't get to see everything, so we're going back.  There are homes that have been relocated and restored, a print shop, a railroad depot and a lot of other neat things.  There is music from the '30s, '40s and 50's  playing in the homes.  It's magical.  It costs only $2.00 for adults and senior citizens can get in for $1.00! 


Thursday, September 1, 2016

A Different Kind of Art

I know I'm dating myself, but...  We went to see Tony Orlando a couple of weeks ago.  It was a wonderful show.  He sang all of his hits that I could think of.  He's high energy.  He shares the spotlight with his wonderful musicians.  He tells interesting stories about his early days in show business and about the other musicians in his show.  He loves what he does.  He also seems like a very nice guy.  He had just finished a tour with Dawn.  It was a success, so they're all going on tour again next year.  If they come to your town, go see them.  You'll love the show!  If he comes back here with Dawn, we're going to go see him again. 

One of his friends in the show is Toni Wine.  She wrote A Groovy Kind of Love, Candida and a bunch of other songs with writers like Carole Bayer Sager.  She sang in the Archies.  Do you remember Sugar, Sugar?  She also sang backup on other people's hits.  What an amazing group of people were on that stage!

Fun, fun, fun!


Work In Progress

This is a lesson that I am working on from Roland Lee's web page. 

This is a painting that we did in class.  Note how well-fed my dragonfly looks:)  Years ago, an artist friend of mine told me that my animals (I'm including insects) look like Disney animals.  I thought, "Oh, boy!  I'm better than I thought!"  Then she said, "They're happy and well-fed."  Okay, so I don't have the skill of the Disney artists...yet, but I do have the love for animals!


Thursday, August 18, 2016

More Fun!

I just finished these two paintings from a photo Jim took at Red Rock Canyon.  I'm excited because I'm learning a new way to do desert vegetation courtesy of Roland Lee.  I found his web page last week.  He shows step by step some of the techniques he uses.
I have a way to go, but that's okay!  I did the painting twice because I wanted to practice. 

I painted these tulips a month or two ago.

Jim and I are on vacation from school, so we've been playing tourist around the beautiful city of Las Vegas.  We went to the Clark County Museum yesterday morning.  We had never been there.  It's amazing.  They have moved and preserved houses.  There is an old train station with an engine and a caboose.  When you enter the homes, there is music playing from the '40s and '50s.  It's all very well done.  I loved it.  I will post some pictures later.

I hope everyone is having a fabulous summer!


Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Playing with Acrylics

I usually paint in watercolor, but our painting group was using acrylics last night.  Here's what I did.  It was fun!

Our instructor primed the tops of cigar boxes with gesso and we played with acrylics.  I thought it was a clever idea - I never painted on a cigar box before!