Friday, August 31, 2007

Watercolor Autumn Leaves

Summer was crazy on Bear Hollow, so I didn't create much art - just music. I finally was able to take some time to paint. I've really missed putting a brush to paper or canvas. I didn't really do something totally new to what I have done before, I have painted watercolor leaves before - and have several ACEOs that are watercolor leaves. I really enjoy painting them. The watercolor is so fun to work with because the mix of colors is sort of in your control and a lot not in your control. So the final result is a little bit of a surprise. You can also see it on Etsy.
The matt isn't really blue. I'll take another picture tomorrow and replace this one (if it doesn't look blue again).

Thursday, August 16, 2007

Creative Glass Guild of Etsy

Check out these beautiful glass items from some friends of mine.

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Fall Leaves Watercolor

I don't do a lot of watercolor paintings. I usually like to have thick oil paint. However, I love painting leaves in watercolor. I like the way the watercolor runs and blends together. this painting also has some "secret ingredients" to add some interest. (I know I need to retake this picture ans try to reduce the glare.)
(close up)

Feeling Blue? - Think Hydrangeas!

Nothing beats the blues better than a cheerful painting, and the bright colors in these paintings will pick you up quickly. Thanks to Jill for suggesting I show these to you.
10" x 10" (25.4 cm) oil on stretched canvas with a 1.5" gallery finished side (no frame needed).
I love to paint hydrangeas! For one thing. I get to use my favorite blues. I like putting them against the orange and yellow background because it really makes the blue shine! I also like the texture I can use. Lots of thick oil paint gives them such a neat texture. (a closeup so you can see the texture)
The painting with just hydrangeas is in my Etsy shop.

This one with my violin in it is hanging in my office. It is 18x24 oil on stretched canvas.
18x24 oil on stretched canvas
These flowers are hanging in my lovely wife's office. She loves purple flowers, I love the blue hydranges and the red roses are for love. How sweet is that?

(This entry copied from the EtsyLux blog - )

Friday, June 1, 2007

Hydrangeas in a Green Vase

This is my latest oil painting. I've had it close to finished for a very long time, but things have been rather crazy around Bear Hollow, so I haven't painted much for many weeks. I thought I had used cobalt green for the vase, but I just looked and it is thalo green. However, in this picture it doesn't look very green to me. As I've mentioned in other posts, my camera doesn't do purple and apparently it doesn't pick up this color of green very well either. The shelf isn't so black in person either. Perhaps someone should buy me a nice camera for my birthday...

This painting is 10x10 inches - oil on stretched canvas.

Tuesday, May 8, 2007

Handbells ACEO

I needed some ATCs which is the trading version (no money is exchanged) of ACEOs. ATCs were the original idea. ACEOs were invented as ATCs to sell on Ebay. Anyway, I made some ATCs with handbells on them for a ACT trade Thursday at JoAnn's Etc. Unfortunately I realized too late that I will be out of town for the trade day and I have already promised to bring cards. So I took cards over today for my painting instructor, Jean, to trade for me. Here is a picture of some of them. They are handbells and notes ringing above the ground.

Saturday, May 5, 2007

Fall Leaves ACEOs

These were one painting originally. I didn't like the composition of the piece after I finished it. I tried matting it different ways to make it look better. I decided a week or so ago to cut it up and make ACEOs out of it. I like how they turned out.

Tuesday, May 1, 2007

My First ACEO for sale

I"m trying something new. I've always liked seeing other artists' ACEOs and I've seen that other people actually buy them, so I've made some. This one is from a set of five that I made. I'll post pictures of the others later - perhaps tomorrow. They are watercolor paintings painted on watercolor paper then mounted to a playing card. I hope to not only sell these, but to attract people to my shop to buy stained-glass art and bigger paintings.

Saturday, April 21, 2007

My Violin

I really enjoyed painting this. The hardest part for me was getting the color of the violin. I tried many different ways to get brown using raw umber, burnt umber, burnt sienna and raw sienna and I tried adding other colors to those colors, but nothing looked right. I wanted the color that my violin is, not just some brown. I ended up using orange and blue! and the darker parts are orange and purple. for those of you new to mixing colors, when you use two colors that are oppostie each other on the color wheel you get brown or black, so it makes sense that I could get a brown color this way. I love the way it turned out. I've had many very nice compliments from people on flickr. You can read them here if you are interested.

I thought you might like to see how the painting looked in progress.

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Cheryl's Flowers

Cheryl wanted a painting for her office. She loves purple flowers, I love blue flowers and the red roses are for love. How sweet is that? And of course no color is more beautiful than cobalt blue so it's the perfect vase color. The yellow sets all the colors off beautifully (if I say so myself).
The camera doesn't pick up the purple very well. The purple flowers look kind of blue here, but they are a nice deep purple in person.

When I began this painting I had a red vase. You may notice how the flowers change as the painting goes along. for instance the purple flower on the lower left had a petal that wasn't connected correctly. It just wasn't right. I fixed it as I finished up the painting.

Saturday, March 31, 2007

A Beautiful Set

The city walls and arch and the house were designed and painted by Donna Keel. The mountain and tomb were designed and painted by me and David Sherman. Pilate's court was designed by me. It makes a great set. Performances are March 31 and April 1 at 6:30 at First Baptist Church, Joelton, Tennessee.

Sunday, March 25, 2007

EtsyLux Featured Artist and Shop

Check out my post on
It's a great article about Kirs Shanks and her etsy shop.

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Easter Treasury

Celebrate Easter with some of these beautiful items. Also, check out my pre-Easter sale. Read about it here.

Sunday, March 18, 2007

A Violin Treasury

I just updated my never ending treasury with a whole set of violins and other musical things. Check it out.

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Temporary Art

Not all art is meant to last forever. The joy is in the creating! Yesterday we did chalk art on the slate by the creek. Tonight's rain will wash it away as the slate goes under water.

Saturday, March 3, 2007

Calla Lilies

You may have noticed this painting in the photo of my dining room wall (last post). This was my very first oil painting. We had a picture of it to go from. The class was made up of a lot of people doing various things. Three of us painted this picture. I used oils and one lady painted with water color and the other painted with acrylics. I really like the look of oil the best. At least for this painting.

I haven't figured out how to photgraph oil paintings yet. The oil is so shiny that it reflects back any light. I turn the flash off, but even bright room light makes a glare. If anyone knows the best way to photo oils let me know. The best I've done is outside on an overcast day. I'll try that later with this painting.

The background of this painting isn't really black. It is alizarin crimson and veridian green mixed together. When you see it in the light you can see bits of both colors here and there. It makes a very rich background.

Wednesday, February 28, 2007

My Biggest Canvasses

White walls.
I would show you a picture of a white wall, but I don't have one!
When there is so much color and beauty in the world it's a shame that most walls are white or beige. A friend of mine says, "my walls aren't beige, they're doe skin". : ) I don't have the heart to tell her that "doe skin" is a fancy name for boring beige.
Our living room/sun room is a gorgeous green, the master bedroom is colonial blue with a gold stenciled decorative design, the dining room is squash with raised plaster stencil painted gold!, the kitchen is purple, the guest bedroom is blue with varnish stripes and the grandbabies' room is bright yellow! (You can see their room on an earlier post.) I hope these pictures will inspire all of you out there to pull out your paint brushes and work on your biggest canvasses.

Oh! And don't forget the ceiling! Our sun room is 25' x 25'. It took several days to paint the ceiling. People think it is wallpaper when they first see it. The deep purple stripe really sets it off.
Of course even decorated walls need art work. check out the Visual Arts Team Members for great artwork for your BEIGE walls. : )

Saturday, February 24, 2007

The Grandbabies' Room

I have 4 grandbabies and I'm not even 50! Grani made some pillowcases out of really cute material that had bugs and frogs and the frogs were playing musical inistruments. I painted the walls and chest of drawers to match. There are stars on the ceiling that glow under a black light. There are three songs on the walls (just notes, no words): "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star", "I Love You a Bushel and a Peck" and Braham's "Lullaby".