Saturday, February 19, 2011

A Couple Of Gems

"Yellow Rose In Vase" Oil 9"x6" $125

"Tulips" Oil 3.5"x10" $90

These smaller paintings are so much fun to do. There isn't alot of time invested and if they don't turn out, just start another. These little gems are available for purchase on my website.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

"Little Gems"

I now have a new page on my website to showcase smaller paintings, they average 5"x7". I will post new work frequently. If you are new to buying art, this is your chance to own an original piece of art. You can sign up for my e-mail newsletter and I will notify you when I post a new little gem. As a way of letting you know just how much it means to me when you purchase one of my little gems, I wanted to give you something back. A little something to place your newest art acquisition on so that you can set it out and start enjoying it right away. An easel!!

This easel allows you to start enjoying your painting right away. They look great on a side table under a lamp, on your desk, the kitchen counter and even the bathroom, yes even there! The paintings are sold unframed. You don't have to frame it unless you want to (and they do look really great framed)--you now have options..:))


Sunday, January 30, 2011


22"x15" Oil On Linen

30% of the sale price of this painting will be donated to CASA. I have been a court appointed special advocate for several years. We are volunteers from all walks of life who are appointed by a judge to speak on behalf of abused and neglected children who are in the court system. CASA is operated on donations and needs all the help it can get. As I painted this piece I was thinking about the things human beings need, food and water, safety, a home with love and respect. So many of us take these things for granted, but for a child in the system these basic needs can seem out of reach, especially love, and we all deserve love. If you are interested in purchasing please visit my website at

Thursday, January 27, 2011

I need A Title

The inspiration for this painting came from the bottle. I saw it at a friends house and just had to paint it. The irridescence is gorgeous. What to put with it and the fact that it is very tall was a challenge compositionally. I had this bottle for a month or more before this idea came to me. Lots of experimenting and finding just the right characters to tell this story and this is it. Now my problem is what to title it. I like the fact that my paper birds are protecting their nest from the painted bird so humm, I give up. Can anyone help?

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Art Deco Fountain

oil 20"x24"

This neat fountain is in a building in our downtown. Our doctors offices are in this building. While new facilities are being built out of tin, this beautiful old building stands partly unoccupied. People walk past this marble fountain without a second look. The attention to detail and craftsmanship is everywhere in this building. Maybe it's easier to slap up something new than to restore something old, but how boring we are in our modern aesthetics. This fountain is a work of art and when I set up in the hallway to paint it passersby stopped to take notice of it and they too found the beauty they had overlooked.

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Warm Wishes

"Pumpkin" 14"x14"

After the rush of the past few weeks I am a little weary, so I thought it would be nice to sit down next to my twinkling little Christmas tree and take stock. The shoppping is done, the gifts have been given and now I am seeing past all of that. Happy Birthday Jesus! You came to us on a cold winter night to be our salvation. So much to ask of one tiny baby. It really makes me take pause, no wonder we celebrate. But right now for me it's time for quiet contemplation. Last night I was on the internet when my computer down loaded a nasty virus, well 2 hours later the nice man in Saudi Arabia had fixed the problem. As we said goodnight he wished me a Merry Christmas and I had to wonder if he believed as I do, maybe not, probably not, but he had respect for my beliefs and honored them. It was a small gesture but meant so much. Jesus taught us compassion for those not like us, to help the less fortunate, patience and respect for all. These are the qualities I want to focus on more in my life. I think whether you believe as I do or not, these ideals trancend religion or politics and are just plain good. I will take them with me into the new year. Warm wishes to all!

Monday, December 20, 2010

Martha Berryhill Passes Away At 110

Three years ago I had the honor and privilege to paint a portrait of then 107 year old Creek Indian Martha Berryhill. At the time I was preparing for a solo exhibition here in Okmulgee. The name of the show was "Our Town, Our Land, Our People" it included local landscapes, a doctor, a judge, a state representative, lots of familiar people and places that make this town uniquely ours. Can you imagine everything this woman experienced in her life, the wars, the depression, TV, radio, the births and deaths of those she loved. I was so moved when I met her, I studied the lines on hers face the age in her hands and the soulfulness of her eyes. I went to her home and photographed her outside wearing her traditional dress. While I was taking pictures she began to pray out loud, while I couldn't understand much she was saying I couldn't help but feel like this is one of those moments in life where you never want to forget, and I won't. I donated this portrait to the Creek Council House Museum.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Workshop Announcement

I am excited to announce an upcoming 3 day workshop, March 18,19 & 20, 2010 with the Bartlesville Art Assoc. The workshop is open to beginner to advanced oil painters. We will concentrate on still life with an emphasis on painting flowers. I will be doing demonstrations and individual critiques daily. The workshop will take place at the Johnstone art center in Bartlesville from 9am-4pm Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The cost is $225.00. Please contact Dedra Morgan @(918)336-6033 or Jan Clark @ (918)336-4977 to sign up. Thanks and Happy painting!

Monday, November 29, 2010

My new studio friend


As some of you know we lost our dear Homer a few months ago, he was a great cat and a wonderful friend. He was my studio partner, he kept me company everyday while I painted. When he thought it was break time he would claw the back of my legs until I turned around and he would sit on his hind legs with his paws up so I could pick him up for some petting. He had a great personality, we were so lucky to have him and he is missed. When you work alone having companionship is really important. Well this is Henry, he is a shelter kitty and we welcomed him with open hearts. His personality is still developing but he is definatly a cool cat. He likes to hang in the studio, and only likes running water from the sink. I've been busy painting everyday and will post some new pics soon.

Sunday, October 31, 2010

"Rocky" by Anne Spoon

28"x30" oil

I borrowed this antique rocking horse from a friend who collects all kinds of wonderful treasures. I have to admit it was a challenge thinking about pulling this off. Lots of planning before I started helped me to be free to just paint.

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Whose Been Eating My Flowers?

10"x8" Oil

I went out to paint a landscape and painted a still life. The light on this bunny and the brilliant red of the cockscomb was too good to pass up. It's finally cool enough to paint out in Oklahoma. We have had an extra long and hot summer here. The OPA paintout is next weekend, Oct. 16 in Sapulpa at Pretty Water Lake. You don't have to be an OPA member to come and meet new painters.

Friday, July 16, 2010

"Make A Wish"

22.25"x12" Oil on Linen

These are not your normal Dandelion puffs. These grow at least five times the size. The first time I tried to pick them they flew into pieces on the wind. I went home and got the Aquanet hairspray and gave them a good spray just so I could cut them. These are one of my favorite things to paint and draw, at least once a year they find their way into a setup. They have form like a solid yet they are not solid, I also think that these evoke memories for a lot of people of childhood and making wishes on them.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Reocurring Objects

"Special Things" 6"x8" Oil

I was in the middle of setting up a still life when I realized how I reach for certain objects that I have painted hundreds of times before, for example, Christmas ornaments, ribbons, a couple favorite old vases, pansies, and clementines to name a few. It's not that I don't have enough stuff to choose from, my favorite hobby is looking for more stuff. I think it's that I'm naturally drawn to these objects, and what they can do in a set up. I wonder if this is a crutch or just my style and the thing that makes my work recognizable? I wonder if any of you do this also and what do you use over and over?

Friday, July 2, 2010

Workshop Demo

This orchid was the last demo I did at my workshop as our time was running out. I wanted to show how you can carve out the negative space around an object with paint to to get an accurate drawing. I thought everyone did a great job. I forgot to bring my camera to take class pics to show you, I will not forget next time. Thanks to everyone who was patient with me as I got past my nerves. I will be giving another workshop in Bartlesville, OK in January, this will be a 3 day class and doing a demo in September for the Edmond Art Association. Happy painting!

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

At The Easel

This was so much fun to paint! Hope everyone survived the tornadoes last night and has electricity. I love spring but not that part or the allergies, ugh, my eyes are puffed and my nose is red.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

A Good Idea

This idea came from one of my favorite landscape painters Marc Hanson, it's so good I thought I'd share it. Marc did a painting a day last April and needed a place to store them while they dry.


I thought that you might be wondering what one does with all of the paintings. When I started thinking about doing this in late March of 2009, I thought about what I would do with all of those panels once they had wet paint on them and needed somewhere to dry and stay safe (from the cat... Sargent). I went to a the music store and measured the DVD wire racks. The tallest one holds 50, the shorter two hold 32 or so. They work out perfectly and would even work for 6x8's if you put them in there the narrow way. There are about 95 paintings in this photo.
Posted by Marc R. Hanson

Monday, May 3, 2010

Up and Running


"Clearly" 6"x6" oil

I haven't forgot about you, we have had soooo much computer trouble. We think it's fixed and then it's not, meanwhile life goes on in cyber world without me. I had no idea how dependent I am on the computer. I would run down to the library to check my mail daily. So hopefully we are done with repairs. This painting was done while I was at The Waterstreet Gallery last week. It was fun to do. I didn't want any definate lines around the bulb, just mass against mass with some places that just melded into the background.

Friday, April 16, 2010

Workshop date set

Demo form Water Street Gallery

I had fun doing this demo, it is not a finished painting but I think the idea is there.I was nervous, performance anxiety you know. There was a good turn out and a few signed up for my 2 day workshop. The date is June 26 & 27, it's a weekend for those of you who work. It will be held at The Water Street Art Gallery, 16 Water Street, Sapulpa, OK, from 9-4. The focus will be on still life in a smaller format. Painting smaller and quickly is a powerful way to rapidly improve your skills. I will provide handouts and info on blogging and selling on ebay among others. We will study composition, drawing, color, and harmony. I will demo and there will be individual and group critiques. The class is limited to eight and the cost is $160. If you are interested call me at (918) 756-7516 or email me or A $50 non refundable deposit is required to save your spot. Thanks and happy painting!

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Demo This Thursday

"Copper Pitcher and Egg"
I will be doing a demo this Thursday, April 15, at 6:30pm. It will take place at the Waterstreet Art Gallery in Sapulpa OK. I havn't figured out yet what I will be painting, nothing like waiting for the last minute! Wish me luck.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

"Still Life w/ Kumquats"

Oil 5.25"x 12.75"

How is everyone today? I just got back from San Antonio yesterday, Spring is in full gear down there. My aunt, Sr. Bridget, yes she is a nun, is 91, and lives there. Sr. Bridget has been one of the most influential people in my life. She left Ireland at age 15 to become a nun, she is kind, sharp witted, has a great sense of humor and is the wisest person I know. We had a lovely visit. I visited the Greenhouse Gallery while I was there, wow, What a great gallery! 12,000 square feet with some of my favorite artists, Walt Gonske, Sherrie McGraw, David Leffel and Daniel Keys. Daniel is a young artist with huge talent, he is a still life artist and is in this months Art of the West magazine. The gallery is getting ready for the Salon International Show next week, over 300 paintings were juried in.