Painting with friends...it's a good thing.

"Next to Bill's Place," 16" x 20"
Acrylic on Gessobord


Yesterday (Sun.), Debbie, Mary, and I got together for a painting day at Mary's place. We had such a nice afternoon. The energy that flows when everyone is zeroing in on their own work and just babbling on about any subject that popped into our heads.

Of course, we did have a couple pitches of "Mary's Concoction" that helped loosen lips!

I started -- and finished -- a 16" x 20" acrylic on gessobord that day. The painting was relatively simple and with using acrylics, it just went very quickly. The house in the upper left corner is Debbie's late father-in-law's house. The garden is the next door neighbor's yard. It's always in bloom and I almost caused an accident by pulling my car over so quickly to get a picture. Dangerous, that's what I am.

Mary finished up two 8" x 10" oils. She is an extremely busy woman with a high-pressure job in the city. For her to come out and just find time to paint at her country place is a monumental feat. These two paintings took 3 years to paint. The important thing is, SHE FINISHED with encouragement from the peanut gallery (guess who those people were).

Debbie started a 12" x 30" oil landscape. The view I am showing here is about 3/4's of the way done. She actually did finish this painting in an afternoon. She was in an oil painting workshop the day before and did the same painting but on a different size canvas...more of a 20 x 24 size. She thought the image she was working on would be more interesting in the size show. Good choice.


Tomorrow I'm taking several paintings to a photographer to get quality tiffs and jpegs. I will be featured artist at our local gallery from July 1-15. I'm showing twelve paintings, most of them new. I prefer to have my paintings photographed professionally rather than me dicking around trying to get good sized jpegs without glare and such. I do an okay job for images on the blog and stuff, but for my website and juried shows, the cost is worth having quality stuff.