Thursday, December 24, 2009

12/24/09 Portrait progress on Benjamin

This little guy is Benjamin Patillo. He is the son of a school friend. I have been working on him for several days - very slowly and carefully. Finally got the face and I think I'll wait until he is dry to put in the red car - since red is one of my demons!

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Floral & Fruit by Kay Wyne

Floral & Fruit
Oil on 24" x 24" canvas
This painting went through many stages...I learned alot on this canvas. Especially shadows. There are layers and layers of color in the flowers, giving it depth. This painting is beautiful framed up. Please contact me if you are interested in purchasing.
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Friday, November 27, 2009

Studio Art & Soul Artists

The Artists of Studio Art & Soul
Here we are...All eleven of us at the Open Studio Tour.
What a fun, creative bunch of artists!!!
From left to right: Grant, Gail, Linda, Donna, Kay,
Karen, Mark Carol, Michael, Suzy and Sharon.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Sharon Hodges: "Dogs of War", 30x40x2

Fabulous niece Tara recently sent a link of interest...seems that our military men and women often encounter abandoned, starving, or otherwise mistreated animals while serving their missions abroad. Understandably, the military does not encourage the bonds that inevitably develop and does not allow transport of these companion animals on military equipment. That said, the military personnel often develop deep, loving bonds with these dogs and cats, and do not want to leave them behind when their tours are over. International transportation of animals is a costly and paperwork laden endeavor, beyond the means of most of us; however, the SPCA International has set up a program to assist our troops in bringing their animals home to the USA. If interested, take a look at their site and click on the "Operation Baghdad Pups" button. Anyway the stories on that site inspired this painting. When sold, 50% of the proceeds will be donated in the buyer's name to this project. If interested in purchasing this painting, please use the button below. $900. + s/h. No need to frame, as this is painted on gallery canvas and finished on the sides. This painting will be shown at the 7th Annual Cedars Open Studio Tour on Saturday, Nov 21, 10-6...hope to see you there! To see more of my paintings, please visit my BLOG. Thanks for viewing my work.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

On the Easel...

On the Easel... Yesterday I painted on a large gallery wrap canvas...started this painting of the Golden Gate Bridge. I was using a photograph John Wyne took about a year ago. The paint is on very thick. I have to put some more shadows and highlights in, along with the cables. I wasn't sure that I had the right orange-red color on the bridge, so I came home from the studio and researched it. Sherwin Williams #6328 is the color on the bridge, so I will stop at a Sherwin Williams and pick up a paint chip. The official color name is Fireweed. We have great memories from that California trip a year ago...makes me want to go back. I can't wait to finish this one up. Maybe my post tomorrow will be the finished painting! Have a great day, and thanks for viewing this blog.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Fish Fry by Kay Wyne

Fish Fry
Oil on 18" x 18" Gallery Wrap Canvas

Here is the larger fish in skillet painting...It has broad brush strokes and more detail than yesterday's posting. It is on a gallery wrap canvas, 18" x 18". It is larger and looser. I have been corrected by the person who caught these fish. They are probably brook or brown trout. But not rainbow. I think I wanted them to be rainbow because in my mind, they would be colorful. But I stand corrected. This painting will be on display at the upcoming studio tour.
I hope to see you there!

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Sharon Hodges: "Just a country western song waiting to happen", 60x36x2

This is a large work, almost as big as me, and addresses the memory of a special occasion. I think most women can associate a particular dress with a turning point in their lives, and that's when the lyrics for a good old fashioned country western song start germination. Read into that what you will, as it could go many places! This painting will be on display at the 7th Annual Cedars Open Studio Tour next Saturday, Nov 21, 10-6. If you are in Dallas, come start the tour at Studio Art and Soul, 1505 Beaumont, Dallas 75215. Lots of talented working artists will have their work on display! Use the button below to purchase this painting. No need to frame as canvas is gallery wrapped and finished. $3000, free shipping to USA. To see more of my paintings, please visit my BLOG. Thanks for looking.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Who ate all the pickles? by Grant Schirpik

Here's a quick study I completed a few weeks ago. Didn't really have anything ready to paint, so grabbed the pickle jar that was keeping the bathroom door ajar, and went to work. I have not painted glass but once or twice and painting letters wet on wet was a challenge. I have learned from viewing other artists' work that anything can be a subject matter for art. It's not what you paint, but how you paint it that makes it fresh and exciting. One of my favorite paintings is of a canvas painted to look like it's wrapped in butcher paper, ready for transport. Such an ordinary thing, but painted flawlessly. I didn't really push the boundaries with this one, but sometimes it's best to just put down the glass of wine and pick up a brush and go for it.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Sharon Hodges: "See Spot Run", 30x40x2

See Spot splash is more accurate, yes? And 'spot'? how many retrievers do you know named Spot? Not a regal name for one of the smartest working dogs on the planet, nevertheless, you get the idea. This is the start of something new for me, style-wise. First, it is larger (30x40x2)....I am happier painting in a large format, as the size allows for broader, more intense gestures.......and, instead of painting a 'picture', I am trying to capture the raw emotion in a specific moment. If you have ever had the pleasure of observing a well trained retriever on the hunt, you know exactly what I mean....these majestic animals yearn for the moment that they are released to retrieve, in this instance, a fallen duck....and the exploding joy of that moment is palpable. Let me know what you think....To purchase this painting, use the button below, $900 plus s/h. To see more of my paintings, please visit my BLOG. Thanks for viewing my art.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Sharon Hodges: "Got Fish?", 11x14

This still life is painted on a super rough Russian linen canvas...I loved the texture, and it seemed appropriate for this prickly antique tackle. To purchase this painting, please click on the button below. To see more of my paintings, please visit my BLOG. Thanks for looking!

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Sharon Hodges: "Who's my mama", 12x24

These cows were white, at least in the field near friends John/Mark's farm, but, hey, in my mind they changed....except for the calf, all white and looking for her mama. To purchase these cows, please use the button below. To see more of my paintings, please visit my BLOG. Thanks for viewing my art. If you are in the Dallas area, please join me on Saturday, November 21, for the 8th annual Cedars Open Studio Tour. Our very own Studio Art and Soul will be open to the public from 10-6, and so will all the other studios in the area...Guaranteed fun and great art!

Sharon Hodges: "The Hay Field"

Do you love the smell of fresh baled hay? I am still painting left handed, but my shoulder injury is improving. I like the more rustic feel that this painting shows which is, no doubt, due to execution w/ less developed fine motor skills...kind of like painting when we were children. There is a freshness to that lack of development. This is painted on gallery canvas, no need to frame: 24x24x2, $500 + s/h. To purchase, click button below. To see more of my paintings, please visit my BLOG. Thanks for viewing my art.

"Middle of the Field"

6 x 8, Cotton Panel, Framed
Unbelievable splash of color right in the middle of a field full of two foot weeds.  Bright, sunny and beautiful!

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Sharon Hodges: "Green Grapes with Tea"

This little still life (canvas is 7x7) is framed in a lovely Larson Juhl custom moulding that beautifully complements the painting....a great gift for the tea drinker in your family. To purchase, use button below. $150 framed, + 15 s/h. To view additional paintings, please visit my BLOG. Thanks for viewing my art work.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Martin Ranch Cow by Kay Wyne

Martin Ranch Cow
Oil on 12" x 12" Gallery Wrap Canvas
This cow needs a name. I photographed her last March when all of the artists at Studio Art and Soul went to John Martin's Ranch. The cows in the pasture were amazing...very colorful, full of personality great to watch. Here is my interpretation of what I saw grazing in the fields. I hope you enjoy this blog...if you would like to view more of my art, please go to my blog.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Northern Ireland by Carol Morgan

This is my submission to the Virtual Paintout that a couple of painters at our studio enjoy. It always amazes me that I'm able to find such lovely scenes on Google Earth. I've done N. Ireland, Florence, and Amsterdam. They have all been to my liking and make me long to travel there.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Sharon Hodges: "OK, you may rub my belly now", 12x24

Hmmmm. If you have a dog, this pose is instantly recognizable: on the back, spread eagle, ears flapping, ready for a belly rub! Our chocolate Lab, Sweet Georgia Brown Dawg, frequently assumes this position and just smiles and smiles until she gets our attention. My husband's 60th birthday is coming up, and I'm thinking this painting would be a nice gift....he LOVES this dog! This painting is done entirely with painting knives, and I enjoyed the process....I think I will try some more knife painting! If you would like to see more of my paintings, please visit my BLOG.
Yes, I am happy to do paintings of your pets, just email me. Thanks for viewing my art!

Friday, October 23, 2009

Lamb Chops by Kay Wyne

I was looking at this oil painting...I think I will paint another Lamb Chop, since this painting has recieved alot of comments. It is sold, but I may paint another lamb, but of course it won't be the same...maybe it will be related to Lamb Chops. It looks like we are going to have a good weekend in Dallas....sunny and cool. I hope to get to the studio and paint. Have an artful weekend!!! Thanks for viewing this blog.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Floral by Kay Wyne

Floral by Kay Wyne
24" x 24" Oil on Canvas
This is a colorful, loose palette knife painting on canvas. My daughter had this hanging in her house without a frame, and it really looked great in the den. Currently, it is at the Dutch Art Gallery in Dallas. If you would like to view more of my paintings, please go to my website: Have a great day!

Monday, October 19, 2009

Sharon Hodges: "Well, are you gonna share?", 11x14x2

I damaged my shoulder a few weeks ago....Holding a brush was actually painful, so I am painting with my left hand. This is challenging, but likely a very good exercise. It forces me to slow down, and frankly, I am pleased with this left handed painting. These folks were enjoying a spring day in Asheville, NC. I hope he shared the snack with his dog. To purchase this painting, please click the link below. This is painted on gallery canvas, so no need to frame. (Sold)

Sharon, Kay, Karen, Donna and Carol!

Dutch Art Gallery Reception
Artists of Texas Show: Somewhere in Texas...A Painting Begins
Saturday, October 17, 2009
In photo: Sharon Hodges, Kay Wyne, Karen Rike, Donna Page, and Carol Morgan (all Studio Art & Soul Artists) standing in front of Sharon's paintings. I don't know where Suzy was when this was taken, and Mark missed out on the photo also. A good time...lots of art at the show!

Friday, October 16, 2009

Sharon hodges: "Cowboy on 'Donut with Sprinkles' ", 36x36x2

I totally love the rodeo...the cowboys, the animals, the characters in the stands, the kids, the clowns, the whole big, crazy spectacle. I especially love the odd names of the bulls, and this one is no exception. Eight seconds is a lifetime if you are on the back of a really agitated, massive bull like this one. The cowboy did not win this engagement. This painting is 36x36x2, on gallery canvas, no need to frame. $900. To purchase, click the button below. To see more of my paintings, please visit my blog. Thanks for viewing my work.
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Thursday, October 15, 2009

'Tea for Three' by Sharon Hodges, 14x11x2

This painting is from the tea I was preparing w/ Friend Donna's beautiful antique Fiestaware. Of course, the initial plan was to photograph it, then paint it, but a quick cup of hot tea was irresistable. I like the lemon wedges in this one. This painting is being shown at the Artists of Texas exhibition opening this Saturday at the Dutch Art Gallery in Dallas, TX. Painted on gallery canvas, there is no need to frame. $150 + s/h.....Click below to purchase. If you would like to see more of my work, please visit my BLOG.

Two Eggs by Kay Wyne

Two Eggs by Kay Wyne
6" x 6" Oil on Cotton Panel
This small contemporary oil painting is currently at the Dutch Art Gallery, and is being framed up for the upcoming show, Somewhere in Texas: A Painting Begins. These two eggs are nestled down in the grass...hiding out. If you are interested in viewing more of my paintings, please visit my website:
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Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Leaning Tower of Teacups, 24x24

Another painting from the beautiful collection of antique Fiestaware that I borrowed from Friend Donna. The round handles on these early Fiesta pieces made the most interesting shadows. This painting is considerably more 'controlled' than much of my work, but I felt this was necessary for this composition. To purchase, use the BuyNow button below or email me. Additional works can be seen on my blog. Thanks for visiting.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Fiesta Teatime, 8x6

This latest work continues my still life series based on antique Fiestaware. I really love the shapes and colors, and tea time is a delightful break in any day. This painting is SOLD, but more of my work can be seen at the Artists of Texas show opening in Dallas, TX, Saturday, Oct 17, at the Dutch Art Gallery (Northwest Hwy and Ferndale) w/ a 'meet the artists' reception from 2-5. The show will hang through November. Please come and support your local artists!
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Tuesday, October 6, 2009

New Studio Friends

We were blessed by these smiling faces peering into our door...some of the beautiful neighborhood childrne stopped by on their walk home from school. They love art and were just delightful...we hope they visit often!

Friday, September 18, 2009

Celebration by Kay Wyne

36" x 36" Oil on Gallery Wrap Canvas
This painting is hanging at Studio Art & Soul.
It is rather large and needs a pretty large wall to hang on.
Please contact me if you are interested in purchasing this painting, or any of my other paintings posted on my website or blog.
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Tuesday, September 15, 2009

DSFDF Challenge Cupcakes - An Encaustic painting

Sunday was cool enough to open the studio for ventilation, which is necessary when working with encaustic paints. So I ran down there and pulled out my encaustic equipment and painted these cupcakes. The painting isn't great, but I am very pleased, after all, it has been over a year since I last painted with encaustic paints.

The cupcakes are from the Different Strokes from Different Folks Challenge. I haven't decided if I will submit them. It was a very good exercise for me. And I had a ball.

I've started a blog to share my progress in encaustic painting. Encaustic Paintings

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Eat Your Veggies by Kay Wyne

Eat Your Veggies
Oil on 6" x 8" Cotton Panel
This painting is for sale.
It is framed up in a gold plein air frame.
It would be a great addition to a kitchen wall or countertop.
Please feel free to view my other paintings.
Have a great (rainy) Sunday!
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Friday, September 11, 2009

More Candy by Grant Schirpik

My latest paintings in my candy series, and perhaps my last. I had planned on six, but I'm getting antsy to move on to another subject matter. The only thing that stops me is the Animal Crackers. They do look fun and I'm trying to figure out a way to be a little more creative with them, so that does inspire me to do one more (if you consider those to be candy). These 2 paintings, along with the Dots candy painting are going to be vying for attention on Sat. evening at a benefit auction. I gave the Dubble Bubble painting to them, but they will be collecting a commission for the other 2 paintings. I requested they hang the Good n Plenty painting, but they said they didn't have the room, so that's a bummer. I hate doing these things, comparing myself to the other artist. I felt like I was dropping off coloring book art to a museum and if felt embarrassing. Why are we our own worst critics, and why do we always compare ourselves to others? How can I compare myself to an abstract artist, yet I do! I'm going to go vomit, and that was just in response to dropping off the paintings. I can't wait for the actual show. Maybe I'll just stand right next to my art and listen to the comments. That sounds like a great plan... not! I'd rather vomit. At least I'll loose weight in the process. Wish me luck!

UPDATE: I returned from the show, and I am pleased to announce that the Dubble Bubble I donated to this worthy cause received 2 bids and did sell, saving my face. It was an interesting night. I heard some good buzz, which was good for my ego.  I joked about standing next to my paintings to hear critiques, and I actually found myself overhearing a precious older woman dissecting my paintings. She started with a positive which is always the kind thing to do, saying the painting of the gum was very realistic, but.... and I could not hear the rest of the sentence. Then she went on to comment on the other 2 candy paintings, but every time she said something significant, her voice dropped too low for me to overhear. You know what? It was actually liberating, because no matter what she said, it really didn't matter. A)Because I can't please everyone, and B) she was talking about them! At least it struck a cord. Anyway, the others didn't sell, but I don't think any of the painting that were not on the silent auction sold.  I really don't think there was any other painting that would be in the category of realism. It was mostly abstracts, or contemporary art. Also, my friend overheard someone discussing my Dubble Bubble painting and they were unsure as to why I misspelled the word Double. Had I done this intentionally, or had I just made a terrible mistake. I had to laugh at that!

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Still Life w/ Beets, 40x30

This still life is deceptively large...but the 40x30 size gives each element significant impact. I love beets...the color, the starchy stems, the large leaves, and this leaf wanted to be important in this painting. Perhaps I should de-emphasize the vegetables to push the focus to the leaf? It's a possibility...or just paint another composition and try to soften/lose edges on all but the leaf.
does anyone have a thought about this?

Grandma's scale, 14 x 11

OK, I had the perfect onion, then I blew it. Ahem. I took another run at it, putting the parched skin back in, etc....still not as good as the initial rendering, but improved. Sometimes, it is hard to know when to leave well enough alone....In the words of Kathleen dello Stritto, "Step away from the canvas".

Thursday, September 3, 2009

New York City by Kay Wyne

New York City
22" x 28" Oil on Gallery Wrap Canvas
I had to post this painting of Times Square in NYC...John took a great pic of it last year, and I did a palette knife painting. I wanted to get the life, color and energy of NYC on the canvas. We are returning to NYC next week, and I hope to visit museums, tour the city and eat some great food! Looking at this painting really puts me in the mood for our trip!!!

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Floral Abstract by Kay Wyne

Floral Abstract
Palette Knife Oil Painting
8" x 10" on Cotton Panel
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Monday, August 31, 2009

Southwestern Stairs by Kay Wyne

This painting is full of color and texture. I used a palette knife on the stucco walls and stairs. The colors are deep and rich. This painting is a reminder to me how different the architectural elements in New Mexico structures are from those of Dallas. This painting is sold, but if you would like to view any other works of art, please visit my blog: http://kaywyne.blogspot./

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Dash of Red by Kay Wyne

This is one of my first abstracts, painted for a friend. Sue had asked me to paint an abstract with certain colors, for a particular wall in her house. I saw it recently when visit Sue in Prosper, Texas. It has alot of pazazz and is interesting to view. If you would like to see more of my art, please visit my website: Thanks for visiting the studio blog!!!

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Bucket of Flowers by Kay Wyne

This contemporary oil painting is full of color. It was inspired by a photograph that I took at the Fayetteville, Arkansas farmer's market. There were buckets and buckets of gorgeous flowers sitting on the ground. If you are interested in viewing more of my art, or would like to visit my blog and website, please go to: