Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Happy New Year

Happy New Year to all. I hope all your prayers are answered this coming year.
Here are some of my favorite artwork this year.
Plein air painting in Yosemite Valley.
The return of the cat tail clocks.
American River plein air painting with a good friend nearby.
Being creative with a wonderful guitar player and model.
Beautiful Brooks modeling for a class.
Plein air painting behind Manley Art Center in Brookings, Oregon.

Gaining weight painting desserts such as doughnuts.

Spending weeks painting at the Chetco River.

Learning different styles of painting at  Whaleshead north of Brookings, Oregon.

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas to all and a Happy New Year from our family to your family.

Happy Birthday, Jesus.

Monday, December 23, 2013

Porto, Portas, Portat - That Is All The Latin You Will Ever Need

I painted at the Brookings/Harbor Port today. So what is  up with the Latin? I was having fun with the word "port".
I had an hour in between errands before Christmas and pulled up Bav, my big awesome van, and painted. After getting my painting  home, there are a few more strokes I need to add. I pushed the color, simplified the mountains and not to overwork it.

Friday, December 20, 2013

Colorful Character

Today's open studio model was a wonderful, colorful character and musician, J. P. Baily. After he finished modeling, he played and sang a song he wrote. It was great. We all  danced and laughed.
My goal was to keep it simple and to use color with confident brush strokes.  I didn't want to describe much.  I am happy with this piece.

"Colorful Character" By Eva Marie Tanner-Klaas, 20X20" Oil On Gallery Wrap

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Alley Painting

I use to think only drug dealers, prostitutes and  strays cats  hang out in the alleys. Now I know it's not true. It appears only artists hang out in alleys and we are there regardless of the weather.
"Alley Way" By Eva Marie Tanner-Klaas 8x10" Oil on Board

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Express Yourself With Pears

So I painted with the Urban Landscape Painters today. It was cold and overcast but great art conversation. Then after lunch to a studio for open painting.
I am working on expressionist style painting. Here are two pears. My goal was to push color, work on brushwork by keeping the paint clean and strokes confident.
It was interesting...

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Pushed Out Of My Comfort Zone

I was pushed  out my comfort zone with color today. I had to walk away to wrap my brain around what had just happened. I painted a successful bottle and then the instructor pushed a few changes.  I had no idea what to think.  My masterly ellipse  at the top of the bottle was changed to simple color. My highlight was dabbed. The color was pushed to a magenta on one side and into the background. I had to walk away.
I looked at other student's painting and then I returned. I slowly began to understand what had just happened.  Then I added my own expressionist marks.
I am very happy with the progress. Homework suggestion was to setup a still life and paint it over and over again until the brush strokes are automatic.

Monday, December 16, 2013

Lost On The Reeds

I finally finished this study today in class and found myself lost on the reeds. I just couldn't make myself work on them. Have you every encountered this with a painting?  I feel like the horse dragged to water and  refusing to drink.
When I decided I was done, I said out loud "Thank God!", packed up gear and left with a Merry Christmas and see you next year.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

White Cat Tail Clock - SOLD - Thank you for supporting my art.

Here is a white cat tail clock low fired on a ceramic tile. Enjoy!

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Painting Fat On Fat

I have learned how to paint lean to fat, impressionism and tonal-ism with some success. Now I am learning to paint fat on fat and expressionism.  Yikes, my brain is spinning.  Some days, it seems that I am going backwards instead of forwards. I am okay with that. You have to start somewhere it is usually at the beginning.

Here is a study from today's class. That color push makes me a little uncomfortable but that
is a good thing.

Fat On Fat Study - 11X14 Oil On Canvas Sheet

Monday, December 9, 2013

White and Yellow Cat Tail Clock - SOLD Thank you for supporting my art.

This is my white and yellow cat tail clock that I created with a ceramic pencil and my favorite glazes. 

Olie Approved

For Black Friday, my husband Gerry bought a dog named Olie a new bed. Apparently Olie approved the gift. 

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Manley Art Center Christmas Bazaar In Brookings, Oregon

I am participating this weekend in the Manley Art Center Christmas Bazaar In Brookings, Oregon. I have a variety of items for sale including a cat tail clocks, cat tail pins, ceramic cat magnets, plant markers, uppity beach buttons, bird houses, cat cards and several oil paintings. Everything is reasonably priced and I hope you come by.
Marmalade Cat Tail Clock

Cat Tail Magnet
Uppity Beach Buttons
Bird Houses
Plant Markets
 Plein Air Oil  Paintings

Friday, December 6, 2013

Another Cat Tail Clock - SOLD - Thank you for suppporting my art.

Here is another cat tail clock.

Thursday, December 5, 2013

What Time Is It? - SOLD

The cat tail clocks will be available soon. I am still waiting for the clock parts. There were shipping problems and more shipping problems but I was assured by customer service that they will be here eventually. In the meantime, I was able to put one together with my current supplies.  So what time is it? It is cat tail clock time! Oh come on... this is funny.
Orange Cat Clock  On Ceramic Tile - SOLD