Beginning of new painting on hardware store panel

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I know if you read my last post about my trip to the hardware store, you MUST be on the edge of your seat wondering how my painting on the wood panel is turning out. This is the beginning stage of my new painting. Clearly the fish need a lot more detail. I work by building up thin layers of paint, so it is a process. I am my worst critic, but surprisingly I am liking how the wood grain mimics a swimmy, watery effect. As you might know, most of my paintings lately have focused on the contrast between man-made patterns and organic forms. This painting is taking a naturally occurring pattern and combining it with natural forms. ENJOY

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Hardware store/art supply store

I found myself at Home Depot tonight buying a screwdriver and I was reminded how much I love hardware stores. The reason I love them is because to me they are big art supply stores. Everything I look at I think of ways I can use things for art projects. I had to control myself from buying caulk and a caulk gun b/c I’m convinced that it is just a cheaper better version of acrylic molding paste. I did however leave with a giant plywood panel! I could see everyone in the store looking at me oddly as if they were trying to imagine what on earth I was going to do with a giant piece of wood. Let them wonder lol! I think I’m going to build up a lot of texture on the panel in a pattern with some of the mediums I got samples of from conference and do a new fishy painting. The natural pattern of the wood reminds me of water and fish already, so I think I’ll go with it. I will post pics once I get a chance to start.

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TAEA Conference in Austin, TX!

Last weekend was one of the best I can remember in a long time!

I traveled to the spectacular Austin, TX to attend conference for TX art teachers! It is just so cool to have so many artists and art teachers in the same location! The conference was located in the convention center downtown, which also happened to be the same location as the Comic convention. This was awesome not only b/c it makes life interesting to see a group of people dressed up as characters walking around being awesome, but also because my sister’s very entertaining and talented boyfriend and his friend had a booth there for their comics (http://skweegieisland.blogspot.com/) so I got to spend time with my sister and experience that a little bit. While in Austin, (besides art workshops) I attended a trained cat circus (http://www.facebook.com/pages/Tuna-and-The-Rock-cats/84494939571), saw a band that plays video game music on guitar/bass/flute/drums, and ate at a restaurant where the likes of Janis Joplin, Frank Zappa, and loads of other cool people played back in the day! I must say, it was hard to come back to Houston after the amazing-ness of Austin. Here are a few pics:

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Galveston Art League Fall Juried Show

I entered 3 of my pieces in the Galveston Art League juried show that opened this past Saturday. All 3 works made the show and one got a special merit award! All in all a good night and a great show! The show will be up through October.

This is the painting “Adrift (24×36 inches Acrylic on Panel) that one a special merit award.

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Beginning of a new painting

I wanted to share a glimpse of the painting that I have been working on this weekend. I included my original pencil sketch to show how my paintings move from a concept into an actual painting. I work in acrylic and most of my works are on 24 x 36 panel. Enjoy!

my sketch

My painting in progress

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