Sunday, December 12, 2010

'Tis the Season...

From Thanksgiving through New Year's day is crazy busy for all of us!  Most of my artwork during this time consists of commissions that cannot be posted, so I've been pretty quiet here on the blog. It's also a introspective time to appreciate family and friends, review the past year and make plans for next year.  I want to take this time to say how much I appreciate you and wish you a safe and happy holiday season......
 Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!  

See you in 2011!

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Sue Flavinger's Smith's Secret

 I follow Sue's blog and could not have written this any better, so I share with you her enlightening post... and turn the doorknob into my studio.

The Secret of Happiness

Lately I've been feeling under-motivated - a form of year-end creation fatigue, no doubt.  I've taken to revisiting books that initially inspired me to take the artistic leap, just to see if I could recapture some enthusiasm.
I came across this quote from "Re-Inventing Yourself" by Steve Chandler: "What if everyone in America was doing everything they could to avoid effort - and yet the secret of happiness was, in fact, effort?"
Effort is one of those double edged swords.  We can put forth tremendous effort, rolling that rock up the hill, then realize that chance, or fate, or a random change in the weather can send us back to our starting place.  Why do it?  Why fight when the odds against us don't play fair?  We can throw in the towel, close the studio door and find something else we could be good at, something easier than this art thing.
It's a good question.  Why do it?  We can limit our understanding of effort in terms of cause and effect, that concentrated effort must result in expected success, and wander down a path toward something else, something easier.  And what do we find there?  "The biggest lie humankind has told itself in the past 50 years," Chandler says,  "is that happiness is available without effort."
I ventured into my studio after a week of having the door closed.  It was cold because there are two windows and only one heating vent, and with the door closed warm air from the rest of the house can't get in.  If we shut ourselves off from the effort of creating we become like this cold studio.  The longer the door is closed the emptier the space becomes, until there is nothing left of our desire to create.
It takes effort to leave that door open when the room is so cold.  Effort to pull out the canvas and squeeze out the paint.
But ask yourself one question: when am I the happiest?

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving!

"Sunset Tom"  ...  a 'Spirit in Stone'

Gobble!  Gobble!

Well, the bird is in the oven and I'm fixin' to go to the garden and pick some fresh turnips to go with the sweet potato casserole.  Can you tell that I am totally Southern?!  I am so thankful for family and friends.  I wish you all health and happiness and a few quiet moments to dwell on the simple pleasures.  May God bless!

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Time well spent

"Out of Africa" .....  a 'Spirit in Stone'

The last two gorgeous afternoons have been spent under a tent outside Magnolia Gallery at Lake Oconee.  I met some great folks who were out enjoying the fine fall weather during the Art Ramble put together by nine galleries within a fifteen mile radius of Greensboro, GA.  Friday I did a demo with 'Spirits in Stone', showing folks the process of choosing, preparing and painting on stones.
  Today I made 'rusty doodles', which are sculptures made from one continuous piece of steel tie wire... my construction background coming through.  The 'rusty doodles' don't photograph well, as you can see through them, but I've posted two of the smaller ones here just for you to get
Black Widow
the idea. With not being able to cut the wire, they are indeed a puzzle to the brain.  Maybe they will prevent me from getting Alzheimer's!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

'Circle of Life' honors

"Georgia Red" tied for third place honors in Arts Clayton's 'Circle of Life' show in Jonesboro.  Check out their Facebook page for all the pictures.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Ramble through 14 miles of art in Greene County

3rd Annual Holiday Art Ramble of Greene County, Friday and Saturday, 19-20 November from 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Five local art businesses have banded together to create the ramble -  they’re close together in the convenient 15-mile stretch from Greensboro to Union Point. The galleries are Art of Oconee, Genuine Georgia, Hampton Fine Art Gallery, Magnolia Gallery and The Point of Art Gallery. Every stop offers exciting and different art forms and you can watch artists demonstrate their unique craft. There's door prizes and more, much more...For more info go to or call (706) 486-6808

I'll be at Magnolia Gallery Friday & Saturday 1-4PM demonstrating my 'Spirits in Stone'... how I chose a stone, the preparation and painting of them.  Please come by see me and the other demonstrating artists.  

Friday, November 12, 2010

Small Works Show up through November

MaryJane, Debbie & Ginger
Great photo of some great artists who just happen to be the owners of Art on the Avenue in Macon, GA.  They have been so instrumental in getting my work "out there"!  The Magnificent Small Works Show will be up throughout this month and there are 30 photos of the reception and some of the art represented on their Facebook page. Be sure to check it out!

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

The Four Stages of Freelance Success

The Four Stages of Freelance Success

This link to a post on Lateral Action's blog is well worth a read by any profession! As an artist, I can name three such artist soloists that I have had the pleasure of meeting and one who I count as a current mentor. The attribute that particularly stands out to me is that all of them are completely comfortable and relaxed in their own skin... totally honest with no pretense.  I strive!

Monday, November 8, 2010

Fall at Sprewell Bluff

This past Friday, four of us women got together to spend the night, talk art and basically just have a good time.  We were to meet four more of our plein air group, The Fall Line Gang, the next morning at Sprewell Bluff to paint the fall foliage.  Well it turned really cold...our first freeze of the year... with a very brisk wind.  So-o-o, we four cheated.  We went out Friday afternoon before it froze and took pictures.  Saturday morning, over hot coffee and muffins, we chose a scene and put it on the computer screen, then painted our 'plein air' around the dining table.  The guys were guys and braved the cold, as did Matthew's wife, Rita, who is a photographer.  We didn't envy them one bit!  Preston came in mid-afternoon to thaw out and join us for a late lunch of delicious homemade chicken tortilla soup. Smart guy!  We missed the others, but we'll catch up with them next time when the weather cooperates better.
Three of us will be in Madison, GA to paint this Thursday, Nov 11th, 11-4:30 if any of you would like to join us.  Just email me for details.

Friday, November 5, 2010

Blast from the past!

Last week I had the pleasure of seeing two of my past paintings in their home environment... and it really did my heart good!  Both 4' x 8' paintings were originally commissioned in 1998 as murals to be put on the outside of cabins that are used for hunters and boy scouts. They are painted in acrylics on signboard and sealed with several coats of polyacrylic to weather the outdoors. Vickie gave me free-rein to treat the subjects, foxes and deer in a Georgia setting, any way I wanted. I remember that she sent a son to pick up the finished paintings in his truck.  Within the hour I received a phone call from her husband, Walter... "I don't like them!", he said.  "Bring'em back!", I said. "I don't like them.... I love them!", he said. "No way are these going outside!  We will find places for them inside somewhere."  And they did just that, building the foxes into a stone fireplace wall and placing the deer prominently in a bedroom.  Thanks to Walter and Vickie for giving my artwork such a good home!

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Welcome to St Simons Island .....the book

Good news for "Beach Babes".... it was selected to be one of fifteen paintings by Glynn Art Association members to be published in a new book that welcomes visitors to the island.  It will be distributed to area motels, gift shops, galleries, restaurants and, of course, The Welcome Center.  I love that it portrays my sister, who could live on the beach, and her grand-daughter in water that has a color unique to the Georgia coast where the marsh meets the ocean.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

"Circle of Life"

Arts Clayton in Jonesboro, GA is having a reception for it's "Circle of Life" show this Friday evening, Nov.5th, 5:30-7:30.   My offerings for this theme include "Georgia Red", a 30"x40" depiction of a family of foxes; "Day One", an 11"x14" foal on the day of her birth; "Sabbath Morning", a 24"x24" painting of a bromeliad and stick figure in the window that symbolizes the resurrection of Christ.  I hope you can join us for the festivities in their lovely gallery or catch the show before it comes down on Dec.18th.
In conjunction will be another show called "Vessels", which I think is an appropriate pairing to the 2-D show.

Women in the arts showcased in Charleston, SC

Interesting article in the Charleston newspaper about several venues showcasing women in the arts.  You can link to each gallery, blog or website from this article.  Worth the time.  Makes me want to scoot up to Charleston for a look-see!

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Depot View

"Depot View"
12" x 12" plein air oil on canvas

This is the plein air I did on 10/13 in Barnesville, GA with several of The Fall Line Gang.  The view is from under the eaves of the railroad depot, which is now the home of Lamar Arts.  At first I had way too much detail in the background, but after a group critique, I softened it by wiping off a good bit of paint... much better.  This is how to learn!

Monday, November 1, 2010

Monroe County Arts kicks off the Holiday Season

Monroe County Arts Alliance will kick off its' Holiday Season with a reception this Thursday, Nov. 4th from 5:30 to 7:00. Come enjoy delightful refreshments and see what the talented locals have created for your one-of-a-kind gift giving... even if it's for yourself!  There will be all arts and crafts represented in all price ranges.  I have eight original paintings, prints, t-shirts, cards and a few little surprises in this market-type show and sale.  Extended hours are offered starting Nov 3rd of 10-6 M-F and 12-4 on Saturdays up until Christmas.  But don't wait that long... shop early for the best selection! 

Friday, October 29, 2010

Thank you, Amanda!

I enjoyed meeting Amanda and her daughter at the recent Magnolia Gallery event.  Here's what she posted on the EBSQ blog:

An Evening with Artist Pat Burns

Under ordinary circumstances artists of online communities rarely meet up beyond the computer monitor, but there are always exceptions. When I learned that EBSQ’s Pat Burns would be a mere twenty miles from my home, for a gallery event, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity. Last Thursday my daughter and I headed out to another small town in the south, for an evening of fine art, wine (for me), and snacks.
Artist - Pat Burns
The evening event took place at Magnolia Gallery, just outside Greensboro, GA. They specialize in southern art of all mediums and genres, but with a strong emphasis on Nature and Still Life. Pat’s paintings, especially her paintings on stone were a perfect match for this beautiful setting. If you’ve never seen one these paintings on slate outside of a photograph, you really are missing out.
Survival by Pat Burns
Even my photographs don't do them justice!
As Pat took us on a tour of the gallery she shared with me the process involved when painting on slabs of slate. Two things you cannot tell from a photograph:
  1. The colors on these paintings are incredibly rich and the varnish gives them the slightest glow.
  2. The texture you think you see from the painting is actually straight from the shape and ripples in the stone.
Pat encourages people to feel the paintings, to run their fingers over the surface. Only then do you realize what you are really seeing. My daughter and I were enthralled and soon other visitors began to flock around Pat to listen to her talk about the stones.
Stone Paintings by Pat Burns
We were lucky enough to also have a look at beginnings of her next painting on shale. Can you believe that stone was not cut to the shape you see? Pat makes no changes to the original stone. Inspiration hits her when she “sees” something in the folds and textures. Wow!
Thank you, Pat for making our evening a delight. My daughter enjoyed listening to your talk as much as I, and for once she was allowed to touch a piece of art. I hope we are able to meet up again in the future!
You can view more of Pat’s art on her website, and in her EBSQ Portfolio.

Thanks, Amanda!

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Old World Bread Pots

"Old World Bread Pots"
34" x 44" acrylic on canvas

In submitting some examples of larger work for the possibility of being part of an 'XLG Show' next year, I  unearthed a 35mm picture of this painting that I did several years ago (before I was keeping half-decent records).  It has such an abstract quality about it, but it's based on the very ancient art of baking bread in earthen pots in a fire pit.  Cool, huh?... or should I say HOT!
It hangs fittingly above a large fireplace at a client's fabulous cabin.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010


24" x 48" acrylic on gessoed masonite

These lovable, laughable Jack Russell terriers were fun to photograph and fun to paint in this whimsical portrait that now resides in a client's sunroom with bright, bold colors.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

The Magnificent Small Works Show

This month is fast getting away from me... I should have posted this way sooner!  As soon as September comes, it always seems a mad dash to Christmas.  Tonight will be a fabulous reception as only Art on the Avenue can pull off!  I do hope that you can join us for some wine and munchies while we enjoy great little gift-size art and great big fun-size fellowship.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Congrats to recent winners!

 Michelle Womble just happened to come back to my booth at Arts on Riverdale to see who won as my niece drew her name from the fishbowl!  She chose to receive "Buckskin & Baby".

Gwen Roese put her name in the fishbowl and chose to receive "Muff"... one of my personal favorites.
Ann Ricketts won a print from the Darien show and chose to receive "Marsh Cat", who resembles her daughter's kitty.

Onie Sanders, who bought my painting "Apple Orchard in Spring" from Art on the Avenue's spring solo show, also won a print which she has yet to choose.

Congratulations to all the winners of these 8" x 10" prints from the drawings I've held at recent events!  Thanks to all who participated and I hope you enjoy your artwork.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Arts on Riverdale in Macon this Saturday!

Featured art for the 2010 Arts on Riverdale, by Heatherly Darnell
Lovers of jazz, outdoor concerts and the arts have one event to satisfy all three this weekend. The Jazz Association of Macon closes down a block of Riverdale Drive, between Ridge Ave. and Overlook Ave., for Arts on Riverdale. Live music, an artists’ market, free fun and creative activities for the kids, and a great weather forecast promise to make it a great day this Saturday, October 23. The music begins at noon and continues until 6 p.m. Admission is free but if you purchase or renew your membership to the Jazz Association, you get access to the VIP lounge where you can enjoy complimentary food & beverages. For more info call 478.475.4202. See you there! 
Look for my booth #8 near the jazz stage.  I'll be having a sale on 8x8 and 8x10 prints for $20 each (normally $35) and closing out cowboy motif t-shirts for only $6 each (normally $12).  I'll have framed and unframed original paintings and a few 'Spirits in Stone' as well.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Magnolia Gallery Art Event

I'd like to invite everyone to Lake Oconee Village to enjoy a collaborative event that seven shops within Parkside Commons is hosting this Thursday evening from 5:00 - 8:00 PM.  Come meet featured artist, Mary Leslie, especially if you love horses or dogs!  I'll be there along with other artists represented by Lynn Blair's Magnolia Gallery of fine art.
Lake Oconee Village is located on Hwy 44 between Greensboro and Eatonton, GA near the entrance to the fabulous Reynolds Plantation.  Enter the shopping center between the Publix center and Spotlight Theatre building, turn right just past the theatre and then take the first left and left again.  It's a charming little village of upscale shops that you are sure to enjoy.  Come have a glass of wine and participate in drawings and door prize fun!

Sunday, October 17, 2010

New Plein Air Group

 "RR Gingko"
12" x 12" oil on canvas
plein air in Madison, GA 10/13/10

The Fall Line Gang... that's what we are calling ourselves.  Newly formed, this group is the brainchild of Matthew Songer and the name refers to the region where we all live.  The Fall Line is where the Piedmont Plateau falls off and the Atlantic Ocean used to be millenia ago.  This group is like a breath of fresh air to me!  It is stretching me beyond my comfort zone and into new territory.  In the near future I will introduce you to each member and hopefully we will add more plein air lovers as we go.  So far we have watercolor, oil, acrylic and pastels represented.  We critique each other's work and learn from each other as we paint.  We enjoy the camaraderie that is so special to a group of artists.  I will post when and where we are gathering and open an invitation for you to paint with us if you are in the area.
Tomorrow, Monday Oct 18th, we will meet at 9:00a.m. at the Old Depot in Barnesville, GA and will be painting in and around the station.  Contact me by email (sidebar) if you think you can make it.

Friday, September 24, 2010

The Secret Message in Art

I wanted to pass along this insight from a blog that I follow by Sue Favinger Smith called "Ancient Artist: developing an art career after 50"

The Secret Message in Art

There is a secret message in art.  It stems from the artist’s personal world view reacting to an external set of influences. Sometimes it’s subtle, other times blatant. This is a good thing – thinking about messages, because if art doesn’t contain a clue to the artist’s world view then it is nothing more than a facsimile. 
Think about the apple.  Most art educations strive to teach the artist how to effectively paint a believable apple.  Some will take the artist further, emphasizing the need to paint with beauty or style.  Many artists stop here.  But an apple without the context of the artist’s point of view lacks one crucial element.  The power to communicate.
Imagine an apple painted by Renè Magritte compared to one painted by Cezanne.  Or flowers painted by O’Keeffe, compared to Van Gogh - or Mapplethorpe. Because each artist communicated a personal world view, we have an immediate mental image.  We understand something that can't be put into words.
This is context.
Experienced artists have learned the skill set required to not only create beautiful images but to instill this sense of context.  They know not everyone will agree with them, or like the art they produce.  Times change, tastes change, but one thing never changes.
A facsimile has no meaning at all, with a shelf life that’s down around zero.

Friday, September 17, 2010

'MY HOMETOWN" Show & Sale

 Please join me and a great group of local artists and photographers that artist/friend, Peter Potter, has invited to participate in a 'FUN' Show & Sale with the theme of  "My Hometown".  Here's the location: 60 Main Street, Concord, GA 30206.  The show will be open Sept 18, 19, 24, 25 & 26 from 1:00-5:00.
Peter has labored to renovate the Old Post Office building in Concord, Georgia and is revealing it for the first event this Saturday, Sept 18th, 1:00-3:00 during a reception for the show.  We'd love to see you there! 

Monday, September 13, 2010

Good news from Meeker, Colorado!

"Movin' Mutton", a 12" x 24" oil, placed second in the art competition at the Meeker Classic Annual  International Art Contest this past week.  I just got word today that it sold yesterday during the silent auction and is on it's way to a new home in Alaska. A HUGE thank you to all the folks at the Meeker Classic Sheepdog Championship Trials for including art in this fabulous event!

Indian Springs Paint Out

This past Saturday was an awesome day of painting, fellowship, entertainment, food and festivities at a Plein Air Georgia event hosted by Generations Gallery in Indian Springs, GA.  It took place on the same weekend as an Indian Festival, complete with costumed dancing, flute and drum playing, story-telling, native foods and games representing many tribes.  We had the whole park, festival and many permanent gardens and historic structures to choose from as subjects for painting.  I chose the Indian festival, as I've been trying to train my eye to grasp figures and faces quicker.  I painted three 8"x10" oils and sold two off the easel and gave the third away to the precious little Indian child that posed for me. Alas, I then had none to show and compete at our afternoon get-together and silent auction, but I was happy with the experience.  Peter Potter won First Place and Bambi Rogers won Second Place... and it was indeed a hard choice to make!  A dozen painters and over that many paintings. I forgot my camera, but Preston King has pictures posted here on Facebook....enjoy!

Thursday, September 9, 2010

All enjoyed "Celebrating Life"

Yours truly with Dr. Ken Harper at the reception Tuesday evening.  Ken and his wife have given two of my larger 'Spirits in Stone' a very good home.  Here's a link to see all of the pictures from Art on the Avenue's reception.... thanks to MaryJane, Ginger and Debbie.  We all had a great evening of art and fellowship!

Friday, September 3, 2010

"Celebrating Life"

Art on the Avenue has a very diverse group of participating artists, which always makes for an interesting show.  Come enjoy an evening of art Tuesday, Sept. 7th, 6-9PM with live music provided by Jim Hughes.  Beverages and light refreshments, as always.... a great way to welcome the beginning of Fall.  I'll have a grouping of 'Spirits in Stone', a few paintings and a bin of prints to add to the mix.  Hope to see you there!

Friday, August 13, 2010


Has your summer been as hot as mine?  Not only in terms of heat but in terms of tasks to get done?  It seems that each time I carve out a little time to get some art done, another "something" must be done....and now! 
Late winter to early summer was very full of art and I am very grateful for that.  The spring solo show was fabulous and the summer show in Darien is still up through September (with pretty good sales for these crazy economic times).  But I have had to cancel my booth at Blue Ridge Mountains 11th Annual Wildlife & Nature Art Festival Sept 18 - 19, 2010 in Blue Ridge, GA.  I really hated that, but I simply did not have the inventory to do it justice.... and I was really stressing each and every day that got closer to the date.  I had actually carved out two weeks of studio time when both of our rent houses decided to turn over.  One was left pretty clean but the other has taken me (and ServPro) this week just to see the light at the end of the tunnel!  We've decided to really get it spic-n-span and try to sell it.  Anybody want an older farm house on five acres?  You can grow your own food?!  Speaking of food.... my studio floor is completely covered in a layer of pears waiting to be canned because the kitchen table is groaning with apples, tomatoes and peppers.  Canning will be night duty, for now I'm off to the farm house to scrub a tub!

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Magnolia Art Gallery

I am very honored to now be represented here in Georgia in the Lake Oconee region by Magnolia Art Gallery.  Lynn Blair has her finger on the pulse of her clientele, their wants and needs, and is the epitome of southern charm.  I feel blessed to be in the company of some of this region's top artists!  At present she is introducing some of my wildlife paintings and 'Spirits in Stone'.  
I'll be announcing some fall "can't miss" events from this gallery soon. 
Call Lynn at 706-454-5050 or stop by Tues-Sat, 10-5 and see some amazing artwork.  Be sure to tell her that I sent you!

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Movin' Mutton

"Movin' Mutton"
12" x 24" oil on gessoed masonite

I'm back to the easel today after over 2 weeks of summer break.  I spent some time with my oldest grand-daughter and did some canning/freezing of produce out of the garden.  This painting was loose and juicy and fun!  A photographer friend, Kathy Simmons, allowed me to use some shots of this border collie competing in a herding dog event.  He looks like he is looking at his trainer awaiting  instructions on where to put these sheep.  We were the lucky owners of a chocolate border collie named Sadie, who was "sheepless" she tried to herd our cats!
This painting will be in the Meeker Classic Sheepdog art auction in September in Colorado.

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Dinah & Charley

"Dinah & Charley"
8" x 8" x 1.5" acrylic on gallery wrapped canvas

This is a sweet little painting that I did as a gift for my artist friend, Linda Brightwell Tucker, who has been a great help to me.  She is a member of McIntosh Art Association in Darien, where my show is presently hanging. Linda has the member's Spotlight Show called 'Potpourri' in another room within the gallery that will hang through the end of this month.  We used to paint together weekly for almost two years before she moved to Darien, which is sadly four hours from my house now.  She has been extremely generous with her time and effort in helping move my artwork around in the Darien gallery and the Glynn Art Gallery on St. Simons Island.  Thank you, Linda!

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Last Cast of the Day

"Last Cast of the Day"
20" x 28" acrylic on gessoed masonite

There was so much about this reference picture of Cheri Robbins' that appealed to me... the colors, the diagonal action, the unposed vigor of the man fishing and talking.  I cropped it down from a larger picture to zero in on these aspects and felt like I knew him by the time the painting was finished.  Thanks, Cheri, for sending in the reference and contributing to the show!

Friday, July 2, 2010

Golden Girls

"Golden Girls"
18.5" x 23.5" oil on birch veneer

I'm afraid the photo of this one just does not do it justice.  The underlying paint is gold and silver metallic acrylic with a bit of white, then the oil sketch was done on top of that. The painting is reflective according to the light source, hence the difficulty in photographing it.
The reference photo was a sepia tone.  I wanted to keep the flavor of the time period intact, but make it something special. My thought was that this was a golden era that our fast, high-tech world has left behind.  That's what gave me the idea of the gold background.  I was very pleased with the results.  
This painting is another of the ones created for the Darien show from member photos... this one coming from Judy Dodd, who is also an artist.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Beach Ride

"Beach Ride"
8" x 8" x 1.5" acrylic on gallery wrapped canvas

The photo reference of this boy was sent in from Cheri Robbins, an artist and a member of the McIntosh Art Association.  I'm sure it was taken at nearby Jekyll Island State Park because I recognized the shoreline and background near the pier from several other photos.  This painting, along with 40 others, are in a summer-long show and sale at Darien's Old Jail Art Center & Museum through September.

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Marsh Cat

"Marsh Cat"
8" x 10" acrylic on gessoed masonite

This is Cassie, a cat owned by Rebecca, who also has a website titled 'Marsh Cat Art'. She is also the person who submitted the reference for yesterday's "Cat in the Hat".  Like me, Rebecca is definitely a cat person as well as an artist.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Cat in the Hat

"Cat in the Hat"
16" x 20" acrylic on gallery wrapped canvas

Rebecca submitted photos of her nieces playing with a very tolerant kitty.  Both little girls attended the reception but 'Spots' stayed at home!  I'm happy to report that both front teeth on the older little girl are now coming in nicely.

Monday, June 28, 2010

Jesse James

"Jesse James"
8" x 10" acrylic on gessoed masonite

Now that the reception for "Conversations in Paint" is over, I can show you the paintings that were revealed that night.  These paintings were created using references that members of McIntosh Art Association sent me.  They had no idea which references I used until this past Friday evening. I'll post one a day for the next week.
The owner of this darling puppy was very happy about my portrayal of him.  I joked with her that she had sent me seven pictures of her puppy and only one of her husband, so I figured I had better select the puppy!

Friday, June 18, 2010

Upcoming Guest Artist Solo Show

It's only a week away...where does the time go?!  I'd like to invite you to my upcoming show.  Many of you vacation in the area and this show will be up ALL summer, so hopefully you'll be able to see it and all the other wonderful artwork in the gallery.

“Conversations in Paint”
  the paintings of
Pat DeVane Burns
Friday, June 25, 2010 5:00-7:00
McIntosh Old Jail Art Center & Museum
404 North Way, Darien, Georgia
Show will be displayed July/Aug/Sept
Thank you to McIntosh Art Association for asking me to be their guest artist this summer!

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Bunny Pose

"Bunny Pose"
8" x 8" x 1.5" acrylic on Gallery wrapped canvas

Muffin, my most photogenic cat, seems to love having her picture made.  This is her "I'm cute!" pose and it always reminds me of our rabbit, Rosie, with those front legs together that way.  I finished this one while painting today with Betty Treadwell, in her newly remodeled studio (envy!) We shared all things art and a delicious homemade chicken salad lunch with yummy cherry cobbler.  What a treat!
Then I took it to Art on the Avenue Gallery along with "Chair Boss" from the previous post and two other cat paintings.  The heat index here almost melted me just getting in and out of the car, but inside the gallery it was most temps with cool art!

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Chair Boss

"Chair Boss"
8" x 8" x 1.5" acrylic on gallery-wrapped canvas

I painted one that I can show you, as it is for Art on the Avenue instead of my show in Darien.  Debbie requested some cats, so I wanted to do a few new ones in this format.
This is our HUGE cat, Morris, saying "I own this chair!".  He really is a sweetheart, but he could be intimidating to someone who didn't know that.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Arts Clayton's "Into the Wild"

"Call of the Camel" by Kay Ridge took First Place from the judge and Patron's Choice by viewer ballot at Arts Clayton's "Into the Wild" show.  It has a LOT more color and subtleties in person than this photo taken in the gallery can possibly show.  Please go to their Facebook Page to see other photos, including one of my stone "Elephant Walk", which took Second Place.  The show will be up through July and definitely is worth seeing.  Be sure to check out the three large murals on the side of the building if you go...they are awesome!