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!

Sunday, June 6, 2010

The Garden

This time of year it's hard to know if I'm a painting gardener or a gardening painter.  I love both!  I try to get out into the garden in the morning when the temperature is bearable and paint in the afternoon when it's too hot and humid here in Georgia.  The lettuces, radishes and snow peas are already eaten and bush beans, fordhooks and okra are sprouting in their place.  The tomatoes will soon be out of the tops of their cages...this year I put wire canopy-type bridges between several to give them more support.  We got our first handfull of cherry tomatoes today although our granddaughter has picked a few earlier ones from the bush.  We are still harvesting cabbages, kale and spring onions.  A few cowhorn peppers are almost ready... too hot for me but my son likes them.  I have the first wave of yellow squash, zucchini and cucumbers blooming with more sprouting.  We also have several hills of canteloupe and seedless watermelons already in bloom.  New additions to the garden this year are stevia, an herb whose leaves can be used to sweeten iced tea, and sunchokes, the tuberous part of a member of the sunflower family that can be cooked like potatoes or sliced raw like water chestnuts.  Sweet potatoes are filling in their patch and the bell peppers have finally started bushing up.  It seems they always start out slow but produce up until Christmas some years.
It's been a terrific spring for our fruit trees, too. Pears, apples, plums, figs, and peaches all have ample young fruit.  We even found a wild paw-paw growing and are anxious to see how it does.
So much for the garden report.  It will have to do since I can't show you what I'm painting right now .. it's a secret for my upcoming show.

Friday, June 4, 2010

"Elephant Walk" wins Second Place

I attended Arts Clayton's "Into the Wild" show reception in Jonesboro, Georgia last night.  What a variety of media!  I will post pictures of the event and the other winners as soon as Arts Clayton has them available.
Meanwhile, I have completed three new paintings for my show in Darien for the McIntosh Art Association, but I can't show them to you until after the reception on June 25th.
Back to the easel!

Wednesday, June 2, 2010


11" x 17"  'Spirit in Stone'
acrylic on unknown type of stone

This stone is so textured and reflective that I will show you a detail below.  It has "flows" of quarts-like reflective surfaces...not mica, as they are very hard.  I left as much of the natural stone as possible.  My son claimed this one.