Thursday, January 22, 2009

The Proposal

© Debbi Smith Rourke
Proposal  12 x 12 x 1.5"
Oil on canvas. SOLD.

Guess she said "Yes." I submitted this to the Austin Art Space show "For the Love of Art." Yeah - it got in!! As did the Red Pepper painting earlier this month - called that one "One Hot Mamma." (Was all about your interpretation of love.)  In this painting, I learned it's best to complete the painting in one day (ala prima) if possible, for the simple reason of keeping the paint wet, loose and flowing. Otherwise I have to wait 2 days until it is dry to start again. This painting was also accepted into the Austin Lima Sister Cities Juried Show -  Oct. 3, 2009.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Three of a Kind

© Debbi Smith Rourke
Three of a Kind  8 x 10" 
Oil on canvas board. SOLD.

Just painted this yesterday. Haven't cooked the apples yet. Hope to get another painting out of them first! Also hope the photo shows the variety of hues and temperatures I worked to capture in the reds. Was fun. Love the depth - feels like you an just pick one up!

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Red Bell Pepper

© Debbi Smith Rourke
Red Bell Pepper 8" x 6" 
(aka Red Hot Mamma for Love of Art exhibit)
Oil on panel. SOLD.

Today I got to do two things I love. Paint and cook. First, I painted this red pepper in my studio - and was quite pleased. Love it when the painting seems to paint itself!!! Then I took the pepper, cleaned it thoroughly, diced it and put in in my roasted corn and shrimp chowder. Yum. We needed something hearty for our colder evenings (had been pretty warm here lately, until now). Was a good day and we had a lovely dinner. 

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

"Lake Travis"

© Debbi Smith Rourke
Lake Travis 10"x10"x1.5" 
Oil on gallery wrapped canvas. SOLD. 

This is a piece from a memorable paint out last summer with friends on the lake that I finally finished in my new studio. There were a couple things I wanted to touch up and now I love it. I definitely plan to paint a larger version of this piece.

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Golden Meadow/Purple Mountains

© Debbi Smith Rourke
Golden Meadow/Purple Mountains  12 x 16"
Oil on canvas panel. NFS

I now have track lighting in my studio! Well one side is up out of 2 tracks. My husband put them up during the Fiesta Bowl last night. Yeah, Horns! I am adjusting a landscape I started on a plein air day last summer. So, until it's perfect, here's "Golden Meadow/Purple Mountains." This was a complimentary color study I did in Laurel Daniel's class. Simple but people seem drawn to it. (Gifted to my brother for Christmas 2009 since he love it so much.)