Monday, August 30, 2010

Oma's Back Porch

© Debbi Smith Rourke
Oma's Back Porch  8x6" 
Oil on Raymar panel. $85 + tax (TX only) + $12 sh/h.

Oma loved to sit out on her back porch in the afternoon and look out onto her deck and gardens. She was an avid gardener and this would give her time to enjoy and think about the next projects. Planting bulbs, fertilizing azaleas, trimming overgrowth the mowers didn't get to, planting new annuals and potted plants. Her bromeliad sits here and this is how her porch looked last spring when everything was in full bloom. She was known to sit out here with her dear caregiver Ellie or a guest, have a beer and let time float by. Cheers, Oma.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Oma's Coffee Mug & Creamer

© Debbi Smith Rourke
Oma's Coffee Mug and Creamer  10x8"
Oil on canvas panel. $115 + tax (TX only) + $13 sh/h.

I have always loved these ivory colored, swirled coffee mugs of Oma's. And I now I'm enjoying having 6 in my kitchen and one slightly chipped one in my studio. Had to go get the matching creamer for this painting. 

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Oma's Vase & Dessert Dish 10x8"

© Debbi Smith Rourke
Oma's Vase & Dessert Dish  10x8"
Oil on canvas panel. $115 + tax (TX only) + $13 sh/h.

Oma loved to entertain and she certainly loved dishes - always adding to her serving ware. This white vase and dessert dish were a couple of my first selections from her kitchen goodies. I love white on the serving table. And thankfully these are also wonderful items for my studio, too! BTW, I had no idea how difficult gerber daisies were to paint! I had the rest of the painting done quickly and repainted the flower several times. Finally happy with it. This is also more of a monochromatic palette - new for me - but seemed to work well with the white. Very simple and clean. Thanks for your good wishes on this series!!!

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Oma's Old Coffee Pot

© Debbi Smith Rourke
Oma's Old Coffee Pot    8x6"
Oil on panel. SOLD.
Many of you know I lost my dear, sweet Oma (grandmother) last month. She was 98. And a half. At that age you start counting half years again. In honor of her and to remember her home  of 60 years she loved so much, I am starting a series of paintings devoted to her. You will see a combination of still life paintings from objects I received from her, or settings in her home and gardens. So stay tuned. I finished the first new one tonight, but alas, too dark to photograph. So I am starting with her coffee pot I painted last year. She thought it would make a good painting subject - and it did. Then she kept asking for her coffee pot back! Ha! My uncle Don has it now. Think he plans to brew some coffee the old fashioned way.  

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Exhibits / Artists' Receptions This Week

Pleased to announce 2 art exhibit receptions this coming week!! Woohoo.  First is the AVAA "Art of Collaboration" Exhibit at the Butridge Gallery in the Dougherty Arts Center here in Austin. Bill Oakey and I each have 3 pieces from our Side by Side series here: Thistles, Charlottetown Colors and Port Aransas Twilight. The reception is Tues. Aug. 10 from 6-8pm. They are open during the week too if you want to swing by. Second is the Poet Tree exhibit at Studio2Gallery. It just made "Weekend Picks" on Woohoo, again! I am so happy to have been accepted to this juried event!! Thanks Tina! My "Fall Countryside" painting will be displayed. Reception is next Saturday, Aug. 14 from 6:30 - 8:30. Hope to see you!!