Saturday, July 31, 2010


© Debbi Smith Rourke
Thistles   20 x 20 x 1.5"
Oil on gallery-wrapped canvas.
My latest entry in the Side by Side series - my oil or pastel interpretations of photographer Bill Oakey's images. Bill's photo (below) is so interesting and almost looks like a painting. It's a slightly digitally enhanced photo, highly cropped image of some plants. This was so much fun!! Love the colors. Enjoy painting larger. This painting was exhibited at the Butridge Gallery/Dougherty Arts Center for "Art of Collaboration" Aug. 5 - 28th, 2010. Here's Bill's photo:

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Charlottetown Colors II

© Debbi Smith Rourke
Charlottetown Colors II  
24 x 36" Oil on gallery wrapped canvas. 
$1080 + $60 sh/h
(Contact me for local purchase / studio pick up)

Was exhibited at the UT Club April 4-7 and Authenticity Gallery April 8 - May 6th, 2011. Happy to send more photos of this piece or you can contact me to view it in my studio. Was such fun taking another one of Bill Oakey's photographs and doing my own version of it for our Side by Side series. I painted a smaller version of this, 8x10", last winter but this felt much different in the considerably larger size and more horizontal format. This was exhibited at the Butridge Gallery/Dougherty Arts Center for the AVAA "Art of Collaboration Exhibit"  Aug. 5 -28th, 2010. 

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Fall Countryside

© Debbi Smith Rouke
Fall Countryside 20 x 20 x 1.5"
Gallery-wrapped canvas prints available from 12x12" to 28x28". 
Contact me for prices based on preferred size.

This is an enlargement of a study I did earlier this year.I really like working larger. Many of you know I am about to lose my dear grandmother of 98 years. She has lived a vibrant happy life and I am so blessed to have had her in my life. Monday night when I swung by her house, she had just awakened and was sitting on the side of the bed. I got to chat with her and got 3 sweet kisses. And she called me a rascal! So I was pumped and went home and started this. Finished it yesterday afternoon and am just now getting it posted. Off to Oma's house once again and would love another visit, but if she prefers to sleep and move along on her journey, that is wonderful too. She is about to embark on something very exciting and she is totally prepared - that happened very quickly. She will be missed!!! Go hug your loved ones!!

Monday, July 5, 2010

Padre Beach House

© Debbi Smith Rourke
Padre Beach House   10 x 8"
Oil on canvas board framed in 1" wide brown wood frame.
$150 + tax (TX only) + $13 shipping.

Painted this yesterday from a photo I took while at Padre Island in late June. Love this beach house as it is next door to where I always stay, so have grown quite fond of it. This view is from the surf, obviously. More beach paintings to come!