Thursday, December 6, 2012

Light Seeker

©Debbi Smith Rourke
Light Seeker   8x6"
Oil on archival panel / framed in gold and black float frame
Framed:  $250 + $20 sh/h in Contiguous US

This is one of the last of the pieces I painted in Carol Marine's workshop last October. I felt like the flower was posing for the light, thus the name. Also symbolizes all those seeking enlightenment.  Gotta love it!

Friday, November 30, 2012

Coastal Feeling

©Debbi Smith Rourke
Coastal Feeling  12x12"
Oil on canvas / framed in natural wood and black frame
$500 + sh/h

I am so excited to have two paintings accepted in this year's AVAA 12BUY12 Holiday Show at Austin Art Space. This painting and Tropical Pool will be exhibited Dec. 7 - Jan. 12. The reception for the event is Dec. 8. This event is a holiday must and so fun to get the season rolling. 

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Lake Austin Winter Morn

©Debbi Smith Rourke
Lake Austin Winter Morn  12x12"
Oil on gallery-wrapped canvas / Unframed (no frame needed)
$400 + $40 sh/h in Contiguous US

I've painted this winter scene of Lake Austin before. This time, I used my new abstracted approach working with just a palette knife. Very interesting editing out what seems unimportant and focusing simply on shape, color, composition and value. So much fun!!!

Monday, November 26, 2012

Tropical Pool

©Debbi Smith Rourke
Tropical Pool  12x12"
Oil on gallery-wrapped canvas
Unframed:  $400 + $30 sh/h in Contiguous US

I've painted this scene before. I love this pool and hot tub in South Padre. Was exciting to bring my new abstracted approach to the scene, using just a palette knife. No brushes. Woohoo - what freedom!! And I love the thick, juicy paint and simplified visual approach. Very painterly. Feels more vibrant. More abstracted landscapes to come.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Bronze Portal

©Debbi Smith Rourke
Bronze Portal  8x6"
Oil on canvas panel unframed
$180 + $15 sh/h in Contiguous US

My angel connections / blog and my art / art blog are inspiring one another. Three years ago I dreamed a color combo of lime green surrounded by white, surrounded by teal. I wasn't painting abstracts, so I created a still life. 

©Debbi Smith Rourke
Cream and Sugar 8x10" Oil on canvas. 

When I began abstracts, something that emerged after simplifying my landscapes, I decided I should paint the original dream colors. I entitled the painting Inspired Dream posted below. It was exhilarating to paint! I started using the palette knife, painting wildly and energetically. Was so much fun! I was in the ZONE. Clearly a part of me or my angelic/light being guides knew I would one day be painting abstracts. 
©Debbi Smith Rourke
Inspired Dream  30 x 24"  Oil on canvas. 
So I asked my angels for artistic inspiration to continue this series I jokingly refer to as "Rothko on steroids." I dreamed this new color combo (top image), brilliant teal surrounded by orange that darkened to a deep taupe and then dark brown around the edges. Emerald green is the color of archangel Raphael who is known as a healer, and bronze is the color of archangel Gabriel, known for inspiring artists. Woohoo. LOVE being in sync with the universe. 

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Wildflower Field

©Debbi Smith Rourke
Wildflower Field   24x36"
Pastel on paper

I recently did  commission for my dear friend Anne Marie Palmer. Well, I say recently. I started on it many months back with this study/sketch posted last January. After she approved the sketch, I took my time with the larger piece. SO grateful she wasn't in a hurry. I delivered this to her about two months ago. Finally posting the work - unframed and with the frame she chose. Pastel is a wonderful medium. Must do more. I am open to more commissions, too! :-) Just contact me here

Framed "Wildflower Field" pastel

Friday, November 9, 2012

Fall Morning II

©Debbi Smith Rourke
Fall Morning II   8x6"
Oil on archival panel / framed in gold and black frame
Framed:  $250 + $25 sh/h in Contiguous US

This is a further-abstracted version of a painting I did two years ago - posted below. This new one is smaller and has less detail. Yet all the juicy color and streamlined detail is all the info you need I think. I am loving working with bold brush strokes and sometimes just the palette knife. No palette knife here - all flats and brights. More to come!

©Debbi Smith Rourke
Fall Morning  14x11 oil on canvas
Available in gold plein air frame here

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Fall Sunset

©Debbi Smith Rourke
Fall Sunset 8x6"
Oil on archival panel / unframed
$180 + $15 sh/h in Contiguous US

I have been inspired by so many artists on my path to this abstracted landscape world, which I LOVE!!!! Beginning from Matisse and Picasso to the modern works of Rothko, Hockney and Kahn. Working artists who've more recently reeled me down this abstracted path include Lisa Daria, Becky Bennett, Nancy Hartley, Sandy Ostrau and Joyce Howell. I am having a blast!!! Big or small, it's still about color, composition, movement, vitality, texture, form, temperature and a ton of play. I love the visual surprises that simply emerge, revealing unexpected magic. Let's see where this leads me. And you too, I hope. ;-)

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Fruit Plate

©Debbi Smith Rourke
Fruit Plate 6x8"
Oil on archival panel / framed in gold and black float frame

This red pear and fruit is my favorite painting from Carol Marine's advanced workshop in Santa Fe. On the last day, she gave us tips on how to paint reflections. I brought this home and then lightened the reflections and darkened the background. Now I love it!! Here are some pics of my art buddies in the workshop. We had such fun!
Amy Hillenbrand on a painting break.    

         Pam Holnback with one of her paintings.

Nancy Hartley with one of her paintings.

Kelley MacDonald with one of her paintings.

The gals on a Canyon Road Gallery tour. Amy, Mary, Pam, Kelley and Debra. 
Yes, that shadow is me taking the picture.

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Sweet Tart ©

©Debbi Smith Rourke
Sweet Tart  8x6"
Oil on panel, framed in gold and black float frame (seen below)
$250 + $20 sh/h in Contiguous US

Another painting I created during the Carol Marine workshop I attended last month. She was demonstrating how to paint white objects on a white background. Not an easy task. I was being called to play with color so I put my white plate on this loud red background. Yes, I am a bit of a rebel. :-)

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Tomatoes and Pitcher

©Debbi Smith Rourke
Tomatoes and Pitcher   16x12"
Oil on gallery-wrapped canvas. 

I donated this 2010 painting to the LBJ/LASA Project Graduation online auction held Nov. 1 through Nov.15. It's for LBJ - a northeast Austin high school, a Liberal Arts and Sciences Academy and the public magnet school for AISD gifted students.

LBJ PTSA organized Senior Celebration, a drug- and alcohol-free lock-in that gives seniors the opportunity to commemorate their achievements and stay safe. So that no senior is turned away for lack of funds, LBJ PTSA holds this auction. My friend Julie Pastor, co-chair, selected this painting from my studio. 

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Two Peppers

©Debbi Smith Rourke
Two Peppers 6x8"
Oil on archival panel.
Here is one of my paintings my week in Carol Marine's advanced workshop in Santa Fe in early October. Carol's lessons included painting white on white, flowers and glass, metal objects and reflections. This is my metal-object painting. More to come!

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Carol Marine's Advanced Workshop

I returned 2 weeks ago from Santa Fe where I took Carol Marine's advanced workshop with thirteen other lucky women. Part of the magic was watching Carol's demos. Most days she would set up a still life before class (there was a race to get there early so we could watch her set it up) and then paint it magically before our eyes. Above she is showing us how to paint glass. Below is a short sequence of her painting a couple of mugs with grapes on a reflective surface.

First she gets her drawing correctly proportioned and positioned on her 6x6 panel.

She rubs off her initial marks and starts to paint the juicy colors first.

Here she puts in notes of the background and begins the reflections.

Drum roll.....Magic. These were just taken with my iphone. Yet you still can see how fabulous this painting is, complete with her signature fork. She gave us the opportunity to purchase these paintings and they all sold quickly. :-)  Thank you Carol for letting me post this sequence!!!! You are so gracious with your knowledge and inspiration. Now...HERE IS MY REFLECTION PAINTING (below) that I did in Carol's workshop. Yes, a red pair, two red grapes and a lemon.

 ©2013 Debbi Smith Rourke
Fruit Plate 6"x8" 
Oil on archival panel / framed in gold and black float frame
$250 + $25 sh/h in Contiguous US

 ©2013 Debbi Smith Rourke
Fruit Plate 6"x8" 
Oil on archival panel - FRAMED in gold and black illusion frame.
$130 + $18 sh/h.

This framed painting is sitting on a taupe, textured place mat. The frame has no checkerboard texture. :-) Note to self, "Don't photograph gold framed on textured cloth the same color."