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
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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 + sh/h in US
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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
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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.

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
Sale: $65.00
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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

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. :-)