Saturday, December 28, 2013

SOLD! Thank you!

"Thistles" ©Debbi Smith Rourke  20"x20"
"Inspired Dream" ©Debbi Smith Rourke 30"x24"
"Winter Holiday" ©Debbi Smith Rourke 8"x10"
"Spring Snowfall" ©Debbi Smith Rourke 11"x14"
"Illinois Gold" ©Debbi Smith Rourke  8"x10"
"Sweetie Pie" ©Debbi Smith Rourke 8"x10"
"Two Peppers"  ©Debbi Smith Rourke  6"x 8"
"Jamaica Mon"  ©Debbi Smith Rourke  8"x10"
These are some of my favorite oil paintings that were sold in 2013. Yay! So appreciate each and every one of my art patrons, from this year and through the years. Your support and encouragement mean a great deal. I'm also now leasing artwork and teaching art classes to adults and children 9 to 12 years of age, here in my home studio. Contact me if interested. More inspired work to come so stay tuned. All the best to your and yours in 2014.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Teal Hills © / In-Home Studio Holiday Sale

©2013 Debbi Smith Rourke
Teal Hills 24"x 24"
Oil on gallery-wrapped canvas

I am enjoying painting abstracted landscape imagery, particularly of Lake Austin. Unexpected surprises arise when I explore techniques such as multiple layers, interesting new color mixes and a variety of textures.

This Friday and Saturday, December 13 and 14th, I am hosting a Holiday Art Sale in my home and home studio. Email, text or FB message me for my address. The inside of our home is decked out for the season and my paintings are hanging throughout the house — an homage to myself! If you are in Austin, pop by! 
Home Studio in NW Austin
Friday, 12/13: Noon to 5 pm
Saturday, 12/14: 11am to 5 pm

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Mom's Mum ©

©2013 Debbi Smith Rourke
"Mom's Mum" 10"x8"
Oil on canvas panel / framed in gold plein air frame
Framed: $350 + $40 sh/h in Contiguous US


I painted this from a flower arrangement my mom created. She brought me some flowers  and then graciously arranged them beautifully in several different vases to set around my home. This was a very dramatic view of a mum in a white pitcher. It became the still life for my first painting class for adults. Yah! Love this split-complementary color scheme. I just had to paint it myself using the palette knife. Thanks for the inspiration, Mom! xoxo

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Gabriel's Call ©

©2013 Debbi Smith Rourke
Gabriel's Call  24"x30"
Oil on gallery-wrapped canvas / unframed (no frame necessary) 
$1300 + $80 sh/h in Contiguous US

I enlarged this piece from a study I did called "Missing Arizona." As this one turned out to have a lot of bronze colors (the colors associated with arch angel Gabriel), and the dark rust markings toward the bottom reminded me of an angel flying with a long trumpet, I decided to title it "Gabriel's Call." It is on exhibit at Bruegger's Bagels in Westlake through the 24th of November. Contact me via if interested. If you are outside of Austin, I will set up a pay pal button for you with personalized shipping costs. So appreciate!!!

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Santa Fe Holiday ©

©2013 Debbi Smith Rourke
Santa Fe Holiday 24"x30" 
Oil on 1.5" gallery-wrapped canvas / unframed (no frame needed)
$1300 + $80 sh/h in Contiguous US

Isaiah 1:18
"Come now, and let us reason together," Says the LORD, "Though your sins are as scarlet, They will be as white as snow;
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Isaiah 1:18
"Come now, and let us reason together," Says the LORD, "Though your sins are as scarlet, They will be as white as snow;
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Isaiah 1:18
Isaiah 1:18
"Come now, and let us reason together," Says the LORD, "Though your sins are as scarlet, They will be as white as snow;
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It was so thrilling to enlarge this image I have painted twice as an 8x10". My goal is to bring the same simplicity of form to my large works that exists in the small, with very little new information. I call this an abstracted landscape because the shapes, forms, textures and colors become more important than capturing the true representational nature of the scene. I'm trying to express the FEELING of being there rather than seeing every detail that was perceptible. And that is thrilling because I remember the glowing of my very full heart that day, at this scene on my Santa Fe holiday! So much love, fun and fantasy gets wrapped up in paint and canvas! All wonderful! 
Happy to meet you for coffee @ Bruegger's Bagels in Westlake if you want to see the show with me. Up for just another 25 days!! 

P.S. Today is my mom's 76th birthday! Happy Halloween birthday, Mom! Love you!

Friday, October 25, 2013

Colorful Currents ©

©2013 Debbi Smith Rourke
"Colorful Currents" 30"x24"
Oil on 1.5" gallery-wrapped canvas / unframed (No frame needed)
Unframed:  $1300 + $80 sh/h in Contiguous US
(Contact me for local sale and pickup)

This painting is a companion piece to "Rising Bubbles" - it's the right side of the diptych. I plan to enlarge each of these 30"x24" paintings to 48"x36" and those biggies will go in my entry - a commission for my husband. These 30"x24" paintings are definitely available, individually or as a set! The currents are flowing up and to the right, then back down in the right piece where they swirl around and then start flowing upward again. Love the movement! Never knew my husband liked such vibrant colors.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Go Orange and White ©

©2013 Debbi Smith Rourke
"Go Orange and White" 8"x10"
Oil on canvas board / unframed
Unframed: $250 + $25 sh/h in Contiguous US

When the Texas Longhorns (football team) beat OU, Oklahoma University, I was so thrilled that I decided to do an orange and white painting in honor of my Longhorns. Yay!! Our team has struggled this year and this was a great game. So I found a dark orange peach and put it on a white plate with an off-white background. White on white is quite challenging, basically a lot of grays. So I added some color tints to create a number of interesting grays. All with the palette knife. Was fun!! More to come!

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Winter Holiday II ©

©2013 Debbi Smith Rourke
"Winter Holiday II" 10"x8"
Oil on canvas, framed in natural wood and black frame
$350 framed + $25 sh/h

I decided to try a vertical of this photo I snapped from my trip to Santa Fe in December 2011. My friend Nancy Hartley and her husband Brian took us to visit some artists friends who lived just outside of town in a winter wonderland. We had a lovely visit with Bunny Tobias and Charles Greely and toured their home and gallery. Special memories. I also have a horizontal painting of this same scene.

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Sweetie Pie ©

©2013 Debbi Smith Rourke
Sweetie Pie 8"x 10"
Oil on canvas panel

I set up this still life for my 9-year-old art student for her last still life class. A split-complimentary painting. She did an amazing job. So I decided I should paint it as well...before my husband ate all the pie. I suggested this title and he laughed. He had a great back-up title: "Life of Pie." We know around here that the life of this pie was quite short, but indeed sweet!

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Autumn Gold ©

©2013 Debbi Smith Rourke
Autumn Gold 30"x24"
Oil on gallery-wrapped canvas 
Bill Oakey and I have enjoyed collaborating in our artistic endeavors since 2007. This year's "Side by Side" work offers new views into this theme of parallelism. My fascination with abstracting the essence of a scene is more pronounced in this years' body of work. We also have some solo pieces in our October exhibit, so some of my purely abstract works will also be exhibited.
Autumn Gold was painted from a photograph Bill shot in Illinois. When you see this in person, it feels like you can just step right into the scene. It feels to me as if the natural world is inviting us to venture beyond the open meadow and into the mystic woods. Aren't you curious what lies ahead? I am. I want to just slip away into the magic.

Friday, September 27, 2013

Illinois Gold ©

©2013 Debbi Smith Rourke
Illinois Gold 8"x10"
Oil on canvas panel framed in gold/black float frame
This is another painting I created for the Side by Side exhibit with Bill Oakey. He shot a number of lovely earth-toned images on his trip to Illinois last fall that were ideal for our inspirational and collaborative process. And after he saw this painting, he decided to buy it!! Gotta love that! Hope to see you next Friday at our exhibit at the Old Bakery & Emporium at 10th and Congress.

Monday, September 23, 2013

Port Aransas Twilight II ©

©2013 Debbi Smith Rourke
Port Aransas Twilight II  24"x30"
Oil on gallery-wrapped canvas (no frame needed)
$1300 + $70 sh/h in Contiguous US

The 2013 "Side by Side" exhibit opens Oct. 4! Come see new works from photographer Bill Oakey and my abstracted interpretations of those stunning images in oil. This has been a fun year of exploring abstracted imagery and texture and painting with the palette knife. As always, color is vital to the work. Hope you will come see what fills our hearts with joy and inspiration! 
The reception is Friday, Oct. 4, 5 - 7pm. There is limited parking in the lower level lot behind the Old Bakery & Emporium. As daytime workers leave, street metered street parking is usually available. If you miss the reception, the show is up Oct. 4th - Nov. 6th. Gallery hours are Monday – Friday, 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM. Look forward to seeing you!!

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Cloudcroft Spring ©

©2013 Debbi Smith Rourke
Cloudcroft Spring 8"x10"
Oil on canvas board
I painted this scene a bit larger, 11x14", back in early July and it sold to my good friend Cindy. It was painted from an image shot by photographer Bill Oakey which will be part of our upcoming "Side by Side" exhibit. SO, since the first one sold, I had to paint it again. :-) This one will be part of our October exhibit at Old Bakery and Emporium Gallery at 10th and Congress.  I so enjoy using the palette knife to push paint around. The process is hipnotic! 

Friday, August 9, 2013

Ocean View ©

© Debbi Smith Rourke
Ocean View 8"x10"
Acrylic on canvas panel
Unframed: $250 + $25 sh/h in Contiguous US

I painted this a couple of weeks ago and I'm finally getting around to posting it. It is painted in acrylic, a change for me. Was a nice surprise to be able to paint and clean up so quickly.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Port Aransas Dawn ©

©2013 Debbi Smith Rourke
Port Aransas Dawn 12"x24"
Oil on gallery-wrapped canvas
$650  + sh/h 

Bill and I are working on more "Side by Side" works for our October exhibit. I painted this from a photograph he took recently in Port A. Here's his beautiful image of the beach at dawn -- so lovely and serene, while my version is a bit more edgy and textural. It's all interpretation and totally inspirational. Collaboration is fun. All good!!!

© Bill Oakey

Monday, July 22, 2013

Descending Orbs ©

©2013 Debbi Smith Rourke
Descending Orbs 30"x24" 
Oil on gallery-wrapped canvas (no framed needed)
$1300 + $70 sh/h in US (unframed)
Contact me for local pick up / no shipping

The concept for this abstract immediately popped into my mind when I simply asked for inspiration. Gotta love that! I think of it as orbs of vibrant energy from the ground level on earth down to the core of our earth. They could also be magical plants in the ocean. What do you see? Fun to think about! I am definitely likely these bright colors on my taupe walls. 

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Spring Snowfall ©

©2013 Debbi Smith Rourke
Spring Snowfall 11"x14"
Oil on canvas board

I painted this from a photograph taken by my photographer friend Bill Oakey. He took it this past spring on a trip to Cloudcroft, New Mexico. I loved the photo immediately upon seeing it in my email. I painted this in my current abstracted-landscape style using a palette knife. I painted the detail and didn't really try to think about what the whole painting would look like. I know you are supposed to get up and look at your work from a distance continually as you paint. But I am enjoying painting "what I see" while staying at the easel and waiting til it is almost complete before standing back to see how it looks. And magically, it looked fabulous!!! It's like a game with me. Ha. I made a few tweaks after I stood back but not too many. What fun!!! 
This sold quickly so I will paint a larger version for our October "Side by Side" exhibit at the Old Bakery and Emporium Gallery at 10th and Congress in Austin.

Friday, June 28, 2013

Rising Bubbles ©

©2013 Debbi Smith Rourke
Rising Bubbles 30"x24"
Oil on gallery-wrapped canvas / unframed (no frame needed)
 $1300 + $70 sh/h in US
Contact me for local pick up / no shipping

My husband "commissioned" me to paint two large works for our entry wall. This is the study for the left diptych panel. Right panel is here. Overall, Jim wants something colorful and dramatic that pops out at you when you walk in the door. So nice he wants my artwork front and center. :-) Soon I will enlarge each panel to 4'x3.' BIG!

I am loving this world of abstracts and exploring new avenues and techniques. Here, I was trying to convey a flurry of activity. Can you feel the movement of the bubbles floating up in sea of color, like schools of exotic fish?

Friday, June 21, 2013

The Dance ©

©2013 Debbi Smith Rourke
The Dance 30"x24"
Oil on gallery-wrapped canvas

After I painted "Summit" in a 7x5" format, I decided it was a perfect study for a larger work. So I created this 30x24" piece. It has a good bit of influence from the study, yet it seemed to take on a bit more of an entangled dance rhythm of two entities or figures rather than appearing as a single figure reaching a summit. Thus the new name. Hope you enjoy. This is one of my favorite color combinations. Available in my home studio for viewing. I am also happy to send additional photos.

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Summit ©

©2013 Debbi Smith Rourke
Summit  7"x5"
Oil on canvas board

I love to create abstracts out of the cool, sophisticated colors I discover at the end of a day of painting. This is one of those wonderful combinations of colors and shapes that seems to create itself. Love these colors!!!!!

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Missing Arizona ©

© 2013 Debbi Smith Rourke
Missing Arizona  5"x7" 
Oil on archival panel / unframed
$150 +$12 sh/h in Contiguous US

This was painted from the juicy, sophisticated colors you discover after painting all day and mixing up a storm. I just HAD to use them before I put my paints away. The sky is a soft, pale yellow-green. I love how the shapes and colors are reminiscent of the Sedona area, yet the colors don't necessarily appear where you think they might...a sky-colored butte. Fun!!!

Monday, May 27, 2013

Oceanside ©

© 2013 Debbi Smith Rourke
Oceanside  6"x8" 
Oil on archival panel, framed in natural wood and black frame
$250 framed + $25 sh/h

I painted this the same day I painted "Poolside." They make a perfect pair. I'm so enjoying taking my landscapes into abstraction. A whole new world opens up. Including exploring  abstract expressionism. All fun and all good! Happy to send a photograph of it framed if you like.