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.