Wednesday, November 20, 2013

"Eddie the Newfie" 8x10 oil on panel

"Eddie the Newfie"

This was a fun painting to do. First of all, who doesn't love a big fluffy puppy?
Secondly, I painted it at a surprise for an old friend.
I hadn't seen this friend of a friend for about 10 yrs. My good
friend Dodie, shared Eddies picture with me. When I saw This
darling Newfoundland puppy, I had to paint him.
When he was done, I mailed him to the owner, with a
note saying "Surprise!"
I told her Dodie had shared his picture and I wanted to do this
as a little gift. It wasn't a difficult picture to do, and I think she
got a big surprise out of it.
Feel free to let me know what you think of Eddie, or any of 
my paintings. I would really appreciate feedback!

I have more art available at my other daily painter blog...
I have paintings there along with Debra Sisson, check it out!!

"Late Summer" 9x12 oil on canvas

Late Summer

I haven't posted in about a month, time to get with the program!
This painting I titled, Late Summer, however I painted it plein air in 
early October. It was a very hot day, like summer, and it just
didn't feel like fall to me, so thus the title!
It was very bright out and the sun danced off the top of the trees and bushes.
I took some artistic liberty and added a beautiful deep coral in place of some of the reds
that were evident that day. I love the play of reflections in the water.
There was a very dark area of trees and bushes to the left of where I was 
painting that day. I hope you enjoy this painting!

Feel free to check out some of my work at another blog with a fellow Arkansas
artist, Debra Sisson  

Sunday, October 20, 2013

"Pink Peonies in Amber Vase" 5x7 oil on board

 "Pink Peonies in Amber Vase"

This was a fun little painting, I have a neat vase that is amber brown glass in a rectangular
shape. I had some pink peonies and a few small hydrangeas and put
them together. This painting was a gift
to a friend.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

"Sunny Plein Air Day"9 x12 oil on canvas by Leslie Newman

Today our Plein air group headed out to Goshen, AR.
We had a beautiful day, of full sun and a cool morning.
This sight was a big 60 acre private home.
This huge colorful pond made a lovely
site to paint!

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

"Taxi Please II" 11x14 oil on canvas

Taxi Please II

This picture is the second of two taxi pictures I have painted.
We lived 45 minutes outside of  NYC prior to
moving to NW Arkansas. I really miss the city!

Sunday, September 29, 2013

"Purple Pansies" oil 4"x5" painting number 28 out of 30, in 30 paintings in 30 days challenge.

I painted some purple pansies. It
is a very small little painting. This is
painting number 28 out of 30,
in the 30 paintings in
30 days challenge I joined by artist Leslie Saeta.
 I like the contrast of the light spring green against
the lavender's, purples, and oranges.
I hope you have enjoyed this little painting!


Saturday, September 28, 2013

"Sisters" 12"x12" watercolor by Leslie Newman


12x12 watercolor

This was a quick study from a picture from an old neighbor.
This painting is of her two daughters, walking hand hand together.
As you can tell from this newest blog, I am a oil painter.
Here, I tried my hand at watercolors and had a lot of fun with it!
This painting is not technically correct, but I think it is sweet.
It definitely has some meaning for me. I remember when my neighbor 
girls were this size themselves. Time moves on.
I hope you enjoy this and my other paintings in my blog.

Friday, September 27, 2013

"Reflecting Oranges" 6x6 oil on panel by Leslie Newman


This small orange painting represents day 26 of 30 
Paintings in 30 days. I am doing this challenge with
Artist Leslie Saeta.
It has been a lot of fun! I must admit I haven't kept up with
All of the blog posts that go worth the coordinating post. Leslie
Saeta has hundreds of painters doing this with her. You can follow 
Along at
Just a few days left!!

Thursday, September 26, 2013

"Born to Paint"oil 5"x5"

Born to paint....

I think that is what I was born for.  Not at a early age
In my life, but it is where I have been for the past 13-14 yrs.

This fun little 5x5, with those words embroidered, says exactly what I feel. 
I found this iron on 3 PC. Set, and decided to have some fun with it.
This, and my recent 5x5 of the pear, have both been donated to
The Art Center of the Ozarks. Their annual 5x5 fundraiser is
Coming up. 
I hope you enjoyed this colorful little artwork!

Sunday, September 22, 2013

"Fresh Pear" 5x5 oil on canvas

"Fresh Pear"

This exciting pear was painted with my pallet knife.
I love the colors!
It is a second submission for the 5x5 soirĂ©e in November 
at The Art Center of the Ozarks, Springdale, Arkansas.
About 250-300 of the small 5x5's
Hang for this event. A silent auction on them 
Benefits the Art Center 100%. They provide the canvas
For free and artists and non-artist create! 
Any medium, texture, wood, cloth, paints, tile can be used as long as it stays within the 5"x5"
Size frame.

The auctions
All start at $25.00. Some don't sell, some sell right at $25 and some can get bid up
To the hundreds of dollars. It is a well attended event and
A favorite of the NW art patrons!

Saturday, September 21, 2013

"Come this way!" 6x6 oil

"Come this way!"

This cute little guy and his young donkey are
On a mission to go somewhere. The young donkey is starting to put on
the brakes, like they are famous for.
I think this is such a fun little scene,
I hope you enjoy this sweet painting.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

"Cindy's Yard" watercolor 4x6

"Cindy's Yard"

This  painting is very different for me. 
First of all I did it in watercolor, also it is painted tighter than I
Normally like to paint.
This is my friend Cindy's back yard. 
She has created a paradise like no other. This is just
A tiny portion of it. I gave this to her as a graduation
Gift from The Univ. of Arkansas.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

"Painted Sky" 8x10 oil

"Painted Sky"

This painting is from a picture a high school friend shared on Facebook.
I saw it and had to paint it! I am going tossed this along with some
Signed giclee's of this painting to several old friend living
In Arizona where this is.
I hope you enjoy painted sky.

"Buffalo Pasture" oil 5x7

"Buffalo Pasture"

This was a fun day! Our PleinAir Painting group
Went to a buffalo ranch in Southern Missouri.

We were able to go in the pen, take a ride on a 4 wheeler and get 
within inches of all sort of buffalos. The bull, the new mommas with their 
Calfs. They were so docile and calm,  They keep two different herds. One herd lives close to their home and has several pastures and ponds. This group all has names etc.
They have had some of them for 30 + yrs. they are not slaughtered.
There is a huge herd across the road that is a commercial herd.
They sell all the cuts of meat and terrific buffalo jerky.
It was a great day! I can't wait to paint
A close up of a momma with her three
Day old calf.

Saturday, September 14, 2013

"Lily Passion" 16x20 oil by Leslie Newman

"Lily Passion"

This was a fun painting to do. the still life was set up
At a workshop I attended taught by Phoenix a
Floral oil painter
Hedi Moran.
She was here in NW Arkansas to judge our Artists of NW 
Arkansas 8 state juried show. While here she taught a 4 
Day workshop in Fayetteville.
It was a fantastic workshop. I learned so many new things that already
Are helping me :)

Friday, September 13, 2013

"Best friends" 5x7 oil on canvas

"Best Friends"

I think this is turning out to be a new favorite!
This is my son Eric when he was about 8. He just turned 30 two
weeks ago!
Anyway, he and our golden retriever were curled
up on a sunny morning under our coffee table
In our family room. It was such a cute scene, I got
On the floor and took their picture. I recently
Found this cute pic. I am so glad I painted it!

Thursday, September 12, 2013

"Summer fruits with Gardenia" 4x6 oil by Leslie Newman

Summer Fruits with Gardenia
4x6 oil

I love this small painting. I have a gorgeous blooming 
Gardenia tree and bring blooms inside and
Put at my kitchen sink. The fragrance is
Just heavenly. At the same time my neighbor gave me fresh blackberries.
I paired those items with a juicy fresh peach and put together 
This small still life 
I hope you enjoy this "taste of summer!"

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

"Vlad" 11x14 oil by Leslie Newman

Meet Vlad!
Vlad is a Rhodesian Ridgeback dog. He is a very handsome and friendly boy. Vlad is
owned by Jim Purdy of Dig My Dog, grooming and boarding in Springdale, Arkansas.
Our two cairn terriers go to Jim for grooming. Vlad comes to work with Jim each day. I thought
he could use a portrait of himself on the wall hanging over his bed in the front of the shop!
I hope you enjoy this expressive painting of Vlad!