Monday, October 31, 2016

Sunflower Arles Memories

 A painting is like a newly constructed home. It grows on you after you've lived with it for awhile.
—Vernita Hoyt

Sunflower Arles (pictured below) was painted several years ago and hung on a wall of my home until October when I decided to show it in the DaVinci Artists Gallery as one of my featured paintings. Since that time, people have complimented me on the painting. Sunflower Arles has grown on me. I always liked it because the painting had much personal meaning for me, and that personal meaning has grown as time passes.

 Sunflower Arles Blue, oil on linen 20x16 in.

There was a time when I would offer every painting for sale, but no more. As years passed, I learned that some paintings are more valuable than money.  The painting Sunflower Arles takes me back to France, sitting at a sidewalk cafe with my daughter, buying French perfume for my mother, a week stay in a medieval village, breaking bread for breakfast with a group of travelers from different European countries, the amphitheater and aquaducts in Provence, walking through the market in Arles where Van Gogh painted, and a second week for a tour of the great cathedrals and the art museums of Paris. Some paintings need to stay with the artist. Sunflower Arles is such a painting. Sunflower Arles is a painting of memories.

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Monday, October 24, 2016

Aspen Trees and Art Classes

Jackson Hole Aspens
12 x 9 inches

Thanks to a new collector, this painting has found a home. 

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November 12 and November 15, 2016

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Thursday, October 6, 2016

Sunflower Solo Oil Painting in Yellow and Blue

Sunflower Solo
Yellow and French Blue

As winter approaches, I bring out sunflowers to add some cheer to the days. Today's etsy listing is Sunflower Solo.

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Sunflower Doll or Cardinal Japonica

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Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Painting Van Gogh Sunflowers. Special Offer.

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After demonstrating how to paint sunflowers with acrylics in a style similar to Van Gogh, I brought the demo painting home and added some opaque oil paint to the sunflowers and vase. You will notice that my version of "Twelve Sunflowers" was inspired by Van Gogh's painting but did not duplicate exactly. My personality always creeps into each painting I do, and so will yours. This is as it should be because as an artist, we each want to develop a personal style. If you are being true to yourself, your style will always show a bit of your personality in each painting you do.

12 Sunflowers (after Van Gogh)
mixed media of oil over acrylic
20" H x 16" W, framed with a barnwood finish
artist Vernita Bridges Hoyt 2016

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Sunday, July 10, 2016

Sunflower Wash. Watercolor with Ink. Special Offer.

Sunflower Wash.
Watercolor with ink line.
Original art in double mat, ready for 8 x 10 inch frame.
Copyright Vernita Bridges Hoyt 2015

Life in Texas has been a little strange this year with first the April flood that caused heavy flooding from the roof down in the DaVinci Artists Gallery where I show my paintings in Tomball. That, of course, put a stop to showings until the gallery is restored to former glory. Aside from teaching a sunflower class to raise funds for replacement of electronics lost in the flood, I have found it next to impossible to paint in 2016.

In the meantime, I resorted to showing existing art in my Etsy shop (link at the bottom of this post), but I'm ready to show paintings on the blog again. I'm hoping to find my muse again through this blog and the sunflower art. Help me by supporting my art, and remember to find your sale coupon.

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Sunday, May 8, 2016

Scotty terrier dog with daisies painted in watercolor by Texas artist Vernita Bridges Hoyt

This commissioned painting of a Scotty dog was completed in ApriI; however, my lips were sealed until the painting had been presented to the final recipient in the State of Maine. The presentation was made on May 7 in time for Mother's Day. 

Scotty terrier 

Kathy and her gift