Friday, August 28, 2015

How to Write an Artist's Statement. Fall in Love with Yourself.

Red Cow and Newborn Calf • "Under a Watchful Eye"
Digital colors may vary slightly from the original art. 

Red Cow Series: "Under a Watchful Eye"

An addition to her Red Cow series, this recently completed 16x20 inch oil painting by Vernita Bridges Hoyt will be exhibited and available for purchase in the month of September 2015 at the DaVinci Artists Gallery, 315 W. Main St. in Tomball, Texas. 

Ten of Vernita's paintings will be in the gallery. 

Artists' Reception: 
September 4, 6:00 - 9:00 pm

You're invited! 

Special thanks to my friend Alison Goerner for naming this painting "Under a Watchful Eye." Titles can be a challenge after having created so many paintings. I am always grateful for title suggestions.




How to Write an Artist's Statement

"We need to fall in love with ourselves. One of the best ways to do this is to view yourself as a character, one you are fascinated by. If you observe yourself closely enough, you are interesting. Think of the Brontes' novels about ordinary people. With this tool, you will become your own biographer."
--Julia Cameron. Finding Water. The Complete Artist's Way. The Penguin Group 2007.
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Writing a personal artist's statement and bio has always been difficult for me, i.e. what to leave in, what to leave out. Having been taught as a child not to "brag on oneself," I end up leaving too much out. I have taken a lifetime to feel comfortable promoting my own work; that level of comfort with my own art has come about slowly since 2005, almost 50 years after identifying myself as an artist. Coming across Cameron's quote posted above, I had an aha moment. Of course! The answer is to write in 3rd person while viewing oneself as a character, "one you are fascinated by." A fascination adjustment is due. This sounds like a subject for deeper exploration.


As a child, I was reprimanded for daydreaming. Today my daydreams morph into paintings.  V. Bridges Hoyt — painting the sauce of Texas™. 
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Saturday, August 22, 2015

The Purple Cow, oil painting of cattle

The Purple Cow

by Gelett Burgess

I never saw a purple cow;
I never hope to see one;
but I can tell you anyhow;
I'd rather see than be one!


The Purple Cow, oil painting

The Purple Cow, © V. Bridges Hoyt 2005, 2009. oil on canvas.

If you know me well, you know I have an affinity for cows, and that "purple cows" hold a special place in my heart. A purple cow pulled me out of the pit after the death of my late husband in 2001. I was drowning in grief, and a purple cow put her head through the fence and encouraged me to smile again. 


This is a painting of four of my dad's calves. I hope the painting will speak to you and you will feel the energy and love that flows from my brush onto the canvas.


The image was used on my 2005 Christmas cards with a verse of "Away in a Manger." Mother loved it. 

The Purple Cow, © V. Bridges Hoyt 2005, 2009.
Click on image above to see a larger detail of verse on card.



At the time of sending the card, I had no way of knowing The Purple Cow would be the last Christmas card I would ever send my mother. The Lord took Mom at age 82 and promoted her to Glory four days after Christmas 2005. In 2010 at 94 years old my dad was still running cattle. At the age of 96, Dad joined Mom in May 2012.


The Purple Cow, © V. Bridges Hoyt 


detail of The Purple Cow



Sometimes a painting just turns out to be special. My adult daughter happened to think so, too. She requested I not sell this one. The painting now hangs in her house.


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More cows coming soon.
I am painting another.

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All that is necessary is to accept the unacceptable, do without the indispensable, and bear the unbearable. —Kathleen Norris

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Back to the Basics

Back to Basics, photograph © Vernita Bridges Hoyt 2015  

August 18, 2015: I've been saving this blog for a couple of years and don't know why it hasn't posted.
Everything seems to have changed since 2013 or even since 2014. Instead of getting back to the basics, I seem to have become busier and busier.

One year ago....
August 31, 2014: This morning as I cleaned and reorganized the studio, setting up three painting areas—one for oil, one for watercolor, and one for pastel—I found Julia Cameron's book, The Complete Artist's Way volume that includes The Artist's Way, Walking in This World, and Finding Water. I've been looking for it. The volume was hiding behind a row of other art books. Now I'll get  back to the basics—creativity is a spiritual practice. This will be great reading material in the evenings.

Two years ago....
Back in Time to August 6, 2013: Here it is Wednesday again already. The three day holiday weekend makes for a short week. Call it work ethic or work addiction, that is why I rarely take a holiday; however, my grandson was here Saturday through Monday. I enjoyed the holiday with Zain. We shopped. We ate. We took a day trip. We played ball. We laughed together. All was good. In two more days, Zain will be officially classified as a high school sophomore. I am proud of Zain. He has been accepted into a college prep, independent study high school for the coming year and will be studying in the pre-med tower for those whose aim is to become a veterinarian. Since he was a pre-schooler, Zain has said he wants to be a vet when he grows up. With God's blessing, Zain will continue following the path to a bright future. He has always loved animals. Sunday he asked if we could visit Texas A&M University this summer. Of course, I said yes. I feel sure the campus has changed many times over since I was last there. The trip to College Station will be a treat for both of us.


Sometimes you just 'gotta' get back to the basics.

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As a child, I was reprimanded for daydreaming. Today my daydreams morph into paintings.
V. Bridges Hoyt — painting the sauce of Texas. 

Monday, August 17, 2015

Triple Digits. Shades of Gray. Landscape Oil Painting

In Texas, shades of gray come in winter and again in the hot days of summer as grass and pastures dry out and wildfires burn.

SHADES OF GRAY
copyright Vernita Bridges Hoyt 2013
oil on panel 7 x 5 inches

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This summer is one of the hot ones when temperatures are triple digit and the heat index is up to 111 degrees F just 40 miles north of the Gulf of Mexico. Southeast Texas is "cooled" by gentle ocean breezes while farther inland, Austin and Dallas-Ft.Worth areas are ever hotter in real degrees. The high humidity of Southeast Texas creates a stifling steam bath causing danger of heat exhaustion or heat stroke because bodies lose the natural ability to perspire and cool themselves. Greater Houston has been in heat advisory alerts for six weeks since triple digits began in July.

As a child, I was reprimanded for daydreaming. Today my daydreams morph into paintings. 
V. Bridges Hoyt — painting the sauce of Texas™. 

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Sunday, August 16, 2015

Texas Sauce Art Studio Etsy Shop Close Out Sale 50% Off



50% Off Close Out Sale
Click image and use coupon code THANKYOU50
Sale good through August 31, 2015


I have decided to close my Etsy gallery shop and put the Etsy shop maintenance time to better use painting. Through August 31, all items can be had for 50% off list price. Any items remaining at the end of August will be removed from inventory and the shop will be closed. Thanks for your support through the years.

Use coupon code THANKYOU50 for 50% off all purchases at www.TXsauceStudio.etsy.com/

Coupon is good through August 31, 2015.


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Friday, August 14, 2015

How Curiosity Killed the Cat

Curiosity Killed the Cat

20-minute pencil sketches of Josiane
© Vernita Bridges Hoyt 2015 


Curiosity killed the cat, my mother would tell me, because as a child I always had an insatiable desire to learn about and experience too many different things, and I still do. Life is not long enough to start everything that I want to do, much less to complete it all. However, I shall continue exploring. 


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As a child, I was reprimanded for daydreaming. Today my daydreams morph into paintings. 
V. Bridges Hoyt — painting the sauce of Texas™. 

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Thursday, August 13, 2015

Painting on the Easel

Someone asked to see my studio. I think I need to straighten it a bit before showing it, but that will come later. First I need to finish the painting on my easel.




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V. Bridges Hoyt — painting the sauce of Texas™. 

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