Saturday, July 28, 2018

Every Day in May - #8 Boots, Texas style

The boots are one of the sketches I did for the EDIM* 2016 challenge. I really enjoyed participating. Painting daily challenges an artist and sharpens her skills. I need more of that. 

I wish I had a pair of cowgirl boots like these in soft red and blue leather. 


Friday, April 20, 2018

Pet Portraits for Animal Rescue helping Homeless Dogs

Looking back to move forward.

The above image pictures nine boxers and boxer mixed breeds I painted prior to 2015. Looking back at some of the works I did for pet rescue or as commissioned paintings reminds me that my paintings brought aid to homeless dogs and joy to people. 

To end a creative block, start being more aware of your good traits, talents, and experiences. 

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

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Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Empty Chairs, Red Chairs

Sometimes life gets in the way.

The Empty Chair, unfinished, not for sale

Life gets in the way of good intentions. This small watercolor sketch was begun after my daddy's death in 2012. Back then I had a difficult time finishing a painting. Subconsciously the empty ghosted chair was symbolic of his fading away. I can see that now. I couldn't see it then. 

Shortly thereafter, I purchased a couple of red plastic lawn chairs in the same style as the one in the painting. Again, symbolically they represented both my parents who were no longer here. The red chairs faded quickly in the strong Texas sunlight. I can't help but think of the similarity to the ghosted empty chair in the unfinished sketch above. 

Sometimes life gets in the way. When you experience loss or unexpected changes due to weather or other natural phenomena and your plans go awry, continue to move forward. Nothing lasts forever and what goes around comes around again. Be ready for the opportunity when it approaches. 

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Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Painterly Boxer Dog Portrait Commission

Good intentions.
Painterly Boxer Dog Portrait
Work in Progress

There have been a few times when I wished I had stopped at the point in the pastel painting above. This boxer portrait has life in the eyes which is most important in a portrait. The portrait is at a painterly stage showing life and energy of the dog as well as the artist. Instead of stopping I continued on to end with a portrait that appeared more realistic (shown below). My customer loved the finished portrait, but I prefer the painterly stage above. 

Boxer Dog Portrait Commission

Contact me to commission a painterly pet portrait in the soft pastel medium. 

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

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Monday, April 9, 2018

Josianne on Blue Stool, mixed media work in progress

Josianne on a Blue Stool 
Mixed media work in progress

I’ve been away from the blog and the studio too long for comfort. It’s time to get back to both painting and blogging. 

Since the start of Josianne on a Blue Stool I have moved my studio twice. After trying two different studios away from home over the course of two years, I learned that I am most prolific and do my best work from home. 

The home studio is where my heART is. 

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Eye Spy Cardinal Bird, pastel on Strathmore tinted paper

Eye Spy Cardinal 7, the esteemed redbird of your ❤️ in a lovely piece of art. 

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Saturday, July 15, 2017

Cardinal Red Bird "The Wolf Whistler," pastel and ink drawing by Texas artist Vernita B Hoyt

The Wolf Whistler

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The Wolf Whistler Cardinal perches on a branch to watch all the girls go by.  This piece is mixed media of ink pen and pastel pigment in stick form. This is #6 of a series of 20 cardinals. Click image to view additional images, learn more about details and price, etc. on this original art by Vernita Bridges Hoyt.

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