Sunday, June 18, 2017

Spotted Black and White Dog Art, pastel pet portrait by Texas artist

Last week I dropped off the framed painting "Spots of Love" at 
Essentials the Salon
314 Commerce Street 
 Tomball, Texas.  

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Spots of Love
black and white dog portrait 
soft pastel on paper 
matted, framed, wired and ready to hang 

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Thursday, June 15, 2017

Cat on Table, watercolor of Maine Coon kitty cat

Cats are independent and develop habits of sleeping wherever they want, even if it's atop the dining room table. No amount of scolding or coaxing the Czar (Zarr) would keep him off the table. He was a regal Maine Coon and he knew it. He ruled the house.

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Cat on Table
watercolor on canvas sheet
double matted as shown, brown top mat over gray liner mat
ready to frame

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Thursday, March 16, 2017

The Day I Stopped Living

"Pink Roses" oil on canvas

The day I stopped living, the flowers arrived. Some fresh, some crinkly, and others a little wilted, too meaningful for words. 

A friend asked today why I haven't been blogging. I paused long enough to realize that my life has been overflowing with "stuff" to do, all of it good but all of it time consuming. I've little time left for me. I've become like the flowers, sometimes fresh, sometimes crinkly, and other times a little wilted. 

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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Cardinal Mates. Life is a Great Adventure.

Cardinal Mates • oil on canvas 10 x 8 inches
copyright Vernita Bridges Hoyt 2017

Did you know Cardinals mate for life? Other bird species mating for life (until death do us part) include bald eagles, lovebirds, swans, scarlet macaws, whooping cranes, California condors, black vultures (who knew or even thought about it), Atlantic puffins, albatrosses, and turtle doves also known as mourning doves or rain doves. (1) (2)

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"Life is a Great Adventure, or nothing at all."

Helen Keller (3) 

When feeling a little down in the dumps, remember Helen Keller who could neither see or hear yet  learned to communicate and go on to great things in life. If Helen Keller could bring herself out of the dark and learn to experience the light, so can we. 

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Friday, January 6, 2017

Boxer Boy Thor. Cold Weather. Art in Progress.

Josiane #1 work in progress  
Image copyright Vernita B. Hoyt 2017  
The muse and I are having fun now. I am loving my Commerce St. art studio in Tomball where over Christmas I began a new figurative work. There comes a time when an artist must paint for oneself in order to be creative. More to come soon. 

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My little boxer boy Thor is sound asleep and as snug as a bug in a rug on this cold evening in southeast Texas. The cold weather reached us today and is expected to get colder overnight to about 25 degrees. As much as we Texans complain about the cold, we actually need this freeze to kill the mosquitos and other harmful insects and to knock the pollens out of the air. So now that we have cold weather, I will say

Happy New Year!

Monday, January 2, 2017

Take the High Road, Clouds, Work in Progress

Sometimes it's a struggle to take the high road, but the high road keeps a person from trudging through the swamp which is filled with alligators and snakes.

I loved the week between Christmas and New Year's for its quiet time, so good for introspection and planning. The weather over Christmas week was just about perfect with a few cumulus clouds floating in a blue sky. Birds were singing and flitting from tree to bush and back again. They seemed to think it springtime. I think they were mockingbirds. Thor Boxer boy was hanging close to me; he knew the mockingbirds might dive bomb him. 

After Christmas I began a new painting for the next DaVinci Gallery showing in Tomball, Texas. I have a start, but the painting is far from finished. I'm hoping I can bring it to completion before the exhibition "Fresh Art" on January 14.

Untitled Work-in-Progress / Early Wash of Local Colors
copyright Vernita Bridges Hoyt 2017

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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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