Saturday, February 26, 2011

Strangers in the Night (in Texas). Oil Painting 14x18 inches.

When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and could say, "I used everything you gave me."  —Erma Bombeck

Final Framed Oil Painting, 14x18 inches
"Strangers in the Night "
artist Vernita Bridges Hoyt
ART.  "Strangers in the Night" aka Zebra in the Barnyard. Oil on canvas. 14x18 inches. This painting will be exhibited at The Chisholm Trail Heritage Center, March 10 - April 30, along with eight others of mine and a total of 35 paintings all together from the Artists on the Chisholm Trail.

Contact Vernita for information.

I have been working on the zebra painting for years. Recently I decided to crop the original composition from 24x18 inches down to the 14x18 inch painting you see on my easel above. Better. Cropping wasn't easy and took me hours, not to mention the time I spent purchasing running after tools and supplies to do the job.

A look at my art studio.
The night before—
A little more tweaking to the highlights and shadows to model that zebra butt, and this one will be finished. Color is so amazing. In the zebra butt alone, I have used purples, blues, yellow ochre, Payne's gray and only a small touch of pure white, but I feel something else is missing. Maybe only a frame. This morning, I will take another look at the zebra's butt with a fresh eye under the light of day.
LIFE.  I like nothing better than a late night of painting; in early mornings past, I always loved reading Erma Bombeck's newspaper column.  How many of you remember Erma Bombeck? Google her name. Read "If I Had My Life to Live Over" by Erma Bombeck.

Use your talents. Live life with a passion.


  1. Vernita I saw this painting on the Chisholm Trail email and fell in love with this image and your heart is definitely shining through your brush strokes. Erma was an Ohioan housewife who lived in Dayton and has touched many of our hearts. Peace, Mary Helen Fernandez Stewart

  2. Mary Helen, thank you so much! Your words are gracious. Erma did touch many of our hearts! I'm glad to know she touched yours, too. Have a great day!

  3. If you click between the two images here, you will see the changes I painted in the Zebra's butt stripes and tail. Most helpful was raising the tail just a bit higher on the back.


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