Paintings shown at Arts in Bloom booth in Laura Moore Fine Art Studios tent.
After an amazing day at the McKinney Arts in Bloom festival, I decided it was time to update my site. Hopefully, you met me there and are checking out my page! I was hoping to upload my latest work here quickly, but alas, I seem to be having technical difficulties with that. So instead, if you are on Facebook, you can go to my artist page and LIKE it! I will post all new work there as well as to this website when I get the kinks worked out.
Here’s the web address: https://www.facebook.com/riverdogstudio
It was gorgeous weather today in north Texas and a real pleasure to meet so many people out enjoying it. The last art show I did was almost a year and a half ago and some of you will remember it to be cold and very windy.
After the big push in the studio to paint new work for the show, I will be taking off a week or so to clean my house. Its awful, and my family would be close in line behind me to say so. So buck up, dear ones, clean clothes and clean bathrooms are in your future! Right after I finish those pesky taxes.
Stay tuned for more to come….
Lately, I have been obsessed with cows–mostly photographing them, but now I’m starting to draw them too. I hope to incorporate them into some paintings sometime soon.
Why cows? Well, I do live in Texas and there are a lot of cows here. I live on the edge of a suburban city that meets the countryside with its farmlands and ranches. So basically, I see cows a lot. And I see a lot of cows.
But there is something else too. They seem to express, or maybe embody, a serenity and peacefulness that I don’t see often in the dashing to and fro of life in the suburbs. They stand so still. They move with such an unhurried walk–step, step, lift head and look, take a swing at the flies, shift weight, step, step, step, turn and look again.
And when they look at me with those big beautiful eyes, their gentle nature is usually what greets me.
Occasionally, I have startled a cow or two and they have let me know that they don’t like the idea of my photographing them. Their eyes widen so that I can see the whites all the way around the iris. Or they bray or bugle – not a mellow moo, but a outright call to cease and desist! But they lose interest soon enough and go back to chewing and walking and looking and resting.
Oh, how I love those cows.
I’ve been an artist almost my entire life. I painted my first oil painting, a still life of an apple and an orange, when I was 7 years old. My mother was a painter and sold many paintings and portraits on commission during my childhood. She was mostly a self-taught artist in her medium of choice-oil painting.
I received a degree in studio art from Principia College, having attended other reputable art schools along the way: University of North Texas, Massachusetts College of Art, and The Institute of American Indian Art in Santa Fe. I would say much of what I have learned has been about learning to see as much as anything else. That and practice with the tools that I use: paint, paint brushes, canvas, paper, pastels, clay, camera. It often comes down to finding a process that will get the result that I see in my mind’s eye. Quite often happy accidents are my favorite passages in paintings.
For the past half year I have been posting paintings and photos on facebook for my friends to see what I am doing. Finally, with some encouragement from family and friends (you know who you are!) I have decided to commit to a public website and blog to talk about making art and sell the art I make. I hope you come back often and enjoy what you read and see. Feel free to join the conversation.