Painting A LOT…but not posting them yet!

Hi Guys…just want you to know that I have been very busy with painting some really neat things.  Also, I have been devoting a lot of time learning about art that was created by the old Masters.  I love the Impressionists and also Iconography…two totally different styles.  Learning different techniques seems to be my mantra of
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The old wagon at my Dad's ranch.

Birthday present for Daddy!

Last week was my Father’s 78th birthday.  We met in Hico, Texas, where Billy the Kid supposedly lived until he died in the 1960’s.  He had another name he lived by, of course, “Brushy Bill” but all the data indicates that he was the real deal!  My Dad wrote a book about him years ago and I painted Billy
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Sitting with my friend…

This week I am sitting with a friend while she has surgery so I am not at home to take photos of my art this week…sorry 🙁 But I do have some of my art on my iPad to post. It’s a watercolor. Most people think that watercolor is only on paper but there is a
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Sayulita, Nayarit

Last week we went to Puerto Vallarta.  This place is so friendly and beautiful.  We drove the car around to the neighboring cities…if you want to call them that.  They are probably more like villages. The colors of the sunset on this beach was gorgeous.  Since I had brought my paints with me to Mexico,
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Taco Stand, 14x11, Watercolor by Milessa Murphy Stewart


Here I am…in paradise…paint gear, easel, canvases…and HATE the feel and stickiness of Water Mixable Oils (WMO’s)! What a bummer! I had hoped to post a painting that I had done while in Puerto Vallarta but not so luckily.  However, I have my trusty iPad that has a painting on it that I did in
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Clouds 1, 56x24 Triptych, Oil


What is a Triptych? It is a work of art divided into “thirds”. This painting and another, in champagne tones, was a request by a friend of mine…Gigi!  She said she just loves starring into clouds.  Me, too!  LOL.  I remember as a child laying on my back and trying to see faces or images
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Back to watercolor

Walking along the canal in Venice one morning, I spotted a girl feeding pigeons.  The shadows that were cast from the morning sun were so pretty that I wanted to capture the moment in watercolor. Watercolor has a flow about it and freedom that excites me.  For some reason I feel more in control using it than I
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Carnival Walk, Sold

WHAT…just walking my puppy!

About a year and a half ago, Larry and I, Niki Gulley and her husband Scott Williams went to Venice, Italy for Carnival…to paint, take photos,  eat and be “merry”. It was so much fun. I loved “plein aire” painting in the streets and canals with the gondolas coming in right beside you singing.  So much
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YUPO, what the heck is that?

YUPO gives visual artists an amazingly beautiful canvas to work with. Its smooth, bright white opaques and translucents give fine artists a medium that always does amazing things…all unique.  It is a synthetic, tree-free, waterproof paper.  Fun to create layer upon layers of color.  I used acrylic for this piece but many artists use watercolor.
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The Heat, Sold


I am exploring the possibilities of abstract and acrylic.  I wouldn’t say acrylic is a favorite…I actually struggle with it.  It is not as free-flowing and fun as watercolor.  It takes awhile to get it’s personality down but I am enjoying the process of the adventure.  Let’s see if some good “works” come from it…

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