Thursday, March 31, 2011

Johnson City 3 by Kirk Witmer

Oil on archival canvas panel - 6x8"

I'm doing a series of paintings from my visit to Johnson City. The pathways in Johnson City's preserved original settlement just seem to wind on and on. October was a good time of year for a nice long walk. I think this painting has pretty good "aerial perspective" and really shows the distance and the length of this path. (Location: 30.2745,-98.414795)
Click here to see my whole series on Johnson City.

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Tuesday, March 29, 2011


This is one of my favorite activities. Doodles on an old music sheet creates interesting patterns.
You can do it anywhere (easily portable) and there is no "right way" or "wrong way" to it.
I was gifted with a lot of old music books, so I use them  for many projects.
I thought the name Rhythm Study was apropos for this piece.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Rio Motel

I had never done a 6" X 6" painting. I had always done a bigger one such as 8" X 10" or more.   I did this one for a competition that I was going to enter but changed my mind after another compeition came up and enter into that one instead.  This painting is measured 6" X 6" acrylic on panel.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Fuchsia - 6x6

I love Fuchsia's but last summer I discovered... they don't like the Texas heat!  I was able to snap a few shots during her brighter days before we bid our goodbyes.

Here's my tribute to her...

Saturday, March 19, 2011

"The Mistress" by Kirk Witmer

20x30" (51x76 cm) - Oil on Masonite

I haven't posted in several weeks because ever since Feb 19th my attention has been focused on this, my first commission. It started out to be a surprise birthday present but that didn't quite work out, so I'm sure it's okay to reveal now.
This is a 1955 Ford V8 pickup truck, which appeared in the movie Machete starring Danny Trejo and Robert Deniro. The owner of this vehicle spent about 10 years getting it to this condition, which probably accounts for why his wife has nicknamed it "The Mistress".
Notice that it has no door handles. The push of a button on a remote control unlocks and opens the doors. This baby is tricked out!

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Tuesday, March 08, 2011

All About Art

Tuesday, March 8, 2011


This Sunday, March 13th from 2-4 PM,  7 artist will have their latest works showing and selling at Wonderful Things.  Come see us and enjoy some refreshments. I will have my new jewelry there!
Pat Langley

Sunday, March 06, 2011

Brush Stroke Demo

There is probably more "wrong" with this painting, than what's correct about it. I'm posting it to show how colors can be blended using "cross hatch" brush strokes. I was teaching this week and one of my students, "P", has a very bad habit of using mainly horizontal brush strokes... the basic house painting method. When you do this, it's very difficult to blend colors or soften lines. This is a 20 minute demo I did, using alizarin, french ultramarine blue, cad yellow pale and white paints on a 9"x12" canvas pad. The whole point of this demo was to show:

1. how to quickly blend the colors using cross hatching strokes

2 you really can make almost any color out of the 3 primary colors and white

3 the use of a few selective bold strokes can give a painting a "finished" look

Maybe I should go back and make corrections in the glaringly wrong areas. What do you think??

Connie Hartsfield

No Longer a Blank Canvas

Remember the big blank canvas I posted?? Well, it's no longer blank. Here it is with it's third layer of paint on it. It still has a long way to go. I post this picture to show that I have been working on it.... and to show how paintings progress. I know it's hard to imagine what it might finally be, but I do have a plan for what it will eventually become. Stay tuned....

Connie Hartsfield

Wednesday, March 02, 2011

Wednesday, March 2, 2011


 This lady is in a 15X28 frame. It is one of the many Asian inspired artworks that are on display at Franklin's Fine Jewelry.  Nancy Brown and I will be there this Friday evening, March 4th, from 6-8PM.
Our reception last month was cancelled because of the weather. I hope many people from Georgetown and Austin come out for the wine, food, and music around the square. Hope to see you there!