Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Back at Hilton Head!

Hi Gang,

We're already halfway through Karin's workshop and are enjoying it very much! Sandy has been no problem at all, so we can focus on painting.

Here's the painting we all did from Karin's reference picture:




We're having a blast!



Friday, October 5, 2012


oil on masonite

Finally I have been able to take some time and do what I want!  I have loved this little girl from the moment I saw her. She had an interesting look on her face. Looks like she wasn't sure about having her picture taken.  I changed the background just for fun. I really enjoyed this challenge. Thanks Regula.

Monday, September 3, 2012

WET STREETS by Linda Popple

"Wet Streets" has been accepted into An Artists' Christmas - a fund raiser for Campfire USA.   Of course, I am very pleased to be a part of this show!

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Balinese Girl

This month it was my turn to decide on the theme for our Hilton Head Group Monthly Challenge, and I - totally selfishly - challenged the gang to pick a photo I posted on my Singapore Journal to paint from.

I'm amazed at the paintings that have already been posted here, they are great and bring back so many happy memories - I just love this challenge and am looking forward to more posts to come!

And of course I finally got back behind my easel and got to paint one of my photos as well. I've been away for a while and like always it's rough going. Still, I enjoyed painting this young Balinese girl. 

Balinese Girl
Oil, 4"x4"

Friday, August 17, 2012

Singapore challenge

Having to post after John Singer Sargent is intimidating, to say the least.
This is my painting for the Singapore challenge that was suggested by Regula, who had just spent time there.
I find smiling people difficult to paint.  I tried to capture the joy on her face. I bet she has a deep chuckle.

John Singer Sargent via Sherrie H...

 Sherrie sent these and asked me to post them.  It is a portrait done by Sargent and housed in the permanent collection in the Montgomery Museum of Art in Montgomery, Al.  She sent close ups so we can see how Sargent handled hands and facial features.  Love seeing his work!  

Wednesday, August 8, 2012


Babushka, one of my favorite words, but I really never get to use it. So I'm thrilled to paint this little girl who is wearing what I call a babushka! (I think this might be Regula's sister at age 6. Is that right Regula?) I guess I chose one she posted that wasn't really from Singapore. I hope it still counts!

Sunday, August 5, 2012

En Guete, Regula

En guete, Regula
9 x 12
Oil on Raymar Panel

To view my blog click here

This is my entry in the Hilton Head Gang challenge for August.   Regula Scheifele was tasked with introducing this months challenge.  She had the great good fortune to be able to visit Singapore for three months and chronicled her visit in her Singapore blog.  The instructions are to visit her blog and paint any of the pictures she posted interpreting them any way we choose.  Since I love painting people and it IS Regula's challenge I decided on a picture of her dining at one of the fabulous eateries she discovered while there.   I must say she did blog a lot about food...

Friday, August 3, 2012

A FACE FROM BALI by Linda Popple

12x12 Oil on Ampersand Gessobord
To view my blog click HERE.
The HHG (Hilton Head Gang) has a monthly challenge and this month's challenge is suggested by Regula Scheifele, also known as "Baby Face."  She challenged us to paint from one of her fabulous photographs taken while she was in Singapore.  To see Regulas's Singapore blog, click HERE
$100.00 plus S&H
To purchase this painting, click HERE.


Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Where I Live - Rhode Island

This painting was from a photo taken from my front porch.  I live on the Sakonnet River in Rhode Island, and I could just sit, mesmerized by the boats going back and forth.  The time of day is when the sun is sinking below Aquidneck Island (where Newport is), leaving the sky orangey-pink, my favorite time...
Kelley MacDonald

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Where I Live Challenge

Cloud Gate 
6 x 6 oil on panel

Well, this isn't exactly where I live. But I do consider myself in the Chicagoland area! This is Cloud Gate at Millennium Park in Chicago. Also known as the "Bean". I found this to be quite a challenge. 

Monday, July 23, 2012

Where I Live Challenge

This is on our farm in Fairfield County, South Carolina.  My two girls grew up hunting here - deer, turkey and doves - and my husband cut and bailed coastal bermuda hay for many years.  There is a small pond and the grandchildren are learning to fish.  A lot of memories have been made here.  Betsy

Postcard from Hilton Head

Postcard from Hilton Head by Linda Nickles
12x12 Original Oil on Gallery Wrap Canvas

It's been so long since I posted an image here, I almost forgot how!  This is the famous lighthouse at HarbourTown, on Hilton Head Island -- it's where I live!

Sunday, July 22, 2012

JKo Lives Here

I moved to Kiawah permanently 5 years ago.  My children grew up here as this is where we had our "American" home while living overseas.  Here is a painting of the view off our back deck.  I call it "Back Forty".  My husband likes to pretend that the golf course in  the distance all belongs to him!

Monday, July 16, 2012

On my easel right now

I love posts of what is on your easel so I thought I would jump in with my latest...

My little ballerinas visited last weekend and I took lots of source photos!  I love this one of little Lucy sitting on the stairs all tuckered out from dancing.  I love her hand up on the rail and body position.

I have to fix her angled leg and then add in the darks and lights and really punch up that favorite part.  It is a 16 x 20 on ray mar panel.  

Friday, July 13, 2012


Help - everytime I try to post a comment it says in red CHOOSE A PROFILE
What is up with that? I want to say everything looks great. Please help if you can. my new email is

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Where I Live!

Where I live
 12 x 12
Oil on Raymar Panel

Not EXACTLY where I live...but close.  I must admit I came to this area kicking and screaming...  But after almost two decades I absolutely love living here.  There is so much to do and see...never a dull moment.  And the tourists do provide lots of sources and inspiration for my artwork!  

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

The painting that Maria posted for me two days ago is titled "The View from the Dock at Cinder Creek"  It is my answer to the challenge that the Hilton Head Gang put out recently.  It was painted en plein air on the island of Kiawah in South Carolina. I couldn't figure out how to post it, but thanks to Maria, I am now an official "blogger" !!I shall now post another view of Cinder Creek done just yesterday!  HHG member Judy Elias  This is titled "The Preserve"

Monday, July 9, 2012

"Where I Live" Posting

This is a 6 x 6 oil painting of the North Georgia Mountains. It was created as a commission for a couple who were transferred to Houston. They wanted a painting to remind them of the area. This scene is about 1 hour from where I live in Atlanta.

Chris Werst

Judy's latest painting

Painting done on Kiawah Island SC.   This was send to  me (Maria) by Judy to be posted.  I love it!!!

Friday, July 6, 2012

Spring .. in progress

I've started my second painting in the dream still life series. This one is spring. I need to get back to it because summer is slipping right through my fingers! The table will be turquoise and I used a really funky bright rug from the bathroom for the rug in this one. 30" x 30"

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

What's on my easel

Well, it doesn't look like much yet. But I'm hoping this will be my entry in the DPW Shadows Challenge. It's a simple composition on a 6 x 6 panel, but this is all I have time for this week. I couldn't let a challenge on shadows pass me by!  

I haven't been working on any long term projects. I'm loving painting alla prima. If it isn't done on the second day, I scrap it or wipe it. So I don't have anything on my easel for that long. I do like seeing what everyone is working on though. And seeing the "in progress" version is interesting.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

What's on my easel

I just started this today.  My husband Scott doodling around in the garden.  I started this painting in pastels about a year ago and just could not make it work.  The colors got muddy and I used up all the tooth in the paper right away.  I love what others can do with pastels, but for me, nothing beats the great saturation of colors you get with oils.  Having started over, I'm excited about it again.  The blue flower pot he's holding there is underpainted - it'll be terra cotta when this painting grows up.

What's on my easel...still my Dad's portrait!

Is my Dad's portrait.  I have made progress and have implemented many of the suggestions from the HHG critique blog.  I still have some work to do on the child's hair where it meets my Dad's arm and background as well as the knee the child is sitting on and some tweaking...other than that I am pleased.  here is a picture of the painting and a close up of the face.  I used Chris Saper's newest book "Classic Portrait Painting in Oils' to help me with the wrinkles on my Dad's face.

Critiques still welcome!

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Great Blog: Gurney Journey

Hi Gang, I'm sure some of you already know James Gurney's blog, but I just saw the newest post and wanted to tell you about it.

The Gurney Journey blog has passed 2'000 posts and to commemorate the occasion James has put together a list with links to his post popular posts. These posts are covering anything from color wheel to composition and from paint texture to studio lighting.
James is the creator of the dinotopia books and also covers lots of aspects from an illustrator's view. And he is also very generously sharing excerpts from his books - definitely worth reading!

@Jennifer: there's also a series about water reflections...

Wednesday, February 22, 2012


Recently, two members of the Hilton Head Gang were sighted in Charleston.  They appeared to be blending in with the tourists, visiting galleries and taking photographs of people and buildings.  Be on the lookout for paintings of historic Charleston by these gang members.

Hilton Head Gang Members Betsy and Jennifer

(In reality, I was in Charleston to take a workshop on photographing artwork and working with Photoshop sponsored by Horton Hayes Art Gallery.  Judy was in Texas but Jennifer met me for lunch and we visited the bank to see her beautiful paintings that are on display.  We also toured Jennifer's awesome apartment in the historic district and ladies, the pictures she sent us of her studio did onto do it justice.  Wow, it is great.  We did visit many of the galleries in spite of the rain.  I endured 40 mph wind one day to take photographs of the beautiful gates and entries of the homes in the historic district.  Even though it is February, the window boxes were abundant with flowers and lush greenery.  It was a great weekend and Jennifer and I had a wonderful time soaking in all the art and scenery.  Betsy)

Monday, February 20, 2012

Sunny Side Up!

This just in...another painting from karin J!  Part of the "A Sense of Place" collection!

If any other HHG members have another painting representative of the work we did in the class it would be a great time to post it here showcasing more of our good time!

Tuesday, February 14, 2012


Goals?  Very good question, Jennifer.  I've had some vague thoughts about goals for this year and with your question and others in our group taking this question and putting their ideas into specifics I have taken my thoughts more seriously.  I've kept my intentions private in the past.  With goals kept within my own mind, I would not risk anyone knowing of failures.  Therefor, this is not an easy task for me.  I suppose it is time to share, with hopes that 2012 will hold success.

1.  Continue with strong conviction to improve
2.  Enter at least 3 shows
3.  Continue with mug shots until the number of 100 is reached
4.  Learn to frame
5.  Learn more about plein air and participate in painting outside

Now, of course, I will have to post these goals in the studio in order to keep them front and center.  It's very easy to let other things get in the way and/or to just simply forget.  

Thanks, HHG!!  This is certainly going to be a year of growing for each of us!

Monday, February 13, 2012


OK Jennifer asked the question - What are your goals as an artist?
I used to be good at setting goals for myself when I had a direct selling business. You know the saying - Make a plan and Work you plan? but painting seems different.

I want to paint 3 days a week (4 - 6 hours each day)
I want to finish my 100 mugs
I want to paint 100 plein air paintings this year
I want to post 5 times or more a week on my blog.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Lived through the Art Show

I made it!  I lived through my first solo show.  I hung 16 pieces of art.  I only sold one but I was so concerned about getting enough pieces that I didn't even think about SELLING.  The gallery owner did ask me one thought provoking question when I asked him about how to price the pieces.  "What is your goal?"  Crank them out to sell, improve as an artist, make a living?  What is my goal?  What is your goal with your art?
Show runs for the month if you make it to Charleston.  Personal escort guaranteed.

Monday, February 6, 2012

Sedona Arts Center "Sense of Place" show

Just got back from Arizona. I was able to spend some time with my sister at the Celebration of Fine Art. I met some incredible artists and am so humbled right now. This picture shows a slice of her booth at CFA. You can see more of her work at
Then on Friday we rented a fun orange hamster car ("every day I'm shuffling...") and headed to Sedona to the Sedona Arts Center "Sense of Place" show. We got in Sedona early so we did some gallery, jewelry store hopping. Searching for the perfect fun turquoise. Here is our ride...

Arrived at the Sedona Arts Center shortly after 5:00 and grabbed these photos of our display. There was a steady stream of art lovers checking out our paintings the whole time I was there. 20 out of the 38 paintings hanging were from Karin's workshops. They looked great! It was a great experience and I was proud to be there, and proud to be a part of the HHI group. I met up with Linda Nickles there. We were the only two with cameras in our hands! ha! I'll try to post a photo of us together. 

"Sunnyside Up" by Karin Jurick

"Hot Gossip" by Jennifer Koach,
"The Cell Phone Patriot" by Judy Elias
by Roxanne Duke,
"Bamboozled" by Terri Buchholz,
"Sitting in the Sun" by Sheryl Lott, 
"Water Dancer" by Kelley MacDonald

"December Beachwalkers" by NJ Darling,
 "Cookie's Evening Walk"
by Regula Scheifele,
"Shiny Butt" by Betsy Stevenson,
"Diggin it" by Maria Hock
"Relaxing" by Chris Werst,
"Look!" by Dawn Hartigan
"Sea Gazers" by Cathy Engberg

"Plunging In" by Vince Fazio"Boy on Beach" by Linda Popple

"Outside the Guggenheim" by Nancy Colella
"New York Vendor" by Pat Baldino,
"Pondering" by Sherrie Hilliard
"Day Dreamers" by Linda Nickles

Sunday, January 29, 2012

The Hilton Head Gang invades Sedona Arts Center...

As already anounced, the Hilton Head Gang - almost as a whole - have sent in their entries for the Sedona Arts Center Show, "A Sense Of Place", that opened on January 25th and will run through to February 14th.

If you're anywhere near Sedona, AZ (at least on the same continent!) go there and enjoy the impressions we gathered from Hilton Head Island and our workshop with Karin Jurick!

But for those that cannot experience this visually enchanting show, here are our entries!

Click on the artist's name below each painting to go to their blog for further information, to purchase the painting and to browse more art!

"Diggin it"

"Cookie's Evening Walk"

by Chris Werst

by Terri Buchholz

 "December Beachwalkers"
"Sea Gazers"


"Water Dancer"

"Day Dreamers"
by Linda Nickles

"Boy on Beach"
by Linda Popple

 "The Cell Phone Patriot"
by Judy Elias

"Hot Gossip"

"Sitting in the Sun"
by Sheryl Lott


 "Shiny Butt"
by Betsy Stevenson