Friday, August 14, 2009

Waiting for a Bright Idea

Waiting for a Bright Idea

That's the name of this small 6 x 6 oil. Here's how it went...

After the launch of my new website, running errands and various other oh so important activities yesterday and making necessary tweeks to the website this morning, it was finally time to paint.

I set up my new shadow box and walked around the house looking for something to put in it. The light bulb was on the kitchen counter and voila! NEXT!

New Shadow Box in use for the first time.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

New Website Launch

It's definitely time for a new blog post.

Patty Cooper Art Website

My new website was finally launched this evening and I chose Kayley's Bliss for the home page image.

I made the decision to remove the many older personal webpages on my website and replace them (for now) with art only. I would like to hear any comments you may have on the new design and content.

Some of my paintings, prints and cards are available at:
Susan's Art Gallery & Studio
La Villita Historical Arts Village
San Antonio, Texas

Unless someone actually walks into the San Antonio gallery, they wouldn't know that I have paintings for sale, so... Until I have a large enough collection to approach other galleries who are online, I thought the website would be a way for someone to make a purchase.

Now I can get back to PAINTING!!!

Sunday, August 9, 2009

An Amazing Day

It's hard for me to let the day end. What an amazing day. Some days are just like that--packed full of "events that alter and illuminate our lives." Here's the low down.

It started with hours at the computer - I'm rebuilding my website. Late morning my daughter and I went to see the newly released movie, Julie & Julia. I so related to Julie as she began her blog and reached out into the world not knowing where her words and efforts would take her. A must see movie.

During the previews I dug in my purse and wrote down a quote from the new movie Fame, "All the things you want to change about yourself and keep secret, they're your power! It's who you are." I just love knowing and being reminded of that.

When I got home Susan (sister) called to let me know she posted a notice about my art and blog on her blog. She's got many wonderful fellow artists and fans that visited my blog today and left encouraging comments of which I am greatful. Thank you all sooooo much!

I dropped by Susan's to pick up paints and paintings and I locked my keys and purse in the car. Not 10 minutes later my friend Karen showed up and gave Stella and I a ride home where I found another key--barely an inconvenience at all.

Kayley and I were preparing to do another round of t-shirt silk screening this evening when I got a call from Marianne. All she said was, "Can I come over? I have something I want to show you."
Shadow Box
My dear friends Marianne and her husband John showed up 30 minutes later with a great surprise. Yes, the shadow box. John built me a shadow box to be able to do my daily paintings. It moves up and down and I'll be able to control the light and shadows. Thanks to Carol Marine, who posted a picture of the shadow box her husband built, John was able to use it as a reference. I'm so thrilled I can hardly stand it.
shadow box

So thanks to my daughter Stella, who got me out of the house today, and thanks to Karen who showed up at the perfect moment and gave Stella and I a ride home, and thanks to my sister Susan who included me on her blog, and thanks to all the folks who visited my blog today and especially those who left me encouraging comments, and thanks to Kayley, my artist friend who is spontaneous and fun, (we silk screened 30 t-shirts this evening!) and thanks to my friends Marianne and John who surprised me with a wonderful shadow box I would have never built myself, and thanks to Carol Marine who posted a picture of her shadow box, and thanks to the universe that continually spins my hopes and dreams into reality. What an amazing day.
Imagine The Impossible T-shirt

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Almost Rain - SOLD

Almost Rain
This landscape, titled Almost Rain, was completed today. The artist demonstration videos and DVDs I've been watching have been helpful with new info and techniques.

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Painting Progression

My friend Marianne mentioned she would like to see the progression of one of my paintings. I snapped a few shots of the painting I'm currently working on and built a simple animation of the progression to send her. Her advise, "Put it on your blog." So here it is (so far.)

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Blue Succulent - SOLD

Succlent Blue
I forgot to mention that two weeks ago the oil painting "Succulent Blue" sold. I shipped it off to its new home, it arrived safely and we're all happy. Thank you Mezzo!