Wednesday, December 17, 2008



Wishing you a very Merry Christmas
and a Happy New Year!

Canvas by Canvas is a group of nine artists,
of which I am one. We paint individual squares
and put them all together to make one painting!
I'm the one with white hair on the top row, right side.
Thank you for viewing my blog this last year. I have
had fun sharing my current art projects and hope you
have and will continue to enjoy receiving the updates
on what I am painting or what we are working on in a
watercolor or acrylic class.
My wish to each of you is a joyous holiday celebrating
the birth of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ and that
you will have peace and love in the New Year!
Margie Whittington
Artist and
Watercolor Teacher, The Upstairs Gallery
and The Fort Worth Woman's Club

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

16" X 20" Acrylic on Canvas
Margie Whittington

A painting of a friend's uncle who was an
American Indian in his full feather bonnet.
Painted from a black and white photo.

Monday, November 17, 2008


11" x 14"
Acrylic Painting on Canvas
Margie Whittington

A painting I did in Friday All Day Acrylic Class.
The subject is from the photo in the post below. I took the
photo at the Jones Farm in Santo, Texas
on a crisp fall day a couple of Saturdays ago.
A beautiful day in the country and we caught a lot of bass and
brim in this tank and another one on the property.

My sister in law, Marsha and I fished on the bank while

our husbands Mike and Phil were in a boat in the middle of the pond.

Come back soon!

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Friday All Day Acrylic Class

This is the landscape we are going to paint on
Friday at the Upstairs Gallery. We are going to
paint on an 11" x 14" canvas with acrylic paints.
I'll post the results soon.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Margie Whittington

This is a painting from a photograph I took on the river in
Boerne, Texas. After drawing the image, I put a blue wash on
the background and layed saran wrap on the wet wash.
After letting the saran set a minute, I lifted it and the
texture left looks like the motion in the water.
See the photo below.

After painting the water, I began painting the dark beak
and the dark on the feathers. Then I painted the
midtones and light feathers leaving the white paper for
the white high lights on the goose.

The next step, I began painting the
reflection of the goose in the water. I still have
some to do on this step.

Be sure to come back and see the finished painting.
This painting was also a class project at the Upstairs Gallery
in Arlington, Texas. I will be posting some of my students
paintings soon.

Sunday, September 14, 2008



The Beach Mural is the last of four
murals I painted for our church
nursery. It encludes three dolphins
jumping out of the water.
A sandcastle with a shovel
and a bucket surrounded by
shells and starfish.
With the blue sky, palm trees and
ocean you can almost feel
the ocean breeze!

Here are the other nursery rooms shown previously on my blog.

Visit again soon to see what I am painting on next,
a wall, canvas, wood or paper.


Tuesday, August 19, 2008


August, 2008

I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills,
From whence cometh my help.

Psalm 121; 1

I did a plein air drawing of the church on
Sunday afternoon sitting outside in the cool
Colorado weather, August 3, 2008.

We saw several bear around Blue Lake where we fished
and in the valley along a stream, one was eating berries.

Hopefully you will see some paintings
from these wonderful views of

Come back soon to see what is being
painted on a canvas, wall or paper!

Wednesday, July 30, 2008



Blue Skies with White Puffy Clouds

Pink butterflies and Bluebirds


Monkeys Swinging from the Trees

2 Parrots sitting watching.


It's a Jungle Party, a Zebra, a Giraffe, a Monkey

and an Elephant with Balloons,

Oh My!

(The Jungle Party is still in progress. There is a baby tiger in the tree

and a monkey to be finished.)

The Nursery area of Sagamore Baptist Church located on

East Chase Blvd. right off I-30 is taking shape.

One more room after the Jungle room is complete is an Ocean Scene

with porpoise jumping, a sand castle, shells and star fish

and lots of Ocean Palm Trees.

My good friend Sandy is helping me with the murals.

Come back in a couple of weeks to see the finished rooms.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008


JULY 2, 2008


I was honored to be invited to the President's Club luncheon of the Optimist International Foundation to help in the unveiling of the painting I did for their 2008-2009 fundraiser. As each Optimist Club around the US and Canada donate to the Foundation, the club receives a signed and numbered print of the painting.

I gave a short speech thanking the foundation for the opportunity
of working with Judi Smith, the OIF Director, and others the last four years that I have done their painting for the fund raisers.

Here is the painting covered before

the unveiling and I am speaking

to a room of about 160+ people.

The new presidents were

introduced, one is from

Canada and the other

is from the United States.

Judi Smith, the Director of OIF

The couple who introduced me to OIF

The next post shows 1 - 1000 prints of the painting

signed and numbered, packaged and ready to be shipped back

to the OIF offices in St. Louis.

1000 Signed and Numbered Prints
for the
Optimist International Foundation
2008-2009 Print

1000 prints packaged and ready to ship
UPS back to St. Louis and the Offices of
Optimist International Foundation

Wednesday, July 9, 2008


A Baby's Monogram
on a Polka Dot Wall

The Monogram matches the bedding for a special baby boy.
All in blue, lavender and green stripes accented by
a green polka dot wall.

The baby's crib will go under the monogram of his initials.

A scripture over the baby's closet reads...

Sons are a heritage from the Lord
Children a reward from Him.

Psalm 127:3

Other interesting blogs to visit are Canvas by Canvas

and The Artist Food Network

Tuesday, July 1, 2008


24" x 30"

Oil on Canvas

Painted by Margie Whittington

A friend from high school which has been
forty+ years ago, asked me to do this portrait of
her when she was twelve years old at a piano recital.
The photo that the painting was done from was a black and
white with no color and some very dark areas.
She described the colors and the details of the photo and
this is what I painted.

It was a challenge and I am hoping my friend will be pleased
with the finished portrait.
Shhhh, she hasn't seen it yet. Her birthday is in August and I
think she has given up on me ever getting it finished.



Thursday, June 26, 2008



Jessica Neary

@30" x 40"

Oil on Canvas

My friend, Jessica, has just completed
this painting in commemoration of Abraham Lincoln.
His birthday is coming up this fall and she wanted to
remember him as a great president and leader.
Jessica loves history
and enjoys painting historical subjects.

For further information on Jessica and her paintings please email:

Friday, June 20, 2008

Wednesday Watercolor Classes

Margie Whittington

Paintings from


Margie Whittington

The morning class painted radishes from a cover of
Cook's Illustrated.
The afternoon class painted from a print by
Timothy Clark.
Everyone did a super job!!!
We missed those of you who were out, hope to see you for
our last class of this session next Wednesday.

Click on these links for more art work.....
Come back to visit soon!

Thursday, June 5, 2008

Paint Waxahachie

This is the third year for a week long paint out in
Waxahachie. Artists have eight days to paint in and around
the Waxahachie square. The court house, shops, an old
feed store, the Gezendaner park and many
gingerbread houses are among
the interesting subjects to pick from to paint.
On the last two days of the paint out,
Saturday and Sunday, June 7 and 8
all the paintings done during the time period and painted on
location are hung for a juried show with cash awards
and on sale to the public.
On Friday there is a "Quick Draw". Each artist
participating has 90 minutes to complete a painting
around the downtown court house area.
At "high noon" 12 o'clock there will be a live auction of these
Quick Draw Paintings.
If you want to get outside this weekend, come to Waxahachie and see
the art along with the Gingerbread Trail of beautiful old homes in
picturesque Waxahachie, Texas.

Gezendaner Park
Oil on Canvas 11 x 14

Colorful Shop off Main Street
8 x 10 Acrylic on Canvas

Waxahachie Creek
Gezendaner Park
11 x 14
Oil on Canvas

Old Gate
5 x 7 on paper

For more information on the paint out and the events during the Gingerbread Trail

Saturday, May 24, 2008


This is the scripture over the crib of a special baby girl.
Her parents have gone through
a lot and waited along time
to welcome this precious gift from God.
I had just chalked the design on the wall and asked the Mom to
OK it and she started crying. I have never had that
experience before. She was so excited about the nursury painting.
She and her husband had painted all the walls and the
stripes below the chair railing. It was so pretty even before I added
the scripture over the bed and the monogram
on the wall.

Flowers to match the valance were
added at the base of one wall.

A little white bunny with a pink nose and big blue eyes was added at the base of the wall by the window to complete the whimsical pink and green garden nursery.

The design and colors of the paintings were taken from the valance and the bedding.

Visit again soon to see what the next painting will be, either on a wall, canvas or paper!

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