Friday, December 17, 2010


Two of my creative friends, Patty and Janet, and I got together
for a Creative Play Day this week.
We cut and pasted, stamped and glittered all day long.
Patty made a delicious lunch of corn chowder and I brought
Jiffy corn bread, fruit and cookies for dessert.
Here are some Christmas gift tags I made with the
the inspiration of my creative buddies.
I decided to hang the tags on my tree since
they were so festive!

Visit again soon to see more art projects and paintings.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Playing with Oil Pastels

Canvas by Canvas, a group of artists who enjoy painting
together experimented and played with oil pastels this past week
at the Upstairs Gallery in Arlington, Texas.  One of the owners of
the gallery, Martha Sue Meek gave us some tips on technique and then
we were off and running.  Nancy Standlee did a cactus oil pastel,
Barbara Hackney worked on two landscapes, Mary Ann Stephens
did some figures while Betty Taylor painted some white ducks,
 Karen Foster worked on a spiral shell design. 
We all had fun and as usual learned a lot from each other.

The following "FUNKY BIRDS" are what I worked on,  all are
painted with Oil Pastels.


"Multi Color Abstract"

Come Back soon to see the next art project!!!

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Painting in the Park

"Botanic Garden Path"
Oil on Canvas
8" x 12"
Margie Whittington

A group of plein air painters met in the Fort Worth Botanic Gardens
on a cool crisp autumn morning to paint.  There were about 15 +
artists that enjoyed painting in the park.
The painting above is one of the paths through a tree lined
area in the gardens.  It was quiet and peaceful, birds chirping,
very pleasant.

Come back soon to see more art projects!

Friday, November 12, 2010

New Paintings by MW

9" x 12"

9" x 12"
I had been collecting some of the paint peeled from my
acrylic palette. This is the textural quality and color
in the middle part of the painting.  Mica chips give
the painting a sparkle.  A fun experiment.

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Sunday, November 7, 2010

Journaling Workshop with Nancy Standlee 11-6, 11-7-20

Journaling Workshop
with Artist, Nancy Standlee
The Upstairs Gallery, Arlington, Texas

What an informative workshop at the Upstairs Gallery this
last weekend with artist Nancy Standlee.
Our first day we painted several pictures in our journals
from photos provided by Nancy.

We then did a drawing exercise of a Salt Shaker.

We practiced the alphabet with brush letters and painted
Jelly Bean People and easy faces. This was all the first day!

This is a ceramic horse on the shelf at the gallery.  He was fun to
draw and paint.

We made our own stamps out of Styrofoam and
foam pieces. 

This was a fun journal entry.  It is an embellished black and
white vintage photo of an elegant lady.  Stamped paper collage and
acrylic paint were added with a stamp from Austria.

Another black and white photo of "Frida" embellished with stamped
paper collage and acrylic paint.

We had a fun class and learned a great deal including lots of information
on painting techniques and torn paper painting collage!!!
Thanks Nancy!

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Painters In Plein Air-Camp Fire USA 2010

      Camp Fire USA sponsored an
invitational plein air paint out for 29 Texas Artists.
This was a four day paint out.  Thursday, Oct. 14 thru
Saturday, Oct. 17. The artists could paint paintings of locations in
the Fort Worth Botanic Gardens or the Japanese Gardens.
Each artist then donated one of their finished paintings to
Camp Fire USA for a silent auction. Awards and the auction were at a
Champagne and Jazz Brunch on Sunday after the Quick Draw Paint
on Sunday morning from 9 am to 11:30 am.
The Quick Draw paintings done by each artist was also donated to
the silent auction to raise funds for CF USA.

The weather during the paint out was wonderful.
Cool mornings, sunshine and warm afternoons.
An artist dream, to sit or stand and paint for four days.
I met so many talented artists, some I already knew
 and enjoyed every day.

I gained a new appreciation for Camp Fire USA and
their endeavors to help children of the community.  It
 is a great organization working to help
children and develop youth into strong leaders .
The Paint Out Committee and Camp Fire USA staff
did such a terrific job helping the artists,
 organizing the paint out and planning the luncheon.
 I was impressed on
so many levels with Camp Fire USA.

The picture of the painting below is of
my donation to the plein air painting of the paint out.

9" x 12"

This rose painting was my quick draw contribution
to the paint out.
Both paintings sold at the silent auction at the
Sunday Brunch.

9" x 12"

Following are pictures of friends and family that came to
visit during the paint out.I was overwhelmed with the support my
friends and family gave me during this
event.  Many of my watercolor class members, friends and 
my Canvas by Canvas group of artists visited and I met new friends
and artists as well.  Phil, my husband, Della, Marta, Judy, Jo and husband,  
Carolyn, her husband and son,
 Joan and husband, Peggy, Deb and friend
visited but I didn't get pictures.

Mary Ann, Connie, Barbara, Margie, Karen, Betty and Nancy
CBC artists

Sally and Francis

Richard, Hadley and Tweed

Leslie, Lisa and family

Danny and Cindy

Me and CBC


Charlott and Gaye

Nancy and Connie

It was a fun time and being outside at the Fort Worth Botanic gardens
in such beautiful fall weather was such a treat.

Come back soon and see some of the artists who painted in
the Camp Fire USA 2010 Paint Out. Click on the link
and see pictures and a list of artists that participated in this years paint out.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

"Rhett and Ringo" Boarder Collie Portraits



Family friends have two boarder collies, Rhett and Ringo.
I had done a painting of Ringo last fall and have been
meaning to finish Rhett.  Finally, this past weekend I got
Rhett's portrait done.  Now they can have the paintings to
hang on the wall for the holidays.
Both are painted on a 12" x 12" square canvase
in Acrylic paints.

Come back soon to see new paintings I have been working on in
watercolor and some abstracts.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

"Colorado Rocky Mountain High"


During our two week vacation in Cuchara, Colorado, we did a lot of
fishing, relaxing, playing 42 (a domino game) golfing, hiking,
zentangling, sketching, crocheting and some ribbon embroidery.
It is amazing how much one can get done in two weeks away in
a simple mountain cabin and the surrounding area.  The simple things are so important.  We
enjoyed God's beautiful landscapes as we fished in the clear mountain lakes
of Rocky Mountain National Forest.
The following are pictures of the art and handwork produced during our
two weeks away.  All the drawings, zentagles and color sketches were done
in a 4" x 4" sketch book that was easy to take on location.




Aspen Leaf Stampings

Double page painting of Aspen Leaves

Trout Sketch

Chip monks helped us fish especially if we feed them sunflower seeds.

While fishing one day, I sketched the rocks at the shore of the lake. (unfinished)

On another day, I sketched the scene across the lake. (unfinished)

Phil, my husband and Helen, our daughter-in-law painted one evening after a
day of fishing and hiking.

Phil's watercolor painting of Blue Lake  9" x 12"
(a small bit of tweaking by Margie)

A Cherry Blossom Branch by Helen 9" x 12"
(no there were no cherry blossoms in Colorado,
a photo from the Internet using her Blackberry phone)

Jack, our 3 year old grandson, and I painted one afternoon.
Jack painted a colorful abstract and used watercolor to make
Aspen Leaf stampings.

Our son, Jake and Phil got to watch a Texas Rangers Game one evening.
They were happy campers!!!!!!

As we were driving to and from Colorado and to and from the lakes where
we fished, I crocheted and completed a pink baby blanket for a friend's grand baby.

Also, I had time to do some ribbon embroidery.
We visited a fiber artist's studio in La Veta, Colorado.
Judith Baker Montano is a well know fiber artist, author and
does beautiful crazy quilts.  I purchased her recent book and
she was kind enough to sign it for me.  What an amazing artist she is.

These are small angels decorated with ribbon embroidered flowers and
leaves. A backing is sewed on and then I stuff them with lavender seeds to
make a pretty angel sachet.

Pink Crocheted Baby Blanket

We woke up to the low 40's every morning.  The Saturday morning we were leaving,
it was 39 degrees.  Of course when the sun came up over the mountain peaks
the temperature warmed up to the 70's and low 80's.  Really nice sleeping weather.
When we left and drove into Amarillo and on home to Fort Worth the temperature
climbed into the 100's.  We thoroughly enjoyed our annual trip to the
Colorado Rockies, Cuchara, and the Spanish Peaks area. We are already
looking forward to next year.

Come back soon to see what is on the easel.


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