Thursday, February 24, 2011

Kay Granger Award Presentation

Kay Granger, United States Representative,
 receiving the National Association of Manufacturers Award
presented to her by Della Williams, President of Williams Pyro Inc.
located in Fort Worth, Texas.

Kay Granger was very instrumental in having a new
battle ship named after Fort Worth, Texas.
She had the honor of christening the USS Fort Worth.
I made the collage pictured below for Phil to give to her.
Della had Phil present it to her while she was at
Williams Pyro, Inc. receiving her manufacturing award.
Phil, my husband is an employee of Williams Pyro, Inc.
The collage shows pictures of the USS Fort Worth and
Congresswoman Granger signing a plaque and also
christening the ship.  The sides of the collage have
various pictures of people who have visited with 
Kay Granger in her office in Washington, DC.

This was Phil's and my thank you to Kay Granger for all
the work she has done and is doing for
Fort Worth, Texas and the USA serving
as our representative in  Congress.

Come back soon for another visit!!!

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Fort Worth Stock Yards 2-18-11

Last Saturday a group of plein air artists met at
the Fort Worth Stock yards to paint and in my case draw.
It was a nice morning, warm and sunny.  We chose different locations
to paint and got started about 10 am.  I had gotten there around 9 am
and took photos and tried to decide what to paint.
The Coliseum is a great architectural structure.  I chose a small
decorative corner with an open arch at the upper left corner of the
building.  At the same location when I turned to my left I could
see Exchange and Rodeo.  I decided to draw in
my sketch book rather than paint.  I really enjoyed being outdoors and
finished a couple of drawings as seen in the photos below.

A drawing of Exchange Ave. in the Ft. Worth Stock Yards

Sketch on the left  below is of the top of the Coliseum
Sketch on the right is of an arch on the top left of the Coliseum


The following are some photos I took on Saturday morning.
Cowboys and cowgirls on horseback, a cattle drive through the street,
Molly the Trolley, a stagecoach plus other photos. There was a
petting pen for children to feed the animals.  Lots of goats and llamas and
a tiny baby goat that was so cute. The artists met
at Risky's BBQ and had lunch.  Some painted more
in the afternoon, others headed home.
It was a very enjoyable day.

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Thursday, February 17, 2011


A New Website, Daily Paintworks, offers a
painting challenge each week.  This weeks challenge
was to paint a rose.  After submitting the painting, "Roses in a Jar"
I decided to take a look back at some of the rose
paintings I have done. 
Hope you enjoy seeing some of my works in
watercolor, oil and acrylics.









for information or pricing

Come back soon!

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Texas Family Home

Pen and Ink Drawing
Margie Whittington

This is the second drawing of a family's home that I
have done recently. They have a collection of pen and ink
drawings of all the houses they have lived in and this is their current home.
I did a drawing of their former home on one of the
snow days we had last week.
It has been a week since our last cold spell with snow here in
Fort Worth and the snow, ice and temperatures in the teens is
here again.  Usually I teach watercolor classes on Wednesday at
The Upstairs Gallery in Arlington, Texas.
Not today,  driving conditions aren't good and I certainly
don't want to drive and I don't want any of my students to
have to get out either.  So it is a good day to stay in, draw or
paint, sip hot cocoa and listen to an audio book! The book I am listening
to is entitled "The Winding Way Quilt" by Jennifer Chiaverini.

Come back soon to see the next art project or
hear about the current book I am listening to.

This is the drawing from last week.  The family's former home.

Friday, February 4, 2011


Inspired by a painting by Rusty Jones
Acrylic on Canvas
Margie Whittington

It is still cold here in Fort Worth. It snowed this morning and now the
sun is shining and the day looks a lot brighter.  I painted this
colorful old barn using a painting by Rusty Jones, a super artist, as my inspiration.
I edited it some but enjoyed the bright colors he used in his rendition.
It was fun just painting and enjoying the process.  During these cold
icy and snowy days I have counted my blessings among them a warm home.
Another is that I did not have to get out and drive to work.  My husband and hero
did and he stopped on his way home to get milk, bread and eggs!
We have enjoyed our evenings by the fire watching favorite TV
programs, movies and playing backgammon. 

Looking forward to warmer days ahead!

Thursday, February 3, 2011


Pen and Ink Drawing
Margie Whittington

I have been working on this pen and ink drawing of a client's home
during the snow days here in Fort Worth. This is the house they
moved out of last year.  Now I am going to start on the pen and ink
drawing of the house they are living in now. 
The family has a collection
of pen and ink drawings of all the houses
they have lived in through the years.

If you would like a portrait of your home, pet, child
or a special person please contact me for
information and pricing...


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