Sunday, March 22, 2015

Shelby Keefe Workshop in Lafayette, LA

Shelby Keefe was at the Lafayette Art Association for 4 days of  workshop fun.  Shelby is an award-winning impressionistic oil painter from Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  She is a colorful fun-loving person and her great personality flows into her beautiful paintings.

Workshop #1:  March 19-20 for a studio workshop titled "Who Says You Can't Create Beautiful Paintings From Photographs".  Participants were introduced to some wonderful techniques and 3 fun days of painting.

Shelby workshop days consist of her demo's in the morning, breaks for lunch and participants return to paint with individual instruction.

The next 2 photos are the paintings I created for the 3-day studio workshop:

Workshop #2:  March 21 for a downtown Lafayette Plein Air Workshop.  The day started out cloudy with a chance of rain, but it cleared up by mid morning.  I never thought I could get so excited to see the sunshine!  The morning was filled with watching Shelby demo followed by an afternoon of participants painting with individualized instruction.  We had about 13 people painting all set up on both sides of the street spanning a city block.

Lafayette's downtown area is surprisingly busy.  I enjoyed visiting with people strolling by to see what we were doing.

Below is the painting I did for this day.

Two Ladies Painting

We tried to pack in and absorb as much information and technique possible...and she had a lot to offer.  If you haven't had the pleasure of taking a workshop from Shelby Keefe, you are missing out! She is a wonderful teacher with a lot to offer...check out her upcoming workshops.

We enjoyed sharing with Shelby some of our cajun culture like eating boiled crawfish and a trip to our downtown alive festivities...wish she could have stayed longer...maybe next time.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Sunday Ride

This painting was painted from a photograph I had laying around.  It's been around so long I actually forgot where I took the picture.  These two people look like they are enjoying a beautiful afternoon ride in their antique car.

"Sunday Ride"
8 x 10 - oils on canvas

Monday, March 9, 2015

Steen's Syrup Gift Shop

This was a studio painting I created from a photo I took of the Steen's Syrup Gift Shop in Abbeville, LA.  I have childhood memories of that yellow can of Steen's yummy syrup on our breakfast table. Steen's Syrup has been making syrup since the early 1900's.

"Steen's Gift Shop"
8 x 10 - oils on canvas