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This is my 8th year to offer a beautiful calendar of heavy card-stock that shares 12 of my paintings. Many of the images in the calendar have been accepted into international and national juried art exhibitions, solo shows and printed works--some even won awards!! This is by far the most reasonable way to enjoy my art work.

 

My New Year's Resolution is one painting each week which means I have a lot to choose from when selecting the calendar images. When you sign up to be on my email list (see the home page of the website) you automatically receive a calendar notification each year.

 
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The calendar is wire-bound, printed on heavy 100# stock paper, has a punched hole for hanging on the wall and when open measures 17" x 11". Most of the US holidays are included. There is range of subjects: figures, landscapes, florals and more--most from my travels.

 

If you need your calendar shipped to arrive before the holidays, you need to order before 10 November and they will be shipped by 14 November. If you pick up directly from me, there is no rush. My calendar is $20 (plus shipping--about $3.25 for one, less when several are sent to the same address) and I'll sign each one if requested. Order 5 or more and get the 6th one free. Support your local starving artist and get that holiday shopping out of the way easy and early!

 

The gallery below shows the images. And...if you really like a particular image, I can order you a canvas print. They have been very popular and I just charge $100 over my cost. The canvas prints don't require framing or matting...so it is a reasonable way for me to share my work! They are generally $160-$280 depending on the size of 16 x 20 upwards. Of course, if you want the original, some are still available but they cost more!

2018 GALLERY OF CALENDAR IMAGES

Just a few notes on these works: Blue Kale and Ghost Ranch Skull are actually a scultpure on a flat surface then painted with watercolors and inks. Blue Kale was seen in a gallery in Santa Monica, CA and the lone longhorn lives near our home in Texas. Unraveled made a trip to a juried international show in Alexandria, LA. Some of the other works have been in exhibits near home.

2017 GALLERY OF CALENDAR IMAGES

Did you know "Paper Callas" sold when it was first exhibited? "Ladies of Lamu, Kenya" was from a photo I took on Lamu Island and has won "Art of the Month with the Society of Watercolor Artists in Fort Worth and was accepted to the Richardson Civic Art Society Membership Show.

2016 GALLERY OF CALENDAR IMAGES

The image, "Sweet Tooth" recently won a "People's Choice Award" in a juried exhibition? It has shown in several juried exhibitions. The "Sunflower Celebration" won Artist of the Year for the Society of Watercolor Artists. The young girl below is my daughter when she was 4 years old. Six others in this calendar have been in juried exhibitions and one was published in an international publication (the last one: "Unconditional Love"). "Unconditional Love" began a long-time love affair with painting dogs. In fact, I have even had solo shows that feature only my dogs in "It's a Dog's Life."

2015 GALLERY OF CALENDAR IMAGES

Just a bit about some of these paintings...every one of them has been seen in a gallery and several have won prizes. Most are from my travels: "Golden Skies of Leadville" is from Colorado. While in Hawaii I took photos to use as reference for "Aloha Agave" and "Oahu Blooms" (which is a prizewinner). "Afternoon in Pradise" was a photo I took while in St Lucia and "Bananas for Sale" was a photo taken of a woman I saw in Columbia. "Beijing Guardian" was from a trip to see our daughter in China while "Shaded Hostas" (also an award winning painting) was from a workshop/retreat I presented in Branson, MO. "Beneath the Elephant Ears" is by far the most awarded of this group and has been in International juried shows. I found the inspiration at the Dallas Arboretum. You never know where you will find something to trigger your creativity!

2014 GALLERY OF CALENDAR IMAGES

Here are some interesting things about the imges for 2014. "Lined Hibiscus" was painted pool-side while I was in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. I wasn't that thrilled with it until I added patterns in Inida ink. It appeared in "Zentangle 9" by Suzanne Mc-Neill Sparks. The Southwest is always an inspiration to me...that's why I teach my annual workshop/retreat at Ghost Ranch, NM. The "Prickly Pear Sunset" was painted from my imagination, but it looks real, doesn't it? It was executed in inks on vellum. "Warriors of Xian" is one of the hardest paintings I have worked on. I visited the Xian site in China and was so impressed with the lifesize figures (each one an individual portrait) and horses. I wanted to restore them their life. Where the warrior and horse images combine, there is vivid color and the impact of war. Where they do not overlap (the warrior's arm and hair) the warrior is the stiff lifeless stone he was carved from. This painting was accepted to the Houston International Juried Exhbition. "Golden Agave" has appeared in MN as well as AZ in juried international shows. Unlike the others, "Beneath the Banyan" is from a tree I saw in Honolulu and is painted on a large canvas (3' x 4') in acrylic.

2013 GALLERY OF CALENDAR IMAGES

"Rocks and Roots" is a large 3' x 4' canvas. I had enjoyed painting a square format from the same reference and wanted to try it in a horizontal format. "Agave III" was painted as a demo for the Sherman Art Association. The canvas prints have been very popular. Have you heard of yupo? It is a synthetic material that is non-porous and was originally produced for industrial use, but then artists began using it and it is very popular. The entire 2nd row below is a series of 3 using watercolors and acrylics. A bit different was a claybord surface (finely ground clay adhered to masonite" used for "Golden Glow Aspen." Winning  prize or two is "Industrial 236." I'm often asked what the 236 means...sorry to say, it really doesn't have a significance I just liked the shapes of those numbers together! "Afternoon in Mazatlan"is a scene you can find along the waterfront but the "Puerta Vallarta Palms" was done poolside at a resort using ink and watercolor. "Tangerine Prickly Pear" and "Southwest Sunset" are both fictional places...it's kinda fun to make up your own space!

2012 GALLERY OF CALENDAR IMAGES

There are a lot of stories behind the paintings presented in 2012. The first one, "Autumn Blooms" was from a photo I took at the Dallas Arboretum and it was donated for auction at the same. Since we go to Mexico at least once a year, "El Patio" was a view through a gate I noticed. "Estes Park Snowfall" was exactly that. I had spent the morning driving through Rocky Mountain National Part and noticed where the snow had been piled up on one side of the road. Inspired at Ghost Ranch, NM there are 3 paintings directly from my workshop: "Hollyhocks of Tia Amarillo" (from a small town north of Abiquiu), "Rainbow Agave" and "Rainbow Cactus." The agave sold and didn't come home with me and "The Prophet" has seen a few art shows since he was painted/sculpted on claybord. "Makuros, Botswana" is from a wonderful outing taken in carved trees (ours had a loose knot-hole and I was pretty wet by the time we reached our island in the Okovango Delta). The women were like gondoliers as they poled us through the shallow waters. "Need a Ride, Cairo" is a pic of the camels we rode to the pyramids. Of course, they were just a drab brown! The "Tangled Tulip" I drew in ink while I sat at a waterwise lecture for Master Gardeners. I was fairly far from the stage and drew in my lap. At the end of the lecture the people behind me all asked if it was done! I explained the next step would be the painting. 

2011 GALLERY OF CALENDAR IMAGES

When I taught a workshop in AZ I snagged a photo of this curly agave at Montezuma's Castle and painted it in complementary colors. Several of these are painted on yupo: "Artichockes in Bloom," "Exclamation Point," "Three Moons" and "Georgia's Window, Ghost Ranch." Several awards were the result and the window went to an international juried show. Some of my Ghost Ranch paintings this year were also "Red Junipers, Ghost Ranch" and "Ghost Ranch Skull" which was sculpted and painted on canvas. "Sweet Dreams" is one of my all-time favorite paintings. I began it as a demo with the Gainesville Association of Visual Arts. This little stray dog was cuddled against the curb in Santa Marta, Columbia and I knew the instant I took the photo that it would be painted when I returned home. It has won some awards as has "Tatoo Rose."