Size: 12″ x 16″ Support: Gallery wrap stretched canvas Description: A closeup representation of a tractor tire. This painting will not need a frame as the painted composition extends around the edges of the canvas.
Purchasing Information $280 Plus S/H
Artist Comments: This oil painting was an interesting one to do. What I like most about it is all of the different textures present in it — the wood, the rubber, and even the rusty metal rim. It was a enjoyable challenge painting all those textures and getting them just right. In addition, there are the warm colors that contrast against the cool ones. There are so many neat things happening in this painting it was just a fun one to paint!
I believe an artist’s environment has a huge influence on the type of art they create — I know it does me. I can always find some interesting objects to paint here on our small Texas ranch, however, I don’t limit myself, I do paint other locations too. When we go on vacation I always take my camera with me to capture as much as I can in photos that will be used someday as reference material for future paintings.
This painting would be the perfect art piece for the man cave especially if you love farm tractors or even cars. I can imagine no one would have ever thought a tractor tire would be the focal point for a painting, but it isn’t the only farm equipment I’ve painted. A few years back I did a painting of some horse tack too. Check out Barn Door with Horse Tack.
Still Life with Tractor Tire reminds me of another panting I did several years ago. It also has a lot of texture. It is called Still Life with Boat Fenders.
Size: 16″ x 12″ Support: Gallery wrap stretched canvas Description: A landscape painting of the famous Lighthouse geological rock formation of Palo Duro Canyon. This painting will not need a frame as the painting image extends around the edges of the canvas.
Purchasing Information $280 Plus S/H
Artist Comments: In 2015 my husband Robert and I traveled to Amarillo TX on vacation. While there we visited the Palo Duro Canyon State Park several times as it quickly became the highlight of our trip. The Lighthouse Monument is one of many “must see” attractions when visiting this park. Multiple visits to the canyon also provided me with a lot of photo ops that will be used as reference material for future paintings of this park.
Fun Facts About Palo Duro Canyon State Park
Palo Duro Canyon State Park is located in the Texas Panhandle near Amarillo TX. Also called “The Grand Canyon of Texas” because of its size and its resemblance to the Grand Canyon located in Arizona. It is the second largest canyon in the U.S. measuring 120 miles long, 20 miles at its widest point and 800 feet at its maximum depth. It also has over 29,000 scenic acres for the tourist or vacationer to enjoy. Just like the Grand Canyon in Arizona, the Palo Duro Canyon features dramatic geological features, multicolored layers of rock and steep mesa walls.
For the park visitor there are hiking trails, camp grounds, horse back riding and more! The canyon is also host to TEXAS Outdoor Musical, the longest running musical ever performed on stage. This world renown musical drama has been performed on an outdoor stage in the canyon since 1965.
For more information about this Texas state park visit their website.
Name that painting…Test your knowledge of art history by naming these famous paintings. Take this simple 25 question test by writing your answers on paper, then check your answers at the end of the quiz. Don’t peek!
What is the name of each famous paintings pictured below?
1. __________ (1503 – 1506) by Leonardo da Vinci
A. Portrait of Lisa Gherardini
B. Mona Lisa
C. Ma Donna
D. My Lady
2. __________ (1511–1512) by Michelangelo
A. The Creation of Adam
B. God Reaches Out
C. Genesis of Man
D. The Touch of God
3. __________ (1665) by Johannes Vermeer
A. Girl with a Blue Headscarf
B. Girl with an Exotic Dress
C. Girl with a Pearl Earring
D. Girl with an Oriental Turban
4. __________ (1893) by Edvard Munch
A. The Ghost
B. The Tormented
C. The Traveler
D. The Scream
The Large White Dog
Animal Art by Teresa Bernard
16″ x 20″
Oils on gallery profile stretched canvas
Size: 16″ x 20″ Support: Gallery wrap stretched canvas Description: An oil painting of the profile of a large white dog, perhaps of the Great Pyrenees variety. In the background is a field of yellow wildflowers. Gallery wrap means this painting will not require a frame as the composition extends around the edges of the canvas surface.
Purchasing Information $360 Plus S/H
Artist Comments: This is a painting of a large white dog, possibly a Great Pyrenees. The Great Pyrenees has been one of my favorite breed of dog ever since Lobo, our Pyrenees mix dog, showed up at our door one day and decided to stay. Living out in the country as we do, means we get a lot of strays who wonder up to our door looking for a place to call home. We don’t know where they come from, but we never turn them away. We try to find their owner, if possible. If not, then we find them a new home or we wind up adopting them ourselves. This painting isn’t of Lobo, but the dog portrayed in it sure does reminds me of him.
A Few Fun Facts About Great Pyrenees
The Great Pyrenees dog makes a great family pet. They are calm, devoted and well-mannered canines. They also make great guard dogs, especially around livestock. They are very devoted to those they love and will protect family with their very life if need be.
The Great Pyrenees is a dog of great intellect with a mind of their own and love to figure things out by themselves. While this is a wonderful trait, it can create a bit of a challenge when it comes to training.
For more information about this breed of dog, visit this website.
In the previous lesson, titled “Basic Art Element — Color, Part 1” we looked at the basics of color and its relationship on the color wheel. In this lesson, color harmony (a.k.a color schemes), will be discussed.
Color harmony is the relationship of colors that work well together. A harmony can be basic having only one color with several shades (monochromatic) or two colors that complement one another, or it can be a more advanced relationship involving a combination of multiple colors. There are many ideas for achieving harmony in our color palettes. These harmonies are based on the color wheel. A color wheel is a handy tool to have around as it helps the artist understand which colors work well together. Following are some illustrations and descriptions introducing some of the more popular color harmonies.
The word “monochromatic” means one color and a monochromatic color scheme is made from the various tones, shades and tints that are surprisingly possible within a single color. Monochromatic colors work well together, producing a harmonizing and soothing effect.
A monochromatic color scheme is created by choosing a single color from any of the twelve colors found on the color wheel, then using it along with its various tints, shades and tones. The example below is a monochromatic family.
Complementary colors (a.k.a. color opposites) are those that are located directly opposite each other on the color wheel. For example: violet is the complementary of yellow since it is located opposite of yellow on the color wheel.
The complementary or color opposites are:
ο Red and green
ο Yellow and violet
ο Blue and orange
ο Yellow-green and red-purple
ο Yellow-orange and blue-violet
ο Red-orange and blue-green
ο Red-violet and yellow-green
ο Red-orange and blue-green
ο Blue-violet and yellow-orange
Painting tips regarding color opposites:
1) When equal amounts of color opposites are mixed together they will cancel each other out resulting in a drab neutral gray.
2) When color opposites are placed next to each other, especially when fully saturated, they create the strongest contrast between them and will even create the optical illusion of appearing to vibrate. This illusion is most evident between red and green.
A variation on the complementary color scheme is the split-complementary color scheme. Rather than the color opposite the key color on the wheel, the split complementary takes the two colors directly on either side of the complementary color. For example if your key color is yellow, you would select the two colors on either side of violet instead of violet to make up this harmony of colors.
This scheme allows for a nicer range of colors while still not deviating from the basic harmony between the key color and its complementary color. It has the same visual appeal as the complementary color scheme, however, with less contrast and tension. The split complimentary color scheme is a safe choice for virtually any design as it is near impossible to mess up and always looks good.
Analogous colors are groups of three colors that sit next to one another on the color wheel. One being the main or dominant color and two supporting colors. The effect of this color scheme can be quite dramatic as these hues usually work very well together in creating a sense of unity or harmony within the composition.
When using this color scheme, choose one as the dominate color (usually a primary or secondary color), a second color to support, and a third as an accent.
• Accented Analogous
An accented analogous scheme (also called analogous complementary) is a combination of the analogous and complementary color schemes. It consists of colors which sit next to each other on the color wheel and a color that is directly opposite to these. The direct complement then becomes the accent color to create a dynamic contrast against the dominant color grouping. This is a great way to add warmth to a cool analogous color pallet or a cool accent color to an otherwise warm color scheme.
Painting tips using this color scheme:
1) This color scheme works best when the number of colors used are limited to four.
2) A good time to use this scheme is when three closely relate colors are dominating a design. Adding the contrasting color provides a surprising accent for the composition.
• Triadic (Triad)
A triadic color scheme is made up of three colors which are equally spaced from one another on the color wheel forming an equilateral triangle. Thus every fourth color on the color wheel will make up part of a triad.
Some examples of triadic color schemes could be:
ο Red / Yellow / Blue
ο Orange / Green / Violet
ο Yellow-Orange / Blue-Green / Red-Violet
ο Yellow-Green / Blue-Violet / Red-Orange
Painting tips for mixing triad colors:
1) Work with only the three selected colors in your triad and their mixes.
2) Make one of your colors dominant with the other two acting as subordinates.
3) Add variety to your design by including different shades, tints and tones of your triad colors.
Below is a list of all my oil paintings on this website. If you don’t find the painting you are searching for here, then chances are it is not one of mine. Of course this list isn’t exhaustive. I’ve been painting since my preteens and that was before the Internet arrived on the scene and I built my website. Unfortunately I don’t have any photographs of those early paintings either, only my memories. So there are some paintings by me out in the world that will only be enjoyed by those who possess them.
23. How can an artist show unity in their artwork?
A. By drawing happy people
B. By using principles of design that work together to create harmony
C. By using many different elements and principles in their artwork
D. By drawing everything really close together
24. Negative space is the background or space around the subject of the artwork.
True | False
25. As a rule in painting, objects in the background are usually made lighter to show __________.
26. Perspective is used in art to create __________.
A. a vivid painting
B. the illusion of depth
C. create pattern
D. create balance
27. The aesthetic center of interest is located directly in the middle of the format.
True | False
28. The point on the horizon line where parallel lines appear to disappear.
A. Tonal Range
C. Vanishing Point
D. Linear Perspective
29. Two lines that eventually come together are converging.
True | False
30. What essential tool is necessary to create linear perspective?
C. Ruler or straight edge
31. An object in the foreground should be drawn small and toward the top of the paper.
True | False
32. Objects in the middle ground of an artwork should be drawn larger than objects in the background.
True | False
33. The way we show objects in proportion to one another as they recede to a distant point.
C. Linear Perspective
34. The placement of the horizon line depends on the artist’s point of view.
True | False
35. Flat, filbert, round, and bright are all standard art brush shapes used for oil painting.
True | False
36. When artists think about their composition, they are thinking about __________.
A. a technique used by modern artists to make designs by attaching two and three dimensional objects to a flat surface
B. lines that show the edges of forms and shapes in the simplest way
C. ordered arrangement of elements in a work of art, usually according to the principles of design
D. a system of drawing to give the illusion of depth on a flat surface
37. The area on a surface that reflects the most light is a _________.
38. The three basic properties of an artwork are composition, content and __________.
A. principles of art
C. elements of art
39. When you paint you should always clean your brush to __________.
A. know what brush you are using
B. share it with your friends
C. keep it looking new
D. keep it clean so your colors stay beautiful
40. The rule of thirds dictates __________.
A. that three colors should be used in an artwork
B. the design be limited to three objects
C. where the main subjects in a work of art should be placed
D. the canvas should be divided into three main sections