Tuesday, March 25, 2014

"Life Lessons"

 
"Life Lessons"  18" x 24" Watercolor
 
Because at some point in your life, you're just going to have to learn to float!

 
This painting was pretty tricky, never having painted sparkly water let alone submerged/floating people before it created another one of those "what was I thinking" moments.


 
I think my thought process was something like this.  .  What a great image!  I should paint that!, well, maybe not, it looks kinda hard, but then again, it would be a great painting, oh I don't know, I've never done anything like it before, well what better way to learn!, Ok, I'll try it!, I think . . .  maybe after I do some easier paintings. . .oh, I'll just go for it! Ok I'll do it . . wait,  
I'd better stock up on chocolate. . . yeah, chocolate will make this easier.  ;0)

Monday, February 24, 2014

Totes Adorbs

 
"Totes Adorbs"  8"x8" watercolor
 
Here's a more current take on the Sweetheart Candies. . . love notes in the texting/tweeting world! 

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Spoonful of Me & You

 
Spoonful of Me & You
8" x 8" watercolor
 
How is it that I've never painted chocolate for Valentines?  Hmmm, maybe if it lasted long enough for me to paint? 

Friday, August 2, 2013

Friday Feature on Carrie Waller's blog

I'm very honored to be the featured artist on Carrie Waller's blog this week.  I had lots of fun answering questions and sharing stories about my, uh, mysterious past. 

(yup, that's me at about 1 1/2 years old)
 
Make sure to check out Carrie's blog by clicking on her name below and see some of her amazing work!  Thank you Carrie!  :0)

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Eh Kneek II

 
"Eh Kneek II"  16"x16" watercolor
 
 
Finally finished with this new painting of an amazing young girl turning out to be an even more amazing young lady.  Here are some of photos of the steps I take to get to the finished painting:


 
 

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Currently on my easel

Ok, so I don't paint on an easel and I have several things I'm working on but I thought since I haven't updated my blog in a little while I'd let you see one of the things I'm working on.  Thanks for checking in, I'll have some new paintings to show you soon!  ;0)



Saturday, March 30, 2013

Peeps y'all!

 
"Equality for all Peeps" 6"x6" watercolor by Pablo
 
 
"A Fistful of Peeps" 11"x14" oil on canvas by Geraud Staton
 
 
"Happy Hour Peeps" 10"x10" watercolor by Kathleen Ballard
 
 
"Little Bo Peep" 6"x6" watercolor by Chris Beck
 
(Jelaine Faunce is having a showdown with the Internet so as soon as she's laid down the law at the OK Coral, I'll post her image ;0)  )
 
All of the sudden, peeps are all the rage!  Lately I've seen more peep posts and pictures than I can remember.  I don't remember what got me started on painting peeps a few years ago and I never meant for them to take over but they have a way of, well, invading my space!  This year has been no exception even though I swore off peeps. 
 
I've been challenged by some of my most creative friends this time so how could I have turned it down?  I went simply for something I feel is important this time: 
 
Equality for all Peeps!
 
Make sure to check out every one's blogs by clicking on their names and enjoy the stories behind their paintings! 
 

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Valentines Challenge!

 
 
"OXO"  8"x10" watercolor by yours truly
 
Three boxes of Sweethearts and a bag of large Sweethearts later, I had the still life I wanted to paint!  Ok, four boxes but who's counting after the first two!  This was a sweet challenge to be a part of. . snicker snicker, had it not been for the candy, I might not have powered through a touch of the flu during the painting!  Suffering for art was not part of the plan but I'm so glad I was able to finish it in time to be part of the challenge with a fine group of painters.  Please check out their blogs to get the story behind their paintings!  just clickity click on their names  :0)
 
 
"Heart full of Hearts"  10"x8"  watercolor by Kathleen Ballard

 
"Candy Love"  6"x6" oil by Geraud Staton
 
 
 
"Playing with the Queen of Hearts"  6"x6" oil by Jelaine Faunce

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Desert Primrose

 
Desert Primrose 10.5" x 8"
 
I love these flowers, such a beautiful pink and a warm yellowish glow in the center, and then there's the lovely darker pink veins. . . in the spring, they look like a carpet of pink in the desert.  But really what got me to paint this watercolor was the bee on the glass.  So cool.
 
If you'd like to purchase Desert Primrose, please email me at
pvlara@sbcglobal.net

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Gumby Bears & Pokey Dots

 
Gumby Bears 

 
Pokey Dots
 
Happy New Year everyone!  I thought I'd start out the new year with a little fun.  I used to watch Gumby and Pokey when I was little and thought they could make an interesting painting, of course I had to put my own twist on them!   
 
I hope you had  safe and wonderful holidays, time to move forward!