Friday, November 6, 2009

A Conversation with my Artist Sister

I just spent about 45 minutes on the phone with my sister, both of us on our computers, looking at all the paintings in the Gilcrease museum's annual miniature show. For me, it is all about learning. Dell has always told me that I have a good eye, which I think means that I can tell good work from not so good work (unless it is on my easel!) However, I don't always know what makes it good, so these long conversations are, for me, a way to recognize why I like something, rather than just know that I like it. It helps me know what good composition looks like, why color combinations work, and how different styles and paint applications create the artist's own look. Spending time with other artists is the best way to improve your own work! Just don't wake up with a headache the next morning....

The Gilcrease show is a prestigious show, and has the likes of Matt Smith, Kevin McPherson and a lot of other well known wildlife and western artists. Yesterday was the last day for the show at the gallery, but they will continue online sales until November 15th. The above painting is the one that my sister, Adele Earnshaw, did for it. It was a true miniature, only 4x4, and has sold. She has a great way with cows!


  1. It's not spending time with other artists that gives you a headache the next morning - it's all that wine that seems to go so well with the conversation!

  2. Hello Joanne, Thank you for the nice comment on my blog. I assume you found me through Carol Marine. Amazingly, I was surfing artists blog the night before, and ended admiring Adele's beautiful paintings. I recognized the cows right away.

    Enjoy your artist jouney, I can see that you are well on your way already.

  3. Hi Carol, I actually found you through the comment on Adele's blog. Thanks so much for your nice comments back! The artist community is so supportive of other artists, and it is nice to feel a part of it.