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Notes from Journey Art


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Posted on November 23, 2017 at 9:09 AM Comments comments (33)
"Mix the exact color, adjust the value and temperature, then paint the correct shape."  - Monet

And as my professor adds, "That is all there is to it. If you do not get it right the first time, scrape it off."

So simple, right?  The first statement by Monet - simple but not easy.  The second statement by my professor equals  - perseverence.  

I want to keep this in mind as I finish this semester of school and after that always.  With time, it will become second nature.  

Happy Thanksgiving and God bless you all!  Psalms 100:4-5 

Life Cycle of Lilies

Posted on August 29, 2016 at 10:36 PM Comments comments (132)

Hello All!  Back on the computer now and ready to share some of the work finished over the last couple months.  Here is a piece I was working on in from life.  I had to keep on buying new lilies because they do die really fast! - Tara  

"The Life Cycle of Lilies" by Tara Sood.  Completed: May 2016 Oil on Canvas 20x16 inches

Recent Still Life works from Class

Posted on April 13, 2015 at 1:35 AM Comments comments (61)
It's the middle of the semester here in my 'classroom' - being at home and virtually in class online at the Academy of Art University.  Many of you know I am pursuing a Masters of Fine Art through this university.  Currently I am taking Figure Studio and Still Life Painting.  Here are two of my current still life pieces completed, the first a study in cropping and the second an eye level piece.  Learning  so much and so busy!  As always each of my pieces are available for purchase...just let me know if you are interested...

Happy Spring,
Title: Enjoying a cup of Joe
Oil on Canvas Board
12x16 inches


Title : Just about time for Coffee
Oil on Canvas Board
12x16 inches

A new semester

Posted on February 22, 2014 at 11:25 PM Comments comments (28)
Hello All!  And I'm back! 

What a busy semester at the end of 2013, with moving across the country, expecting our third child, and starting a Master's Degree study in Fine Art, I have been delinquent in my writing.

Here is an excerpt from one of my assignments from last semester in Drawing from a place I visited this last summer, Many Glacier Lodge, Glacier Park, MT.  Enjoy.

Many Glacier Lodge
October 2013
Line Drawing in graphite and charcoal

Look for more pieces completed last semester in the following weeks! 

San Onofre painting to be displayed

Posted on July 24, 2013 at 2:50 PM Comments comments (14)
Hello All!  Back from Montana!  Look for paintings from Montana in the next couple weeks.  Before that I wanted to share with you a painting I finished in June that I've been working on for about 6 months of the San Onofre coastline.  Here it was juried into the Lagune Beach Cultural Event which will open in August.  Head over and see the great artwork during this public event in August.  This will be available for sale at the event as well.  Thank for reading!
Surf San Onofre
Oil on Canvas
12x24 inches

Torrey Pines Plein Air Contest

Posted on May 16, 2013 at 11:45 PM Comments comments (8)
Just completed the Torrey Pines one month plein air event, contest, and sale.  A wonderful time with free access to the park for one whole month just to paint!  A beautiful park - visit and hike and hang out at the beach if you have the chance to come.  Here is one painting I did during the month of April looking into the park featuring the lagoon marshland.  I did not win in the contest, but thoroughly enjoyed the chance to paint and exhibit my work at the end.   

Summer is coming!

Posted on April 27, 2013 at 11:00 AM Comments comments (19)
Here comes summer!  And a whole lot more painting outside.  To start that off here are two paintings I've completed of the beach.  They are available for purchase.  Go out and enjoy some beach! - Tara
1.  Sunlit, 8x10 inches, oil on canvas board,
                                                                          2.  Sun Over the Hill, Calafia, 12x9 inches, oil on canvas board, $375.00

Workshop Works 2

Posted on February 3, 2013 at 12:10 AM Comments comments (81)
The second installment of workshop works are from our still life sessions with Scott W. Prior.  This one is the start of the still lifes and I call this - 'Time for Coffee'.  My focus on this was the reflections in the silver coffee pot.  I painted this myself over two three hour sessions with some input from Scott mainly in the values of the purple tablecloth.  The light really lightened the top of the table cloth compared to the shadows.  I seem to resist using light colors.  I am working on pieces with lighter values to really push myself to increase the contrast of light and dark values, see them, and use them to full benefit on the canvas. 
'Time for Coffee'
Oil on Canvas
11 x 14 inches

Workshop works

Posted on January 14, 2013 at 2:23 AM Comments comments (105)
In the next few blogs I will post a few of the works I've been working on while studying with Scott W. Prior.  A great artist and good teacher, please check out his website as well!  Here is one I did out at San Onofre beach this last summer under his tutilege.  

Juried paintings for the 6x6 inch squared show - Randy Higbee Gallery

Posted on November 20, 2012 at 6:09 PM Comments comments (131)
I'm back on blogging!  It's been a super busy 6 months with my husband deployed and then back and taking care of boys, painting, and a few art fairs and shows.  Here are a few 6x6 inch paintings I've completed that were juried into the 6x6 inch squared show through the Randy Higbee gallery.  If you live in southern California come and see the show opening on December 8th.  All the paintings in the show are also available for viewing through .  Enjoy!
Tide Going Out
Onion and Sweet Potatoes
Black Dahlia