Facebook  Pinterest 


2014 Goals

2014 Goals by Debra Snyder Heard


By Debra Snyder Heard

A friend of my  in body pump class that I go to.


2014 Resolutions


Art Resolutions/Day


1.    Paint 5 days a week.

2.   Draw 2 days a week.

3.   Enter 2-3 National Art Competitions.

4.    Paint from still life and nature. Photos only for reference.

5.    Attend at least 2 professional workshops a year.

6.    Carry sketchbook around all the time and start doing quick sketches.

7.    Spend 30 to 60 minutes a day reading books/blogs that have good information on oil painting/ drawing.



Health Goals/ Evening


1.    Body Pump 3 times a week. Increase weight after 1 month.

2.    Walk 2 to 3 times a week for 45 minutes.

3.    Zumba 2 or more times weekly.

4.    Cut back on sugar/candy.


Life is good!  I'm very grateful to be able to do the art work that I love,  and exercise to keep my health.


Thank you for reading my blog,


Debra Snyder Heard



Comment on or Share this Article >>

"The Yellow Rose"

Here is a letter I received in my e-mail box. It always nice to get good news!



Dear Debra,

Congratulations! Your painting, "The Yellow Rose", was selected as part of the FAV15% (jury's favorite 15% of the entries) in the November 2013 BoldBrush Painting competition.

You may view the FAV15% paintings, including yours:

This honor means that you might be featured in http://informedcollector.com in the coming months.
Please login to your account and make sure your bio info is current if you want any additional info to run in that article.

Thanks again and congrats again!


Clint Watson
Software Craftsman and Art Fanatic



Comment on or Share this Article >>

Won Best Of Show Ribbon

Won “Best Of  Show” in Ruston Louisiana's 26th Annual Peach Festival Art Exhibit, with my pencil
drawing called “The Perfect Model”.

I also won “Third Place” with my oil painting called “The Green Jar”.

I’m very happy that I won!!!!


Comment on or Share this Article >>

Just attended an Oil Painting Art Workshop


Waiting for the model to return from break.            Beginning part of one of my still life paintings.


  "Talent is long patience" By Gustave Flaubert


I just finished taking my second,  four day still life and figure oil painting workshop, from the artist Robert Johnson in Fredericksburg Texas.


Met a lot of wonderful people, learned a lot, and had a wonderful time. It's about a ten hour drive for me in each direction (that part is not so good).


I also learned a lot about myself in the artistic sense.


-Which direction I want to go in my paintings.

- What I have to do to get better.

- Understood more about my oil painting art supplies.

- Getting out of my comfort zone is good.


I take notes when I go to art workshops. When I get home, I retype them and keep them in a folder with the workshop artist’s name. Having notes organized in folders helps me to find information fast later when I am painting.


I’m ready to get back to painting in my studio!


Thank you for reading my blog,

Debra Snyder Heard



Comment on or Share this Article >>

Waiting For Romance


"There are always flowers for those who want to see them."  By Henri Matisse 1869-1954


A flower cannot blossom without sunshine, and man can not live without love.
- Max Muller


 Composition - The act of organizing the elements of an artwork into a harmoniously unified whole.


"Waiting for Romance" is a beautiful reminder that everyone wants true love and romance.


Art jobs in my younger years included being a display manager for high quality retail stores. My work was to arranged merchandise in a way to attract customers to want to buy and be excited by what they see. I also worked with retail market buyers drawing their layout ads to show/instruct their company photographers how the merchandise was to be displayed for newspaper ads.  


Now when I arrange still life for my paintings I see how my past experiences has benefited me.


Planning my painting composition takes one or two days to arrange, and to decide how I want everything to look. Color, lighting, theme, unity, harmony,  variety, dominance, balance (asymmmetical or symetrical), and sizes of everything are taken into consideration. I also have to really like it!


Next I take pictures of my still life many times at different angles. I upload the photos on my computer to see if I like the way everything looks. Using the computer and camera gives me a different viewpoint angle of looking at everything. If I don’t like the way things look, I go back and change things up in my still life arrangement. Then I take lots photos again ( I do this many times). If I have to go to photoshop to crop or enlarge I do.  Finally I print out my selected photo just for reference. I get everything exactly the way I want so I won’t run into problems later. After I do the under painting, I put the photo away and work from the still life only.


I see a lot of beautifully still life paintings from artists that show wonderful skills, but the composition is weak. It destroys the power of the painting.



Life has a really neat way of connecting everything from the past to the present. 


Thank you for reading my blog,


Debra Snyder Heard


Comment on or Share this Article >>

Working at an Art Crawl




         Working at an Art Crawl


I am a quiet person that likes to stay at home, working in my art studio, reading a good book, or working in my garden or flower beds.


I belong to a local co-op art gallery that takes part in art crawls every other month. When it comes time to go to these things I usually don’t want to go, but I make an effort to push myself to advertise my art.


Tonight I saw quite a few people stop at my painting for long periods to time (that means they really like them) to look.  


I made an effort to meet and talk to people that came into the gallery.  It turned out to be fun, and it wasn’t because I was serving the wine. ( :


                                         Here is some more of my paintings.


Thank you for reading my blog,


Debra Snyder Heard                        




Comment on or Share this Article >>

"Artist of the Month" at a local Gallery

Local Newspaper has me as Artist of the Month at local gallery



Here is some close up pictures of my work.


It was nice to open the paper and see this article in the paper this morning.  I would love for you all to come by and visit the gallery and see my work if you can!


Thank you,


Debra Snyder Heard



Comment on or Share this Article >>

Time For Tea

       Time For Tea by Debra Snyder Heard


"A successful painter is continually painting still life" By Charles W. Hawthorne



Time For Tea” is a reminder to enjoy the simple pleasures in life.


I drink hot tea and coffee all day long.  It is my addition and habit of indulging pleasure.


The flowers are “yuletide sasanqua’, which is a type of camellia that I have growing in my yard. It blooms about twice a year.


I believe life should be about positive things and sweet pleasures. Surrounding myself with things I am grateful for.


The response I hoping to inspire through this piece is when people look at my painting they will remember to enjoy themselves with the small pleasures in life that they have around them.



Thank you for reading my blog,

Debra Snyder Heard



Comment on or Share this Article >>

"The Perfect Model"

“The Perfect Model” by Debra Snyder Heard

Pencil on Gray Paper, 10 ½ x 13 inches


"Talent takes long patience." by Gustive Flaubert


Several months ago I attend an art workshop in Frederiksberg Texas. On the third day a model was due that morning to pose for us to paint. She walked into the door all flustered because her water pipe was being repaired, and she had no water in her home that morning to wash her hair, and to clean up, so she came as she was. No makeup and wild hair. I liked the honest real look!


What made her such a good model was that she could get into the exact same position/pose after rest breaks. Few people can do this. She used her eyes looking at all angles to measure where she was before moving. She had a positive and charming personality too.


It is very frustrating as an artist painting or drawing, and the model never gets into the exact pose after breaks. It means EVERYTHING changes! A fraction off and the perspective is in another angle. Lots of times I just start over, for the practice, and never have a finished product.


Thank you for reading my blog!


Debra Snyder Heard



Comment on or Share this Article >>

Old Copper Teapot With Pink Camellias / Finding Still Life Props


Old Copper Teapot With Pink Camellias by Debra Snyder Heard


 "Color is like music. The palette is an instrument that can be orchestrated to build form."  By John Sloan 1871- 1951


When I travel out of town I sometimes stop at antic stores/barns for a driving break to stretch my legs, and also to find props for my still life paintings. There are certain things I look for that makes me think that certain items will do well in a still life painting.


Later when I got home my husband asked me what I bought. He hates to go into these types of stores. I showed him the copper teapot and blue vase. I told him about the antic barn that I walked through, how it was so big that I didn’t go through all of it.

He made the remark, talking about the antic barn, “Who in the hell would buy stuff like that?” I looked at him and said, “People like me”.



Comment on or Share this Article >>

Artist Websites Crafted by FASO
Mobile Site | iPhone Site | Regular Site