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Art Status Raised!

                     " Beyond talent lie all the usual; words : discipline, love, luck-but. most of all, endurance."- James Baldwin


I'm proud to announce that I am now a member of the Oil Painters of America!

This is the notice that I received.


Thank you for applying for membership in Oil Painters of America. Your images have been reviewed and we are pleased to advise that you have been accepted as an Associate member in OPA for 2015. You will be receiving your new membership card and other material in the mail in the next few weeks. Congratulations, and welcome to OPA.



It is going to be interesting swimming in a bigger fish tank! I think the challenges is what makes us grow! 


Thanks for reading my blog,


Debra Snyder Heard





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Art Competition

"Time for Tea" by Debra Snyder Heard


I received this notice today from the River Road Show in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  


“Time for Tea” has been selected by the juror to be one of 75 paintings accepted into the 45th National River Road Show. Over 375 entries were submitted by 122 artists from 22 states. We thank you for being part of this exhibition which highlights the diverse and unique talents of artists across the U.S.


It is an honor just getting in and being included with other artists across the country.

It is going to be interesting and fun to visit and see the other artist's work too!



Thank you for reading my blog,


Debra Snyder Heard



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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



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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!!!!


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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



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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                        




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Learning to Let Go

      "The vulgar wil see nothing but chaos, disorder , and incorrectness."   By James Ensor


My painting has been put aside for a short time, while I’m taking an advance college anatomy drawing class. I have about five weeks left (Thank you Jesus). The homework keeps me very busy.


My style of drawing and painting is very tight and detailed (I want to say Classical) rendering which turns out to be beautiful work.


I forgotten how a lot of art college professors love ABSTRACT works.


I’m very much out of my comfort zone, which can be good (or bad). While my art professor is making other students work smaller, tighter, more detailed, she is having me work LARGER, LOOSER, GEOMETRIC and less detailed.  I really have to control myself from running out of the room.


There are good days and bad days for me in this class. I’m open to learning new things, but being older and doing things a certain way for a long time makes it hard to make changes. It takes practice and I’m doing the work. I'm learning a lot and really like the teacher and students in the class.


I wonder how this class is going affect my future drawings and paintings.  I have gotten some new ideas of how I want to render some of my future art works, so it going to be a good thing.


    "Lacy" by Debra Snyder Heard

      A quick 40 minute pose drawing


The model for Thursday night open studio sessions (not part of my college class) did not show up this past week, so another artist posed  for us.  It's a 3 hour session and local artists meet every week meet at this studio to draw/paint models. It gives me a chance to practice what I have learned in class and combine drawing the way I like. I'm also meeting new artists and it is fun looking at each others artistic style of the same model when we finish.



Thank you for reading my blog,

Debra Snyder Heard


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"Resting in the Park" by Debra Snyder Heard



Taking ART229: FIGURE DRAWING class at Tech. University


“I think it’s the most important study there is and the most challenging and the most difficult.” By Wayne Thiebaud on drawing the nude.



I signed up for this class for several reasons:

-         Keep up my drawing skills. Since I started back to oil painting I miss the drawing.

-         Most mistakes made in painting are because the painter has not developed good drawing skills. One mistake in a painting ruins the whole painting.

-         Be around other artists.

-         Getting out of my comfort zone.


Drawing is not like riding a bike. You lose it if you don’t keep it up.


Bad things to look forward to:

-         Being around students that still say the work “Like” five times in each sentence they use, and they usually never stop talking (I have already experience this while standing in a long line to buy a car parking tag).

-         Homework and deadlines.


Good things to look forward to:

-         Develop better drawing skills.

-         Meeting new people and being around other artists.

-         Getting out of cooking supper two nights a week.


Being over 55 has its advantages. Most universities have a 55+ programs, where there is a huge tuition waver fee .


Thank you for reading my blog.


Debra Snyder Heard


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Attended A Oil Painting Workshop



I just finished a 4 day Still Life/Figure Oil Painting Workshop from the artist Robert Johnson, in Fredericksburg Texas.

I feel like I learned a lot, and also learned I have a lot of work to do.

Even though I just started back into painting, my drawing skills really helped me tremendously. 

  Meeting other artists that have a lot of the same goals is a wonderful way to keep motivated. Learning from a more experienced artist is even better!


 The timing was perfect because Friday night was the monthly art crawl to visit the open art galleries.


It was a long drive to and back, about 12 hours each way. Driving in heavy rains, having a flat tire, being strung out on coffee, was part of my travel experience.

My husband asked me if I would do it again and did I think it was worth it?

I told him yes, because it takes a lot to be committed to improve. Other people in the workshop drove for 2 days to get there, and lived farther than I did.


Thank you for reading my blog,

Debra Snyder Heard

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What I Look For When I Want To Take Art Workshops


What I Look For When I Pick A Art Workshop To Attend


Learning new skills and getting out of my comfort zone is one way to grow.

I enjoy being around other artists and meeting new people. I love being a student learning again.


What I Look For:


1. Very detailed list of supplies, brands, and sizes of materials needed for class (shows me the instructor may be very organized).

2. Explanation of what to expect each day in class.

3. I look at the art teacher’s website, especially the drawing section.

-The drawing tells a lot about that person’s artistic skills. If the person teaching the workshop’s drawing skills are not great, I will not sign on, even if it’s just a painting class.

-If I like the teachers style of painting and it is what I would like to achieve.

-Sometimes age has to do with picking between several teachers, and which one has the most experience.

4. If I think the price is reasonable.


What Is Better:


5. If there a photos posted from past workshops.

6. Map directions to click on. Suggestions of hotels to stay in that are nearby.

7. The artist has a Facebook page I can look at, and get a feel of that artist’s personality and artistic skills.



      Working in my studio                                               " Sugar " By Debra Snyder Heard



Thank you for reading my blog!


Debra Snyder Heard

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Oil Painting Battleground!

A new beginning for the New Year for me is to get back into oil painting!


My easel is in my living room next to a big window that gets the northern light.


I have always felt while painting that it’s like being on a battle field fighting, and it’s never easy. Richard Schmid, who’s art work I admire, wrote “That no matter how skillful you become, painting never gets easy”.


Even after reaching the age of 50, goals are important. I love the challenge, and I’m going to be an awesome oil painter!



I will post a picture of the painting when I finish!

Thank you for reading by blog!


Debra Snyder Heard

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Art Competition


I attend the 42nd River Road Show in Baton Rouge Louisiana, which was a national juried competition. 153 artists entered 479 works of art. Sixty-one of these artists were from out-of state. The exhibit selected 80 paintings from 51 artists, of which 23 were out of state (mine made it in).

I did not win a ribbon this time, but just wait until next year! Getting into the competition was a reward in itself! I met a lot of nice people and had a good time!



Thank you for reading my blog and hope you are having a wonderful New Year!


Debra Snyder Heard

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Why I Do Art

Marlena by Debra Snyder Heard


                          Turning Angel By Debra Snyder Heard


                        "Talent is long patience" By Gustave Flaubert




I think of art as a challenge to be accomplished. Same entity as a mountain climber looking at a huge mountain, for example Mt. Everest, and feel the need to see if he/she can make it to the top. It will take a lot of preparation and skill. Creating art is the same way!

 While I work, I concentrate on what is the best way  to achieve my goal. The creative process makes time and everything around me cease to exists. It is living in the moment!


More Reasons:

-       Without it I would be miserable. To me it is a method of survival .

-       Look back and see progress.

-       Is a talent and skill that I have worked for, and no one can take away!

-       Feeling of success and achievement when I get through.

-       Helps me look at things closer and connect.

-       It is a way for me put my thoughts, ideas, opinions, and feelings into a visual medium.

-       It is my idea of fun!

-       Because I can!


Thank you for taking time to read my post! Share your ideas with me if you like!

Debra Snyder Heard


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