Friday, May 26, 2017

A Small Courtyard

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I did a painting very similar to this as a demo for my class in France. I was really taken by this scene, which I happened upon while exploring the village below our chateau, and wanted another go at it. I'm not usually crazy about scenes without strong light, but this has enough built-in value shifts/contrast to make it inherently interesting.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Green Shutters, Blue Gate

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This is actually the same house I posted yesterday, but on a sunny day, and from outside the closed gate. I've been working on my foliage lately, and feel like I'm slowly making progress. The biggest thing I've learned? Variety of marks.

There have been a number of things I've been told over the years that I "should" or "shouldn't" do regarding art, and some of it I am just unable to. For a long time. And then years later I find that I have grown into it. In my own time. For example, people have said that "IF you're going to paint from photos (frown), don't be a slave to them." Well, I think first I had to figure out how to simply paint it like I saw it. Then, (as I also painted more from life) I was able to see what my camera wasn't picking up, and adjust that as I painted. And now, 20 years in, I find I edit quite a bit at times, and am comfortable with it. So if you're struggling with what you "should" be doing, give it time. Or not. Do what feels right for YOU, right now.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

French Driveway

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When I was in France we stayed in a chateau, which is French for uh, castle. Yep, I taught in a castle. It was at the tippy, top of a large hill in a small village called Chateau Neuf de Gadagne. This scene above was the house right next door, on an overcast day. And here is a photo from the room where we ate every day. Yep.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Spring in Glass

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I got these tiny little vases a number of years ago at a gallery in Cannon Beach, OR. Ever since then, every year, whenever these little white flowers pop up around my neighborhood, (about now) I paint them in the little vases. Or so I thought. Apparently I missed the last few years (doh!). Here's my 2013 version.

When I was in France recently, I roomed with a gal I've "known" for over 10 years, but we only met in person on this trip. Besides being an amazing person, she's also a spectacular artist. I learned she has a youtube channel about her art, so I checked it out. Wow! For any of you who do printmaking or watercolor, or have wanted to get into either, please, please check out Belinda DelPesco! She is simply awesome.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Cute Times Three

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I am home from my workshop in France! Getting there was rough (I posted about that on Facebook), but then it was all FABULOUS (amazing food, beautiful scenery, wonderful company, etc.). I posted pictures on Instagram and Facebook - pick your poison. I also posted my demos, but I'll show them again here (all sold - sorry that they aren't better photos...).

I took thousands of photos when I was there, so you can be sure to see more France paintings very soon!

Wednesday, May 03, 2017

A Nice Complement

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Tomorrow I begin the long journey to France. First a day in Portland in order to properly say goodbye to my husband. Then 3 flights, landing in Marseille. To be honest I'm not excited about the travel part, but I'm beyond stoked about seeing France for the first time! We've got a great group lined up, and some exciting places to paint! Unfortunately this means I won't be able to ship any paintings until after I return (May 20th). I apologize for the inconvenience.

Tuesday, May 02, 2017

Old Town

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I did this one in Old Town San Diego during the convention. It was a street full of really cool buildings and only foot traffic. Honestly I think I could have painted there all week! It was awesome. When I was just about done, my buddy Mark Fehlman came over and gave me a lovely critique that ended up making the painting better - thanks, Mark!

Monday, May 01, 2017

Tulips By Moonlight

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I used a cool, indirect light for this one, the last of the tulips. I used to think indirect light wouldn't be...enough. But I like this. I'm going to try it more often.

Sunday, April 30, 2017

A Nice Spot for Tea

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I'm back from the Plein Air Convention. And I didn't die of fear before completing my demo, so I call that a success! But really, I heard good things afterwards, so I'm happy. My secret was the wonder woman socks I wore. : ) The whole event was actually QUITE fun, and informative. My favorite presentation was by Jill Carver, a wonderful artist I know from my time in Austin.

Now back to the tulips. This is number 4 in the series, of 5. Unfortunately I will be off on another trip before the auction for this is done. So I won't be able to ship the next few paintings until I return from France on May 20th.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Scissors Lurking

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This is my third painting with these tulips. For this and the one before I used a soft florescent "daylight" bulb. I find these often work well for flowers because, unlike halogen, the light doesn't necessarily overwhelm (or shine right through) the delicate petals.

I will be demo-ing at the Plein Air Convention in San Diego next week (Wednesday at 2:20pm, for those going)! This morning I am beginning the long journey down to San Diego, stopping off to paint with a friend for a couple of days. Unfortunately this means I won't be able to ship paintings until I am back (May 1st). I apologize for the inconvenience!

Tuesday, April 18, 2017


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Here's my second attempt with these flowers. I went for simplicity. And glass. Glass is always fun.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Tea and Tulips

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I went to the store with the idea of buying sunflowers. I went to two stores, but the petals were all very ... crinkly. So I bought these interesting tulips that were somewhat green on the outside (when the petals were closed). They only stayed decent looking for a couple of days, so I painted them as many times as I could. This is number one.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Yellow Plate

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There used to be a whole row of these old trucks right outside of town. I went by one morning and took a bunch of photos when the light was good. And apparently just in time - soon after they disappeared and I haven't seen them since.

Saturday, April 15, 2017


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I found this super cool scene in Taos last year. I was walking around this little neighborhood with my friend Tia, taking pictures. She took one look at this old car and said, "This looks just like a Carol Marine painting." Yep.

Friday, April 14, 2017

Making Eyes

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This was my second attempt at asparagus and lemon. I did it a few days ago, and since it's been sitting on my shelves I can't help but see it as a squid, with lemon slices for eyes! Can you see it? Bet you can't un-see it now. At any rate, I really like this one. It was one of those rare ones that just fell off the brush.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Grill Me

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I was cutting up lemons and asparagus recently for dinner and realized they make an incredibly pretty pair. Normally we grill asparagus, but this was for a new recipe that gets wrapped in foil (with salmon!) and baked. It turned out really well.

Monday, April 10, 2017

Separate the Reds

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I've been experimenting lately with process. There are SO many different ways to go about painting. I've been using my island to ocean method for so long that I feel a little stuck with it. And I thought - if I go about things in a different way, will I get different results? And most importantly (for me right now), will I enjoy it more?

So for this one I laid in a kind of loose block-in for all the objects, moving around quite a bit, trying not to put any hard edges in until the end, when I started refining. I think this is probably a common method, but not for me.

I don't have any answers to my questions yet, but I will keep trying stuff.

Sunday, April 09, 2017

Saturday, April 08, 2017

Colorful Cups

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A lot of the paintings I admire have exaggerated colors. And while I love it, I find it is especially hard to achieve in my own work, as I am always so focused on getting the "right" color. So for this one I decided from the beginning that I would paint more by feel/intuition than by whatever my brain was telling me. And this is what I ended up with. I absolutely LOVE that it's so easy to experiment with these small paintings. I would say this is still the number one advantage of "daily painting" (painting small and often).

Wednesday, April 05, 2017

Orange and Blue Bits

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We are headed off for a few days of camping in the mountains. We've been working like crazy people and need a break!