Monday, November 12, 2018


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I try not to plan too far ahead with my paintings, or even at all. I don't lay out what I'm going to paint for the next week, or even the next day. Instead (if I'm going to be painting from photos) I start by flipping through some random files. When a particular scene catches my eye, for whatever reason, I immediately go into my studio and paint it. I didn't always do it this way, but it's been working for me lately. It keeps everything (the process, and the painting) fresh and spontaneous. And fun! Today this scene from Embarcadero (in San Francisco) called my name.

A Late Breakfast

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I've been taking a few days off to do some woodworking projects. I'm currently making new cabinet doors for our bathroom. : ) And helping my husband re-organize the garage/shop for better workflow. It helps me so much to have another "creative" outlet. Also I spent a fair amount of my childhood out in my dad's wood shop, so all the tools and wood smells are very familiar.

Here's a sunny scene from Überlingen, Germany. This cafe was right at the "mouth" of the market I was photographing, so I got a few angles, and a couple rotations of visitors. I have a feeling it will appear in future paintings as well.

Thursday, November 08, 2018

You Watch the Basket

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As promised, this is my second painting of this couple at an Überlingen market in Germany.

Tuesday, November 06, 2018

Putting Her Foot Down

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These two were walking around this market (in Germany) quite bit, and I actually got several good photos of them. So I decided to paint them twice. This is number one. The reason for the title is her left hand. She is clearly making a point that will not be refuted.

Monday, November 05, 2018

Shady Parking

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Here's another little scene from Mexico. I took the photos for this on a walk to the Aurora, a fancy area with a ton of galleries.

Sunday, November 04, 2018

How Much Do You Need?

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I love the story this tells. She holds the purse. As it should be. ; ) Another scene from Überlingen, Germany.

Saturday, November 03, 2018

A Colorful Commute

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I always want to say, in my posts, "Here's an experiment," because really, they always are! Every single painting is totally new for me. I might paint similar scenes over again, but never the same exact thing. Even if I have a do-over, I'm trying it a new way, because obviously the first way didn't work (duh). And this is the tough thing about painting, because doing something new every time is hard. But it also keeps me perpetually entertained. In fact, the only time I get bored is when I get in a rut and only paint the kinds of things I already know will work.

So here's an experiment. The photo (taken in Mexico) was pretty boring, so I spiced it up with some extra color. I love the stark contrast of warm/cool from light to shadow. Spicy!

Friday, November 02, 2018

In Line for the Trolley

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I vastly underestimated how hard this was going to be to paint. Many hours later...

Thursday, November 01, 2018

Downtown Delivery

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I dug way back in my files for this one. It's from a trip to New York City a few years ago. I really need to go back.

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Sunset Hills Truck

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I found this old guy at the bottom of the sunset hills in San Francisco earlier this year. I realize I might be wrong about the location. If so, I apologize.

Monday, October 29, 2018

Evening Commute

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I took a bunch of photos when I was in San Francisco last time, in the evening. My camera (any camera) is sadly incapable of capturing that magical light. This is my first attempt at ... faking it. Second actually. If I'm honest.

Saturday, October 27, 2018

Where to Now?

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Here's another one from San Miguel (Mexico). I just loved the shadows cast by the tall buildings in the center of town (El Centro). Also, there's only foot traffic in some areas, which is pretty much heaven for a people painter like me. : )

Friday, October 26, 2018

Halloween Approaches

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I have now officially bought 5 pumpkins this year: three to paint, one to carve, and one to make into pie. Yum.

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

On a Serious Note

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I took the reference for this in Germany this summer. I wasn't sure how I was going to handle the background (which I didn't like in the photos), until suddenly ... I did! Is it just me, or do you sometimes get into a certain frame of mind where everything seems possible and good? This is in sharp contrast to the frame of mind where everything seems stupid and impossible, which, I hate to say, seems to happen more frequently. But right now, goodness prevails!!

Monday, October 22, 2018

Fruit Picking

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Here's another market scene from France. In case you'd like to see the reference photo (and even have a crack at it yourself) I put it up as a challenge photo on the Daily Paintworks challenge page last month. Anyone can submit (you don't have to be a member). I double dog dare you!

Saturday, October 20, 2018

Loaded Down

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I didn't have time to paint when I was in Mexico (San Miguel de Allende), but I took pictures whenever I could. Here's the first "scene" that caught my eye.

Friday, October 19, 2018

Not a Contest

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For some reason when I saved this for the web it turned a little ... green. So imagine that pumpkin just a little more orange. And it's a competitive pumpkin. Just like I was (am) when I was a kid. I think maybe the phrase I heard the most was, "It's not a contest, Carol Jean." Harumph.

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Hold on Tight

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ON BREAKS: I just got home from a (fabulous!!!) trip to San Miguel de Allende with two buds. It made me think about taking breaks, pros and cons. Here're the highlights:

The biggest con of course, is that I'm not working. I'm getting rusty. My best progress happens when I work consistently, every day if possible, or at least 5 days a week (rare for me this summer, alas!).

The biggest pro is that it is possible to bring home new ideas. I get re-inspired in new places, especially if I see art while I'm there (which I did). Another pro is that simply stepping away from my studio gives me a bigger perspective. It helps me re-focus on bigger goals, and I come home with a clear idea of what I need to do first.

Even though I didn't paint on this trip, and I did mostly touristy things, I took pictures while I walked. I look forward to sorting through them and seeing what I've got. Meanwhile, here is a scene from France that I painted today, with (maybe you can't tell...) a slightly new tack.

And here are me and my peeps!

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Waiting Outside Les Baux

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Well, I'm off on another trip. But it's the last one!! For now anyway. The last in a flurry of trips that started for me in the spring. This one is a celebration, with a couple friends, of major landmarks - one being me turning 40 this year. We are off to Mexico for 6 days! And so I apologize that I won't be able to ship until the 17th.

Speaking of trips, this painting is from references I took in France this summer, outside a little town called Les Baux.