Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Monday, November 11, 2019

Yummy Yellow


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A rose is a different kind of animal than any other thing. The light that goes through and bounces around inside the petals is ... well it's pretty darn amazing. Anyway, I can't say it in words, so these paintings will have to do.

Saturday, November 09, 2019

Patchwork Rose


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These roses are SO fun to abstract. The trick is to squint so you don't see the delicate transitions. Once you start to try and achieve delicate with paint, it's all over. For me anyway. I don't do delicate. I only try and suggest it.

Friday, November 08, 2019

Bow to the Rose Queen


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And now for a series of roses. Doesn't this one look dressed up for something fancy? The one behind is clearly her handmaiden.

Wednesday, November 06, 2019

The Gorge


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This one's been sitting in my studio for a while. My husband asked me to keep it, but I really hate keeping paintings - I'm always moving on. So don't tell him. (shh) It's from back in the spring when I went to Hood River with a group of painting gals. The weather was terrible (cold and rainy) but we luckily had a friend with THIS view, from her BIG house windows, and space for about 6 of us to stand inside, cozy and warm, and paint it - lucky us! It's actually a place one can get married, or have other events, so check it out.

Monday, November 04, 2019

Blue Shirt Blue Shorts


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I'm experimenting with leaving some parts of my paintings very sketchy. Unfortunately this one required a lot of, ahem, tuning along the way, and I ended up covering up most of it. But I did manage to leave the darker area to the right of (behind) the man lightly done. Why am I doing this? Might you think more paint is better? What I'm going for is more a VARIETY of paint application, because my lazy self tends to paint everything the same, and I don't necessarily like that. At any rate, I've learned that if I block in my darks first, with thinned paint, and then wipe any lighter bits with a paper towel, this yields very interesting results. Still experimenting...

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

That Darn Sun


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Here's another sitting around one from Florence. Anytime I can paint sunlight and shadow in the same scene, I'm happy.

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

In the Middle of Nowhere


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On my drive down to the Sierras this year, I decided to do the 12 hour drive in 2 days rather than my usual 1. So I had extra time to explore. I thought I would stop a lot to take pictures, but often there was nowhere to pull over, or I passed by too fast and didn't want to turn around, or ... some other excuse. I did pull off on one side road, maybe an hour away from my destination, following a sign to a trailhead. Least of all I could stretch my legs. After about 20 minutes down a dirt road, I finally found the trail. It was completely abandoned, which felt a little ominous, but I explored it anyway. And found this lovely little creek, deep in the forest. And a wonderful hawk feather, which I keep in my car to remind me. To always explore, even if it's a little ominous.

Sunday, October 27, 2019

Generation Gap


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Maybe it's because I have a teenager, but I like watching parents and their teenage kids interact. It's an interesting dynamic, and in my experience, never the same. Like ... from minute to minute. Those teenage hormones are powerful!

On another note, I have been especially inspired lately by the work of Aimee Erickson and her famous GLOW. I'm trying to get more of that in my paintings, where needed.

Saturday, October 26, 2019

The Glow of Florence


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Here's one from Florence. The shafts of light that run between the buildings are just magic. My camera has a hard time capturing it, but I did my best to recreate it from memory (and my poor references). I wish I'd had time to do some studies from life.

Friday, October 25, 2019

Rocks in Fall


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This one's been kicking around my studio for a while. I think I've made like 3 passes on it, and have finally gotten it to a place I'm happy with. It's one of my favorite kind of spots- quiet, with water and rocks ... and dappled light - especially if I'm there by myself. Which I was, when I took the reference photos. I'm pretty sure this came from Sweet Creek, here in Oregon.

Thursday, October 24, 2019

It's Good for You


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This is the last in this run of still lifes. I've enjoyed it! But now the butterfly has lifted and is off to other subjects. What's next?

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Teacher's Pet


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I tend to take things literally. My parents told me, when I was little, that if you looked up the word "gullible" in the dictionary, my picture would be there. And I believed them. So when I see the edge of something, it can be difficult for me to paint it any differently than the way I see it. But I try to break away, often, and sometimes I think I'm getting somewhere.

Monday, October 21, 2019

Disciples


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Sometimes I feel like I'm just STARTING to figure this whole painting thing out. And where am I? Well, after about 75 more paintings I'll hit 3,000. That just counts these little daily paintings (not anything I did before 2006, most of my larger paintings, or workshop demos). But I suppose if I ever DO really figure it out, I'll lose interest. So here's to never figuring it out. And just trying forever.

Sunday, October 20, 2019

The Arrangement


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Bottles and apples - two of my favorite things to paint. It's nice to be home again. : )

Friday, October 18, 2019

The Fancy Family


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I'll be back home tomorrow. Meanwhile here is a still life I painted before I left. I've been going through my stuff lately with an eye towards culling, which has prompted me to paint things I have long neglected.

Saturday, October 12, 2019

The Kiss


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My husband and I will be out of town all this next week, so I won't be able to ship anything until 10.21.19. I apologize for the inconvenience.

But since I was putting away my paints today, I wanted to take the opportunity to show you how I do that. There are all sorts of (expensive) things you can buy to store your paint in, but I made mine out of an old tupper-ware container and a small piece of plexiglass (that my husband cut to fit inside).

Most of the time I just leave my paint out, since I paint most days, and use it fast enough. But when I'll be gone for a few days or more, I put whatever's out, in the freezer (because it slows the drying time considerably). We have one of those fridge's with the freezer drawer on the bottom, so everything's just kind of piled in there. Hence the note on the lid (darn kids, pawing through my freezer!). The gray piles on top are from when I mixed a lot of paint for something and couldn't bring myself to toss the leftovers. I'll use it ... someday. Or it will get hard and I'll toss it anyway.

Friday, October 11, 2019

The Secret


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So ... one thing I hear from a lot of artists/creative people - friends, students, on Facebook - is frustration over a general lack of motivation to get in the studio and produce. I realized today that one thing I participate in often towards that goal is - CREATIVE FOREPLAY.

This is basically anything that gets your motor running - your creative juices flowing - your heart pounding. And (for me) it can include:

  • simply turning on the lights and music in my studio
  • hanging out in there, looking around, maybe even just sitting down and looking at all my still life stuff
  • flipping through my art magazines or books
  • doing any kind of menial task IN my studio that is so boring I'd rather paint
  • sketching, even just doodling nonsense can work
  • doing timed, 10-minute paintings of one subject at a time (I think I've mentioned this before a few times...)
  • deciding to spend the whole day just composing still lifes and not painting (pretty soon I abandon that when my 5th try is so great I can't resist!)

Because when you are doing everything else EXCEPT making art, but feeling bad about it, you are not any closer to your goal. So take that first little step, and chances are SOMETHING will light a spark, however tiny.

What gets you going? Please share your version of creative foreplay. : )

Wednesday, October 09, 2019

Second Interpretation



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I think you can learn more doing the same composition twice than doing 2 different compositions. Honestly I think if I did this 10 times I'd learn even more. But who has that much patience?! : )

First Interpretation


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Every once in a while I decide to try a different version of the same composition. So here's number one.