Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Shadowy Street

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This is another scene from NYC. I love how the buildings cast shadows on each other. It's the main reason I wanted to take pictures there!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Polka Dotted Scarves

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I spotted these two cool gals just outside of Central Park this spring in NYC. What were they doing? Waiting for their cool guys?  Discussing what to do next? Or simply chillin'?

It's been a while, but I posted a new abstract on my other blog, in case you're interested.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Paint the Roses Red

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I've been wanting to paint this one for a while. The reference came from the Eugene rose garden, last year I think. I knew it wouldn't fit well on a 6x6, so I used a larger panel. On a side note, my friend Patti makes fun of me because I think of 8x8 as big - ha!

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Holding On

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This is another little intimate landscape from Sweet Creek here in Oregon. This picture for this was taken recently, in summer. When I've been there in winter, the creek is a raging monster. I can imagine this little guy won't exist soon. And yet he tried so hard to find a niche.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Portland Skyway

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Last weekend some friends and I drove to Portland to watch Kevin Macpherson do a FREE demo (what a nice guy!). There were about 50 other people watching (can you believe those moochers?!). Kevin talked while he painted (a skill I don't possess), and said all sorts of things that were fabulous to hear. He's nice, funny AND a great painter! Afterwards we all spread out and painted, while Kevin walked around giving pointers. He said mine was a "keeper," and that I should sell it, so here it is. : )

In other news, yesterday I got a pre-copy of my book!!! And I am so absolutely bowled over by it, I actually went out into the street and yelled, "I'M SO HAPPY!" That's how happy I It looks amazing! So you know, you can still pre-order it on Amazon. (and save quite a bit by doing so). The official launch date is Nov. 4th.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Dappled Rocks

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This is my last (and personal favorite) from my Hood River trip (of the half I've deemed worthy of posting). For this one I used a little trick. I've had this app on my phone for years that lets me look at just the values of a scene. It's meant for plein air, but have I used it for that? No. Until this day, when I pulled it out to make sure there was enough contrast in the scene to make it interesting. I actually took 2 pictures, one of this and one of another possibility, before I started. Then I flipped back and forth between the two, and picked my favorite. The app is called "Value Viewer." I also noticed, in the black and white version, that the rocks in back that are in total shadow, were critical to the whole scene working.  As the light changed, these rocks changed, but I made sure to keep them in shadow in the painting.

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

Creek vs. River


I was trying to be really diplomatic on our recent plein air trip to Hood River and paint wherever everyone else wanted to. But secretly I only wanted to paint rocks and water. I never mentioned that once. Nope. Because I am a nice person. (you believe that, right?) Eventually they got some sort of sixth sense anyway and we found this creek, right next to the Hood River, where I proceeded to do 2 paintings and be in heaven.

My buyer fell through for this 6x6 rose painting I did a while back, and it's one I really like, so I am re-listing it here. Click to Bid for -->

Monday, September 08, 2014

Carefully Cordoned


This is the second painting I did on my recent trip to Hood River. We were there at the same time as the NW Plein Air Festival, and this was one of their "offical" painting locations - The Dalles Mountain Ranch. It is late in the summer, so the grass is golden, but what you can't tell from the painting is - it was WINDY! And I am capitalizing that whole word because ... the wind mentioned in my previous post was nothing compared to this wind. I had to strap myself and my easel to a nearby fence in order to remain upright and stationary.

Friday, September 05, 2014

Across the River


This is the first painting I did in Hood River during my recent 4 days of intensive plein air. My friend Patti and I found this lovely spot by the Columbia river. She painted the view downriver, and I painted the cliffs across the way. My view was slightly less spectacular, but more doable in a square format. Our only annoyance was the incessant wind! It was blowing so hard we couldn't even think about using our umbrellas without our gear blowing clean away. So we had to either set up in the shade (as Patti smartly did), or deal with the dapples (as you can see I did). Doh! Lesson learned.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Sky in the Water


This one is from my recent excursion to Sweet Creek. I stopped at a couple of creeks along the way, so I think this actually might be part of a different creek, but I'm not sure of the name. At any rate, I LOVED playing with the colors in the water. So fun!

Tomorrow I head off to Hood River, OR, for 4 days, to do some plein air painting with friends. Maybe I'll even have something to show for it when I'm done. : )

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Pam Reading


I've been wanting to paint more people, and while I enjoy the candid shots I get out in public, I'm never entirely happy with the poses. So I had the bright idea of hijacking one of my friends and making them pose for me. Pam graciously agreed. We spent several hours in her beautiful house, taking hundreds of photos (because who has time to pose while I paint?!). And let me tell you, I got some great ones! Not only that but she also agreed to let me paint any of her 9 grandchildren - wahoo! So here's my first one of Pam. There will be more.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Blue Bug


There are lots of bugs here in Eugene. I spotted this particular one in the parking lot of my son's school, on a wet, overcast day, uhhh ... like last year or something. I love having tons of pictures to choose from at any given time. Speaking of, today I drove to Sweet Creek and took tons of pictures of rocks and water and reflections and stuff. So totally enjoyable, and hopefully some to paint too.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Sittin' Pretty


I took the photo for this earlier this year at my friend Ruth's house. She has lots of animals and I keep meaning to go back and spend some time there, taking pictures. I had planned to do it this summer, but ... where has it gone?! My son starts school again next week. Crazy!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Honey, Lose the Hood

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Here is another painting from the Hell's Kitchen Flea Market in New York City.

I haven't been painting as much as usual the past couple of days because we've had visitors. Our old friends Qiang Huang (excellent artist - check him out!!) and his wife, Song, are visiting from Austin. Qiang is teaching a workshop here next week, but they came early to visit. Here are a few pictures from the past couple of days:

Monday, August 25, 2014


not for sale

This is one I painted a couple of months ago (looks better in person), of a boy I knew years ago in Austin, coincidentally named Austin. I did a commission for his parents then, and have since completely lost touch with them. So this was just for practice, because I've had a hankering to paint people lately.

And now for a report on last week's workshop. I had a really lovely group of kids who painted their hearts out for five days. And even though they may have complained a bit, and said/did some naughty things, I will not say a word about it. Why? Because at the end of the week they presented me with a whole slew of giant sunflowers, and a card signed by all! I cannot, in good conscience, complain. Here they are working (and me grinning, bottom right):

And here's the whole group. Thanks, y'all were great!!

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Water Under the Bridge


This is a little scene I snapped in San Francisco last year, near the big red bridge - you know the one I'm talking about. I love the difference between the water in shadow and the water in light. That and all the angles. I might paint it again sometime just to try it a different way. But then, I always want to do that. So we'll see.

Tomorrow begins another workshop for me here in Oregon. Cross your fingers that my kids are well behaved this week. : )

Friday, August 15, 2014

Abstract Landscape 1


I almost posted this one as a complete abstract, but maybe you can recognize a few things. Meanwhile a couple of you asked me to post the photo reference from yesterday's painting, so here it is (click to see a larger version). -->

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Pink Sand Creek


I took the photo for this one years ago, in Sedona, AZ. My friend Penny and I were scoping out plein air locations for the next day, and for some reason that I can't remember, we were running around like crazy doing it. I never thought I'd use the photo, even though I really liked it, because it didn't seem dramatic enough. But I've been looking for subtlety lately, and this called out to me.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Reflections in a Puddle


I found this little spot when I was in the mountains in California, near Loves Falls. I love the idea of doing small, intimate landscapes - almost like an outdoor still life? Maybe that's why I like it. But it opens up a whole new venue for me!

Monday, August 11, 2014


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This is another rose from the Eugene rose garden. Painting roses is a kind of meditation for me. Layer after layer of soft, buttery petals. I also love photographing them in the first place. I can spend an hour at the rose garden and it passes in the blink of an eye.