Saturday, February 18, 2017

Sunset Peaks

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When I was in the Sierra's last summer, I hiked alone on the first day up to this gorgeous vantage point, right as the long-shadowed afternoon-evening light was happening. I didn't have time to paint, so I took photos. Yesterday I pulled them out to paint from them.

As you might guess, choosing a 6x6in. panel was, ummm, misguided. So after trying (and failing) to fit everything in, I decided to stick with it and just redesign the composition.

I took my friend Paul Kratter's advice and pulled out my sketchbook. I think I tried it about 6 different ways before I landed on this one. My right mountain turned out a bit leany, but (even though I know it can't actually be like that in real life) I think it's fun, so I'm leaving it. Maybe I should have called it "Dr. Seuss Mountain."

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Rocky Reflections

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This is another one from the Sierra Nevada Mountains. I believe it's the edge of Garnet Lake in particular. What's funny is that most of the landscape paintings I do I want to call "rocks and water" - I wonder why.
; )

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Jumbled Rocks

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This one I did from a reference photo (or two or three) from the Sierra Nevada Mountains in California. I've camped/painted there with friends the past couple of years and it is a magical place. Sadly I won't be able to make it this year.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Chunky Stuff

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Hello from Texas! We have been so busy visiting family and friends that I forgot to post this week's Daily Paintworks Challenge until today. I did this one before we left. The idea is to divide your subject into the simplest value/color areas possible, and paint them in solid chunks, without any soft edges or gradients. This allows you to really understand the BIG picture, without getting distracted by all the little details. I really enjoyed doing it, and totally dig the result! Want to try it too? The Chunked Challenge (don't forget to squint!)

Saturday, February 04, 2017

Little Girl Things

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I painted this as an example for this week's Daily Paintworks Challenge. This idea has been on my list for a while - painting only black and white (and gray) objects.

On another note, I will be judging the Sedona Art Prize this month. The prizes are pretty great, so you might want to consider entering!

We are currently in Farmington, NM, on our drive to Texas. It's been interesting to see most of the countryside covered in a blanket of snow, though it's pretty much gone from where we are now. I've been doing all the driving (because I'm better at it), but my wrists are finally healing, I think. My fingers are going only a tiny bit numb as I type this. : )

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Making Art

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Well, I've realized now that I've done a number on my wrists and I've got to rest them in order to heal. The worst thing is typing, but I've even stopped painting for now. : ( Hopefully this will save me a lot of grief down the road. So my husband is stepping in where needed, to help (unfortunately he doesn't paint!). Because he has a lot to do himself, my emails may be a bit slow, FYI.

This may work out for the best anyway, as we are headed to Texas soon, driving there from Oregon, and will be gone a total of 6 weeks. I will post a few more paintings, as I was ahead, but will hopefully (fingers crossed!) be able to paint again in Texas.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Spoon to Cups

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I painted this right after the grade A eggs, so I was trying to stay focused on the super blocky style. This is something I am always trying to come back to. When I get lazy I get tight again, but that's not the style I prefer. Being blocky is actually slower and requires more focused attention. It doesn't seem like it, huh? But it's true.

Monday, January 23, 2017

Red Shoes ArtByte!

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Two of my workshops are already full! The one in Eugene in August still has 10 spots. So you know, Oregon is awesome in the summer! It's our best season.

For those of you who can't make it to a workshop for whatever reason, I just put up a new ArtByte (online tutorial) featuring these very red shoes (above)! It's a simple demo video (including a shot of my palette) with a voiceover. Instead of speeding up this video, I edited out all the boring parts (anything without mixing or painting), and got it down to about 24 minutes.

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Workshop Announcement Reminder!

This is a reminder that my three remaining workshops for this year (2017) will be open for registration,

@ 9pm CST! 

After that I won't have anything new until next year. They fill up fast, so be ready! Also, keep in mind that 9pm CST means 7pm on the West coast, and 10pm on the East coast. : )

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Grade A Eggs

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I've painted a lot of eggs, but this time, I finally said what I wanted to say about them. What's funny is that I know a lot of people will prefer the other, smoother, more refined versions of them. But this simplified version is what I shoot for. It's what I dream about.

In other news, the Daily Paintworks challenge this week is about tiling. Here's my entry. ->
It was fun! Check it out.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Stepping it Up

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My husband would say I have too many shoes. I say, I have something for every outfit!

Wednesday, January 18, 2017


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I started an exercise class at our local YMCA a little over a month ago. Although I loved it, apparently I did too many burpees (if you don't know, good for you!) and stressed out my wrists. Now they hurt all the time - ugh! So I quit the class and got some wrist braces and that is helping, but it is making painting really awkward! Anyone have any experience with this? Oh yeah, and I painted some eggs.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Monday, January 16, 2017

Dry Creek Bed

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I've been experimenting lately with some landscapes from my photo files. I have a quite a few I won't show you, but this is one I like. The scene is from the Escalante area in Utah. We camped there last spring, way way out in the middle of nowhere. It was pretty sweet. One morning I walked along this dry river bed for about an hour by myself, taking pictures and enjoying the serenity.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Foiled Plans

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I am officially PRE-ANNOUNCING my remaining 3, 2017 WORKSHOPS! I pre-announce so that everyone knows exactly when registration will begin, and has a fair chance of getting in.

This time I've posted all the details of the workshops ahead of time, so you can decide if one works for you, and which one(s). They tend to fill quickly (some within an hour), so sign up right away when the time comes. I tried to pick a time when most people (in the U.S.) would be awake and home. Here's when it will happen:

Sunday, January 22nd, at 9pm CST (that means, 7pm on the West coast, and 10pm on the East coast).


The painting above is one I did for this week's DPW Challenge, on painting foil. You don't have to be a member to submit! Join us!

Friday, January 13, 2017

Fish Tea

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I borrowed this teapot from my friend Patti. Unfortunately (and I think you'll get this, in some weird way) it is full of pennies. So it was quite heavy, and it kept tipping over in my car. I hope she didn't count the pennies, just in case I lost one or two in the transfer!

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Lurking in the Shadows

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My husband was gone for almost 3 weeks visiting his sick father in Texas. He had a heck of a time getting back to Oregon with all this winter weather everyone's been having, and was stuck for several days in Denver. When he finally got back, I was so over-joyed that I forgot to post for a few days!

This egg yolk is living in a lovely square bowl given to me by my friend, Dawn. Thanks, buddy!

Sunday, January 08, 2017

Casual Business

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This is a scene from Seattle that I've been wanting to paint for a while. These two guys were just perfect - perfect poses, light, background, etc. I had to make only very minor adjustments. It's been especially nice to paint sunny scenes when the snow is falling here. It's been quite cozy in my studio.

Friday, January 06, 2017

Knit and Sip

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My mother-in-law taught me how to knit, and I've appreciated it ever since. It's one of those things I can sit and do for hours. Somehow it takes up just enough of the analytical side of my brain to let my creative brain wander uninhibited. My mother-in-law's name is Carol too. Carol Jane Marine, and I'm Carol Jean Marine. Funny, huh?! Thanks, Carol!

Thursday, January 05, 2017

These Guys

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I was playing around with color on this one. The photo reference (from Seattle) was very gray, and honestly, kinda boring (but great values!). So I spiced it up.