Friday, February 12, 2016

Dog Eared Rose

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I did a couple of paintings in a row that were complete disasters (wiped), so I decided to return to a familiar subject. Often that is the only thing I can do to get my confidence back so I feel like I can tackle other things again. Otherwise I just wallow in the horrible feeling of "I've lost it." Ugh. Anyway, I'm feeling pretty good about this one. I love the pokey-outy petal on the right.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016


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This is a scene from downtown Seattle. I lived there for a year when I was about 16, and spent many weekends downtown, exploring. It was lovely returning for a photo shoot last summer.

In other news, I've got to let you know about an upcoming trip, because it means I won't be able to ship paintings or books for a while. We are projected to leave this Sunday, heading south. We will be visiting a number of state and national parks, making a big circle of CA, AZ, UT, NV, and back to OR. This is primarily a family (worldschool) trip, but I am (again) hoping to fit some painting in. I am also hoping to blog about our trip on this other blog, as we go. We will be gone 2 - 4 weeks, depending on the weather and how much fun we're having. I apologize for any inconvenience!

After Sunday, the latest I will start shipping again is Monday, March 7th.

Tuesday, February 09, 2016

Cozy Parking

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I've been experimenting with different methods lately, and this painting is kind of a mish-mash of different things. I started with a block-in (which isn't my normal way), but then fell back on my island/ocean approach for the windows and bright red of the house. My goal is to find a happy balance of the two, since I like them both for different reasons. And though I like this painting, I still don't have the answer. My fear is that there IS no perfect balance. That every painting calls for a different, unique approach. And that I will be constantly seeking. Is that good or bad? I don't know.

Saturday, February 06, 2016

Super Cool

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This one's from New York City. If I lived there and walked around all the time, I can totally see myself owning a red leather coat like this. That would be so cool.

Friday, February 05, 2016

Fruit Stand

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Here's a scene from the public market in downtown Seattle (Pike Place Market). There was this tiny slice of light from the awnings hitting just a portion of produce. I was totally enchanted.

Wednesday, February 03, 2016

Junk in the Corner

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I took the photo for this one in Seattle. My friend Jackie and I were roaming around this old building near the International District that had been turned into artist studios. I just adore all the muted grays, and how things are just touched by the blue from the windows.

Tuesday, February 02, 2016

The Flirt

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I painted a different rose first. It was so so bad that I wiped it off immediately. I was feeling really frustrated. Like I'd forgotten how to paint. So I picked another, old rose photograph and started without a plan. So glad I did.

Monday, February 01, 2016

Just Got Home

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In all my photographic bumblings around Eugene (pop. 157,000-ish) I've managed to accidentally bump into this house a number of times. I've even painted it before, here. Totally different, hey? I have to admit I didn't look at the old one before I painted this, so it was quite interesting to me to see the differences. Growing and changing.

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Sad Car

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I spotted this car in Seattle last summer. I think it was sad (see title) because it was about to be overtaken by a big shadow. I've been saving this file of reference photos. Usually I go through a batch right after I take them and pick out the ones I like and edit them a bit. I love that. So I wanted to save a whole entire file for editing later, since I knew I'd have to wait until spring/summer to take more photos. Not that beautiful things don't happen in the winter. Just that I prefer the sun and the green things to be out. I'm addicted to light and shadow.

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Waiting Room

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Yesterday's title might have worked better for this one. Alas. This is a scene from Lake Tahoe, from a photo I took summer before last. My friend and I were roaming around a little resort with a bunch of cute cabins and paths and chairs. I'm not sure how to categorize the painting - landscape? At any rate, I'm quite happy with it. It's one of those that just painted itself.

Friday, January 29, 2016

A Nice Place to Sit

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I titled this just a minute ago, but now I'm second-guessing my choice. I mean, if you sat in the chair, the sun would be just right, smack in your eye. Unless your head just happened to be in that little sliver of shadow. But if you turned the chair a little to the right ... it would be perfect. So I guess I'll keep it. : )

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Where the Frogs Live

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I've posted some pictures from our recent trip on my New Beginnings blog, if you're interested. Meanwhile this is a scene from right here in Eugene, at a marshy area called Fern Ridge.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

A Casual Stroll

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We're home from our family adventure! I'm sorry to report I didn't paint once. Or even take any pictures other than with my phone (not because I forgot my SD card, that would be stupid!). I plan to write a bit about our trip, but first I need to catch up on things. This is a painting I did before I left, of a scene from California.

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Boulder Valley

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This scene is from a park in California near Pleasanton. The park was called Sunol-something, and I had wandered to an area they called "Little Yosemite."

Tomorrow we are off on another adventure. We'll be gone for about a week, but I hope to still be painting and posting some. I would also like to start sharing some of the "world schooling" we are doing with our son, so I will try to remember to take pictures for that. I won't post about it here, but I will link to my other blog in case you're interested.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Cliff Shadows

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Last year I took a trip down to California, driving along good portions of the coast. This was my last day, driving north towards home from Mendocino. I'm not sure where I was exactly, but I loved the morning light casting such blue shadows on the beach below. I'm including the reference photo because I love seeing what other people change, and I thought you might too.

Saturday, January 09, 2016

Upper Creek

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This one is from our trip "east" this past summer, at Paulina Creek (south of Bend). I walked along it for a good ways one day by myself. Long enough that my family got worried and came looking for me! The day was mostly cloudy but eventually the sun came out and that's when I started taking pictures. I have to admit it's the light and shadows that I'm really motivated to paint in a landscape.

Wednesday, January 06, 2016

Peninsula of Rocks

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I am trying hard to figure out an approach to painting landscapes. Or, better put, approaches. My intention at this point is just to try lots of things and lots of paintings. I am trying many scenes more than once, and posting only my favorites. Ideally I would be doing all these from life, but it's rather dreary here in Oregon at the moment. And cold. So I'll stick with photos for now. This one is from my week in the Sierra Nevadas.

Many thanks for the encouragement regarding home schooling! Today was our second day and it is going very well. : )

Monday, January 04, 2016

Standing in the Shade

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Happy 2016! I have lots to report. First of all I just spent a wonderful week in Canada with my family, on vacation. We spent a few days in Vancouver (what a beautiful city!) and a couple in Gibsons, a ferry ride away. We went snowshoeing for the first time! At sunset, which was spectacular. And spent New Years Eve at a bonfire/barn dance, Canadian style. Eh? Loads of fun!

Also to report, we have decided to pull our son from his current school and spend some time home schooling. How long will depend on how it goes, but it will change things for me, obviously. I will be painting less. But also we've decided to take advantage of the fact that we're self-employed and travel! We will wait until the weather warms up a bit to take our first trip, but hopefully this will mean more regular plein air for me, in between lessons.

My friend Abby Ryan is giving another INNERnet course starting on Wednesday. So if you are looking to "unplug," check it out, and use this coupon code for 20% off: "carols-blog-follower".

Meanwhile, this painting is from a park in California I visited in 2015.

Monday, December 21, 2015

Christmas on the Rocks

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I was browsing through my Sierra Nevada photos the other day. When I landed on the reference for this one I thought it would make the perfect end of year/Christmas painting!

From my family to yours ->