Sunday, January 20, 2019

Sunflower Sidekicks

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And here's another sunflower study, but with texture added via palette knife. The new stuff is fun, but it requires a lot of thinking in ways I'm not used to. Ugh - my brain hurts!

Saturday, January 19, 2019

Sunflowers on a Cloudy Day

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Here's another of my sunflower studies. The pig just snuck in there last minute. Stinker.

Friday, January 18, 2019


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Recently I went looking for some flowers to do a large painting of. I tried the grocery store first but their selection was paltry. And what they did have looked very sad. So my husband suggested we stop by the florist at the bottom of our hill. How novel - a florist!? And what did I find? Happy flowers!! Sure, they were a bit more pricey, but well worth it for me.

I decided to take pictures for the large painting. And so that I fully understand the colors that the photos won't capture, I did several small studies from life, of which this is the first.

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Tiny Foodcart

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I painted this one the regular way, with brushes. And I liked it, but I decided to experiment on top of it with my palette knife. And now I kinda love it. My husband says I should never do another painting without it. We'll see.

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Let's Pause

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Here's a scene from Germany. Can you tell she's holding her glasses? And can you see the little, white dog? Ah, the little things.

Monday, January 14, 2019

Trash Talk

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Here's a quaint Oregon scene. I took the reference photos a few years ago, on the way to visit some friends out in the country. What you can't see is the washer/dryer set off the left. And the 15 other cars in various states of disrepair.

Sunday, January 13, 2019


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And here is my last texture-y rose(s), for now. Today I experimented with palette knife on a people scene. I'll show you that soon.

Friday, January 11, 2019

Pale Purple Rose

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And here's another texture-y rose. I take as many photos of roses as I can in spring and summer, so I have lots to paint in the dreary months. We are lucky to have a wonderful rose garden here in Eugene, and another in Portland.

Wednesday, January 09, 2019

Shadow Roses

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Here's my second attempt at roses with more texture. I took a detail photo so you can see what I'm talking about. For this one I mostly used brushes and a palette knife. I'm also exploring with rollers (brayers?) and squeegees. I've had some luck with each, but so far can't achieve anything consistent. But I'm having fun trying!

Tuesday, January 08, 2019

Orange Creamsicle Rose

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One of my goals for this year is to experiment more with texture. I've done some work with rollers, squeegees and palette knives, but I want to step up my game and do more, really figure out what I can do with them. I'm starting with a series of small roses. Next time I'll take a close-up too so you can see more of what I'm talking about.

Monday, January 07, 2019

Mr. Grumpy Pants

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For those of you who saw my Painting People ArtByte, you know I used the reference photo for this painting as an example of one NOT to use. Yep. My reasoning was - the main character blends into the background too much, because his values are too close to what's behind him. But I painted it anyway, because at the end of the day, everything should be questioned. And I always did like this scene.

Sunday, January 06, 2019

Shoe Complement

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Here are some tourists from France. I took this in Roussillon, a town near some very colorful cliffs, where they collect the dirt and sell it. I have to suspect these folks had just walked through some particularly orange dirt, and they're reflecting on the mess it left on their shoes.

Saturday, January 05, 2019


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Never before have I had a tiny little head go so well as this! And it only took one try. Man oh man that feels good. : )

Friday, January 04, 2019

Where's the Hotel

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Hello again and happy new year!! We are home again from our holiday vacation, and slowly getting back into the swing of things. I wish I could say I've painted already, but I spent the whole day catching up with more menial tasks. I have this and one more painting to show you from before I left. Meanwhile, I will get the really terrible (rusty) paintings out of the way, and hopefully post something new in a few days. : )

Thursday, December 20, 2018

Four Corners

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And here's the last painting before I head out of town for the rest of the year. I want to wish everyone a wonderful holiday season, and a very happy new year!!! 💗

I will still ship books (on sale until 12.25), but won't be able to ship paintings until 1.4.19.

Orange Bowl

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I can't believe I haven't used this title before.

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Play Things

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When I set this up (which took about 15 years) I had NO idea (though you think I would, after so many paintings) how freaking HARD it was going to be! The painting part took about 15 years too. So, what I'm saying is, I aged a lot yesterday!! And I may have a little ptsd from the ribbon. But I'm still here.

FYI, I'll be out of town from (this Friday) 12.21.18 until 1.3.19, and won't be able to ship during that time.

Sunday, December 16, 2018

Friday, December 14, 2018

Surrounded By Blue

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When I first got all these oranges, I tried a larger still life with them that took 2 days, and at the end of it, well lets just say it had problems. Composition problems. And I realized that I have been feeling constrained by the size of my shadowbox when it comes to composing for larger scenes. So I finally made it wider! It was pretty easy as it just meant a few more pieces of pvc. I'll post a picture and more details soon. Have I done another larger painting since then? No, I'm scared, of course. But I will get over it soon.

Thursday, December 13, 2018

Beside Ourselves

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Here are all my other orange paintings to date. If you scroll down you'll see that I've painted this particular theme - oranges in a glass bowl - a few times before.