Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Relaxing with my Peeps

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I know I haven't been posting a lot lately. I've been spending a lot of time on spring projects around the house - cleaning, planting, etc. And now we're going camping! I'm bringing my gear so if the weather is good and inspiration strikes I'll paint some Oregon landscapes. Toodle-loo.

I won't be able to ship any paintings until I get home - 5.22.18 - my apologies.

Friday, May 11, 2018

Hitting the Wall

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I think that as I paint more and more, I see more and more. I see more subtleties of color and value. But this leads to new challenges. Which is why I'll never get tired of this.

Wednesday, May 09, 2018

Red on Red

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This composition was SO SIMPLE! But painting it was haarrrddddd. So many subtle variations of red. OMG. What was I thinking?!

Tuesday, May 08, 2018

One at a Time in the Ring

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I decided to head back to my comfort zone for a minute and paint some apples.

And here's another one of the framed abstracts I put up in my "store" a few days ago -->
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"Neon Sunrise" 6x6in.

Monday, May 07, 2018


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I'm not sure which caught my eye first - the little boy or the glowing soda. It was one of those reference photos I took so fast my trigger finger hurt afterwards. Not really, but you know.

Saturday, May 05, 2018

How to Spend Saturday Morning

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I've been working on a people ArtByte (online tutorial) the past couple of weeks, and yesterday I got all set up to record a video for it. I pressed record and started painting this. You wouldn't think it, but painting for a video is always more stressful than a regular painting. So when I got all done and found that the memory in my recorder ran out before I was done painting, I was ... frustrated.

But don't worry, I jumped right back on that horse, with more than enough memory this time, and did another painting. My goal is to have the ArtByte finished before my Carmel workshop (last week in May). Fingers crossed.

Friday, May 04, 2018

Treasure Hunting

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Here's another scene from France. It didn't photograph perfectly because some of the darks have dried already and until I can varnish it, they will look a little chalky.

I've just added a bunch of abstract collages to my Daily Paintworks "store." It took me a while to frame and photograph and all that.  I wanted to post them all at once so it would be possible for people to get enough for a grouping - I think they look SO good like that. Please let me know if you have any questions.

Thursday, May 03, 2018

Walking Home in France

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This size/orientation never shows well online, but I like to paint them now and then. Please enlarge to see fully. (Also it looks better in person.)

Meanwhile, I'd like to tell you about a project I've been working on. I got some big, flat Ampersand panels recently, intending to do some larger paintings. I did two before I realized they are too big to store vertically. Which sucks, because I recently built myself a vertical storage rack - doh!!! So I set out to buy a horizontal rack. But the only ones I could find were ridiculously expensive, and wouldn't fit in the space I had for it. So I invented and made myself one. You can see it here, on top of  my vertical rack. I used hemlock to build the frame, and metal shelving for the ... shelving. I also recently built myself another work table, which you can just see the corner of in the photo. I need to make one adjustment to it, and then I will share that as well.

Tuesday, May 01, 2018

Pieces of Life

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When I was halfway through painting this, my son wandered into my studio. Amazingly, he could already tell what it was going to be, and asked if I had a title picked out yet. I said no, so he suggested this one. He was tickled when I said I would use it, and that you all would see it. My baby.

Sunday, April 29, 2018

A Simple Gathering

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It always takes me a while after a break to hit my stride again, but I think I finally got it here. I believe part of the problem was that I saw a lot of demos at the Plein Air Convention, and each painter had a different process. Possibly my brain got a little discombobulated, because I feel like I forgot my own process ... in the process.

Saturday, April 28, 2018

So, About the Spoon

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They took the spoon hostage, but now they're not sure what to do with it. No one seems to have the stomach to off it, and here-in lies the dilemma.

Friday, April 27, 2018

Thoughtful Pig

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Here's a blast from the past - one of my little piggies. And if you want to check out all the pigs that came before ...

Thursday, April 26, 2018

To Do Bottles

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Here are the bottles again, plus one bud vase, and a plate ... and a post-it note. What do bottles have to do, you ask? Yeah, I'm not sure either. Mine just sit and look pretty.

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Bottle Assortment

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I found these bottles in a little junk shop in Cerrillos, NM last week. We drove by first and when I saw the windows lined with bottles I almost peed my pants. They were just closing, so I had to be quick. I also had to consider what I could reasonably bring back in my suitcase. These will make a lovely addition to my collection.

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

San Fran Buildingscape

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Some of my favorite views in San Francisco are from way up on one hill, looking down and then up another hill. I have more like this that I'm sure I'll paint at some point. I'd like to try them bigger.

Meanwhile, why have I not posted in weeks? Well, last week I was attending the Plein Air Convention in Santa Fe, which was pretty great. I painted some, but have nothing to show for it, mostly due to the high winds that almost blew me (and everyone else) away. The week before that I was home but had a crick in my neck so severe I couldn't do much of anything. Yeah. First it's my back, then my neck. Is it that I'm getting old? At any rate, I'm back in the studio and feeling better, but rusty.

Sunday, April 08, 2018

Family Bed

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Here is another little cut up orange painting. My favorite parts are the shadows they cast, which depending on how the slices are cut, how they're arranged, and the direction of the light, can be vastly different. Check out how different they are.

Friday, April 06, 2018

Blue and Orange

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A couple of very good Texas friends came to visit us in Oregon for a few days and we had a lovely time visiting and making art together. I didn't paint, but I did a number of abstract collages, which I will begin posting again soon. This is a little painting I did right before their visit.

Friday, March 30, 2018

Did They See it Coming?

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This was one of the rare occasions when I thought of the title as I was setting up the composition. If you don't know by now, I have a rather dark sense of humor. : )

Thursday, March 29, 2018

What Are We Doing Here?

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I was at IKEA yesterday, picking up some things (for a project that will be revealed soon...) when my husband spotted this piece of glass and suggested it might make a good palette. I had been intending to get one from somewhere to finally replace the paper palettes I've been using for years, but hadn't done it yet. And boy am I glad, because this one is perfect! It's thick, has rounded edges, and is already white on one side. Best of all, it was only $20!

I feel like this is a setup meant for a queen! And so of course nothing I painted today worked out. Ugh. The painting above is one I did a couple of days ago.