Wednesday, November 25, 2015


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Hello! This is a painting I did a couple of months ago. It's a scene I stumbled upon here in Eugene a while back. I loved the colors of the house. I meant to post it a few weeks ago, but kept putting it off.

Meanwhile, after a couple weeks of no painting at all (letting my fields lie fallow), I got a text from a friend who owns a gallery here in town. She suggested a small show next year. With new stuff. All larger than my normal work. At first I said no, but then I realized it would get me out of my rut. Give me motivation to paint the things I've been wanting to but have been too afraid.

Afraid of what? Failing. Isn't that what gets us all? Well, I guess I am only human.

The main thing I've been wanting to paint but haven't because of fear is...people. Not like portraits necessarily, but faces, up close. So I started with my son, as an experiment. I was terrified that it wouldn't look like him, but I think it really does. If you know him, please write and reassure me on this. I'll post a better picture later. It's 16x16 inches. Here are a few progress shots. The first one is just a bad image.

Sunday, November 08, 2015

Glass Class

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I've been working on projects around the house lately, which is why I haven't been posting often. I think I need a break from painting every once in a while, and these projects have given me that excuse. I would very much like to avoid the major burnout I have experienced in the past. I would also like to cultivate some new ideas. I still have a few more paintings to post, but after that, please bear with me.

Wednesday, November 04, 2015

Making Lemon Elixer

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Tomorrow I am off to Portland to judge a show for the Oregon Society of Artists. The best part of the deal is that it will force me to spend some quality time in Portland with my hubby. He's been gone a lot these last couple of months, visiting family, and I am happy to have him back!

Tuesday, November 03, 2015

Handles Out

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As you can see, I've been a bit obsessed with cups lately. Someday I'd like to do a big one with all of the 20 or so white cups I've collected.

Friday, October 30, 2015

So Close but So Far

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My husband has been gone for a week in Texas for his dad's 80th birthday. Tonight I pick him up from the airport. Perhaps I was thinking about this when I painted this one. : )

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Fish Dish

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A student gave me this cute little fish plate a while ago, and I am finally working it into a painting. Thank you! I really love it actually. And now that I've painted it once it will definitely happen again.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Hot and Sour

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I wrote a guest blog post for Lori Putnam's blog, and it just came out today! She is doing a thing all month (I guess it's almost over), called the Best Blog Party Ever, where she invited a bunch of people to write things they know about, and she's been posting them one at a time.  If you're interested in art and have a few minutes, check it out. You could learn a thing or two. : )

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Way, Way Down

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I'm pretty sure this is called the Crooked River. I know it's kind of a post-card-y shot, but I couldn't resist. I love how the color of the water changes as it goes back, and as it goes under the bridge.

Saturday, October 24, 2015

The Green River

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This is a scene from our trip across Oregon this summer. The star of the scene is the Deschutes River, where it passes through Cove Palisades State Park. The water was incredibly green due to an over-abundance of some kind of algae. I don't know if it's always like this, or if this was unusual, but I thought it was pretty cool. Well, green IS my favorite color.

I also wanted to show you an abstract painting I did. Sometimes I start with an idea or a photo as a jumping off point, but this was totally spontaneous. Sometimes that's just the ticket to loosen me up, and an antidote to tight painting. It was fun. Bidding starts at $1.

Friday, October 23, 2015

Golden Center

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I got my first camera when I was 19 and in college. It was a birthday gift from my sister, and I took as many pictures as I could afford film. These days I mostly take pictures as possible future painting references (like I did for this rose). But yesterday I was invited on a shoot with photographer friends, and rediscovered my love of photography for photography's sake! I posted a few fall Oregon photos here. Thanks for looking!

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Full Up Pink

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In case you haven't stopped to smell the roses lately, here's one for you, close enough to sniff real good.

Monday, October 19, 2015

Just Lemon Please

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I've been seeing at a lot of Karen O'Neil's painting lately on Pinterest. This is my little homage to her and her bright, yummy colors. One thing I specifically love about her work is the color in her shadows. Lovely.

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Stuck in the Middle

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I have a series of these little sailor figurines. They sit on my still life shelves and make me happy every time I look at them. They are so patient, waiting for their moment to pose for a painting. I guess it was this guy's lucky day.

Friday, October 16, 2015

Red Hot Couple

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This is a scene from a park in San Francisco. There was a solid gray granite wall behind them, but after trying a few other things (that didn't work), I turned it into bushes and sky.

Monday, October 12, 2015

Sunset in the City

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I took the photo reference(s) for this when I was teaching in San Francisco last year. My class had been taking pictures in the downtown area and I decided to walk back to my airbnb apartment rather than catch a ride. Along the way the sun went down and I got a whole series of wonderful shots. I could never capture the nice light on the buildings and the sky in the same shot, so I used several photos to create this scene. My goal is to do this one again bigger, at some point.

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Happy Flowers

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Please forgive me for the delay - my husband and I abandoned the children and escaped to the mountains for a little weekend camping. Don't worry, the kids are still alive and well.

This was a tough one because although the flowers were just about perfect and needed very little editing, the background was a mess. First I tried painting it just like the photo, but the background was too distracting. After trying lots of things, I ended up graying and darkening the background roses (because they were taking too much attention away from the two main ones), and simply painting and repainting the rest of the background until it worked. I admit this is an instinct kind of thing. I wish I could explain it better. But I really like the result - it's both abstract and not, which is fun!

Thursday, October 08, 2015

Ready for School

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I threw together a few school supplies while my little guy was off learning (all his except for the shoes). They grow up so fast!

Wednesday, October 07, 2015

At the Knife Museum

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Here are more apples on a journey. Today they are at the knife museum, admiring a particularly sharp exhibit. Boy they get around.

Tomorrow morning I will be on the Artists Helping Artists show again. Tune in to listen at 9am PST for an update on what's going on with me art-wise, or catch the recorded version later.

Tuesday, October 06, 2015

Got My Eye on You

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I've had this big orange pig sitting around my studio for a while, and I'm pretty sure I've only painted him once before. What a shame!

I had a friend painting with me in my studio for a few days last week. I was telling her about my 10-minute apple exercise and we decided to do it together for practice. I started with an apple and then moved on to a bottle. And even though I've painted hundreds of each, I still learned stuff.

What did I learn? Well ... shadows might be even lighter than I thought. Edges are really important. Lost edges on glass makes it look more realistic. But most importantly, I just got into the hang of painting these things. I am tempted to start each day with an exercise like this. I recommend it.