Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Underbelly Rose


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I've been spending most of my time recently experimenting with a few new tools: rollers, squeegees and palette knives, in addition to brushes. The results have been very mixed, (mostly producing large piles of gray paint) but finally yesterday I felt like I was getting a little traction. I still have a LONG way to go, but figured it would be nice to leave you (for Europe) on a positive note. I actually did this one big first (24"x24") and mostly hated it, but this small version makes me very happy.

Reminder: I won't be able to ship any paintings until I am home again - July 17th.

Saturday, June 16, 2018

I See You


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Here's a scene I collected in France last year. I'm so excited to be heading back there very soon!

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Overcast Chinatown


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Before I left for all my recent adventures, I was ahead by a few paintings. Here's one, from a reference I took in San Francisco this spring. I wandered through Chinatown twice. The first time it was overcast, and the second, sunny. I look forward to painting it both ways!

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Wink at Pink


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Sorry to be away for so long! First I was teaching plein air in Carmel to a group of WONDERFUL and brave kids (see photos below)...


...and then my husband and I went camping for a while in Eastern Oregon.

We have just a few days to get settled here before we are off again. Next week we leave for 2 weeks in Germany and then 10 days in France - my last workshop of the year. I hope to post a few more times before then.

Unfortunately I won't be able to ship any paintings until after we get home again - July 17th. : (

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Navigating the Market


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NEW ARTBYTE: Painting people. It's finally done!! And it's got a lot in it: 11 pages of instruction and a full demo video (of the painting above) with voice-over. I've been working my patookie off, and am proud of the result.

The next you'll hear from me is when I get back from my Carmel workshop. I'm looking forward to lovely weather and lots of sunshine!

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

Clingy


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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.

NEW ABSTRACT COLLAGES
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.