Sunday, May 26, 2019

Street Fight

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I got home from Italy a few days ago. I have a theory that the better the trip, the worse the jet lag. And this was a pretty SPECTACULAR trip!! So it's taken me a little time to recover.

Please forgive my indulgence if I post a few more photos than usual. After all, this was my last workshop! With a fabulous batch of students/kids!

Here is a view from the Uffizi art museum. Our very shic hotel/studio was over to the left from here by a few streets. All the downtown stuff was to the right.

Here's the inside of our studio space where we met and worked each day. These gals were dedicated. I barely had to crack my whip.

We saw lots of great art, and I (for one) learned more than I ever knew I didn't know about it.

We ate a LOT of amazing food, in one gorgeous location after another. There MAY have been some flirting with the cute Italian waiters, but I'm not confirming anything. (what happens in Italy stays in Italy...)

My entire class got to take a cooking class one evening, which was very fun!

On the last day, we drove out into the countryside and toured a winery, tasted all their wine, and ate lunch - not necessarily in that order (who can remember!)

In general this trip involved wine. Kind of a lot. And did you know Italian wine doesn't make you feel bad the next day? Or at all? That I will confirm.

At any rate, I want to thank Debra & Ivano Zamperla for hosting us, and my 13 kids who were courageous enough to tackle people painting in Italy. I couldn't have asked for a better workshop finale!!!

Saturday, May 11, 2019

One Blue Bulb

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Hello from Germany & Happy Mother's Day! I got an email from a friend/previous student who happens to be in the area, on a river cruise with his wife, so we had a lovely reunion the other day. Also I had a visit from another friend/previous student and his wife who live in Zurich, which isn't far from my mother-in-law. It's been really wonderful to see old friends!! I've barely had time to paint, but as promised here is one I did before I left home.

Sunday, May 05, 2019

Extended Family

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Tomorrow I head to Germany. In case you don't know the story, my husband was adopted from there as a baby, and we looked for and found his birth-parents about 10 years ago. His father has since died, but his mother lives in the Black Forest in a 400 year old farmhouse. This will be my first solo trip to visit her, so I've been using Duolingo for a while, trying to pick up a few new German words. Mostly I feel like a cave (wo)man communicating with my mother-in-law, with lots of hand gestures and help from google translate, but even still we get along very well. My husband jokes often that she is MY mother. At night we drink a bit of gin and suddenly my German gets VERY good. We laugh a lot anyway.

I will be in Germany for a week, eating good food and recovering from jet lag. Then I fly to Italy where I will teach my very last workshop. I'm hoping to bring home a slew of reference photos from Florence, along with good memories of my last group of kids.

Until then, I have a few more paintings which I will post when I can. Unfortunately this trip means I won't be able to ship anything until after 5.23.19. I apologize for the inconvenience!

Saturday, May 04, 2019

Lined Up

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Here's some more paint gooshy-ness. It's amazing to me how different colored glass can look depending on the exact angle of the light, and the color of what's behind it.

Friday, May 03, 2019

Tiny Cup Stack

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I've been thinking a lot about perfection lately. I heard a saying a long time ago, and repeat it to myself regularly: "Perfect is the enemy of good enough." This is especially true for painting. If you shoot for perfection in any of it, you will never be happy. It's all a gooshy mess. The idea is that when you step back and squint at it, the gooshy mess reads like glass somehow.

Thursday, May 02, 2019

Cow Conference

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I'm heading back to Germany soon, so I thought I'd dig through my old Germany files. After I painted these guys (my mother-in-law's cows), I realized I already had once before. Oh well. I actually love seeing the differences.

Wednesday, May 01, 2019

Evening Color

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I Love My Website (
This is post three in my ongoing series about Daily Paintworks.

My husband, David, and I created Daily Paintworks (DPW) over 11 years ago as an online art gallery and artist community. Since then, DPW has grown and changed into something much more. We promote our artists' work every day on our "What's New" page, as always, however, that now is the "icing" of DPW, with the "cake" being the beautiful and easy to update artist website you get when you join. This post is the backstory behind those websites.

Years ago, I was showing my work on DPW, along with our many other artists, while also maintaining a separate artist website that was tedious to keep up-to-date. I told David I wanted to remake my website and he said "Why don't we make your Gallery page on DPW, which is already easy to maintain, your full-fledged website?", which is exactly what we did!

The advantage of being married to someone who is really good at programming, is I got to design my ideal artist website. I wanted a website that was clean and elegant, where the art stood out. It also needed auctions and PayPal links so I could sell my art, a bio page, and be able to sell my books and promote my workshops. Above all, it needed to be extremely easy to keep up-to-date, so I could spend my time painting. And that is what David built for me.

So that is how DPW grew from a simple online gallery to one offering great artist websites. David and I don't like limits and complicated pricing, and so our websites let you add unlimited art for one simple price of $12.95 a month, which hasn't changed in over 10 years. We would love to have you with us - try it free for a month!

In the next post in my series on DPW, I will tell you about our new theme and customization features that let you make your DPW Gallery Website perfect for you!

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

White Clover

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After Seattle, my entire family came down with the flu! I forgot how miserable it is - I haven't had the flu in about 18 years. Ack. So that's why I haven't painted in a while. But today I am finally feeling better.

This is from some photos I took on a wander around town before our trip to Seattle. Most of the time I like to wander alone, but this time my husband suggested we go together. The sun was out and spring was just beginning. He actually spotted little little cluster of clover for me. Thanks, love.

Saturday, April 20, 2019

Pink Magnolias

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Today is an exciting day for me - I am bringing 3 big paintings to my first gallery (in 8 years)! The name of the gallery is Art on the Boulevard, in Vancouver, WA.

These are by far the nicest frames I have ever used. I got them from a local place called Vistra, that also operates

Also today, my husband and I are headed up to Seattle for further gallery scouting, and maybe a little playing too. : ) Unfortunately I won't be able to ship paintings until next Thursday, 4.25.19.

Thursday, April 18, 2019

The Blue March

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Common Misconceptions about Daily Paintworks (DPW)

The first is the word “daily” in the name. While DPW always has new art DAILY on the front page, our members don’t have to produce art every day. Heck, I certainly don’t! Because life gets in the way, am I right? In fact we have no requirements at all when it comes to how often our members post.

Second, while DPW is an online gallery, we ALSO provide (newly) customizable art websites, and a great back-end that tracks your art and sales. Check out our new join us page (and scroll down) for examples of a few of our new themes, portfolio management system, and more.

Misconception number three is about blogs. In the early days, every daily painter had a blog. We set up DPW (listen to me, taking credit for this clever programming!) so it pulls posts from blogs automatically. But these days, not everyone has one, and it is certainly not a requirement. Honestly, if I were to start daily painting today, I would probably just use DPW, social media & a newsletter.

And (at the risk of sounding like one of those horrible infomercials) there's more! : )
(to be continued...)

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Please Don't Fall

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On a totally non-art note, my whole family has birthdays in a 3 week period, which we are near the end of - all Aries. My son just turned 14, and my youngest stepdaughter will be 24 on Friday! I think their aging bothers me more than my own. Isn't that funny? I don't feel like I'm getting older, but their aging makes me wonder if I really am...

Monday, April 15, 2019

Shopping Experts

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I found these 4 in France, on a shopping mission. They were obviously experts. They finished before everyone else and were (in this moment) headed back to their swanky flat for lunch.

Sunday, April 14, 2019

Natural Spotlight

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What is Daily Paintworks?

I started doing these little “daily” paintings a little over 12 years ago. I enjoyed it so much I raved to all my art friends, and several started their own daily practice and blogs. Quickly we realized it would be beneficial to band together and promote one website instead of all our individual blogs. Thus, Daily Paintworks (DPW) was born.

I created the original design, and my husband (the programmer) has put in countless hours building it into what it is today. DPW has become his full time job/passion, as he handles support, improves features, and adds new ones. My oldest stepdaughter, Sophie (28), answers questions from buyers and members, and my youngest, Maddie (23), does social media outreach. And I continue to … consult. : ) It is truly a family business.

I am very proud of what DPW has become, so I decided to talk a bit about it again, over a series of posts, in case some of you don’t know, and/or might be interested in using it. I also want to clear up some common misconceptions about what it is. (to be continued…)

Friday, April 12, 2019

Going About Life

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It looks better in person, so I'll try to get a better picture once it's varnished. This is from another oldie San Francisco reference. I just love the three very different ladies, heading ... wherever. I don't know if they were together, or if they just happened to be side by side in that moment.

Sunday, April 07, 2019

Snack Break

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Here's another one from San Francisco. It ALSO came from a terrible reference. The lady was mostly ok, but the background was ick, and her bags were ... awkward. I was emboldened by my last one, so I decided just to go for it.

Saturday, April 06, 2019

Waiting in the Cold

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This is another old one, also from San Francisco. The reference photo was terrible, but I always loved these ladies all scrunched up on the bench. So I completely changed the background. It was a total experiment, but I think it worked out.

Friday, April 05, 2019

The Shadow Knows

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This happens every year at about this time - I start feeling desperate for new reference material. And because I can't go on a trip right this minute to collect more, I dug deep into some old files. This one is from a trip I took to San Francisco years ago. It was late afternoon/evening, early spring, and I found this corner where the light was just magical. I stood in the same spot for about 10 minutes and took pictures of all the people walking by. Only a few are paint-worthy, of course. But that's how it goes.

Thursday, April 04, 2019

Looking for Lunch

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I've had this photo for a little while - it's from my first trip to France, a couple years ago. I love the light, but the photo had problems. I really want to paint this larger, so I did this one as a study, experimenting with fixes to the problems. Fortunately they all worked!

I think I've mentioned I've been working on some larger paintings with the idea that eventually I'll get back into galleries. Well, it's happening! I'll have more specifics soon.

Also, I wanted to say that the brushes I mentioned in my last post, the Silver Bristlon's, are synthetic. : )

Wednesday, April 03, 2019

People Watching

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Last summer when I was teaching in France, my students and I would sometimes roam around a market or village taking pictures. Here I captured one of my students capturing the same scene that appealed to me.

Meanwhile, I got an email today asking me to talk about the brushes I use. To the right is a big jar filled with brushes I have acquired over the years (bought or been given). It looks nice on my table, and I do use some of them once in a while.

But these are my workhorse brushes (for my small paintings). They are all Silver Bristlon. The smallest is a filbert, the rest are brights. The filbert is a size 2 (I use it for drawing). The brights are sizes 4, 6 and 8. I use the different sizes based on the size of the stroke I want to make.

I replace each of these about once a month, when the bristles start to splay and I can't get crisp edges anymore. But I paint 4-8 hours a day, at least 5 days a week, which I call heavy use. I paint on Ampersand Gessobord panels - these brushes work very well on this surface. If I worked on canvas, I might use something different. Rosemary makes a brush called Ivory that is pretty much identical to mine. Let me know if you have any questions. : )

Tuesday, April 02, 2019