Monday, July 21, 2014

Red Chucks

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I was very happy to find these shoes the other day at Goodwill. I had some pink ones when I was a kid. They were awesome. As for painting them, the laces were especially fun/challenging!

I have been painting less the last few days because we've had a visit from our granddaughter (Nina) and family - unfortunately leaving in the morning. : (

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Wood in a Jar

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I brought all of these wooden implements back with me from Germany. I had them sitting in my studio in this jar, waiting to be fit into the kitchen somewhere, when somehow they made their way into my painting. Sneaky buggers.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Light and Cups

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I was lying on the couch in my studio yesterday, staring up at my still life shelves with abandon. Suddenly I had an inspiration and raced to put this together! I love it when that happens. I think I'll take to lying on the couch more often.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Lunch in Germany

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Above is a painting I did from a reference photo I took in Germany. Honestly, I forget the name of the town. All I remember is that it was really hard to pronounce!

To the right are a few pictures from our backpacking trip this last weekend. My husband and I joined Leigh and Terry Sparks for 2 wonderful days in the Cascades! We found the most ridiculously beautiful spot to set up camp, right on Crescent Lake. You can see both the sun-rise and -set, as well as a photo of the boys cooking our dinner (while Leigh and I sat with our feet in the water, drinking wine!). Today Terry is back to hiking the entire PCT (from Mexico to Canada), where he averages 35 miles a day! He was really slumming it with us and our meager 25 miles over 2 days. Because of that, I am quite embarrassed to say we are still sore from the hiking. Oh.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Cow Crowd

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My workshop last week went really well. Besides being periodically covered in paint, my kids behaved themselves quite well, and painted even better. I completely forgot to take pictures until the last day, and only got a few.

Being that it was an advanced workshop, we tackled some difficult subjects: white, flowers, reflections on a glass surface, flowers and metal. They also spent one day working on a larger still life painting.

Right after the workshop I had a little adventure in backpacking, which I will post about soon. Meanwhile, here is my group of cute kiddies from this last workshop, below. Y'all were great!

ps. The cow painting above is another from Germany...

Sunday, July 06, 2014

Art Lovers

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It was always just a matter of time before I painted this subject (people looking at art)! I know everyone does it, but really it's pretty perfect. The photo for this one was taken at the MFA in Boston earlier this year.

Tomorrow is the first day of my 5-day advanced workshop here in Oregon, so I probably won't post until that's done. I'm looking forward to this batch of kids!

Friday, July 04, 2014

Curious Cows

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As promised, here are a few of the cows I photographed and painted in Germany. These gals were so curious about me. Whenever I walked into their field they rushed over to see what I was about. Then, when they were about 10 feet away, they stopped and stared. After a while they got bored and started looking for things to eat again.

Thursday, July 03, 2014

Little House

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We have survived another international flight! Yes, we are home from Germany and catching up with our lives. It's always nice coming home.

This is another little painting I did while in Germany, though the photo reference was from here in Eugene. At home now I'm doing still life again in preparation for my advanced workshop coming up next week.

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Three Trees

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This is another plein air landscape from here in Germany that I'm happy with. I've been working on trees, and the whole tree/sky transition. The thing that is SO different about plein air from still life is - with still life I do all the editing in real life (move the apple here, turn it around, etc. until it looks good) but outside I must make up a better scene out of my head ... but then I have nothing to refer back to. Does that make sense? Ugh.

Tomorrow we head to Stuttgart for a couple of days, and then fly home on Tuesday. I don't know what kind of wifi we'll have for the rest of the trip, so even though I am ahead with my paintings, I may not post again until Wednesday.

Friday, June 27, 2014

The Top Spot

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I took the photo for this one at the Eugene Saturday Market. The background was super busy so I played around with the photo in Photoshop before I painted it, trying out different colors and values. I'm pretty happy with the result.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Blue Blue

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I've had the photo for this one for a while. I took it in Eugene, OR, a few blocks down from my son's school. I pass by this house often and (when the sun shines) am always enchanted by the slant of the porch shadow and the shades of blue and more blue.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Horse Path

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I've decided to only post my very favorite landscapes. Even though I've done a bit of plein air work before, it's always been few and far between, so really, in the end, not much. I still consider myself a beginner. And most of the time they don't work out (I've done quite a few bad ones this trip!). And, this is stupid, but if I consider my time "valuable" or whatever (ha!), then I feel really terrible every time I make the effort to go outside and the result is fairly bad or worse. So in order to keep going with this, I have to think of it this way - I must do my 500 bad paintings before I get to the real ones, in this particular subject. I've probably done - what - about 100 so far, in my life? So I've got 400 left to go. Probably there will be some ok ones along the way, and I'll post those. This is one of them. I like it. This is all fyi.

So ok, about this painting. It was the first day we've had here in Germany without any clouds. I zoomed out to the field behind the house right after breakfast. My mother-in-law was nice enough to put the horses in the bottom field so they wouldn't come and bother me. I loved the shadow being cast by the trees behind me, the yellow flower patches on the hill, and the distant hill poking through the trees.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Billy Goat

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This is another from one of Bren's photos. Every year she takes a bunch of photos of animals at a place in Maine, and recently she let me "borrow" a few. Someday soon I hope to take some myself in Oregon. Meanwhile, here in Germany, I have taken ... oh ... about 800 photos of cows, and will have a few paintings from them soon.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Bob's House

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This is Bob's house. Bob is a retired janitor. His wife died last year of cancer. Bob takes a walk every day with his dog, Anchor. Anchor is old and slow and that works well for Bob, especially going up and down the steps. I haven't met Bob, but I hear he's a nice guy.

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Curious Roses

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This is a scene from Eugene, OR, a distant memory now (we are in Germany for one more week). The roses were just starting to bloom when we left, and these two seemed to be eagerly peeping in through the window. I wonder what was going on in there!

Saturday, June 21, 2014

What's For Lunch?

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I got the photo for this one from my lovely friend, Bren. It reminds me of the time she and I were having a picnic at Schoodic Point in Maine. Every time we wandered away from our food to take pictures, a very eager seagull would try to eat our food and we would have to chase it away. Crazy birds!

Friday, June 20, 2014

Got My Eye On You

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Although I painted this is Germany, it is not actually a German chicken. I took the photo for this back in Oregon, right after I painted Mary's garden. I didn't mention it at the time, but while I painted, this lady above, and all her hen friends, were making tons of noises, some quite funny. We had chickens when I was growing up, so I was familiar with them, but they still made me laugh. Are they talking to each other? Are they commenting on each bug they find to eat? Or are they simply muttering to themselves?

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

The Red Bucket

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This was a little moment in front of a cafe in NYC. What is the purpose of the red bucket? I have no clue, but it looks good there.

I am still painting away in Germany, but have wiped off half my landscapes so far. Plein air is HARD! This morning, after a particularly terrible attempt, I had to sit down and cry a little before I could go on. I think I'll do that more often, as the next two paintings weren't half bad. : )

To the right is a quick little bonus study that I'm starting at $1. bid here

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

In Das Feld (In the Feild)

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Yesterday I had the pleasure of doing some plein air painting with German daily painter, Dietmar Stiller, from Hanover. It was a lovely day, so we hiked up into the field behind my mother-in-law's house. While we painted, my husband and Dietmar's wife chatted and took some pictures. It was a beautiful day, and they were both great company. I suppose they liked us too because they invited us to visit them in Hanover next time we are in Germany! Here's to new friends!

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Pretty Woman

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A stylish couple in New York City, posted by this artist (me) from many miles and an ocean away. We made it to Germany and have just about recovered from jet lag. I have done a tiny bit of plein air painting here so far, but the clouds have been working against me. Probably that is just an excuse, but I am going to stick with it. : )