Sunday, June 22, 2014
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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!
Tuesday, June 17, 2014
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!
Wednesday, June 04, 2014
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This is a little plein air sketch I did recently in Mary's garden. It was a little flight of stairs through some Rhododendrons and Azaleas. It took like 20 minutes, and I think of it more as a sketch than anything. so I am starting the bidding at $1. Actually, now that I'm looking at it again, it might work better as a little horizontal - with the bottom cut off. If the winner would like that, my husband can make it happen with the table saw. Just let me know.
Oh, and we are leaving for Germany in one week, for 3 weeks, so any paintings I sell for the rest of this month won't be shipped until July. I apologize for the inconvenience!
Thursday, May 29, 2014
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Quick - what genre is this painting? Is it architecture? Floral? Transportation (because of the car)? My husband couldn't help me here either. Oh well. I took the photo for this one on my recent walk around Eugene. I'm really proud of the flower patch. I guess that's why I finally picked floral as the genre.
Friday, February 28, 2014
I dug deeeep into my image files to find the reference for this one. My husband and I took a trip to Seattle soon after we got married (almost 14 years ago). We spent part of the trip wandering around downtown, exploring, me taking pictures. This one came from the area where the galleries are kept (not sure exactly where now, maybe Pioneer Square?). At any rate, I'm sure I was taken by the dapples then, and they spoke to me again yesterday when I painted this.
Monday, January 13, 2014
Sunday, January 05, 2014
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I have a confession. I'm never happy with my flowers as I'm painting them. But then I stand back and suddenly all the bits and pieces come together to form a 3-dimensional thing. Magic.
Sunday, September 22, 2013
Summer is over, officially, and it's definitely feeling like it here in Eugene, but I'm clinging on by painting sunflowers and lemons. By the way, this is my favorite of this sunflower series. I was trying to do darker backgrounds for contrast against the light petals, but really the lighter background is my favorite.
Thursday, September 19, 2013
These flowers were in my spendy bouquet, so I thought I'd give them a go (not one to waste). I think they're called spider flowers? Anyway, I wasn't quite sure how to paint them, so I did my regular - squinted and painted what I saw.
Tuesday, September 17, 2013
You can see I'm trying to get the most out of these sunflowers! But they're still holding up. Maybe next year I should grow some myself. Duh.
Monday, September 16, 2013
Here are two more of my spendy sunflowers, along with a red vase from the thrift store. I've painted the vase once before, from above. Glass depends entirely on the little subtle shifts, and most importantly, the highlights! If you over-do/exaggerate any of it, it ceases to look like glass, in my experience.
Sunday, August 18, 2013
My friend Raymond Logan recently said to me, "The landscape (and photography) serves you, you do not serve the landscape." I've been told this before, but it finally sunk in this time (thanks, Raymond!), and I changed the scene from what I saw in the photo. Actually it was a pretty boring photo, so I am positively thrilled with how it turned out!
We are home from Texas and I am rarin' to paint tomorrow. Can't wait to experiment with more photos!
Thursday, May 30, 2013
Believe it or not, we are going camping again this weekend, this time with 3 other families, into the mountains, near hot springs. I know, what a sad, dreary life we lead! But I am coming back early because I have a hot date. : ) No, I am not cheating on my husband. My friend Sarah and I are attending the grand opening of a new gallery in town, Gallery at the Watershed. Her work is hanging there, along with a couple of our Portland friends. It will be a grand party, so if you're around, please drop by! Sat @ 6pm.
Wednesday, May 29, 2013
The thing about these lilies is that each one wanted to be a star. It was incredibly difficult to pose them so they worked together. They are not team players.
Tuesday, May 28, 2013
I snatched these gorgeous flowers from the yard of a new Eugene friend/artist, Rogene. They were harder to arrange and to paint than I thought they would be. The shapes are delicate and subtle. I'll try them again tomorrow.
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Sarah suggested I hold a contest and ask for ideas, and give free t-shirts out to the top 3 idea-givers. So if you have an idea for what a t-shirt might say, please email me, or comment on this post. I will pick my favorite(s) and design one that will be available to all. My humblest thank you in advance!!
Monday, May 20, 2013
I posted a reference photo and a couple of process shots for this painting on my Facebook page. I am having a lovely time painting these roses but they are about done for. While I was in Portland I spent about 2 hours poking around the rose garden, so I'll have more close-up rose paintings very soon. I think I'll be sending a special thank you to the rose garden people in Portland and Eugene very soon!
Thursday, April 25, 2013
I am back from my workshop in San Francisco and ready to report! First of all, the space was a dream! It was held at the Friend's School in the Mission District, and we had plenty of room and (ahem) skylights, which were awesome. Honestly I forgot to take pictures until the last day, and I missed a few who left early, so our room looks less than full here:
We scampered around San Francisco for 2 half days, and painted the rest of the time. My kids were a great bunch, though a couple of them did pressure me to drink a little too much wine on more than one occasion. Peer pressure, I tell you, it's strong. Here are most of them:
I stayed in town through the weekend, visiting/hiking/eating/pedicuring with my good friend Randi, and then headed back to the school on Monday to give a presentation to the 8th graders about our workshop and all the cool things my kids painted. Even though I am terrified of 8th graders (I am embarrassed to admit) I somehow made it out alive and home on Tuesday. Since then I've been recuperating, catching up on email, hanging with the family, etc.
Thursday, April 11, 2013
Often I will go to the grocery store and buy a bunch of props to use, and then feel guilty if I don't paint them for as long as they stay fresh, even if I get sick of them before then. Lately I have tried to ignore that guilt and be a bit more spontaneous with what I paint. I saw these flowers on a walk, picked them, and painted them right away. No thinking about it. No glancing at the apples still in a bowl in my studio.
Sunday, April 07, 2013
Here is my entry for this week's Daily Paintworks Challenge. It's been a while since I did one, but the photo is one of mine from San Francisco, and I wanted to paint it anyway. It was real challenge making the flowers look like some were in the sun and some in shadow, but I'm really happy with the result.