Tuesday, August 16, 2022

Fresh From the Garden


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Ok, I'm lying, these are not from my garden. I happen to be one of those people without a speck of a green thumb. I can grow mint in droves (yes, I know that's not an accomplishment), but not much else . However my mother is blessed and I ate many a cherry tomato straight out of the garden when I was growing up. So we'll just pretend.

Monday, August 15, 2022

Saturday, August 13, 2022

Five Servings


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I've been trying to get myself to paint a few different things lately. And it's made me realize why I don't normally choose them. Because they're HARD!

Thursday, August 11, 2022

What Now?

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Here's another quick video - 21 seconds. It's kinda crazy to boil a painting that took probably 3 hours to create down to this tiny little thing.

Tuesday, August 09, 2022

Not Enough Spoons


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Putting a still life on a reflective surface more than doubles the complexity of the painting, I swear. What's crazy is that I do this to myself!

Sunday, August 07, 2022

Saturday, August 06, 2022

The Fabulous Five


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One of my favorite things is when I can sneak a lost edge into a painting. If you look you will see that the color of the top of the spoon handle melts right into the shadow cast by the red cup. There are a few others as well, but that is the one that makes me the happiest. : )

Friday, August 05, 2022

Temerarious Tomatoes


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I could have also called this "adventurous tomatoes," but somehow that didn't sound as good. Yes, I found the word "temerarious" in the thesaurus. But it means about the same thing, and now you know. : )

Monday, August 01, 2022



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I can't stop seeing this painting as a flag. I don't know why. I guess it's the way the paper is arranged? So I've decided that if Cantelopeland had a flag, this would be it.

Sunday, July 31, 2022

Wake Up It's Time for Bed


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This is not my dog, but it reminds me of every dog I've had in that it spends most of the time napping. I can't tell you how many times we've said, "Wake up, it's time for bed." Funny every time.

Friday, July 29, 2022

Mom, Billy's Touching Me


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This reminds me of being a kid and stuffed into the back of a car. We were all inevitably touching, but one person always got upset about it.

Monday, July 25, 2022

See Through Three

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There is a junk/antique store in downtown Missoula that has all its glass treasures in the front window. We walk by all the time and it is by far my favorite window shopping ever! The bottle on the right is my latest purchase.

Sunday, July 24, 2022

Wayward Wolf


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I have made a lot of progress on my online tutorial about painting animals! I'm really excited about how it's going. I've also been working on some other fun little things that I'm going to start posting on Instagram soon. Here's a link to me there.

Thursday, July 21, 2022

Time for a Swim


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Many thanks to my buddy Paul for the title idea. : )

On a side note - after my recent palette post I got a few comments/questions about gray palettes, and why I don't use one. It is my opinion that the color of one's palette (and most other things in art) are purely a matter of preference. I have used a white palette for many years and am used to it. I have tried gray before (after someone assured me it would help in mixing values) but since I wasn't used to it, I had an extremely hard time adjusting. I'm sure if I had kept on using it, I could have managed, but honestly I happen to like comparing my values to white - it helps especially with lighter values. It seems to me no matter what you use it will help with something, and not help with other things. Just like in life - there is no right or wrong - just consequences.

Wednesday, July 20, 2022

Drawn to the Tiny Dish


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My husband found this tiny little glass dish/bowl thing, and now that I've painted it I'm afraid no one will know what it is. So I put it in the title. 😬 (heh heh)

I have a new palette situation that is as close to palette nirvana as I think I'm going to get. From a local glass store, I ordered a sheet of Starfire (completely clear), 1/4 in thick glass (12x36 in), with polished edges (so they aren't sharp). It cost me $68. I painted the backside with 2 layers of white gesso, put little rubber feet on it (so it doesn't move when I clean it), and installed it on top of my taboret/tool chest thingie.

The last few palettes I had quickly got all scratched up and ugly. Even though I didn't think metal should scratch it, both the metal scraper I used to clean up the paint AND my palette knives (I think mostly the latter) scratched it just sometimes, but enough to make it a total pain to clean. So now I use this plastic thing (cheap from Home Depot) to scrape up all my paint mixes after a painting. And it works real good. As long as I always do it after every painting.

Once I've got most of the paint off, I use a paper towel to clean up the rest, re-folding it multiple times to get every bit of paint off. Sometimes the main piles can get a little dried on if they sit for a while, so I use my metal scraper ever so carefully, and so far, no scratches.

When I want to use my palette knives, I use them only on a paper palette that I keep handy. I tried plastic knives but they were pretty lame.

The only downside, as you can maybe see from the first picture, is that this palette isn't as bright a white as the paper palette, and I have to keep that in mind for my values when I'm mixing. I'm sure I'll get used to it quickly. Because I adore starting each day with a completely clean, beautiful palette. It makes me so happy. 😃

Tuesday, July 19, 2022

Tall Shot, Small Shot


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Here's a silly one, but I couldn't resist. It's got a bell bottom butt crack. : )

Monday, July 18, 2022

Between Pads


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I did this one a while ago and entered it into a local show. I don't normally frame my work, but because it was going in a show I started looking around for a floating frame, and I wanted it to be nice. I finally found the perfect one online but it was going to cost well over $100 for this little painting. My husband said - no way, I'll make you one.

So we went to the fancy wood store and found this gorgeous piece of sycamore, and he made a frame with the exact dimensions as the one online. He put a simple, non-glossy finish on it, and I think it compliments the painting perfectly.

Gotta love a handy hubby!

Friday, July 15, 2022

Tomatoes on Parade


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I guess I kinda went to town with these tomatoes and the yellow bell. Here are all my tomato paintings to date, in case you're interested. And a few bell peppers.