Saturday, December 07, 2019


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And sunflowers! Big ones. Click on the detail picture (right) to enlarge closeups and the (optional) frame. It's REALLY tough to take accurate pictures of big paintings, and I just want to say this one looks way better in person!

For these larger paintings, (in case you missed my other posts) I'm selling them for a fixed price, with free shipping. I'll box them up in a way that it would be very easy to return (within 30 days) if it arrives and you find it doesn't work in your space. The only investment you make is shipping one way, I'll pay the rest. Please note that the surface is my usual Ampersand gessobord, which is 1/8in. thick. Here's about how it would look a the wall, framed.

Thursday, December 05, 2019

Rainbow Cups

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Unfortunately not having a lot of time for painting leads to some very frustrating sessions. Every time I'm able to paint for a few hours, I am not only usually a little rushed, I feel like I've forgotten everything I know. I've been wiping more than I've been keeping. But I'd still rather paint than not. I'll be SOOO happy when I am settled into my new studio and have regular hours again!! Here's one I didn't wipe.

Friday, November 29, 2019

Obscuring Yellow

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I find as I paint more and more, I see more and more. That can be both good and bad, in my opinion. The good is maybe obvious? The bad is that I tend to see (and try to add) too much detail. So I'm really forcing myself lately to suggest as much as possible. After all, as my friend Jill Carver says, "I'd rather paint a poem rather than a dissertation."

Thursday, November 28, 2019

A Leaf Nap

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First of all, Happy Thanksgiving! I am eternally grateful for your ongoing support. I couldn't do this without you. Really. I have the best job in the world, because of you. Thank you. đŸ’—

Since I've gotten a little behind with posting lately, I thought I'd show you another big one. I have a few of these leaf paintings done, and many more envisioned. And I'm excited to have all NEW leaves to paint when I get to Montana! There's lots of texture on this one. Make sure you enlarge the detail pictures to see it up close.

The frame is optional, and I'm selling it at my cost: $300. I have never loved a frame so much as this one. It is even more gorgeous in person.

Unfortunately, unless you are willing to pay a small fortune for shipping, I can no longer sell these larger paintings outside the US. I learned this very expensive lesson when I shipped the first one to Switzerland. Ouch.

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

One Down

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I've already started packing up parts of my studio - the parts I don't think I'll need before we move. Among the things remaining are my most often used still life props, including most of the glass bottles. The clear one here is a new addition, (something I'm trying NOT to do) from my stepdaughter. I don't know why it appealed to me so much - something about the way things look through it. The glass is just a little wavy.

Sunday, November 24, 2019

Grandma's Little Red Bowl


My Grandma gave me this little, red, glass bowl a while back, and I have enjoyed adding it to various compositions. Every time I do I think about her and it makes me smile. I've been thinking about her a lot this week, so naturally the bowl found its way in. I love you, Grandma. We're all with you.

Friday, November 22, 2019

She Shrugs

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I spent the entire day today shipping books. A big thank you to all who purchased the last of my little books - they are all gone, yay!

I did this painting a few days ago, when I had a moment, between all the work getting our house ready to sell. It's from a market in Ăœberlingen, Germany. The gal on the right was holding a white, wadded up something-or-other, and when I massed it in, it sort of looked like a teacup, so I ran with it. I think it works. But what I'm especially proud of is - ahem - their knees. It's really hard to suggest knees with paint, especially when they are super tiny, and I really like how they turned out.

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Stage Fright

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So, big news - we're moving! The short version is - we went camping in Montana this summer, and ended up deciding to move there. To Missoula, specifically. The plan is to go in the spring, and we have lots of do before then (understatement). In the meantime, not only am I listing some of my larger paintings (with hopes not to have to move them), I'm putting all my remaining books on sale (for the same reason). My plan is to clear them all out, and then start making new books later - maybe collections of particular subjects?

Monday, November 18, 2019

Honeymoon Phase

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I saw a lot of young couples in Florence, presumably honeymooning. These two were particularly cute. I thought it was pretty funny that he was consulting a map. I personally find that men do lots of things in the beginning that they would never do later. I mean, doesn't looking at a map go against some sort of man code? And look at how hard she's having to clamp her hand over her mouth not to say anything about it. : )

Saturday, November 16, 2019

Girls in Dresses

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Well, I woke up this morning to find that my big truck painting already sold - woo!! So I guess I'll continue on with the experiment. But for now, back to some small ones. Here's another one from Florence. I think they dressed up just for this painting. Thank you, girls!

Friday, November 15, 2019

Out to Pasture

sold. (24x30in. - $1700 - optional frame [+$300])

For a few years I've been experimenting on the side with larger paintings, and new techniques. My goal was to build up a body of work and then start getting back into galleries. But (long story short) galleries don't seem to be in the cards for me, right now, so my NEW/old plan is to sell them directly.

But for these larger paintings I am going to try a little experiment:
  1. I will set fixed prices, and shipping will be free (within the US).
  2. I will refund all $ for returns within 30 days - the only thing you pay for is to ship it back to me.
  3. I'll ship them in a box that will make them easy to return, and email you a return label (optional).
  4. I'll use these room pictures to show the approximate size of the painting & frame.
  5. I'll also show closeup images of the painting and the frame (click to enlarge).

The truck I found out in a field in Taos, New Mexico. I was there painting with some friends a few years ago. If I had been alone I probably wouldn't have ventured into the field, but I find I am much braver when I have other artists around me. Fierce, we are.

Thursday, November 14, 2019


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I've been pretty excited about painting this one. But also scared. It was an overcast day, which means lots of subtlety, which is tough. But I'm pretty thrilled with how it turned out.

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

All in a Day's Work

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I've been experimenting lately with changing the background colors of my rose references, to see different options before I paint them. Mostly I'm trying lighter backgrounds, but I find it's the rare rose that looks good against it. This one though ... I thought worked. Maybe it's the bee.

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Monday, November 11, 2019

Yummy Yellow

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A rose is a different kind of animal than any other thing. The light that goes through and bounces around inside the petals is ... well it's pretty darn amazing. Anyway, I can't say it in words, so these paintings will have to do.

Saturday, November 09, 2019

Patchwork Rose

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These roses are SO fun to abstract. The trick is to squint so you don't see the delicate transitions. Once you start to try and achieve delicate with paint, it's all over. For me anyway. I don't do delicate. I only try and suggest it.

Friday, November 08, 2019

Bow to the Rose Queen

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And now for a series of roses. Doesn't this one look dressed up for something fancy? The one behind is clearly her handmaiden.

Wednesday, November 06, 2019

The Gorge

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This one's been sitting in my studio for a while. My husband asked me to keep it, but I really hate keeping paintings - I'm always moving on. So don't tell him. (shh) It's from back in the spring when I went to Hood River with a group of painting gals. The weather was terrible (cold and rainy) but we luckily had a friend with THIS view, from her BIG house windows, and space for about 6 of us to stand inside, cozy and warm, and paint it - lucky us! It's actually a place one can get married, or have other events, so check it out.

Monday, November 04, 2019

Blue Shirt Blue Shorts

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I'm experimenting with leaving some parts of my paintings very sketchy. Unfortunately this one required a lot of, ahem, tuning along the way, and I ended up covering up most of it. But I did manage to leave the darker area to the right of (behind) the man lightly done. Why am I doing this? Might you think more paint is better? What I'm going for is more a VARIETY of paint application, because my lazy self tends to paint everything the same, and I don't necessarily like that. At any rate, I've learned that if I block in my darks first, with thinned paint, and then wipe any lighter bits with a paper towel, this yields very interesting results. Still experimenting...