Saturday, October 3, 2015

Big Island Cove

Big Island Cove                  10" x 10"            oil 

The 'big island' of Hawaii is the scene for another beachy painting. The soft greens of these lush mountains came into view as we drove around a bend in the road. While the photo I used is from a few years back, I remember the scene well. I debated whether to put in the figures on the beach, but  added them for scale and just the tiniest sparks of contrasting color.
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Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Beach Walking

Beach Walking                10" x 8"         oil

This one is from the beach in Oceanside, Ca. This kid ran, walked and stomped up and down the sand like he owned it! He seemed to thoroughly enjoy a great escape into a world of his own making, 

 Once again, I used a limited palette, the same warm variety as in my last post. The harmony created is so helpful in all stages of a painting

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Monday, September 21, 2015

Coral Bouquet

Coral Bouquet                      8" x 10"                  oil on linen

Life gets so crazy busy sometimes and I find myself neglecting my blog, which is frustrating but I know is a familiar lament for many of us from time to time. I am painting, for some commissioned work and also busy with a bit of travel and family obligations. 

Today though, I took a second look at a painting that I was never quite happy with. The color was lifeless and I couldn't see the resolution. When I am in a bind like that, it helps me to use a limited palette to bring cohesion back to the work. I used cad. lemon, cad yellow dark, cad. red light, alizarin crimson,ultramarine blue and white. Then, I just concentrated on warm and cool  'pieces' of color to create interest. Much better!
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Saturday, September 5, 2015

Evening Sky

Evening Sky                        oil on linen                         9" x 9"
Got my head back into a little color today and painted this simple evening sky and water landscape.

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Sunday, August 23, 2015

Changing Flies

Changing Flies  oil   24" x 12"

Changing Flies    - detail

I've been working with commissions and other projects for awhile but did get time for this enlargement of a smaller work that has long since sold. I always enjoy working with water reflections and this different format. This one is on a deep edge canvas with the painting extending onto the edges.
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Tuesday, July 28, 2015


     Biscotti                                   oil on linen                     9" x 9"

Today another still life, but this one from a photo of about a week ago at a local place. Yesterday's post "Flow Blue With Pitcher" was painted from life, Next time I do so, I will try to remember to take a picture before I take it apart!

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Monday, July 27, 2015

Flow Blue With Pitcher

Flow Blue With Pitcher                 12" x 16"                      oil

I had time to work with a still life today. This is a set up using several pieces that were my Mom's. She loved deep blues, and pinks, and gold tones and .... ok, she just loved color!  I'm sure that's where I get my own love of color. The name  'flow blue' is from the blue glaze that blurred or 'flowed' during the firing process. It's lovely and I along with my sisters have several pieces from her collection
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Sunday, July 19, 2015

Basque Dancer II

    Basque Dancer II   18" x 14"  oil

Basque Dancer II  - detail
I finally had a chance to finish this painting today. I worked with blending some edges, and using more opaque paint in the build up around the face and background. It's always interesting to come back to a work after some time. Every time I walked into my studio for the last few weeks, I'd think a little about how to resolve certain areas and finish. By the time I sat down today, it was mapped out in my head pretty well. It worked for this one anyway!

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Thursday, July 16, 2015

Cattle Shadows

Cattle Shadows                          8" x 10"                              oil

Still have the Bighorn river on my mind with these cattle at the river's edge. They were no doubt seeking a little  relief from the hot day and what feels better than wading to cool off the tootsies?

 I blocked in all the shadow areas in a thin mix of pink and coral tones, then drew the shapes and worked with thicker paint right over it all. I used walnut oil on this one, to loosen up the paint a bit. I just put a little puddle on the corner of my palette and dip into it periodically. It's best when I don't use too much, It can get a little too slippery and  does increase drying time otherwise. On the other hand, I like the consistency which is slightly thicker than OMS, but not sticky. 

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Sunday, July 12, 2015

Trio - Bighorn Cottonwoods

   Trio                               oil on linen panel                     8" x 10"  

I'm always attracted to the wonderful variety of shapes in Cottonwood trees, especially old ones like this stand I saw along the Bighorn river. It reminds me that I have not taken advantage of painting along the many beautiful areas along the Boise river since we've been here. It's banks are filled with old growth and beautiful pathways. What is it about getting away that opens ones eyes? 

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Saturday, July 11, 2015

Horn's Pond - Northern Woodlands magazine

Horn's Pond                         9" x 12"                       oil on linen

Here's one that a little different. I was contacted last week by Northern Woodlands magazine in Vermont, to do an illustration for a short essay. It's  about two friends going fly fishing and their experience and enjoyment of the day and surroundings. It will publish in September, and the design will use a cropped version. They were great to work with and I look forward to seeing it.

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Thursday, July 9, 2015

Ready To Roll - hay bales, Montana

Ready To Roll                       oil on linen                 8" x 10"
So what else did we see in Montana? Field after field of hay bales under blue skies and quite a green landscape. We had two evenings of rain during the time we were there and it provided wonderful relief from the hot days. I always like the patterns of the mowed hay. It provides great line that helps you point toward and away from various elements. In this case, I used the tilt of the hillside to give it some interest as well.

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Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Off The Range - fly fishers and cowboys

Off The Range                      10.5" x 10.5"                  oil on linen
We just returned from a week in Montana, where we saw lots of cowboys, fly fishers and also several cowboy fly fishers. Here's one taking a day off from ranch duties to bring one in on the Big Horn river.  I look forward to catching up with other artist blogs and seeing what everyone is up to in the world of painting and creating. 

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Saturday, June 27, 2015

First Day Out- hens and chicks

First Day Out                       8" x 10"               oil on linen panel
I love painting hens and chicks and it's been way too long. The colors and animation they provide while running round the farmyard (or backyard) are endless. These two were actually from a pic I took in Hayden long ago. I did spark up that patch of light behind the two as it gave them a little compositional path to follow. 

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Sunday, June 21, 2015

Right There!

"Right There!"                         oil on linen                10" x 10"

This is from Belize, where my husband has fished with friends, several times. I'm told that seeing the fish is one of the most challenging aspects, as they seem to 'hide in plain sight'. An expert guide is invaluable to the day's success....... pointing out schools of silvery Bonefish that you'll otherwise miss.

My painting process was to first do a loose drawing with a small filbert and umber paint.
 I concentrated on shapes and placement of the figures, then went into the sky and water with broad areas of color. Edges were last, where I softened them throughout the painting and left the most contrast around our action figure pointing out the day's catch.

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Saturday, June 20, 2015

Unknown Horizon

Unknown Horizon                     8 x 10"                  oil on linen

I am painting again  ...... and today this quote expresses the best strategy for me to move forward through a tough time. Be well.....

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Friday, May 29, 2015

Basque Dancer II,and a Break from Blogging

Basque Dancer II        16"x 14"      oil

I have been called away to help out a family member with some health matters, but hope to return soon. This is the latest painting I've been working on and while it's not quite finished, I decided to share it for now. Until I am able to return to blogging and my easel ... happy painting!

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Sunday, May 10, 2015

Streamside Conversation

Streamside Conversation          10.5" x 10.5"          oil
I'll keep this one very short as the keyboard on my laptop is broken and I have to type things repeatedly to get it to work.(new one ordered) Here's todays effort and hoping everyone's Mother's Day was a nice one. 

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Tuesday, May 5, 2015

A Day In Victoria

A Day In Victoria              10" x 8"              oil  
This is part of the beautiful and expansive BC Provincial Legislature building complex in Victoria British Columbia. There are wonderful park grounds all around and it is right next to the harbor and many gorgeous city sites. Can't wait to go back some day!

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Sunday, May 3, 2015

Catching Gold

Catching Gold              10" x 8"                 oil
This one is about the late day light on the water. I used a photo taken long ago, but I still remember the striking light reflections of gold from the day's end. 

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