Saturday, July 19, 2014

Another Breezy Beach Day

Another Breezy Beach Day          oil on linen         7" x 10"
Today I hid my 'to do' list and did not allow anything to get in the way of breaking out the paints! Yay! I didn't allow unpacking, cleaning, shopping, home decor or any of the other myriad of 'necessities' to creep in. Ok, I did do a load of laundry and cleaned brushes, but a nice little chunk of time went to thinking about the many blue hues of the beaches of Hawaii. This is from a past trip and it was  lovely way to take an afternoon vacation.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Imagination Land

Imagination Land                         oil                         6" x 6"
Who knows why a particular image comes to mind? I've been looking for the photo this is based on for awhile and just couldn't come up with it for love nor money. So, I resorted to working from my imagination on this one and enjoyed the change. The salmon pink sky and reflection in the water in from a late summer, memory here in Eagle.

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Sunday, July 6, 2014

Canyon Shapes

Canyon Shapes            11" x 14"           oil on linen panel
This is Box Canyon again from our trip to Fort Smith, Montana and the Big Hole River. The drama of the big shapes are always intriguing and they can change dramatically at every turn.
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Sunday, June 29, 2014

Garden Wall

Garden Wall          oil       10" x 8"
This is from the garden tour again and a more typical view from one of the smaller gardens. It had small corners and little walls that were ingeniously placed and making areas of flowers and paths seem larger than they were. Amazing what good design of a space can do.

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Thursday, June 26, 2014

Cabbages - a little color from the garden tour

Cabbages                   oil on linen panel                 6"x 8"
Not a very catchy title I know, but it's one of the many plants, flowers and garden art that caught my eye last weekend on the Boise Garden Tour. There are so many lovely violets and greens in the leaves and I pushed them all just a bit. 

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Monday, June 16, 2014

Water Collage

Water Collage   
No painting today, but I put together a collage of some of my water works just for fun. Click any of the corresponding numbers below to see each image in full.

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Saturday, June 14, 2014

Afternoon Off

Afternoon Off            7" x 9"            oil on linen panel
Like this guy, I took an afternoon off, only for me it was to paint. Unpacking boxes and trying to figure and fit everything into new places can be exhausting for all the decision making. Painting is a lot of decision making too, but I certainly needed the switch into a different world of color and shapes.
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Sunday, June 8, 2014

Still Watchful

Still Watchful                  9" x 12"                oil on linen panel
In my last post before starting the crazy busy process of moving, I posted "Watchful" showing this pair with their new family. Now one month later, here they are again as they appeared in our backyard a couple days ago with their gawky 'teenagers'. I thought it would be fun to begin again where I left off, with everything both familiar and different. This group is going in all directions, just like we are on most days. The move and unpacking are progressing but I look in one box, get distracted by something else and........... head off in a different direction! 
I count it as great progress that I'm painting again... Yay!

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Monday, May 26, 2014

Unpacking In Eagle, Idaho and OPA Acceptance!

Alicia In Basque Dress   18" x 14"  oil on linen panel
We have made the move and are now in Eagle, Idaho. While we have been unpacking and trying to get re-organised, I got some nice news that this painting of my niece was accepted into the 
Oil Painters of America Western Regional show in Carmel, CA so I'm thankful and happy about that as well. She has always been a good model for me and fun to paint....thanks Alicia!

On the business side of things, PayPal links have been restored on my website and I am up and running once again. I appreciate those of you who've put works on hold and have been patient during this crazy bit of time. Thank you!
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Sunday, May 11, 2014

A Painting Break While We Move - packing, packing, packing.........

The Perfect Cup      6" x 8"       oil on linen
I will be taking about a three week break while we are moving and things are crazy busy! We are looking forward to the new adventure, but finding time to paint will be impossible for what I am estimating to be about three weeks. At least that's what I'm telling myself, though I hope to make it back to the easel sooner. Meanwhile I am also disabling my website PayPal links as of Monday during this time. If you have questions on a particular painting, or would like to put one on hold, just email me. I'll be back to painting and in business just as soon as I can! See ya' then :)

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Monday, May 5, 2014

Watchful - Geese with Goslings

Watchful         10" x 8"          oil on panel
We are back from a visit to Eagle, Idaho and I caught a few pictures of these geese with their darling new goslings. There were six total, but I just used the one for this composition. As the little ones ran here and there, the parents stayed close..... a really sweet scene repeated over and over. The grass near the pond edge is thick with all the wonderful lush spring green colors you'd expect. Really fun!

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Saturday, April 26, 2014

Desert Ochre

Desert Ochre             oil on linen panel               6" x 8"

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Thursday, April 24, 2014

Pocket Water

Pocket Water       oil/linen panel         9" x 7"
I have a pretty active scene here and used the fallen trees, angle of the water and the vertical figure to create a flow around and through the composition. Edges were mostly soft or lost, but I kept hard edges around the figure. The title comes from water created by lots of rocks and tumbling current, creating pockets where fish hide.

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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Roses and FASO's Boldbrush Fav 15%

Rose Garden              9" x 8"              oil on panel
I got a nice email from today letting me know that my painting  White Roses had been selected as part of the Fav 15% in FASO's March Boldbrush painting competition. Thanks FASO! It's one of my favorites too and I was inspired to paint more roses today. These are from the lovely Butchart Gardens in Victoria B.C.

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Friday, April 18, 2014

A Single Tulip - Happy Easter!

Single Tulip 16" x 5" panel

Wishing you all a very fine weekend & a
 Happy Easter!

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Above Avery , fly fishing on the St. Joe river

Above Avery              7" x 7"               oil on linen panel
Avery, Idaho is on the St. Joe river. On a day like this one, it's just one sparkling turn after another as you wind your way along the road that follows it. I took this photo of my husband at least a year or so ago, but in the way of revisiting images, today it just said 'paint me'!

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Sunday, April 13, 2014

Big Red

Big Red            10" x 8"       oil on linen panel
The beautiful red rocks on the Owyhee river are the focus in this one instead of a fisherman. I worked at getting the form to be massive in it's presence and turn the shapes with the correct values. In addition, I used the patch of light on the little spring green hillside to bring the eye down into the river and then back up again to the big silhouette against the sky. 

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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Breezy Beach Day

Breezy Beach Day                                  6" x 12"                                           oil on linen panel
Here's a beach scene for those of you longing for sunny days. This was from a picture I took in Hawaii on one of their perfect spring days.
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Tuesday, April 8, 2014


Waterfall               9" x 6"          oil
This is another pretty view in Glacier Park. I found some time to paint today and warmed the rocks into more orange and sienna color as a counterpoint to the blues. I've been working on L600 linen from New Traditions and really like the smooth surface that isn't too slippery. Their customer service is always great too!

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Saturday, April 5, 2014

Early Spring On The Owyhee River

Early Spring On The Owyhee   8" x 8"      oil 
I'm back, and it was good to visit with family and get a new perspective on things elsewhere. It's also good to get caught up enough to paint! Oh my.... I have missed sliding paint around and using color! My husband was fishing with a friend on the Owyhee river in Oregon and brought back some inspiring images that had me thinking of  in terms of cool blues and early spring color in the grasses. 

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