Monday, September 18, 2017

Cast Away

Cast Away     9" x 12"   oil on panel

This is a fisher from the Lochsa River. It has a bit of an old fashioned or maybe timeless feel to it which I liked. I think it is the slouchy hat and vest which made him look a very comfortable part of his surroundings.

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Sunday, September 17, 2017

Double!


"Double!"      oil      12" x 24"


detail - "Double!"   

Here's another long format painting which I enjoy for variety and a different kind of compositional challenge.  It is on a deep edge canvas which is painted on the edges to allow for framing 'as is' or framing. This is from the Big Horn river in Montana.

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Sunday, September 10, 2017

Creekside Meditation

Creekside Meditation                    oil                 8" x 10"
Here's a look back on a trip to Ennis, Mt. and the surrounding area. This one has some of that fall color I always look forward to!

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Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Solo

Solo                oil on linen                8" x 10"

Back to one of my favorite subjects, apples. I love painting them on branches from random orchard and garden photos I've collected over the years.

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Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Cottage Garden Bouquet

Cottage Garden Bouquet   9" x 12"   oil on linen panel

This bouquet was sitting on a table in the gardener's cottage at the Kylemore Abbey. There were formal gardens as well as smaller garden plots for cuttings and vegetables. The gardener's cottage no longer has anyone living there, but it is set up like a small museum of days gone by. This  arrangement sat on a table across from a peat burning fire and mantle displaying old photos. Another great place to visit if you ever have the opportunity.

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Monday, August 28, 2017

A Connemara Pony in Heather


A Connemara Pony In Heather     oil on linen panel       9" x 12"

The Connemara Pony is a breed that originated in Ireland and known for it's versatility and good nature. We saw many that were white or shades of white and gray and they always looked wonderful surrounded by the lush green fields. The heather was just beginning to bloom and gave us a preview of the blue and red violet color that would soon be all around.
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Thursday, August 24, 2017

Cawdor Castle & Gardens- Scotland


Cawdor Castle & Gardens- Scotland             oil                   11" x 14"

This painting is from Scotland's lovely Cawdor Castle and surrounding gardens not too much of a drive from Inverness. This fairytale castle has all the features we come to think of from illustrations and movies..... corner spires, a drawbridge, moat and massive main structure. The gardens are fabulous as well and it's hard to pick a favorite view.... but this is certainly one of them.

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Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Blue Boats In Galway

Blue Boats In Galway         9" x 12"           oil on linen
Another harbor scene from Ireland drew my eye for it's color and movement. I had fun with thicker paint on this one though it doesn't show too well in this photo. A transparent coral color helped liven up all the blues so that they don't read too cool.
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Saturday, August 12, 2017

Blue Door (Croft House)

Blue Door (Croft House)   9" x 12:"      oil

A croft is a small farm in Ireland or Scotland. We saw many small farms dotting the countrysides and always surrounded by rolling fields of green. We must have seen every possible shade of green under blue and gray skies that changed by the hour. The brightly painted doorways were one of my favorite sights too.
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Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Irish Rose

Irish Rose       9" x 12"      oil

"Irish Rose" There are roses everywhere in the beautiful country of Ireland. And since they're one of my favorites to paint....how could I resist these? 
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Sunday, August 6, 2017

Cahir Castle

Cahir Castle     10" x 8"    oil

This is one of the towers at Cahir Castle in county Tipperary. We visited many castles and beautiful views reminding us of the very real history behind the illustrated books and movies that they've  inspired over the years. I knew this would be a painting on seeing it. 
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Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Galway Harbor

Galway Harbor      8" x 10"       oil on linen panel

Summer is slipping away and this is the first painting I've done from our travels in Ireland. There is beauty everywhere, but the blocks of color in the oceanside town of Galway.caught my eye. We lucked out with the weather and sunny days were on order nearly every day. We had showers, but they were brief and refreshing for the most part. All the towns had bright color that vied for our attention while the landscapes were saturated with every variety of green possible.

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Saturday, July 8, 2017

Italian Jar and Sunflowers

Italian Jar & Sunflowers       2" x 9"      oil

We just returned from a wonderful trip to Ireland and Scotland. I hope to soon have the time to paint from the photos I brought back from the beautiful landscapes there. Meanwhile, this is a painting I finished just before we left, but I ran out of time to post. It is one of my favorite Italian pottery pieces and always competes with any flower I use in it.
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Saturday, June 10, 2017

Sidelight

Sidelight       10 x 8       oil on linen panel

Another floral today from a local garden. 


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Monday, June 5, 2017

Violet Favorites

Violet Favorites       10" x 10"      oil

I can't seem to stay away from painting Hollyhocks for too long. I love the rich color and variety of trumpet shapes that draw me in. This was done on a linen I haven't used for some time. It is acrylic primed and is a very smooth portrait grade. It's very absorbent which I struggle with a bit, but it also allows for very soft edges.
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Sunday, May 28, 2017

Rainier Park Viewpoint

Rainier Park Viewpoint   10" x 10"  oil on panel



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Thursday, May 18, 2017

Paradise

Paradise,  10" x 10",  oil
This one sold before the paint was dry.... nice when it happens that way! It is a beach from a trip to Hawaii with wonderful Hibiscus blossoms everywhere.
I've had more requests for tropical scenes lately and it seems people have their minds on vacation and relaxing places for a little escape.
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Sunday, May 7, 2017

Dogwood

Dogwood            9" x 12"          oil

I just love the red of Dogwood in the landscape. There can be no better contrast for me, than the wonderful reds against a variety of greens. 

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Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Trout Lake, Yellowstone

Trout Lake, Yellowstone             oil          8" x 10"

This is Trout Lake in Yellowstone Park. It's a bit of a climb up a hill from the main road and I was with a friend while our husbands fished that afternoon. Jane is energetic and encouraging and she kindly waited for me as I struggled to climb the steeper bits of the path. The climb was worth it though. There is a lovely path all around the small lake and I took many photos, one of which I used here.
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Monday, April 17, 2017

River Path

River Path           oil          8" x 10"
Another spring river scene. Loved painting the warm greens and reflected blues here. 

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