Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Beach Run

Beach Run     oil on panel    8" x 10"

This is not typically the time of year I think about the ocean considering it's a week before Thanksgiving. But, this is a memory from a couple years ago, in Oceanside, CA. It was a late afternoon and people were still enjoying a few last hours of the warm day before the sun went down. A pink underpainting using a thin Cad. Red wash  helped bring a nice warmth to the blues.

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Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Silver Teapot

Silver Teapot by Mary Maxam Oil ~ 10" x 8"

Silver Teapot    oil    10" x 8"

Here is one that is all about a limited palette, which was fun and different for me. Even small bits of blue and orange in the reflections carried the idea of it being colorful against a variety of grays.

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Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Birthday Cake

Birthday Cake          oil       11" x 14"

This is from a photo I have had many years. Just wanted to paint something lively and festive today so how could I go wrong with roses and birthday cake!

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Saturday, October 7, 2017

Six Chicks

Six Chicks          oil          8" x 10"

I needed to get my chicken painting fix as it had been too long! As with other recent paintings, I loosely sketched this in Cad. Red and blocked in large passages of darks in that as well. It helps to remind me of the values as I proceed to color. The red doesn't seem to affect the top color other than to warm it a bit. 

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Sunday, October 1, 2017

New Painting and Newsletter

River's Edge               oil             11" x 14"

Here is a new painting from the Big Horn River, last spring. And, this is the link to my October newsletter where you can sign up for a Painting Give Away

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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!"      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                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 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       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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