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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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,  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            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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Sunday, April 16, 2017

Spring, Big Horn River

Spring, Big Horn River     oil      9" x 12"

We recently returned from the Big Horn River in Montana. I got several photos of fly fishers and this maroon red boat was a beautiful shape against the blues and greens of the landscape. I painted this one the day after taking the photo, while it was fresh in my mind and I had a good idea of what I wanted in the finish. 
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Sunday, April 2, 2017


Mums                  oil                7" x 9"
A small still life to get me thinking about spring! This is a set up with one of my favorite bowls and blue vase. My limited palette here was cad yellow light, permanent rose and ultramarine blue. Once again, I worked off of a light gray background to gauge values.

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Friday, March 31, 2017

Red Dash

Red Dash      12" x 9"     oil on panel
This is another of my favorite references from a Basque festival,. I decided to combine more of an abstract feel in the background. I also used loose edges to help convey a sense of movement and liveliness to an otherwise still figure.

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Sunday, March 26, 2017

Blue Fly Shadows

Blue Fly Shadows              14" x 11"               oil
A familiar image again, but this time I did try something a little different in the process. I typically work on a light wash of cad. red or sienna in order to have a warm background to let color bounce off of. In this case I used a light gray background mixed from white and a bit of black gesso. this certainly shows up your values clearly and it was an interesting way to work. I sketched out the scene in cad red medium before beginning to lay in larger color masses. I liked the result and will definitely use the same approach again.

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Saturday, March 25, 2017

Backstage Details

                                     Backstage Details          oil             9" x 8"

Here's a post from a Basque Festival photo taken awhile back. I always enjoy their dancing and the whirl of red skirts. The backstage action is good too with the anticipation of performance and a lot of helping hands and emphasis on the costumes.
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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Fenced In Hollyhocks

Fenced In Hollyhocks          10" x 8"       oil

One of my favorite subjects to paint. I really needed to turn to a favorite for this one. It continues to amaze me that after years of painting, I've learned that time away from the easel creates a kind of creative blindness when I begin again. I can still feel like a newbie at the easel if I  haven't had the opportunity to paint everyday. One of the ways I get back into the swing of things is with a comfortable favorite subject like this one. Colorful and splashy...

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Monday, March 6, 2017

'Fishing The West'

Fishing The West                      oil                    8" x 10"

This is from the Big Horn river is Montana. I've painted this fisherman before and always enjoy the shape of his cowboy hat as a focal point. He was having a good day, and I was able to catch several shots of him fishing. 
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Sunday, February 26, 2017

Quiet Space

Quiet Space   8" x 10"    oil
Just time for a quick post today. This is the first of two fly fishing paintings I had time for this weekend. 

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