Friday, December 31, 2010


Retired   9"x 9"    oil         $200
I'm back from Christmas travels and for the last day of 2010, thought this wonderful cad. red  work truck, was a good way to end the year's posts. I'd love to have title suggestions from all you bright wordsmiths out there.  Please let me know your thoughts! I just can't seem to hit the right note with this one. Happy New Year to everyone out there (found it...see Jan 2 post) and be safe in your celebrations : )
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Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Happy Holidays .....Santa's Baking !

Santa Baking       gouache         nfs
This will be my last post 'til just after the new year. So, I leave you with Santa, baking and in the mood for his own Holiday preparations. I think Mrs. Claus is at the spa, but Santa's elf/helper is ready and willing to be a taste tester. (Yes, every now and then, I get very whimsical and put together characters like 
Santa here :)
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Saturday, December 18, 2010

Priority Mail

 Priority Mail     9"x9"    oil                $200
 I know I've spent my share of time in line, waiting to send off paintings, gifts, and cards lately. This mail box was a cheery sign that someone was thinking of the mail person who delivers on this route. Three cheers for the USPO and all the folks trying to bring good things to our doors by Christmas!
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Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Snowy Farm View

Snowy Farm View       9"x 9"        oil                      $200
A few of you did want answers to the process regarding my More Snowy Apples-demo, and I posted an explanation at the end of those comments. Thanks to all of you that responded both here and in email. This farm view was done from a photo taken when we were doing some visiting south of here last week. My good friend, Judy, took me sightseeing all around the area and these wonderful red branches stood out against the blue and white of the scene.
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Sunday, December 12, 2010

Snowy Apples

Snowy Apples      9"x 9"    oil on linen       $200
I've been seeing a few snowy branches that still have apples on them and they're looking like Mother Nature's Christmas ornaments to me. The apples have gone dark and have varying kinds of spotting from going soft. I enjoyed working with such a cool light and the patterns created by the branches as well.
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Friday, December 10, 2010

Outdoor Bouquet Sketch

Outdoor Bouquet Sketch    6"x6"   oil/panel           $75
The compliments  of the various greens with the red peonies were what I was after in this little arrangement, last summer.. I really love this vase and had a lot of fun with that change in the glaze toward the bottom.
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Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Sweet Pea Floral

Sweet Pea Floral   6"x6"   oil/panel
I keep going back and forth with florals and landscapes these days. This was a small bouquet from summer that had those kinds of flowers that fade fast...sweet peas and pansies. The round shape of the bowl seemed soft and good compliment to these delicate blossoms.
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Sunday, December 5, 2010

Desert Light

Desert Light     8"x 10"      oil          $250
Every now and then I do enjoy painting horses and cattle, not only for the life that they bring to a landscape, but for the big shapes and shadows that they cast. This is from the Big Horn River area in Montana.
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Friday, December 3, 2010

Pink and White

Pink and White    8"x 8" oil    $150
 Once again, I wanted to work with flower shapes and put together this painting from a bouquet of mixed blooms from summer. I didn't really identify the flowers here, other than maybe the rose on the left, but wanted to suggest the idea of the blossoms through the brushwork alone.
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Wednesday, December 1, 2010

The Edge of Winter

  The Edge of Winter    8"x8"   oil            $150
We have alot more now, but a couple of weeks ago, the first thin blankets of snow started falling. This barn and collection of outbuildings looked like they'd seen it all before, but were stolidly standing we go again!
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Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Last of the Season

Last of the Season         6"x6"                oil on panel     $150
Just before it snowed, last week, we emptied the flower boxes from the windows at the front of our house. Of course, there were just these last two that were hanging on despite the cold. I couldn't just throw them out, so stuck them in a mason jar and had to paint that last bit of geranium red, for this year.
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Sunday, November 21, 2010

Demo -untitled

step one-value lay in

step two-warm undertone wash

  step three- color block-in

finish- 36"x24"  acrylic, untitled sold
I haven't posted a demo for awhile and have been working on two larger paintings for an art auction that will take place in February to benefit the Museum of Arts and Culture (the MAC) in Spokane. Step one involves figuring out the value structure of the painting. Step two shows a transparent wash of a red-violet mix. I used this to provide a warmer undertone, yet one that I could still contrast with the colors I was working toward for the finished work. Step three is the block in of main colors, most of these were a semi-opaque mix, where bits of the violet show underneath. The finish is the process of additional opaque color, details, introducing sharper contrasts in value, color and edges.
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Thursday, November 18, 2010

South for the Winter ?

South for the Winter ?     6"x6"   oil
The leafless trees have me noticing bare little bird houses that will be empty 'til spring.
Wonder if the tenants took the whirligig flight, south for the winter ?
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Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Weathering Well

Weathering Well    6x6"    oil
Here's another view of the barn from my last post. I may paint one more as I've been so attracted to the weathered rose color.  We'll probably get snow this week, so I'll have to go see what the effect is against a white ground, soon.

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Sunday, November 14, 2010

Shadowed Barn

Shadowed Barn          10"x8"   oil
This barn is one that is close by and it is weathering to a more beautiful shade of rose every year. I thought I'd try to catch some of the subtle color in it this season. One of these days, I'm afraid I'll pass by and it will have fallen down completely!

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Friday, November 12, 2010

Fall Shadows

Fall Shadows     10"x 8"         oil on canvas  sold
This was a view that looked down a leafy path and another view of fall. I am very late in posting the last winner of my painting give - away, drawn at the end of October. The drawing for Cloudscape II  was follower Colleen Proppe who is an artist with a lively blog of her own. I am mulling over my next painting give away and will keep you posted.

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Friday, November 5, 2010

Fall Color II

Fall Color II    12"x 9"   oil
Here's another take on fall color. quieter and grayer on an overcast day. The rusty tones, in and amongst the dying ochre grasses provided good contrast. The lead in of water reminds me of moving into another season in our ever changing lives.
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Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Fall Color

Fall Color  12"x 9"   oil on panel
Every corner right now has those wonderful slashes of fall color. Just had to paint this one.

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Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Rosy Apples

Rosy Apples   6"x6"   oil
I won't be able to post for about a week. But, will leave you,'til then, with this little sketch of an apple branch. It's very loose right now, but I decided to leave it at this stage and liked the 'not too finished' approach.
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Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Shoe Sale

Shoe Sale    6"x6"    oil
Seems the only shoes I see on sale, either look like these or are a size 6 ! Just my luck...but I can always enjoy painting them, if only for their color alone.

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Monday, October 25, 2010

International Artists Day

Portrait of Varya Adoratskaya     Nicolai Fechin

Today is International Artists Day as I am  reminded by fellow artist Linda Popple. My choice to feature is the much admired master, Nicolai Fechin. A Russian born painter who emigrated to the U.S. in 1923. Here is a link to a short bio .
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Friday, October 22, 2010

Style Sisters

Style Sisters   6"x6"    oil
I've used heels as a subject before and they are always sooooo fun (to paint, not wear!) I am always inspired to paint them again, when I see one of my fellow DPO painters,like Kim Rempel paint a shoe "portrait" of which she has many wonderful ones. These are pure eye candy, for their color, shape and the two color set-up, which reminded me more of sisters or friends, than a pair of shoes.
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Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Dappled Green

Dappled Green    12"x9"   oil    sold
This is a commissioned piece I've been working on that is nearly finished. It will still need some tweeking, but thought I'd post it "as is" for now.
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Monday, October 18, 2010

Sunflower Jar

Sunflower Jar   12"x9"   acrylic
The seasons sunflowers and  other harvests are everywhere and this bunch of flowers fit the bill for playing with fall color today.

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Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Gardener at Manito

Gardener at Manito    9"x12"     acrylic   
This is another work from Manito Garden in Spokane, with this "cowboy" gardener. One of the shapes that drew my eye was his hat and the way it's curves repeated in the garden paths. I used a kind of red brick underpainting again here

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Monday, October 11, 2010

Pumpkin Bunch

Pumpkin Bunch    6"x6"   acrylic
Fun to look at all the great shapes of pumpkins right now. These all look like good shapes for carving to me.

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Thursday, October 7, 2010

Monashka Bay Free Day

Monashka Bay Free Day    14"x11"   acrylic
We've recently returned from a week in Kodiak, Alaska and while exploring with a friend, found Monashka Bay. As we drove into a parking area and headed on foot toward the water, we heard noise and laughing and what sounded like a wild party. It kind of was.....we soon saw lots of kids walking and running along the beach and identified a couple of teachers to ask what was going on. 'Oh, we couldn't resist giving them a day of sunshine, while we still have some' we were told. This is one of the groups exploring....
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Tuesday, October 5, 2010


Gardener     12x12"     acrylic
I love gardens, but if I were always working in a garden or our yard (like I should)....I'd never have time to paint!! Or, at least that's what I tell myself. This hard worker was at Manito Park in Spokane. It was done with an underpainting of an orange/pink color that I grayed down to use as a ground. I did an umber drawing first, blocked in shadows next, then painted over with color mixes.
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Sunday, October 3, 2010

Sky Light

Sky Light   36"x 24"   acrylic
Here's another that doesn't quite fit into the daily painting size, but I've had fun changing things up in size and medium recently. Click the photo for better resolution. I've posted a new painting give-away as you can see in the sidebar. The drawing will be at the end of the month.
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Friday, October 1, 2010

Sunflower Season

Sunflower Season    9"x 9"   acrylic
Thanks to all of you who took the time to comment on my last post. Those of you detail oriented folks may notice that I corrected the size. It is 36"x48". As I'd been working in acrylic, I used that medium once again to paint this bouquet from the local farmer' market.

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Thursday, September 30, 2010

Big Sky Cloudscape - fini

Big Sky Cloudscape    36"x48"   acrylic
Here is the finish and a better photo I think. I added a few details and got some values adjusted. Also added a few lead in reflections in the foreground.
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Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Big Sky Cloudscape

Big Sky Cloudscape   36"x48"  acrylic
I've been caught up by skies again, as you can tell from my recent posts. So much so, that I have been working on this 3ft. x 4 ft. "cloudscape". I am still in the process of adjusting chroma,values,some shapes and details, so hope to post a finish tomorrow.
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Sunday, September 26, 2010

Cloudscape & Sage

 Cloudscape & Sage    8"x 8"    oil
I used repeated shapes here with the sagebrush and cloud shapes. It helped to break the horizon and give some vertical shapes to point upward.

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Saturday, September 25, 2010

Cloudscape II

Cloudscape II     6"x 6"    oil
This is another cloudscape idea with a softer touch. I'm thinking of that time of early evening, where the sun hasn't set and you still see reflected color and light on the clouds.
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Thursday, September 23, 2010


Cloudscape    6x6"   oil
This is again one of the Palouse field views that we have south of us. However, it was really more about sky than ground, so I decided it was a cloudscape. I tried to lay on the paint and not touch it, to maintain the freshness of brushstrokes.

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