Saturday, July 31, 2010

Passing Storm

Passing Storm  9x9"  oil  SOLD
We've had a couple short lived storms coming through to cool things off in the last couple of days. It's an  interesting break to work with less shape and more color and value, as in this case.
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Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Crossing Over

Crossing Over   12x9   oil on linen
This is from a sketch and photo I took in Teton National Park. I liked the visual intersection of the bridge and the trees, and it seemed to fall together well in composition. The reflected blues are some of my favorite areas.

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Tuesday, July 27, 2010

A Second Arbor View

A Second Arbor View     9x9"  oil on linen
Here is one more view of the grape arbor. That green grape color can be sooooo elusive!

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Monday, July 26, 2010

Under The Grape Arbor

Under The Grape Arbor   9x9"  oil
These grapes are still developing,
and I enjoyed the pink and purple colors just coming on. This is looking up into a shadowy place underneath a grape arbor at a friend's place. 

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Sunday, July 25, 2010

More Market Flowers

More Market Flowers   10"x9"  oil on linen  sold
Whenever I need to jump start my visual brain, it seems I just have to go back to a colorful floral subject. So, here's my jump start.............
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Friday, July 23, 2010

Just Garlic

Just Garlic     9x9   oil
I'm all over the map these days with subject matter. So, I grabbed this bulb off the counter and started in today. Now that I've been smelling garlic for an hour and a half, I'm wanting garlic bread with dinner.....!
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Thursday, July 22, 2010

Mixed Pinks

Mixed Pinks    9"x9"   oil on linen
I had fun with this today, mostly with the brushwork and contrast of transparent and opaque paint.
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Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Lochsa Re-Post

Lochsa re-post    oil    sold
After posting yesterday's painting, I looked at it with fresh eyes. Those mountains were just too green and too high chroma and they were looming forward in the picture plane! I grayed them today and adjusted a few other values......much better I think....
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Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Rocky Path on the Lochsa

Rocky Path on the Lochsa    9"x9"   oil on linen
Today I've painted a quick study of a scene along the Lochsa river,  in central Idaho.
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Sunday, July 18, 2010

Bachelor Buttons II

Bachelor Buttons II  12"x 9"   oil   sold
This is a departure from my recent subjects, and is a second  view of bachelor buttons in a field. I posted the first a couple of weeks ago. Today I chose a random name fom my Followers for my second painting give-a-way . And the winner is Elizabeth Seaver of Virginia. Elizabeth has a fun filled blog of  her colorful and whimsical paintings that you'll all want to visit. I will keep in mind another painting  give-away for the future, and will keep you posted on the date.
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Wednesday, July 14, 2010


     Sundrops       9"x 9"        oil         on reserve
This title is vague I know, but I don't remember the name of the blossom, at Manito Park in Spokane. They had  delicate bell shaped blossoms and pointed leaves with a kind of woody stem. Look familiar to anyone out there?
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Monday, July 12, 2010

Lemon Trio

Lemon Trio    9"x9"  oil on linen panel
I nearly titled this painting, "Pucker Up".  Every time I started really thinking about the subject, as opposed to painting the subject, my mouth started to do that automatic response thing that happens when you think of lemons! Anyway, in painting these three, my challenge was not to let the intense yellows overwhelm everything else. Believe it or not, I grayed down quite a bit of the color here and it is still pretty high on the chroma chart . Now, time for icy lemonade.........
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Friday, July 9, 2010

Granny Smith

  Granny Smith      8"x8"        oil on canvas panel
Once again, I'm experimenting with the dappled light of outdoors. It always draws my eye, and while it adds complexity, I find if I simplify, it usually works out in the end. Here, I've tried to focus on the apples, while still maintaining interest elsewhere in the painting.
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Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Peonies & Cream

Peonies & Cream   9x9"    oil
Here I go again, with one of my favorite flowers. They're always so lush and seem to fill a square composition well, with their big full shapes. I have recently had questions about my methods and materials and it's probably close to time that I post another demo. Also, by request, I will soon put together a list of materials I use. If you have a question, just leave a comment or email and I'll try to answer them in the not too distant future. This is painted on alkyd primed linen that is mounted onto masonite panel.
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Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Outdoor Bouquet

Outdoor Bouquet    14"x11"   oil
This bouquet was sitting on a picnic table in dappled light and the shaded areas seemed to have particularly rich color. I loved the sage green of the pottery glaze Pin It

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Bachelor Buttons

Bachelor Buttons   8"x11"   oil
If I'm not painting plein aire or in the studio with a set-up, I use my own photos 98% of the time. The exception is when I use my husband's photos, as he has a great eye and has captured some wonderful images, usually on fishing trips. This is one of those sources where he brought home photos of fields covered with bachelor buttons. I'll be painting them again soon. Pin It