Friday, December 30, 2011

Wood River, End Of Day

Wood River, End of Day   8"x 10"  oil on canvas    
This is the Wood River in the Wood River Valley  of central Idaho. I wanted to use a different color scheme that I am accustomed to and visualized this triad using violet green and just a touch of yellow orange. I enjoyed it and slathered on the paint in the foreground  imitating the river flow.
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Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Desert Horizon

Desert Horizon   6"x6"   oil/linen panel  
I'm back at the easel and starting out with a little sky drama over the desert. This uses some thick paint at the end to convey the brush and rough grass.  I used some thicker paint than usual in the sky as welll. I'll be in Scottsdale in a couple of weeks, for some painting there, so desert shapes and scenes will soon be even more in mind.
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Sunday, December 25, 2011

Snowy Apples-Demo

More Snowy Apples            9"x9"      oil on linen      $200

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Thank you to everyone for kind comments on my Santa posts, hope you all enjoyed Christmas. Today, I thought I'd re-post a demo from the past until I get back to my easel. It.s one that captializes on a sunny day and bright blue skies. Hope you have great skies today where you are.

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Merry Christmas!

Santa On Skates   oil      gouache 
The big day is here and Santa is spinning in celebration!
Merry Christmas!

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Friday, December 23, 2011

It's Time For Santa !

Santa With The Reindeer   14" x 11"   gouache   
 Here's Santa and the reindeer,  ready to go and looking forward to the trip...they have been been fortified with gingerbread and other baked goodies from the day before. One more Santa tomorrow to wish you Merry Christmas!
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Thursday, December 22, 2011

It's Time For Santa !

Santa's Baking !   14" x 11"   gouache  
Santa likes to bake his favorites and he's getting dubious help from one of his elves. I'm afraid Mrs. Santa prefers to stay out of the kitchen and go shopping when he's baking though...hmmmmm, something about messy kitchens!

I've painted Santa a few times in the past and it's time for him to make his reappearance. From now until Christmas there will be a new Santa wishing you a Merry Christmas.
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It'sTime For Santa !

Santa With Lights    gouache    14" x 11"    
I've painted Santa a few times in the past and it's time for him to make his reappearance. From now until Christmas there will be a new Santa wishing you a Merry Christmas. I begin with him trying to untangle lights for just a few more decorations. I like how he's very calm...knowing it will all be done in good time ...somehow!
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Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Fall Into Winter II

Fall Into Winter II    9"x 9"     oil/linen panel
This is a second look at the Coeur d'Alene River around the area of Cataldo Mission. It's cold, but only with patches of snow in the hills. The warm and cool colors of this season alway have me thinking of the warm and cool temperature changes and they make an interesting idea in a painting I think.
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Sunday, December 18, 2011

There's No Place Like Home

There's No Place Like Home    oil on canvas    8" x 10"
Well it must be all those recent reruns of  The Wizard of Oz, but the title for this seemed just right. I guess I could name the hen on the left Dorothy. This of course is the time of year when we are all thinking of home and hearth, but it can be difficult to pull it all together for a myriad of reasons. When things get hectic, I will try to keep these contented hens in mind.
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Wednesday, December 14, 2011

A River View

A River View    oil      12" x 12"
Well, this is certainly not the finish of yesterday's Sky demo! But, I was not able to get the detail and good photo that I want to post on that piece, quite yet. So, today I am posting a sketch done last week. It is from Yellowstone Park, where the light came right through the middle of this stretch of water, on a sunny day.
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Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Sky Work in Progress- first half demo

Unfinished Sky Work   30" x 40"  acrylic/deep edge canvas
Time to work larger and this is the first 5 steps in a sunset landscape. Just click the image to begin the slideshow. By my next post, I hope to have it finished and post the full demo and finished work. I am starting here with a mid-toned canvas . I first drew big basic shapes using vine charcoal and used a thin wash of transparent white to establish the pattern of lights and darks. Once that dried, I began with big brushfulls of paint to place the local color in various areas starting at the top. Stay tuned......
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Monday, December 12, 2011


Twilight    11" x 5"    oil
I wanted to try another moon/sky work today and grabbed this slice of linen panel that has been looking for a subject. This is once again, partly from a photo source and part from memory. It is about that time of day turning to night where there is the blue cast to the landscape and yet you can still see color. It is difficult to catch and certainly my photos don't seem to. So, here is my idea of it with sagebrush, and a little path, and a bright moon.
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Sunday, December 11, 2011


Moonrise     9"x 9"      oil
Friday evening the moon rose so silvery and bright that both my husband and I commented on our separate sightings while we were out and about. He was the one though, that took the picture that inspired this painting. I am really wanting to paint other nocturnes now, it's a real change for me.
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Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Under Cover

Under Cover       9"x 9"       oil
All these snowy apples are huddling together and under cover. There were still quite a few leaves on trees when this snow happened and that makes for the blue greens in both the leaves and snowy shadows, one of my favorite contrasting color schemes. It's crazy, but when I pass these trees each day, I feel like they continue to be a new discovery! They somehow continue to delight me.
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Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Colorburst Sky

Colorburst Sky      oil        9" x 9"
Today's post is one of those sunsets that remind of the kind of color in fireworks. I know it doesn't look it, but I tried to hold back on too much happening in both sky and water, to concentrate on big sweeping shapes. A fabulous end to a day.
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Sunday, December 4, 2011

His Best Side

His Best Side    oil      9"x9"    
Do you have a best side when having your picture taken? I helped with taking a family photo the other day and it brought to mind, how so many of us try to figure out what the camera sees :) This rooster is turning for us all to admire his light struck feathers and show best side for the photographer. I loved painting the deep reds in the shadows and used the light to create her form against the yard.
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Friday, December 2, 2011

Fall Into Winter

Fall Into Winter       9" x 9"    oil on linen panel  
The changing seasons always bring that in between time. This is the case with this snow along the Coeur d'Alene River. The orange and ochre of the fall landscape meets with the blue and violets of winter and they are perfect compliments for each other in color and seasonal harmony.
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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Peared Up-still life of market pears and a recipe

Peared Up    9"x 9"   oil    
At the Boise Co-op last week, I spied the most lovely basket of pears. They were wonderfully rounded and unbruised and I knew I had to paint them. The sign that you see up in the right corner says 'Recipes Availaible' and I include their unique (and I'm sure quite delicious) pear recipe Here.
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Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Apple Sky

Apple Sky   9" x 9"  oil on panel
These apples are painted in a more distant ornamental view, where you can look up and see the sky poking through branches. My idea here was to create a frame of nature for the blue sky. Here I used a  transparent yellow wash first and it warmed up everything and helped to make the sky pop.
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Monday, November 28, 2011

Cold, But Cozy

Cold But Cozy    8" x 8"   oil on linen panel
I painted these right after my other snowy apples, just before Thanksgiving, but didn't have the pic with me while we were away. Anyhow, I will start this Christmas season with these two hiding under a little snow blanket together, such a great time of year to hide out together and keep each other warm :)
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Friday, November 25, 2011

The Edge Of Winter

The Edge of Winter   8" x 8"   oil
This is another re-post while I'm away, from about the same time last year. The snow is not overwhelming, but is starting to stay longer and in larger patches. The clear blue sky creates the icy blue reflections in the snow, and I like the warmth of the rust and ochre colors in the grasses underneath as contrast.
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Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving

 Fabulosity And Her Court     8"x8"   oil
Happy Thanksgiving! I am so thankful for family,friends and all of you who follow and support my work. I so appreciate it. After all the turkey and stuffing and pie and football......of course there's shopping! Hope you find the best sales and have the best time ever...

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Tuesday, November 22, 2011


Retired     9" x 9"   oil panel     
As I'm re-posting this week, I thought I would re-visit this pick-up truck from last winter." Retired" is a title that was suggested by a follower and it's red, with the snow had a bit of that Christmas look to it. This truck looked like it deserved a good rest and I loved painting it and the imagined story behind it..
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Sunday, November 20, 2011

BC Sunset

BC Sunset   16" x 20"   oil on canvas    
While I'm away this week, I'll be posting some previous works. This is one of my favorite sunsets and still in my mind's eye describes perfectly, this particular evening on the water.
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Friday, November 18, 2011

Snowy Apples Again

Snowy Apples Again   9"x 9"   oil    
We had our first real snow today and while I can't say the shoveling is great... I did start thinking about the snowy apples that I've painted in previous winters. They are so ornamental and lovely against the white and I took several shots in the area today to develop for more paintings. 'Tis the season :)
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Thursday, November 17, 2011


Carmine     12" x 12"   oil on panel   
I mentioned yesterday that I had come to my 365th post and it seemed like a bit of  a milestone. So, today I thought I would post the first painting I did for my blog. It is named for the deep red color of the poppy and reminds me of how fun it is to paint glass. I think it's time to look at the subject again soon. This one is a sentimental favorite and not for sale. 
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Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Rose of Sharon

Rose of Sharon  oil on panel     8"x 8"    
I just happen to notice that this is my 365th post since I started my blog in Sept,'09 ! That sounds somehow like a one year mark, but it's really a two year, two month mark- haha! For today, I am looking at  flowers again and this is the Rose of Sharon on one side of my mother's house. I painted this without an underlying stain and used thicker paint, and enjoyed the change of process.
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Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Shall We Dance? pink Hollyhocks

Shall We Dance   6"x 6"   oil on linen panel   
Thanks for your insights on my critique and ideas from yesterday's post. Today, I knew I wanted to revisit Hollyhocks, which I never get tired of, no matter the season. These were next to the B&B in Victoria where we stayed briefly in the fall. I always enjoy the way the little skirts of these blossoms sway in the breeze, doing a little dance.
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Monday, November 14, 2011

Art Blog Critique

This post to let you know that today I've been reviewed by Art Blog Critique , written by Tony Moffitt. I appreciate his comments and insight and to that end have decided to change the look of my blog a bit. I had been thinking about using a light background and will try this for a while.....Thanks Tony. In addition, I've been considering offering prints of some of my selected works through one of the print-on-demand sites. It would allow purchasers to select size, format, framing etc and give a variety of price points. Good idea?.....Terrible idea?...what are your experiences and thoughts on prints? Thanks....tomorrow's post...hollyhocks. Pin It

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Fall Fishing II

Fall Fishing II  9" x 9" oil on panel     
While the cold weather is starting to give us a completely different color palette, I still have fall color in mind. I grabbed this is from fisher guy Steve's photos and his "Big Dog Weekend" album. I liked pulling out the burgandy color in the figure and parts of the landscape and highlighted bits of color coming through the trees. I also used a palette knife more than I usually would for some rough rock and landscape textures.
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Thursday, November 10, 2011

In Disguise

In Disguise    oil    9"x 6"     
Last summer on a shopping trip, I snapped a picture of my niece when she tried on these oversized sunglasses. She is usually not too much of a shopper unless it's for Nike's (and more Nike's), so these glasses did seem to put her "In Disguise"  : )
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Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Sunflower Glow

Sunflower Glow  24"x 12"  oil on canvas
I really wanted to post something bright and upbeat today and I hadn't posted these sunflowers before, although I painted them awhile ago. They really came together in a way  that expressed the free and breezy feel of sunflowers and the open abstract background helped to support the idea. This is on a canvas and the price includes the black framing you see below.

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Sunday, November 6, 2011

Making Plans

Making Plans  8"x 10"    oil on canvas   
I wanted a change of pace today and decided these two would fit the bill. They were in Yellowstone Park and were probably looking at a map, but the togetherness of the pose made a good little tableau for lots of possibilities. I used a rougher surface here which allowed me to suggest shapes, rather than get too caught up in every detail.
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Saturday, November 5, 2011

Sky Sketch

Sky Sketch    7"x7"  oil on panel       
This is a little sketch I did a while back, as a study of edges and values. It's a good one to post on this lazy weekend while I'm planning for larger works . Hope you are having a good one and finding time to paint, or look at paintings.
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Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Toward New Horizons

Toward New Horizons  18" x 18"  oil on linen panel
I've been wanting to work larger and just finished developing this painting from my smaller work
 "Bend In The Road" . As I've been doing lately, I used a warmer undertone than in the first sketch and like the results. I am wondering how many of you develop larger paintings from small works. If so, let me know in comments to this post, I would love to see the results.
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Sunday, October 30, 2011

Fall Fishing

Fall Fishing   8"x10"  oil on canvas
I looked for a fall day to paint and decided to use the under layer of orange for a suggestion of fall in this piece, rather than going for the full blown color  of fall leaves. In this way, I hope to convey the feeling, and still give the fisherman the focus of the piece.
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Friday, October 28, 2011

On The Road Again - Zorn Palette

On the Road Again  8"x 10" oil    
I was reminded the other day about the Zorn Palette by Sharlette White's blog, and she writes about it well. This is a limited palette of only four colors that I have used before, but it had been a very long time. This rider looked like a good opportunity with some subdued fall color in the background. He really had a lot packed onto that bike and it looked like one of several days on the road fur sure. This painting is also on stretched canvas ,painted edges and has a wired back so ready to hang.

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Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Birds Of A Feather

Birds Of a Feather  8" x 10"  oil-stretched canvas
Today I needed to paint the color and movement of chickens once again. This flock lives in Sweden with a former student and I'm guessing they're a pampered lot! A little hunt, peck and gossip in the farmyard...what a life! I used a little bit different format for this. As it's on stretched canvas, I painted the edges as well, and will add wire on the back tomorrow. Nice for hanging right away, until time to frame.
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Monday, October 24, 2011

October Walk

October Walk   14"x 18" oil on stretched canvas
So this is the finish for yesterday's post. I knew I wanted a figure involved and I've had this figure with her two dogs in mind for a long time. For me, they add a bit of story and movement and also break up that long stretch of beach. Additionally, I cropped it to eliminate some distracting shapes at the top of the trees. It did change the mood considerably, but that works for me......what are your thoughts on it ?
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Sunday, October 23, 2011

Untitled-Unfinished- a journey

Today was one of those day when I just wanted to put paint down...period! I didn't really have a plan or size in mind, but grabbed a 16 x 20 canvas and the first sketch and photo I had at hand. This is Yellowstone Lake from our visit to the park a couple weeks ago. I used a transparent underwash and layered on some of the top with a palette knife for texture. It's not finished, and I think I will be adding a figure...maybe cropping...and then we'll see....I hope to post a finish tomorrow, or.... well.........stay tuned.
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Thursday, October 20, 2011

Back You Go

Back You Go    9"x 9"  oil on linen panel
See my post below for a painting demo and discussion of this piece
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Back You Go - figure demo

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This is a figure demo for the painting above using 23 photos. That may be too many overall. It's always difficult to know quite how many to use and I don't, as yet, have the video capabilities. Also, as a demo, it might be more clear to just have a standing figure, without the complication of the rest of the composition. But, practice makes perfect.....someday. This is from a friend's photo of recent fly fishing travels.
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Wednesday, October 19, 2011

New Water

New Water  8"x 8"  oil on linen    
Thanks everyone who responded to yesterday's question about my plan for a next demo. I will work to put together a figure and I appreciate knowing it was interesting to watch. I certainly enjoy seeing the others I find on the web. This painting is also from the Lamar River and I used a photo of my husband as he fished, with the foreground giving it a bit more color and adding a layer of depth.
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Monday, October 17, 2011

demo- The Lamar River

Demo- The Lamar River  9"x 9" oil on linen panel
Here is the demonstration for yesterday's post. Just click on this first image to begin the slideshow of steps. I haven't put one of these together for awhile, but finally found a program that makes it pretty clear cut. I will be listing the steps I use in my November newsletter. Meanwhile, I'd love to hear from you as to whether they are helpful and interesting. Would you rather see a floral or figure? Let me know your thoughts or questions...thanks.
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The Lamar River

The Lamar River   9"x 9"   oil on linen panel     
Today, in painting, I referenced a photo that was taken a few weeks ago while in Yellowstone Park. This is the Lamar River, and I plan to develop another using some fishermen trying their luck on these well known waters. I haven't painted a demo in quite some time, and for this painting I took 21 pics of the steps used to create it. I'll post that demo tomorrow.
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