Monday, May 30, 2011

The Daily News

The Daily News  oil   7"x9"
I felt this pose and the newspaper worked well with the sepia tone for another grisaille painting. While I hope the newspaper isn't ever relegated to the past, it does have that classic feel as a subject, to me. I used a bit more of a sketch technique here and have some ideas for developing others.
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Friday, May 27, 2011

Alicia - open grisaille

Alicia- open grisalle 9"x9"  
This is another example of an open grisaille which means using only one or two colors with no black or white to adjust the values. On my post "Apple in Umber", Catherine Jeffrey made a comment about how this kind of approach has that 'old world feel'- and that, made me think of a photo I have of my niece, Alicia. She frequently pulls up her thick curls into such a wonderful top knot, and it too, has that classic look of being 'old world'. I used Terra Rosa and Terra Rosa mixed with Umber for this one.
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Thursday, May 26, 2011

Tree Stand

Tree Stand    oil    9"x9"   
As much as the sun is welcome after cloudy days, it takes awhile to get used to it and warmer temps. Here, I wanted to go after that feeling of escaping into cool shade, but enjoying the view to a bright horizon. The variety of warm and cool greens were exciting to play with using a violet underwash.
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Tuesday, May 24, 2011

An Apple In Umber

An Apple In Umber  9x9" oil    
This is my entry posted at Daily Paintworks Challenge, which is all about value for this week. The only color used is umber. I've done this exercise before, but it is such a good reminder of how important value is in painting, and I'm glad I worked with it today again.
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Monday, May 23, 2011

Trees Along The Big Horn

Trees Along the Big Horn  oil  6"x8"    
This is also a plein air painting, done from the Big Horn river area in Montana. These were just a couple of the massive trunks that line large parts of the river as they rise above the layers of weeds and grasses, growing thickly there. We will be headed back in June and I look forward to more painting there soon.
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Sunday, May 22, 2011

Sky Over Brown's lake

Sky Over Brown's Lake   oil  10"x8" 
This is the second of the paintings from the outing at Brown's Lake (see yesterday's post). The clouds were really rolling in and provided alot of movement and variety throughout the afternoon. The Balsam is blooming now and I used some of that yellow to warm up the foreground.
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Saturday, May 21, 2011

Brown's Lake Outlet- plein air

Brown's Lake Outlet- plein air oil 8"x 10"
Yesterday my husband fished a little lake called Brown's (after farmer Brown) and I decided to go along and paint. (I've often thought I should have a show titled "He Fishes, She Paints" ....but that another story.) Anyway, it had been too long since I'd done plein air work and this is the first of two. I think I spent too much time on small stuff, but I can live with it...
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Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Pretty In Pink

Pretty In Pink  oil  9x9"
In thinking about it, my title here is probably too frivolous for a flower that has been used prolifically in literature, poetry and medicine. That's some serious stuff ! I am always so enthralled by the abundant look of the blossoms. The way they just project that 'no holding back' kind of attitude. My challenge here was to focus on the beauty, and structure, without defining it all too much...

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Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Cherry Blossom Special

Cherry Blossom Special  9x9" oil      
This time of year when the cherry blossoms come out, they really do provide something special. The slightest breeze will have them drifting and swinging all around and I used loose flying brushwork to convey that. They have so many ruffled short petals, like little skirts, dancing...
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Monday, May 16, 2011


Sunshine 9x9" oil   
Ok, the common name of these lovely yellow flowers is really Sundrops, but they are so happy and seem to glow like the sun. That was what I tried to convey here, that little lantern like and sunshine-y glow. That feeling of bringing some Sunshine to somebody special.
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Sunday, May 15, 2011

In Her Sights

In Her Sights oil 9x9     
Ok, just take a look at the little brown hen on the left and tell me she's not after him! He is sitting there knowing how gorgeous he is and she has the confidence to go for it :) That's how they struck me anyway and what fun to paint....I wanted the full white feathers to draw us in, but I also wanted to tell that little story going on in the background.
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Friday, May 13, 2011

Spring Fields

Spring Fields oil  8"x10" 
I am re-posting from yesterday as Blogger seems to have lost it, in a recent go-round of tech issues. So. this is just a look at some spring color, both wild grasses and flowers that are finally popping up.
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Tuesday, May 10, 2011

True Blue

True Blue  12"x12" oil
Hydrangea are the most amazing blues, and I saw some beauties on Sunday when we took in a Home show here in Boise. These were beside an entryway, and they created a wonderful visual against a stucco wall. These blues were a combination of both ultramarine and pthalo blue and alizarin crimson. This will be another work developed for my August show. I  have also entered it in the FASO BoldBrush competition.
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Sunday, May 8, 2011

Pecking Order

Pecking Order  8"x 8" oil
Can't seem to stop with these chickens and I had fun with these three, all trying to find the feed first! I really enjoyed the little gem of red rooster comb coming into the lead of the feeding frenzy.
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Wednesday, May 4, 2011


Entwined  14"x11"  oil
This is a painting that will be for my August show as well and by then of course the sunflowers will be out in all their glory. There is a little blue vine that grows up and around the tall stems and fence corners and I thought their intense blue created excellent little points of color against the yellows. Big and small shapes, warm and cool colors-I like contrasting these kinds of visuals and still find challenge in bringing them together in a composition.
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Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Iris -work in progress-detail

Detail - oil on panel, unfinished
I've been working on larger paintings for a show in August and thought I would post this detail of a work that is 24"x18". This is done on a gessoed panel that uses a double coat of white gesso, then a last coat of Liquitex clear gesso. I find the clear has a little more grit and grabs paint off the brush a bit better than the white, which is sometimes too slippery for me. If you have used it, I'd be interested to hear what you think.
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Monday, May 2, 2011

Nodding Iris

Nodding Iris 10"x8" oil/stretched canvas
I hope you are not getting tired of Iris, as I still have at least one more to post! I  just can't seem to get these shapes and lovely violet colors out of my mind's eye. This one has that little nodding attitude that gives some of them a particular personality. They crook their heads to see what else is going on in the rest of the garden perhaps.This painting is one which I'm considering for an auction site in the near future, so am not posting purchase information and this time.
Also, if got my latest newsletter, you will have noticed that fellow DPO artist Pam Holnback was the winner of my painting give away End of Day. Unfortunately, I did not link to her correctly, and she has beautiful work so please visit her blog.
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