Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Sun Break

Sun Break        oil on canvas     20" x 16"
I wanted to paint larger today and this landscape filled the bill. It is similar to
 A Break in the Clouds which is a work that I’ve had inquiries about. But, people seem to want to see it as a larger painting. I enjoyed the longer format as well and it all seemed to fall together. Pictures were taken along the way and since it’s been awhile since posting a slideshow, I will work on that and have it for you tomorrow or for the weekend (crossed fingers).

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Monday, February 24, 2014

A Hard Day's Work

A Hard Day's Work           oil on linen         8" x 8"
I've been reading about various artists taking and giving workshops recently. What a great way to shake off the doldrums of winter and boy am I jealous! I hope you are all having a great time and learning a lot. This is from a long ago workshop and it evoked the marvelous feeling of working all day with peers and the evidence of that work left on our aprons at the end of the day. Like they say "Art work is Work!"

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Saturday, February 22, 2014

A Bright Spot

A Bright Spot     12" x 9"     oil on linen panel
Whenever I have flowers in a room, it seems there is a bright spot that you can't deny when you walk in. This is particularly bright because of the late day sun streaming through the window and for me, because of the vase. It is Italian painted pottery which was a gift from my mother many years ago. I had a challenge keeping the values straight, but I happily I managed it and got the light and shadow 'story' just right.

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Thursday, February 20, 2014

A Collage In Red

   Red Collage - follow the links below

It's been awhile since I put together a collage and based this one around some of my paintings with lots of RED in them :)  As I've done before, I used Ipiccy and it's easy if you'd like to try it.
Click the numbers below to link to each painting.
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9

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Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Reel Fun

Reel Fun                      7" x 11"                    oil on panel
I painted this as a small plan for a larger painting, which is now sold. The larger painting went through some changes and an additional figure.  I was happy with the action here and the swing of the figure,her ponytail, and the fish of course!

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Tuesday, February 18, 2014

An Early Riser

An Early Riser                   12" x 16"            oil on linen panel
Here's one I've been working on and still thinking about. I'm not sure whether it may still need a bit of something. When that happens, it is best to put it aside for a fresh look in the next day or week. Usually I find that it is finished. This one's not for sale as yet, but for other fly fishing works 
use the link below.

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Sunday, February 16, 2014

Moody Geranium

Moody Geranium              oil        9" x 12"   
Why is this titled 'moody'? Because I had to switch from painting the sublime and rich reds in this geranium, to doing taxes today! Oh well, I will look on the bright side least it's not April 15th! Hope you had a fun filled day, and are still eating Valentine chocolates.

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Thursday, February 13, 2014

Throwback Thursday, Gouache and Happy Valentine's Day

         Gathering Flowers    16 x 11"   gouache

        Flower Basket         16" x 11"        gouache

I've noticed some artists have been having a 'Throwback Thursday' post and several are working in gouache these days and enjoying it. I guess I'm combing both of those ideas with today's post. These are two gouache paintings that I had fun with a few years ago, from my imagination. They were done for the pure pleasure of working with bright color and the immediacy that gouache paint provides. It's like working with the poster paint you used to use in school and had so much fun with. Hope you enjoy them and that you have a flowery and sweet Valentine''s Day tomorrow.

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Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Valentine Sale - 25% off Flower Paintings

Geranium Stems    oil        8" x 6"
Here's a reminder of my Valentine flower sale which ends after Friday. Just four days left to save 25%. Here are the links to my Daily Paintings and Floral/Still Life portfolios. When you buy a floral at the regular price, you will receive your same day refund. Just email if you have questions.
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Monday, February 10, 2014

Light & Shadow

Light & Shadow                      oil on linen                      8" x 10"
I challenged myself to use a very limited palette today. So, for this one I used cad. yellow light, ultramarine blue, black and white. I always like the grays that you can create with so few colors, because then when you use pure hue, those areas really pop. It's snowing here today, but it's a good escape to imagine a warm day in a painting!

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Sunday, February 9, 2014

McKinn Island

McKinn Island                7.5" x 9.5"                      oil on linen
This is from a photo I took a few years ago. I was in a boat fly fishing with my husband. We were in Tofino on the west coast of Vancouver Island. What I remember was the very cool, grayish sky light and soft edges on everything. The islands in the area are dark, solid masses that surrounded us while we tossed up and dawn in a small boat. We had seals following periodically, hoping we'd catch one for them! 

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Saturday, February 8, 2014

Dark Clouds With Pink

Dark Clouds With Pink                    9" x 12"              oil on linen  
I may have left too many edges on this one, can't quite decide. I certainly did enjoy slashing on the paint strokes. The navy and cad red was a satisfying color combination that was a bit different for me. The surrounding dark clouds sort of framed out the setting sun in this one. 
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Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Shadow Falls

Shadow Falls            10"x 8"             oil on linen panel
This is from a sketch and photo I've referenced before. It is just a few minutes walk from the road along the Coeur d'Alene river. As we all know, it can frequently pay to get out and explore even when the beauty of the drive seems to be enough.
On another note, for those of you that are subscribers, please email if my blog post has changed or is appearing incorrectly when it arrives at your Inbox. I received word that the post image is sometimes not correct and am trying to follow up.

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Monday, February 3, 2014

In The Pink

In The Pink         14" x 11"        oil on panel
As I continue to organize, I have another good deal just announced in my newsletter today. All of my floral painting are 25% off, until Valentine's Day, Feb. 14th. Just click  Small Works & Daily Paintings or Florals/Still life  to see available paintings on my website. Once you've made your purchase, you will receive your same day 25% refund through Paypal.
Above, I have a late afternoon sky just taking on the pink reflection of  a lowering sun.
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