Saturday, April 26, 2014

Desert Ochre

Desert Ochre             oil on linen panel               6" x 8"

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Thursday, April 24, 2014

Pocket Water

Pocket Water       oil/linen panel         9" x 7"
I have a pretty active scene here and used the fallen trees, angle of the water and the vertical figure to create a flow around and through the composition. Edges were mostly soft or lost, but I kept hard edges around the figure. The title comes from water created by lots of rocks and tumbling current, creating pockets where fish hide.

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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Roses and FASO's Boldbrush Fav 15%

Rose Garden              9" x 8"              oil on panel
I got a nice email from today letting me know that my painting  White Roses had been selected as part of the Fav 15% in FASO's March Boldbrush painting competition. Thanks FASO! It's one of my favorites too and I was inspired to paint more roses today. These are from the lovely Butchart Gardens in Victoria B.C.

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Friday, April 18, 2014

A Single Tulip - Happy Easter!

Single Tulip 16" x 5" panel

Wishing you all a very fine weekend & a
 Happy Easter!

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Above Avery , fly fishing on the St. Joe river

Above Avery              7" x 7"               oil on linen panel
Avery, Idaho is on the St. Joe river. On a day like this one, it's just one sparkling turn after another as you wind your way along the road that follows it. I took this photo of my husband at least a year or so ago, but in the way of revisiting images, today it just said 'paint me'!

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Sunday, April 13, 2014

Big Red

Big Red            10" x 8"       oil on linen panel
The beautiful red rocks on the Owyhee river are the focus in this one instead of a fisherman. I worked at getting the form to be massive in it's presence and turn the shapes with the correct values. In addition, I used the patch of light on the little spring green hillside to bring the eye down into the river and then back up again to the big silhouette against the sky. 

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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Breezy Beach Day

Breezy Beach Day                                  6" x 12"                                           oil on linen panel
Here's a beach scene for those of you longing for sunny days. This was from a picture I took in Hawaii on one of their perfect spring days.
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Tuesday, April 8, 2014


Waterfall               9" x 6"          oil
This is another pretty view in Glacier Park. I found some time to paint today and warmed the rocks into more orange and sienna color as a counterpoint to the blues. I've been working on L600 linen from New Traditions and really like the smooth surface that isn't too slippery. Their customer service is always great too!

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Saturday, April 5, 2014

Early Spring On The Owyhee River

Early Spring On The Owyhee   8" x 8"      oil 
I'm back, and it was good to visit with family and get a new perspective on things elsewhere. It's also good to get caught up enough to paint! Oh my.... I have missed sliding paint around and using color! My husband was fishing with a friend on the Owyhee river in Oregon and brought back some inspiring images that had me thinking of  in terms of cool blues and early spring color in the grasses. 

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