Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Merry Christmas!

Santa & His Reindeer        gouache on illustration
Merry Christmas!
Thank you 
for being a part of my painting journey!

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Friday, December 12, 2014


    Oscar                    8" x 10"              oil on linen panel
I haven't painted a dog for quite awhile and Oscar was a real pleasure. This is a friend's dog, and my husband caught a photo while on the river fishing a couple days ago. I love Oscar's intensity and discipline as he waits for whatever the the next cast might bring. This one's not for sale, and you can see a larger version by clicking on the image. See other available works at:

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Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Blue Streak

 Blue Streak                   8" x 10"               oil on archival board

Hope discussion on color temperatures and shadows from my last post was helpful. There is an additional clarification in the comments section This is another in which I tried to really keep those principles in mind. Tomorrow I will post the winner of my  latest give-away

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Sunday, December 7, 2014

Workshop Influence & a Re-Post-"Just Holding On"

Just Holding On                 12" x 16"       oil on linen panel

I had a great question from Julie Ford Oliver on my last post. She asked whether there was any influence from the Daniel Keys workshop in "Snowy Homestead". I have asked myself the same question the last couple times at the easel and I have to say the answer is yes. One of the things he stresses as he paints is the rule regarding cool light = warm shadows and visa versa (warm light = cool shadows) But, though I've been aware of it for years and used that principle, I don't think I ever asked myself to be as consistent about it until after being reminded of it daily in the workshop. I can sometimes be so taken with color and value, that I don't go the extra mile to make sure the relative temperature rule is followed. And, in thinking about the use of that rule, remember it doesn't mean that one shadow is equally as warm as the one next to it. The rule refers only to the light and shadow of  one area or subject. A valuable lesson.... re-learned!
The painting shown here is a re-post, hope you enjoy it. Have a great week!
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Saturday, December 6, 2014

Snowy Homestead

Snowy Homestead          oil on linen       6" x 8"
The is one from north of New Meadows, Idaho. I loved painting all the blues and then popping in those lights of the sun-struck areas of the snow. This was done on a Canson art board that is archival and has a light linen-like surface. It is one I will definetly use again.

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