Tuesday, July 28, 2015


     Biscotti                                   oil on linen                     9" x 9"

Today another still life, but this one from a photo of about a week ago at a local place. Yesterday's post "Flow Blue With Pitcher" was painted from life, Next time I do so, I will try to remember to take a picture before I take it apart!

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Monday, July 27, 2015

Flow Blue With Pitcher

Flow Blue With Pitcher                 12" x 16"                      oil

I had time to work with a still life today. This is a set up using several pieces that were my Mom's. She loved deep blues, and pinks, and gold tones and .... ok, she just loved color!  I'm sure that's where I get my own love of color. The name  'flow blue' is from the blue glaze that blurred or 'flowed' during the firing process. It's lovely and I along with my sisters have several pieces from her collection
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Sunday, July 19, 2015

Basque Dancer II

    Basque Dancer II   18" x 14"  oil

Basque Dancer II  - detail
I finally had a chance to finish this painting today. I worked with blending some edges, and using more opaque paint in the build up around the face and background. It's always interesting to come back to a work after some time. Every time I walked into my studio for the last few weeks, I'd think a little about how to resolve certain areas and finish. By the time I sat down today, it was mapped out in my head pretty well. It worked for this one anyway!

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Thursday, July 16, 2015

Cattle Shadows

Cattle Shadows                          8" x 10"                              oil

Still have the Bighorn river on my mind with these cattle at the river's edge. They were no doubt seeking a little  relief from the hot day and what feels better than wading to cool off the tootsies?

 I blocked in all the shadow areas in a thin mix of pink and coral tones, then drew the shapes and worked with thicker paint right over it all. I used walnut oil on this one, to loosen up the paint a bit. I just put a little puddle on the corner of my palette and dip into it periodically. It's best when I don't use too much, It can get a little too slippery and  does increase drying time otherwise. On the other hand, I like the consistency which is slightly thicker than OMS, but not sticky. 

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Sunday, July 12, 2015

Trio - Bighorn Cottonwoods

   Trio                               oil on linen panel                     8" x 10"  

I'm always attracted to the wonderful variety of shapes in Cottonwood trees, especially old ones like this stand I saw along the Bighorn river. It reminds me that I have not taken advantage of painting along the many beautiful areas along the Boise river since we've been here. It's banks are filled with old growth and beautiful pathways. What is it about getting away that opens ones eyes? 

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Saturday, July 11, 2015

Horn's Pond - Northern Woodlands magazine

Horn's Pond                         9" x 12"                       oil on linen

Here's one that a little different. I was contacted last week by Northern Woodlands magazine in Vermont, to do an illustration for a short essay. It's  about two friends going fly fishing and their experience and enjoyment of the day and surroundings. It will publish in September, and the design will use a cropped version. They were great to work with and I look forward to seeing it.

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Thursday, July 9, 2015

Ready To Roll - hay bales, Montana

Ready To Roll                       oil on linen                 8" x 10"
So what else did we see in Montana? Field after field of hay bales under blue skies and quite a green landscape. We had two evenings of rain during the time we were there and it provided wonderful relief from the hot days. I always like the patterns of the mowed hay. It provides great line that helps you point toward and away from various elements. In this case, I used the tilt of the hillside to give it some interest as well.

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Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Off The Range - fly fishers and cowboys

Off The Range                      10.5" x 10.5"                  oil on linen
We just returned from a week in Montana, where we saw lots of cowboys, fly fishers and also several cowboy fly fishers. Here's one taking a day off from ranch duties to bring one in on the Big Horn river.  I look forward to catching up with other artist blogs and seeing what everyone is up to in the world of painting and creating. 
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