Wednesday, January 18, 2017


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I started an exercise class at our local YMCA a little over a month ago. Although I loved it, apparently I did too many burpees (if you don't know, good for you!) and stressed out my wrists. Now they hurt all the time - ugh! So I quit the class and got some wrist braces and that is helping, but it is making painting really awkward! Anyone have any experience with this? Oh yeah, and I painted some eggs.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Monday, January 16, 2017

Dry Creek Bed

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I've been experimenting lately with some landscapes from my photo files. I have a quite a few I won't show you, but this is one I like. The scene is from the Escalante area in Utah. We camped there last spring, way way out in the middle of nowhere. It was pretty sweet. One morning I walked along this dry river bed for about an hour by myself, taking pictures and enjoying the serenity.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Foiled Plans

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I am officially PRE-ANNOUNCING my remaining 3, 2017 WORKSHOPS! I pre-announce so that everyone knows exactly when registration will begin, and has a fair chance of getting in.

This time I've posted all the details of the workshops ahead of time, so you can decide if one works for you, and which one(s). They tend to fill quickly (some within an hour), so sign up right away when the time comes. I tried to pick a time when most people (in the U.S.) would be awake and home. Here's when it will happen:

Sunday, January 22nd, at 9pm CST (that means, 7pm on the West coast, and 10pm on the East coast).


The painting above is one I did for this week's DPW Challenge, on painting foil. You don't have to be a member to submit! Join us!

Friday, January 13, 2017

Fish Tea

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I borrowed this teapot from my friend Patti. Unfortunately (and I think you'll get this, in some weird way) it is full of pennies. So it was quite heavy, and it kept tipping over in my car. I hope she didn't count the pennies, just in case I lost one or two in the transfer!

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Lurking in the Shadows

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My husband was gone for almost 3 weeks visiting his sick father in Texas. He had a heck of a time getting back to Oregon with all this winter weather everyone's been having, and was stuck for several days in Denver. When he finally got back, I was so over-joyed that I forgot to post for a few days!

This egg yolk is living in a lovely square bowl given to me by my friend, Dawn. Thanks, buddy!

Sunday, January 08, 2017

Casual Business

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This is a scene from Seattle that I've been wanting to paint for a while. These two guys were just perfect - perfect poses, light, background, etc. I had to make only very minor adjustments. It's been especially nice to paint sunny scenes when the snow is falling here. It's been quite cozy in my studio.

Friday, January 06, 2017

Knit and Sip

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My mother-in-law taught me how to knit, and I've appreciated it ever since. It's one of those things I can sit and do for hours. Somehow it takes up just enough of the analytical side of my brain to let my creative brain wander uninhibited. My mother-in-law's name is Carol too. Carol Jane Marine, and I'm Carol Jean Marine. Funny, huh?! Thanks, Carol!

Thursday, January 05, 2017

These Guys

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I was playing around with color on this one. The photo reference (from Seattle) was very gray, and honestly, kinda boring (but great values!). So I spiced it up.

Wednesday, January 04, 2017

Dappled Wine Bar

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This is from Pioneer Square in Seattle, where a lot of the galleries and cute little shops are. Last time I was in Seattle, I remembered another painting I had done sorta like this a while ago, and decided I'd love to try it again. Dapples are a thing for me.

How do I paint dapples? Well, depending on whether there's more dapple or shadow, I paint that first. In this case there was more shadow, so I painted the scene in shadow first, pretending the dapples didn't exist. Then I came in on top with a kind of half dapple (a value/color halfway between the color of the wall/door/ground and the lightest dapple), and put in the some splotches about where they were in the picture, but maybe placed a little more artistically. Then I went in again with the lightest of the dapples, within the darker dapples, but only hitting some spots, because in real life some dapples are brighter than others. I hope that makes sense!

Monday, January 02, 2017

Home From Work

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This is a little scene from a Seattle neighborhood. I was there visiting a bud of mine, summer before last. She would drive me around and whenever I saw a cool scene I would jump out of the car and snap a few shots. If it took a while, or it was a busy street, my friend would drive around the block and pick me up again. How's that for love?!

Sunday, January 01, 2017

A Random Assortment

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When the inspiration occurs, I write down still life ideas. Then when I'm stuck, I consult my lists (yes, they are everywhere). What's funny, is that I almost never paint what I wrote down, but rather, an idea that comes from a permutation of the idea. But sometimes that's all I need - just a start.

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Chasing the Herd

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Happy New Year! I just want to say thank you to everyone who has supported me this year (and every year). I hope everyone had a great 2016. Here's to many happy things in 2017!

One of my resolutions is to do a better job with the Daily Paintworks weekly challenges. I've been dialing them in for far too long. This painting (above) is for this week's challenge, The Complementary Challenge. The idea is to use uneven amounts of two complementary colors in a painting. It was fun - join me!

Friday, December 30, 2016

Cup Love

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Do you see that little moment where all three of the coffee cups touch? Well, that wasn't so easy to accomplish in paint. I'm quite happy with it.

Thursday, December 29, 2016


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This is our cold, rainy season, so I have been inspired to stay inside and paint still life. I get especially excited by these juicy colors bouncing around on each other. They keep it feeling cozy inside.

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Fish Tea & Carrots

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Recently I spent a lovely day in my friend Patti's remodeled studio, painting with her and a couple other art gals. We ransacked Patti's house (and the snacks she put out for us) for props and each created our own still life. This was my first one.

Monday, December 26, 2016

Collecting Heat

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This is the last of my pepper series, for now. I was reminded today, as I was painting, the importance of keeping my paint piles full. I found that if I was running low on a certain color on my palette, I would start thinning out my paint, or trying to mix with other colors, instead of simply squeezing out some more! How crazy is that?! And I don't think it's just me. So squeeze out big piles to start with! And me, do what I say!

Sunday, December 25, 2016

A Snack with Water

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Happy Holidays! I hope you all had some yummy food. Here's a little plate I put together and painted. I was inspired by the food I give my son. He's picky so I mostly give him plates that look similar to this. Nothing touching. Lots of pretty colors.

This is also the example painting for the current Daily Paintworks Challenge, The Plated Food Challenge. If you have some time this week, try it and post it for others to see. It's fun!

Friday, December 23, 2016

Survey the Damage

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Still having fun with the peppers. Hope you're all enjoying the pre-Christmas festivities.