Thursday, October 05, 2017

In Honor of Citrus

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And this is the last in my current series of orange slices. I thought about calling it "escapees", but then I figured it would be like listing the co-stars (the limes) as the headliner.

This is it for me for a little while. Tomorrow I fly to Texas for my next workshop. I've padded my trip with extra time to visit family and friends, so I'll be gone a total of 10 days. That means I won't be able to ship any paintings that sell while I'm gone, and for that I apologize.

I won't be able to ship until October 17th, but my stepdaughter will continue to ship book orders for me while I'm gone.

Wednesday, October 04, 2017

Breakfast Scattered 2

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I want to say a few things about the benefit of painting in a series. One of course is that if you buy produce, it's nice to get a few paintings out of it before it goes off. But that's the cheap me talking. What's even better is that when I'm staring at one subject (or a set of subjects) for a while they often inspire or lead to more ideas about the same (hey, what if I tried this?!). They build off each other. Each one presents a new challenge but uses the skills I've been honing. And lastly, my best paintings are very rarely one-off - they are almost always a part of a series of the same subject, theme, idea, or other. I may not post all of them, because they might not have all worked out, but I did them, and they made me better.

Tuesday, October 03, 2017

Breakfast Scattered

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Recently I experimented with different kinds of light for my still life. For this one I tried more than one light - three to be exact. I shined (shone?) my halogen flood directly at the top left of the setup, at a rakish angle. I pointed the other two (both florescent, one with a blue-ish filter over it) at various angles, but more away from the setup. You'll notice the segmented shadows this creates. It was fun - I'll do it again.

Monday, October 02, 2017

Get it Fresh

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This is another one from the little French market we visited this spring in L'Isle sur la Sorgue.

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Odds Stacked Against

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I caught a short cold from my darling son, who caught it from his stinkin' little 6th grade classmates. Which is why I didn't post this yesterday, as promised. But here it is. While the last one was lit with a halogen flood, this one's under a softer, florescent bulb.

If you want to try something like this for yourself, you will find it on this week's Daily Paintworks Challenge. You don't have to be a member to submit to the challenges.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Learning to Ice Skate

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I did two versions of this scene, with different lights. This one is lit with my halogen flood bulb, which is the bulb I use most often. Tomorrow I'll show you the other one.

I've also been working on a side project, building a little porch for a new outbuilding that my husband finished this summer. I had to work around big roots from a tree, which informed the design. I've really gotten into woodworking lately. It provides me with the perfect balance of creativity, problem solving, and hard work. Since painting is my "job," I'd been looking for a "hobby" that was different enough to compliment the other - I think I finally found it.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Colorful Street


This was not only a colorful street, but a colorful town in general! It is in France, right next to some hills made of very beautiful dirt, and I guess they use that to make pigment, and use that to make paint to color the houses. Pretty cool. Can I remember the name of the town? Nope. Why am I so bad at that? (retorical)

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Under Scrutiny


And now back to a bit of still life, as I have another workshop coming up - my last one of the year.

Unfortunately, I am having to raise what I charge for international shipping. I apologize for this. I was under the impression that I could ship in a (usps priority mail international) padded envelope and it would be automatically insured, but I learned the hard way today that it is not. The cost will go from $30 to $35.

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Retail Therapy


For one of my birthdays when I was a kid, someone gave me a set of markers. I remember not wanting to waste them, so I put them aside for "some special project in the future." Several years later I finally brought them out, only to find they had dried up!

When I got back from France and I was going through my photos, I was most excited about the reference for this painting. But I decided I should save it, because if I used my favorite photos first, I would be ... wasting them? So yesterday I decided - what the heck - I'm going to paint them in the order I am most excited about. And when I run out, I'll go and take more photos! So here's this one, and I have to say (screw modesty), I'm kind of totally in love with it.

Saturday, September 23, 2017

A Wall in France

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I have a LOT of photos in my arsenal that I took because something sparked in me when I looked at the real thing. But will they make a good paintings? Hmmm...maybe. I sat on this one for a while because I wasn't sure it would translate. Because sometimes that little thing you liked in the photo just doesn't happen in paint. But I tried it anyway, because sometimes we just have to try sh*t, and I have to say, I'm quite happy with it.

Upon request, I am adding the reference photo here.

Friday, September 22, 2017

Alley Cat


I've painted this cat before. She/he posed for me for a while, which I always appreciate. We were in a little alley in France, and I was hanging around because there were two ladies down the street standing in shaft of light that kept disappearing. I never did get a great photo of them, but what a consolation prize I had with this cat!

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Blue Shutters


I've been honoring the ebb this last week, taking a little time for myself to rest and recharge. Now getting back into painting, and I thought starting with spring in France would be a good, especially since Oregon has been slammed suddenly into fall.

I was recently invited to be interviewed on a podcast about about non-fiction writing. I thought, wait, I'm an artist ... but oh yeah, I guess I wrote a book too. Ha! The interviewer, Brendan, asked some great questions - with a little different slant than I'm used to - a lot about the creative process, and my recent thoughts about that. So if you're interested, here's the interview with the Creative Nonfiction Podcast.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Apple in a Cup


Here's another little still life. I bought the green cup from Fred Meyer (a local grocery store). I just discovered that they have a whole line of solid colored cups and bowls. Score!

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Who's Taller?


For yesterday's painting I used two sheets of paper - dark behind and light below. So for this one I challenged myself to switch them and make something work. Lately compositions have been coming to me a little slowwwwly, so it can help to give myself a starting point - even a simple one like this.

Monday, September 11, 2017

Wooden Salute

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It's been a few years, but these wooden spoons (& fork) called to me again (here's their first appearance). They were a gift from my German mother-in-law, and like her, they are very patient. They knew they would make it into another painting, and I believe they are hoping for yet another.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Sharing the Map


Here's another scene from France, this one quite simple. I'm trying to find a balance between loose & tight, and hard & soft. This one came together for me, and I think it's because I was using my new block-in technique (yes, I know this isn't new for other people) and because of that I knew everything was in the right place when I put in the tiny, tight details like the lady's back/shoulders, and their ears. Ears are really tiny, and even a fraction of an inch out of place makes them so wrong!

Saturday, September 09, 2017

Sweet Little House


I discovered this little scene in Seattle a couple of years ago. I've always loved the idea of living in a tiny house, but definitely not a tiny studio. My still life collection alone would take up 1/3rd of this place.

Friday, September 08, 2017

Let's Explore France


This one's a little bigger than usual, but I thought the scene deserved it. You might recognize the lady up the street a little ways from a different painting. I think it's kind of funny when that happens.

And now a note about frames. The place where I teach my workshops in Eugene is also a frame shop, owned by a wonderful family. Because I asked them to : ) they are now offering floating frames for panels, at GREAT prices! They have a pretty freakin' fantastic website in general, and the prices are very competitive. Check out

Thursday, September 07, 2017

Jeep Street


I decided to try something a little different for this one and take the reference photo using a wide angle lens. This makes the front end look bigger than it really is. But then I guess I think of Jeeps like this anyway - sort of imposing. My favorite part was the little patch of green reflecting on the left side.

Tuesday, September 05, 2017

Path to the Good View

sold. all proceeds went to Hurricane Harvey victims

I raided my old landscape photos for this one. The scene is from Sedona, during a trip with my friend Penny. On this particular evening we were running around frantically trying to find a place to paint before the sun set completely. I ended up taking photos instead.

I've been so busy this summer I haven't gotten out much to paint landscapes in person. I've decided not to feel bad about this and that it was important to tell you. ; ) I do enjoy it, especially with friends, but this summer I have found myself more compelled by things inside. Someday, when my son is older, and I can travel more easily, I will be out there more often.