Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Honey, Lose the Hood

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Here is another painting from the Hell's Kitchen Flea Market in New York City.

I haven't been painting as much as usual the past couple of days because we've had visitors. Our old friends Qiang Huang (excellent artist - check him out!!) and his wife, Song, are visiting from Austin. Qiang is teaching a workshop here next week, but they came early to visit. Here are a few pictures from the past couple of days:

Monday, August 25, 2014


not for sale

This is one I painted a couple of months ago (looks better in person), of a boy I knew years ago in Austin, coincidentally named Austin. I did a commission for his parents then, and have since completely lost touch with them. So this was just for practice, because I've had a hankering to paint people lately.

And now for a report on last week's workshop. I had a really lovely group of kids who painted their hearts out for five days. And even though they may have complained a bit, and said/did some naughty things, I will not say a word about it. Why? Because at the end of the week they presented me with a whole slew of giant sunflowers, and a card signed by all! I cannot, in good conscience, complain. Here they are working (and me grinning, bottom right):

And here's the whole group. Thanks, y'all were great!!

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Water Under the Bridge

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This is a little scene I snapped in San Francisco last year, near the big red bridge - you know the one I'm talking about. I love the difference between the water in shadow and the water in light. That and all the angles. I might paint it again sometime just to try it a different way. But then, I always want to do that. So we'll see.

Tomorrow begins another workshop for me here in Oregon. Cross your fingers that my kids are well behaved this week. : )

Friday, August 15, 2014

Abstract Landscape 1

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I almost posted this one as a complete abstract, but maybe you can recognize a few things. Meanwhile a couple of you asked me to post the photo reference from yesterday's painting, so here it is (click to see a larger version). -->

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Pink Sand Creek

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I took the photo for this one years ago, in Sedona, AZ. My friend Penny and I were scoping out plein air locations for the next day, and for some reason that I can't remember, we were running around like crazy doing it. I never thought I'd use the photo, even though I really liked it, because it didn't seem dramatic enough. But I've been looking for subtlety lately, and this called out to me.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Reflections in a Puddle

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I found this little spot when I was in the mountains in California, near Loves Falls. I love the idea of doing small, intimate landscapes - almost like an outdoor still life? Maybe that's why I like it. But it opens up a whole new venue for me!

Monday, August 11, 2014


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This is another rose from the Eugene rose garden. Painting roses is a kind of meditation for me. Layer after layer of soft, buttery petals. I also love photographing them in the first place. I can spend an hour at the rose garden and it passes in the blink of an eye.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Variety Playhouse

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I'm home! And I didn't get eaten by any wild animals (yay!). And I have much to report. So much that I decided to put it on my Facebook page, with a day by day report. At the top is the group photo, then day 5, 4, and so on. With pictures. The only thing I didn't photograph were my sleepless nights in the tent. I used to be able to sleep anywhere, anytime. Not so anymore. Dang I'm getting old. But I had a blast. And I have new ideas. With any luck I'll actually follow through with them.

Saturday, August 02, 2014

Abstract Rose

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I did this one the other day and just REALLY like it a lot. I am posting from Lake Tahoe, and tomorrow I head further up into the mountains to play with pastel! You probably won't hear from me again until I get home again, next weekend. I also won't be shipping off any paintings until then, and I apologize for any inconvenience that causes. Please cross your fingers that I don't get eaten by a bear or mountain lion.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Who Drank My Tea!?

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I have really enjoyed painting still life this week, after a long break from it. Tomorrow I am off to California to hike and catch up with a good friend, and then to a whole new painting adventure. This one combines 3 elements that I have done separately, but never together: pastel, plein air and camping. I'll be taking a workshop from Bill Cone in the Sierra Nevada's, and I'm thrilled! And terrified. In equal parts. I hope to be able to post one more time before I head up into the mountains.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Plum Plate

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For this set of plums I decided to use bigger brush strokes and paint (sort of like) caricatures of the fruit, rather than shooting for realism. I think it turned out pretty cool-like.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Chuck Mate - #2000

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And here is (drum roll please) my 2,000th daily painting! I have a very good friend who wears these sorts of shoes often (when she wears shoes). Her daughter is just going into college, and due to some pretty huge issues that have come up for their family, I can imagine the funds are a bit tight for them right now. And so the proceeds from this painting are going a tiny way towards getting the sweet little gal through college.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Marching on the Red Square

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I haven't painted plums in a long time. They called out to me at the grocery store as I was casually walking by, minding my own business. "Paint us!," they cried. And what could I do but comply with such a passionate request?!

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Loitering Lemons

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This summer is going by at an alarming rate! Before I forget, here are two big things that are coming up for me:

1. This is daily painting number 1,998. I'm planning something special for #2,000, fyi.

2. The on-sale date for my book has been formally set for November 4th! It's called Daily Painting: Paint Small and Often To Become a More Creative, Productive, and Successful Artist, and you can pre-order it on Amazon, here. : )

Friday, July 25, 2014

Triangle Tea

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I've been gone the last few days, painting at the coast with friends. I had a great time (despite one particular dreary morning, painting in the rain) but have nothing to show for it, sorry. Hopefully these funky thrift store cups will make up for it.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Red Chucks

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I was very happy to find these shoes the other day at Goodwill. I had some pink ones when I was a kid. They were awesome. As for painting them, the laces were especially fun/challenging!

I have been painting less the last few days because we've had a visit from our granddaughter (Nina) and family - unfortunately leaving in the morning. : (

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Wood in a Jar

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I brought all of these wooden implements back with me from Germany. I had them sitting in my studio in this jar, waiting to be fit into the kitchen somewhere, when somehow they made their way into my painting. Sneaky buggers.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Light and Cups

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I was lying on the couch in my studio yesterday, staring up at my still life shelves with abandon. Suddenly I had an inspiration and raced to put this together! I love it when that happens. I think I'll take to lying on the couch more often.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Lunch in Germany

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Above is a painting I did from a reference photo I took in Germany. Honestly, I forget the name of the town. All I remember is that it was really hard to pronounce!

To the right are a few pictures from our backpacking trip this last weekend. My husband and I joined Leigh and Terry Sparks for 2 wonderful days in the Cascades! We found the most ridiculously beautiful spot to set up camp, right on Crescent Lake. You can see both the sun-rise and -set, as well as a photo of the boys cooking our dinner (while Leigh and I sat with our feet in the water, drinking wine!). Today Terry is back to hiking the entire PCT (from Mexico to Canada), where he averages 35 miles a day! He was really slumming it with us and our meager 25 miles over 2 days. Because of that, I am quite embarrassed to say we are still sore from the hiking. Oh.