Sunday, December 9, 2018

 "Barn Dance" 24 x 24 inch oil on gessoboard

I had a whole palette of colors mixed to do this same scene in the daytime, but then I had this idea and couldn't let it go.  I'm glad I changed my mind!

Monday, December 3, 2018

"Lotus Blossom" 12 x 6 oil on aluminum composite panel

I usually take my own reference shots, but I saw this one on Morguefile and had to paint it.  I have been wanting to paint a lotus for a long time and this one was it!

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

"Dawn at the Summit"  18 x 12 inch oil on gessoboard
I have developed a love affair with painting mountains.  This one is better in person.  The shadows are a tad more purple and the sky is a little more light peach. 

Friday, November 2, 2018

"Iced Tea with Lemon"  16 x 16 inch oil on gessoboard
This is another one of my "deck paintings".  I like taking the reference shots for my still lifes outside in the natural light and sometimes I even include the natural background in the painting (trees, sky, etc.).  I am planning to try to do some even during the winter and seeing what kind of paintings I can get utilizing the cold light, long shadows, and who knows....maybe even snow!

Friday, October 26, 2018

"October Stroll" 10 x 10 inch oil on gessoboard

This painting was a breakthrough for me in painting trees.  I feel that I was really able to achieve the depth in the foliage that I was going for.

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

"Big Blooms" 24 x 12 inch oil on gessoboard
I really enjoyed painting this one.  It was satisfying to paint these wide open blooms relatively loosely and in a slightly larger format.

Friday, October 12, 2018

"Sunlit Slice" 6 x 6 inch oil on gessoboard
I am really enjoying playing with backlit subjects lately.  I was slicing lemons for iced tea as the afternoon sunlight was coming through my kitchen windows, creating this dramatic lighting.  

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

"Autumn on the Skokomish River" 12 x 9 oil on gessoboard
I recently had a bad cold which put me on the couch for a few days.  I am usually an active person so when I finally got to go on a hike this weekend, I was thrilled!  Fall is my favorite season of the year and hiking in the woods is my favorite thing to do....besides paint!

Friday, September 28, 2018

"Backstage" 10 x 10 oil on gessoboard
This painting was great fun to do!  I enjoy the contrast between the gauzy, delicate hibiscus petals and the almost alien looking bud.  

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

"Tadasana" 18 x 24 inch oil on gessoboard
My brother-in-law is one of those nuts who loves to travel around and climb mountains.  Ha, ha.  He took the reference photo for this painting on one of his adventures.

Saturday, September 1, 2018

"Chexter" 16 x 16 inch oil on gessoboard
I loved painting this piece.  Chexter is such a special horse with a beautiful, kind spirit.  I was honored to have the opportunity to immortalize him!

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

 "Back to the Barn" (36 x 24inch pastel on Pastelbord)

 I was recently commissioned to paint this piece.  I have never actually painted a silhouette before and I found the simply "black" areas a little boring until I began painting the dust floating in the air. The dust is now my favorite part of the painting!😂

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

"Backyard Daisies" (20 X 8 oil on gessoboard)
These daisies are a familiar sight to anyone living in the Pacific Northwest.  I love to see their cheerful faces in the spring!

Friday, July 6, 2018

"Hollyhocks" (6 x 6 inch oil on gessoboard)
Wow!  It's been over a week since I've posted!  We had a wonderful 4th of July and also took a trip to see family in Ferndale, WA.  Our family loves to take walks so I had many opportunities to take reference photos.  These were growing in front of a beautiful little beach house.

Monday, June 25, 2018

 "A Perspective On Raspberries" ( 8 x 8 oil on gessoboard)

My boys went to their grandparents' house for the day to help with yard work and they returned with two bowls full of these beauties. I had fun placing them so that the trees were in the background.

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

 "Orange Slice with Plums" ( 8 x 20 inch oil on gessoboard)

Another still life that I set up on the table on my deck. I enjoy using the natural sunlight to light my still life subjects (when we have it up here in Washington) because it makes everything so vibrant.

Friday, June 15, 2018

"Romance" (6 x 6 oil on gessoboard)
I always have music on in my studio while I'm working.  I happened to be listening to Beethoven's "Romance in F Major" while I was painting this and so I titled it "Romance".  It's definitely fitting for the subject matter, I think.

Thursday, June 7, 2018

 "Shy Iced Tea" ( 10 x 10 inch oil on gessoboard)

I was outside doing yard work yesterday and this was my snack. It was so pretty that it had to pose for a photo before being eaten.

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

"Mirrored Clouds" (9 x 12 pastel on sanded paper)
This is a beautiful little lake near as spot dubbed "glass beach" in Port Townsend, WA.  This particular day was chilly and blustery, but is was worth the trek not only for the painting, but for all of the beach glass "loot" we found!  Your eyes are not deceiving you, by the way.  the clouds do have a very subtle pearlescent quality.

Saturday, June 2, 2018

 "Canyon on the Palouse" (12 x 24 in oil on canvas)

I instantly fell in love with the brights and darks of this canyon.  It also cried out to be painted larger.  I couldn't fit all of its energy into a smaller piece!

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

"Stream in Springtime" (8 x 8 oil on gessoboard),

I loved every moment of painting this piece. Achieving the look of rocks under fast-moving water was a very enjoyable challenge.

Friday, May 25, 2018

Weird Little Guy (8 x 6 chalk pastel on sanded paper)

My youngest son has a love of cacti and has a small collection of them on his bedroom windowsill.  He was thrilled that I wanted to paint one of his "weird little guys".

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Forest Stream (6 x 6 inch oil on gessoboard)
The Pacific Northwest has a way of covering everything in one shade of green or another.  Luckily, green is one of my favorite colors and I got to use so many shades in this little painting!  I couldn't quite get the brightest shade of green to photograph properly.  It is very vibrant in person.

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Uh-oh (12x 9 in oil on gessoboard)
My husband was mowing our lawn and the lawn mower ran out of gasoline....right before he could mow this beautiful dandelion down. I have a confession. If it were up to me, we wouldn't mow. I like meadows better than lawns!

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Road to the Mountains (8 x 8 oil on gessobord)

I've never painted a mountain. I love hiking and I walk up a lot of them so that's a little strange. Ha, ha. I loved painting this one though, so maybe there will be more mountain paintings from me in the future.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Pre-guacamole (6 x 6 oil on gessoboard)
I was about to make the first bowl of guacamole for the season and when I cut into the avocado, it was so perfect that I just had to paint it!  My oldest son took one look at the finished painting and exclaimed, "Oh, mom!  The avocado looks so creamy!".  Yay!  That's what I was going for!

Monday, May 14, 2018

Orchard with Dandelions (6 x 6 in oil on gessoboard)
It was mid-August and about 90 degrees when I took the photo that would become this painting. I was standing in the shade, watering the trees and admiring all of the dandelion fluffs glowing in the sun.

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Summer Day at the Canyon (12 x 9 in oil on gessoboard)
This was my first ever view of the Grand Canyon!  I absolutely loved "carving" the layers of rock with my painting knife!

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Windswept Clouds (12 x 9 in chalk pastel on sanded paper)
The sun makes one last attempt before the storm moves in.

Friday, May 11, 2018

Fiery Sunset (11 x 15 in chalk pastel on Pastelmat) - $195
The vivid colors and clouds in this sunset were so fun to capture with pastels.
In the Flow (8 x 8 oil on gessoboard) - $NFS
Nothing is more soothing than water running over stones.  Capturing that in this painting was a joy!  

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Country Car Wash (6 x 6 in oil on gessoboard) - $100
While my husband and I were doing chores in the backyard, the lovely dappled sunlight and brightly lit bucket begged to be painted.  I grabbed my camera and snapped a quick photo between feeding the chickens and watering the plants.

Old Barn (11 x 15 in- chalk pastel on Pastelmat) - $195
I love old barns and they show up in my paintings often.  This one, with its blue-grey color, really caught my eye.