Sunday, April 08, 2018

Family Bed

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Here is another little cut up orange painting. My favorite parts are the shadows they cast, which depending on how the slices are cut, how they're arranged, and the direction of the light, can be vastly different. Check out how different they are.

Friday, April 06, 2018

Blue and Orange

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A couple of very good Texas friends came to visit us in Oregon for a few days and we had a lovely time visiting and making art together. I didn't paint, but I did a number of abstract collages, which I will begin posting again soon. This is a little painting I did right before their visit.

Friday, March 30, 2018

Did They See it Coming?

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This was one of the rare occasions when I thought of the title as I was setting up the composition. If you don't know by now, I have a rather dark sense of humor. : )

Thursday, March 29, 2018

What Are We Doing Here?

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I was at IKEA yesterday, picking up some things (for a project that will be revealed soon...) when my husband spotted this piece of glass and suggested it might make a good palette. I had been intending to get one from somewhere to finally replace the paper palettes I've been using for years, but hadn't done it yet. And boy am I glad, because this one is perfect! It's thick, has rounded edges, and is already white on one side. Best of all, it was only $20!

I feel like this is a setup meant for a queen! And so of course nothing I painted today worked out. Ugh. The painting above is one I did a couple of days ago.

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Check Us Out

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When I was in San Francisco I saw three young gals walking around together, constantly taking selfies. I watched them for a while, because I was waiting for them to move out of the scene I wanted to photograph. For at least 15 minutes they were completely oblivious to their surroundings, except as a backdrop for their glamour shots. They didn't even speak to each other, except to ask for an opinion about a pose. These pears reminded me of those girls, but with a "mirror" instead of cell phone cameras.

Monday, March 26, 2018

Some Light Reading

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Today I replaced my old toolbox/workbench, AKA taboret/palette, with this shiny new one! I found it at Costco and immediately felt an intense need. It's bigger and taller, and comes at a time when I need more space for my growing collection of art stuff. Unfortunately it weighs about 300 pounds, so we had to get very creative in moving it. But don't worry, I was careful and didn't hurt my back again. My husband on the other hand...

Sunday, March 25, 2018

It's Not Often Black or White

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I found this black cup recently at a thrift store, and I've had it sitting on my little staging table ever since. Yesterday I put a white cup down beside it and noticed the cool reflections happening, of the white cups off the black one. It's a tough thing to paint because your brain tells you the reflection is "white," but in actuality the value of the reflection is MUCH darker than the white cups. So I'm pretty damn proud of that little moment there.

Saturday, March 24, 2018

Who Goes First?

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These pears know they need to get on the plate, but they're not sure what's going to happen once they're there. I'm not either.

Friday, March 23, 2018

You Had Me at Hello

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One thing I love about chasing other subjects for a while, is how nice it is to come back to still life. Feeling a teensy bit rusty though - it took two tries for this one.

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Two Dudes and a Puddle

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I went back through my files of a Seattle wander for this one. These dudes were just too cool for words - that and the sky reflected in the puddle made it absolutely impossible not to paint.

As for the cold wax and oil workshop I took earlier this week, I want to show you just a few examples of the absolutely yummy texture I was able to achieve. This was really just SO much fun! Especially since I was able to share the experience with some art buddies. Eventually I want to use cold wax in my regular, realistic work. For now I need to experiment more, and overhaul my studio so I have more room to put stuff!

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Capture the Moment

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For some reason I get more glare on my paintings when I try to photograph them on an overcast day, vs. a sunny one. And we have a lot of those in the winter here in Oregon. So I've taken a second photo to show how this looks from another angle. This is my favorite San Fran painting so far!

For the next two days I am taking a workshop from Ruth Armitage. She is teaching us how she does abstract paintings, using cold wax and all kinds of other fun tools. I'm really excited to see how she makes her beautiful paintings!!

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Cold in the Shadow

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Yesterday I spent hours doing a painting of a similar scene, with just one gal in the foreground, in shadow. It was on a bigger panel, a more complicated scene, and at the end of the day I couldn't find enough good in the painting to keep it. My husband said it was weird that the gal in the foreground was in shadow. But, call me stubborn, I had to try again. I like this one a lot more. That's not to say it wasn't hard as heck! These faces are not only tiny, the values are super duper subtle.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Country Bumpkins

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Here is the fourth direction, headed into the city from Embarcadero, in San Francisco, towards the financial district. What business do you suppose these two had there? The man reminds of my grandpa, but he was taller than this. The woman could never be my grandma because she's a much snazzier dresser than this!

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Work Buddies

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As promised, here is a scene at Embarcadero in San Francisco, facing the bay. Normally, with people this small I would paint them on a larger panel. But I decided to see how much of their gestures I could capture, with just a few strokes. I am especially proud of their faces - it's really really tough to get faces to read right when they're this teeny tiny.

Monday, March 12, 2018


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I laughed pretty hard when I came up with the title for this one, because it is just SO perfect.

I was going through my photos from San Francisco today, trying to decide how I wanted to dedicate my painting time (AKA, my limited, not resting my back time). I realized I had quite a few from a morning wander around Embarcadero. When I walked in one direction, I got the dramatic back-lit effect (ex., yesterday's painting), and when I turned around, I got the in their face, front-lit effect (see above).

Next I will paint one aimed towards the water (if these folks above looked left), and then another heading into the financial district. That will hit every direction, and somehow that feels complete.

"Green Square" 6x6in.
(outside frame 13x13in.)
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Sunday, March 11, 2018

What Are We Missing?

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My back was better enough today to manage one painting - yay! I'll take any improvement. Thank you all for your kind thoughts and suggestions. Once my back is well enough, I have a plan for how I'm going to (hopefully) keep this from happening again. : )

Meanwhile, I spotted these two walking along the Embarcadero in San Francisco, rimmed by the morning sun.

Friday, March 09, 2018

Bringing Flowers

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This one looks better in person, I swear. Unfortunately with these darker paintings, the darks tend to dry a little chalky, and then it's quite hard to get a good image of it. The varnish I put on before I ship it takes care of all that - not to worry.

I haven't posted (or painted) the past few days because I'm having an issue with my back. I went to the doctor and she gave me the "as we get older" talk, which ... I guess I am now officially old enough to hear. I'm trying to "take it easy," which is NOT easy for me. I'm not one for sitting around. But I'm hoping if I do enough of it, I will head off this problem and avoid it going forward. Wishful thinking? Maybe.

Meanwhile, here is another of my abstract collages. This one is called "King of the Hill". The piece is 6x6in. - outer dimension of frame is 13x13in. Click Here to Bid

Tuesday, March 06, 2018

So Many Choices

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I'm enamored with these busy market scenes, with their patches and light and shadow, and bits of color like candy. This gal was enamored too, though I think overwhelmed might better describe her. She wasn't sure which way to go.

Monday, March 05, 2018

Agile Auto

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I saw a lot of these little cars around San Francisco. The rear view mirrors on this one were a florescent shade of yellow, but I wasn't crazy about it for the painting. I suppose they were that color for a practical reason?

Sunday, March 04, 2018

View of the Bay

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Here's another one from the top of Potrero Hill in San Francisco, this one with a little slice of the bay. I actually scanned this one instead of photographing it, because I got a new scanner and wanted to try it out. I think it turned out pretty great, except you can't see any of the texture of the strokes. Which ... I'm not sure whether I like or don't like yet. The downside is I can't scan a painting until it's dry. The upside is I can scan in a pinch, if I've forgotten to take a picture while the sun is up.

But the primary reason I bought the scanner (an Epson Perfection V600) is for my little abstract collages. After much deliberation, I've decided to offer them framed. I got four of my first ones framed for myself, and I think they look so good like this. This first one is called "Monday". The piece is 6x6in. and the outside of the frame is 13x13in. I'm starting the bidding at $100. (I used acrylic instead of glass for safer shipping, but this can be easily replaced if you want). Click Here to Bid