Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Curiosity Killed the Tomato

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I am excited to announce a new workshop! This one will be next year, May, in ... wait for it, France! You can read more about the venue here. We'll be painting the landscape and from photos we take around, which I'll do demos for and lectures about. Come paint with me in France!

I'll have more of my regular (still life, daily painting) workshops for next year to announce in the next few months, as soon as I have all the details worked out.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

On a Journey

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I made some new friends here in Eugene recently and they gave me these plums to paint. I knew they'd be perfect in my green fish bowl. Thank you Lisa and Robert!

If you noticed a gap between this and my last post, it's because I was in Colorado, painting with my pal, Penny. The weather didn't completely cooperate, but we did get in a few nice sessions. I'll think about posting some of those paintings.

While I was there, we happened to notice a Richard Schmid retrospective happening at the same time. So we went, and met some pretty awesome artists, including Richard himself! I asked him how often he wipes a canvas and he said, "Once every..." (he paused for a bit here) "7 or 8 years." I said, "Wow! That isn't very many!" And he said, "I never start a painting unless I can see it finished in my head."

Friday, September 16, 2016

Yella Fella

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After yesterday's post I got a few questions about my lamp. I'm including some pictures here to the right (and a peek into my shadow box!), but I'm sorry to say the lamp's a bit of a frankenstein - not something you can buy off the shelf.

My husband made it for me. He knows how to connect stuff.

The head is from a cheap lamp we bought somewhere (like Target?). The neck and clamp we bought from B&H Photo.

If I didn't have such a handy husband, I would probably try some of these until I found a few I liked. But I'm sure glad I have David.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Nectarines By Moonlight

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In my shadow box have a lamp with a very long, bendy neck so I can point it in any direction. As I'm composing I play around with this a lot to find a situation I really like. For this one I pointed the light towards the very back of the bowl so that just a little bit of the nectarines glow with color. I think it's important to try all sorts of things. Eventually, after playing with all my props, backgrounds, angles, and the light, (this takes anywhere from 5 minutes to an hour, or more) I land on something and I think, "Oh, that's cool! I want to paint that." So I do.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

My Shiny Friend

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Copper and nectarine make the perfect pair, hey? I pulled out my dusty old piece of glass for the reflections. I forgot about it but I used to do this all the time. Like this one, and this one. At this angle (not quite eye level), the reflections are vague still, which I like, but it's also difficult to paint. The trick is to squint and compare, compare, and compare some more.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Don't Play with Your Food

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A student of mine gave me this blue elephant a while ago, but I'm just now getting around to using it. Sorry (and thank you again)! I do think it's very cool. It's just that I have so MANY things on my shelves calling to me.

Monday, September 12, 2016

Your Brother's Car

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I was very attracted to the unnaturally blue windows. And the perfect shadow up on the grass. And the little red car in the background. Very geometric.

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Narrow Enough to Step Over

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I painted this one from a photo I took recently in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. This little creek was near our camp, and one of the few that we could step over easily. There were plenty more that took a bit of navigating. I had a few unsteady moments, but never fell in the water. Amazingly.

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Outdoor Seating

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I have a few paintings leftover from my recent gallery show. This is one of them, and perhaps my favorite from the whole show! The price is the same as what it was in the gallery - and "buy it now" instead of auction. The scene is from a little alley with restaurants in Seattle near the Pike Place market. Unlike most of the paintings I sell here, it comes in this simple, black floating frame from Franken Frames, and shipping is included in the price.

Friday, September 09, 2016

Pairs Not Pears

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I'm quite proud of the title for this one. I actually thought of it while I was setting up the composition, which is rare. Normally I think of them afterwards and I'm sitting here in front of my computer about to post.

Wednesday, September 07, 2016

Aerial Perspective

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My little brother is visiting us for a few days, so I am posting a few I painted before he got here. I really enjoyed getting back to basics with still life.

Monday, September 05, 2016


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When I got home from the mountains I had a hankering to paint some still life. I had been using a block-in first method outside, and decided to try it on some cups. It was a horrible failure and I wiped it off immediately! And then did a few more wipers for good measure. It was late so I wrote a note to myself for the next day to "slow down." This was the first one I did the next morning. It was like a meditation, and just what I needed.

Sunday, September 04, 2016

Tree Rock Mountain

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This is the last painting from my recent Sierra Nevada trip. Below is my whole group of comrades: (L to R) Ernesto Nemesio, myself, Kim Lordier, Bill Cone, Michele de Braganca, Lori Putnam, our fabulous cook & her daughter, Terry Miura and Paul Kratter.

Thursday, September 01, 2016

Serenity Creek

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This is another one from the Sierra's. On this day I decided to hike back down a bit the way we had come, to some creeks I had seen. I found this lovely spot, near the trail. Right as I was finishing up, some dark clouds rolled in, so I hoofed it back to camp. I got in right before it started to rain, which was a great excuse to climb into my tent for an afternoon nap.

What a job!

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Not An Island

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I caught a little summer cold (aren't they the worst?!) which is why I haven't posted for a few days. This is another one from the Sierra's - up at Iceberg Lake. I say "up" because we had to hike up quite a bit to get there. And then back down to camp after. This was an odd rock jutting out into the lake. I absolutely fell in love with the colors in the shadow. And in the water. Such an awesome place!

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Trees Galore

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The title for this one is a joke because my friend Paul says I avoid putting trees in my paintings. Which is pretty true. He's the master of trees. I could learn a thing or two (or fifteen) from Paul Kratter.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Rock Blocks

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I painted this one after a hike up to Iceberg Lake (from Ediza) last week. The water was spectacular, but for some reason this scene was calling me even more. I think the thing I love most about this place is the rocks. Can you tell?

Wednesday, August 24, 2016


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This is my first painting (that turned out) from our trip up into the Sierra Nevada mountains last week. There was a little waterfall just to the left and I tried painting that first, but it was a disaster. Despite that, and a few other failures, there were no major disasters, and we all had a wonderful time!

I did see two bears: one from the car driving in, and the other in our camp a couple of evenings, keen on getting our food. Fortunately he ran away when we yelled at him. He did manage to snag some instant coffee and a couple of days later we found a big sludgy pile of bear poop near camp. Poor guy must have had indigestion!

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Sierra Sunrise

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This one was practice for my upcoming mountain trip. I did it from a photo I took up there last year, as the sun was rising and there were still lots of big shadows on the rocks. It will be the last painting I post before I leave on Saturday, because I've got to pack. After a day of driving, we'll spend half the day hiking up the mountain, 5 days painting, and another half day hiking out (assuming no one needs a helicopter, again). : ) Be thinking nice thoughts for me, and will the bears and mountain lions into nice, friendly moods. If all goes well, I'll be back home again around August 22nd.

Monday, August 08, 2016


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I painted the same scene again (as yesterday) but from further up and zoomed out. I really love these two trees and the rocks they cast shadows on. Plus it has the benefit of being off the beaten path. At the top there are a gazillion people. And wind.