Thursday, October 27, 2016

Across the Pond

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I painted this on a recent trip to Colorado.  My friend Penny and I had driven out to her friend's farm, and found this lovely pond at the back of the property. I had just learned about galkyd, and so experimented with this painting. I love galkyd! I actually painted the house and yellow bushes first, just to make sure I got those in before the light changed, but then I painted in the trees. And then all the pond stuff. So by the time I put in the distant mountains and sky, the paint on the trees was tacky enough not to make mud where they touched. This is a solution to a problem I've had forever with landscape painting!!

Also, here are all my kids (and me, and 2 of our illustrious hosts) from my San Antonio, Texas workshop last week. You guys were awesome!!

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

At Attention

I am home from my San Antonio workshop and slowly catching up with things here. It took me a couple of days to recover emotionally. These kiddos (to the right) may not look rowdy, but they definitely kept me on my toes. The great food and wine helped keep my strength up, but by the end I was a puddle on the floor. I'm hoping they didn't notice. Oh shoot, did I just admit that?!

Here are a couple of my demos from the class, and a couple of partial demos too. I was especially happy with the bacon, and plan to paint it again. Not the actual bacon - I ate that.
I'll post the group photo soon. Meanwhile, I need to let you know that I'll be heading to Germany at the end of the week, and we'll be there a month! I'm hoping to get some new reference photos, and maybe paint some of them too.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Standing Room Only

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Tomorrow morning (far too early) I'm flying to Texas! I'll spend a few days visiting family, and then teach my last workshop of the year, in San Antonio. I'll be back late Sunday the 23rd, and will ship any paintings that have sold, then (I apologize in advance for the delay). Toodles!

Monday, October 10, 2016

Take Your Pick

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I can't believe I forgot this, but a major milestone has passed. Ten years and four days ago is when I started this blog! Wow. What a journey this has been, and continues to be. To the right is the first painting I posted here, on October 6th, 2006.

Saturday, October 08, 2016

No Personal Space

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Recently I experimented for the first time with Galkyd. It makes paint dry a little faster, which I found is especially useful for landscape block-ins. Specifically I have used it to block in the dark masses of trees, so that when it comes time to put in the light sky the colors don't mush together at the margins and make so much mud! This has been quite enlightening! So I've been experimenting with Galkyd in still lifes too, and blocking-in there as well. I don't have answers yet, still just lots of questions. But I'm having fun.

Thursday, October 06, 2016


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Here's another one from eye-level. Someone told me once, long ago, never to paint a still life looking down because it looks like it's going to slide right off the table. Obviously I ignored them! But what do you guys think? Just curious...

Wednesday, October 05, 2016

Little Red

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I used just my soft, white light for this one. At some point I'd like to do an experiment where I paint the same composition over and over, each with a different light.

Tuesday, October 04, 2016

Sea of Saucers

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This may seem like a simple scene. But it was HARD to paint! It was like a puzzle of never-ending little bits of color, that all had to work together, especially in the cups. Lots of reflected light. Oh man.

Sunday, October 02, 2016

Cups for Company

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For this one I used two lights: a warm halogen, and a cooler florescent, hence the double shadows. I also like how shiny it made the cups look!

Speaking of lights, after a post of mine a week or two ago, a gal (Linda) wrote in about some lights she bought that she thought some of you might be interested in. They come as a pair (she shared one with a friend) and you can get them on Amazon. She uses them to light her painting and her setup (though she paints from a photo of her setup at night). Happy to share.

Saturday, October 01, 2016

Don't Leave a Tomato Behind

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I actually painted these twice before I ate them, so here's the second go.

In other news, I was interviewed yesterday by a very sweet gal from Toronto. Her podcast is called "Art Pro Podcast," and if you haven't tired of my story yet, you can listen here. Thanks!

Friday, September 30, 2016

Homely Heirlooms

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These two beauties were home grown and gifted to me by some friends. They were quite a challenge to compose with, but I enjoyed it. I also enjoyed eating them afterwards! Heirloom tomatoes are the best.

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Now Where Did I Leave My...

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I had fun putting this one together. I have amassed quite a pig collection over the last 5 years, and its embarrassing how few I've painted recently! So here's the orange one, quite proud he was chosen.

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.