Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Painting on a cold, windy Sunday made me yearn for warmth!

I felt the need for warmth, romance and a little mystery today when I found my inspirational reference photo. I choose a horse grazing at the edge of Aspens and wanted to leave a lot of it to the viewer's interpretation so I stayed as loose as I could for today.  Enjoy this late summer day!

"Horse in the Aspens"
20"x30" oil painting on 1 1/2" profile canvas

Friday, March 29, 2013

Rainy Day Project!

How do you overcome the last of the winter blues when it's dark and ominous out?  
You paint!  We had downpour after downpour and gloomy weather, so I started looking through my inspiration file that houses all my reference photos I collect to get my creative juices flowing, and I found this bright, cheery scene of lovely spring daffodils.  

It didn't take much to decide this was a good subject on such a dreary day.  I will create my own sunshine!

Hope you enjoy.

"Ushering in Spring"
24"x12" oil painting on 1 1/2" profile canvas

Wednesday, March 20, 2013


After a drawn out move, some travel mixed in and a lot of adjusting to a new town, I have gotten my studio space set up and finally put some time aside to paint yesterday.  I decided to "go big" and painted a 20"x30" floral painting.  Pretty ambitious for not having picked up a brush in over a month, but I loved the process, tried some different techniques and loved the result.  It brought me right into Spring and Summer on a cold rainy night here in Bend.

 I hope you enjoy it too!

"Wildflower Field"
20"x30" oil painting on 1 1/2" profile canvas

Friday, January 4, 2013

Painting Today with Children! So fun!

I had a fantastic day today painting with a 6 year old and a 9 year old.  Showing them the "tricks of the trade", allowing them to explore their creativity, amazed at the results!  I wish I had taken photographs of their art to post.  They did an amazing job and produced three paintings each!  I didn't believe they would be able to focus that long, but they really got into it!

I did this kind of abstract flower painting to give them some pointers on how to fill the canvas, using brush strokes, etc.  They made me wish I was a kid again!

Abstract Flowers
12X12" oil painting on museum quality flat panel

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Warm Tropical Flowers cheer me up in the dead of winter!

Took advantage of the wonderful winter sunshine and painted another floral small.

"Warm Azaleas"
8"x8" oil painting on museum quality flat panel

A bright pink rose in the middle of winter!

Today, on a super snowy winter day, I found good light, so I decided to paint.  I looked through my hundreds of reference photos, but kept coming back to flowers.  So today I did a rose and I might get one more painting in before the early dusk settles in.

"Pink Rose"
8"x8" oil painting on museum quality flat panel.