Wednesday, April 29, 2009


This painting is from a little while ago. It is from a photo I took over 20 years ago on a trip with my Mom. I made her stop the car because the dog was so funny and patient, protecting his barn. I did paint today but it was a new color for the walls in my studio not an actual painting... I'm changing the color to show off work better and to brighten it up a bit for my show this weekend and next.

"Protector" oil on board, 12x16"

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

"Jack's Rooster"

"Jack's Rooster" oil on board, 12x16"
at the Blue Heron Gallery
A neighbor of mine has a whole bunch of beautiful chickens and I stopped the other day to see if could take a few snapshots. I introduced myself and said I was a painter and asked if he would mind. He laughed and told me he was a painter too and then he added " But who isn't..." Vashon Island, an artist on every corner. I love living here.

Sunday, April 26, 2009

"Juicebox Princess"

"Juicebox Princess" oil on board, 18x24"
I think I am finished with this now but will have to sit with it for a while. I changed some of the overall colors in her face and dress to emphasize what I wanted to bring out more and put in more shadows. This is not cropped perfectly as the whole painting looks more like the first version. It's just a challenge to photograph them perfectly because I'm fighting with glare from my many windows...

Friday, April 24, 2009

"Juicebox Princess" in progress

"Juicebox Princess" (in progress) oil on board, 18x24"

I had to paint this little girl from a party I was at recently. She loved her dress so much...and her hoolahoop. Thirst knows no boundaries.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

"Jaden's Tulip"

One pretty tulip from the yard that the deer didn't eat...

"Jaden's Tulip" oil on board,  5x7"

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

"Fresh Flowers"

"Fresh Flowers" oil on board, 8x10"

Bright light coming through these flowers made them seem barely there.
I've been working hard on framing for my upcoming shows...

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

"Tall Tail"

"Tall Tail" oil on board, 8x8"
More rooster paintings... They are so pretty.

Monday, April 20, 2009

"Colorful Two"

"Colorful Two" oil on board, 8x8"
I've been wanting to paint some chickens and I finally found these beautiful creatures in a field the other day. I know I will go back and watch them some more...

Sunday, April 19, 2009

"California Poppy"

"California Poppy" oil on canvas, 6x6"
at the Blue Heron Gallery

Flowers, especially close up, really draw me in. I love the abstraction of seeing just part, where the contrast of colors is intense.

Saturday, April 18, 2009

"Walking to the Garden"

Study "Walking to the Garden", oil on board  8x8"
$150 plus $10 shipping
This is a study I did contemplating if I want to paint a larger version.  I love the light on the grass and the blackberry blossoms.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

"Judy's Fish"

"Judy's Fish" oil on board, 12x16"

Wednesday, April 15, 2009


"Heirlooms" oil on canvas, 22x28"
at the Blue Heron Gallery
This is the painting I was working on yesterday and finishing today. I have to say that the photo is not doing it justice. It has a lot more contrast and color in person. I will take more photos later when it can be moved. I want it to dry first. I bought a new color for this, which was really fun to add- cadmium orange. I'm still using a simple color palette of 7 basic colors and occasionally add 1 or 2 more. I like working on mixing from the basics.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

"Summer Hay"

"Summer Hay" oil on canvas, 11x14"
This is a painting I did a few months ago. This horse lives near me and loves a carrot over the fence. She looked so happy enjoying the late sun and plenty of grass. I'm in the middle of a really large tomato painting today and just couldn't finish. I hope to finish it tomorrow and post it.

Monday, April 13, 2009

"Sweet Ride"

"Sweet Ride" oil on board, 11x14"
I love kids at the park... I couldn't help painting this little sweetie and her lime green hat.

Sunday, April 12, 2009

"Sauce or Salad?"

"Sauce or Salad?" oil on canvas, 8x10"
I really love painting tomatoes. This one called to me...

Saturday, April 11, 2009

"Cosmos and Clouds"

"Cosmos and Clouds" oil on board, 12x16"
This is a second painting of cosmos from a series of photos I took last summer. In general, I have been painting from life on most days, but today the weather is not cooperating, so both paintings are from photos.

"Tulip Fields" oil on canvas, 6x6"
I may paint this again in a much larger format, but I thought I'd try it small first. I love old barns.

Friday, April 10, 2009

"Poppy Study #2"

"Poppy Study #2" oil on board, 8x10"
Love the poppies... I hope to post something else later, if there is time left in the day.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

"Poppy and Bud"

"Poppy and Bud" oil on board, 6x6"
$100 plus $10 shipping
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Just this beautiful poppy today...back to Vashon tomorrow for some bigger works. I am gearing up for my upcoming shows and will be painting as much as I can.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

"Quiet Pond"

"Quiet Pond" oil on board, 11x14"
I love trying to capture the elusive goldfish in my Mom's pond (with paint!)...

Monday, April 6, 2009

"kickball study"

"kickball in the sun" oil on board, 6x6"

Just a little study out in the Oregon.

Saturday, April 4, 2009


"Sprinkles" oil on board, 6x6"
One cupcake left. Had to paint it.
Going on a little trip but still hope to paint and post...

Friday, April 3, 2009


"Frosted" oil on board, 6x6"
I made cupcakes last night. What more can I say. I tried to paint some tulips today but struggled hard and then opted for the cupcake. I'm trying out a new type of board called Gessoboard as it has an immaculate surface. It's really nice. I'm going to use it for the small paintings for sure.

Thursday, April 2, 2009

"Turquoise Bowl" and Mailbox

"Turquoise Bowl" oil on board,  9x12"
I bought this crazy bowl at a thrift store today and just had to paint it. I'm sure it will show up again in the future...

Recycled glass mailbox

This is my mosaic project That I've been spending a lot of time on lately. It is drying and awaiting grout. Somehow this took a lot of time.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

"Basking in the Sun"

"Basking in the Sun" oil on canvas, 16x20"

Black cat in the warm sun, nothing better... More mosaic work for me today too. I'll finish the mailbox tomorrow and post the final project. I'm excited to get back to just brushes and paint.