Last summer, when the weather was not so hot, my garden ending up being home to many tiny tree frogs. They sat on the leaves of pumpkins, broccoli, and strawberries. I loved watching them everyday and took lots of photos. I've been waiting for them to come this year but it has been too hot so far. I thought I'd try to paint one today and enjoy all the greens. It's always a fun challenge as I mix all my greens as I go, not from a green tube of any kind.
This is my entry for the current Different Strokes from Different Folks painting challenge. This was a challenge for me but worth all the effort to learn a lot. I love seeing all the great painters out there who enter into these challenges.
I'm down to 4x4" size boards at this point until I gesso some bigger things. So I painted tiny today. We've also been busy building a meditation studio and a chicken coop for a few weeks so my time is absorbed lots of places right now. Not the least of which is time spent still trying to find my cat. Still holding on to great hope.
This rose is in my front garden and draws me in everyday. I love the deep pink turning to yellow. My chicks are getting big quick. I'm looking forward to some more chicken paintings once they are in their own space...
Here is Beauty again. She was waiting so patiently in the back of the truck for her owners to return. It kind of breaks my heart when I see dogs being so patient and looking at anyone who walks by with such high hopes.
This dog was sitting in the back of the truck right next to me one day as I rode the ferry (yes, I live on an island...). She was so pretty and posed for a few shots just so. I may paint her again as I have a couple of other great pictures. I wish I had asked her name.
My friend Jean gave me these beautiful raspberries from her garden this morning while I was over there trying to leave cat food out for my lost cat. She has seen him twice now and we are trying to get him to eat in the same place. Anyway, these berries were well worth painting before enjoying them for breakfast.
Had to paint the little teapot again and found some of my tiny red plums are finally ripe. We have these ancient fruit trees on our property that have gone wild and these red plums (Methley Plums) are so lovely when it is their time and we find some before the raccoons do...
I bought this beautiful little teapot at my local thrift store. I love the reflections it picks up. I think this painting is a bit stiff but I wanted to study this carefully before it ends up in a few more paintings... Still no cat. My heart is sad but hopeful he will find his way back to us.
I've been working on a few different versions for this portrait and like how this one has come out. Hopefully I've captured his wistfulness in that moment on that day and the beauty of his sun bleached hair...
I did a painting yesterday and had it posted for a while and decided I needed to rework it or move on so it's no longer up. I try to post the good , the bad and the ugly but somehow I couldn't bear to look at my drawing errors. It's all a process of learning for me since it's only been a year and 1/2 since I began painting. There is so much more to come as I work on my skills, everyday.
Had a hard time thinking about what to paint today, so I painted paint. The portrait is still in progress. One of my computers is having trouble right now and it has most of my new photos on it. I'm wanting to paint some images from my trip to Wyoming but it will have to wait for some tech fixes...
This is my auction piece for the upcoming event here on Vashon. I've been envisioning this for a while and had a chunk of time today to do a bigger painting. I like how it came out, moody and warm. I will add an auction link a little later. Still no kitty. Send "Come Home Kitty" vibes if you can. -Thanks-Kristen
I painted today but had little success because we are still searching for our cat and my mind is occupied so I thought I would post a painting of him I did a little while back... He is a cat version of a Corgy.
These cherries came right off my tree. I saved a few from the raccoons. Still painting small as I'm spending lots of time searching for my cat. Someone saw him the other day though, so that is encouraging.
I am an artist living on an island in the pacific Northwest. For the past year I having been painting exclusively in oils, mostly on board but also some canvas. For a few years prior to this, I painted furniture with acrylics in a style reminiscent of art from Oaxaca, Mexico. For many , many years before that, I was a professional french horn player. Life circumstances made me choose to put my instrument down permanently and this blog is evidence of my creative spirit coming out in different form. I love the practice of daily painting and after all the years in classical music, daily practice feels essential to art as much as it did to music.
All paintings are sold unframed with an option for framing.
Contact me for more information or if you are interested in a painting listed in the archive. Some works are in galleries and some are still available. I try to mark what has been sold right away after a show.