Monday, February 28, 2011

Smooch! and Bellevue Fair!!

oil on board, 8"x 8"

Haven't had time to work large again so I'm continuing to work on small things here and there until I can get a big hunk of time to myself...

The great news is that I just got accepted to the Bellevue Arts Fair, Bellevue Washington, in July and also got accepted in to the Ex-West Juried Show at the Coos Art Museum in Coos Bay Oregon. Lots of excitement for me and more details to come in the following days...

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

"Last Gasp" DPW Challenge

"Last Gasp"
oil on board, 5" x 7"

This is a challenge from the Daily Paintworks Site started by Carol Marine. I'm so glad they have started up challenges as there is such a need and it is so much fun to see what others paint. This shot is from the great painter Michael Naples. He is one of my favorites.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Big Grin

"Big Grin"
oil on board, 6"x 6"
I keep finding things I want to try small and in a more impressionist style. Tilly is the sweetest lab. I see her at the beach sometimes and this day she smiled at me... nothing like a faithful and gentle pup.

Friday, February 18, 2011


oil on board, 6"x 6"
Maybe I will paint some small works after all. This looked so yummy and I loved the red reflecting from the other berry.

Thursday, February 17, 2011


oil on board, 8"x 8"
I had some beautiful roses left from Valentines Day and they beckoned me for painting. I am not so sure how successful this is... The whites got more difficult as I went but I really liked the composition. Painting large feels sooo comfortable to me now that when I choose something little, I feel truly challenged. It is good for me to practice. If I had only had a 30" x 30" canvas hanging around...

I was, at one point, really wanting to join the world of daily painters and I admire the community surrounding them online. But alas, I have realized over the last year that painting large format oils is definitely my thing. Sorry to disappoint those who knew me in my A Painting a Day phase. I will promise to post progress shots on my large pieces in an effort to remain in the online art world. I do still paint everyday, it's just that now my works take weeks, not days. Thanks for hanging in with me through my journey.

Monday, February 14, 2011


I think I'm done or at least almost. I will touch up tomorrow and soften some things just a wee bit, but I have to call it quits after that and move on. I decided to darken the background a whole lot to make this more striking. I hope it worked... and again, photographing this was quite a challenge. The feathers toward the bottom aren't as blue as they are here but I will post the final photo when I get a great one with the light in the room really even. It's dark out today and my studio gets a lot of light from windows, hence the blue tinge here and there.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Rooster update WIP

He's still on the easel and still unfinished... working hard but it feels like slow going. More to come. I hope to finish this week.

Thursday, February 3, 2011


My rooster finally has about a layer and a half of color. Part of it had to dry more before I could add glaze. Many more layers to come...