Thursday, December 27, 2012

30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge

Far and Away
Watercolor Batik - Half Sheet

Artist Leslie Saeta has posted a 30-30 challenge on her blog ( ).   I want to do it.  The fun begins on January 2, 2013.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Merry Christmas

We're hosting out of town company during our first Christmas in Oregon.
Guess I'd better start shopping.

I hope everyone reading this has a safe and blessed Christmas season.
See you before the new year begins.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

It's a Zoo

At the Zoo - Sold
Watercolor Batik - Full Sheet

Well, I managed to get three art projects going at the same time.  Why do I do that?   

So here's an older watercolor batik I did from a photo taken during a happy day at the Detroit Zoo. 

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Prince Charming

Prince Charming - Sold
Oil with Palette Knife - 6 X 6

When we grow up we realize we have to make our own happily ever afters.  But in the meantime, it's fun.

Friday, December 7, 2012

Home Alone

Oil with Palette Knife - 6 X 6

I'm home alone. 

Should I put up Christmas decorations or paint?


Thursday, December 6, 2012

Same Old Stuff

Watercolor Sketch
Quarter Sheet

The Sax Player - Sold
Half Sheet Watercolor

I've been painting, but wiping everything out so I thought I'd post a couple of old watercolor paintings.

Monday, December 3, 2012

Same Squirrel

Oil with Palette Knife - 6 X 6

Same squirrel - different pose.  This will be the last time we see him because he's probably still running.  Our dog Cobie wasn't very nice. 

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Portobello Christmas

Portobello Christmas  - Sold
Oil with Palette Knife - 6 X 6

We had the good fortune of taking a family vacation in London many years ago.  While shopping in Notting Hill, my niece and I found these antique Christmas ornaments at the Saturday Portobello Market.

Friday, November 30, 2012

Studio Time

Oil - 5 X 7

I've been gifted with another solid block of studio time today.  I hope to finish a few more paintings.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Good to Remember

Ran across this bumper sticker while walking Cobie yesterday morning.  Fortunately, we  haven't run into too many grumpy people since we moved here.  

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

The Trumpet Player

Oil with Palette Knife - 6 X 6

It's beginning to feel a lot like Christmas.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

My Favorite Color

Persimmons and Orange - Sold
Oil with Palette Knife - 6 X 6

Our friend Elizabeth joined us for dinner on Thanksgiving.  She brought the most amazing huge appetizer plate, complete with delicious dips, crackers and fresh fruit, AND a couple of bottles of Beckham's Oregon Pinot Noir.  

These persimmons and the orange were all that was left.  Thank you, Elizabeth. 

Monday, November 26, 2012

Dr. Hoo

Dr. Hoo - Sold
Oil with Palette Knife - 6 X 6

Not too serious, ...

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Ornament Mania

Oil with Palette Knife - 6 X 6

Thought I'd practice painting some unsuspecting Christmas ornaments. 

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Thanks, Leslie

Oil with Palette Knife - 6 X 6

My favorite workshop ever was offered by Leslie Saeta in 2011.   My opinion is based on the talent and skill of the instructor, individual attention given by the instructor, and a safe, spacious setting.   Of course, lots of giggles and a little goofing off doesn't hurt.

I had a lengthly review of her workshop at the side of my old blog which disappeared with the blog.   Leslie has had such a positive effect on me, though,  that I'll rewrite one soon.  And I'll add lots of photos.

For those of you who know her work, you can see her influence above.  This was my reintroduction to palette knife painting.

Friday, November 23, 2012


Oil with Palette Knife - 6 X 6

A few days ago, my eye caught this sweet little squirrel near our bird feeder.  I was able to get two quick photos of him before our dog Cobie convinced him to move on.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving

I'm thankful that God gave me life and every experience that comes with it.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Here Goes

Untitled - Sold
Watercolor - 11 X 14

After being away from painting for so many months, I thought I'd dive right in where I left off.   What planet was I on?

I'm finally painting on a regular basis.   Watercolor has definitely helped ease the transition back to my favorite reality.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

What to Paint

Cobie - Sold
Watercolor - 8 X 11

What to paint when trying to get back into the flow?  Something I love, so it's back to Cobie.

We adopted Cobie from a no-kill shelter when he was about three years old.  He had spent more than half of his life there.

Like people, dogs come with issues.  At least this is what we discovered after having to sit in the corner with him for the first two weeks of obedience class. After the second series of classes and a lot of time with a private trainer, Cobie has come a long way.  He's now a very relaxed guy.

Cobie's been anxious to go plein air painting with us in this stunning Oregon landscape. He was a trooper during our move.  It wasn't his fault he got carsick in Chicago.  We hope to take him out painting soon.

It's not unusual to see plein air painters around town.  Here are some photos taken of local artists during the Portland Art Museum outdoor invitational painting event last weekend.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Where Did My Blog Go?

With the exception of four posts, the blog I began in May, 2011 has disappeared from Blogger.  I put it on "hold" until I had the time to do some updates.   Now I can't get it back.

Selling a house is more stressful than I remember.  We started painting and purging in mid-December and finally finished last month. Two days after we listed the house, it sold.  We'll be moving in June.

But it gets better because where will we be moving?  To one of the greatest art towns around - Portland, Oregon.