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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

"Watch Dog"

 "Watch Dog"
oil, 8x10"


This is our dog Toby, a bishon frise, he loves to pose for pictures but at this time
 his mind was so focused on anyone walking by. We were down in 
California when this picture was taken, this is his favorite spot to
keep watch.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

"Sunflower Cuttings"

"Sunflower Cuttings"
oil, 8x10"
Sunflowers are always a joy to paint! The yellow petals are so
vibrant when the light hits them. I dulled out the surroundings
so the sunflowers would pop.

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Friday, September 29, 2017

"Rolling Fog" Golden Gate SF

 "Rolling Fog" Golden Gate SF
oil, 8x10"
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Underpainting block in
Sketch

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I start with sketching in the composition, always checking balance and placement
of each shape. Next, I start blocking in with a thin wash of either color or
burnt sienna. I then start adding paint, concentrating on values and shapes.
 To finish, my goal is to give it strength, stronger color in areas where needed, making
sure my values are where they belong. Light to strong darks on the value scale.


Tuesday, September 26, 2017

"Presidio SF Military Base"

"Presidiio SF Military Base"
oil, 8x10"
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Our travels to California, we drove through the Presidio in
San Francisco. This Military base which has been closed for
quite awhile now has become a national park.
The history of Presidio is very interesting, here is some information on
it taken from Wikileaks.
 It had been a fortified location since September 17, 1776, when New Spain established it to gain a foothold in Alta California and the San Francisco Bay. It passed to Mexico, which in turn passed it to the United States in 1848.[6] As part of a 1989 military reduction program under the Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) process, Congress voted to end the Presidio's status as an active military installation of the U.S. Army. On October 1, 1994, it was transferred to the National Park Service, ending 219 years of military use and beginning its next phase of mixed commercial and public use.[7]
 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Presidio_of_San_Francisco

Thursday, September 21, 2017

"Sonoma Vineyards"

"Sonoma Vineyards"
oil, 8x10" Sold
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This is a place that we would drive by quite often when spending
time with my family at the Russian River in California.
Years ago my grandfather built a cabin for all to enjoy, a lot of
good memories there growing up. There are eight of us and the
cabin wasn't that big, but we all got along just fine (sometimes).
Once a year the family, not all but some still spend time there, my
mom for sure, every year.
This is one of the times that we spent time there and spotted this
vineyard against the red building. I thought this would make a wonderful
 painting. Loved the red amongst all the green.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Oregon Fog

"Oregon Fog"
oil, 8x10"

On our travels to California we went through Oregon and
this beautiful fog bank was rolling across the mountains to where
they were hardly visible. 

"Tranquility"

"Tranquility"
oil, 8x10"

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

"Sunflower Aglow"

 "Sunflower Aglow"
oil, 8x8"


This Sunflower was my on my kitchen island, above it is 
a skylight that beamed down beautiful light and kept some of 
it in shadow. On the island the light hit just this one
small spot.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

"Basking Geraniums"

"Basking Geraniums"
oil, 8x10"
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Took my little grandson to the San Francisco Zoo and spotted this wonderful
scene. It was supposed to be a cold overcast day but turned out to be a nice clear and hot
day. He had so much fun! 


Thursday, August 17, 2017

"Flower Cart""

 "Flower Cart"
oil, 8x10"
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It was a really hot day when I went to visit my mom, as we sat on
the patio chatting I noticed her beautiful old flower cart, the light was intense and
the shadows were so strong. "Mom, I said, "what a really neat painting that would
make". I didn't have my paints with me, they were at home two states
away. So I took some pictures of it. Not sure how old this cart is,
it looks pretty aged but that is what makes it so special.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

"Sunny Sunflowers"

"Sunny Sunflowers"
oil, 8x10"

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I painted these sunflowers from life and they were a treat to
paint. The glowing yellow of these flowers are so intense 
and so beautiful. The oranges that you find in shadow
harmonize with the yellow. No wonder so many artist love 
to paint sunflowers.



Tuesday, August 1, 2017

"Petunias"

Finished painting
"Petunias"
oil, 8x10"
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Block in
Sketch
Picked these beautiful petunias up from the nursery and painted from life.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

"Pansies"



"Pansies"
Oil, 9x4"
Frame 9 3/4 x 4 3/4" 
Handle to handle 11"


I painted the flowers from life and decided to just add the flowers without 
the pots to go with this antique frame that I purchased from an antique 
show. Not sure how old the frame is, I am guessing late 1800's to early 
1900's. I collect antique frames and it is hard to part with them. I admire the
professional craftsmanship that went into them. I purchase new or old frames
from all over the country, I just love frames and how they complement
the painting. I will search high and low for 
that perfect frame.

Friday, July 7, 2017

"Farmhouse Gerberas"


"Farmhouse Gerberas"
oil, 8x10

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Painted from life but it was a good thing that I painted the flowers that day
because the next day they had moved a lot. Not real fun when they move, have
to remember what they looked like, start over, or take a picture before they move.  

Friday, June 23, 2017

"Mini Daffodils in Delft"


"Mini Daffodils in Delft"
Oil 8x10"
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These miniature daffodils were growing in our garden and I put them in a delft pot. Delft is a blue used in Dutch art that was painted on pottery, ceramic and many more objects. It was founded by 
David Anthoniz van der Pieth in 1653 that originated in Delft. The history on it is very interesting.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

"Primroses in Red"


"Primroses in Red"
oil, 8x10"
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Earlier this spring I brought these primroses into my
studio to paint. I loved the look of the deep red flowers
against the yellow centers.
I will be doing a demo at the gallery I'm in, went to the nursery
and picked up a gerbera and some pansies to paint.
We have been working on our bathroom remodel, painting walls
picking out a vanity etc., so haven't been painting lately and am
excited to put that brush to the canvas instead of walls.


Wednesday, May 3, 2017

"Gerberas"


"Gerberas"
oil, 8x10"
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I set these wonderful gerberas in my studio and painted them from
life.  What caught my interest to paint them was the deep rich color and
the beautiful display of their petals.  
Spring is here and 100's of annuals are starting to bloom. I love going to
the nursery, I admire all of them. Always looking for some to bring home to
paint first then plant.

Sunday, April 30, 2017

"Tulips"


"Tulips"
oil, 8x10"


I really enjoyed painting these beautiful tulips and how the light
hit the vase and frame.
The abstract painting led me to paint the wall with abstract
touches too. It seemed to pull it all together.

Monday, April 3, 2017

"Red Geraniums"


"Red Geraniums"
oil on linen
painting 3 1/2" x 3 1/2"
frame 7"W x 5 1/2"H
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I really love this frame and thought red geraniums would 
be a good fit.


Tuesday, March 28, 2017

"An Old Read Book"


"An Old Read Book"
oil, 8x10"
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This book was written back in the 1800's. It's old 
and falling apart but that is why I painted it.
Loved the character of the torn pages the binding
is really failing and the pages have turned a
brown color.
When I see this old book, I imagine in my mind someone way back
when holding and reading this book maybe under
candlelight. A different time a different way of living. 

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

"Mt. Rainier"


"Mt. Rainier"
oil, 8x10"
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  When we moved from the bay area in CA to WA state, I thought 
Mt. Diablo was huge but when seeing Mt. Rainier for the 
first time, it took my breath away, it is so enormous and a beautiful
site to see.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

"The Red Barn"


"The Red Barn"
oil, 8x10"
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We were driving down to California and I spotted this red barn off of
I5 in Oregon, had to get a picture of it to paint. I loved the 
field of greens and yellows that complimented 
the red barn.

Monday, February 6, 2017

"Mountain Mist"


"Mountain Mist"
oil, 8x10"
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It was a foggy day in the mountains of Washington,
what caught my eye were the trees in the background.
They looked so misty you could hardly see them.




Monday, January 23, 2017

"Country Lavender"


"Country Lavender"
Oil, 8x10"


It's always a treat to paint lavenders because of the
wonderful scent. These small milk bottles and the old wood
box remind of something you'd find in an old barn 
on the farm.

"A Place to Dream"


"A Place to Dream"
Oil, 8x8"
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"Painted Pansy"


"Painted Pansy"
Oil, 8x10"