Wednesday, April 20, 2011


Sometimes we all feel a bit adrift at times. Guess I have been busy with painting and not finishing them.  Its hard to finish a piece as I tend to freeze when it is starting to look good and I am happy with it,   There are three more on the easel and I have decided that I'm going to finish them today.. well.. maybe tomorrow..  ;-)

Thursday, April 14, 2011


I had been planning to work on a still life.  But someone ate the grapes. ;-)   Not a  lost morning though as I had snapped this little guy sunning himself at the Naples beach last year and had him tucked away in the to-do file.  Since the oils are still out.. I grabbed a knife and now he is finished.  Much more colorful in real life.. as blues and purples never are quite right in pictures.  My main goal was making this a bright, cheerful, and sunny.
5x7 Oil on Linen Hardboard

Wednesday, April 13, 2011


Spring is around the corner.. I can tell.. Chickens everywhere!  I didn't plan on doing so many they just cropped up on their own.  This one is cross between painterly and tole.  Used knifes and acrylics to get an impressionistic feel. 
   I have been busy trying to clean up paintings that I started over the last two weeks.  There is a painting I want to get started on from the WC Landscape Challenge for this month.  Its much larger size wise than I normally do but I want to work bigger this summer.  Nothing like a big landscape painting.. Or so I think.. ;-)

Acrylic 11x14
Linen Hardboard


"At Roads' End"

This was just a little study that became something more.  I love the solitude of the old out building in contrast to the depth of the scene.  This piece had a lot of contemplation to it and took far more time than I normally find myself dedicating to a painting.  It was a joy to paint.

6x9 Acrylic Mounted

"What? Who Me? Chicken?"

 Did I mention earlier that I liked to paint chickens?  Here is one that was done for the Daily Painter's Challenge.  He was fun to do and since white is very hard to paint its not often you find me painting a white subject.  Feathers are so hard to do in acrylics.  So, I broke out my oils..  I wonder why I ever strayed from them!  They were a joy to paint with!
5x7 Linen Hardboard

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Studio Revamp

Being new to what a studio is and how it should be laid out.. Has been frustrating.  I have been putting paintings in a pile because I was not quite sure what to do with them.  People would come and ask to see certain pieces and they would watch me dig about.  That was then.. This is now!

Karla's Blog Life On The Flip Side had a little blip on how she did her studio walls.  I thought it would be perfect, and it is.  Hubby was skeptical and decided that he would get enough molding for one wall.  He put it up last night and when he saw how well the system worked it was a no-brainer.  Went to Lowe's and got enough to go around my whole studio. Thanks Karla!

Saturday, April 9, 2011

The Wave

Another WDE piece.  Li was kind enough to host with some great pictures.  My first wave.  I thought it would be an easy ref. to paint and thought I would use it as a warm up study to start the day.  It was not the case!  Waves are hard!  Took 7 hours.

The Wave
8x10 Acrylic

Red Rock Mesa

Just a quick one to break up the monotony of the afternoon.  Southwest Art Forum at Wet Canvas has a monthly challenge that I have been joining in for the last few months. Laurie is the host for April and this particular ref. photo really caught my eye.  I guess I am procrastinating a bit.  There are three paintings just on the verge of being finished.  Just can't seem to get them done.  I think its a fear of maybe ruining them that has me hesitant to do more than just dab.  Promised myself that I would work on them tomorrow.
Red Rock Mesa
9x12 Acrylic
Knife work on canvas paper