Thursday, September 21, 2017

Blue Shutters

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I've been honoring the ebb this last week, taking a little time for myself to rest and recharge. Now getting back into painting, and I thought starting with spring in France would be a good, especially since Oregon has been slammed suddenly into fall.

I was recently invited to be interviewed on a podcast about about non-fiction writing. I thought, wait, I'm an artist ... but oh yeah, I guess I wrote a book too. Ha! The interviewer, Brendan, asked some great questions - with a little different slant than I'm used to - a lot about the creative process, and my recent thoughts about that. So if you're interested, here's the interview with the Creative Nonfiction Podcast.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Apple in a Cup

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Here's another little still life. I bought the green cup from Fred Meyer (a local grocery store). I just discovered that they have a whole line of solid colored cups and bowls. Score!

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Who's Taller?

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For yesterday's painting I used two sheets of paper - dark behind and light below. So for this one I challenged myself to switch them and make something work. Lately compositions have been coming to me a little slowwwwly, so it can help to give myself a starting point - even a simple one like this.

Monday, September 11, 2017

Wooden Salute

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It's been a few years, but these wooden spoons (& fork) called to me again (here's their first appearance). They were a gift from my German mother-in-law, and like her, they are very patient. They knew they would make it into another painting, and I believe they are hoping for yet another.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Sharing the Map

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Here's another scene from France, this one quite simple. I'm trying to find a balance between loose & tight, and hard & soft. This one came together for me, and I think it's because I was using my new block-in technique (yes, I know this isn't new for other people) and because of that I knew everything was in the right place when I put in the tiny, tight details like the lady's back/shoulders, and their ears. Ears are really tiny, and even a fraction of an inch out of place makes them so wrong!

Saturday, September 09, 2017

Sweet Little House

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I discovered this little scene in Seattle a couple of years ago. I've always loved the idea of living in a tiny house, but definitely not a tiny studio. My still life collection alone would take up 1/3rd of this place.

Friday, September 08, 2017

Let's Explore France

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This one's a little bigger than usual, but I thought the scene deserved it. You might recognize the lady up the street a little ways from a different painting. I think it's kind of funny when that happens.

And now a note about frames. The place where I teach my workshops in Eugene is also a frame shop, owned by a wonderful family. Because I asked them to : ) they are now offering floating frames for panels, at GREAT prices! They have a pretty freakin' fantastic website in general, and the prices are very competitive. Check out

Thursday, September 07, 2017

Jeep Street

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I decided to try something a little different for this one and take the reference photo using a wide angle lens. This makes the front end look bigger than it really is. But then I guess I think of Jeeps like this anyway - sort of imposing. My favorite part was the little patch of green reflecting on the left side.

Tuesday, September 05, 2017

Path to the Good View

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I raided my old landscape photos for this one. The scene is from Sedona, during a trip with my friend Penny. On this particular evening we were running around frantically trying to find a place to paint before the sun set completely. I ended up taking photos instead.

I've been so busy this summer I haven't gotten out much to paint landscapes in person. I've decided not to feel bad about this and that it was important to tell you. ; ) I do enjoy it, especially with friends, but this summer I have found myself more compelled by things inside. Someday, when my son is older, and I can travel more easily, I will be out there more often.

Monday, September 04, 2017

Cone Flower Heaven

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My hubby and I were both travelling when Harvey hit, so it took us a while to recognize the severity of the situation, and to do the work to put up ... a fundraiser. But now it's up, and you can help, with your art (you don't have to be a member of Daily Paintworks). Once you've listed a piece(s) in the auction, you agree to donate 100% of the proceeds to either an organization helping the cause, or a family or individuals you know who've been affected. Simple as that. Our family in Texas got lucky, but there are so many who didn't. The link is above.

Sunday, September 03, 2017

Well Norma, Now Which Way?

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Here's a scene from my New York City files. I actually posted this photo as a DPW challenge 2 years ago, but didn't know how I was going to paint it myself until now. Sometimes these things just have to percolate.

And speaking of percolating ... I think my week of abstract will be doing so in my brain for a long time. My favorite thing about taking a workshop is the chance to fully immerse myself into another artist's PROCESS. I learned so much about how Jane Davies creates her art, and it couldn't be more opposite than my own process. I was surprised how hard it was to get out of my habits, but once I did I had a lot of fun! I don't have anything to show just yet, but maybe soon, as I experiment with new ideas in my own studio. We'll see - for now I'm thinking of it just as a hobby, which protects me from thinking I need to make anything good yet. : )

Sunday, August 27, 2017

French Market


Sometimes you end up saying just want you want to say with a painting, and this is it for me (I'm talking paint-gasm here, for those who know me!). I used the same block-in technique that I talked about a few posts ago, where I blocked everything in before I started adding details or nailing down specific features. This is working very well for these kinds of subjects.

I am heading out today for my abstract workshop in Bend. Unfortunately this means I won't be able to ship paintings (until Sept. 4th) but my stepdaughter will keep shipping books for me. Check my Instagram feed for pictures from the workshop. : )

Saturday, August 26, 2017

The Gatehouse


Painting realism is like interpreting a recipe. You've got to figure out which parts of the recipe/scene are essential to keep it holding together, and which parts you can adjust and change. And like a recipe, everyone has their own take on this, which is what makes art so wonderful! You can set up 100 artists to paint the same scene, and none will be the same.

Friday, August 25, 2017

And the Rest Was History


I've been chatting all evening with a single friend who's going through dating woes. Which reminded me of when I met my (now) husband and it was like everyone else disappeared, and we were the only two apples ... err, people on earth.

Thursday, August 24, 2017

A Clear Preference for Green


Here is the little ceramic bird I mentioned a few days ago. She was quite a challenge to paint ... twice, essentially. And I will enjoy seeing where I can fit her in again.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Orange You Glad?


I did two paintings in a row of these same objects. I'll post the other one tomorrow and you can decide which you like better. I think it's a great idea to paint things over and over, because you're more likely to experiment that way. If you do it once you'll probably play it safe and paint like you always have. But you know what they say - if you always do what you always do, you always get what you always get.

This has been knocking around in my head a lot lately. It's HARD to step out of your ruts, especially when you've been in them for a long time. Which is why I'm glad to say that next week I'll be taking an abstract workshop!! I've done a few abstracts on my own, but the idea behind this workshop is to do 100 of them - in 5 days! Which multiplies daily painting by 20 - woah. The workshop instructor is Jane Davies, whose work I've admired for a long time. I'm excited and terrified, in equal measure, to get so completely outside of my comfort zone. Yay!

Monday, August 21, 2017

Tourists in France

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I decided to take some process shots for this one because I ended up doing it a little differently than I usually do. Normally I try to get the people pretty well finished before I start on the background (because they're islands, which you'll understand if you've read my book). But this time I decided to block in everything first, and then refine the people, which worked amazingly well!

In this way I was able to see all the relationships (proportion, value, color, etc.) before I committed to exact placement of important features like faces, hands, feet, etc. I still treated some things as "vulnerable" islands, like the guy's bright red shirt - that was the first thing I blocked in.

I find over and over that there is no one method that always works! Each subject/painting requires fresh eyes and a unique approach. That is why I will never get tired of it. Painting is ALWAYS a challenge.

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Old French Guys


I didn't have the best reference for this one, and to be honest, I didn't have a complete game plan when I started. But I decided to shoot for gesture, and leave the background loose, which ended up working out really well! (imho)

Friday, August 18, 2017

Colorful Exploration


I was recently interviewed by You will find my interview here. Meanwhile, more apples. They last so long, I must ... keep ... painting them ...