Monday, January 22, 2018

Day 5

Day 5 of the 15 minute paintings.
And this one was quick. I focused on one large tree with a 
double trunk. Just tried to keep everything big.
The orange in an under painting coming through.

What was reinforced for me is the need to organize before you paint, not as you go.
It seems obvious but.......

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Daily Painting

Here is my day 4 challenge painting for the 
Daily Painting Challenge
offered by Mary Gilkerson.
20 minutes is all you have to complete your painting.
The time constraint really makes you move and think! 

This is a little 5 x 7 oil and my challenge for today is done!

Monday, January 01, 2018

Color reigns

Color was the word of the day.

8 x 8 inches.

Sunday, December 31, 2017


This is my first attempt at the beautiful sunrise we have here on Eastman Lane in Petaluma, Ca.
I used a palette knife and way too much paint.
This study is 6 x 8 inches. By far the sky was the most enjoyable to paint.

The next day I did the same scene with a brush instead of a knife. Look how different. There is a minor size difference. This one is 5 x 7 inches.

My intention is to paint each day even if only for 30 minutes. No getting stuck and fussing.
I am now almost completely retired so I have more time to enjoy creating..
My husband Dennis and I just spent two hours cleaning the studio. Amazing how dirt accumulates.......we live in the country. Now I am all ready for 2018.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Girl with Red Bathing Suit

The Girl in the Red Bathing Suit

5" x 7"

Now we are studying flat shapes.
It is very interesting to create flat shapes while watching that all the shapes are
of various sizes and not repetitive in any way.
I found I was much more successful if I used
a brush and not a palette knife.

Sunday, October 01, 2017

September Fun

This is a small abstract. Playing with making marks
and enjoying mark making thanks to an online class I took from
Pauline Agnew.

8 x 8



September flowers is a larger painting, about 20 x  24, where I just
enjoyed the freedom and flowing of the flowers on my deck.
Also a work in oil.
Good to know........this was about my 4th painting attempt that day
so I was really "warmed up"
It helps so much to do smaller warm up paintings or just to play with your paint
before you move into your subject.

Friday, September 15, 2017


 Home from my travels. Those of you who do facebook might have seen
my pictures of Valley Maggia in Ticino, Switzerland.
This is where my family originates and where
my dear friend from college lives.
We had a wonderful visit.
On returning to art class I kept it simple. Still life with three pots. Happy and colorful.

6 x 8


This one is for Chris Lally. She graciously told me about photographing in full sun.
She was so right. A very even photo with no shiny spots.
Thanks Chris. See her blog here