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

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Tree with Shodow

Yesterday we painted at a local park.
This lonely tree stands on the side of a rocky hill.

It has always been a difficult one to capture with paint.
This is my best effort so far.

The very light area on the left is glare from the photo taking. 
I would appreciate any ideas on the best set-up 
for taking photos. I seem to bounce all over 
the studio and never am satisfied.

Tree with Shadow
8 x 8

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Tree By The Pond

Tree by the Pond

11 x 14

What a nice day at our local community park.

Yes, a tree again.

The light was hitting it just perfectly with the shadows creating a dark pattern that was very appealing to me. Placement on the canvas, how to crop were challenges that got resolved.