Sunday, November 24, 2013

Warm up

I am working on two larger paintings but I did this small one as a warm up exercise. I need to remember to always do a warm up......they are fun and really help you on your way for the day, or the hour you have for painting right then.
So, pick an item from your painting stuff. Not as easy as I thought.
This little container that I use to hold my odorless mineral spirits....such a major part of my painting time. Just a little grey can like thing. Necessary. Useful.
And I hope fun.......

8 x 8

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Japanese Maple

My friend has a beautiful Japanese Maple in her front courtyard backed by native oaks. It was an eye-catching scene for sure.
My focus was on being able to let go of many, many branches and let a few tell the story. It was also on finding a rhythm in the patterns of red and green.
Wednesday class.....wonderful learning and sharing again.
To is the auction page.

10 x 10

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Going Larger

After doing a small version of this painting in class two weeks ago, I knew I wanted to tackle it larger and so I went for it. This must be about 18" x 24".  I will measure down at the studio tomorrow but for me, it is large. I do like the light pattern which is what captured my interest the most. I might wish my darks were darker. What I do really know is that this particular scene is captivating for me and very much revisitable. (ok, spellcheck does not like that word but it says what I feel)
Love the planes playing off of each other.
Love the history it holds.

20 x 24

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Fall Colors

This is my class work from last Wednesday.  I took it home after class, scraped it, left it in the corner of my eye for a few days and then revisited it. I am much happier with it now. The brights sing a bit more and the background is pushed back. I do like the cars now. They were difficult for me to just suggest.

 9 x 12


Friday, November 15, 2013

10 minute challenge

 This week the Daily Paintworks Challenge is the 10 minute drill.
Each square, which is about 4 x 5 inches, gets 10 minutes only of your time.
I start at the upper left and finish in the lower right.
Each square got stronger until the last one where is lost the form. The timer on my phone rang and so it had to stay.

This is the second set which I did after a 30 minute break. I tried to stand back and stay loose.
That is always a goal and remains a goal.
I always learn when I do this exercise.


Wednesday, November 13, 2013


Thank you to Julie Ford Oliver for the great framing idea. 
This little painting was entered into a holiday show here in Petaluma and sold right away!
The painting is only 6" x 6" but placing it on the outside instead of the inside of the frame gives it a more modern look. 
For those of you local, stop by Gallery One this Saturday and enjoy the show called Red, It Is.
The artist reception is from 5 til 8.
209 Western Ave.
Petaluma, Ca 
See you there!

Monday, November 11, 2013

Gift Giving

 My auctions on the Daily Paintworks site is where you will find my holiday offerings. I have started to auction very reasonably some of my small paintings. It is time to clear out the old and get ready for a new year, new journey.
So please treat yourself, share the site with friends or just sit back and enjoy.
The above is my Sunflower painting........and.........

this is Brownie who is really Tony and a very cool rooster. Loved painting him.
The auction site shows the sizes but these are all very small. 6 x 6 or 5 x 7.

The fall challenge created this one. Interesting, Fun. Colorful..........

Just hit the link above to go to the auction page.

More to come!

Saturday, November 09, 2013

River Reworked

My Saturday morning is once again getting art organized.  Again.......
Paint edges, gesso more supports, photograph.........
Friday I was able to do some updating on the river picture posted earlier in the week.
I gave the river a bend so we could see where is was going and cut back some other values.
This one taught me plenty.

6" x 12"


Thursday, November 07, 2013

View from the Park

Yesterday class painted at a park in Petaluma that had views of downtown, a row of old Victorians, residential streets, cityscapes as in the above photo of an old grain elevator and building from a feel mill.Not to mention the glorious fall colors seen in the trees.  What a wonderful variety of paintings emerged.

This is what emerged for me. I got there early and spent some time drawing the scene, looking at angles, deciding what to include or leave out. Then I did a thumbnail or two of notan deciding on my light and dark pattern. Making this array of neutrals was the next part of the morning. Who knew? Warm and cool, lighter and darker.........

6" x 8"


Monday, November 04, 2013

Water Challenge

 Here is my "gettin loose" 5 minute painting getting ready for the water challenge this week.
It is of a beautiful water scene in Oregon.
Why a water challenge. Because it is really a challenge!
This gettin ready is on yupo with oils.
What a fun, quick way to set out.

Here is my first try. I like the composition and feel the 6" x 12" canvas fits what I had in mind.
Taking the photo was once again problematic. Always a bit of a glare somewhere.
I look forward to trying this again as it is a scene I really want to capture.
The important part is the water............hmmmm......
we will see