Monday, February 6, 2017

Bosc Pear

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This is another values study. I'm following artist Paul Foxton's instructions for mixing color. This method employs the use of the New Munsell Student Color Set book as an aid to selecting the appropriate color, value, and chroma. I love this way of painting. It has caused me to slow down and give thought to each brushstroke. Lots of fun!

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Two Lemons


After a long hiatus from painting that lasted from spring through the end of 2016,  I am finally back to painting. In addition to a busy summer that included painting walls and remodeling the kitchen, I also hit a painter's block that knocked me back on my heels. I wanted very much to paint, but felt fearful about picking up a paintbrush and actually applying paint to canvas. I wouldn't even check out the blogs and websites of my favorite painters; something that I normally enjoy. What that was all about, I don't know. It made me feel sad and angry and guilty, and was entirely self-imposed. My husband was supportive and encouraging. His suggestion was to just paint without judgement and without attempting to produce anything. That became my New Year's resolution and I'm happy to say it was enough to get me back on the horse. 

For the next little while I'm going to focus on values as I paint. I've recently been following a first rate blog,  Learning to See, written by artist, Paul Foxton. The blog contains a treasure trove of information on color and value and is well worth a look. 

It feels so nice to be painting again. I wonder what took me so long!

Saturday, April 23, 2016

New Shoes

Last Christmas we gave our granddaughter, Nora, a dress from Paris. We included a sweater, beret, and red patent leather shoes to complete the outfit. She liked the new clothes, but she loved the "gorgeous" red shoes - a girl after my own heart!

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Here Comes The Sun

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One little tulip leans toward the light and greets the sunshine.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Pink Azaleas


Azaleas are in full bloom.

Saturday, April 9, 2016

Small Treasures

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Small treasures fill the heart and lift the spirit.

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Planting Season

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Another scene from our trip to Pleasant Hill. The surrounding fields are newly planted and spring green is beginning to replace the gold/brown colors of winter.

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

View From Wheeler Road


Patti McNutt, Victoria Biedron (fellow DPW painters), and I drove down to the Pleasant Hill area this morning to do a little plein air painting. Patti had previously spotted this hillside with the rocky outcropping, and suggested that it would be a good spot to paint - and it was sublime! The day was perfect - good weather, good scenery, good company. Isn't that what it's all about?

Sunday, April 3, 2016

Morning Coffee

Morning coffee on a beautiful spring day.

Saturday, April 2, 2016

Room Enough For Five

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This is the same tulip set up that I used for a previous painting. This time I painted the background in low key rather than high key. It's interesting to see how the mood of the painting changes when the values change.

Friday, April 1, 2016

Hangin' Out

So many tulips, so little time.

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Dancing Tulips

These tulips seem to dance to a springtime melody only they can hear. While you can't see the dance in motion, if you glance away and then look again, you'll find they've moved ever so slightly to a new pose.

Monday, March 21, 2016

Good Morning

I'm so glad to be able to turn to painting during this election season. I'm able to tune out all the noise and nonsense and enjoy the beauty that is all around.  I think it helps me keep my head on straight!

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Cup of Violas


These violas were just begging to be painted. How could I resist? Mother's Day is coming up - this little oil painting might make a very nice Mother's Day gift for someone's special mom.

Saturday, March 19, 2016


More roses! They still elude me, but I'm having a lot of fun painting them. I do like to paint flowers. They just seem so cheerful - even on these dark and rainy afternoons. This is a 12x12 inch panel, larger than I'm accustomed to. The larger size makes it a little easier to paint in a loose fashion.

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Simple Pleasures


This painting is 14x11 inches, larger than what I'm used to doing. I like working on larger canvases, but feel pretty nervous and intimidated while painting.  Perspective and composition are both weak areas for me and I think painting larger reveals that - at least I'm more aware of it.

The answer is to forge ahead and keep painting larger. I'm also going to spend more time practicing these skills. I've decided my homework is to set aside some time each day to work with pencil and paper. There is a wonderful blog, that gives valuable information on how to improve. I often glance through it, but haven't taken the time to really dig in and do the work that Paul recommends.

So much to learn, so little time!

Monday, March 14, 2016

Narcissus with Grape Hyacinth

This morning I ran outside between rain showers to gather these flowers.  Bulb flowers are my favorites.

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Swinging Single


This little gal is hanging out all by herself in the water glass, but she seems pretty jolly. I think she enjoys her own company.

Friday, March 11, 2016

Feeling Good


Early spring brought sore throats, runny noses, coughs, and upset tummies.  We're all on the road to recovery now and looking forward to feeling good.

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Summer Promise

Still working on my roses. They're beautiful, but killers to try to paint!

Sunday, March 6, 2016

Garden Delights


In the interest of full disclosure, the title of this painting is misleading. These flowers are not from my garden. While we have blooming daffodils, primroses, and daphne, we're still a week or two away from blooming tulips. These little charmers are from my local market. They're still delightful!

Friday, March 4, 2016

Royal Wetlands

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Yesterday we took advantage of a break in the rain, and went to Royal Wetlands to paint. What a gorgeous place for painters and birdwatchers!

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Sunshine and Primroses

The primroses enjoyed basking in today's sunshine. We've had many rainy days this spring. More more rain is predicted, but today was beautifully clear and warm.  We were as delighted as the primroses!

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Blue Vase with Roses


Whew! These roses really kicked my...knickers. It's them or me - game on!

Monday, February 29, 2016

Sweet Thoughts


A little bit of springtime is sitting on my table.

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Golden Gardens Pond

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My painting buddy, Victoria Biedron, and I went over to Golden Gardens on Tuesday afternoon to do a little painting. It was cold, but so, so beautiful. It was a delight to be outside.

With this painting, I tried to repeat the lavender-blue in the sky, the Coburg hills in the distance, and the pond toward the front of the painting. The fields are mostly a golden color, but bits of green are beginning to show through.

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Ricketts Road


This afternoon was perfect for painting outside - brisk and cloudy, but dry. Although much of the landscape still wears winter drab, hints of spring color are beginning to break through.

Tuesday, February 23, 2016



Primroses are one of the first harbingers of spring. So happy to have this little plant to paint - it makes my heart sing!

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Pass Creek

On Monday, my painting buddies, Patti McNutt and Victoria Biedron, and I drove south to the little lumber town of Drain, Oregon to do some plein air painting. We found an ideal spot to paint on the bridge over Pass Creek - the little creek that runs through the town. It's still winter here, but there was a hint of spring in the air. It was a joyful day.

Friday, January 15, 2016

Secret Garden

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We each have a secret garden,
Where no one can intrude -
A haven of rest and quiet
and blessed solitude.

Addie A. Lynch 

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Lunch in Paris

Dang it! I didn't win the lottery. You didn't either? I know...let's console ourselves. We'll take the afternoon off and have lunch in Paris. I know a place...Restaurant Au Vieux Paris D'Arcole. It's just around the corner from Notre Dame, and right next door to Bertie's Cupcakery. There's a table waiting. We'll feel much better!

Monday, January 11, 2016


This is Rocky, my assistant. He holds the floor down while I paint.

Friday, January 8, 2016

Newberg Oregon

Last July we took a walk around an old Newberg neighborhood and were stopped in our tracks by this wild profusion of flowers. I'm glad we thought to take a photo at that time - it was a joy to paint on this cold and foggy day.

Saturday, January 2, 2016

The Out-of-Towners


I'm not sure where these little tulips originate. I found them at the market. It's way too cold for local tulips...maybe they're hothouse girls! Their hot color is certainly welcome on this frosty day.

Monday, December 21, 2015

Private Party


These little tulips were sitting just outside the door of my local market. It was a wet, rainy day, but they were so cheery that I had to have them. I've been working to get more color into my paintings and it seemed they would be perfect models. Little did I know that they would be as wiggly as children. They are blowsy and bright. I hope I can paint fast enough to get a second painting with their petals open. Silly girls!

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Waiting For Santa

Christmas Eve is magical. I still feel twinges of childhood anticipation waiting for Santa. On Christmas morning it was thrilling to see that Santa had visited our house in the night. In my heart, Santa still visits on Christmas Eve.

This little mouse has been patiently waiting for Santa, but finally fell asleep just before Santa came down the mouse chimney.

This  painting will be ready for shipping at the first of the New Year.

Friday, December 11, 2015

Azalea with Satsumas

A colorful way to spend a gloomy day.



It's dark and stormy this afternoon, and lights are glittering in the windows of neighborhood homes. These little orange satsumas seem to shine with their own special glow.

Saturday, December 5, 2015

Things We Love


Roses make me think of my mom. She loves roses, and when I was growing up there were always roses in our yard. When my mom was a tiny little girl, her grandmother wrote a poem about her. It's my favorite poem and the only one I've memorized. When I think of roses and my mom, I think of this poem:

To Lola
It is autumn in my garden 
And the leaves are falling fast.
Little lights that gleam and glisten
Are but hoar frost on the grass
All the springtime bloom has withered;
Summer roses are all gone.
Mists are in the air, and sunshine 
Faint and shifting in the dawn.

But within a sheltered corner,
Place I love and call my own,
To recall my spring and summer
Grows a tiny rose - half blown.

It is you my brown-eyed Lola,
With your hair a golden sheen
That has brought me back my June time
In the fragrance of a dream.

You, the rosebud that has brought me
In this Indian Summer glow,
Love and joy of long lost springtime
Just before the winter's snow.

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Azalea with Violets

I love playing with color on dark afternoons - these colorful flowers were so much fun to paint. I've been experimenting with some techniques that are new to me - using a wash of transparent color at the beginning of the painting process and then using a boatload of paint on the canvas. My friend, Patti McNutt, recommends using enough paint to "paint like a millionaire." I think that advice is finally beginning to sink in. This was painted with a loaded brush.

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Small Bouquet


I've just discovered artwork by Ovanes Berberian. His color work is just amazing and seems similar to another of my favorite artists, Dreama Tolle Perry. This painting is an attempt to use some of  his techniques - toning the canvas with clean, transparent color, attention to warm/cool, loose brushwork. I have a long way to go before I'm happy with my work, but I'm enjoying the journey.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

White Poinsettia

Another painting of poinsettias.

Sunday, November 22, 2015


This is one of the paintings I plan to hang in the Emerald Art Center member gallery for the month of December.

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Fiesta In A Teapot


Look for joy in unexpected places.

Saturday, November 7, 2015

November Colors

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We've been rewarded with a riot of beautiful fall color after enduring a long hot, dry summer. Autumn is my very favorite time of year.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Rue Saint-Dominique


I'm back at my easel after a busy, fun-filled summer that included a two week vacation in Paris. We took lots of photos while we were there, so I plan to spend this autumn painting Paris scenes and rekindling fond memories of that enchanting city.

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Saffron Fields Vineyard


Saffron Fields Vineyard was on our list of beautiful places to stop and paint lavender. The vineyard is located in an idyllic country setting in Yamhill, Oregon. It offers a panoramic view so breathtaking that it was hard to settle down and focus on painting. The vineyard was kind enough to let us set our easels up on their tasting room patio, so we stayed relatively cool during the late afternoon. Since we had to drive back to Eugene, we couldn't partake of their wine - however, we each bought a bottle to bring home. Delicious! It's definitely worth making another trip to Yamhill, just to visit Saffron Fields.

Friday, July 17, 2015

Ravencroft Lavender


During the Lavender Festival paint out, my plein air buddy, Patti Hanneman McNutt, and I found a beautiful lavender field located in Mulino, Oregon, in the northern part of the Willamette Valley. It was hot, hot, hot that day...over 100 degrees. The intoxicating scent of lavender and the sound of buzzing bees were almost hypnotic. We found a tad bit of shade under the treess and powered through our paintings. It was a dreamy day.

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Lavender Time - Second Place!!!

Well, guess what happened! I entered the Willamette Valley Lavender Festival Plein Air Paint Out and placed second in the open division! Who knew? I'm gob-smacked! Completely unexpected, and I didn't quite believe it when I heard...I thought perhaps a mistake had been made. I'm just over the moon about this, and feeling so encouraged to keep on keepin' on. What a delightful surprise.

This week I'll be spending four days at the Oregon Coast paint out. I'm really looking forward to the opportunity to do some plein air and meet other Oregon painters. Life is good right now!



Years ago, I collected little clay-like figurines created by Tom Clark, Cairn Studios. Clark's little sculptures are whimsical gnomes and wood spirits and each sports a profusion of leaves and acorns, along with an embedded coin, at the base. As time passes, my interests have changed and I'm more concerned with minimizing than with collecting. Nevertheless,  I'm still fond of these little gnomes - they make me smile whenever I look at them.

This gnome is Shorty. Shorty has strawberries in addition to the ubiquitous leaves and acorns at his base.