Sunday, November 27, 2011


Oil on canvas. 5"x7"

On the seventh day of Christmas, my true love gave to swans a-swimming. This is the last of the Christmas birds!

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Christmas Goose

Oil on Gessobord. 5"x7"

On the sixth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me...six geese a-laying.

Friday, November 25, 2011

The Day After

Oil on Gessobord. 5"x7"

This is what I should be eating after the Thanksgiving food extravaganza. Instead, we had an early celebratory birthday lunch today at King Estate. Tomorrow we'll celebrate Terry's birthday with dinner and cake...then on to Christmas!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Happy Holidays

Oil on canvas. 6"x6"

Happy Thanksgiving!

Monday, November 21, 2011

Christmas Ornaments and Vase

Oil on canvas. 6"x6"

More Christmas ornaments.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Christmas Reflections

Oil on canvas. 6"x6"

Trying to capture the reflections on these ornaments was a bit of a challenge, but they were so much fun to paint. I'll be painting more pictures of ornaments over the next few weeks.

Gold Ring (Ring-Necked Pheasant)

Oil on canvas. 5"x7"

According to Wikipedia, the fifth day's gift of gold rings refers not to jewelry, but to ring-necked birds such as the ring-necked pheasant...somebody received a heck of a lot of birds for Christmas!

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Colly Bird

Oil on Gessobord. 6"x6"
The fourth day's gift in the "Twelve Days of Christmas" is often stated as four "calling" birds, but originally (according to Wikipedia) the birds were "colly" birds, another word for blackbird.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011


Oil on canvas. 20"x16"

I went to open studio tonight and had a wonderful time. There is something therapeutic about painting with other people. The room is quiet, everyone is focused and intent on their work, and there is an underlying feeling of peace and well-being.

The model was terrific - it was a pleasure to paint her portrait.

Monday, November 14, 2011

On Sale

Oil on canvas. 6"x6"

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Another painting for the Daily Paintworks Challenge. I got a great deal on these shoes and I love, love, love them. Unfortunately, they just kill my feet!

Sunday, November 13, 2011

The Dog Walkers

Oil on canvas. 8"x10"

This week's Daily Paintworks Challenge is to paint your shoes. I decided to paint my favorites. These old boots keep my feet warm and dry and are just right for dog-walking in Oregon.

Click here to see the Daily Paintworks Challenge:  The Shoe Challenge

Saturday, November 12, 2011

French Hen (Faverolles)

Oil on Gessobord. 6"x6"

This gal is a Faverolles, which is a French breed of chicken, developed in north-central France in the vicinity of the villages of Houdan and Faverolles. According to Wikipedia, the bird was originally bred for eggs and meat, but now is primarily raised for exhibition.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Turtle Dove

Oil on Gessobord. 6"x6"

It's cold, crisp, and beautiful this morning...and today is Jenny's birthday.

Happy Birthday, Jenny!

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

No Painting Today

I'm just too tired tonight to get out the paint. Sometimes I feel discouraged because I'm not spending enough time painting...yet when I'm painting, I feel guilty that I'm neglecting other things that need to be done. I work during the day, so my painting is restricted to nights and weekends. I worry that at the rate I'm going, I won't see much improvement.

I'm having trouble finding a good balance.

What about you? Do you paint? If so, when do you find time to paint? Are you satisfied with the time you devote to your art?

I'm curious to know how others manage their painting time.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Partridge and Pear

Oil on Gessobord. 6"x6"

This is a red-legged (or French) partridge, which perches in trees more frequently than the grey partridge, so likely is the partridge in the pear tree referred to in the Christmas song, "The Twelve Days of Christmas."

It has been suggested, though, that the pear tree is, in fact, "perdrix", which is French for partridge, and pronounced "per-dree." According to Wikipedia, the original line in the song could have been "A partridge, une perdrix."

It's incredible how much useless information you can gather while surfing the 'net!

Monday, November 7, 2011

Skater Dude

Oil on canvas. 6"x6"

I have been sorting through our Christmas decorations, looking for something to paint. I was happy when I unwrapped this skating snowman figurine. I keep forgetting about him. He's a tree decoration, and only about three inches high. He's a charming little guy - I had a lot of fun painting him.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Merry Moose

Oil on Gessobord. 5"x7"

This guy is ready for Christmas.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Red Ornament

Oil on canvas. 5"x7"
I'm in a festive mood today. It's still early enough in the season that I have some hope of being ready for the holidays this year. Jingle bells, jingle bells...

Pine Cones

Oil on gessoboard. 5"x7"

It feels like the holiday season might be right around the corner, don't you think?

Gala Apples

Oil on canvas. 8"x10"

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Brother Rick's Car