Thursday, February 27, 2014


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I made an effort to squint when painting this. I realized that I usually squint when looking at my subject, but once I transfer my gaze to the canvas, I open my eyes...this time I squinted throughout the painting process. I kind of like how this one turned out.

Our son-in-law's brother was scheduled for surgery on Wednesday morning. On Tuesday evening, he received a call from UCLA Medical Center that his surgery was cancelled. His insurance company was denying payment. How does that happen after initial preauthorization approval? It's a tangled knot, and after a conference call, they (insurance company) said they will make a decision once again, Dan is waiting. He will either have surgery at UCLA, or will need to go to OHSU. Time is of the essence, so we are waiting and hoping for the best.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

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Thinking up descriptive new names for paintings is difficult for many times can you title a painting, "Mums" or "Flowers"? These flowers are mums that I got from the market. They look cheery and joyful, so I've named them, "Joy."

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Blue Vase with Mums

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Today I'm thinking a lot about my son-in-law's twin brother, Dan. Dan is going in for a very serious surgery at UCLA Medical Center tomorrow.  We all feel like we're in a state of suspended animation...holding our breath until it's over, hoping we'll hear good news tomorrow night. We love you, Dan, and are holding you in our prayers.

Monday, February 24, 2014

Tulips and Mums

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Flowers are really amazingly beautiful little things and I love to paint them.  I have to work quickly, though, because they move around so much. I took a short break from this painting and found when I got back to the easel that the tulips had rearranged themselves!

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Iris and Tulips


These flowers are from our local market. There are many bulb plants poking up in our garden, so I'm hoping to paint some home-grown flowers soon.

Friday, February 21, 2014

Single Red Rose

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Another attempt at painting a rose.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Three Roses


These are roses from a beautiful Valentine's bouquet and were quite a challenge to paint. I'll definitely be doing more rose paintings in the future.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Jersey Bounce

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My tulips are getting a little blowsy, but they still bounce and swing. They put on quite a show.

I'm listening to Benny Goodman this afternoon - gotta love big band music!

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

In The Mood

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As I was finishing this painting, Glenn Miller's "In The Mood" was playing on Pandora. I'm in the mood for spring!

Monday, February 10, 2014



I'm trying to remember to load my brush and lay down one stroke at a time. I'm also trying to keep my brushstrokes loose...easier said than done!

We still have a lot of snow on the ground. These tulips are a reminder than spring is just around the corner.

Saturday, February 8, 2014

The Thank You Note


It's been snowing like crazy for the past two days and now we have freezing rain. I don't mind the snow so much, but freezing rain strikes fear in my heart. Roads are skating rinks and a good number of folks in the Eugene/Springfield area are without power tonight.

The forecast is for weather in the 40s tomorrow. We'll be thankful for that!

Friday, February 7, 2014

Tea and Rose


My husband brought home champagne and roses on my last day of work to celebrate the good things to come. The champagne is now a delicious memory, this little rose is the last of the beautiful bouquet, but the future is rosy and bright.

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Pink Primrose


This is my first painting after the Carol Marine workshop. The workshop was all I'd hoped for and more. Each day just flew by. Carol is an excellent teacher and my classmates were great. It was a wonderful experience. I feel that I learned so much.

This is also the first painting of my retirement! Yay! I plan to do lots of painting now that I have the time.