Thursday, January 29, 2015

The Crossroads

A landscape of the area near the Eugene Airport, interpreted from a photo. I'm longing to get outside to paint. Daffodils are starting to poke their heads out of the ground - a good sign that spring is nearly here.

Monday, January 26, 2015

Out Lorane Highway


We often drive down Lorane Highway on our way to King Estate Winery. Usually, we aim the car in the direction of the winery and follow the familiar groove until we reach our destination. On each trip we vowed that someday we'd explore some of the roads that branch off the highway. This weekend, we finally did it. Instead of driving to the winery, we traveled down some of those rural roads. Finding this idyllic setting was our reward for veering off the beaten path.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

The Grove

This painting was an exercise in speed. I'm trying to paint more quickly and more loosely because I tend to be quite slow and plodding. It seems to take me forever to finish a painting and that creates lots of frustration when attempting to paint outside.  Since it soon will be plein air painting weather, it seems like now is a very good time to start practicing.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Willamette Valley Summer


It's been foggy and damp in the Pacific Northwest for the past month, so the warmth of late summer brings happy memories. This scene is an area near Corvallis, looking south.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015



This is Lilija, totally focused on making short work of a ball of yarn. I love that look of intense concentration on her little face - naughty cat!

This painting took a fair amount of my concentration as well. I've never painted shredded yarn before! I used the regular palette of Ivory Black, Transparent Iron Red Oxide, Yellow Ochre, and Titanium White. I also included a little Anthraquinone Red, Cad Red, and Cad Orange.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015



This is Mookie. He doesn't need words to convey his thoughts. Clearly, dinner is on his mind. I painted him beside an empty bowl, but in truth, his photo revealed both a bowl of food and fresh water as well...hmm, could Mookie be a bit of a con artist?

Mookie was fun to paint, but the perspective was a challenge. I had to keep reminding myself to paint what I see - not what I think I see. This painting was done using Ivory Black, Transparent Red Oxide, Yellow Ochre, Pthalo Blue, and Titanium White.

Friday, January 16, 2015



Continuing on with Leslie Saeta's 30 day challenge. This is Boots, my great cat-nephew. He's a very elegant black and white tuxedo kitty.

Thursday, January 15, 2015



I was knocked out of Leslie Saeta's 30-day challenge by a bout of the flu - nevertheless, I'm going to pick up where I left off and keep painting since it's all for fun and nobody cares.

This is "Laptop." Such a terrific name for a cat. I really like that this guy looks so relaxed, yet so alert. Only cats can do that!

Laptop was painted using the modified Zorn palette: Ivory Black, Transparent Iron Red Oxide, Yellow Ochre, and Titanium White.

Monday, January 5, 2015



Another painting for the 30 day Leslie Saeta challenge. This little guy is Warren, a Boston Terrier puppy and the granddog of a Facebook friend. Warren's black and white coloring presented a paint-mixing challenge for me and I feel like I learned a lot. It was a good exercise in using my modified Zorn palette.

Sunday, January 4, 2015


Click to bid

When I decided to participate in Leslie Saeta's 30 day challenge, I asked my Facebook friends to send me pictures of their dogs and cats. Folks were kind enough to send me photos of some darling pets that I'm eager to paint. This little guy is "Hapi." I fell in love with his cute little face and had a great time painting him. I tried a more muted palette this time - sort of a modified Zorn palette using Ivory Black, Transparent Iron Oxide Red, Yellow Ochre, and Titanium White. Terry Miura mentioned in his blog that he uses these colors as his core palette. I really have a difficult time controlling color and found this palette more to my liking. During the 30 day challenge I'll be practicing more with these colors.

Friday, January 2, 2015

Jedi Warrior

This is a quick portrait of my little Jedi Warrior. He's pretty handy at battling storm troopers with his light saber. He also happens to be a wizard! He attends Hogwarts School of Magic and fights off death eaters and dementors with his magical wand. Darth Vader and Voldamort don't stand a chance when he's around!

Best of all, he's my little kindergarten guy!

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Third Grader

Happy New Year! This is my first painting of 2015. I've been away from my easel for several months, and boy, have I missed it. You know how you sometimes fall into a rut and can't seem to climb out - even when you don't want to be there? That's where I've been...stuck in a rut, wanting to paint, but fearful to pick up a paintbrush.

Luckily, it's a new year and a time for new beginnings. I've resolved to do more painting in 2015. I've also resolved to paint only the things I love, so my first painting is somebody I truly little third grade guy.

For the month of January, I'm participating in Leslie Saeta's 30 Day Challenge  Every day for the month of January I'll be painting and posting things I watch this space!

Again, I wish everyone a very Happy and Prosperous New Year.