Saturday, April 23, 2016
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
Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Saturday, April 9, 2016
Thursday, April 7, 2016
Tuesday, April 5, 2016
Sunday, April 3, 2016
Saturday, April 2, 2016
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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
Sunday, March 27, 2016
SOLDThese 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
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
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
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, http://www.learning-to-see.co.uk/ 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
Sunday, March 13, 2016
Friday, March 11, 2016
Thursday, March 10, 2016
Sunday, March 6, 2016
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
Thursday, March 3, 2016
SOLDThe 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
Monday, February 29, 2016
Thursday, February 25, 2016
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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
Tuesday, February 23, 2016
Thursday, February 11, 2016
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
Thursday, January 14, 2016
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
Friday, January 8, 2016
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
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.