Aug 30, 2010


19" x 22" - oils

This is the painting I finished today. I started it last week and it was originally 25" tall, but there was no way around the big black nothing at the bottom - it was too heavy so I chopped it off and luckily it was on the end. Now the composition feels better. It feels like it's supposed to: balanced, peaceful with an edge, and open.
I titled it Endings because of the way the painting feels to me and because I see life happening in cycles. I have a quote on my blog home page that says "Every new beginning comes from some other beginning's end." That sums it up nicely.
Enjoy the close-ups below.

Aug 13, 2010


Taking a quick trip. It's time to get away. Views like this in the West make me want to be a landscape painter! So many things to paint, so little time...

Aug 11, 2010


6" x 6" oil

This painting feels very fresh, and the soft grays and yellows remind me of being outside after rain has cleared. I love how crisp the light is on the stem and how balanced the shapes inside the petals feel.
Can I say I am LOVING the weather we're having in Utah right now? Beautiful and sunny with a cool breeze. I do my drawing outside now, and it's so invigorating. that I've posted this painting to my blog, I can see how perfectly it matches the grays and yellows in my layout. Weird. I guess I really do like those colors.

Aug 10, 2010


6" x 6" oil
The rich red color inspired the title of this piece, like looking into a lit garnet. Tulips can have the most amazing colors. Enjoy.

On a side note, it's been great painting in my new studio. The light for painting and photographing is much better out there, and I enjoy being able to step outside to take a break and get some fresh air, listening to the birds and feeling the breeze.


Aug 9, 2010


5" x 6" oil
I chose to paint this pose of Buttercup because of the strong light and shadow and it was nice to see a heart-shape in the layout. I sure love my dog, and she is always good subject matter.
This small painting will be at my art show in Salt Lake City later this month, opening August 20th at Alpine Art. See you there.