Feb 27, 2013


 17 x 17" original oil painting
available at Authentique Gallery

I love backlighting. Love love love. Tulips are champions at being backlit. If they grew on a bush instead of up on top of a skinny stem, they wouldn't catch the light nearly so well.

The hardest part of this painting was the front blossom in the foreground - there are so many color, value and temperature changes in such a small area. I want the changes in color, value and temperature to show more than my brush marks (even though I want the brush marks to show...) It was hard, since I paint wet-on-wet, to lay the paint down and work next to it without wrecking the shapes and light, especially around those backlit edges. That's why I love my soft chisel shaped brushes to work with. I can get a clean edge with wet-on-wet paint applications.

The funnest part of this painting were all of the background blossoms in the middle area. I love all of the ochres and lime greens spread out with the cotton candy pinks. This painting has such great springtime colors.

Did I mention it was snowing sideways outside while I worked in my studio painting this? Hm. I love snow, but I am getting anxious for that time of year when I can open my house up and air it out with fresh spring air!

a yummy detail

Feb 21, 2013


25 x 37" original oil
Two days ago when I was walking back to my car from yoga, the sun was out and I could smell that special smell when you know the ground is warming up and Spring is coming! It's a combination of wet mulch, rotting leaves, sunshine, grass, and wind. I am so excited for Chacos, denim capris, driving with my window down, getting the mail in my bare feet, daffodils, walking my dog, getting a tan, a fresh breeze blowing in my studio when I leave the door propped open, and actually wanting to eat fruit instead of insane amounts of warm comfort food. 

Yummy detail shots below:

Feb 19, 2013


24 x 30" original oil
just sold

Anchored has been completely repainted. I actually flipped it upside down and took a large palette knife with a swath of white painting and smeared it across the entire middle. It felt good.

I am so much happier with these colors and proportions. It feels like the ocean to me now.

Thank you to my friend, Laurie, who said the first Anchored didn't feel finished. She confirmed what my subconscious was trying to tell me.

a detail of the water

Feb 18, 2013

President's Day

Well Happy President's Day. I only checked my mailbox about four times before I realized it was a holiday today. When you don't have kids in school, these things are easy to overlook. What have I been up to in the studio lately? Here ya go:

This is a 25 x 37" tulip oil painting in progress. There will be creamy light greens, creams, whites, and pink/purples in the blossoms.

These three little 6 x 6" oil paintings are a commission. The pet owners have two cats and a dog and they will hopefully love their little paintings. These get delivered to Gallery MAR on Wednesday and shipped soon after to California.

Oh, I am so excited. I am finally getting a sink in my studio. We brought water and electricity out years ago, and my sink plumbing was roughed in. I've had two pipes that are capped and sticking out of my floor this whole time. My husband is custom building me a vanity that will house the sink and a wee little water heater that will mount under the sink. Among other things, I will finally be able to wash  my paint brushes in my studio!!

This is the laminate counter top that we bought Saturday for the vanity/sink. Ew, it doesn't look this pink in real life. It will get cut to size and installed this next week!

This is an 18 x 36" seascape oil painting in progress. The blue tape masks off the horizon. The water will stay pretty dark, but there will be some turquoise relief in the shallower areas and some bubbly surf near the shore. The sky will be a very light blue. I love this format.

Remember "Anchored"? Well, I completely painted over it. THIS is the new "Anchored". This painting is 24 x 30" and oils. It needs just a few more things and it'll be fresh and new, and so much better. I like to work on my seascapes on a flat surface. It helps everything stay put. If I want drips, I work on it on the easel. (I use a lot of wet brushes and glazing in the transparent areas, just like watercoloring with oils.)

Feb 12, 2013


6" x 6" original oil

I just love this dog. I love that nose. Any dog owner knows what I mean. Arf! xoxo 

Feb 9, 2013

Atta Girl

6 x 6" original oil

I love painting my dog, Buttercup. She is such a good friend and is so funny. In this painting I chose a bright green background to match her happy face and to make it feel a bit like summer. In the photograph I painted from, she had just brought me her ball and stepped back a few paces, asking me to play. It's a red rubber ball (one of those KONG ones) that we have had since she was a puppy. It's indestructible and very heavy, so you can bounce it as high as a large tree if you want. She loves it. Her favorite game with me is to stand in the backyard while I throw the ball onto the roof. She watches it roll off the roof and bounce high off the back patio and she tries to catch it before it lands. She would go all day playing this game.

in progress detail

Feb 6, 2013


8 x 8" original oil

It's February! That means a new month and a new eBay painting. In 2013 I will be selling one original oil painting each month on eBay. They are painted fresh and new just for these auctions, and if you are interested in getting a great price on one of my originals, this is your best bet. You won't find a better deal anywhere else.

Why the title Iota? I'm going sequentially through the Greek alphabet. Only eBay paintings get a Greek letter for a title, so it's going to take me until next year to get through the alphabet.

I love these juicy orange colors. In the middle of the day, tulips open wide because it's so hot. It makes for great glimpses of their centers. If I remember right, the photo I used for this painting was taken in 2009 at Thanksgiving Point's Children's Garden. It was about noon and I was out photographing tulips, and nestled in a grove of pine trees was this bed of hot orange tulips. Bam. Color with a deep background. You can't beat that. I love how waxy and shiny their petals are, and the warm light. I want to crawl inside this painting and take a nap.

Thank you for supporting the arts!

This painting is on 3/16" masonite and ready to pop in a frame or be displayed on a table easel.

Signed in the lower-right corner, ready to be sealed and delivered to the highest bidder.