Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Snow in a desert

These have been busy holidays! I have not had the time to paint, but now it is "back to normal". Hope to paint a few plein air snow pictures in the coming days.
Here is  a picture from today. It is of a dry area East of Bend, covered in snow. It snows there more than it does in Portland.  Yes, Oregon has a semi- desert with sage bush and juniper trees! 

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Wednesday, December 23, 2015


Today I wanted to paint more snow scenes. Our friend took the kids up to the mountain to snowboard. We had a large amount of snow over the last few weeks. The kids thought that the snow and the company were "Amazing!". There was a foot of fresh powder  and the sun. I felt inspired to record some of the joy.
Here it is.

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Koi 5

This one is the fifth fish in a series of ten. This one is of a "butterfly koi" type of Koi. I think this type is much more graceful and feminine compared to the "regular" kind. I had difficult time taking a photo of the painting without the reflections, so the background is a little darker in real life. The underpainting is burnt sienna that is peaking through in a few places. 

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Saturday, December 19, 2015


I have been thinking of painting the palm tree reflections for a long time. The idea came to me in Hawaii. In the dreary gray Oregon winter days I dream of bright colors. I like the idea of reflections- vague, but specific enough to know what the subject matter is. The format is unusual - narrower but long. Making water look real was challenging!

I keep using ultramarine blue for under painting. It works well for pictures of water. 

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I decided to create a Facebook page for my art stuff. Here is the link:

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Friday, December 18, 2015


One of the places I feel most at peace is San Juan islands. They are located four hours away from Portland and we are trying to go there every other year. The islands cut the waves and allow the ocean water to look glassy and reflective, like that of a lake. 

I normally use sienna for under paintings. I read about using blue- dark ultramarine color for pictures of water. I tried it on this picture and, even thought it felt odd, I'm pleased how it turned out, so there will be more blue under paintings for sure.

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Thursday, December 17, 2015

Lazy afternoon

The reference photo is from Europe. I liked the strong shadows and a pattern they create on the cat. It is 12x12 in, oil on stretched canvas.
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Monday, December 14, 2015

Koi 4

One more of the Koi series. This one has more white and has red and black highlights. These are fun to paint!

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Fresh tracks

We are up at Medows today- one of the ski resorts in Oregon. There has been a lot of snow over the last few days due to a couple of very wet storms. My family went snowboarding and I had two hours of an uninterrupted painting time. I was painting a picture from the window. It looked this pretty for ten minutes and then a snow cloud blew in and the pictue changed completely. Luckily, I had the lights and shadows blocked already. 

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Saturday, December 12, 2015

Night ferry

Today I worked on my drawing skills using charcoal for a couple of hours and then painted a small oil painting. It is 8x8 in size. This picture is of a night ferry in Venice. My husband asked if it was a ferry that takes people to Madeleine island, WI, where he used to come as a child. I guess it could be a ferry anywhere! 
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Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Yellow rose

I participated in a painting challenge today and painted a yellow rose. It is fun to see the different interpretations of the same subject! The challenging thing was how to make it glow. So I tried dark background and warm tint at the base of the lemon-colored rose.

It is 6x6, oil on stretched canvas. 

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Saturday, December 5, 2015

Sunset on Cascade Head

I started this one yesterday, but had leave  unfinished for the night. Woke up early to finish it before my morning coffee. 
This is one more picture from a post- Thanksgiving hike to Cascade Head.

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Catch of the day

My friend last summer went crabbing and had a very successful day, bringing home a few for dinner. They looked multi- colored with heavy purple tints in a red bowl. I don't usually use purple as the dominant color, so I wanted to paint something unusual with purple in it. These crabs fit the bill. It is interesting that the highlights appear yellow- white or blue. There were also the red highlights noticeable. Enjoy!
6x6 oil on stretched canvas

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Horses 1

We left the coast early on Sunday to get into town as early in the day as possible to get some of the chores done. The morning was clear and frosty in the valley that we were driving through. The ground was covered with icy patches. These horses looked liked they were shivering in the pasture. The picture was pretty monochromatic, with not much contrast. I new it would make an interesting study, so I painted it yesterday. 

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