Monday, September 2, 2013

Mitzi and Rio

"Mitzi", 6x6, oil on panel, sold
"Rio", 6x6,  oil on panel, sold

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

"Katie and Conrad"

Oil on Panel
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I fell in love with the children, the colors, the light---everything said "paint me"!! 

Thursday, August 15, 2013


Oil on Panel

Here is a little guy that was a delight to paint!  The painting was commissioned by some REAL UofO football fans!!

Friday, August 9, 2013

"Anna at Jackson's Corner"

Oil on Panel
I was out looking for inspiration for paintings and stopped in at a great little restaurant here in Bend, Jackson's Corner.  Yes, their food is good, they have kombucha on tap and lots of other great things to offer, BUT what I like best is that the space is full of natural light!  Anna allowed me to sketch and photograph her while she was studying for a test.  Thank you, Anna!

Monday, August 5, 2013

"Just Passing By"

Oil on Panel
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Like the previous painting, I did this one this spring.  The scene is at the MET in the sculpture garden.  I loved the light there!  Wow!  And I was struck by all the people walking by with their eyes on nearly anything but the wonderful artwork around them.  We humans are interesting creatures!!  It seems like so often we read about things in lieu of experiencing them!

"Afternoon Light at Grand Central Station"

Oil on Panel

This painting is from April of this year--along with  a number of others I haven't posted here!  I decided it's about time to do so!
One of the main reasons I wanted to paint this painting was to explore the effects of the light and shadows.  I also enjoyed the challenge of creating the depth in the painting and working with a crowd scene.  What a great place!  Wish I could visit it regularly for more inspiration!

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

"Window Seat" (sold)

Oil on Panel

It feels like forever since I've had time to think about posting a painting!  Painting has had to take a back seat to teaching and other commitments since autumn and I'm happy that it's time to get back to it more regularly.

This little painting is of a scene at a local spot, Sage Cafe.  I am always drawn to back-lighting (or the more graciously sounding "contre-jour"!) and this was a good subject for me to get back to work with!

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

"Field of Dreams" dahlias at The Gorge White House

Oil on Panel
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This was so much fun!--what's not to like about painting red, pink and orange, especially if it's got lots of green!  It was challenge, too, to try to get the feeling of the intense sunshine reflecting off the flowers and the field.  As mentioned in the post title, this is a "field" of dahlias at The Gorge White House just south of Hood River, OR.  It's a great place!  A century-old farm, there are orchards, grapes and flowers surrounding the original home where they have wine-tasting and a gallery.  I will be exhibiting paintings there in September.

Sunday, July 1, 2012

"Oliver" portrait of a Sheltie

Oil on Panel

What a joy it was to paint this handsome Sheltie, Oliver!  He's just over a year old, but appears older to me because he looks so regal--just a stunning dog!  Shelties are formally known as Shetland Sheepdogs and are small to medium-size, hardworking little guys.

Saturday, June 30, 2012


Oil on Panel

I've been working on some paintings of dogs for a show in August and this is one of the little guys I see at the dog park--he's a couple of years old and we're not sure about his "pedigree", but I think he has a terminal case of cuteness!  Too much fun to paint!!

Friday, May 25, 2012

"A Place in the Sun" (sold)

Oil on Panel

A moment in the sun is a special thing on a winter's day in Portland, Oregon!  This is at Moonstruck Chocolates on a day in February. . . yum.  Excellent candies!

Thursday, May 24, 2012

"Chickens for Liz"

Oil on Panel

A painting to barter for two wonderful handmade felted wool scarves--what a deal!!

Monday, April 23, 2012

"Time for Pictures"

Oil on Gessoboard
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The moms were trying to get their kids (my great-nephews and niece) all lined up for photographs before Easter Sunday dinner and I took some shots myself.  I love getting those unposed moments!

Sunday, April 1, 2012

"Found Treasures II"

Image:  4.5"x5"
Watercolor on 140# Arches

Saturday, March 31, 2012

"Found Treasures"

Image Size:  5.5"x7.5
Watercolor on 140# Arches
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I found this butterfly at the end of the summer on the ground in a parking lot.  At first I thought it was still living, but as I approached it there was no movement, so now it sits with the other "found treasures" in our house.
I took a little watercolor "boot-camp" a couple of Saturdays ago put on by Sondra Holtzman and loved it!  Watercolor, for me. has mainly been the medium I use for making quick sketches out of doors or roughs for more finished oil paintings, rarely as an end in themselves.  I've always been a bit intimidated by them!  Painting something like this, though, to me is like a meditation.  I love the simplicity of the subject, the playing with muted tones and using natural light.