Sunday, May 31, 2009

Paintint in Process "Byways Cafe III" again!

Oil on archival gessoboard
Still in process--and probably will be so for awhile! It's been interesting to be working on it again. I was roughing it in and got to a point where I could have taken the painting in a totally different direction and would have done so if it hadn't been a commissioned piece. I'll have to see if I can get a phto of that, too. . .

Thursday, May 28, 2009

"Crossing Cambie"

Oil on board
$125 includes s/h
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One afternoon on our trip up to Vancouver BC earlier this month, my husband and I sat in a coffee shop on the corner of Cambie and Broadway just watching people. It was a bright and warm day, so lots of people were out. It was so fun to just keep the camera clicking away. Living in Bend is great, but it's not a city! I really enjoy the diversity when we visit them.

This painting and also the past couple I've posted are done with a limited palette: ultramarine blue, alizaron crimson, alizaron yellow and white. I love that yellow!! It does amazing things compared to what I have used before. It's made by Williamsburg Paints and I purchased it through Jerry's Artarama. It's been a great exercise to be using so few colors. Often while painting with a larger palette, I am not sure if the colors are working together and it seems that using so few produces an automatic harmony.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009


Oil on Board

$125 includes s/h

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New mothers and babies seem to prominent in my life this spring! This painting is of my nephew's wife who is expecting their first child soon. I think my husband would've liked to have grabbed the brushes out of my hands to make sure I didn't paint in all of the background! It is hard to leave places unpainted! However, I restrained myself :-) so consider it a success!

Monday, May 25, 2009

"Mother Love" (sold)

Oil on Gessoboard
This painting is inspired by my "step"daughter holding her new baby. To witness the interaction was so beautiful and such a privilege. Never having had children myself, I am grateful for the unexpected role of grandmother!

Sunday, May 24, 2009

"Twister" (sold)

Oil on Board
$365 includes s/h
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Today's post is of another painting for the Ranch Life and Rodeo Show that (I confess!) I painted last week! I had done a small acrylic of this subject and loved the shapes and energy of the horse and rider, so decided to try it in a larger format. It was fun and interesting to me, too, how different it came out in the oils--much more subdued colors than the acrylics. I am still enamored with the subject--I could see doing it as a block print and a drawing, also. NOTE: this painting is available after June 30.

Saturday, May 23, 2009

"Barrel Racer" (sold)

Oil on Gessoboard

Another painting for the Ranch Life and Rodeo Show. I have a love/hate relationship with this painting! I am fine with how it turned out, but got so frustrated while doing a little painting of this subject!! Just kind of tired of little brush strokes, etc. It is good for me in that it is making me rethink the kind of subjects I want to do--or at least HOW I want to do them--for this small format. I love working with this size, but there is definitely an art of doing so!

Friday, May 22, 2009


Image: 6"x7.25"
Linoleum Block Print
Block Printing Ink on Archival Rives Lightweight Paper
Edition: 10 plus Artist's Proof
$65 includes s/h
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Good to be back! It's been a great two weeks of meeting a new grandchild, visiting and playing with the others and finishing up work for the Ranch Life and Rodeo show in which this block print will be included. It's been refreshing to do some traveling and get some inspiration!

Thursday, May 7, 2009

"Dog's Best Friend"

Oil on Board
$115 includes s/h
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Oh, those best-laid plans--gone awry! I am leaving tomorrow for a week to go meet my brand new grandson, Theo Alexander! Pretty exciting! I had hoped to finish my next bucking bronc linoleum block print for today's post, but too many details to wrap up before leaving! So, I realized that I had never posted this painting and decided to do so. "Dog's Best Friend" was painted nearly two years ago--when I was discovering daily painters and at the beginning of my going out with my camera in search of subject matter. It's good to remember the excitement of all that. When I discovered the Daily Painters, and Karin Jurik in particular, I felt like I had a whole new world open up regarding my own creative endeavors. This painting brings that back. I like it! I would like to paint this subject again and see how it would be different. . .

I will not be posting for at least a week, but will begin again by the 22nd at the latest. Wishing you all May-flowers. . .

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

"Ride 'Em Cowboy!"

Image: 6" x 7.25"
Hand-pulled Linoleum block print on Rives Lightweight paper
Edition size: 10 plus 1 artist's proof
$65 includes s/h
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Finished! I am much happier with this than I thought I would be yesterday! I was thinking that the lines showing the highlights on the horse were ruining the effect of the large black shape, but it seems to have balanced out fine with the rest of the detail. I was also not happy with the difference in the marks made--the area of dust had one kind and the horse had another. I think that putting similar marks in those sections gave the image more unity. It's all such a learning experience!

I printed this on a creamy paper--Rives Lightweight. I love that paper. It almost feels like fabric and takes the ink beautifully.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Print in Process

Linoleum block print

I had to go out of town for a couple of days and didn't get as far as I'd like to have on this block print, so here is a proof copy. I wish I'd made a proof of it sooner--I might have left out the detail on the horse and kept him more of a silhouette. However!! That's the nature of a linoblock!! Once a cut is made, there's no putting it back! Well, tomorrow I'll finish the carving and see how it looks. . .at any rate, I sure like the process!

Saturday, May 2, 2009

"Night LIghts" (sold)

Oil on Board
I took a bunch of photos one night downtown, not really knowing how anything would turn out. I was really intrigued with the yellow cast of light that showed in the pictures, so decided to try painting it. Also, most of the figures in the photos are blurred because of the movement (mine and theirs!), and that, too, intrigues me. I want to play with this subject as I have time and explore the colors and the idea of letting the figures blur out. There's an excitement in this subject for me!

Friday, May 1, 2009

"Little Jumper" (sold)

Oil on Canvas-covered Board
$125 includes s/h
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I had a request to do a painting of a little girl on a white pony and this is it. I enjoyed revisiting this subject! I'm still working on paintings for the rodeo show, too--lots of horses these days! I am ready to do something with a bit more urban feel!