Saturday, December 10, 2011

"Determination!" Cowboy on Bucking Bronc (sold)

Oil on Panel

The word "determination" kept going through my mind as I painted this--the horse was determined to lose the rider and the rider determined to stay on for the full 8 seconds!  I don't really remember the result, just the lesson!

Friday, December 9, 2011

"Bull Rider" framed rodeo paintng (sold)

Painting size: app. 5"x5", Framed size: app. 7.5"x7.5"
Oil on Panel

It's a fun challenge to fit so much energy into such a little space!  This painting is framed as shown below.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

"Quiet Presence--European Sculpture Garden at the Met" (sold)

Oil on Panel

The scene of this little painting is at the Met in NYC.  I was so struck by the light in this space--absolutely beautiful, lots of shadows and contrast.  Too, I really noticed the contrast of the sculptures perched unmoving on their pedastals with the people walking through the place.  Quite a juxtaposition of energies!  I used a different palette of colors for this painting:  yellow ochre, raw sienna, Indian red, burnt umber, ivory black, chromatic black and white.  It's amazing the beautiful array of colors you can get out of that and almost ideal for this subject.  I'm afraid my photo isn't picking up the warming tones of the painting--the lights have alot of warmth to them.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

"Swans in Winter Light" framed painting (sold)

Painting size:  5"x5", Framed size:  7.5"x7.5"
Oil on Panel

One of the things I love abouty Bend is the swans that live here. Everytime I see them on a walk, it just does something to bring the specialness of the day up a notch. This painting is in a lovely wood frame that looks like hammered copper.  It was difficult to capture it in a photo, but I think this gives the idea. 

Thursday, December 1, 2011

"Scratchin'!" (sold)

Oil on Panel
Another sunny day in chickenland. . .

Monday, November 28, 2011

"Rooster" framed painting (sold)

Painting dimensions:  3.25"x3.25", Framed size:  9"x9"
Oil on Panel
I've been doing little--REALLY little--paintings to fit into frames that I've accumulated and this is one of them--a version of the rooster, Stewey.  Even so little, he has a way of coming across as big!  This painting is framed.  Email me if you'd like a price for the unframed painting.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

"Morning Workout" equestrian painting and Cleaning-my-studio Sale!! (sold)

Oil on Panel

. . .a little painting I've shown alot and just hasn't seemed to have found a home yet, so maybe this is its lucky day!

See more of the paintings on sale by going to my "Cleaning-my-Studio" page.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

"Swallowtail Butterfly" framed painting (sold)

5.25"x5.25" including frame
acrylic on panel

At this time of year, the galleries are asking for small "treasures" for their holiday shows.  I've been really attracted to butterflies lately and have been making other small paintings of them that could be tree ornaments.  This one, however, I painted to fit the frame.  And, if I do say so myself, though it is tiny, it's stunning!

By the way, below is another painting that is going on my "Cleaning-out-my-studio" page.  Find the page title to click on up on the right to see more paintings that are part of this sale.

"Three Plus Two"
Oil on Panel
$40 includes domestic s/h
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Monday, November 14, 2011

"Running Like the Wind" (sold)

Oil on Panel

This is one of my favorites when it comes to my animal paintings--it was so much fun capturing the joy and the energy of this little guy chasing and being chased!

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

"KC With His Red Ball"

Oil on Panel
$100 plus $10 domestic s/h
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KC is another one of the dogs that we see alot of at the dog park.  He is so much fun to watch--he doesn't run, he "gallumphs" and I think he could chase balls all day if he had the chance.  A very sweet and huge standard poodle that we all have a soft spot for.  I like using limited palettes and I had been given some Maimeri Puro oils that I used for this: primary cyan, primary yellow and primary red.  I also used radiant white and ivory black.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

"Little Westie" (sold)

Oil on Panel
This little Westie is one of the dogs we have all enjoyed at one of our local dog parks--he's quite the guy, loves to run and always up for chasing or being chased.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

"Drumming Man"--Cleaning-Out-My-Studio Sale!

Oil on Panel
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This little painting is of a drummer with Obo Adi who was playing here in Bend on a hot summer day at a local farmer's market.  Quite the treat!

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

"Beneath the Mural" NYC Public Library, McGraw Rotunda (sold)

Oil on Panel

This is one of those paintings I've been wanting to do for awhile!   They are sitting on a bench under one of the murals created by Edward Laning in the McGraw Rotunda of the NYC Public Library.  I hope to do this again in a larger format, though totally enjoyed this one!

Monday, October 31, 2011

"Feeding the Chickens"

Oil on Panel
$125 plus $10 domestic s/h
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The more I looked at yesterday's painting, the less happy I was with it, so here it is with changes.  I added the chickens and changed a couple of other details.  I think it's definitely an improvement!  Needless to say, yesterday's painting no longer exists. . .

Sunday, October 30, 2011

"In the Farmyard, Feeding the Rooster"--not available

Oil on Panel

A friend of mine took photos of this little girl and sent them to me--a great subject!  I was attracted by the lighting and the feel of the hot summer day.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

"Pumpkin Patch"

Oil on Panel
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This is another nod to Rasmussen's Pumpkin Patch in the Hood River Valley.  And, too, it's a nod to just how beautiful autumn is--what amazing palettes of color nature creates!

Friday, October 28, 2011

"Diesel" (sold)

Oil on Panel
Here is an addition to my "Cleaning-Out-My-Studio" page.  Click on the link in the upper right corner to see what else is on sale.
This is a dog I met this spring at one of our dog parks--such a beautiful creature, I had to paint him!

Thursday, October 27, 2011

"Beverly" portrait #2

Oil on Canvas

I painted a portrait of this lovely lady last April (posted here on April 21) and was asked to do another one so both of her children could have one.  I was given two photos of her to work with for the 1st painting and chose what I liked best from each to make a painting I thought would work well.  Then the opportunity came to paint the second one and I ended up taking what I hadn't used before to paint this one.  It has made for two distinctly different portraits--not only in appearance, but also in mood.  Fortunately, everyone is happy with both and I had a great experience doing them.

Monday, October 24, 2011

"Rasmussen's U-Pick Pumpkin Patch"

Oil on Panel
$200 plus $10 domestic s/h
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On Saturday, we took another trip north to the Hood River Valley getting more inspiration for paintings for the Rural Life Reflections project.  What a gorgeous day!  The colors of the changing trees was awesome, temps in the upper 60's-low 70's and skies a mixture of rain clouds and sun.  This little painting comes from a farm I hadn't previously visited also had a corn maze (maize maze?) along with lots of things to keep the kids busy having fun.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

"Study for the Pie Lady at Apple Valley Store"

Oil on Panel
$125 plus $10 domestic s/h
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As part of the Reflections on Rural Life project, we are visiting people, businesses and orchards in the Hood River Valley in north-central Oregon.  Such a beautiful spot!  Marcia, the pie-maker at Apple Valley Store, graciously agreed to let us photograph and paint her.  She made 3500 pies last year!  Visit their site for a look at a great family-run business and delicious foods to order.

Friday, October 21, 2011

"Summer Evening on a Manhattan Street Corner" (sold)

Oil on Panel
Somewhere in Manhattan, NY, between 49th and 48th streets!  Wish I could remember just where it was!  What I DO remember, though, is that it was a beautifully magical evening with the sunset, the sounds, the people and all the sights that are so different from my norm.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

"At the Lavender Farm"

Oil on Panel
$100 plus $15 domestic s/h
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This is a study of the owner of the Hood River Lavender Farm, one of the places I've been visiting for the Rural Life Reflections project we're working on.  That day, they were harvesting the lavender and what an amazing aroma!  The moment I stepped out of my car, there it was.  Delicious!  And she was so generous telling me about how they distill the oils, explaining why they are organic and the different processes they go through as they prepare their lavender for different uses--also, sent me home with a huge armful of fresh cut lavender stems.  

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

"Sudden Storm (sold)

Oil on Panel

This little painting inaugurates my "sale" page which can be seen by clicking to your upper right on the appropriate page.  I will be listing sale paintings there on a regular basis to make room for fresh work.

This painting is of a scene of a storm in southeast Oregon, in the Steens Mt., high-desert country.  I love the big skies and the drama!!

Monday, October 3, 2011

"Rebecca and Misty"

Oil on Panel

This painting is for a family whose daughter is involved in a therapeutic equestrian group called "Healing Reins".  In the organization's own words, "they connect riders with special needs to horses with special gifts".  There is a long story behind the painting, but suffice it to say that it is a gift from a community of people who love that family.  It is a blessing to be a part of it!

Saturday, October 1, 2011

"Baby Charlie"

Oil on Panel

This little painting is of my new grand-nephew at 5 days old and is a gift for his mom and dad.  When his sister was born a couple of years ago I tried to do a painting of her as an infant but really never liked it very well.  It's a challenge to not let the texture of the brushstrokes destroy the look of the soft baby-skin--because I want both!  I think this one went pretty well.

(hi, Mike and Calvin!)

Friday, September 23, 2011

"Lost in Thought" NYC Library

Oil on Panel
$150 plus $15 domestic s/h
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Between traveling for the Rural Reflections project and doing illustration work, I've had very little time to just paint for me.  I gave myself the gift of doing just that a couple of days ago and this is the result.  In June I visited the public library in NYC and absolutely loved the light and the reflections and watching the people.  I was drawn to the far-away expression of the younggirl on the left.  There are so many paintings I want to do from that trip and it feels great to have gotten my feet wet!

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

"Sorting Horseradish"

Oil on canvas
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Another new painting for the series on "Rural Life Reflections"--actually I've been working on this on and off for the past couple of months!  This scene is of a group of people sorting and trimming horseradish plants that have just been harvested off Dave and Jackie Krizo's farm outside Tule Lake, CA.  Jackie's story is amazing.  She and her husband, Dave, are farming land homesteaded by their parents after WWII.  Jackie maintains a website where you can learn more about the water issues.

Monday, September 5, 2011

"Thinning Pear Trees, Lage Orchards, Hood River Valley" (sold)

Oil on Panel

Here is another painting in the "Reflections on Rural Life" project that I did this past week.  It is of a couple of fellows named Gabriel and Martin thinning pear trees.  The harvest is a least a couple of weeks late this year due to the cold wet spring we had, but the pears are looking good and they expect a good yield nonetheless.

Monday, August 1, 2011

"Janie at Heart-to-Heart Quilters"

Oil on Panel
NFS at this time

This painting represents a part of a project that I am working on with Janice Druian.  We are putting together an exhibit that focuses on people and places in selected rural areas of Oregon and northern California.  We are interviewing people who live in these areas asking them to talk to us about changes they have seen or are currently experiencing as the times and economics change.  I am doing the paintings of the people.  Janice is painting the geographic areas, farms and/or businesses.  We are including the words of those pictured as part of the exhibit.  This will be shown at the Columbia Center for the Arts in Hood River, OR next April.

Janie is a woman I grew up with in southern Oregon.  In fact we were born just days apart, probably in the same hospital!  I know that Jane studied music in college and has taught and continues to teach kindergarten in schools where there are alot of children from migrant families.  Along with a partner, she owns a business in Merrill called "Heart to Heart Quilters".  They have 4 long-arm quilting machines that they use and rent out to others to use.  She is pictured here working on a quilt for a client.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

"Three Graces"

Oil on 1.5" cradled panel (does not need framed)
$1350 Framed plus shipping OR $1100 Unframed plus shipping
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The lyrics "hot fun in the summer time. . ." keeps going through my head!  Well, hot or not here in Bend, this was definitely fun to paint!  Everytime I look at their faces I smile.  I enjoyed, too, the opportunity to really slather on the paint for the fountain effect.  The scene is the fountain at Waterfront Park in Portland, OR.

"Lunching With Friends at Le Pain Quotidian" (sold)

Oil on Panel

I can't believe it's been almost a month since I posted the watercolor study for this!!  Busy times, lots of traveling, teaching and illustration work!  Too, after three and a half years, it has been time for a break from attempting to paint or draw for the blog on a nearly daily basis (and feeling guilty when I can't get to it).   I hope to get back to posting on a more regular basis soon!

One of the trips I took earlier this summer was to the east coast.  This painting is from the restaurant Le Pain Quotidian in New Canaan, CT.  I have so many paintings I want to do from that trip, which also included NYC!!  I can't wait to get to them!

Monday, June 27, 2011

"Lunch at Le Pain Quotidien, New Canaan" watercolor study

Watercolor on 140# Arches
16"x12" sheet size
$100 includes domestic s/h
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I just returned a few days ago from a trip to the east coast.  I'd hoped to do some watercolor sketches on the trip, but just didn't get to it--lots of photographs, though, and lots of ink sketches of people in the airports!  As the title says, this study is from Le Pain Quotidien in New Canaan.  I loved the light in there and am looking forward to doing an oil painting of this subject.  I had to look up "quotidian" (qotidiEn in French) and it means "daily". . ."our daily bread". . .how nice!

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

"White Apron--after Van Gogh"

watercolor on Arches paper
image size:  7.5"hx3.25"w
$45 includes domestic s/h
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I've not been able to spend much time at the easel lately, but did have time to do this little study from looking at a watercolor of a peasant woman by Van Gogh.  I am getting ready to do a little traveling and want ot do alot of watercolor sketches, so am practicing!  I won't be posting for another week or so, but hopefully, the sketches will be the next pieces I put upl

Thursday, June 9, 2011

"Coffee and News at the Riverside Market"

Oil on Panel
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What a great subject the Riverside Market is!  It's old, a bit funky, has personality, chairs and tables that don't match and all that wonderful natural light streaming in!  I imagine this isn't the last painting I will be doing from there.  However, it IS one of the last I'll be putting up on the Daily Painters Gallery for awhile.  Though I will keep posting on my blog, as of the 13th, I am taking a hiatus from the DPG to keep sane this summer while I am doing illustration work, teaching and doing some traveling.  I will be painting but without the pressure of feeling like I need to be doing "daily paintings".  Anyone who has been watching my blog has probably observed that I've been having a hard time getting something posted everyday anyway!  Now I just don't have to feel the guilt!  (-:

So, subscribe to follow my blog if you'd like to keep up with my new work this summer!  I will be going to the east coast soon and am looking forward to getting inspired in NYC, then to Vancouver BC where I always come away with lots of subjects I want to paint!

Monday, June 6, 2011

"Santa Monica Pier"

Oil on Panel
$115 plus $10 domestic s/h
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Is it hot yet?!  I love the light in this--same time of year as "Cannery Row", my previous post (early November) on the California coast.  It is so easy to see why it's a draw for artists! 

Thursday, June 2, 2011

"Cannery Row, Monterey, California"

Oil on Panel
$115 plus $10 domestic s/h
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It feels like it's been forever since I've done a little painting just to do a "daily painting"!!  Between preparing for a show and lots of illustration work, painting these little guys has gotten lost in the shuffle!  So, for getting my feet wet again, I chose a scene from a trip we took that included a walk along Cannery Row in Monterey, CA.  Naturally, my mind was filled with Steinbeck and also with trying to imagine what life was like there back when it was a working fishing area.  Even though that all seems so in the past, there is still a feel of an area that has lagged behind a bit, kind of touristy in a pleasant, kitchy way that has a charm of its own.

Monday, May 30, 2011

"Cruisin' Through the Park"

Oil on Panel
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I've been putting all my painting time into an illustration job, so decided to post something from the "archives".  I chose this one as it represents some wishful thinking for me--some summer weather and a break from the very wet and cool spring we've had--especially for the little veggies in our garden!

Sunday, May 29, 2011

"Walk #2"

Image size:  5.5" h x 19"w
Graphite on Bristol Board
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My apologies for the not so great photo!  I sent the drawing off to be framed without realizing my photo was so lacking!  Hopefully you get the idea.  This drawing, as in my previous "Walk" drawing was inspired by the many photos I have of people doing just that--walking!  I really like taking the subjects out of their context and seeing what is made new as I put them together.  I like to see the relationships that are created by doing this.  Below is a photo of the 1st "Walk" drawing.

This drawing is also available.  You can contact me for a photo of the framed drawing and for purchase information.

Friday, May 27, 2011

"Untitled #3"

Oil on 1 1/2" cradled panel
$300 plus $10 domestic s/h
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This is the third of a series of paintings I've been (slowly!) working on.  The others were posted on April 30.  I have liked working with just the figure.  I like exploring the idea of the person without a context.  I think about how we pass each other throughout a day, coming into each other's existence for a split second, maybe a little more, but then pass and never see each other again.  These paintings are a way to explore that and, also, a way to prolong the moment.


Sunday, May 22, 2011


Oil on Panel
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OK, I have to admit that though this looks just like the cat I'm painting, her stare kind of gives me the willies!  Maybe it's because I just don't spend alot of time around cats as I'm very allergic to them, and I'm just not used to how they look at you SO knowingly and with such attitude!  Graceful and beautiful, this long-haired calico truly owns her world!

Thursday, May 19, 2011

"Dinner at Sunset"

Oil on Panel
$250 plus $10 domestic s/h
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These ladies were having an early dinner on one of our sunny spring evenings recently.  I was drawn by the light and the interaction between the two women--the one is so attentive.  I wish I knew what they were talking about!

Sunday, May 15, 2011

"At the Riverside Market" final version

Oil on Panel
Framed:  $1350
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It's been brought to my attention that I didn't post a photo of this painting after I finished it--thank you Stephanie!  I love this painting and, even more, I love the experience of doing it!  Spending time at the Riverside Market, sketching, taking photos and speaking with the people who work there and hang out there has been an absolute delight.  It's made me realize that creating art about subjects I get some sort of involvement with is so much more satisfiying than what I've been experiencing for awhile.  I know that there will always be the paintings I do of people I don't know, but I am promising myself that I am going to take more time to create connections with my subjects before I put them into paint!

So, along those lines. . .
another artist, Janice Druian, and myself are beginning a joint project documenting changes going on in three different agricultural areas here in Oregon and northern California.  We are interviewing people who live in these areas and doing paintings of them and the land they live in.  The paintings will first be shown next April at the Columbia Center for the Arts in Hood River, Oregon.  Stay tuned as this project develops!!

Monday, May 2, 2011

"Opening NIght Conversation"

10" x 8"
Oil on Panel
$225 plus $10 domestic s/h
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This painting is of a scene at Tumalo Art Company one opening night.  I enjoyed the interaction of these figures and the stances of the two in front.  I just wonder what they were talking about!

Saturday, April 30, 2011

Untitled #1 and #2

2 panels, each measuring 20"x11"
Oil on 1.5" cradled board
$300 each plus s/h
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I am getting ready for a show in June and these two paintings are the first of 5 I am doing that are focusing on the figure, keeping a plain background that will unify them all and that will hang together.  I've been wanting to try this for awhile.  I did a drawing awhile back , "Walk" pictured below, that increased my interest in isolating the figure and not including the background.  I want to see what this looks like!  I want to just zero in on the person and ask the viewer to do the same.  In my mind's eye, I see a series of these paintings hanging together--I'd love it if I end up having time to do more than five for the show!  I haven't figured out a title yet. I'm searching for a word or phrase that describes the idea.

"Walk"  graphite on bristol board, $225 plus s/h, click here to ask about purchasing this drawing through Paypal

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

"Study For Three Graces" (sold)

8"x6" unframed, 14"x12" framed
Oil on Panel

These 3 little girls are playing in a fountain at Portland (Oregon's) Waterfront Park.  I am getting ready to do a 30"x22" painting of them so decided to try it small first!  What fun to paint!  What a subject!