Monday, December 3, 2012

Paper Apples,.....FINISHED!

This paper collage was so fun! It really drove home a lot of information on values and hues. 

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Monday, November 5, 2012

Red Chow

Another completed commission for the owner of the chows.
8x8 oil on canvas

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Noblett Lake, view from above the spillway.

Plein Air Sketch

Today was a perfectly beautiful day in the Missouri Ozarks. The sky was blue, the trees in the Mark Twain National Forest were at peak color and Noblett Lake looked like a jewel in a lovely jewel box.  This is the view (from above)  of the area below the spillway.  The painting is not much to write home about....I need about a million miles on the brush with plein air painting. It was a lovely day though and it was fun to get out and attempt this.  Despite the biting bugs and the fierce wind, it was a great time outdoors! :D  Many of the passersby seemed to think more of the painting than I did. They were quite kind. 

Saturday, October 13, 2012


Laura in Lacoste. After a long day and night of work in Studio 1, Giselle brought treats that almost made her swoon. ;)  12 x 9 oil on panel.  

Monday, October 8, 2012

Friday, September 14, 2012

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Dejeuner dans Lacoste

Let's get a little something delicious for lunch in Lacoste. Meet me just past this balcony...

and around the corner from this pot of flowers. See you there!

both are 6x6 oil on panel

Friday, July 6, 2012

A page from my sketchbook

 Just a quick sketch of the statue and flowers in my garden.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Postcards from France: View from the Terrace

View from the Terrace

This was painted in the evening from our terrace at Bonne Terre, looking past the roses at the edge of the terrace, over the tile roof of  M. Lamy's home,  toward Lacoste.  The sun was low in the sky and the light on the side of the clock tower in Lacoste was beautiful. Again, I was painting in acrylic and, again, the paint was just about drying on my brush. I was getting much faster with the painting as a result. lol   The next time we were in Apt I picked up some medium that slowed the drying time of my paint and mixed medium and paint in the tiny jam jars that I saved from breakfast. Parfait! That worked like a charm.

Postcards from France: Pont Julien Bridge

Pont Julien Bridge on the Domitian Way near Apt, France

The weather had been cold and rainy for several days with highs around 50 fahrenheit (10 celsius). Finally a day dawned sunny and absolutely beautiful. (Though southern France is beautiful in the rain as well, I must say.)    
We decided to go for a drive to Pont Julien so that I could paint and Joe could take photos. The sky was brilliant and the fields glowed red with blooming poppies.  It was certainly warmer! The temperatures soared to nearly 90 F. and the air was dry dry dry. The paint was nearly drying on my brush before I could even make a mark. It was a challenge, but also made the painting fun--no time to over-think or over-work. Decisiveness was absolutely required. A family with several children and a little dog were playing along the riverbank behind me. It was a lovely afternoon.

Sunday, May 13, 2012

finished painting of Joe

I finally had a few minutes to finish this today.  Now he looks more like himself and less like some news anchorman on TV. :)  It's amazing how just tiny changes, subtle value shifts or the slightest adjustment to chroma will make such huge differences in a portrait. Those eyes right there--see those eyes? Those are the eyes of the man I love. 

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Here is what I'm working on today, "Liliana"

Lily, painted 'older' than she actually is. She always seems older than she is to me, probably because those eyes are always taking everything in. She misses nothing. She is very wise for such a young girl. An "old soul".

Monday, April 30, 2012

Gone Fishing

Just a quick sketch at the end of the day--
the little daughter of an old friend trying her hand at fishing.

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Somewhere It's Raining

Here it is a warm quiet night. The tree frogs and cicadas are whirring their nighttime music. Somewhere though, it is raining and people are hurrying home to their families for dinner and for some quiet time and a good night's sleep. Sweet dreams out there.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

reprise of Perfect Day....

This painting needed a calm place for the eye to rest. Neutralizing the green under the chair a bit also allows the eye to go to the center of interest more effectively. I'm pleased with the results. I wish you could see it in person. The photo doesn't begin to tell the story.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

CW Mundy workshop in New Harmony, Indiana

Painted this en plein air in the CW Mundy workshop in New Harmony, Indiana. 
16x20 oil, painted at Fragrant Farms peony field. What a beautiful place!

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

First Warm Spring Day

24x18 oil on canvas
Much fun was had on this idyllic day within the garden wall on the first warm day of spring.

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Afternoon Light

16x20, oil on panel
This building, a WPA project during the Depression, has since been torn down by our city government, rather than being repurposed. I was sad to see it go.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

The Morning Paper, next edition

I couldn't resist the impulse to make changes to this painting today, so I've posted a new photo of it. I'm happier with it. I like the light coming in the window, through the curtains and reflecting on his face and the paper. I feel like I'm sitting at the breakfast table with him again. It's been many years. Nice to be back there, if only with paint and a fond memory.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Those oranges, such divas

Those oranges are such divas....and that kettle! Well, this morning I settled things, taking the CW Mundy approach with a two ply tissue. ;)

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Teapot with Oranges

In my sunny kitchen window.
8x10, oil
Painted it, then dropped it...then painted some more. :)

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Thursday, February 9, 2012

English Cocker Spaniel

Getting to know this handsome dog before I do his portrait in oil.  Watercolor sketch.

Friday, February 3, 2012

Doo doo doo, standin' out my front door....

Today I took a step forward from the abstract self-portrait, to a more detailed representation of me and my "shadow" the little poodle guy.  5x7 (a postcard) oil on panel.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Sweetest Bouquet

5x7 oil on panel
An earnest boy chugging up the hill with his prized gift brought with all his heart. He'd carried it all over the property....a slightly bent, little bit squished sprig of something from the field. The sweetest bouquet.

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Self-Portrait with Poodle

This all started with the "mudhead" painting, Girl in the Garden (#1).  I'm seeing how far I can abstract a face or figure and still have it read as a particular person. I feel pretty free to experiment with my own face! Who can be mad if it looks awful? Hmmm, perhaps I look better with a lot left out. :)