Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Criss Cross Applesauce

Pink and Orange!  Who would have thunk it?
But I love it.  It's always a great party combining 
fun, spring colors and grey.

The flowers in this painting were done with a palette knife, 
a fun and loose way to get an impressionistic look.  The heavy texture of the knife also brings things forward.

I had fun putting these colors that wouldn't normally be put together with a favorite pair of shoes. 

Criss Cross Applesauce
6 x 6 Original Oil

Criss Cross Applesauce

Saturday, January 28, 2012

When you can smell the color green and feel the moist dew of the grass, 
laying low, looking up through the petals and sunlight,
I can only imagine these beautiful poppies gathering together to enjoy a favorite
"Spring Dance".

15 x 30 Original Oil

As the sun begins to shine a little longer each day and a little brighter each day, 
I am more and more drawn to the bright of spring.

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Monday, January 23, 2012

Daffodil Doc

Nothing like a good pair of Doc's and some yellow daffodils.

A few years back Ken and I visited 
Skagit Valley, Washington in the spring.  
It was tulip time and when I saw these boots on the 
shelf I knew they were a perfect fit, 
both for the feet and the event!

8x8 Oil on Panel

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9x12 Oil on Canvas

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Thursday, January 19, 2012

Walk on By

"Walk on By"  
That's best advice I could give to those cute little shoes!

6x6 Original Oil

Once again, I revert to my past.  This special little bar lamp was always a part of the annual Christmas party that was held at mom and dad's house.  Christmas Eve the little house was packed.  People lining both sides of the hallway, chairs along every wall space filled, and a table packed with unbelievable Italian and Portuguese cooking, all done by mom.    But... I have a feeling that's not what this painting conjures up!   And so... not being a person to promote drunkenness to a point of hanging onto lamp posts or other such objects, the name became "Walk on By"  It did however lead the imagination to many other appropriate titles.   Love to hear your ideas!

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Sunday, January 15, 2012

Gold Mint Trail

Just up the road from home lies Hatcher Pass.  
In Alaska, it's a wonderful place all seasons.  
One of the many trails readily available to a vigorous or leisurely hike is the Gold Mint Trail.  
It was a place that I visited with dear friends last summer.  Photos, laughter, warm summer temps and
abundant beauty summed up the day.  

Gold Mint Trail
16 x 20" Original Oil Painting

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Friday, January 13, 2012

The Process...A Moose's Tale.

Today's blog is a little different...
Time to work a larger piece.
I thought I would share a little
bit of the process.

First I must drive home...

Why did the moose cross the road?

Even after 30 years in Alaska, 
it's still exciting when you run into a moose...  Actually better if you don't!

Back in the studio


And so the beginning of a 

new painting.

It is most important to step back    and look at a distance.  It's really the only way to see the big picture. 

And, although this is just a beginning with plenty of work ahead, I still must take my steps...
back... back... back...

Surprise!!!  I certainly was!

I'm not the only
one wanting 
good look!!

Perhaps a better look in the window?

"Not getting in the house, 
Maybe I can warm up in here?"

Once he found out that nobody was at home in the shed, this little guy wandered over to the neighbors to take a peek in their windows. 
Well, it's late while I write this and dark.  But what was that thunk? That bump? Those sounds in the night?

Under the deep, dark starry sky,
In the deep, cold and cushioned snow.
He sets for the night,
outside my living room window.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Puttin' on the Ritz

Well ladies... we just can't have all the fun.  
Besides we don't want to be out in our stilettos and be graced by a guy in a pair of tennis shoes, do we?!

Not only is "Puttin on the Ritz" retro and energetic,  it is also a very special piece to me.  It's a generational thing.  This very cool martini shaker and glass set belonged to my dad a long time ago.  My mom gave it to my oldest son as a fun and fond memory of him.   I am thrilled he let me borrow it because using it, along with my youngest sons's amazing sense of fashion I found a favorite set up.

Hope you like it too!

6 x 6 Oil Painting

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Monday, January 9, 2012

Cozy Places

A little birdie told me to take a short break
from shoes on the run.

I found little fella stuck inside the bird feeder this morning.  After a gallant  rescue, 
I quickly set up my easel for another indoor plein air.  Plein Window might be a better name for my below 0 outdoor paintings, but it would sound so much better if I knew how to say it in french!  
Plein Window en france', anyone?

For my friends who are missing winter...
Just outside my living room window, winter wrapped itself around this little spruce tree.  All day long the chickadees are fleeting in and out, through the little holes in the snow, back and forth to the feeder.  What looks so cold from the outside is a sheltered home of warmth on the inside.

The sun was out but only for a short time and wind was in the forecast.  I knew I had better capture this 
little 8x8 and quick.
(Can you find all four chickadees?)

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Saturday, January 7, 2012

Having fun with shoes and wine doesn't always mean 
drinking and dancing!

After all, sushi is good too.

So now that I'm staying home a little more often,  I'm trying to spend a little more time in the kitchen. 
This is what I come up with!

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Shushi and Sake

Friday, January 6, 2012

"Tin Roof... Rusted."

Guess my mind is still wrapped up in 
holiday shoes and bottles of red wine. 
I can assure you though, drinking a glass 
and walking in such heels 
can be hazardous to your health... 
or at least your ankles!

The challenge on this painting was the shiny silver shoes
with a warm light bouncing all over them.

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Thursday, January 5, 2012

Little Black Dress

Was it the Little Black Dress... 
or was she framed?    

Sometimes a girls just gotta have fun :)

6x6 oil

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Tuesday, January 3, 2012

October in Jerome

As I often find myself jumping from one thing to another, so does my blog. It was during my Great Autumn Adventure of 2011 I spent about a month in Arizona. One part of my trip, while visiting dear friends and artists, I got to spend a little time in Jerome. It's an old mining town plastered on the side of a mountain that proved to be a great place to paint, eat, or just be a tourist.

The first painting was a painted plein air with my dear friend And fellow artist (used to be Alaskan and now Arizonian) Kristy. It is a painting of a beautifully built but now abandoned bank/hotel building.

The old windmill is familiar if you've ever visited the old ghost town in Jerome. It was working and spinning while I painted. The rain came and went but my friend and painter Diane, used to be Alaskan and now Arizonian, did not leave :). [I think I'm seeing a trend!]

The third piece was done in Alaska, in my home. A still life that I painted with my friend Jeff, a talented pilot artist! The piece is called Grandpa's Boots and they really were. I love the photos of my kids trying to fit and walk in them even when the boots reached high above their knees!

Sunday, January 1, 2012

  Happy New Year.

I enjoyed reading all the wonderful New Year posts and thoughts of how to do 2012 different.  Well, I thought I might like to plein air paint more often starting today!   Imagine my dismay when I checked the temperature in the morning of this short but sunny day.  26 degrees BELOW zero!   Yikes!  Especially when my car thermometer is set normally at 80.   Ok.  New plan.

From the warmth of my tree fort style Alaskan bedroom, the plein air backpack unloads.   Ice crystals on the treetops and heavy laden branches on this sunny first day of a new year, made it possible to capture the cold but beautiful day including Pioneer Peak in this little 8x8 oil.