Saturday, August 31, 2013


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This was a total experiment. I took some photos of this cat last year at a friend's house but wasn't excited about them because the sun wasn't out and the ground was totally boring. But I ran across it again yesterday and thought, "what if I paint the whole thing with big juicy strokes and try to use a different color for every one?" Well, I ended up repeating some colors, as you can see, but for the most part I stuck with the experiment, and am quite pleased with the outcome.

Friday, August 30, 2013

History on Wheels

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This one was particularly hard to paint because it was made up primarily of darks - and all subtly different ones. The cool thing about that though is all the sparkles really stand out! I took the photo for this in California. I was driving through a small town with a friend and we happened upon an old car show. Maybe I should start looking around for shows like that, on purpose...

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Still Runs

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New Workshop Teaser: I will be announcing a new workshop for 2014 on Tuesday, Sep 3rd at 9am (morning) CST. This one is going to be in Texas, and will be an advanced workshop, which means you have to have taken my regular workshop already. It will be May 5-9, 2014.

Also I created an email list that is just for workshop announcements. If you're already on my regular list, you don't need to be on it, because you will hear anyway! But if you aren't, and you only want to hear about upcoming workshops, please email me.

There is a whole line of these old trucks just west of town. The ghost town I mentioned a few posts ago turned out to be a disappointment, but I had my heart set on painting trucks, so I dug through my files for this one. I completely changed the sky color and am quite pleased with how it worked out.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Disorderly Roses

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This is a scene from around my town of Eugene, OR. I was taken by the disorderly rose bush by the front porch, but somehow in the painting it turned out more orderly than it really was.

Monday, August 26, 2013

Blushing Rose

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My husband went with me on my last visit to the rose garden, with his new camera. As I was walking around a woman stopped me and said, "Ma'am, when your husband is standing there looking so intently through his viewfinder at the roses, what's he looking for?" I said I didn't know. When we got home he proudly showed me all his pictures of bugs. : )

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Trying to Hide

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I've been squeezing in some time at the local rose garden before the flowers check out for the season. I have a better idea now of what works and what doesn't for a painting, so I'm getting better results. That's good because what I've got'll have to last me until next spring! This rose was like butter and basically painted itself. I love it when that happens.

Thanks to everyone who signed up for my workshop in January! It's full now, with a wait list. I am using a service called bookwhen for registration, and the way the wait list works is - when someone drops out, the entire wait list is emailed and the first one to snag the spot gets it. Also, my refund policy is - if you cancel and I can fill your spot, you get everything back. But, the later you cancel, the harder it is for me to fill your spot, fyi.

Friday, August 23, 2013

Frapple Dapple

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I just announced my workshop for Oregon next year. In case you missed it, here's all the info. Don't worry, there will be more, but I am cutting back. I will only be doing 6 next year total, rather than the 12 I've been doing a year for the last 6. I'll try to get the rest announced as soon as I can.

Meanwhile, I'm diggin' dapples! This is from an old photo reference I took in Arizona. I just heard tale of a ghost town about 2 hours NE of my house with lots of oldies, so my goal for this next week is to carve out some time to go there. Road trip!

Workshop Announcement!

January 20-24, 2014 - Springfield, Oregon (Eugene's sister city) - register here, $550

Thursday, August 22, 2013

City Stroll, Late Afternoon

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This is from another photo in San Francisco (so was yesterday's, fyi). I thought the light was so cool I sort of parked myself against the wall of the building and took tons of pictures, waiting for the people to be just right.

This scene had a lot of subtly different darks, and historically I've always been terrible at mixing them. When I'm mixing subtly different lights and mids I mix them close to each other on my palette to compare, but somehow that never occurred to me with darks. Doh! So I did that this time and feel I managed them a lot better. Who'da thunk!?

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Morning Market

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I won't do this every time, but I'm including the reference photo for this painting before anyone asks. : ) You can see I omitted the little details, like writing on bags and the lines on the pavement. I also simplified the background somewhat. Well, I simplified everything! I've been inspired lately by Kathy Weber's people scenes, especially this one.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Colorful Stacks

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My husband got this set of colorful, little cups for me recently, complete with ceramic spoons. I guess you can't tell they're little, so I probably shouldn't have said anything ... ah well.

Monday, August 19, 2013

Chatting on the Steps

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First of all, I have a new workshop to announce. I am going to wait until Friday, August 23rd at 9PM CST. The location will be in Oregon, FYI. Check back then if you're interested. They tend to fill up fast.

Second, I took the photo for this in San Francisco at the top of a hill, in front of a big building ... with steps. Not sure I can give you any more info than that.

Third, several people asked for the photo reference from yesterday's painting, so here it is.

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Parked in Green

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My friend Raymond Logan recently said to me, "The landscape (and photography) serves you, you do not serve the landscape." I've been told this before, but it finally sunk in this time (thanks, Raymond!), and I changed the scene from what I saw in the photo. Actually it was a pretty boring photo, so I am positively thrilled with how it turned out!

We are home from Texas and I am rarin' to paint tomorrow. Can't wait to experiment with more photos!