Monday, December 28, 2015

So far only one painting

I had great plans to do a lot of painting while I'm off for the holidays...but actually I have finished just this one! I have done lots of fun, creative stuff, but not much painting (other than quick journal sketches).....this is inspired by a little guy I know, but has very little resemblance to him! But it was fun to do....I couldn't get the skin tones right in acrylic so ended up with oils right at the end because they were a little more even. By the way, that is a paperwhite narcissus, not quite blooming yet. I hear he likes to sing to it.

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Getting back to journaling

It's a goal for the new year....along with learning to spin novelty yarn. So far this holiday I've made about half a dozen scarves using a collection of handspun from Denton, TX, days, and a variety of other textured yarns. I use fabric stabilizer to hold it all together while it's stitched, then wash out the stabilizer....pretty fun and pretty immediate!

Our kitchen smells heavenly, of paperwhite narcissus, spices, and tangerines.....the smells of Christmas! I did some direct painting of paperwhites and the tangerines, then went back with pencil to try to define the shapes a little more. Fun stuff!

Friday, December 4, 2015

Finally, a painting I can post!

I have been working on some other paintings....but my husband was so horrified of one I'd done of my niece I didn't dare post it! (Okay, it didn't really look like her....but it wasn't THAT bad!!). Anyway, back to painting on cardboard....I think it might be my favorite substrate!!! This is a version of one of my favorite spots in our yard...back when the Adirondacks were still there as well as the overturned pot and saucer as a bird bath....several years working on black gesso!

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Chris' Shadow

I enjoyed doing watercolor for a change! Overworked it, of course, but it was fun to do...

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Mary's kitchen window

Last Christmas was the first time I got to see my sister Mary's new house (although she'd been there about a year by then). It was fun to notice the small touches, and the things that had the same feel of her other house, like the kitchen window full of interesting things, a bottle of glass and pottery shards, candles, and a mobile with glass beads, the sun shining through.

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Inspired by Patti's pumpkins

I went to a friend's house last weekend and was struck by how pretty her front steps were, fall colors and pumpkins. I painted it when I got looked a little bit like this!

Monday, November 2, 2015

Battlepoint poplars

This is a scene from a walk I took with a friend in Battlepoint Park recently. It looks sort of Van Gogh-like!

Saturday, October 31, 2015


My niece came to visit from college last weekend. She brought me a bouquet from Pike Place Market, beautiful dahlias and other greenery. I started this painting but it got too wet to finish so I let it dry for several days. I sure can't get the blended colors like wet in wet....but that was kind of the point after lots of muddied color.

I also spent the morning making lots of little faces to be coasters to sell at the gallery. They'll need several firings, but are kind of fun to do.

Saturday, October 24, 2015

The last stinker from last weekend

Let me say in my defense that although this girl does not resemble my niece, her face is only about an inch big so it's really easy to get it wrong! However, I do think I nailed my sister's profile in the bottom right corner. Hopefully better paintings ahead!!

Friday, October 23, 2015

save the paint face

Another face painted from leftovers from another painting project. I just hate to throw paint away. This is just a made up face but she looks like she could be somebody! Somebody who has had a hard life.....and a bad nose job!

Sunday, October 18, 2015


After two relatively successful paintings I was not prepared for three (count'em) stinkers this weekend!!! I will take it day by day to see if I can bear to post them...but for the sake of having a placeholder indicating I am doing some painting, here's the first Chris said, why am I doing all these people?!!! Although it's not a bad painting of my friend Joyce's green house....

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Almost forgot this one

In trying to space out my blogposts post Dreama workshop I almost forgot to post this one. This is the second painting I did once I got home from Dreama's class. I wiped off the first under painting so didn't get quite back all the way to the white of the canvas....but I like it. I need to figure out how to a better....well, why even start?! It just comes with  have several pictures to choose from for my third painting and am heading upstairs to start another. Hope I'll have another one to post soon.

A friend who is a potter came last night and we had the conversation about finding a commercially popular style versus doing what excites her. Her ongoing discipline is finding the balance of both of these. But since I have my day job I can just do what is fun! Got to remember....I'm doing it for the joy of doing it.....(breathe, repeat....)

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Painting on my own

Sure miss Dreama! This was the first painting I did when I got home. I thought it came together pretty well but wasn't sure it was finished. I asked my husband if he thought I was done and he said it didn't move him! But to be fair it might have been upside down on the easel....I had turned it over to get a different look at it. Whatever! I like it pretty well. It's another picture I've had for years and wanted to paint but hadn't tried before now. It is of a big barn near where I live, from the vantage point of a no longer in business peony farm.

Monday, October 12, 2015

Third day, my visit with Impressionism

After two days of guided paintings, the third day we had our own pictures to paint from. I had a picture taken 7 or 8 years ago of cone flowers in my summer garden. I always loved that picture and was thrilled with the one I painted. I have heard people say some paintings 'paint themselves' and that's how this seemed. What I really like about Dreama is the she would come around and ask us what we thought of the paintings, encouraging us to identify the things that would work to improve them. As she said, once we identify what needs to be changed we know what to do. I posted this on facebook immediately, but I'm posting it again to have it on my blog.

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Day Two, Dreama's class

Here is the second picture we did in the class with Dreama Tolle Perry. If you have a chance to study with her I would certainly advise it! I feel like I enjoy painting so much more, even if the paintings themselves don't work out...and you'll see some of those soon, no doubt!

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Dreama's class

What an amazing opportunity I had to study with Dreama Tolle Perry! She is talented and knowledgeable and encouraging and positive...all the things you want a teacher to be. Here is the first painting I did in her class, from her photo. She demonstrated a step, we would try to emulate it, then she would do the next step until finished. I wish I'd brought her home with me! I've done one since being home and started another today but could sure use her assessing eye.

From the workshop:

Friday, October 9, 2015

painting blog CPR

I'm going to try to breathe life back into this painting blog. It hasn't seen much activity since the summer! But I just got back from an inspiring workshop with Dreama Tolle Perry. I love her impressionistic, colorful style of painting, joyful painting. Who wouldn't want to do that? So, even though some of the old insecurities raised their heads when I started a painting today, I'm going to try to stay with the joyful approach. The painting is very colorful, but it's also very wet so I'll post it tomorrow if I finish.  I'll also post some of the paintings I did in the workshop, but for now I'll just post some digital art Chris and I did on the flight home from Kentucky. This was taken from a picture of Fiona, one of the West Highland terriers at the B&B where we stayed, enhanced with Procreate and Repix.

Friday, August 28, 2015

Daily painting

Wow! I actually did a painting in one day that isn't an oily mess.....well, you be the judge!

Monday, August 24, 2015

Misplaced priorities?

Not as much painting and posting, more taking online classes. It does appear that the more I study the less work I do! So when these are finally over, late fall, I hope to get back to painting more frequently. Meanwhile, here are two paintings and a glass face I did this week.

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

About a month without posting

I have been painting, but nothing like daily!!! And I have been working on a baby quilt for my soon to be great-niece Kalley Jane. She's not here yet but I think she'll beat the quilt!

I am halfway through my staycation which has been just fine. Today was one of my more fun things, meeting Chris at Alderbrook Resort in Union, WA, for a paint along with Robert Kamin. It was fun and low stress (got to have a glass of wine while painting)...and I wound up with this.

Friday, July 17, 2015

A painting and a quilting project

This is the oil paint version of the earlier watercolor study I posted, a pin cushion given to my by my friend, Betty. I was playing around with how to sign paintings but this is NOT it! I used that pin cushion today, cutting and piecing 1/4 of a baby quilt for my nephew's new baby, Kalley Jane (Jane for my mom). I stand while I sew and piece so after most of the morning and afternoon spent on piecing the quilt I am exhausted!!!

Monday, July 13, 2015

an oil don't-waste-paint face

Everything I read says use lots of paint, don't want to run out. But I do hate to waste those small bits of paint left at the end. This is another face made over several days of using up leftover oil paint...I think it started as an acrylic face.

Sunday, July 12, 2015

watercolor study

Yesterday, when I got impatient with oil painting and wiped off the first version of a painting of a pin cushion that a friend gave me, I came in, grabbed my journal and watercolors, and did a study of the pin cushion...and started the oil painting over....I don't know how people paint alla prima because I seem to need to let the layers dry before adding the next one. I'll post that one in a day or two--hopefully it will work out--meanwhile here is the watercolor study.

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Meh!!! Oil painting again

Why oh why can't I just be content getting better with watercolor or acrylics?! Why do I think I have to learn oils...oh, well, maybe because I've invested money in them again. Well, I have a lot to learn. Here is the second version of this painting and I'm stopping with it here! I think the body proportions aren't quite right...and the mailbox flag is backwards!!! But I'm done!

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

glass is surprising!

I was so inspired to do a face from a picture posted on Facebook of this beautiful baby, really smooth skin and sparkling it's kind of ironic that when I got it out of the kiln it had lots of little bumps (bubbles) all over the face! And this is after doing a bubble soak to minimize that effect. I wish I knew what to do different! I have no idea why it happened....but it is another face toward my 100!

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Another big eyed close up

This is a large face that is already at Liberty Bay Gallery. Not much else to say about it!

Monday, July 6, 2015

Glass face

I had to get into production mode to restock the faces at Liberty Bay Gallery--they'd sold 4! So here is another one, this one is about 5x6".

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Still artin'

I finished an oil painting I started and posted it on facebook but forgot to post here. Meanwhile, I'm working on glass faces to put in the gallery---I sold four last month! So I'll try to spread this out for a few sure is hot to be upstairs in the garage working!

Saturday, June 27, 2015

The verdict is in!

Janet thought the fact looked fine and she did not recommend trying to fix it. If it doesn't go to my friend at work it'll go to the gallery. On to the next face!

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Sometimes a great notion

I already tried this face once. I tried again a second time, trying to get a better likeness. I don't know that I achieved that but he at least looks closer to his age!

From here I also did a glass face riffed off the original photo....but am having some complications (bubbles). My sis, the glass artist, will be here this weekend and said she'll show me how to attempt to fix it. I hope it works, then I'll post...

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Anxious face

This is from some time back but I don't think I ever posted it on this blog....I'm taking it to the gallery tomorrow with the one from yesterday. Have one in the kiln now that is just okay then one to still fire that looks pretty I'll be posting those as they are finished....

Monday, June 22, 2015

back to glass

Today didn't have enough hours in it! Besides a trip to Costco, I put together another glass face for Liberty Bay Gallery. I'll show that one in a few days since it's not fired yet (until it's fired I don't believe it!)....but I'll post one I did the other day.

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Another travel sketch

From my Friday at Port Townsend...this is the NW Maritime Center....not photorealistic....just the essence of it, maybe! But that is what I was sketching, at any rate....

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Travel sketching

Well, sort of. I went to my happy place, Port Townsend, Friday when some other plans I had didn't work out. One thing I want to do more of is travel sketching so although this barely counts as travel, sketch I did. Two, and it was hard to sit and do these, even though I did so in the car rather than getting out and being around people.....but anyway, it's a start....

Friday, June 19, 2015

Bombing out in a new media!

So I've painted watercolors for years.....not well but optimistically. And then I started painting with I've stubbed my toe on a new media, oil paints! Oil painting might be the best way to get subtly blended skin tones...but not the way I tired! Oh, well, chalk it up to another daily painting....and lessons learned....

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Baby faces

I recently saw this really great picture, the son of a teacher I work with. I kept thinking about it and just had to try it. As his mom said, there is something about close up of any baby's face that is so irresistible. That certainly is true of his picture!  I sketched it last night, added watercolor today. I lost him in the process, looks more like a bigger kid,  but it sure was fun! And I'm going to have to try again....

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Monday, June 15, 2015

Red pepper in watercolor

I did it first in watercolor but I like the oil version better---I'll post that tomorrow (have to make these paintings last!)

Sunday, June 14, 2015

volunteer nasturtium

One of my favorite things about gardening is seeing what comes back up volunteer. All the nasturtiums (all 3 of them!) what we have in the front border this year are volunteers from last year. I love nasturtiums and usually forget about them until I see them in someone else's yard so am glad I had these come back. Now I need to remember to re-plant next year!

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Out of character

Today I continued to work along in that online oil painting class, Paint and Palette Essentials. However, I was really getting tired of monochromatic painting so, even though I had the lesson playing in the background, I just went for it without worrying about doing it 'right.' I think it's growing on me.....

Friday, June 12, 2015

Monochromatic study

In preparation for a couple of upcoming oil painting classes I've signed up for, I started doing a class on Craftsy called Paint and Palette essentials. This is the first study for the class.....kind of a bore but it was hard to get those values on paint that still moves around!! Every time I thought I had one part right I'd have to go back and change it where it had oozed a little. Undoubtedly I used too much medium.....I do love wet juicy watercolors but it may not work the same with oils painted vertically.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Self portrait after a hard week at work

No other words are necessary! Although I do like how my gray hair and wrinkles got kind of covered up by paint....

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

What princesses wear

If you ever wondered what princesses wear when they cook I have it on good authority that it's something like this!

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Okay, this is the first exercise in One Watercolor a Day, just splashing around color. I should do this more sure is fun just to see the colors run and move!