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.