Personal Art Blog

Sharing the lessons I teach at the Artist Guild and the personal discoveries in my art.

Monday, November 19, 2018

Sunrise Over The River

Sunrise Over The River
6x8" oil on canvas panel $150. SOLD

Artist Note
This was painted from a 
watercolor sketch.
which was very loosey-goosey
because it was such a fast rise. 
I tried to take my mind back to 
the actual time but it has been a few years.

Oh well...I enjoyed painting it
and that is the important thing...right?

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Aspen Colors

Aspen Colors
8"x6"  oil on canvas panel $150. SOLD

Artist Note
A truly impressionist painting.
I obviously love the aspen tree
and my favorite way to capture them
 is to use this impressionistic 
use of colors.

I just had a three-day weekend trip
to see a friend. 
We are birthday buddies.
They fall on the same week
and throughout the many years
of our friendship, we make time
to enjoy a few days together
during the month of November,
 and we go shopping.
She picks her present and I pay, 
and I pick mine, and she pays!
It is quite wonderful.

Saturday, November 3, 2018

Its pansy Time Again!

Pansy Time
8"x6" oil on canvas panel $150.
Purchase SOLD 

Artist Note.
The pansies are back
and I have planted them in pots
on our balcony.
Such a happy flower. 
They make me happy
thru the wintertime.
Anyone else like them?

Sunday, October 28, 2018


9" x 8 1/2" oil on canvas panel  $225. SOLD

Artist Note.
This is a weird size and 
 I cannot think how 
to crop it in any other way -
so this is it!

This one was fun for me because 
I can see all the colors much
better, and, as you know...
I love color!

Regarding my computer woes, 
(see the previous post)
they were fixed with
a complete close-down. 
I had to download everything
onto a hard-drive and then
install them again.
The IPad was then able 
to get caught up with  
redoing settings after getting rid
of cookie cache and re-setting
Passwords and Accounts.

Not easy and very frustrating
for this computer challenged gal!
Thanks for all the hints 
and support from you guys.
Jennifer hit it right.😊

Monday, October 22, 2018

Pizza Time!

Pizza Time
8x6" oil on canvas panel $150.
Purchase HERE

Artist Note
Inspired by a local restaurant.

Complaining session follows
so don't read any further
if you are not up for it!

I am having problems with
 my blogger site since the 
new update by Apple. 
so much time spent trying to 
use it and replying to the comments
 from the last post was
daunting, to put it mildly. 

My iPad and computer had the issues 
 I would type everything I wanted to 
for a reply to a comment
 and enter.... and nothing...
and I mean NOTHING!

Finally, I had to do it all 
on my iPhone 6S. 
and THEN have to enter
my name and password
for each one. OUCH!

It took FOREVER...
not that you all are not worth it, 
but, I ain't a saint!
Lots of unladylike words flowing.

If anyone has a solution 
then please let me know.
I would like to reply to my 
blog on my iPad or computer.
Definitely not my phone.

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Farmers Market - Pink Cap

Farmers Market - The Pink Cap!
8x6in oil on canvas panel SOLD

Artist Note
I came to an abrupt stop when I 
was passing this stall at the market.
The pink cap was glowing 
with the sun hitting it 
wearing it was a manly man
bearded and muscular!

You have seen the type.
It reminded me how 
times have changed.
When I was growing up 
a man could not be even
found who would wear pink in any form.

I went over and bought some sweet onions
and told him I liked his cap color.
He told me very proudly 
he was wearing
it to support his sister who had
breast cancer.
So there you go.

Saturday, October 13, 2018

Pomegranate Pair.

Pomegranate Pair 
8”x6” oil on canvas panel $150.

Artist Note
An artist friend gave me some
beautiful poms right off her tree. 
I have painted them in
three different sizes and 
this is the first one I finished.

A bright glowing red can be 
very difficult 
to paint. 
Adding white can cool it too much. 
I used 
Grumbacher Red (napathol)
Naples Yellow
Alizarin Perm. 
Thalo Blue
I used white to make a purple
from the aliz and blue. 
The greens were made with 
that wonderful 
Perylene Black and yellow. 
Transparent Brown Oxide
is always on my palette. 

I looked back at the poms 
I paint every year. 
These are the first 
I have done with them
hanging from their branch. 
I enjoyed having the leaves
to help with the design. 

I have made a little video
I will be showing soon. 
Learning to edit!

Saturday, October 6, 2018

Yellowstone Stream

Yellowstone Stream
6"x8" oil on canvas panel  $150.

Artist Note
This is painted from sketches 
I made while on a trip to 
Yellowstone National Park.
What an incredible place.

I have a visitor - 
a very special blogging friend,
Lisa Graham.
She arrived for a weekend stay.

Lisa recently moved from Witchita, Kansas, to 
Castle Rock, Colorado. Just south of Denver.
Happy is a much shorter drive 
and a straight shot down
to Las Cruces on I-25.

Those of you who have followed 
me for a long time will 
remember how our friendship 
developed while she took care 
of her ailing mother 
and then after she died
 I invited Lisa to visit in 2014💙
Then I visited her...💙
and now she is visiting me again...💙

I have always loved the honesty
in her work.
Totally and authentically, Lisa.
She is a storyteller with paint!

Here is her latest post and
I hope you check it out.

Friday, September 28, 2018

Snowflake Dove

Snowflake Dove
6"x8" oil on canvas panel  $150. SOLD. 

Artist Note. 
I have been wanting to paint 
this beautiful dove ever
since I since I first saw it. 
I have painted it seven times 
learning all about 
its shape, feathers, beak and that 
amazing eye...and this finally
is the closest to what it is like
and importantly...the one I like best.

An interesting fact.
I cannot find a thing 
about Snowflake Doves.
I have tried Google and books.
Zip - nothing.
Here is a pic.

Any of you know anything about them?
(David Gascoigne - an expert on the avian world)
They are so truly beautiful 
with the snowflake markings on their wings.

Saturday, September 22, 2018

Asian Pears

Asian Pears 
8x6' oil on panel SOLD

Artist Note
The fruit was a gift from a friends garden 
She is an artist so she left a 
couple with branches. Happy smiles!

I tried something different with this one.
I first painted the panel with gray gesso
and then I painted it as I would
a vignette in watercolor.
I really liked the effect in a frame - 
it kind of makes its own border
so I am going to do some more this way.

Here are some greens made
from the 
Windsor Newton Perylene Black
Look how natural they are.

Top row - Lemon and P Black
Middle row - Yellow deep and P Black
Bottom row - ochre and P Black

The 3 blue/gray spots are with white added.
You can see why it makes good greens. I think it 
would be perfect for the ZORN palette
(Vermillion, yellow ochre, black, white)
because it is a beautiful blue-black

I am picking up steam with my painting.
I will be posting more often as I continue
to get comfortable with paint again.
Thanks for sticking with me...
you are the BEST!