Personal Art Blog

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

Saturday, February 16, 2019

Blue Gate

 Blue Gate
8x6in oil on panel SOLD

Artist Note
This certainly is a tried and true painting.
I wonder how many blue gates 
I have painted?

It is a genuine love affair...
They always sell but that is not 
why I paint them. I see them
 and there is a tug in my art-heart.

I have never been attracted to a 
brand new, 
smooth as can be, perfect blue gate.
I feel the pull of the slightly askew,
weathered ones with texture galore.

The sun out here is brutal on any
wood and  paint 
so lots of my type are around.

Friday, February 8, 2019

Watering The Glads, Vermeer and a series of changes

Watering The Glads
8"x6" oil on canvas panel

Artist Note
This is the second in the 
month-long focus of 
painting the figure
inspired by, but not copying,
 a famous painting

This one is inspired by
The Milkmaid
Johannes Vermeer.
The position is what I am after.
I saw this painting a long time ago
and the milk coming out of the jug
blew me away.

This was the start -
a demo for the class.
First, a sketchy start
 from an image in my mind
of my daughter watering her Gladiolus.
some interesting changes...
Someone asked what she would be like
if she had a fuller figure... like
Vermeer's woman.
I scraped it down leaving a ghost
and started to paint.
adding some weight on her,
I altered the hat, added
more paint everywhere
and developed the watering can.
Remember this is a demo.
Group opinions!
And then the next remark was
what would happen if I
had a white dress and darker background
Unfortunately, I did not photograph
that one so please pretend the one below
had a white dress first.
Verdict...much to stark
 even though I loved the
colors of her dress in shadow
I went back to the warm
 color harmony but the dark
background changed the light.
Sheesh - all under the scrutiny of
The guild members.
By this time I could have
thrown it out of the window...
except for no window in the studio!

So I scraped it off again and did a sketch
Me in my apron!
and that is what led to this painting
All inspired by Vermeer's Milkmaid.
Guess what...
I scraped this off!

Sorry I did it now, but for some reason
the receding hairline on the woman in
Vermeer's painting fascinated me 
and after class
 when everyone had left
I scraped it off and 
painted this on the same board.

 What did I learn from all these changes?
I did better when I posed myself
in front of the mirror and drew
a value sketch.
(More contemporary.)
Knowing the color harmony
ahead and sticking with it
would have helped and although
coping the idea of a pose from a
master painting
is a great learning experience,
it is not as easy as it sounds.
One thing remained constant
during all these changes...
and that was what blew me away
after seeing the original.
Did you notice it?

Sunday, January 27, 2019

The Knitter

The Knitter
8”x6”   Oil on canvas panel. $150.
Purchase HERE

Artist Note

The figure is the focus
this month at the Artist Guild.
We started off building
from the stick figure
for the first week, moving into
incorporating the figure
in a painting inspired
by another artist’s work.

The one below on the left
is by Norman Rockwell.
I know it is
totally different from how I paint
but that is one of the goals -
to look
for inspiration
and not an exact copy.

I liked the position of the woman
at her task and the chest behind.

I have memories of my
mother knitting most evenings
and that influenced
a lot of my version. 
Without showing them 
side by side
would you have ever have guessed
the source of
my inspiration?

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Ron's Aspen Trees

Aspen Trees
8"x 6" oil on canvas panel SOLD

Artist Note
This was done for a friend.
Painted from memory of a spot
I have painted many times
and in all weathers.

Sunday, January 13, 2019

Another Long View.

Looking toward the Jemez, NM.  
6”x8” oil on canvas panel. SOLD

Artist Note
Like in the previous post, 
this is another “long view.” 
This time it is a high dessert
area between 
Santa Fe and Albuqerque. 

I love the drive. The views are amazing. 
and throughout the many years of traveling
I have never got tired of it. 

This was painted on a overcast day. 
The view was so vast I could see it raining
in several areas at the same time. 
Sometimes the rain never touched the ground.
Interesting ground shadows 
were cast from the clouds
Best of all... there were no trees to block 
the beautiful long view!!

Saturday, January 5, 2019

The Long View

The Long View
6"x 6" oil on canvas wrap 1 1/2 wide  $140 SOLD

see below

Artist Note
One of the joys of a high spot 
is the lovely long view you get.
This is Colorado.

I usually paint on panels
but had a couple of these gallery wraps
canvases and you can see, I
actually painted around the edges.

The advantage of these type 
of canvases is they do not 
have to be framed or hung 
but can stand on their own 
anywhere you want to put them

Back before I started fracturing 
I used to paint Calla Lilies 
in this format. I would paint the edge
or pop them in this floater frame.
The 6"x6" size you get 6 of them for 40 bucks
less than 10. a frame.
I would spray them a color to match 
the painting or even leave them natural.
They were very popular.

Monday, December 31, 2018

Favorite Nest of 2018

Wishing you all a terrific and creative 2019.

Artist Note
This is my favorite nest of last year
I painted it three times.
The one above
 It is 8"x10" oil on canvas.

Lots of layering went on...
and on... and somehow 
I feel as if I built this nest -
instead of painting it!

It is a Bluejay nest.
Friends from Santa Fe gave it to me a couple
of years ago when they were having an addition
put on their house and found it. 

It is on a beautiful sycamore branch in my studio.

The one below was 24"x24"
HUGE for me. 
I LOVED painting it.
 Ladybugs, grasses, feathers, leaves, 
are all in there -  part of nest making!
Sunrise colors are behind the large one but 
I became creative with blue twigs
in the top one. I found I enjoyed playing
around with colors and glad I stuck to it.

So, as you see, the same nest provided me
with hours of pleasure
How many of you thought I meant the 
PAINTING at top was my favorite
and not the nest itself?
Interesting how we read things. 
Though I better put it right!

Both of them sold and I hope the owners 
enjoy finding little areas of interest 
that have my heart and soul
embedded in them.

Again....happiest of years ahead 
and thank you for following my blog.

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Poinsettia Celebration

Poinsettia Celebration
8x6" oil on canvas panel SOLD

Artist Note
This painting was one of a little series
of holiday-themed paintings.
the gallery had asked for.
They all sold fast so I just 
finished another one I have given them.
It is a 6"x6" gallery-wrap canvas
so it stands or can be hung.
 Sides are painted red.

If interested, please call the 
M Phillips Gallery

This is my last post before Christmas.
My hubby and I are off to visit my daughter
who has a husband in Afganistan.
I am looking forward to seeing her 
and all my grand-pets.

I wish you all a very 
Peaceful and Blessed Christmas.
Be safe.

Saturday, December 8, 2018


6"x 6" oil on Raymar panel SOLD.

Artist Note
This was a demo done during the workshop
last week. 
My last workshop from my own studio. 
I had a great group of talented artists
who did some wonderful
fracturing work.
It is not easy to break up 
a perfectly nice piece of work and 
I know that, but, with some 
encouragement, it was very rewarding to see
them beam with pleasure when they finally
got it!
They all traveled many miles to attend
and I am grateful and honored
they chose to learn from me.

A personal chat.
I have mixed feelings about not hosting
any more workshops because
I really enjoy teaching and have met some 
amazing artists from Hawaii, Canada, 
South America, Mexico and all areas of the US,
but I selfishly want to have more time for 
my own development. 

When I started fracturing 9 years ago,
very few oil painters were into 
any form of the 
"create, destroy, rebuild"
school and it took time for me to find 
my own way of doing it.
 It took me even longer to 
show the public, and that was 8 years ago,
but, it became noticed
and I was asked to make a video 
for Daily Paintworks!!
I still am gobsmacked at how successful
it has been.

Fast forward to the present time.
I see many, many more 
"messy" paintings 
- as my husband calls them - 
and I am excited to be mainstream
where people are not asking me 
why my lines are not smooth!!
I want to push myself further
and see what develops.

Saturday, November 24, 2018

Santa Fe Gate

Santa Fe Gate
8"x6" oil on canvas panel $150.
Purchase HERE

Artist Note.
I found this delightful gate
on a trip to Museum Hill in Santa Fe.
The property must be old because 
the trees were very tall. 
Fall color were glowing through here and there
and the yellow was like a spotlight on the lens
...way too bright,
so bright the camera had to be adjusted
so they didn't bleach out.

Then it was important to decide, 
was the gate the focus
...or the golden trees?
I hope the gate is noticed first.