Personal Art Blog

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

Saturday, December 8, 2018


6"x 6" oil on Raymar panel $110.
Purchase HERE 

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.

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.