Sunday, August 20, 2017

Old French Guys

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I didn't have the best reference for this one, and to be honest, I didn't have a complete game plan when I started. But I decided to shoot for gesture, and leave the background loose, which ended up working out really well! (imho)

Friday, August 18, 2017

Colorful Exploration

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I was recently interviewed by You will find my interview here. Meanwhile, more apples. They last so long, I must ... keep ... painting them ...

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Brave Pig

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Speaking of gifts, many thanks to Jan at my last workshop who gave me this little pig (and a bird, which you'll see later)! I will admit, the pig was pretty easy to work into the composition. He stepped right up to confront these apples, and that was that.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Golden Tray

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Two workshops ago, a student of mine had one of these gorgeous golden trays. Apparently I exclaimed over it enough that she ended up sending me one for my very own after the workshop - thank you, Donna! I thought it would be a snap to compose with, but I actually had quite a hard time working it in. It took an hour or more to come up with this simple composition (then longer to actually paint it) - this after another attempt a few weeks ago went south. I still think I could do better, and will continue to try things with it. It's a challenge for sure!

Monday, August 14, 2017

Jumping Off Point

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I loved these colors so much (from the last painting) that I decided to just reorganize the objects and paint them again. It turned out a little warmer than the last one, but that happens sometimes...

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Hey Green!

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I just wrapped up my last Eugene workshop for the year (btw I used the leftover apples for this painting above). My kids were so great I'm a little suspicious they were plants of some kind. I'm still not sure what the purpose was, but no one group can really be this nice and this hardworking. To the right are a few photos of kids and their work.
And to the left are a few of them at the end of the day, exhausted. They were hamming it up a tiny bit, but really, that's how I found them. I guess my workshops are a bit like art boot camp, so what do I expect?!

And here's my class at the end, minus Molly, who had to leave early. Thank you for the birthday party you guys! I'll never forget #39!!

Friday, August 04, 2017

A Tight Squeeze

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We go back to France for this one. And speaking of France, I am happy to announce that I will be teaching another workshop there next summer! We are not yet ready to open it up for registration, but you'll be the first to know.

Thursday, August 03, 2017

Patriotic Plums

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Painting is hard. I can't tell you how often I'm halfway through and thinking, "Oh, this is going well!" And then I lose it. This one worked out, but I had 2 right before it that didn't. Ugh. I could do without the feeling that comes along with a painting de-railing.

Wednesday, August 02, 2017

Primary Cups

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I am boning up on still life again before my next workshop (next week) with some cups and some primary colors.

Tuesday, August 01, 2017


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Every time I choose a title for a painting, the first thing I do is check to see if I've used that particular one before. For this is my 2,564th daily painting. And that's a lot of titles. So I was surprised to find that I hadn't used this one yet.

Saturday, July 29, 2017

A Fine Day

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I've painted this same scene before, from a different angle, and a different crop. It's from Seattle, near the Pike Place Market. There's a place I need to visit again too!

Thursday, July 27, 2017

No Lean, No Fat

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To me the most successful people paintings I do are the ones that turn out kind of like caricatures. Where it's not so much about the specific people as it is about ... people. That's what I shoot for. And so far this is one of my favorites. The scene is France ... can't remember which village.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Reading in the Park

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I found this guy reading in the park behind the downtown NYC library. I thought he was quite dapper in his little hat and glasses.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

City Glow

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Here's another one from NYC. I love the pink truck reflected in the window. I keep saying this, but I really need to make another trip there! It's such a great city to paint.

And in case you're wondering the relative size of the last few paintings, here's a guide (16x16, 10x10 and 6x6 inches):

Monday, July 24, 2017

Escaping the Bowl


The last few days I've been building myself a new organizing tool for my studio (if you can't tell, it's about 4 feet tall). I did consult with my husband on the design, but otherwise made it all myself, which I have to admit, feels pretty good.

Meanwhile, above is another painting I've had for a while (the last one from my show last year) and would like to see go to a loving home. Feel free to make me an offer.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

It's in Here Somewhere

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I've been rearranging my studio lately, and am extra motivated to move some old work that's been sitting around. This is one of two I have left from my show last year. The scene is from Times Square in New York City.

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Catching Up

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I don't know where this guy was exactly (except somewhere in NYC), but the steps were a block wide and went up forever. I'd been pondering how I would paint the steps behind him for a while, when it suddenly occurred to me that I could just suggest them, like this! I also warmed them up a bit, because I think it goes better with his hat. And it reads like sunshine, huh?

Friday, July 21, 2017

Guard Dog

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I was having lunch with my class one day in France when I spotted this little scene at the coffee shop across the street. This was the first appearance the sun had made all day, so I nearly tripped over my chair trying to get up in time to take a picture.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017


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I've been doing some exercises lately to do with edges, and getting looser. And they led me to do this little piece, of my favorite subject. My goal was to make it all loose except one little area, to sort of focus the eye. I'm thrilled with it.