Friday, July 18, 2008

ghost rose

I've been painting this rose for two days. grrrr...paint on, paint off. I've wiped it off five times. I finally decided to stop at the "ghost rose" stage. Anything past this turns to...something I have to wipe off again. I was especially determined after having received a wonderful award last evening at the Northwest Pastel Society's 2008 International Exhibition. I'll post it on my exhibitions blog. Happy weekend.
6 x 6 inches, oil on masonite.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008


My goal this morning was to pick the raspberries and get them into the freezer. Now that is my goal for the afternoon because the morning was spent painting this. For 12 years I taught at Sitka Center for Art and Ecology the same week of July. That was always the week the raspberries were ready to be picked so much of the job was done by my husband. For the past two years I've done a lot of it. I also eat a lot of them. 6 x 6 inches, oil on gessoed panel.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

rainier cherries

Rainier cherries. Nothing like them. 6 x 6 inches, oil on gessoed panel.

Monday, July 14, 2008

first egg

Eventually, everyone has to paint a raw egg. We were given a dozen beautiful, brown, organic eggs. First I saved them to paint, then we began to eat them so today I had to paint one before they were gone. The changing light made this a real challenge. It would have been much easier to paint it from a photograph or from my laptop with the image on the display. But, after finding yellow oil paint on my laptop over the weekend, I'm done with that process. 6 x 6 inches, oil on gessoed panel.

Friday, July 11, 2008


I'm ending the week with one daisy in a juice glass.
8 x 6 inches, oil on masonite.

Thursday, July 10, 2008


Last evening my husband and I had dinner at our grandsons' favorite restaurant. The server remembered us and gave us suckers for the boys. I'm painting the suckers today so the boys can see their treat on this blog. Two grandsons, three suckers...maybe I'll eat one.
6 x 6 inches, oil on gessoed panel.

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

mini pepper night life

One night before leaving the studio, I set up these two mini peppers for the next day's painting. But, I got sucked into the play of night time shadows created by artificial light and ended up painting them before I went to bed. 6 x 6 inches, oil on gessoed panel.

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

waiting nightfall

6 x 6 inches, oil on gessoed panel.

Monday, July 7, 2008

mini peppers

Today's painting: orange mini peppers in a blue-rimmed bowl.
6 x 6 inches, oil on gessoed panel.

Friday, July 4, 2008

breakfast at the barn

This isn't what I planned to post today but the one I'm working on is having a meltdown. I've wiped it off once already and it may get wiped off agin. This little painting is from a few weeks ago - a sunny morning out of town. It won't be framed or shown (except here) but it reminds me of a nice weekend. Happy Fourth of July.

Thursday, July 3, 2008


A change of pace today. I guess I could have named this little painting Pond Scum... Love the colors. 10 x 8 inches, oil on masonite.

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

watermelon (seedless)

Whatever happened to those good old watermelons WITH seeds? This one has no final seed details to paint and I miss them. Fun subject though so I'll probably try it again soon with seeds. Big painting revelation today: instead of an audio book or NPR radio, I'm listening to JAZZ. I must be a different person now than I was 45 years ago when I found jazz in coffee houses to be torture.
6 x 6 inches, oil on gessoed panel.