Saturday, January 24, 2015

Paintings Revisited

These are all reworks...I have been experimenting with the use of neutrals.  This is one of the things that I have learned from the Putnam DVD.  I notice that the colors pop more and help to create space in the painting.  I like the use of neutrals and I like modulating the color fields with a variety of colors that Putnam refers to as bending the color.  It has taken my painting from looking like coloring book colors to a more sophisticated use of color.  It is thrilling to learn so much.  It has come at a perfect time when I was ready to accept these things.  For sometime now I have been disappointed with my painting for the reasons stated and these solutions are beginning to open doors in my mind.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Winter in South Carolina

I have a long long way to go but a journey can only begin with one step in front of the I begin.  This is a plein air painting looking out my patio doors from my studio onto the backyard.  I am finding my way.  I am pounding away on this painting because I want to learn.  I have simplified shapes of value and worked on trying to get a separation between things.  That seems to be very difficult to me.  But I will keep on trying until I learn.

Friday, January 9, 2015

Orange Organic Beets

Love these orange beets even though I am not sure what to do with them after I finish painting them. The color just caught my eye many times in the grocery store. I will have to look on the internet to figure out how to prepare them.
I have learned a great deal from the DVD that Lori Putnam produced. I realized that I could actually work a little bit more on this painting without losing the energy and aspect of those things that drew me to the still life in the first place. I am excited because for the first time I understand what I lacked and it makes perfect sense. I have learned to evaluate the colors I choose and WHY. ... That alone is a very huge leap for me. Excitement is rushing through my veins as never before. This fits me....I paint fast, or wanted to paint rapidly, but, never could get the whole thing orchestrated. Eureka, I am beginning to understand..... The door is opened for real learning now. This is a 12"x12" oil painting on a canvas panel.

Sunday, January 4, 2015


Once every couple of years my husband and I take a day trip to Augusta, Georgia.  I am really not sure why we began this trek, but it is something that we enjoy.  There is a restaurant that we eat at and along the streets is the typical outdoor eating spots with bright colored shade umbrellas.  There are a number of thrift shops that we visit which is one of our favorite things to do.  These bright orange umbrellas caught my eye!  This is so Southern!!!  The day was incredibly hot and the sun was very bright.  I think that this image captures the feeling of the day.

Tuesday, December 30, 2014


This little painting is the DPW pick of the day!!  The painting is 6"x 6" on a stretched canvas.  I tried some new things in this painting.  I quieted the background brushwork and added warmth to the foreground.  I wanted to capture the glow of the fruit and amplified the color.

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Japanese Floats

I received these Japanese floats at Christmas. I remember as a child combing the Oregon beach for floats. Back then you could occasionally find them as the tide would wash them in. I never found one but I was always hopeful!! I love to paint glass....anything glass.

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Emma and Hunter

About 2 years ago I promised a young woman from church that I would paint her children.  It has taken me this long to get up courage enough to tackle the image.  I am pleased with it and stand by it.  A slogan taken from my friend Jo MacKenzie!!   HA

Thursday, December 18, 2014

In Savannah Georgia close to the river right in the heart of the city are small cafe's where patrons enjoy their meals. This particular morning was bright with sun. This couple were sharing an intimate brunch. They were oblivious to any of the hustle and bustle going on around them! Luckily we were able to capture this moment in time. My husband is the willing photographer and I am along pointing out potential subjects.

Saturday, December 13, 2014


 I am trying very hard to slow way down and concentrate on what I am painting.  I am reading Carol Marine's fabulous book and she simplifies things in such a succinct way that it all makes perfect sense.  If you haven't picked up a copy DO IT!  I am pleased with this attempt and feel that I am finally learning some valuable information.