Monday, April 14, 2014

Shadow Play

Shadow Play
Oil  12" x 12"
$295.00 + $10. s/h

I loved all of the tropical colors in the water in Mexico.  When we got to Merida, the capital city of Yucatan, there were so many buildings painted the same bright, tropical colors as the water!  Other buildings were painted the colors of bright tropical flowers.  The colors, the architecture and old colonial buildings, and the heavy Mayan influence made Merida a wonderful city to visit.   






Thursday, April 10, 2014

Rhythm Of Waves

Rhythm Of Waves
Oil  8" x 6"
$100.00 + $10. s/h

And one more from my water/sea series.  I've loved painting these and know I'll paint more later, or sooner.  And, I'm already looking forward to our next tropical trip!  But, on to something different.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Sea Symphony

Sea Symphony
Oil  8" x 6"
$100.00 + $10. s/h

As you can see (sea), I am continuing with my water series from our recent trip to Holbox Island, Yucatan, Mexico.  One day we had a powerful rain.  The streets (of sand) were filled with huge puddles for several days.  Afterwards the water was dark and turbulent, which makes for more paintings!

Monday, March 31, 2014

The Song Of Water

The Song Of Water
Oil  8" x 6"
$100.00 + $10. s/h

I continue with my water series from our trip to Holbox Island, Yucatan, Mexico.  One day we had a very heavy rain.  That evening and the whole next day there were huge puddles on all of the sand streets.  This made for a challenging walk back to the hotel in the semi-dark after dinner!  I mentioned in a previous post that there are no cars on the island and that the streets are sand.  I would have thought that the water would just seep right trough the sand, but the drainage seemed to be an issue.  Anyway, the rain also created incredible color and wave changes in the water, of course during the storm, but the next day as well. 

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Light and Life

Light and Life
Oil  8" x 6"
$100.00 + $10. s/h

As I said yesterday, I loved all of the changing colors and light in the ocean.  I realize that if you lived by water like this, you would have a never ending, constantly changing visual display right in front of you!

This title is complements of fellow blogger Steven Dunn.  He commented on a palm tree that I posted last week that the piece had such "light and life."  That got me to thinking that isn't that really what we paint, the light and life in front of us.  Thank you Steven.  If you don't know him, he has such an interesting blog!


Saturday, March 29, 2014

Tropical Sea

Tropical Sea
Oil  8" x 6"
$100.00 + $10. s/h

One of the things that's fun, but time consuming, after a trip is the photo editing.  I take a lot of pictures when we travel.  Some are specifically for future studio reference and some are vacation pleasure shots.  As I was editing I was amazed at how many pictures I'd taken of just the water, different times of day, different weather conditions.  I loved the plein air piece I posted a few days ago, Down By The Seaside, and thought that all of those photos could become a series.  So, the next few posts will be the water that I fell in love with and couldn't stop photoing and now painting!!


Thursday, March 27, 2014

Tropical Palm

Tropical Palm
plein air oil
8" x 6"
$100.00 + $10. s/h

This is the last of my Holbox Island, Yucatan, Mexico plein air pieces.  What drew me to this shadow was that it was so curved and the tree was so straight.  This palm drove me nuts all week.  My vision of palm trees is beautiful, exotically curved trunks.  I kept thinking that this one was just too vertical.  But, if that's my biggest worry, and I'm painting on a beach...that's the life!

All week while we were in Holbox Island there was an International Mural Painting contest being held.  It was great fun to see the progress and completion of the art work!







Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Down By The Seaside

Down by The Seaside
plein air Oil  8" x 6"
$100.00 + $10. s/h


So, as you've seen, I just enjoyed my time on the beach looking at the palm trees, which became a painting.  I looked at the colors of the frond shadows, that became a painting.  I loved the constantly changing colors of the water...so, that, too, became a plein air painting!




Because there were so many fishermen on the beach, the birds were also a constant 
source of entertainment!

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Frond Shadow

Frond Shadow
Oil  8" x 6"
$100.00 + $10. s/h
I loved the way the palm fronds created almost abstract shadows on the sand.  After laying on the beach, reading and continually looking at the shadows, I realized that a painting was right there in front of me!


I have 2 plein air set ups.  This is an 8" x 10" Open Box M.  I use this when we fly somewhere.  (I have another larger set-up for car trips.)  For this trip we each had 2 carry ons:  a small suitcase with our clothes and I had a day pack (on the back of the beach chair), with my painting supplies.  I use a tripod that telescopes quite small, a limited palette (6 colors + white) of water based oils, canvas paper which I pre-cut to 6 x 8 1/2 (so I have a little room for tape), and a 6" x 8" Raymar panel carrier which normally holds 12 panels, but I've cut it down to hold 8 (that takes up less room and the water based oils dry fairly quickly.)  I include a TSA information sheet with the paints.  There is not a problem flying with paints in your carryon.  Paints are not liquids, they are like toothpaste, and they are not toxic.  I take 4 brushes and throw in a few paper towels to get me started.

Friday, March 21, 2014

Balmy Breeze

Balmy Breeze
Oil  8" x 6"
$100.00 + $10. s/h
My husband and I recently got back from 3 weeks in the Yucatan peninsula.  Our first week was spent with our daughter on Holbox Island, 7 miles off the northern coast of Yucatan.  Holbox is accessible only by ferry.  The roads are sand, there are no cars, just delivery trucks.  The taxis are 3 wheeled motorcycle type vehicles.  Like most beaches, it's beautiful, blue, colorful, relaxing, fun!  We had a wonderful time.  We went for walks, read, swam, sat under the palms on the beach, ate great seafood, and I painted.


How great is it to paint on a beach!


The roads are all sand.  



Friday, February 21, 2014

Cowboy Coffee

Cowboy Coffee
Oil 10" x 8"
$195.00 + $10. s/h


This is a plein air still life.  I set this old Cowboy Coffee Pot up outside on gravel in the sun.  I love the way so many colors are in the metal.  I let the gravel just be light values.


Wednesday, February 19, 2014

South Platte Valley


South Platte Valley
Oil  9" x 12"

I'm thrilled that "South Platte Valley" was juried as a Finalist in the Richeson75 Small Works Show.  The Gallery is in Kimberly, Wisconsin.  

Monday, February 17, 2014

Golden Afternoon

Golden Afternoon
Oil on 1 1/2" stretched canvas - ready to hang
18" x 24"
$595.00 + $20. s/h


Still organizing paintings that I've set aside, and still loving these western skies!  It's no wonder so many  artists in the past have painted these skies.  They're mesmerizing, constantly changing, never endlessly beautiful.  And, they can be a distraction when driving.  You always want to pull over and paint or take another photo!


Saturday, February 15, 2014

High Meadow

High Meadow
18" x 24"
Oil on 1 1/2 " stretched canvas - ready to hang
$595.00 + $20. s/h


And another western sky among the pieces that I'd set aside.  Actually, this one is hanging in my studio!  I've loved looking at it, but am now ready to see it go to a new home.


Thursday, February 13, 2014

Out On The Range

Out On The Range
Oil on 1 1/2 " wrapped canvas- ready to hang
18" x 24"
$595.00 + $20. s/h


I love painting skies.  Colorado, and much of the west, is filled with wide open ranges and vast skies.  There is a never endless changing view everywhere you look.  I love how the clouds create ground shadows allowing for great color and value contrasts.


Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Standing Bull

Standing Bull
Oil  24" x 18"
$595.00 + $20. s/h


I always set painting goals for myself each year.  These consist of "painting" as well as "business/marketing" goals.  One of my goals for this year (and every year actually) is to go back through old posts and check that every painting has been offered for sale.  Sometimes I might post the piece in process, but not yet finished.  I may post the piece, then set it aside for a show, etc.  So, over the next few posts I'm going to try to catch up on some of these pieces.

Standing Bull is from a huge bison herd at the Medano Zapata Ranch in southern Colorado.  


Friday, January 31, 2014

The Small Works Juried Show

Majestic Migration
Oil  6" x 6"

Tonight is the opening of The Small Works Show at Cottonwood Center For The Arts, here in Colorado Springs.  I'm so pleased that my painting of the sandhill cranes, Majestic Migration, has been juried into the event.  The show hangs until mid-March.  I hope those of you who live nearby can get a chance to attend.  Thanks Cottonwood!

Monday, January 27, 2014

Rose Madder

Rose Madder
Oil  8" x 6"
$100.00 + $10. s/h


Day 27 in the 30 in 30 Days Challenge
After painting from photos for the last few paintings, I decided to switch over to painting from life.  I feel like I paint about equally between plein air, life and photos.  Although I admit, in the Colorado winters I do less plein air painting than I do in the warm weather.  It probably equals out over the year, as I paint less from photos in the nice weather.  I don't think that it matters, as long as you paint!  For the next few days I'll be posting the roses that I'm now painting.

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Vermont Barn - Finale

Vermont Barn - The Finale!
Oil 20" x 20"
$595.00 + $20. s/h


Day 25 in the 30 in 30 Days Challenge

I made the few changes that I talked about in the last post...darks here and there, adjusted some lights, painted the cupola.  I'm happy with the way the painting turned out.  One odd thing, the photo here on blogger came out a bit bluer than the photo in Iphoto.  Not sure why.  I've removed and reloaded this and for some reason, it's a bit too blue.  I don't like having a photo here that's not accurate.  Not sure why this is happening.  Frustrating.  Please imagine that the blues in the roof and the silo are a bit grayer, not quite so bright blue.  Otherwise, I like this!  Now, on to some painting from life.