Monday, June 27, 2016

Laundry Day

Laundry Day
plein air oil  8" x 10"
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This plein air piece is from a recent painting morning at Rock Ledge Ranch here in Colorado Springs.  I've painted many times at the Ranch.  It's a historical, "educational, non-profit living history farm and museum that depicts life in the Pikes Peak region in four time periods:  American Indian area in 1775;  1860's Galloway Homestead;  1880's Chambers Home and Ranch;  1907 Edwardian Country Estate."  Every thing on the ranch is done "in period"...so, the laundry behind the country home was washed in a wringer washing machine and hung out on the line to dry.

My past Rock Ledge Ranch paintings have included sheep, barn, path, shadows, roof area of the country home, and poppies.  But in all of my time there over the years, I've never seen the laundry hanging to dry.  As I walked down the path and looked into the back yard I immediately knew that I'd found what I was going to paint!


My view of the garden from the path...I just knew that this was my painting!  I set up on the other side of the laundry in the shade.  When the "period dressed" woman of the house came out to take down the wash, I asked her to leave it up for a bit longer.




Monday, June 20, 2016

Rose Garden

Rose Garden
plein air oil  6" x 8"
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Almost as much as the roses, I loved the shadows on the fence behind these roses.  Often it's the shadows that draw me to paint something.  I sometimes find myself walking around looking for something to paint when at a plein air location.  When the shadows create a great contrast against the subject, there's a painting!  Additionally, when painting it's good to notice that it's usually "warm light, cool shadows".  On a hot autumn afternoon, the shadows might lean towards warm.

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Garden Of The Gods

Garden Of The Gods
plein air oil  12" x 9"
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This is a recent painting from the Garden Of The Gods, one of the most visited parks in the state of Colorado.  You could paint there everyday and never run out of rocks to paint.  The red rock formations were created during a geological upheaval along a natural fault line millions of years ago.

For those of you not familiar with this area here's a little history:  When the Garden of the Gods was being surveyed in 1859 one of the surveyors suggested that it would be a great place for a "beer garden".  The other surveyer was awestruck by all of the rock formations and couldn't imagine a beer garden in such a majestic place.  He said that it was a place for gods to assemble and named it:  Garden Of The Gods.  It is owned by the city of Colorado Springs and is visited by thousands of people every day.



Friday, June 17, 2016

Power Plant

Power Plant
plein air oil  6" x 8"
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My plein air group recently painted in downtown Colorado Springs.  I had planned on painting one of the older warehouse style buildings, but was intrigued by the morning light on the Power Plant.   This is really a study in shapes.  It was a fun challenge and I hope to paint this again.

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Cafe Umbrellas

Cafe Umbrellas
plein air oil  12" x 12"
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This is another from the recent Littleton, CO paint-out.  It was a very hot afternoon, I had a short time to finish up before the paintings had to be framed and turned in.  I saw this cafe across the street from a downtown city park which had trees and shade.  Lunch was almost over and I knew the umbrellas would be pulled down and my painting would disappear.  Those issues made me work well, paying attention to what was in front of me.

Red can be a bit challenging, especially when it is right in the sun.  If you lighten it with white, it becomes too pink.  Too much orange and it becomes the wrong shade of red.  I like the square format of this piece.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Hidden Barn

Hidden Barn
plein air oil  9" x 12"
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This is another of the paintings from the recent Littleton, CO. Paint-Out.  The afternoon was very hot and I was looking for a cool spot along the river.  This barn was hidden a bit behind a hill, but visible from a parking lot.  And, luckily for me there was a tree that provided enough shade for me and it was right next to the parking lot.  How easy was that for a hot day!

I have to admit that I changed the barn colors from a dreary, faded tannish to a much brighter, nicer color.  I find cool spring greens, which you see here, a bit harder to mix and paint than beautiful, warm fall greens.  They're a bit bolder, brighter and sometimes seem too bright.  But, they've been dormant all winter and want to get out and express themselves!

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Front Porch Light

Porch Light
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This is another painting from the recent Littleton, CO Paint-Out.  I had thought I'd paint at a local park that I'd seen marked on the maps we were given.  When I went to turn into the park, I saw the morning light shining on the front porch of this house just across the street from the park.  I knew that I'd found my morning painting!


The light on the porch is already different from my painting.  When I know that the light will change quickly and dramatically on the focal point, I paint that first and don't change it.  I love it when I can park right near where I'm painting!

Monday, June 13, 2016

Porch Trellis

Porch Trellis
plein air oil  10" x 8"
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Earlier in June I participated in the 2nd Annual Littleton Paint-Out in Littleton, CO.  I wasn't very familiar with Littleton so the exploring for plein air locations added excitement to the event.  The paint out was sponsored and organized by The Depot Art Gallery.  They did such a great job!  There were 4 pages of different maps and a list of town locations, making it easier for those of us from out of town.  Littleton is about 1 1/4 - 1 1/2 hours (depending on traffic) from Colorado Springs.

The downtown area of Littleton is small, but charming.  I found this front porch while driving around the older residential area.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Lime Green

Lime Green
oil  6" x 8"
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When we were in Mexico this winter we saw, and had served to us, so many limes!  We couldn't believe it!  We saw trucks filled with limes up to the very top.  Plates of lime slices were on almost every table for every meal.  

One of our favorite meals in Mexico was pork tacos (tacos de puerco.)  I think that we ate these at least twice each week, sometimes three times each week.  Every taco stand and little restaurant had their own version, but every one came with limes.  And, at about 16 pesos to the dollar when a taco was 10 pesos we were eating for under $3.00.  Upon our return we googled Mexican pork tacos and made them three times before we came up with a version that we liked.  And, of course, we had to have limes.  The lime juice really adds great flavor to the tacos.  Since we've had so many limes around the house lately, I just had to paint them!

Since the 1950s Mexico has been the world's largest producer and exporter of limes.  There are two popular varieties of limes grown in Mexico, key limes and Persian limes (which is what we here in the States call "limes".)

Most of the limes are grown in the warmer southwest, which is where we spent most of this past winter.  No wonder we saw and ate so many limes!





Sunday, May 22, 2016

Shades Of Blue


Shades Of Blue
oil  11" x 14"
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This painting was done partly plein air and partly in the studio.  With plein air paintings you have to paint quickly and not chase the light and shadows.  But, with all of these elipses the drawing part of the piece took quite a long time.  Consequently, the light and shadows (which I had blocked in) had changed so much after several hours that I knew I needed to stop.  I had taken a picture when I started, so I had my choice of being like Monet and going back to the same spot another day soon after, or heading home and finishing in my studio.  I chose the later.  Being like Monet will have to be another time.

Friday, May 20, 2016

In The Greenhouse


In The Greenhouse
plein air oil  9" x 12"
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Last week my plein air group, Garden Artists, was scheduled to paint at Summerland Gardens.  It was a windy morning, so painting in the out door nursery/garden area would have been challenging.  But, the weather in the greenhouse was perfect!  What a great place to paint!  And, for those of you who live in the Colorado Springs area, be sure to stop in the Upstairs Gallery!

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Old Yeller

Old Yeller
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This is a plein air piece done one April morning in Old Colorado City, an older neighborhood filled with charming homes and stores, here in Colorado Springs.  I loved the bright morning light shining on the east side of the house.

Monday, May 16, 2016

Spring Blossoms

Spring Blossoms
plein air oil  9" x 12"
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I'm lucky to live in such a beautiful place!  Every where you look is another painting.  Our house sits next to Bear Creek Park, an almost 700 acre county park.  If you looked about 50 yards to the right of this tree you'd see our house.  So, one nice morning a few weeks ago I went practically right outside our door for this painting.

As artists do, I left out what was not necessary (I guess that's what's called artistic license).  In this case a straight cement sidewalk.  At first I changed it to a meandering crushed stone path.  But, that too got removed.  It wasn't need and was distracting.

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Just Before Planting

Just Before Planting
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I had some pansies, these and a few others, all ready to plant.  I had to stall the planting until I did a painting of this one still in the black plastic store container.  I love pansies.  They're hardy enough to with stand Colorado's spring weather.  One spring day can be beautiful, sunny and 65 degrees.  The next day can be snowing with freezing weather at night.  But, the pansies survive no matter what we get!

Friday, May 6, 2016

Puerta Numero Dos

Puerta Numero Dos
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Paintings From Mexico

This is another of the colorful, fun doors from San Miguel de Allende.  I could paint a big series of these!

And, a few more door photos!




Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Puerta Numero Uno

Puerta Numero Uno
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We spent almost two weeks in San Miguel de Allende this past January.  Friends of ours have moved there permanently and we house sat for them while they went to the beach.  San Miguel, in the state of Guanajuato, is a colonial era city in Mexico's central highlands at an altitude of just over 6,000 feet.  It's known for its baroque Spanish architecture, its thriving art scene, and its population of North American ex-pats.  In the city's historic cobblestoned center is the neo-gothic church Parroquia de San Miguel Arcangel.  Its dramatic pink towers rise above the main plaza, El Jardin (the Garden.)  For me the most interesting part of the city's architecture were the old doors of all of the homes.  I loved the colors of the doors and walls, but I really loved peaking into the homes when the doors were opened.  One never knew what amazing home & court yard garden was hidden away.

Here are some of the colorful doors & walls of San Miguel:








Monday, May 2, 2016

Shady Palm & Sea Turtle Rescue


Shady Palm
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This is another palm tree from the garden of our hotel in Barra de Potosi, Mexico.  It provided just a little bit of shade where I was able to stand and paint.

Down the beach and road from Barra was the area called Playa Blanca.  Late one afternoon/early evening we went to the Ayoticalli Turtle Rescue Center.  It's run by volunteers who comb the 6 mile stretch of beach at night looking for turtle eggs.  They protect the eggs until they hatch.  Almost every day from 5 - 6 they give a lecture on the preservation of turtles, the plight of the baby turtles and why conservation is important.  Then, everyone at the lecture participates in the release of that day's baby turtles who have recently hatched and are ready for their journey into the ocean.  Of 2,500 babies released, maybe 5 will live to come back to lay eggs on this same beach where they were born.  On average, 1 in 1,000 of the babies that make it to the water survive.

Here are some of the photos we took of our release:


Eggs are carefully collected by volunteers at night preventing them from being eaten by birds and crabs.  They are then buried in this protected, fenced environment until they hatch.  A female turtle lays about 80 - 100 eggs which she buries in the sand before returning to the sea.  Turtles have an incubation period of about 2 months.


New born babies are carefully removed from under the inverted and cut plastic bottles (seen in the sand in the first picture) where they were buried.  That days' new borns are put into a bucket, then each visitor is given one baby which we carried to the shore in a tiny plastic bowl.




Once at the shore, we released all of the babies and watched as they made their way to the ocean.  Sea turtles are born with the instinct to move toward the brightest direction.  On a natural beach, this direction is the light of the open horizon.  Sea turtles (those few who survive) can live 40 - 60 years.




Thursday, April 28, 2016

Pink Carnations

Pink Carnations
oil  20" x 16"
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I've been posting paintings that are from our winter in Mexico.  But, am taking a break to post some done this month since we've been back.  We had the most wonderful house sitter!  This bouquet was sitting on the counter when we came home.  There was another one on the mantel.  It gives you great peace of mind to know you have a well cared for home when you're away.  It's wonderful to come back to a welcoming house.  Not only were there flowers, but there was a basket of Mexican food waiting to be made into a dinner.  And, there was fresh bread, eggs, butter and milk so that we had breakfast the next morning.  That saved a late night trip to the store!  I can't thank our sitter enough!

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Gardens & More Art Show


Last summer artists from my plein air group "Garden Artists" were invited to paint in gardens in the annual Fox Garden Tour.  It was a great painting opportunity, as well as a chance to see some beautiful gardens.  Additionally, I met many new people and, as seems to happen everywhere, ran into  friends who I hadn't seen in years.

We thought it would be fun to have a show using this event as a jumping off point.  "Gardens & More"  show cases art work from some of the artists who painted that weekend.  Paintings of any thing garden related, not just from those gardens, are hanging in the gallery.  Hope those of you who live in the Colorado Springs area can stop by Summerland Gardens Upstairs Gallery for the Opening, Friday, April 29th 4 - 7 pm.  Or, visit the gallery any time during the month of May.

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Just A Light Breeze


Just A Light Breeze
plein air oil  8" x 6"
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Paintings from Mexico

This piece was done in the garden of our hotel in Barra de Potosi, Mexico.  I was very close to the palm so it created a wonderful view looking up.  Palm trees have so many colors in the fronds:  many shades of green, yellow, and oranges as they start to fade away.  

The picture below is actually from a different hotel, but I thought the palms looked like they were also blowing just a bit in the ocean breeze.


Friday, April 22, 2016

Down The Street


Down The Street
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Paintings from Mexico

This house was right down the street from our hotel in Barra de Potosi, a little fishing/beach town about 20 minutes south of Zihuatanejo.  (I posted a few other pieces from there in February.)  We walked by this wall every day on the way to the store or the beach.  I loved how there are flowers every where in Mexico.  A beautiful, colorful benefit of living in a warm climate.


Only the main street in Barra de Potosi is paved.


Here's the above scene from the other direction.


I loved this wall of flowers near the entrance to town.  Maybe a future painting!


Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Saturday Market

Saturday Market
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Paintings from Mexico

One of the fun and interesting things to do in Oaxaca, and in many Mexican towns, is to visit the markets.  While in Oaxaca we went to many of the local and nearby village markets.  This woman was selling flowers at the Oaxaca Saturday Organic Market.  There were booths of flowers, crafts and clothes.  But my favorite booths were the food.  You could have fresh baked goods for breakfast as well as incredible tacos for lunch.

Here are a few photos from the Organic market:




Monday, April 18, 2016

Garden Wall

Garden Wall
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This wall was at the church across the street from our hotel in Oaxaca.  I love plein air painting.  I love being out of doors.  But, it has its' challenges:  wind, sun, rain, snow, snakes, bears, bugs, heat, cold, etc.  With this painting I had a new encounter, a funeral.  One afternoon I noticed the beautiful shadows on the garden wall of the church and decided to paint there the next day.  However, when I arrived a funeral was just beginning.  I didn't want to be disrespectful, so decided I'd come back the next afternoon.  That day was beautiful, warm and sunny.  No sooner did I get the piece blocked in than clouds appeared from nowhere.  There was no longer light and shadow.  This little piece required a third session!

Here are some of the beautiful garden walls of Oaxaca.  Maybe some of these might be future paintings.





Saturday, April 16, 2016

Roof Top Terrace

Roof Top Terrace
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Paintings from Mexico

There was a beautiful, sunny roof top terrace on our hotel in Oaxaca, Mexico.  Additionally, there was a covered area with hammocks that was wonderful for afternoon siestas.   Breakfast was eaten at a long, communal table where guests would visit and share stories of their travels and vacations.

Oaxaca is my favorite city in Mexico.  There aren't as many foreigners as in some other towns.  There is still enough old culture that it feels like you're in Mexico.  16 different languages are spoken in the state of Oaxaca.  In the surrounding villages, and often in the city of Oaxaca, you'll hear indigenous people speaking and when you stop and listen, you realize that they're not speaking Spanish.

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Front Wall

Front Wall
Paintings From Mexico
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My husband and I just got back from spending the winter in Mexico.  We love Mexico; we've been there many times.  The last two winters we spent part of each winter there, but this year we decided to stay for the whole winter.  While the winters in Colorado aren't bad compared to many other parts of the country, they're long.  We had a wonderful time!  I posted a few paintings recently.  I'll keep posting more.

We spent a month in mountain colonial towns where the weather was cool, i.e:  you needed a jacket.  The other two months were spent in warm towns, with a few weeks on different beaches.  One thing I loved about the warm weather was all of the flowers.  They were every where:  in gardens, parks, windows and on walls.  This is from a street in Oaxaca, which was my favorite place from the trip.

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Morning Light

Morning Light
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paintings from Mexico

Sold paintings will be sent in early April.  I apologize for the inconvenience.

Sometimes you end up somewhere not because you want to be there, but because you have to stop there to get where you're going.  That was the case here.  This morning plein air piece was done from the balcony of our hotel in Acapulco.  I loved the way the light was shining on the hotels on the main beach.  Acapulco has a bad name due to so many problems.  But, for tourists, it seemed pretty safe.  We stopped there when going further south to the state of Oaxaca.