Monday, September 24, 2018

Field Of Clover



I'm thrilled that "Field Of Clover" was juried into the Annual Women Artists Of The West
Tallgrass Rendezvous.  This year's exhibition is at Price Tower Arts Center in Bartlesville, Oklahoma.  Stop by and see the show, which is on display through October, if you're in Bartlesville.

Saturday, September 22, 2018

Aspen Grove

Aspen Grove
plein air oil  12" x 9"
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Fall is upon us.  I think it's such a beautiful season.  September is a gorgeous month no matter where you are.  I'm not sure that it's possible to be a plein air painter in Colorado and not get out and paint the autumn aspen.  This is a recent painting done in the mountains a bit west of Colorado Springs.


Thursday, August 23, 2018

Good Ole Days


Good Ole Days
Oil  12" x 12"

I'm honored that "Good Ole Days" is part of the Colorado Springs Fine Art Center at Colorado College's 2018 Gala Art Exhibition and Auction.
The Exhibition and Auction will open this Friday, August 24, both online and on exhibit.  Viewing and bidding leads up to and during the Gala, and closes officially as part of the Gala festivities on September 8.

Art lovers rejoice and be inspired to add to your collection in support of the Fine Arts Center.

Art Show and Auction Details:
On Display: Aug. 24 – Sept. 8, 2018 at the Fine Arts Center, Colorado Springs.
Online Auction site will be available for viewing on Friday, August 24. Visit https://www.csfineartscenter.org Bidding open to everyone!
Bidding CLOSES: Saturday, Sept. 8 at 9 p.m.


Sunday, August 19, 2018

Left To Sit


Left To Sit
oil  16" x 20"
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There always seem to be old trucks on back roads in western states.  It's fun to stop and look at them and take photos.  I always wonder about the history of the trucks...the many years of use, the many years of rust and aging, the drivers and riders who loved these old guys.  This truck was sitting in a field almost in the middle of nowhere.  I'm sure that it was left to sit there years and years ago.

Friday, August 17, 2018

Golden Glow


Golden Glow
6" x 6" oil
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As you can see, I paint a lot of Coreopsis.  They are bright, cheerful, colorful and happy looking.  The blooms last a long time.  I love the way the color sings in our backyard!

I'm not really sure what kind of Coreopsis we have.  I googled it and if I look really carefully at the Burpee seed packets, it looks like we have "Golden Glow".  Thus the painting's name!

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Pot Of Gold


Pot Of Gold
Oil  6" x 6"
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This is the 3rd, and final, of the coreopsis that I painted from a bouquet in my studio.  Once again, I'm posting an older coreopsis below that was not painted from the studio bouquet.  They have such different yellows, but I'm happy with both of them!


Coreopsis III
6" x 6"  Oil
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Monday, August 13, 2018

Lasting Summer Color


Lasting Summer Color
6" x 6"  Oil
$100.00 + $10. s/h

This is the 2nd of the series of Coreopsis that I painted in my studio from my backyard bouquet.  Again, I love seeing the difference in the yellows from the studio bouquet (above) and the older paintings done in the backyard sun (below).

I have a couple more to show, then backyard florals may come to a halt as our backyard is pretty sad right now due to last weeks severe hail storm.  We had ping pong size hail, but just 1 mile away the storm produced soft ball size hail!



Coreopsis II
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Sunday, August 12, 2018

Repeat Bloom




Repeat Bloom
Oil  6" x 6"
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I recently painted several Coreopsis that I picked in our backyard.  They were set in a vase in my studio.  I thought it would be easier to paint the blooms right in front of my studio easel with a consistent light as opposed to outside in the yard.

I'm also posting several older Coreopsis that were not painted from a studio still life.  It is so interesting to me the different colors of yellow....one a bit darker with more orange, or cad yellow deep.  The other brighter, lighter from the direct sun.

I'll be posting more over the next few days.

I love having Coreopsis in our garden.  The reseed themselves and grow all over.  If you cut them back they sometimes will repeat the bloom later in the summer.  And, importantly in Colorado, they do well in our dry climate.



Coreopsis
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Monday, August 6, 2018

Forever Yours, The Land






This past weekend was the Opening of "Forever Yours, The Land" which featured over 60 local artists at installations throughout Colorado Springs.  The exhibit is city-wide and showcases the beauty of our natural surroundings through a variety of art mediums to boost awareness of conservation.

Palmer Land Trust, the sponsor of the event, is a not for profit conservation organization working to protect the places we treasure.  Since 1977, they've helped individuals and communities permanently protect over 80,000 acres of public open spaces, historic farms and ranches, important wildlife habitat, and beautiful scenic vistas.

Above are two of the walls in the Summerland Gardens Upstairs Gallery that Dottie Lirette and I have as part of this event.  Hope that those of you who live in the area can stop by the Gallery from now through September 9th to see what happens when art and nature collide!  




Monday, May 28, 2018

Restful Garden



Restful Garden, oil 12" x 16",  is one of two paintings that I have in the upcoming Women Artists of the West Online "Summer  Pleasures" Show.  This is a plein air piece done near downtown Colorado Springs.  I loved these old adirondack chairs.  After walking once through this back yard, I knew immediately what I was going to paint!

Friday, May 18, 2018

Sunny Vista Living Center Juried Show


Hanging On The Line
Oil  16" x 24"


Morning Light
Oil  12" x 12"

Tonight is the Opening of the Annual Sunny Vista Living Center Juried Show.  I'm honored that these two paintings were juried into the show.  Hope those of you who live in the Colorado Springs area can attend tonight's opening, or stop by Sunny Vista while the exhibit hangs until June 17th.

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Old Warehouse


Old Warehouse
11" x 14"
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This old warehouse is in downtown Colorado Springs near the building in my last post. There's a great area with old buildings, warehouses, the old depot, train tracks, etc. that is a never ending supply of paintings.  Every time I'm there there's something new to paint.

Just wondering...do you look at old buildings?

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

The Other Side Of The Tracks


The Other Side Of The Tracks
Oil  11" x 14"
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This old warehouse is in downtown Colorado Springs behind (or, on the other side of the tracks) from the Old Depot.  My plein air groups often head downtown to paint and /or photo the old buildings.  Like many downtowns, the Springs has some cool, old buildings.  It also has some uncool buildings from the 50s-70s, some empty lots that need to be taken care of, and some great new architecture.

Does your town have an old downtown?  Have you walked around there lately and looked at the buildings?

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Happy New Year



I recently saw the “Her Paris” exhibit at the Denver Art Museum.  It was an exhibit of women artists in the age of Impressionism.  I feel like I’m pretty knowledgeable in the field of art history, but I had not heard of many of the artists.  It was a wonderful show!  I learned so much.

One of my goals for 2017 was to see more art “in person”.   I see paintings online almost every day but it’s not the same as viewing work right in front of you.  I think that I did a pretty good job towards this goal.  I visited numerous museums during our trip to Ecuador last winter;  I went to several shows here at the Colorado Springs Fine Art Center; we went to the Art Institute of Chicago when there over Thanksgiving.

How did you do with your 2017 goals?  What goals are you setting for 2018?

Friday, December 22, 2017

In Case You're A Procrastinator!


In case you're a procrastinator and live here in Colorado Springs, stop by 
Cooks Marketplace on Centennial for some last minute holiday shopping!
  They have an amazing array of gifts for cooks and kitchen lovers, 
cooking classes, and art work by local artists on 
the gallery walls.

These are the paintings that I have on one of the walls.

Merry Christmas to all!

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

It's Fun To See!


I recently received an email with this picture attached.  It's fun to see where a client 
hangs a painting.  This painting was in a show in Lone Tree, Colorado, near Denver.  

I so appreciated knowing where the piece went.  Often, when a painting sells, 
we have no idea where it is.  Now I know...sort of!!

Monday, November 20, 2017

Nearby Meadow


Nearby Meadow
plein air oil  8" x 10"
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November/December Holiday 20% Off Special $174.00

As I do every Holiday season, my paintings are marked down.  While I can't go back and change every post, if there is a painting that you would like, please email me!  

Once again this meadow of sun flowers was at Bear Creek Park, right next to our house.  The sun flowers were amazing this summer and being right out my door I couldn't stay away!  I loved how almost the whole hillside was covered with flowers.  Some years there are only patches of flowers.  Some years there are hillsides of cerulean colored grasses.  Who knows what next summer will bring.  It seems to me that if there were that many sun flowers, that millions of seeds would have fallen to the ground and millions of flowers would return.  Who knows?

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Up The Hill


Up The Hill
plein air oil  8" x 6"
was $100.00
November/December Holiday 20% Off Special $80.00

As I do every Holiday season, my paintings are marked down.  While I can't go back and change every post, if there is a painting that you would like, please email me!  

This painting was done in Stratton Open Space, about 1/2 mile from my house.  The sun flowers in this park were not every where, but grew in random locations.  I focused in on the blooms and yellows at the top of the hill.


Saturday, November 18, 2017

Over The Meadow


Over The Meadow
plein air oil  8" x 10"
was $195.00
November/December Holiday 20% Off Special $174.00

As I do every Holiday season, my paintings are marked down.  While I can't go back and change every post, if there is a painting that you would like, please email me!  

I have several summer paintings that I haven't posted.  You'll be seeing those the next few days.  The big meadow in Bear Creek Park, right next to our house, was filled with sunflowers this summer.  It was wonderful to paint there.  I did many times while the blooms were out.




Monday, October 23, 2017

Side Porch

Side Porch
plein air oil  12" x 9"
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This was painted earlier this summer in a neighborhood of mostly older houses here in Colorado Springs.  I love painting in this area.  I sometimes spend too much time walking around the neighborhood and in the alleys before I paint.  I'm not sure that you can spend "too" much time walking around before a painting.  This time always helps me find a great subject matter, get a feel for what I'm painting, and helps me with the composition and light source.

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Golden Fall

Golden Fall
plein air oil  12" x 12"
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I love the fall.  The colors are warm, glowing, beautiful.  It seems that no matter where you are autumn is a magical, colorful time.  The leaves are gone now from the aspens here in Colorado.

This plein air was done in September.  I had driven up to the nearby mountains to paint the yellow, gold leaves, but was drawn to the shadows and tree trunks.

In painting, and in life, it's good to be a bit flexible.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Granny Smiths


Granny Smiths
plein air oil  11" x 14"
$395.00 + $10. s/h

I'm not sure if this counts as plein air.  My plan that day was to paint outside....but, the wind prevented that.  So, I asked at this orchard if I could set up inside their produce area.  Maybe that makes this an alla prima still life.  What do you think?  Either way, I'm happy with the results.  




Sunday, October 8, 2017

Roux & Cyr International Fine Art Gallery



I'm thrilled to have my painting, "In A Heart Beet" juried into the 1st annual "Passionate Color" Exhibit at Roux & Cyr International Fine Art Gallery in Portland, Maine.

I met Susan Roux years ago through blogging.  She contacted me about the show.  It's exciting to have work some where far away where I'm not familiar with the art world.  The show hangs the month of October.  If you happen to be in Portland, Maine I hope you'll stop in to the gallery.

Friday, October 6, 2017

Gallery 113 Colorado Springs



I'm happy to be the guest artist for the month of October at Gallery 113, 125 1/2 North Tejon, 
here in Colorado Springs.  Stop by tonight, for First Friday, or any day in October.  
There are great artists and  great art work in this Gallery!

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Rocky Fords


Rocky Fords
plein air oil  11" x 14"
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Recently my plein air groups painted at Spencer's Produce, Lawn & Garden Center here in Colorado Springs.  Spencer's has been a neighborhood Center since 1934.  Their produce, plants, and garden supplies are great.  They have local Colorado fruits and vegetables all summer and fall.  My only problem with painting there was that my subject matter kept disappearing!  All morning customers, many regulars from the neighborhood, came for the ripe Rocky Ford melons (some of the last of this season!)


Monday, September 25, 2017

Barn Door


Barn Door
plein air oil  12" x 12"
$395.00 + $10. s/h

This painting was done the last day of the recent South Park Plein Air Arts Celebration, Fairplay, CO  during the "Quick Draw" on the final morning.  For a "quick draw" you are usually limited to an area in which to paint, in this case Front Street or the South Park City Museum.  Also, you are limited to time, we had from 10:00 a.m. to 12.  We were allowed to walk around scouting a location from 9 on.  This barn is in the museum:  a street of old western buildings from around Colorado which have been moved to this outdoor museum.


I try to do a value study before I begin a painting.  That way, as the light changes I can use my study as a reference.  Because of the 2 hour time constraints, I did a very quick study (as you can see here.) Because of the study I realized that the center of interest, the stable rails in the light, were almost right in the center of the piece.  That became noticeable when I drew in my 1/3rd lines.  So, (in my head) I cropped the door, moved the light to the right, and the center of interest was now on the 1/3rd line and not in the middle.  All of that took me about 5 minutes, but saved my painting.  



Saturday, September 23, 2017

Blackened Old Skillets


Blackened Old Skillets
plein air oil  14" x 11"
$395.00 + $10. s/h

This is my 3rd painting from the day at the Platte Ranch.  The ranch is over 100 years old, all the buildings (except the house) are original, or re-built from original lumber.  The ranch is 8,000 acres.  Miles and miles of open range with breath taking views.

This painting was a bit of a challenge in that the weather was windy and rainy off and on.  I cleaned everything up twice and almost gave up.  I'm glad I stuck with it;  this is one of my favorites!

You can just see the skillets hanging on the side of the barn below.  It gives a good perspective of how large they are.  You wonder how many thousands of meals were prepared on them!


Thursday, September 21, 2017

On The Ranch


On The Ranch
plein air oil  12" x 12"
$345.00 + $10.00 s/h

The 2nd day of the South Park Plein Air Arts Celebration we painted at the Platte Ranch.  This was a really fun day for me as this is the ranch we used to take our children to to horse back ride when they were little.  The ranch owner has since passed away, but I shared memories of him with his daughter.  

It was sunny and misty in the morning, windy in the afternoon, and rainy by dinner time.  We spent the whole day on the ranch.  One of the great things about this plein air event is that meals are all provided.  They're delivered to us when we're out on a ranch, (or elsewhere).  This night there was a huge ranch barbecue for artists and guests.  And a wonderful cowboy singer!


Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Below The Dam


Below The Dam
plein air oil  12" x 9"
$295.00 + $10.00 s/h

This is the 2nd painting from the recent South Park Plein Air Arts Celebration.  The last post was painted from above the dam and Montgomery Reservoir.  For this one I was below the dam.  I love the fall colors.  It is so wonderful to paint near a stream or river and hear the sound of the water while painting.


Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Mountain Reservoir

Montgomery Reservoir
plein air oil  12" x 9"
SOLD
$295.00 + $10. s/h

Last week I painted in the South Park Plein Air Arts Celebration, in and around Fairplay, Colorado.  I've done this event for 4 years and love it!  It's one of the better plein air events in which I've participated.  Part of the reason I attend is because we have property in South Park and I can stay in our trailer.  But, also, the coordinators of the event go all out, far beyond what I've experienced in other events.

This mountain reservoir, Montgomery Reservoir, is outside of Alma, Colorado.  We painted there Wednesday, the first morning.  There is also an old mine, several water falls, and great willows and ponds below the dam.  The smoke from the fires in Montana and north was blowing over Colorado that week.  Many of the skies were misty and grayed.

Below are mine and water fall pictures: