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"
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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:





Thursday, August 31, 2017

Special Delivery


Special Delivery
plein air oil  8" x 10"
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$195.00 + $10. s/h

I have a few more sunflower paintings to show, but you'll have to wait a bit.  I've got several older paintings that I haven't yet posted.

I love old trucks.  I think that a lot of us are charmed by them, whether they're old and rusty from sitting who knows where, or they've been fixed up and restored.  It seems that old trucks remind us of a simpler time, or maybe remind us of our grand parents.  No matter, I find myself painting and photoing them.  This one (I knew what it was when I painted it) lives somewhere near Florence, CO.

Anyone know what it is?

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Small & Wild



Small &Wild
plein air oil  8" x 10"
$195.00 + $10. s/h

The next few paintings in the sunflower series are also done in Bear Creek Park, but in a field across the street and a bit south from the last two.  I found it very challenging to photograph the painting in the exact yellow.  Anyone else have trouble photoing yellow?  If so, what do you do about it?


The fields of yellow seem to go on and on!  These aren't the large, big-faced sun flowers that one thinks of as sunflowers.  But they're small and grow wild.  They evoke happiness!

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Dip In The Meadow


Dip In The Meadow
plein air oil  8" x 10"
$195.00 + $10. s/h

This is the 2nd of 5 sunflower paintings that I've done in the last week.  I guess that I'm channeling Van Gogh's sun flowers and Monet's series.  This meadow is along a path that I walk on regularly in near by Bear Creek Park.  I love the way the dip causes movement in the grasses, bushes, and colors. 

The photo below shows my set-up.  This was about the only patch of shade that day.  I focused in on just the dip area and not the whole hill side.  The challenge with this piece was the abundance of color.  Yes, there were lots of sunflowers but also lots of sage, different colored grasses, a variety of bushes, etc.  If I were to go back and paint this again I might try another approach...ie:  simplify all of the grasses and focus on the sunflowers.  What do you think? 



Friday, August 25, 2017

Meadow Of Gold


Meadow Of Gold
plein air oil  8" x 10"
$195.00 + $10. s/h

We have been having monsoon rains here in Colorado for much of the last 5 weeks.  Our meadows are greener than ever and filled with wild flowers, especially these little sun flowers.

I live near Bear Creek Park, an almost 700 acre county park, which is filled with these flowers right now.  Whole hillsides look yellow from a distance.  It is so beautiful!


Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Happy 4th!

Happy 4th!
8" x 8" oil
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This is a painting of the flag that was given to my dad upon the death of my grand father.  I like patriotic holidays.  I think it's important to remember all that we have here in the U.S.  I heard on the news it being said that we should not be "too patriotic" today.  I don't understand.  I'm glad that I was born in the USA!

Happy 4th!

Friday, June 30, 2017

Eagle Rock


Eagle Rock
plein air oil  8" x 10"
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Eagle Rock is tucked away behind Pulpit Rock on the backside of UCCS.  It sits behind the Heller Center For Humanities.  I love all of the hoodoo like spires that protrude from the base.  One can imagine an eagle, or other raptor, perched on a warm rock in the late afternoon looking for dinner.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Through The Wringer


Through The Wringer
plein air oil  10'" x 8"
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When I was a little girl we had a summer cottage on Lake Michigan.  There was an old wringer washing machine in the basement.  I remember helping my mom lift the laundry from the machine and wringing it through the wringer.  (Not sure that I've ever used the word "wringing" before.  And, since no one wrings laundry any more, I may never use that word again!)  I think that today I would say squeeze.

I actually looked "wring" up to make sure that it's still a word.  Here is what I found:

wring
riNG/
verb
  1. 1
    squeeze and twist (something) to force liquid from it.
    "she wrung the cloth out in the sink"
    synonyms:twistsqueezescrewscrunchkneadpressmangle
    "wring out the clothes"

    I also don't think that I would say "mangling" the laundry!

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Restored To Perfection


Restored To Perfection
plein air oil  9" x 12"
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This trailer was parked in front of an architectural salvage store in Florence, CO.  The store owner had spent a long time restoring the trailer top to bottom.  So many people stopped me while painting and asked if I was selling my trailer.  It's not mine, and it's not for sale!

Sunday, June 25, 2017

The Next Day


The Next Day
plein air oil  10" x 8"
$195.00 + $10. s/h

As those of you who are gardeners or flower lovers know, you have a short time in which to enjoy, and in my case paint, the flowers while they are perfectly blooming.  So, I painted these last tow one day after the other.  Makes the set up pretty easy!


Saturday, June 24, 2017

In The Back Yard


In The Garden
plein air oil  10" x 8"
$195.00 + $10. s/h

Several years ago we bought some incredible iris from IRIS4U in Denver.  They continue to bloom in the most incredible deep violet.  We've divided them and moved them around the yard as needed.  I love seeing them each spring!


Friday, June 23, 2017

Spring Lilacs

Spring Lilacs
plein air oil  14" x 11"
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This spring (seems like just the other day, but the calendar says that it's summer!) my plein air group painted at Summerland Gardens here in Colorado Springs.  They have several large, beautiful lilac bushes that were perfect that day.  I was drawn to the bush due to the more magenta leaning purple.  I wanted the lilacs to be a "lilac" color, but I painted what I saw.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Happy Father's Day


Good Cheer
plein air oil from my back yard:  6" x 6"
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Today is Father's Day.  I want to wish a great day to all Father's out there!  Especially to my dad, and to my husband, the father of our kids!

I have many memories of my dad, but one that stands out is the gardens, and especially roses that were always in our yard.  So, I thought I'd post these 2 from our yard.


Back Yard Roses
plein air oil on wood panel  10" x 8"
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Monday, May 15, 2017

Garden Hat

Garden Hat
12" x 12" oil on wrapped canvas
$295.00 + $10. s/h
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I recently realized that I take a lot of photos of people in hats.  Maybe it was seeing all of the people in Ecuador wearing hats and taking so many photos of them that made me aware of this.  When looking back through my reference pictures I've got hats galore!  Cowboy hats, garden hats, baseball caps, painting hats, Panama hats.  You'll be seeing more hat paintings in the future!

Friday, May 12, 2017

From The Roof





From The Roof
watercolor  6" x 6"
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This watercolor was painted from the rooftop of our hotel in Quito.  I took a small set of watercolors, as well as gouache, with me to Ecuador.  I only did a few watercolors, and in retrospect, maybe I didn't need to take both, but the watercolor set was very small and easy to tuck in.  

Because the elevation of Colorado Springs is 6,000 feet, it wasn't as challenging for us to acclimatize to the high altitude of Quito (8,000 feet) as for other travelers.  For that I was grateful as I know altitude sickness is not fun.  

Quito is the capital and 2nd largest city in Ecuador with a population of about 2.5 million.  It is surrounded by volcanos and sits on the eastern slopes of Pichincha, an active stratovolcano.   Quito has one of the largest, least altered and best-preserved historic colonial centers in the Americas.  Quito, and Krakow, Poland were the first World Cultural Heritage Sites declared by 
UNESCO in 1978.


Views from one volcano top across Quito and the valley to several other volcanos.


The Cathedral and colonial center of Quito

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Across The Street


Across The Street
gouache  6" x 6"
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This was the view "Across The Street" from our Airbnb in Cotacachi, Ecuador.  Our b&b was right on Leather Street, the main street in town.  It was a wonderful location!  Besides corn, Cotacachi is famous for it's leather goods.  Up and down the street were dozens of stores with incredible items made out of leather:  purses, luggage, shoes, hats, jackets and more.  There were factories and rooms where some of the products were made that were open for visitors.



The architecture of Cotacachi was interesting.  It did not have a beautiful colonial center like many towns in Mexico, Central America & South America.  It has been slowly rebuilt with cinderblock buildings amongst the remaining colorful, older houses.  Because so many ex-pats are moving to Ecuador there were several gated communities of very new homes where many of the gringos lived.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Rich Land


Rich Land
gouache  6" x 8"
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This is the last corn field that I painted in Ecuador, although I could have painted
 dozens more!  

The produce and agriculture in Ecuador is pretty amazing!  I read that Ecuador is one of the cradles of world agriculture in that it has rich soil, wonderful weather (it's right on the Equator) and plenty of sunshine. (Although while we were there they had more rain than in the past 5 years combined!).  We saw and ate so many fruits that were new to us.  We had so many delicious glasses of juice every day!  We always felt healthy.  I also read that there are 100s of varieties of corn in the Andes.  In fact, in Quito there is a corn market!



Monday, May 8, 2017

Country Side Walk



Country Side Walk
gouache  6" x 8"
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I'm continuing to post the small studies from our winter in Ecuador.  I'll also start posting my plein air and studio work that I've been working on back home in Colorado.

One of our day trips while in Cotacachi, Ecuador was to the Condor Park, or Parque Condor, outside of Otavalo.  This park is an endangered bird rehabilitation & rescue center for the endangered Andean condor as well as raptors & owls;  there's even a golden eagle that was donated by a European zoo.  The park hopes to release the birds back into the wild, when possible.  The birds that cannot be released are kept at the park and are part of the daily educational bird show.  Many of the birds are released to fly during the show.  They are lured back with food, although one of the birds was gone a very long time!  The Park is situated with great views of Cotacachi & Imbabura volcanoes.

We took a cab up to the Park, but there were no cabs when we were ready to leave.  So, we started walking the 4 miles back to Otavalo.  It was a beautiful walk through the country side with crops of corn or furrowed fields on both sides of the dirt road.  





Friday, April 28, 2017

Fields Of Green





Feels Of Green
6" x 6" gouache 
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I mentioned in a recent post that for our trip to Ecuador I decided not to take all of my oils and to try gouache.  This was a bit of a challenge as I am an oil painter.  But, I could carry everything in a small satchel (I'll blog about that soon), I didn't need an easel, a trip-pod a drying case a backpack.   I prefer oils..I love the creamy mixability that they have.  I'm more familiar with the colors. But, for size, ease of carrying, set up and drying, this was easy.

I decided that I needed to practice mixing greens with the gouache colors I'd brought and realized that all of the fields of corn in northern Ecuador screamed "green" every where I looked.  I love the landscapes painted by Richard Diebenkorn.  They are big simplified shapes of color.  He was my influence for the series of corn fields that I painted.  My focus was on the shapes and varieties of green.





Monday, April 24, 2017

Fields Of Corn




Fields Of Corn
plein air gouache  6" x 8"
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This gouache was also done from the roof top of our Airbnb apartment in
Cotacachi, Ecuador.  Like many old colonial buildings there was a sink on the roof for hand washing the laundry.  Believe me, we did not had wash our clothes!  There was a modern, technical washer and dryer in the kitchen (which we struggled to figure out how to use!)  But, I did use the sink for the water for my brushes.

Every where you looked (in this part of Ecuador), in every small empty alley, side garden, massive fields, were crops of corn.  These fields are in the valley below Imbabura Volcano in the mountains to the east of the town.  Cotacachi sits in a valley surrounded by 4 nearby volcanos.  The volcanos were often covered in clouds.

Below are 2 views of Imbabura Volcano from different locations and different days.





Sunday, April 23, 2017

In The Plaza




"In The Plaza"
plein air gouache  6" x 8"
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My husband and I recently returned from spending the winter in Ecuador.  I guess that you could say we've become like the snow birds who head from here in Colorado to Arizona.  But, we've headed the  last few winters to Central America, Mexico or South America.  We love the warmer weather, the colonial cities and culture, and the adventure.

I am an oil painter, but wanted to try gouache and water color on this trip as there is so much less to carry, a faster drying time, no easel, etc.  It took awhile to get used to the lack of creamy, mixable oils and the some what chalkiness of gouache.  But, the ease of portability balanced 
that out. I'll post more soon about what I took.

This painting was done from the roof top of our Airb&b in Cotacachi, which is about an hour and a half north of Quito.  We loved this town.  It has a population of about 10,000 (of which about 500 
are ex-pats.)  The picture of the same church below is from the roof of a friends' (an ex-pat) roof top. 



Many indigenous people live in and around Cotacachi.  To me it was wonderful that they are proud of their heritage and still wear their native clothing, even many of the children.  In so many of the towns we've visited only the older generation still wear traditional garments.