Monday, July 21, 2014

Tying The Knot

Tying The Knot
Oil  20" x 16"
$495.00 + $20. s/h

This is another iris from our backyard that I painted last month.  While looking in the book "Roy G Biv" in the yellow chapter I saw that when a traditional Hindi girl "ties the knot" she gets her hands yellow by lavishly decorating them in henna.  Thus, my title.  All of the different  color and country traditions are interesting!

Monday, July 14, 2014

Joyful Iris


Joyful Iris
Oil  20" x 16"
$495.00 + $20. s/h

I read in the book, Roy G. Biv by Jude Stewart, (a Christmas gift from our son) that yellow represents "joy";  thus, the title of this painting.  I think iris are joyful flowers.  They just look happy to me.  I painted 2 yellow iris pieces this same size and 3 pieces of violet iris on long vertical canvases.  Look for these soon!



I posted this picture from our backyard a while back when I was painting this.  The garden looks very different now.

Monday, July 7, 2014

Standing Vacant

Standing Vacant
Oil  11" x 14"
$295.00 + $10. s/h

This barn isn't too far from my house.  But, it sits way back at the far end of a lot and is hardly noticeable.  I painted there last week.  As often happens when out plein air painting, something occurs.  This wasn't too bad, but I came home with burrs everywhere on my shoes and socks!  Luckily, no bugs!



Friday, July 4, 2014

Happy 4th of July!


 Happy 4th of July!
I've sold all of these flag paintings, but thought this made a great post for the 4th!
Please let me know if I can paint another flag just for you!

Saturday, June 28, 2014

The World Is My Lobster

The World Is My Lobster
Oil on cradled canvas  8" x 8"
$195.00 + $10. s/h

This is the second lobster painted after our trip last fall to Maine, Vermont, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island.  If you want to study oranges and reds, I highly suggest painting lobsters!  They are very orange/red!  Interestingly, I am currently painting poppies.  The oranges in those seem a bit more challenging than in these lobsters.  Not sure why.  Maybe I should go on another trip!

Thursday, June 26, 2014

With Lemon and Butter

With Lemon And Butter
8" x 8" Oil on cradled canvas
$195.00 + $10. /sh 

I have a few paintings done after our trip last fall to Maine which I've never posted.  I think it's time!  

We ate lobster almost every day while in Maine.  My favorite restaurant was the Trenton Bridge Lobster Pound.  You chose your lobster from those in a big tub, it was cooked outside, then when your number was called you went back up front, got your meal and ate on picnic tables.  

Again, I'm having color trouble on my photos.  My painting is not quite this neon orange.  My photo is fine, but when uploading to my blog the color changes slightly.  

Saturday, June 21, 2014

A Whiter Shade Of Pale

A Whiter Shade Of Pale
Oil  8" x 6"
$100.00 + $10. s/h

I love the warmth when painting in the late afternoon.  But, I love the challenge of painting the cool morning whites.  This was one of the last iris in our back yard.  We have fewer white iris than yellow and violet and only a few of them bloomed this year.  Maybe they're getting too much shade.  I'll think about dividing and moving some in the fall.

Whites are always a fun challenge, whether cool or warm.  For Christmas our son gave me a book called Roy G. Biv by Jude Stewart.  Many kids learned the color this way:  red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, violet.  I didn't teach it that way, I used the 3 primaries and 3 secondaries.  Nevertheless, it's a great title for "an exceedingly surprising book about color."  I just read the chapter on white.  It says that Benjamin Moore has 140 shades of white paint!  I also learned that Queen Victoria popularized white for wedding dresses, and that the Latvian song for happy birthdays is  "Have Many White Days."

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Night Hawk Dreams

Night Hawk Dreams
Oil 6" x 8"
$100.00 + $10. s/h

Night Hawk Dreams is from a trip to Iris4U Gardens in Denver.  Iris 4 U grows tall, bearded iris.  Some years there are more iris than others, but no matter how many there are, it's a spectacular place.  A garden that makes you want to paint and shop!

Friday, June 13, 2014

Morning at Red Rock Canyon


Morning At Red Rock Canyon
Oil on canvas on board  8" x 10"
$195.00 + $10. s/h

Last week several friends and I painted in Red Rock Canyon Open Space with PAAC (Plein Air Artists of Colorado).  It was an overcast morning and the light and clouds were constantly changing.  Something to always be aware of is not to chase the light.  So, the clouds created a strong shadow over the mid-mountains.  I blocked that in first.  The rocks in the front were in strong sun.  So I painted them bright and left them.  I painted in the back range, clouds, and sky last.  They seemed to be the supporting cast.

Once again I'm not quite getting the correct blues when I upload my painting pictures onto my blog.  The blues in the back range are just a bit grayer than in this photo.  Still working on this.


Two of the others painting.




Three photos showing the changing light. 

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Old Garage


Old Garage
Oil on canvas on board  8" x 10"
$195.00 + $10. s/h


Yesterday my plein air group, Garden Artists, painted in a wonderful backyard owned by Sandra Knauf, the editor and designer of Greenwoman Magazine.  Her yard is filled with flowers, vegetables, a pond, and wonderful places to sit.  Sandra founded the magazine on three passions:  her deep love of garden writing, an enthusiasm for gardening, and a desire to do something that would excite people about both.   Greenwoman Magazine is "devoted to gardening thought in all its forms--fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, commentary, biography, interviews, art, and comics. We publish a rich variety of new voices and we revisit the classics."

You can read about Sandra in an article from our local newspaper.  I read this last fall and thought it might be a great connection and location for our plein air group.

Here are some of the others in my plein air group:








Thursday, May 29, 2014

Backyard Plein Air


I worked on a painting this morning in our backyard.  Our iris are beautiful this year, so 
I'll be outside for the next few days!  We have a covered patio, so I leave this easel
outside, all set up, ready to go.  I'll post the finished piece soon.

Monday, May 26, 2014

Stars and Stripes - Memorial Day 2014


Stars and Stripes - Memorial Day 2014
8" x 8"  Oil on cradled panel
SOLD

On this Memorial Day remembering all of the brave men and women who gave their lives in the defense of our country.  I've painted this flag several times each year for the last few years.  It was the flag that was presented to my dad upon the death of his dad who served in both World Wars.   

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Please Join Us

Please Join Us
Oil  6" x 6"
Sold

These wine bottles are off to a wedding shower!  I'll be gift wrapping this over the weekend and shipping it off next week!  Little paintings make great shower gifts!  Thank you!

Saturday, May 3, 2014

The Maine Event Opening


Last night was the opening of "The Maine Event" at the Boulder Street Gallery on Tejon Street
 here in Colorado Springs.  Thanks so much to Jennie and Terry, gallery and frame shop owners!!


We decorated the window to look as much like coastal Maine as possible.....it was amazing that here in Colorado we found/had buoys, fishing nets, an old lobster trap, a plastic lobster, lobster man boots, 
and a yellow lobster man slicker!


We covered the gallery walls with our Maine paintings.


And our friends, family, locals who used to live in Maine and heard about the show,
 and many more came to our first Friday opening.


Thank you all who came.  Thank you all who came "vicariously".  Thank you all who 
sent messages that you'll get there before the end of May.


Thanks to the other 7 artists.  What a great group with which to paint, to travel,
 and to plan and participate in a show!

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

The Maine Event


This Friday, May 2nd is the opening of a group show:  The Maine Event - Visions of coastal Maine through the eyes of 8 Colorado Springs artists.  Last fall, 8 artists and friends and family members, 16 of us total, headed to Maine to paint, etc.  We spent several days in the Rockland/Rockport area and more time out on Monhegan Island.  The show comprises our plein air and studio pieces.  For those of you who live locally, I hope you can get to the opening.  If not, please stop by the Boulder Street Gallery 206 North Tejon, Colorado Springs sometime during the month of May.  Thanks!

Monday, April 28, 2014

Spring Geraniums

Spring Geraniums
Oil  12" x 12"
$295.00 + $10. s/h

I bought these earlier this week at Costco.  They had such a great selection that I couldn't resist.  At this altitude, 6000 feet, we can have a frost any time before Mother's Day.  So, I'm carrying them in and out each night so that they don't freeze.  The plan was to paint them out on the deck, but it's been so windy the past two days, that this became a studio set up.

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Winnie The Pooh

Winnie The Pooh
Oil  8" x 8"
NFS

And yet another painting for a baby shower!  These are so much fun to paint!

Please let me know if you'd like me to paint something for a baby that you know!...or are soon to know.

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Little Monkey

Little Monkey
Oil  8" x 8"
NFS

This little guy is for a baby shower.  I had so much fun painting him!  I'm doing another one which I'll post soon.
Even though he's taken, please let me know if you'd like something for a baby gift!  I'd be happy to paint a gift for you, or someone special.  I can use your toys or mine.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Colorado Springs Airport



I recently hung artwork at the Colorado Springs Airport.
Hope those of you who are flying in and out have a chance to see the work by all of the artists.
  The art is hanging in a new location:  near the baggage claims.
 This display is through June, when another group of artist will rotate through.