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
8" x 6" oil
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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
8" x 6" oil
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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
plein air oil  6" x 8"
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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
plein air oil  6" x 8"
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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
oil  6" x 6"
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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
plein air oil  6" x 6"
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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.

Friday, March 4, 2016

Flora

Flora
plein air oil  6" x 6"
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All paintings sold in March will be sent in early April.  I apologize for the inconvenience.

This flower was in the garden of our hotel in Barra de Potosi, Mexico.  I kept wanting to paint it a bold orange, but it was a peach flower, so I stuck with what I saw.

Barra de Potosi is a small fishing village about 20 minutes south of Zihuatanejo on the Pacific coast.  The town is about 6 square blocks of dirt streets with a few hotels, a few small restaurants, a few tourists.  Interestingly, on the weekends many busses come filled with people from Mexico City (about 3 hours away) who want to spend the day at the beach.  For days I couldn't figure out why there were so many restaurants along the beach and lagoon, and why they all had so many tables when there were maybe 6-8 people at each location.  I later found out.  The town is very quiet and peaceful during the week.

Monday, February 29, 2016

Wall Shadow

Wall Shadow
plein air oil  8" x 6"
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These flowers were growing over the garden wall, from the restaurant next door, of our hotel in Barra de Potosi, Mexico.  The wall shadows changed so quickly, I blocked them in first, didn't change them, and painted the rest from there.

As with all of my paintings this winter, paintings sold before March 30th will be mailed in early April.  I apologize for the inconvenience.

Sunday, February 28, 2016

Quick Wave



Quick Wave
plein air oil  8" x 6"
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I've painted a lot of beach scenes, but usually palm trees, still water, things that don't move.  This is one of the few times that I've tried painting waves plein air.  Obviously the challenge is the quick movement of the waves.  I blocked in one wave and tried to quickly paint it in even as it rolled back into the sea while I was painting.  I'd wait for the next wave and try to get the colors from there without changing the shape I'd just blocked in.  It was challenging, but actually kind of fun.  I think I'll try another next time we're at the beach.

Friday, February 19, 2016

Just A Little Bit Of Shade

Just A Little Bit Of Shade
plein air oil  6" x 8"
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I got to the beach in the late afternoon on our first day in Barra de Potosi, Mexico.  The sun was headed west, so there wasn't too much shade left for shadows from the tree (they were blocked by other trees) or for me to stand under.  Never the less, there was just enough shade to get paint this piece.  However, there were a lot of no-see-ums!  Still, I love my life!

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Buganvillia

Buganvillia
Oil  6" x 8"
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Day 16 of 30
Once again I'm participating in the 30 in 30 painting challenge i.e.:  paint 30 paintings in 30 days.  I'm not able to paint every day for 30 days in January, but I'm going to paint as much as I can.  My theme for this challenge is "Paintings From Mexico."  My husband and I love Mexico, we've been there many times and we'll be there much of this winter (we are so lucky to have the most wonderful house sitter), thus, my theme.  I'll post as often as I can.  When I don't have new paintings from Mexico I'm going to throw in some oldies but goodies on my blog.  But, to stick with the challenge I'll only post the new ones on the challenge blog.  Enjoy!

This is another piece from Puerta Vallarta.  I love the architecture, weather, people, ease of getting there from Colorado.  It's great to walk around and see all of the buildings.  Walking up and down the Malecon (sidewalk area along the beach) is fascinating at any hour of the day.  It's incredible people watching.  

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Mexican Roof

Mexican Roof
Oil  6" x 6"
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Day 14 of 30
Once again I'm participating in the 30 in 30 painting challenge i.e.:  paint 30 paintings in 30 days.  I'm not able to paint every day for 30 days in January, but I'm going to paint as much as I can.  My theme for this challenge is "Paintings From Mexico."  My husband and I love Mexico, we've been there many times and we'll be there much of this winter (we are so lucky to have the most wonderful house sitter), thus, my theme.  I'll post as often as I can.  When I don't have new paintings from Mexico I'm going to throw in some oldies but goodies on my blog.  But, to stick with the challenge I'll only post the new ones on the challenge blog.  Enjoy!

All paintings sold will be mailed in April.  I apologize for the big delay and inconvenience.


These are roof tops from Puerta Vallarta.  I have to say that we love Puerta Vallarta.  While the beaches are not spectacular, the town is wonderful.  It's a combination of old Mexico and tourism.  The town in filled with ex-pats who seem to blend easily with the Mexicans.  It's a wonderful place.  Great weather, lots to do, interesting architecture, quaint.  I can't say enough about it!

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Take A Seat

Take A Seat
plein air oil  6" x 8"
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Day 12 of 30
Once again I'm participating in the 30 in 30 painting challenge i.e.:  paint 30 paintings in 30 days.  I'm not able to paint every day for 30 days in January, but I'm going to paint as much as I can.  My theme for this challenge is "Paintings From Mexico."  My husband and I love Mexico, we've been there many times and we'll be there much of this winter (we are so lucky to have the most wonderful house sitter), thus, my theme.  I'll post as often as I can.  When I don't have new paintings from Mexico I'm going to throw in some oldies but goodies on my blog.  But, to stick with the challenge I'll only post the new ones on the challenge blog.  Enjoy!

All paintings sold will be mailed in April.  I apologize for the big delay and inconvenience.


This Mexican chair is from our room in Puerta Vallarta.  Again, I love the bright colors used in Mexico.    I think it makes every thing seem happy!  The people all seem so happy;  maybe it's the colors they use.

Monday, January 11, 2016

Just Across The Way

Just Across The Way
plein air oil  6" x 8"
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Day 11 of 30
Once again I'm participating in the 30 in 30 painting challenge i.e.:  paint 30 paintings in 30 days.  I'm not able to paint every day for 30 days in January, but I'm going to paint as much as I can.  My theme for this challenge is "Paintings From Mexico."  My husband and I love Mexico, we've been there many times and we'll be there much of this winter (we are so lucky to have the most wonderful house sitter), thus, my theme.  I'll post as often as I can.  When I don't have new paintings from Mexico I'm going to throw in some oldies but goodies on my blog.  But, to stick with the challenge I'll only post the new ones on the challenge blog.  Enjoy!

All paintings sold will be mailed in April.  I apologize for the big delay and inconvenience.


This is the view from our room in Puerta Vallarta.  I love the bright colors that are so often seen in Mexican architecture.  In Colorado most of the houses are soft earth tones, making a feeling of calmness.  In Mexico the colors are so bright and bold, but just seem to work.

Saturday, January 9, 2016

Tropical Shadow

Tropical Shadow
Oil  20" x 20"
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Day 9 of 30
Once again I'm participating in the 30 in 30 painting challenge i.e.:  paint 30 paintings in 30 days.  I'm not able to paint every day for 30 days in January, but I'm going to paint as much as I can.  My theme for this challenge is "Paintings From Mexico."  My husband and I love Mexico, we've been there many times and we'll be there much of this winter (we are so lucky to have the most wonderful house sitter), thus, my theme.  I'll post as often as I can.  When I don't have new paintings from Mexico I'm going to throw in some oldies but goodies on my blog.  But, to stick with the challenge I'll only post the new ones on the challenge blog.  Enjoy!

All paintings sold will be mailed in April.  I apologize for the big delay and inconvenience.


This wall was on Holbox Island, off the northern coast of the Yucatan.  We walked by it everyday.  Of course, depending on the time of day the shadows were always different.  But, no matter what time of day, I stopped and looked at the shadows.  Not sure if it was the shadow shapes, colors, or color of the wall, but it drew me.  



Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Ceramica Mexicana

Ceramica Mexicana
oil  11" x 14"
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Day 5 of 30
Once again I'm participating in the 30 in 30 painting challenge i.e.:  paint 30 paintings in 30 days.  I'm not able to paint every day for 30 days in January, but I'm going to paint as much as I can.  My theme for this challenge is "Paintings From Mexico."  My husband and I love Mexico, we've been there many times and we'll be there much of this winter (we are so lucky to have the most wonderful house sitter), thus, my theme.  I'll post as often as I can.  When I don't have new paintings from Mexico I'm going to throw in some oldies but goodies on my blog.  But, to stick with the challenge I'll only post the new ones on the challenge blog.  Enjoy!

All paintings sold will be mailed in April.  I apologize for the big delay and inconvenience.

These Mexican pots were found here in Colorado Springs at Hillside Gardens.  They are a beautiful garden store and wedding facility that has a wonderful view of Pikes Peak.  There is so much Mexican pottery in every color imaginable that there are path ways which you can walk through the pots!

Monday, January 4, 2016

Soothing Sound

Soothing Sound
Oil  20" x 16"
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Day 4 0f 30

Once again I'm participating in the 30 in 30 painting challenge i.e.:  paint 30 paintings in 30 days.  I'm not able to paint every day for 30 days in January, but I'm going to paint as much as I can.  My theme for this challenge is "Paintings From Mexico."  My husband and I love Mexico, we've been there many times and we'll be there much of this winter (we are so lucky to have the most wonderful house sitter), thus, my theme.  I'll post as often as I can.  When I don't have new paintings from Mexico I'm going to throw in some oldies but goodies on my blog.  But, to stick with the challenge I'll only post the new ones on the challenge blog.  Enjoy!

All paintings sold will be mailed in April.  I apologize for the big delay and inconvenience.

This is another piece done from our trip to Holbox Island, off the coast of the northern Yucatan.  I loved the peacefulness of the water this day.  Oceans aren't always this calm, this colorful, this turquoise.  But, when they are, you can sit for hours and just look at them.


Sunday, January 3, 2016

There Is A Magic About The Sea

There Is A Magic About The Sea
Oil  20" x 16"
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Day 3 of 30

Once again I'm participating in the 30 in 30 painting challenge i.e.:  paint 30 paintings in 30 days.  I'm not able to paint every day for 30 days in January, but I'm going to paint as much as I can.  My theme for this challenge is "Paintings From Mexico."  My husband and I love Mexico, we've been there many times and we'll be there much of this winter (we are so lucky to have the most wonderful house sitter), thus, my theme.  I'll post as often as I can.  When I don't have new paintings from Mexico I'm going to throw in some oldies but goodies on my blog.  But, to stick with the challenge I'll only post the new ones on the challenge blog.  Enjoy!

All paintings sold will be mailed in April.  I apologize for the big delay and inconvenience.
This painting was done from a photo that I took on Holbox Island.  This island is about 7 miles of the northern coast of the Yucatan.  We spent a week on Holbox and had rain, clouds, and sun.  The ocean was different in everyone of those conditions.  I love how the ocean changes.


Friday, January 1, 2016

Terra Cotta Pottery

Terra Cotta Pottery
Oil  11" x 14"
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Once again I'm participating in the 30 in 30 painting challenge i.e.:  paint 30 paintings in 30 days.  I'm not able to paint every day for 30 days in January, but I'm going to paint as much as I can.  My theme for this challenge is "Paintings From Mexico."  My husband and I love Mexico, we've been there many times and we'll be there much of this winter (we are so lucky to have the most wonderful house sitter), thus, my theme.  I'll post plein air work while in Mexico, some paintings (like this one) of Mexican objects, some paintings from photos that I've taken in Mexico.   I'll post as often as I can. When I don't have new paintings from Mexico I'm going to throw in some oldies but goodies on my blog.  But, to stick with the challenge I'll only post the new ones on the challenge blog.  Enjoy!

Paintings sold this winter will be mailed in April..I apologize for the inconvenience.

This painting was started at Casa Crystal Store here in Colorado Springs.  The store has every thing Mexican that you can imagine...rugs, pottery, sculptures, masks, glass ware, carved wood.  I love this store.  I've taken many guests there.  These pots were among hundreds in the out door area of the shop.  I wasn't able to complete this in one plein air setting, so finished the last bit of it from a photo.

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Moo-ve Along

Moo-ve Along
oil  12" x 12" on cradled panel
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I loved the way this cow just stared at me.  She kept her eye on me the whole time that I was watching her.  Kind of like a dare who could stare the longest.  I also loved how she stayed behind the chamisas!

Happy New Year to all of you!  May the New Year bring you health and happiness.

Saturday, December 19, 2015

Aspen Grove

Aspen Grove
plein air oil  9" x 12"
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One last one from South Park Plein Air Arts Celebration Event.  This morning I had planned on painting a windmill.  I've driven past this windmill hundreds of times and thought it would make a great plein air piece.  However, the wind came up, I was out in the middle of nothing (there's lots of nothing near this spot)  my umbrella blew away, the dirt was all over me.  So, I decided to paint something else.  I drove back into town to find a location out of the wind.  I loved this grove.  It was calm and quiet on this dirt road.  No wind, no dirt.

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Old Bristlecone Pines

Old Bristlecone Pines
plein air oil  12" x 12"
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This plein air piece is from earlier this fall near Fariplay, CO when I participated in the South Park Plein Air Arts Celebration plein air event.  One day we painted at Bristlecone View Ranch just outside of Fairplay.  This grove of trees was a bit away from the ranch and covered most of a hillside.  I looked up bristlecone pine in Wikipedia and found this:

All three species are long-lived and highly resilient to harsh weather and bad soils. One of the three species, Pinus longaeva, is the longest-lived life form on Earth; the oldest individual is more than 5,000 years old,[1] making it the oldest known individual of any species.
Despite their potential age and low reproductive rate, bristlecone pines, particularly Pinus longaeva, are usually a first succession species, tending to occupy new open ground.[2]They generally compete poorly in less-than-harsh environments, making them hard to cultivate.[2] In gardens, they succumb quickly to root rot.[3] They do very well, however, where most other plants cannot even grow, such as in rocky dolomitic soils in areas with virtually no rainfall.[2]
Bristlecone pine grow in scattered subalpine groves at high altitude in arid regions of the Western United States. The name comes from the prickles on the female cones.[4]

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Old Odd Fellows Building

Old Odd Fellows Building
Oil 14" x 11"
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This building is on Front Street in Fairplay, CO.  As the title says, it's the old Odd Fellows building.  Although, it might still be the location of the Odd Fellows.  I googled "historic buildings in Fairplay" and found this:  The building on the right served several purposes. Among the ground floor tenants were Hathaway’s Bank and later the Patriotic Order of the Sons of America. The longest occupant of this building has been the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, which has met upstairs for 125 years.  

So, if the Odd Fellows Lodge is upstairs, maybe I should change the title.  Although, the building is still old.  This started as a plein air painting, but a few of the details were finished in my studio.

Monday, December 7, 2015

Summer Bouquet

Summer Bouquet
Oil  10" x 8"
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The bouquet was done late this past summer.  I love cosmos!  They seem so happy.  We should all be grateful for the happinesses in our lives!

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Meandering River

Meandering River
plein air oil  16" x 12"
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This piece was done in September in South Park as part of the Plein Air Event.  For people who live in locations with "normal" rivers this one is pretty small!  I loved the blue water against the blue mountains!

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Cowboy Hats

Cowboy Hats
plein air oil  14" x 11"
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Earlier this fall I participated in the South Park Plein Air Arts Festival in Fairplay, CO.  This piece was painted one afternoon at Bristlecone View Ranch, just outside of Fairplay.  The ranch had an incredible barn, which was filled with historic western memorabilia.  The owners set out all kinds of props for us to use in paintings.  That afternoon was very windy, so I set up this still life right outside of the barn and stood at the barn entrance, where I was in the shade and out of the wind, to paint.

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Amber Waves Of Grain

Amber Waves Of Grain
plein air oil  9" x 12"
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We were lucky to have had so much rain this past summer in Colorado.  It certainly made for great greens all summer and those greens became beautiful ochres and ambers this past fall.  This is another piece that I painted on our late September trip to Mancos, CO.  I loved all of the golden fields.

Katherine Lee Bates wrote "America The Beautiful" after a trip to Colorado Springs.  But, I think the words apply to Mancos, and I'm sure fields in other Colorado towns as well.

I photoed this painting dozens of times.  There are a few lighter highlights in the bottom grasses that wouldn't get quite light enough, no matter what lighting I used to photo.  Frustrating.