Friday, August 29, 2014

I've Been Down So Many Paths

I've Been Down So Many Paths
Oil  11" x 14"
$295.00 + $10. s/h

This is another piece from this summer in Bear Creek Park.  This has been a wonderful summer in Colorado Springs.  The last two summers were awful, with fires that destroyed so many homes.  This summer we've had lots of rain and it's green everywhere!!  Right now the fields and meadows are filled with wild flowers.  There are lots of what I call "sunflowers", although that's not really what they are.  They're more like tall wild black eyed Susans or daisies, or short, small sunflowers.  But, nevertheless, it's beautiful here!  Another painting out there just waiting for me!

Friday, August 22, 2014

Wandering Meadow

Wandering Meadow
Oil  8" x 10"
$195.00 + $10. s//h

This is another painting that I did earlier this summer in Bear Creek Park.  I love this park!  Our house sits right next to it and I've walked it's paths thousands of times over the years.  I've painted dozens of pictures of different parts of it (it's 670 acres) in all seasons.  This summer we've had way more rain than normal and the park has been spectacular!  Gorgeous colors of the grasses, wild flowers, even the weeds seem beautiful when they're green!  

The lavender in the painting is what we call cheat grass.  I'm sure that it has a biological, or scientific name, but I don't know what that is.  It's since changed colors and now is more amber.  Earlier the shades of lavender and purple were spectacular!  Of course, now on breezy days we have....you guessed it...."amber waves of grain!!"  Katherine Lee Bates wrote the song after she'd visited Colorado Springs!!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Further In

Further In
Oil  8" x 6"
$100.00 + $10. s/h

We live near Bear Creek Park.  I walk the paths of this park regularly.  I've painted different locations in Bear Creek Park dozens of times over the years.  This plein air piece was done last month.  This summer we've had more rain than normal in Colorado and the park is so green, the grasses and weeds are so tall, the wild flowers are prolific!  I love paintings with paths.  They make me wonder what's around the bend.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Then God Made Wine

Then God Made Wine
Oil  6" x 6"
SOLD

I'm thrilled that this painting is off to a wedding shower!  May the bride and groom have much happiness, love and laughter.  Cheers!

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Dancing Wolf Gallery





I'm thrilled that several of my paintings are now at Dancing Wolf Gallery in Elbert, Colorado.  
Stop by the gallery if you're out in Elbert.  I love small western towns!
Thank you Dancing Wolf!

Monday, August 11, 2014

Oriental Butterflies

Oriental Butterflies
Oil on stretched canvas  20" x 10"
$395.00 + $10. s/h

This is the third of my violet iris series.  It's the fifth iris painting of this summer.  I love painting iris. They're a soft, gentle flower.  I love being out doors and how great is it to just paint in my own back yard!  These three violet iris paintings have all been of the tall, bearded iris from IRIS4U Gardens in Denver.

Below are some of the iris at IRIS4U.  My husband and I have gone there to buy iris.  My
 plein air group, Garden Artists, has gone there several times to paint!






Saturday, August 9, 2014

Amethystine Night


Amethystine Night
Oil on stretched canvas  20" x 10"
$395.00 + $10. s/h

This is another iris from earlier this summer in our back yard.  I'm not really sure what amethyst looks like at night, but I think this title sounds great!  Sometimes to help me with my titles I use Google.  For this one I googled "poems about purple, poems about iris".  It's so interesting what you find out there!

For example I found a site about colors and it told me this about purple:

"Frequently in opinion polls, the colour purple is rated as one of the most popular of all hues. It can be deep and luxurious in tone, and indeed for more than a thousand years was considered to be the most imperial of colours - a colour which signified in a very real sense, great affluence and power." 





Thursday, August 7, 2014

Purple Passion


Purple Passion
Oil on wrapped canvas  20" x 10"
$395.00 + $10. s/h

This is a painting that I did earlier this summer in our backyard.  We purchased these tall hybrid iris from IRUS4U Gardens in Denver.  They specialize in tall bearded iris.  




It's so interesting to post these pictures.  The garden is so different right now!!  We've had so much rain in Colorado this summer (yeah!)  that everything is extra big, extra green.


Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Ice Lake

Ice Lake
Oil  9" x 12"
SOLD

This is a commission of a small local lake that I did for friend.  We hiked one morning up to the lake so that I could take pictures.  I'd never been to this spot.  I hiked back another evening to get more pictures.  This piece was done from one of the evening hike photos.  Sometimes luck is with us.  The evening light was perfect, the water was smooth, the clouds were beautiful, the reflections great!  Thank you Leslie!

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Old Time Gardening

Old Time Gardening
Oil  6" x 6"
$100.00 + $10. s/h

I painted this awhile ago when out with my plein air group, Garden Artists.  We've met every Tuesday and Thursday morning, from May to September, for the last 10 - 12 years.  We paint in local parks, gardens, homes, museums;  anywhere that we can make arrangements.  Come join us if you live near by!  We now have a FaceBook page.

I love gardening.  My husband and I have a great backyard garden which I've painted and posted about many times.  I do have a watering can.  It mostly gets used on the upper deck where the hose and sprinkler system don't reach!

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Lantern Shadow

Lantern Shadow
Oil  8" x 6"
$100.00 + $10. s/h

Earlier this summer my plein air group, Garden Artists, painted at the Broadmoor Hotel.  I had two wipe-outs before I spotted this lantern shadow.  I love painting shadows and have painted many in lots of different locations in our trips and travels.  I think the comfort of painting something that I love painting allowed me to get through my earlier frustrations that morning.  Do you ever have a time when your paintings aren't working or when artists' block is staring you in the face?  Go to your comfort zone.  It works!

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."