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
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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.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Early Morning

Early Morning
Oil  24" x 30"
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This is the sunrise view from the edge of our backyard.  It's looking out over Bear Creek Park.  Depending on what time I get up, I have this view from our kitchen window, although now, there are trees that I have to peek through.  Never the less, I am greeted in the early morning hours by a beautiful sky.  I've painted this scene dozens of times and never tire of it.  It's hard to tire of amazing colors spread out across the sky!

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Old Church Lantern

Old Church Lantern
plein air oil 8" x 10"
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This painting was done in Florence, CO., about 45 minutes south of Colorado Springs.  I was there this fall for a plein air event.  I kept wanting to make the building brighter, but stuck with the wonderful muted color of the stucco.

Once upon a time, this building was a Presbyterian Church.  But, as with many small towns that have churches of every denomination on very other corner, many of the churches combined and made a Community Church.  This church is now a private home.  When the home owners saw me painting near their house, they invited me in to see the renovations.  It was spectacular!  The alter had become the kitchen, the pews were gone from the main area and it was a wonderful, spacious living and dining area.  The upstairs choir area had become the master bedroom.  It was just amazing!

It's fun how sometimes you meet different people and get invited to somewhere you'd never get to see when you're out painting and people come to meet you and talk with you!

Monday, January 9, 2017

Purple Finch

Purple Finch
8" x 8" oil on stretched canvas
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This little Purple Finch was on the tree right off of our deck.  We feed the birds in the winter.  There are dozens of birds waiting around for fresh bread crumbs (we buy day old bread at the grocery store and break apart 2 pieces every day) and/or bird seed.  The last few days have been pretty cold and snowy (so we splurged and put out extra bread crumbs!)

My dad was a semi-professional ornithologist.  He kept his life bird list.  As kids, when we went hiking in the woods we would carry paper attached to a board with a string tied to it so that we could record the birds that we saw.  I thought all children walked through the woods that way.....little did I know!  My mother-in-law also loved nature and birds.  She passed that love onto my husband who can not only identify almost every bird we ever see, but can also identify birds by there call, and can mimic bird calls.  I guess we all have our secret talents!  Anyway, all of the family bird history led to us feeding the birds, which led to me painting this little guy.

This winter we're going on several exotic bird trips.  I'll write about those in the future.  And post my thoughts and (hopefully) paintings for you to see.

Monday, December 5, 2016

House On The Corner

House On the Corner
plein air oil  8" x 10"
$195.00 + $10. s/h
Holiday Sale  $156.00
SOLD

In mid October I participated in the "Florence Paint The Town Plein Air Event" in Florence, CO.  Florence is a small, rural town about 50 minutes south of Colorado Springs.  It's a fun event as there are so many great things to paint every where you look:  landscapes, the Arkansas River, ranches, old buildings, and so much more!

The last morning of the event is a Quick Draw, where you have 2 hours to paint anything that is in, or that you can see from, a small neighborhood park.  An old car or truck is brought in for the artists to paint, artifacts are set up on a picnic table, and sometimes a model is provided (usually in old western garb.)  After walking around the park searching for my subject, I saw a charming yellow house on the corner.  The light was creating a strong pattern on the side and I immediately knew that this was to be my painting.  I quickly drew a pencil sketch of where the light and shadows were as I knew it wouldn't last for more than a short time.  With in 30 minutes the entire wall of the house, except for one little corner, was in shadow.  I painted the light area as quickly as I could and used that corner as my color spot for the light.

It's so important to not chase the light when plein air painting.  Use your sketch as your reminder of the darks and lights.

The holidays are almost upon us.  For November and December I'm having a holiday studio sale.  All of my paintings are 25% off with free shipping.  Many of my paintings can be seen on my Daily Paintworks site, or scroll back through my blog.  Email me about any paintings that you would like and I'll send you a Paypal button with the reduced price!  Thank you!

Monday, November 28, 2016

Windmill On The Plains

Windmill On The Plains
12" x 9"  oil on stretched canvas
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I have a big series of photos of windmills.  I didn't realize it until I was edited my photos.  I guess I'm drawn to their history, the past life on the plains.  You often see a windmill out on the plains just sitting in the middle of nowhere.  But, you know that it was once sitting in the middle of something.  I like the peaks of clouds behind the blades.

The holidays are almost upon us.  For November and December I'm having a holiday studio sale.  All of my paintings are 25% off with free shipping.  Many of my paintings can be seen on my Daily Paintworks site, or scroll back through my blog.  Email me about any paintings that you would like and I'll send you a Paypal button with the reduced price!  Thank you!

Monday, November 21, 2016

In The Canyon



In the Canyon
plein air oil  9" x 12"
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Fall is a beautiful time in Colorado, really almost everywhere I think.  The weather is great, the colors are amazing, the days are warm. It's my favorite time to paint.  This was painted in 11 Mile Canyon, about 1 1/2 hours west of Colorado Springs.  The sun could only reach part of the scene which created a strong dark, contrasting background.  Sometimes Mother Nature knows how to work her magic!

The holidays are almost upon us.  For November and December I'm having a holiday studio sale.  All of my paintings are 25% off with free shipping.  Many of my paintings can be seen on my Daily Paintworks site, or scroll back through my blog.  Email me about any paintings that you would like and I'll send you a Paypal button with the reduced price!  Thank you!

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Early Fall Aspen

Early Fall Aspen
plein air oil  11" x 14"
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This was painted in September just when the aspen leaves were starting to change.  I love painting the fall colors.  The early change is especially fun to paint as there are still green leaves amongst the many yellows.

The holidays are almost upon us.  For November and December I'm having a holiday studio sale.  All of my paintings are 25% off with free shipping.  Many of my paintings can be seen on my Daily Paintworks site, or scroll back through my blog.  Email me about any paintings that you would like and I'll send you a Paypal button with the reduced price!  Thank you!

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Rhododendrons

Rhododendrons
plein air oil  10" x 8"
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A plein air painting from this summer.  I was in a garden here in Colorado Springs, which had amazing rhododendrons in the back yard.  I so rarely see them and just couldn't resist painting them.  It was a fun and challenging painting which required simplifying the shapes and mixing so many whites.

The holidays are almost upon us.  For November and December I'm having a holiday studio sale.  All of my paintings are 25% off with free shipping.  Many of my paintings can be seen on my Daily Paintworks site, or scroll back through my blog.  Email me about any paintings that you would like and I'll send you a Paypal button with the reduced price!  Thank you!

Friday, November 18, 2016

Watering Can

Watering Can
plein air oil  8" x 8"
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This is another plein air piece from late summer.  I guess I've been slow to post.  My plein air group was invited to a home of "gardeners".  Their yard and gardens were spectacular!

The holidays are almost upon us.  For November and December I'm having a holiday studio sale.  All of my paintings are 25% off with free shipping.  Many of my paintings can be seen on my Daily Paintworks site, or scroll back through my blog.  Email me about any paintings that you would like and I'll send you a Paypal button with the reduced price!  Thank you!

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Flame Red

Flame Red
plein air oil  8" x 8"
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This plein air painting was done late in August in a garden not too far from my house....I seem to have several summer paintings still to post!  The geraniums on our deck had large blossoms.  This variety had numerous, small blossoms.  I loved the shadow it created.

The holidays are almost upon us.  For November and December I'm having a holiday studio sale.  All of my paintings are 25% off with free shipping.  Many of my paintings can be seen on my Daily Paintworks site, or scroll back through my blog.  Email me about any paintings that you would like and I'll send you a Paypal button with the reduced price!  Thank you!


Monday, November 7, 2016

Winding Its Way


Winding Its Way
plein air oil  9" x 12"
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$221.25 - holiday sale

This is another plein air piece from our summer trip to Salida.  This one's also along the Arkansas River, but not in a shady spot.  The umbrella certainly keeps my canvas and palette in the shade, but I was hot!  


The holidays are almost upon us.  For November and December I'm having a holiday studio sale.  All of my paintings are 25% off with free shipping.  Many of my paintings can be seen on my Daily Paintworks site, or scroll back through my blog.  Email me about any paintings that you would like and I'll send you a Paypal button with the reduced price!  Thank you!

Sunday, November 6, 2016

River's Everlasting Flow


River's Everlasting Flow
plein air oil  9" x 12"
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This plein air painting was done this past summer in Salida, CO.  Salida (population more or less  5500) is about 3 hours from Colorado Springs.  The Arkansas River runs right through downtown Salida adding a wonderful feel to the town.  There are regularly kayakers, fisherman, rafters, etc using the Arkansas.  We did a float trip one afternoon.  There are lots of galleries and studios in the downtown as well.  I love visiting Salida.  It sits in a beautiful agricultural valley.


It's wonderful when I can set up and paint in a shady area!  And I really like listening
 to the waters' music while I paint!


The holidays are almost upon us.  For November and December I'm having a holiday studio sale.  All of my paintings are 25% off with free shipping.  Many of my paintings can be seen on my Daily Paintworks site, or scroll back through my blog.  Email me about any paintings that you would like and I'll send you a Paypal button with the reduced price!  Thank you!




Friday, November 4, 2016

Old Wringer

Old Wringer
plein air oil  10" x 8"
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This old washing machine (and quite a few others) was sitting in a former garden supply store.  I loved the color!  Right away I knew I wanted to paint it.  I photoed the others in case I don't get back there soon to paint, although I imagine they'll be there next spring.

I'm sure that this washer was thought of as very modern and made washing and rinsing much easier!  After items were washed and rinsed, water had to be removed by twisting.  To help reduce this labor, the wringer/mangle machine was developed.  The mangle used two rollers under spring tension to squeeze water out of clothing and household linens.  Each laundry item would be fed though the wringer separately.  The first wringers were hand-cranked, but were eventually included as a powered attachment above the washer tub.  The wringer would be swung over the wash tub so that the extracted wash water would fall back into the tub to be reused for the next load.  I remember as a little girl, my mom had the washing machine set up so that the rinse water would go into a big sink and that water would be reused for the next load.

The holidays are almost upon us.  For November and December I'm having a holiday studio sale.  All of my paintings are 25% off with free shipping.  Many of my paintings can be seen on my Daily Paintworks site, or scroll back through my blog.  Email me about any paintings that you would like and I'll send you a Paypal button with the reduced price!  Thank you!




Monday, October 31, 2016

Harvest Baskets

Harvest Baskets
plein air oil  11" x 14"
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This painting is "sort of" plein air.  I had planned on painting in a nearby orchard.  The day turned out to be very, very windy.  The orchard has a large store with seasonal produce, jams, etc for sale.  The front of the store is several large garage doors.  So, I stood inside out of the wind to paint this.  Is that plein air?  Or is it just all prima, since I was not quite out doors?