Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Sit and Watch

Sit and Watch
Oil  5" x 7"
$100.00 + $10. s/h
On the mornings when I get up early enough, this is the view out of our kitchen deck doors (although, the trees have grown and I do see a bit less than this!)  I don't need to be in a hurry to get anywhere, so when the sunrise is spectacular, as it often is, I try to just sit and watch it while enjoying my morning cup of coffee. 
 
I have posted many morning sunrises on my blog.  I painted this sunrise, and 3 other skies last week.  It was the perfect time for me to paint them as it fit in with the DPW weekly challenge, which was "skies".  And, I sold 5 sky paintings at Summerland Gardens, Gifts and Gallery.  All in all a good week!  Beautiful sunrises here in Colorado Springs, great sales, and time to Sit and Watch!

Monday, October 29, 2012

Old Wooden Door

Santa Fe Fling
Old Wooden Door
Oil 6" x 6"
$100.00 + $10. s/h



I loved this old house and door on Canyon Road in Santa Fe.  Canyon Road has lots of great galleries, but it has wonderful architecture.  Every building is unique, every tucked away garden makes you want to sit and rest, every door makes you want to push it open.

In case you missed last Mondays intro to our Santa Fe Fling, here's a re-cap of what I posted then:  Santa Fe is famous for many things, one of them being its' old adobe architecture and wooden doors.  I've been there many times, it's just under five hours from Colorado Springs to Santa Fe.  I was there most recently several weeks ago for a workshop.  While there I headed to Canyon Road several times.  I photoed doors and buildings on that road as well as in several neighborhoods while driving around with Kelley MacDonald.

Kelley and I became friends four years ago in Santa Fe at a workshop, saw each other again two years ago in Austin at a workshop, and again last month.  (Many of the same people were in all three workshops...we planned it that way!)  We both love the doors and buildings, said that we wanted to paint them, got to talking about it and we're both going to be posting our Santa Fe influenced pieces every Monday.  So, hope you like these doors, and look for our next "Santa Fe Fling" paintings next week!

Here's Kelley's door:




Thursday, October 25, 2012

Early Fall Morning

Early Fall Morning
Oil  9" x 12"
$195.00 + $10. s/h

This is about the same spot as the painting I posted on September 23rd.  There's a spring that bubbles up out of the ground making the soil spongey and soft.  The water then flows to meet up with the South Platte River.  I love the warm fall colors.  I think it's my favorite time to paint.

Monday, October 22, 2012

Let's Peek Inside!


Santa Fe Fling
Let's Peek Inside!
8" x 6"  Oil
SOLD

Santa Fe is famous for many things, one of them being its' old adobe architecture and wooden doors.  I've been there many times, it's just under five hours from Colorado Springs to Santa Fe.  I was there most recently several weeks ago for a workshop.  While there I headed to Canyon Road several times.  I photoed doors and buildings on that road as well as in several neighborhoods while driving around with Kelley MacDonald.

Kelley and I became friends four years ago in Santa Fe at a workshop, saw each other again two years ago in Austin at a workshop, and again last month.  (Many of the same people were in all three workshops...we planned it that way!)  We both love the doors and buildings, said that we wanted to paint them, got to talking about it and we're both going to be posting our Santa Fe influenced pieces every Monday.  So, hope you like these doors, and look for our next "Santa Fe Fling" paintings next week!


Here's Kelley's door!  But you've got to go to her blog!  Her paintings are wonderful!

Friday, October 19, 2012

Great September Day


Great September Day
Oil  6" x 8"
$100.00 + $10. s/h
SOLD
Autumn is my favorite season.  I love the weather.  I love the cool Colorado nights.  I love the warm colors in the landscapes.  September is usually gorgeous here, and this year was no exception.  October has been equally as beautiful.  We've had incredible, warm days for several weeks!

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Jewel of a Flower - Coreopsis # 2

Jewel of a Flower - Coreopsis #2
6" x 6"  Oil
$100.00 + $10. s/h


I often paint two or three of the same subject at a time.  That certainly makes sense with flowers, as they're blooming at the same time.  I think that coreopsises (not sure what the plural would be...coreopsisi?)  look like little jewels dancing around the garden.

While there aren't many flowers left in our yard, the weather here in Colorado Springs has been unbelievable this week.  Our altitude is 6,000 feet, so October can be beautiful, or it can already be winter!

We live right next to Bear Creek Park, an almost 700 acre county park.  This is what it looks like right now:




I love this sign!   Do the park officials really think that the deer will stay on this path??!!

Monday, October 15, 2012

Corepsis


Coreopsis
6" x 6"  Oil
$100.00 + $10. s/h
I painted this coreopsis in September.  I think that they look great in a garden, adding a strong, wonderful yellow border.



Here they are in two different spots in our garden (earlier in the summer).

Saturday, October 13, 2012

The Smallest Bowl

The Smallest Bowl
6" x 6"  Oil
$75.00 + $10. s/h

I have a set of five stainless steel bowls.  This is the smallest of them.  The largest gets used only occasionally, as it is really large!!  The next time I paint this bowl I'm going to move the set up a bit closer to me as I love the reflections of the crab apples inside the bowl.

Last night was the Opening of The Ranchlands Art Show at Fountain Valley School.  The show is on it's third of four stops.  I posted several times over the summer about the events and exhibitions resulting from the Artists Gathering at the Medano Zapata Ranch that I attended in June...(earlier post.)




Thursday, October 11, 2012

Flower Power

Flower Power
6" x 6"  Oil
$75.00 + $10. s/h

In this little piece the shadow has become almost as important as the flower.  I love the way my eye moves around the flower, around the shadow, around the vase shadow top, around the top of the vase, up the stem and then moves all over again!

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Pudding Dish

Pudding Dish
6" x 6"  Oil
$75.00 + $10. s/h

I spent last week in Santa Fe taking an advanced workshop from Carol Marine.  I have to say that it was a great week.  For six of us it was the third workshop that we've taken together, so it was a mini reunion.  The rest of the class was "new" but we all became friends quickly.  

The first day of the class was spent painting whites and grays.  The second day was spent on glass and flowers.  So, I combined them both for this set up.  This little pudding dish belonged to my husband's grandmother.  We have a set of six.  I think I'm going to use them more in future paintings.



We stayed at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Retreat Center.  It was a beautiful campus.