Sunday, December 23, 2018

Merry Christmas!

I want to wish you all a Merry Christmas!
May you have a wonderful day filled with family, friends, and the Christmas spirit.

This is an oldie, but goodie!  One of my favorite ornament paintings.
"Make The Season Bright"
Oil  6" x 6"
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Friday, December 14, 2018

Wall Of Light

Wall Of Light
Oil  12" x 12"
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I love the light and shadow that is created on buildings.  It's so beautiful the way the light creeps around the building edge.  The line where light meets shadow causes a wonderful juxtaposition of warm and cool.

This is a wall from a past trip to Puerta Vallarta that somehow I never posted.  Enjoy!

Friday, December 7, 2018

Looks Like France To Me!

Looks Like France!
plein air oil  10" x 8"
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This door is not in France!  It's here in Colorado.  But, blue and yellow makes me think of France.  You often see blue and yellow table cloths and dishes from France.

I drove around Florence, CO looking for a door to paint.  I drove by this house several times and kept looking at it.  I think that the woman sitting out front must have thought I was nuts.  Finally, I pulled up and asked her if I could paint her door.  She looked at me like I was nuts.  But, paint away I did.  Her 3 kids kept running in and out to see what I was painting.  Every time the door mat kept moving! All part of the charm.

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

What's Inside?

What's Inside?
Plein air Oil  11" x 14"
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I love old western barns.  I wonder about their age, the animals, tools, old "things" that might be inside of them.  They seem to tell a story of the present and the past.  I wonder how long they've been standing and how much longer they'll stand.  

This barn was on a road outside of Florence, CO.  I posted the plein air start of the piece earlier this fall.  I parked nearby to set up to paint.  There were horses in the corral.  The ranch seemed friendly, and no one might not have cared if I walked up and peeked inside.  But, I didn't.  Would you have?

Friday, November 23, 2018

Small Business Saturday

Tomorrow is Small Business Saturday.  All paintings in the Upstairs Gallery 
will be marked down 20% for this event!  I think this is such a wonderful 
newish movement.  According to wikipedia:
"Small Business Saturday is an American shopping holiday held on the Saturday after 
US Thanksgiving during one of the busiest shopping periods of the year."
So, enjoy this "shopping holiday" here in Colorado Springs, or wherever you 
live and shop.  Funny, I thought that holidays were religious or patriotically based. I realize that they can be consumer based!  

Thursday, November 15, 2018

G44 Gallery Holiday Show

Tomorrow, Friday November 16th, is the opening of the 6th Annual 
G44 Gallery Holiday Show.  I hope that if you're in the 
Colorado Springs area, you can stop by G44, 1785 S. 8th Street,
 during the opening or any time until December 22nd.  
50 artists are exhibiting their paintings.
Paintings make great gifts!

Saturday, November 10, 2018

This Week's Portrait

For about a year and a half I've been taking a weekly portrait class.  
I don't consider myself a portrait painter by any means, but the class has been 
enjoyable and challenging!   A wonderful break from landscapes and still life. 
 I haven't posted any of the paintings, as "once online, always online"!   
And, I'm not sure that I want any of them out there forever!  
But, this week's was a fun pose.  So, here's my start!

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Paint The Town...A few more pictures

During the week of the Paint The Town event in Florence, CO, Friday was designated 
as "town" day.  The idea was to paint with in a 6 block area of the old downtown.  
Florence, like many older towns, has lots of charming old buildings, both industrial 
buildings as well as lived in homes.  There's always a never endless body of work 
from which to choose.

My first painting on Friday was the upstairs window in a boarded up 2nd floor.  I was happy 
with the way this one turned out.  As you can see from the photo versus my painting, 
the light and shadow continued to change.  I did a quick sketch to start and stuck 
with that...trying not to "chase the light."

 On Saturday morning 4 framed paintings were turned in to the Bell Tower Arts Center.  
During the judging there was a "quick draw" at a local home.  The house was from 
around the turn of the century and had been lovingly restored.  The yard was filled 
with wonderful old trucks, tractors, antiques.   Again, so many things to paint in the 2 hour
time allotted.  I painted an old wash tub sitting on one of the back porches.

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Paint The Town Plein Air Event, Florence, CO

I recently participated in the "Paint The Town" Plein Air Event in Florence, CO.  Florence is 
about 35 miles south of us.  It is most known for its' antique stores in the downtown area 
and for having several prisons (including max-security!)
Here are pictures of the locations for my first 3 paintings. 
The week started out with cold and snow and finished with warm, 65 degree days!

I've painted lots of old barns.  I love their character, age, and color varieties.  Every time
 I paint an old barn or aging structure, I wonder about all of the stories that are hidden 
within the walls.
  I also wonder how long these relics will be standing.

With the ease of immediate posting on Instagram, I find myself posting less on my blog.  
I'm going to "try" to remedy that!

Thursday, October 4, 2018

Roux & Cyr International Fine Art Gallery, Portland, Maine

Restored To Perfection
Oil  9" x 12" 

Old Windmill
Oil  12" x 9"

Tomorrow night, Friday October 5th, is the opening of "Changes" at Roux & Cyr International Gallery in Portland, Maine.  I'm thrilled that these two paintings were juried into the show. If you live in the Portland area, I hope that you can stop by the gallery during October to see the exhibition.

I "met" Susan Roux, owner of the gallery many years ago online.  We've actually never met in person but have known each other for about 10 years.  She reached out to me last year to submit to a show.  I love how the internet has made gallery & show submissions, making friends & meeting people, selling art and so much more (think about social media!!) possible today!

Sunday, September 30, 2018

Back Alley

Back Alley
plein air oil  12" x 9"

Back Alley was the last painting from the recent South Park Plein Air Arts Celebration.  It was my "quick draw".  In many plein air events, the last morning is a quick painting.  In this event the paintings had to be done along Front Street, the main street in Fairplay, CO.  Or, in my case the Front Street alley also counted.

In a quick draw you have a limited time to paint....we had 2 hours, from 10 - 12.  Then, the paintings are turned in framed and at 1:00 an auction begins.  I've painted in the event for 5 years, and have scouted out the many locations along Front Street every year.  Front Street is about 7 blocks long.  I thought that I wanted to paint an alley scene.  When I saw the sun light on the buildings and trash can I knew I'd found my spot!  

The picture below was taken at 11:00, or halfway through the quick draw.  It's a fun event.  It makes you look, simplify the shapes, concentrate and paint!  The profits from the quick draw benefit the South Park Food Bank.

Friday, September 28, 2018

Log Cabin Door

Log Cabin Door
plein air oil 10" x 8"

I love painting doors.  I've painted doors in Mexico, Santa Fe, here in Colorado, Italy.  I love their character, their stories.  I wonder who walked through these doors.  What stories do they tell?  This door is at High Plains Ranch in Jefferson, CO.  This ranch was part of the recent South Park Plein Air Arts Celebration.  

Below is a picture of the whole cabin.  Most of the time while I was painting it was bright and sunny. The ranch was homesteaded in the 1870s by a family from Sweden.  I wonder about the trip from Sweden to the Colorado mountains.  What adventures that family must have told!

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Pond Reflections

Pond Reflections
plein air oil  12" x 9"

Earlier this month I participated in the annual South Park Plein Air Arts Celebration in Fairplay, CO. I love this Celebration and go every year.  It's a 4 day event where we can paint at the ranches and different locations the committee arranges.  Or, you can paint anywhere nearby.  We have mountain property in Park County.  So, for me I love seeing local ranches and close by locations that I don't know about.

One of this years locations was Warm Springs Ranch.  It's a former huge, working ranch, which now has several areas of houses and miles of open space.  It was beautiful!  This was one of the many ponds on the ranch.

Monday, September 24, 2018

WAOW -- Women Artists of The West National Juried Show

I'm thrilled that "Field Of Clover" was juried into the Annual Women Artists Of The West
Tallgrass Rendezvous.  This year's exhibition is at Price Tower Arts Center in Bartlesville, Oklahoma.  Stop by and see the show, which is on display through October, if you're in Bartlesville.

Saturday, September 22, 2018

Aspen Grove

Aspen Grove
plein air oil  12" x 9"
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Fall is upon us.  I think it's such a beautiful season.  September is a gorgeous month no matter where you are.  I'm not sure that it's possible to be a plein air painter in Colorado and not get out and paint the autumn aspen.  This is a recent painting done in the mountains a bit west of Colorado Springs.

Thursday, August 23, 2018

Good Ole Days

Good Ole Days
Oil  12" x 12"

I'm honored that "Good Ole Days" is part of the Colorado Springs Fine Art Center at Colorado College's 2018 Gala Art Exhibition and Auction.
The Exhibition and Auction will open this Friday, August 24, both online and on exhibit.  Viewing and bidding leads up to and during the Gala, and closes officially as part of the Gala festivities on September 8.

Art lovers rejoice and be inspired to add to your collection in support of the Fine Arts Center.

Art Show and Auction Details:
On Display: Aug. 24 – Sept. 8, 2018 at the Fine Arts Center, Colorado Springs.
Online Auction site will be available for viewing on Friday, August 24. Visit Bidding open to everyone!
Bidding CLOSES: Saturday, Sept. 8 at 9 p.m.

Sunday, August 19, 2018

Left To Sit

Left To Sit
oil  16" x 20"
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There always seem to be old trucks on back roads in western states.  It's fun to stop and look at them and take photos.  I always wonder about the history of the trucks...the many years of use, the many years of rust and aging, the drivers and riders who loved these old guys.  This truck was sitting in a field almost in the middle of nowhere.  I'm sure that it was left to sit there years and years ago.

Friday, August 17, 2018

Golden Glow

Golden Glow
6" x 6" oil
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As you can see, I paint a lot of Coreopsis.  They are bright, cheerful, colorful and happy looking.  The blooms last a long time.  I love the way the color sings in our backyard!

I'm not really sure what kind of Coreopsis we have.  I googled it and if I look really carefully at the Burpee seed packets, it looks like we have "Golden Glow".  Thus the painting's name!

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Pot Of Gold

Pot Of Gold
Oil  6" x 6"
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This is the 3rd, and final, of the coreopsis that I painted from a bouquet in my studio.  Once again, I'm posting an older coreopsis below that was not painted from the studio bouquet.  They have such different yellows, but I'm happy with both of them!

Coreopsis III
6" x 6"  Oil
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Monday, August 13, 2018

Lasting Summer Color

Lasting Summer Color
6" x 6"  Oil
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This is the 2nd of the series of Coreopsis that I painted in my studio from my backyard bouquet.  Again, I love seeing the difference in the yellows from the studio bouquet (above) and the older paintings done in the backyard sun (below).

I have a couple more to show, then backyard florals may come to a halt as our backyard is pretty sad right now due to last weeks severe hail storm.  We had ping pong size hail, but just 1 mile away the storm produced soft ball size hail!

Coreopsis II
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Sunday, August 12, 2018

Repeat Bloom

Repeat Bloom
Oil  6" x 6"
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I recently painted several Coreopsis that I picked in our backyard.  They were set in a vase in my studio.  I thought it would be easier to paint the blooms right in front of my studio easel with a consistent light as opposed to outside in the yard.

I'm also posting several older Coreopsis that were not painted from a studio still life.  It is so interesting to me the different colors of a bit darker with more orange, or cad yellow deep.  The other brighter, lighter from the direct sun.

I'll be posting more over the next few days.

I love having Coreopsis in our garden.  The reseed themselves and grow all over.  If you cut them back they sometimes will repeat the bloom later in the summer.  And, importantly in Colorado, they do well in our dry climate.

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Monday, August 6, 2018

Forever Yours, The Land

This past weekend was the Opening of "Forever Yours, The Land" which featured over 60 local artists at installations throughout Colorado Springs.  The exhibit is city-wide and showcases the beauty of our natural surroundings through a variety of art mediums to boost awareness of conservation.

Palmer Land Trust, the sponsor of the event, is a not for profit conservation organization working to protect the places we treasure.  Since 1977, they've helped individuals and communities permanently protect over 80,000 acres of public open spaces, historic farms and ranches, important wildlife habitat, and beautiful scenic vistas.

Above are two of the walls in the Summerland Gardens Upstairs Gallery that Dottie Lirette and I have as part of this event.  Hope that those of you who live in the area can stop by the Gallery from now through September 9th to see what happens when art and nature collide!  

Monday, May 28, 2018

Restful Garden

Restful Garden, oil 12" x 16",  is one of two paintings that I have in the upcoming Women Artists of the West Online "Summer  Pleasures" Show.  This is a plein air piece done near downtown Colorado Springs.  I loved these old adirondack chairs.  After walking once through this back yard, I knew immediately what I was going to paint!

Friday, May 18, 2018

Sunny Vista Living Center Juried Show

Hanging On The Line
Oil  16" x 24"

Morning Light
Oil  12" x 12"

Tonight is the Opening of the Annual Sunny Vista Living Center Juried Show.  I'm honored that these two paintings were juried into the show.  Hope those of you who live in the Colorado Springs area can attend tonight's opening, or stop by Sunny Vista while the exhibit hangs until June 17th.

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Old Warehouse

Old Warehouse
11" x 14"
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This old warehouse is in downtown Colorado Springs near the building in my last post. There's a great area with old buildings, warehouses, the old depot, train tracks, etc. that is a never ending supply of paintings.  Every time I'm there there's something new to paint.

Just you look at old buildings?

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

The Other Side Of The Tracks

The Other Side Of The Tracks
Oil  11" x 14"
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This old warehouse is in downtown Colorado Springs behind (or, on the other side of the tracks) from the Old Depot.  My plein air groups often head downtown to paint and /or photo the old buildings.  Like many downtowns, the Springs has some cool, old buildings.  It also has some uncool buildings from the 50s-70s, some empty lots that need to be taken care of, and some great new architecture.

Does your town have an old downtown?  Have you walked around there lately and looked at the buildings?