Jan 30, 2012
Jan 26, 2012
|19" x 32" original oil|
|This little peekaboo bud is my favorite part of Flourish.|
|It is such fun as it takes shape. I feel like a seamstress putting a pattern together.|
|Speaking of messes, I finished Flourish as I ran out of room on my palettes. Throwing these away after a painting is as good as throwing class notes away after taking the final.|
Jan 25, 2012
Thank you Sunny for the hot cocoa! I have a hot chocolate fairy. Everyone needs one of those.
I was at Utrecht in Salt Lake this afternoon and bought a tube of cobalt green oil paint. I prefer to mix my own greens, so it's a big deal for me to buy a ready-made green tube of paint, but I have to say that I really liked it. It wound up in the mixes above. I
Jan 23, 2012
Today I began a painting. Outside it looks like this: gray and cold. My easel is therefore full of color! It snowed today. Two days ago I was in a t-shirt.
I love it when Buttercup naps next to my easel.
I washed the background in orange and used charcoal to draw on the painting. This painting is 19" x 32".
I love the beginnings...
This is how I left it for tonight. It's still snowing and since I have no hot cocoa, I'll settle for some apple cinnamon tea. I love this variety of tulip because it is pale on the outside, but the inside is bright red-orange. The angle of the tulips I'm painting show off that bright inside so well. I have had this photograph for a long time and am finally getting up the courage to tackle it. It should be a good one.
Jan 17, 2012
My dog loves to sit and stare out into space. I don't know what she's thinking about, but she just sits there patiently, enjoying the sun. I can learn a lot from my dog.
|This is my palette after painting today.|
Jan 16, 2012
|detail of "Wink"|
|"oh boy oh boy oh boy"|
|"Ready for Kickoff"|
available at Gallery MAR in Park City
These are all paintings of my lab, Buttercup. She has such a funny personality, and I can see it in each of these paintings. Ready for Kickoff is for real - my husband will boot that soccer ball to the end of the yard and she tears off after it, bringing it back in her mouth. She won't play that game with me though...only Matt. That soccer ball has been outside in the sun and snow for years and years, and it just won't die.
My hand is feeling ok - luckily I'm not a lefty, which is the wrist that had surgery. I can work for about an hour and a half before I need a break to ice my wrist/hand (and rest my brain, which seems to be extra tired lately). I will be very busy this spring, and I'm anxious to get back to painting full-time.
Jan 14, 2012
This last week I held a special art sale to help pay for some unexpected hand/wrist surgery. I want to say a big THANK YOU to my new collectors and to some old collectors who came through to help me when I needed help. I fell asleep smiling last night, thinking about how blessed I have been and planning out new tulip paintings for upcoming shows and events. I think 2012 will be a great year.
I will get back to painting tulips soon (when I can concentrate for longer periods of time - my pain meds make me so loopy). For now, I am working on little 6x6" paintings of my yellow lab for Alpine Art. That is my Salt Lake City gallery and they do a great job of selling out of my dog paintings for me - people just love yellow labs I guess! I have a few little paintings that I worked on before my surgery that I haven't posted yet, so I will share those as soon as I get them photographed.
Jan 4, 2012
10 x 10" oil
Happy New Year and 2012. I've worked on this painting for a few days and am happy to offer something white for the new year: it just felt right. I used such small brushes for this piece as you can imagine, since it's only 10x10". I'm already getting antsy for spring and trying to plan out my tulip photographing trips (I'd really love to go to the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival in Washington), which stresses me out, since I can't control Mother Nature and peak bloom times are so erratic year to year. I am hoping to find plentiful reds and whites this Spring - I have not had good luck finding large beds of reds and whites the last couple of years.
Thanks to Alpine Art for selling all but one of my paintings over the holiday season, and thank you to my new collectors. I hope to meet you at future art shows.