Saturday, January 22, 2011

Lighthouse Rock - N/A

Today, I painted from a photograph taken at the Palo Duro Canyon state park.  This 300 foot high formation is entitled "The Lighthouse."  It is always breathtaking, but the area is especially pretty during autumn.  Red cholla cactus berries cover the landscape then, and the view is well worth the 2 hour hike.  I'm hoping to spend a little time there painting en plein air this spring/summer. 

I hope you're having a relaxing Saturday!  :)

Friday, January 21, 2011


Ready for the weekend?  Me, too.  I hope you have a great one!  :)

Thursday, January 20, 2011


I'm posting another drawing from 2010 today.  During a routine eye exam this afternoon, my eyes were dilated, and I'm still feeling a little blurry.  On the bright side, my sweet husband took me out to dinner.  So, it has been a good day.  :)

I'm off to paint for a little while.  Quite possibly, the blurry vision may actually improve my ability.  ;)

Have a great evening!

Wednesday, January 19, 2011


Well, I haven't been painting the past few days.  Instead, I've been working on a drawing.  Since it is a surprise for a friend, I don't want to post it on my blog.  So, as to not leave you without anything to view on this artistic holiday -- Cezanne's birthday -- I've decided to post one of my drawings from 2010.  It is a portrait of my niece's precious beagle. 

I hope everyone is staying warm.  Recently, I found myself staring longingly at the calendar and counting the days until spring (50.)  And even more importantly, the fabulous Carol Marine's workshop in March (40!)  I can hardly wait for both!

Have a great day everyone!  :)

Monday, January 17, 2011


My apologies for the poor image quality today.  In an attempt to add the highlights, I applied the paint too thickly, and the cream pitcher didn't scan well.  Ah, technical difficulties. 

I hope your week is off to a nice beginning!  :) 

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Granny Smith's Creamer

The apples are a comfort prop.  The white cream pitcher, well, it is more of a discomfort prop.  White continues to be my nemesis.  ;)

Friday, January 14, 2011

An Apple a Day

The heavy lines in this painting go against everything that I've ever been taught, but I cannot seem to resist them.  When I take the time to do a complete underpainting, I always find myself wanting to add the dark details back into the painting.     

I'm a victim of the 2011 cold and flu season, and let me just say, its not pretty.  Let's just blame the cold meds for the heavy lines above, okay?  Thanks. 

I hope you are all safe.  And well.  And warm! 

Have a great weekend!  :)

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Cochise - N/A


Today's painting is a portrait of Cochise.  He is the beloved horse of a very sweet friend Cris Yost.  I did an underpainting in a bright apricot shade.  I'm hoping it reflects some of Cochise's natural coloring and the dappled sunlight, too. 

Monday, January 10, 2011

Chilly Dog

Painted from a photograph taken last winter, this is a portrait of my little dachshund.  Our weather is much the same today.  Chilly -- 24 degrees -- with a light dusting of snow.  Its not a great day for walking outdoors, but it is perfect for staying indoors to paint.  :)

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Memories of Fall

Painted from a photograph of the sun coming out on a rain-slick street.  Today's weather is similar except that it is winter and not fall.  And an icy mist is falling instead of rain.  And there is no sunshine. 

Okay, on second thought, maybe it isn't very similar after all.  ;)

I hope you're all having a relaxing Sunday!  :)

Friday, January 7, 2011

Sweet & Sour

I'm so happy that it's Friday.  Have a great weekend, everyone!  Stay warm!  :)

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Lemon Cruet Quartet

Cruet: 1
Darla: 0

How can one little vessel be so difficult for me to paint?  Ouch.  Vowing to try this one again, but perhaps in a different setting.  Forging ahead.  :)

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Cone of Silence

Don't you wish there was a Cone of Silence in real life?  I know.  Me, too.  ;)

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Lemon Glass

My concentration appears to have been focused solely on the glass in this painting.  The lemons just aren't very lemony.  And I won't even go into the composition.  Ahem.  ;)

As I was posting this, I was reminded of the quotation by Flora Whittemore, "The doors we open and close each day decide the lives we live."  The great thing about choosing to paint daily is the creative freedom.  The freedom to experiment, the freedom to make mistakes and the freedom to learn.  I've had such fun with these glass exercises this week, and I'm truly enjoying this wonderful new "door."  :)

Have a great day, everyone!

Monday, January 3, 2011

Lemon Jelly

No lemons were harmed during the making of this painting.  ;)

Happy Monday!  :)

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Hot Lemonade

I'm trying out a lot of new things these days.  A new system for numbering my daily paintings, and a fancy set-up (a cardboard box) for painting still lifes.  Oh, the possibilities! 

Today's painting brought back one of my favorite childhood memories.  Dad's hot lemonade.  When we were kids, my dad would make this "special" drink for anyone with a cold or sore throat.  It was a delightful concoction of fresh lemon juice and honey carefully heated and served in your favorite mug.  The hot lemonade -- and all of Dad's spoiling -- were guaranteed to make you feel better.  And they always did.  :)

Hope you're having a wonderful Sunday!

Saturday, January 1, 2011


After the holidays, it is wonderful to be painting again.  I've missed this...and today feels like a fresh beginning.  Wishing you all blessings of good health, prosperity and much happiness in 2011.  :)