Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Hare Essentials

I'm all about the cast shadow in this painting.  And the one leafy strand.  These baby carrots were supposed to be a part of our dinner tonight, but I decided to paint them instead.  They have me longing for summer, farmer's markets and fresh garden produce.

I hope your week is off to a great beginning!

Friday, February 24, 2012

Hop Chocolate

Well, I attempted to paint the yellow rose several more times, but I ended up wiping both panels.  As a consolation prize, I painted this chocolate bunny.  And now, I'm thinking of enjoying his ears with a cup of coffee.

Happy Friday!


Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Yellow Rose Study

When I painted this yesterday, I tried to keep everything very simple.  Roses are complex, so I limited my strokes to a minimum.  It was my attempt to not get lost in all those petals. I hope that it still reads as a yellow rose and a glass vase, though. Today, the rose has opened up even more, and I'm looking forward to painting it again.  

I hope you're all having a great week!  

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Girl Talk

Daisies are a painter's best friend.  These are over a week old, and they still look beautiful.  It is rainy and gray here today.  So, the photo quality isn't the best.  I will try to get a better one later.

Have a great Saturday!


Thursday, February 16, 2012


Yesterday, I was looking back through some of the DPW challenges, and I ran across Michael Naples'  "The Zippo Challenge" from last February.  The rules were very simple -- a limited palette of ultramarine blue, burnt sienna and titanium white. Michael achieves the loveliest neutrals in his paintings, so I was intrigued to try this one.  I learn so much from each one of these challenges.  I am going to try to go back through and catch up on some of the ones that I've missed.

On a side note, does everyone's Blogger Dashboard look completely different today? If you know of a way to go back to the old format, please let me know, okay?  The new version is freaking me out a little bit!

Happy painting!


Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Happy Valentine's Day! (Sold)


This little box of Godiva chocolates is going into a basket of goodies for my sweetheart of 30 years.  The box was wrapped with the prettiest red ribbon tied into a beautiful rose.  How could I resist painting it?  I hope I have better luck resisting the temptation of this holiday's delicious treats.  

Also, this is my entry for this week's Daily Paintworks Challenge.  Click here to see all of the wonderful entries.

Happy Valentine's Day!

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Early Morning Glow

Just as dawn breaks each day, the sun sets the mesa behind our home aglow.  It happens again just before sunset, and it only last for a few minutes.  The cattle and prairie grasses seem to sparkle.  Even this time of year, I like to bundle up and enjoy my first cup of coffee outdoors.  It is my favorite time of day.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Daisy Blue (Sold)

During my recent trip to the grocery store, these little daisies caught my eye.  They have been the perfect studio companions for this chilly February day.  I'm continuing to focus on painting white-on-white.  (Squint.  Squint.  Squint.)

I hope you're all staying warm and enjoying a wonderful week!

Monday, February 6, 2012

Eggshell (Sold)

This is my entry for The DPW Painting Challenge posted by Ann Feldman.  Ann is a wonderfully talented artist, and I was excited to see this challenge.  I have such trouble with painting white in oils, so this was a great learning challenge for me.  And it was fun, too!

Friday, February 3, 2012


I used "Tangerine Tango" very sparingly today.  I was trying to capture a range of sunset colors against the neutral gray.  Today's gray was a combination of ultramarine blue, burnt sienna and titanium white.  I did add a tiny bit of cadmium yellow light to warm it up in a few places.

Happy Friday, everyone!

Wednesday, February 1, 2012


Painted on black gesso, these are the tiniest Granny Smith apples that I've ever seen. They are almost bite-sized.  And I exercised a lot of artistic license with them, but I'm still enjoying experimenting with the Pantone color "Tangerine Tango."  I can't help myself. I really love the color orange mixed with gray.

Now, I'm off to take my little Rodeo for a walk.  It is gorgeous here today.  Sunny and 70 degrees.  We are hoping that Phil doesn't see his shadow tomorrow!