Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Tea and Thunderstorms (Sold)

Private Collection

Cozy and calm in my studio this afternoon but very stormy outside.  We (Rodeo and I) spent a little quality time in our storm shelter.  Mark came home and saved the day.  He is our hero.

The image is an accurate representation of the painting, but the background isn't a flat black. I just can't seem to capture the soft light change from left to right. I will try again tomorrow. Perhaps the morning light will be better?

Monday, May 27, 2013

Baseball for Tyler

Private Collection

This is my second painting from Abbey's workshop. Painted in natural lighting, the little baseball provided good practice for me. Whites, shadows, highlights...all of the things that trouble me. Abbey makes them all look so easy! I am still thinking about her magical brushwork, and I will forever. If you have a chance to attend one of her workshops, please do. Her incredible talent, gentle nature and fun sense of humor make for an unforgettable experience. It was a great week!

Wednesday, May 22, 2013


I am having so much fun at Abbey Ryan's Sedona workshop this week! Sedona is breathtaking. My workshop-mates are all talented and so friendly.  And what can I say about Abbey? I could sing her praises for hours, but in one word?  Simply put, she is amazing. I'm pretty sure she has magical powers.

I hope you're all having a great week!

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Little Cutie (Sold)

I love the little changes that occur from the beginning to the end of a painting. The light changes, and the fruit/flowers seem to have a mind of their own. A sliced apple will begin to brown. Tulips dance. And as I learned last night, orange peels twist, turn and begin to boogie  shrivel. It's one of my favorite aspects of painting from life.

I hope you're having a great week!

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Southern Exposure (Sold)

Usually, I paint in my little studio with north light streaming in the window.  Today, however, I set up my plein air easel and painted in our dining room. The southern exposure creates the prettiest reflections on the table. I've tried photographing them, but it just doesn't capture the natural glow.

I hope your week is off to a great beginning!

Monday, May 6, 2013

Spring Sale!

My Daily Paintworks Gallery is in need of a spring cleaning!  So, I've decided to offer the above paintings at a reduced rate for the month of May. If you are interested in purchasing a painting, please visit my gallery or click on the Spring Sale gadget. Thank you!

Sunday, May 5, 2013


I have been participating in Leslie Saeta's 30-day challenge this month. Each day, she posts a quick 30 minute marketing challenge for us to complete.  For today, we were supposed to create a collage of our paintings via iPiccy. It is a very user-friendly website for photo editing. This simple collage took only a few minutes to complete, and it was free. You can't beat that!

Have a great Sunday. Happy Cinco de Mayo!