Thursday, November 26, 2015

No. 673 Pomegranate with Silver


Pomegranate with Silver
Oil on Linen Panel
5" x 7"
Had a wonderful Thanksgiving today with family and lots of yummy food. I hope you did too.
Tomorrow we exercise! 

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

No. 672 Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving!
Oil on Linen Panel
5" x 7"
Wow! I have so much to be thankful for I don't even know where to start. A wonderful family, a comfortable home and a beautiful place to live are my foundation. Then there are three years of daily painting and all the blessings that has brought - a growing business, new friends, recognition and last but not least an opportunity to teach a wonderful group of students. Oh my, I think I'm going to have to find some tissues!
Oh no, I won't forget about you! I'm so very thankful that you take the time out of your busy day to read my humble blog. It means the world to me! Thank you.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

No. 671 Persimmons, Sunflowers and Sugar Bowl

Persimmons, Sunflowers and Sugar Bowl
Oil on Gessobord
6" x 6"
This is a variation on a sunflower still life I painted earlier. Those persimmons sure are cute!

Monday, November 23, 2015

No. 670 Sunflowers with Fall Fruit

Sunflowers with Fall Fruit
Oil on Linen Panel
7" x 5"
Just a few more days to enjoy those fall images than it's the big switcheroo! Big bouquets of sunflowers are harder and harder to come by so I guess it's all for the best...

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

No. 669 U-Pick Dahlias

U-Pick Dahlias
Oil on Gessobord
6" x 6"
So sad to see the farmer's stand close it's gates for the season.  And I was just getting into the dahlia painting groove! Sigh. I guess it will be something to look forward to next year.

Sunday, November 15, 2015

No. 668 The Cinderella Pumpkin

The Cinderella Pumpkin
Oil on Gessobord
6" x 6"
Love the intense color of the Cinderella pumpkins. All the different types of pumpkins you see these days are amazing. One farm we stopped at had a display of 50 different varieties. Who knew?

Saturday, November 14, 2015

No.667 Plein Air in Tadcaster

Plein Air in Tadcaster
Oil on Canvas
5" x 7"

So what do you do when you finally have the opportunity to paint in plein air, you pack up all your gear and hike to just the right spot only to find you've forgotten your brushes? You've got it, you use your palette knife! You know, the one you normally only use for mixing paint. I once heard an artist say she used her credit card when she found herself without brushes or palette knives.
This painting, by the way, was from my wonderful trip to England this summer.

Friday, November 13, 2015

No. 666.5 Glass Painting Demo

Glass Painting Demo
Oil on Linen Panel
7" x 5"
The September theme in the oil painting class I'm teaching was "Learning How to Paint Glass".  Wow! We had some great work come out of that class. We started the month painting upside down, black and white photos of glass and ended painting from life. This was my "painting from life" demo.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

No. 664 Stanley Park Plein Air

Stanley Park - Plein Air
Oil on Linen Panel
5" x 7"
I had a fantastic birthday this year in Vancouver, B.C. We chose a hotel right next to Stanley Park. I had hoped to get out and do lots of plein air painting but the weather just wasn't cooperating. I did take hundreds and hundreds of photos though. :)

The fall color was simply fantastic!

The totem poles are some of my favorite features of Stanly Park.

This handsome fellow was right next to the walkway in the park.


And here is my handsome fellow. Thank you, Don, for a very special birthday!

Sunday, November 8, 2015

No. 663 Pansy Bouquet

Pansy Bouquet
Oil on Linen Panel
7" x 5"
They had the loveliest pansies and violets at Molbak's this fall. One led to another until I came home with a whole flat of them in a glorious variety of colors and sizes. Sadly, this was the only picture I painted before the cold, fall rains took their toll.

Saturday, November 7, 2015

No. 662 VanDusen Water Lilly

VanDusen Water Lilly
Oil on Gessobord
6" x 6"
This was painted from a photo I took at the lovely VanDusen Gardens in Vancouver this summer.

Friday, November 6, 2015

No. 661 Persimmons and Pomegranate with Sunflowers

Persimmons and Pomegranate with Sunflowers
Oil on Gessobord
6" x 6"

This is the first time I've ever painted or even purchased persimmons. Interesting looking fruit. I'm going to have to Google how you eat them because I haven't a clue. :)


Wednesday, November 4, 2015

No. 660 Valley Sunflowers

No. 660 Valley Sunflowers
Oil on Linen Panel
7" x 5"
Some more flowers from the U- Pick patch outside of Snohomish. I tried to stop there today after class to refresh my stock. I was very disappointed to find it was closed for the season. I had visions of sneaking in to cut some of the few remaining flowers I could see from the road. Then reason returned...