Wednesday, January 27, 2016

No. 691 A Recent Find

A Recent Find
Oil on Linen Panel
5" x 7"
When I saw this bottle in an antique shop recently, I immediately knew it had to come home with me. There's just something about a wine bottle wrapped in it's own little basket. :)

Monday, January 25, 2016

No. 690 Roses with Small White Vase

Roses with Small White Vase
Oil on Gessobord
6" x 6"

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A pre-Christmas painting of roses. You wouldn't believe how many post-Christmas paintings of roses I have! They'll be coming soon!

For anyone who receives email updates of my blog - I noticed the Youtube video I created didn't come through. Here is a link if you would like to check it out:

Sunday, January 24, 2016

No. 689 Ornament #3

Ornament #3
Oil on Gessobord
6" x 6"
The last and my favorite ornament painting of this season. Teaching classes in downtown Snohomish has it's advantages and disadvantages. The street the art studio is located on is full of antique shops and boutiques with lots and lots and lots of prop collecting opportunities. If I'm not careful it's easy to spend what I just made teaching! On the other hand I've found some pretty cool props. This antique Christmas ornament is one of them.
I spent the weekend learning how to make Youtube videos with my iPhone. Crazy right? I made my first art instructional video today. It's very rough. I certainly need practice but you're welcome to check it out if you like. It's about 8 minutes long...

Friday, January 22, 2016

No. 688 Ornament #2

Ornament #2
Oil on Linen Panel
7" x 5"
Whew! Look at all that red. I certainly got my red fix this Christmas. It was also fun painting the shiny white ribbon and the interesting shadows it cast.

Thursday, January 21, 2016

No. 687 Ornament on a Ribbon #1

Ornament on a Ribbon #1
Oil on Linen Panel
7" x 5"
This is a demo from my last oil painting class before Christmas. I painted ornaments and poinsettias hanging from a ribbon last year and liked the idea so well I thought my students might enjoy it too. I was sure I had photos of the class in action painting these ornaments but for the life of me I can't find them. My photo organizing skills definitely need some improvement.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

No. 686 The Only Nutcracker

The Only Nutcracker
Oil on Linen Panel
7"x 5"

Boy did I over estimate what I could accomplish around Christmas! I had plans to pester my friend Suzy to take more photos of her nutcrackers. I even purchase a couple of my own so I could paint from life. This little fellow here - he's it.  Next year!

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

No. 685 Poinsettia with Variegated Leaves

Poinsettia with Variegated Leaves 
Oil on Linen Panel
7" x 5"

I have a whole slew of no longer seasonally appropriate paintings to post. :( I hope you don't mind if I go ahead and post them anyway.

I purchased gobs of poinsettias this Christmas hoping to do many paintings but ended up with only a handful. I still enjoyed having all those beautiful plants about the house. :)

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Winnie's Windjammer


The Flying Cloud
by Winifred McManamen
16" x 20"
Oil on Canvas
The last painting of Winnie's I have to share with you is hands down my favorite. When Don and I decided to get married in the Caribbean on a Windjammer ship, Winnie excitedly asked for a brochure - crafty lady. One evening during dinner at her house she told us she had a surprise. A moment later she returned with this beautiful painting of the ship we were married on. We were so surprised! What a wonderful wedding gift.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Winnie's Ocean

Pacific Cove by Winifred C. McManamen
Oil on Canvas
Of all the Winifred McManamen paintings we own, this is one of my favorites. The photo doesn't do the painting justice. This piece was inspired by one of Winnie's trips to Laguna Beach in California to visit her sister-in-law, Sister Florence. Sister was the principle of a catholic school there for many years.
Hi Sister Florence! (She is one of my most devoted blog followers and one of the sweetest people you will ever meet) Thank you, Sister for sticking with my blog for over three years!

Saturday, January 9, 2016

Winnie's Meadows to Mountains

Meadows to Mountains
Oil on Canvas
by Winifred McManamen

Another one of Winnie's lovely landscapes. I don't know much about the background of this particular painting. I do know that we have enjoyed it for many years hanging above our piano.

The more I learn about painting landscapes the more appreciative I am of Winnie's work. It would've have been great fun to paint with her. I regret my poor timing. When I decided to learn to create landscapes of my own, dementia had already taken much of Winnie's knowledge and desire to paint. Thankfully her paintings remain.

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Winnie's Wildflowers

Wildflowers in the Mist
by Winifred McManamen
Oil on Canvas
Winnie painted this from a photo she took during one of her mountain hikes. It was such a popular image that she painted it two or three times to satisfy demanding family members (such as myself) who wanted their very own copy. Did I mention how nice she was?
I was so enchanted with this image I asked Winnie if I could see this flower covered mountain field myself. She happily agreed to take me there and with great excitement I climbed the trail only to find we were there too soon, no flowers. Maybe someday I will get to try again. Many thanks to my sure footed sister-in-law, Beth, who carried my daughter Anika during our mad dash back down the mountain in a rain storm.
I have wonderful in-laws.

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

In Memory of Winifred McManamen

Winter's Profile
by Winifred McManamen
Oil on Canvas
24" x 18"

Two days before Christmas we received the very sad news that my wonderful mother-in-law, Winnie McManamen, had passed away. She was an accomplished artist and a huge inspiration to me. During the next few days I would like to honor her memory by sharing some of her wonderful paintings with you.

Winnie lived in Evergreen, Colorado, located in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. She was in love with the beautiful mountains she lived next to.