Welcome! This blog began as an assignment in a digital art class. That was in 2008. I decided to keep it going as my art journal. It is fascinating for me to see how a painting develops, so this is where I post my painting progressions and exciting new things I find on creative blogs and websites. I hope you will learn along with me about painting, drawing and all kinds of art.


Early spring at the Mendenhall Glacier

Overwhelming magnificence!

Juneau's Plein Rein Painters painted at the Mendenhall Glacier this morning. 
Some did very well capturing the scene ... I was one who was quite bowled over 
(again) at how beautiful it was at our "drive-up" glacier.

So as others painted view slices to narrow the scene
- I zoomed in on an ice berg!
and also since I had them, decided to use pastels ... what the heck.

This was the set up and scene. The chunk of ice I was painting is rather small in the photo.

in process

When I got the painting home, my husband said, "Looks like a big frog..."
and ... and ... it does! So I didn't fight it, silly thing.
It just is.

Icey Frog           Pastel on Wallis paper         8 x 10  

The Tlingit people of Alaska have a Legend about Frogs, believing they are good luck. I am happy that this frog wanted to be painted, lucky me!

Thank you and may you find frogs in unexpected places too.


Kim's Landscape

If anyone is working with the new "Photos" version 1.0 from apple, 
well ... I curse with empathy along with you!
It is really convoluted to use and you must be careful when deleting photos!
 (even though you thought you had them in an "album" ... arrgh!)

Anyway ...

I worked on another painting besides the Skunk Cabbage one. 
You may remember from my post on
that I had started a painting using a reference photo from my friend Kim.

This is how it progressed (with the first photo below a repeat from that post):

Kim's Landscape       11 x 14    oil on canvas    

My feeling about this painting? 
Not sure yet ... I welcome any input, as usual.

Thank you for checking in on my blog!


Skunk Cabbage painting, Juneau, AK

Last spring I walked outside with my plein-air set-up 
and tried to paint skunk cabbage 
that was abundantly growing in our "back 40" 
not 40 acres ... more like 40 meters square!

I guess I never did post it because of trouble with the painting.

Well, I worked on it a bit with some suggestions from my painterly friends
 and this is what happened. So it is not entirely plein-air, of course.

First, this is what I have of the progress:


The photo above doesn't look tons different, 
but there was paint added to the tree because it looked see-through, 
and more paint up the slope, etc.

Skunk Cabbage   8x10 oil on panel
I think it gives the impression of those yellow/green fat swords 
bursting from the ground...for me anyhow.

I think it is finished.

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More Switzer Creek Plein Rein

Today was NOT as nice of a day as last week ... pouring rain ...  so I chickened out - 
didn't go out painting.
I worked on a couple of paintings in the studio.

Here are a couple more photos of the Plein Rein plein-air group's outing last week:

 Jay with his beautiful painting of mainland trees looking westward at
clouds over the mountains on Douglas Island. I love the colors.

Cristine with her pastel kit -  and a beautiful painting coming right along!

My painting in progress on the easel.

 ... and finished!

I think the values work.

Thank you for viewing!


Switzer Creek/Lemon Creek

The Plein Rein painting group met at Coppa this morning 
and decided where our painting spot would be
 on this glorious Juneau spring day.

We decided on an area in the Lemon Creek neighborhood near Switzer Creek.

Here are some shots of the day.

Jim, measuring for scale.

 Progressing ... he is painting in acrylic but the brushstrokes look like oil. 

 Cristine and Steve, with my set up (see umbrella) in the distance.

 Nancy with a sweet small landscape on her canvas.

My blocking in painting and set-up near the creek.

It was a start. 
I did not finished before we noticed the tide was coming in.
I may finish this in the studio, or perhaps go back.

Happy Easter tomorrow!


Painting Exhibit! "10 Easels" - paintings by me

I am excited for my mini-painting exhibit at the GCI store
 in downtown Juneau tomorrow for April First Friday!

Thanks to my friend Dru
and my husband, Matt.
 He made most of the frames for my paintings. He is awesome!

I will have a WIP (work-in-progress) painting sitting
on my pochade box.

The show is titled "10 Easels" because it really is not a gallery space; the shop has
10 easels on which I will set my paintings.

The show goes for 2.5 hours and that is it ... from 4pm to 6:30pm.

The photo below shows the beginnings of the WIP studio painting.
I am using a photo from a friend as reference.

You have to look closely to see it but I used some Golden Light Molding Paste
to add some texture to the gessoed canvas. There is always (for me) a question about
how it will work, how it will look .... so we will see.

 This next progress photo shows placing some dark oil paint on the canvas.

Stay tuned ... and I hope those of you who live in Juneau
will stop by tomorrow and say hi.

Thanks for checking in to my art blog!


George Black Ferry

This little painting was calling to me to finish it, 
so I have been working the past couple days to do that.

You may remember from the August 21 post
I wrote a bit about the ferry - the link takes you back there if you'd like a reminder.

(I had this also on the 8/21 post, but it is kind of cool, so am linking that vid again.)

I should maybe have called this post "Painting an ugly (but reliable) ferry boat".

This was the scene. Sunny and warm.

The ferry on the Dawson City side of the Yukon, letting off cars and getting ready to load a couple of pickups. We watched throughout the several hours that I was painting how the ferry would power its way upstream after shoving off from the other side and drifting downstream a bit.

George Black Ferry - crossing the Yukon       8 x 10 inches oil on panel

For some reason I really wanted to capture the little ugly ferry boat with oils. Of course now it cannot be called a plein-air painting.

That's ok.

Here is the value check. Not bad.

Thank you for checking in!


Sinking history

The old Post Office in Wiseman, Alaska is a sinking piece of history. The townsfolk help to keep the old cabin decent by shaving off the doorway so it will not buckle. Not sure what they will do when it sinks down to the windows.

I am finally finished with this little painting and am pretty happy with it. Mostly palette knife work. It was so rainy the days we were in Wiseman last summer! 
(see photo I post again below showing a wet set-up)

Old Wiseman Post Office      8x10 inches    Oil on Multimedia panel

Thank you for viewing my sometimes art!


Wiseman PO - "Hibernation" painting

This next series is my painting started in the rain - plein-air 
and didn't finish because of extreme dampness in Wiseman, AK this past summer!

You may remember this sketch from my August 4 post:

And the beginning of the painting:

This is my start to finishing this painting in the studio (while hibernating ... but not sleeping!)

oops, forgot to crop -
I will next time.

Cheers and thanks for checking in!


Mt Jumbo - Day 3 - finished

Mt Jumbo!   12 x 14      oil on Multimedia Artboard

detail (cropped) ... i miss the oxide red

Ok, here is where you check your values. I think it works!

Here it is in the frame that my husband made from poplar.
I stained and painted it ... adding a little gold bling.

Very happy with this painting.

Check back for more progression paintings!

Thank you for viewing my art.


Mt Jumbo - Day 2

Before I forget to post this, I cannot wait until Mr Turner comes here (the movie) -
that link takes you to a Vimeo (about 14 minutes) of part of the making of.

Don't know about you,
but even I think it is fun to see the progression of my paintings ... as much as I like seeing other art bloggers who post their works-in-progress.

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Thank you with all my heART!


Painting Mt Jumbo - day 1

A friend once mentioned that he loves his drive home to Douglas Island from work (when it is clear) because he can see the island's tallest peak - Mt Jumbo - as the sun drops behind it, or in the summer, skims over it. My husband and I also live "on the island" and understand this.

 I immediately began scheming about a painting. During my many walks, drives and runs over the bridge I thought about the painting. I also took many photos.
Finally, it was time ...
 I chose a substrate, Multimedia Art Board
Do go to the link and read about it - it is really great, its best two attributes for me are:
 light as a feather 
accepts all kinds of media

 The funny thing about this painting was that I didn't sketch it beforehand, as I usually do with most of my paintings ... I just jumped right in and began painting.
So here in the next couple of day's posts are the progression paintings for Mt Jumbo.

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Kaloko-Honokohau National Historical Park - painting finished

Happy New Year everyone!

Finally settling in back home after travels to Hawaii, Seattle and Austin. I realized I had not posted the final photo of this painting. I did finish the painting out there on the beach, but events unfolded which distracted us from taking the final photo, so here is the finished piece.

Kaloko-Honokohau Park      oil on 8 x 10 inch panel

I am pretty happy about this one. It reminds me of the warmth, the turtles, the beautiful ocean ... and those thoughts are appreciated here in the cold, dark and very windy (lately) beauty of SE Alaska.

Cheers to all - and stay tuned ... more to come in this new year.