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.


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

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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.


Kaloko Honokohau National Historical Park

The Kaloko Honokohau National Historical Park is not too far away from Kailua, and a beautiful place, very meaningful for native Hawaiians, and everyone!

We spent several hours here. It is the first time I have ever plein-air painted in my swim suit! 
(There will be NO photos of me painting, unless major cropping is done.)

Anyway, here is the initial sketch ...

 yes ... I put some words in the sketch to help me remember what was what ...

Here is the setting. We set the bestbrella up but didn't really need it. It was there in case the sun dappled through the leaves and onto the palette or panel.

Here is my beginning. Perhaps tomorrow I will be able to post the rest.

Meanwhile today is Thanksgiving.

 ~ Hau’oli La Ho’omakika’i ~

I wish all of you the best Thanksgiving ever! I am thankful for all of my family and friends far and wide AND so thankful I am able to paint.


Punalu'u - pau!

Okay, I should not have said "tomorrow I will post" ... 
because there is too much to do and I didn't get the chance to tinker with this until today! Why? Because I actually was able to paint today and had everything out, so it was easy.

 This is me just getting started. 
Seeing this, the thing I wanted to remember to post is that I used one of the Pandanus tree fruits as a paintbrush to put the base paint layer down (underpainting if you will) over the gesso a few days ago. I made it a brilliant orange because orange and blue are beautiful complements that I love, and I thought I just might be painting some ocean scenes :)

Here it is mostly finished on the "easel" pochade box, in situ.

I had to tweak it a bit so there would be some contrast in the coco palms, 
and now I signed it so it is finished!

Punalu'u Black Sand Beach   8 x 10 inches  w.s. oil on prepared archival panel

 Mahalo nui loa for checking in. I know it has been sporadic,
 but I AM thinking about painting nearly all the time!




Punalu'u is a black sand beach on the southeastern edge of the Big Island of Hawaii.
I set up my painting box in the shade of the coco palms in the mid afternoon. Tons of people were on the beach, most of them heading directly for the Green Sea Turtles Chelonia mydas basking on the beach in a little lava rock surround. A sign said to stay at least 25 feet away but some people were stepping over the rocks to get a better photo ...

Here are some in-progress shots. Matt is my official photographer. :)

Still have a teensy bit of tweaking to do on the painting, but not too much. Will hopefully post tomorrow, if not out painting, or SUP-ing, or snorkeling, or eating Laulau with poi.



View along the Kona Heritage Corridor

Ok, we are past the halfway point of our stay here on the Big Island.
I LOVE it!

This is Pitaya amarilla, or Yellow Dragon Fruit. 
It is delicious!

The other day, we drove up on the 10 mile narrow, winding, hillside (mauka) Heritage Road 
above Kailua.

Lush, green, cooler habitat than down on the beach.

Saw lots and lots of coffee plants.
We stopped at a place we could pull off and be safe.

The attraction for me to paint there was a little window of light 
shining on banana leaves 
and the ocean in the distance.

pencil sketch

kind of a mess, but this was my block-in that stayed this way for several days

Finally had the chance to work on it today. Pretty abstract, but I like it.

This painting is oil on a 6 x 6 inch prepared archival panel ... the only 6x6 panel that I brought.

Mahalo for looking in!

a hui hou (Hawaiian for "until we meet again")



Lei Flower


Pink Plumeria, oil on canvas, 2.5 x 2.5 inches (!)
I think most often you see the white with yellow Plumeria. I love the pink ones too.

This is a legit oil painting, not a digital one like the last. But I used that one to paint this.


The unexpected is sometimes the best.

Found this lovey spot to lunch and paint today.




Painted about an hour on this 8 x 10 study. It was absolutely gorgeous there 
in the Kohala district at Kapa'a Beach Park. 
I also very much loved the thick gray gesso with texture that I had prepped this birch panel with.

Matt, my easel and umbrella setter-upper, was very patient:




Pink Plumeria

Not as fragrant as the white one, but so pretty in pink!

 Totally cheating Artrage palette knife painting.

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Kekaha Kai

After organizing & food shopping, Matt and I drove North to Kekaha Kai State Park, on the island of Hawaii. I set up my easel and did a small sketch and then painted a little 8 x 10 study.

Here is the sketch:

Painting under way:

I used a board that I gessoed with black! Perfect for lava! Ugh ... I forgot my good painting knife back at the condo. This is a silly plastic one I use sometimes for various things.

 It was very windy out there today, plus we were right smack under the flight path for the airport. So, not too peaceful - but it was beautiful and warm.