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.

12.06.2012

Ft Laramie, WY

Ft Laramie Nat'l Park, 8 x 10, oil study on panel
Here is a close up. It was really windy and the dust was aflyin':


If you click on it, you see all the dust in the paint! 
A little insect got stuck, but then blew away.

Here is the scene.


I did make it a bit more colorful than real life ... guess I had on my rose-tinted glasses again... or are they orange-tinted?
It was dramatic out there. 
I had a sense of urgency because the wind was whipping so.
Found a good painting spot - sort of out of the main wind coming from the N.

12.05.2012

Figs - fini

Figs on a box, 8 x 8, oil on panel
Finally got a photo in the nice light. I love the orange and pink together. 
The figs, Ficus carica were delicious as well.
They look like this inside. Anyone else like figs?

I went to Fort Laramie today and painted. It was VERY windy but I found a place out of the wind, sort of. Will post that painting study tomorrow.

12.04.2012

Figs! phase 1


I know this is a blurry photo, but wanted to take it even though it was nighttime,  to post.
I got figs with some character at the store (Whole Foods, Ft. Collins) on Sunday.
I wanted to paint them before they are all gooey and gone!


12.02.2012

Feral felines


There are wild cats (not wildcats) running around everywhere through the backyard of this building. 
Most are gray. Gonna do some sketches of them just for practice.

11.30.2012

Abstract


If you haven't seen PSY'S  original Gangnam Style music video

you probably should before you watch 


Enjoy!

My homage to Gerhard Richter,  9 x 12,  oil on paper



11.29.2012

North Platte outing!

The set-up

The scene

The painting!

This took  an hour or two (kind of lost track).
First outside use of my plein aire pochade box!
I am a little shy about showing this, not sure if it reads correctly to anyone but me...
but what the heck.  Limited palette,  5" x 7" oil on canvas panel.
Leave comments?

11.28.2012

Cow - fini

Cow in progress
With fenceposts
Without fenceposts! 
10" x 7" acrylic and oil on 140# paper

I think she is finished. May need a tweak or two. 
Decided at the very end that the fenceposts were not needed and were a distraction.

11.27.2012

Pochade Box!


So, no chance to paint today, but wanted to share a photo of my birthday gift from my husband:

plein air painting Pochade Box! Ben Haggett makes them by hand. 
It fits on our old Slik tripod beautifully.

Hope the weather isn't too cold to get out.
Thank you, Matt! xoxox

Cow - Page 2 (posted 11/24/12)



Decided to continue to work on my cow. She intrigues me.

11.26.2012

Cow - Page 3


Well, I didn't realize that one of my posts was saved as a draft...
Anyhoo - this poor ol' cow is comin' along.

11.25.2012

Nebraska

Conestoga Wagon at Scotts Bluff National Monument

I like the shapes of the "ribs" of the wagon when the canvas is removed (for the winter).
It was rather awesome to be walking in the ruts that the wagons made
on their way along the Oregon Trail.

11.23.2012

Wyoming

Possible painting idea, note the angus cattle grazing



Beautiful eveing, another painting idea?

11.22.2012

Happy Thanksgiving! (Persimmons fini)

Two Persimmons, 6" x 8", oil on pastel board

Below are the pair of "plate" paintings hanging on our kitchen apartment wall. 
I like them. I like the negative shapes.

Love to paint on pastel board with oils.



Oh, and if you have some time, go to the link below to see a 

Enjoy your family and friends this THANKSGIVING and find some art everyday!

11.20.2012

Leaves - Yucca

Wyoming leaves - real and 2D -  9 x 11
acrylic & oil on sandpaper mounted on foam core

Yucca glauca (soapweed)
(for you nerdy types, like me)

Seed pod of the Yucca

Very cool flat seeds that are stacked on top of one another.


11.19.2012

Persimmons #1


I didn't get as much painting done today as I thought I was gonna ... but this sketch is a start.

Found other stuff to photograph:


some heads in someone's yard (!)



the bigger of three lions in a driveway with a 3-car garage! Rawrr!



And a yucca seed pod with flat seeds piled up inside!  
I will put a photo of the yucca plant in another post. 

11.18.2012

Oak Leaf



While the real leaves are apparent, it is fun to paint them.
I love the black & white views.


Another beautiful Wyoming evening. Last night's photo.
Attempting persimmons tomorrow ... wish me luck!

11.17.2012

Faces #5

Salman Rushdie, 6" x 5.5", oil on panel
Did you guess correctly? Has anyone ever read him?
I read Luka & the Fire of Life, and want to read
Joseph Anton, his latest.

While procrastinating about continuing with my painting the other day, 
I sketched this:


It is my little wooden table easel. So great.

Gold Leaf

Which leaf is real?

In this b&w it is actually harder to tell!

One more for tomorrow.
I am painting SR today. (Another hint)

11.15.2012

Burgundy leaf

Which leaf is real?
Ok, no I didn't paint today.

This was done a couple of days ago.
It is the first of a series of leaves on one surface. More to come.

11.14.2012

Faces #5 - Page 2


A little further...

Yep, P. R. got it.
Anyone else give a try?

11.13.2012

Faces #5 - Page 1


Ok, getting started on my next Faces painting.


Anyone know this guy?

It is serendipity that I paint him today, as today is the Hindu holiday
(that is a wee hint)
 I am using my foamcore invention for this panel again!

I also am thinking of painting this gal.
Actually it is technically started.



11.11.2012

Faces #4 - Ann

Almost finished

6" x 6"  oil on panel
I am always amazed at how a painting will sometimes "finish itself".
I thought I might be working for a few more days, but it is done.

Thank you to my good friend, Linda, for this photo of her mom.

11.10.2012

Faces #4, cont...



I am continuing to work on my Faces series. 
(See the start of this one on 9/21/12 post.)
This painting is definitely not Alla Prima (painted all at once), but I found this link by 
who suggests that once a paint stroke is laid on, leave it! 
Counting brushstrokes is not something I aspire to do, but I get his point. Thanks Larry!

Also, here's another pear painting:
Aceo, oil on paper


11.08.2012

The Bath

We needed a little painting to go on the bathroom wall.

Here's a sketch I made first:


8" x 10" acrylic and oil on canvas panel


The Bath 
after The Tub, mixed-media sculpture of 1888–89
Edgar Degas (French, 1834–1917)
Bronze, number 26/A
8 1/2 x 17 7/8 x 16 5/8 in. (21.6 x 45.4 x 42.2 cm)
H. O. Havemeyer Collecton, Bequest of Mrs. H. O. Havemeyer, 1929 (29.100.419)



Today was warm and beautiful here in SE Wyoming. 

This morning, after biking for 45 min at the local PT office (they have a "gym"), 
my walking route home took me up toward the "airport":