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.


after Sisley, fini

After Alfred Sisley's painting from 1873. The Seine at Bougival. 12" x 18"

This was very enjoyable to paint. 
I felt I wanted more practice painting landscapes to hopefully help 
when I do my own, 
either en plein air or from photos.

 The original lives at the Musee d'Orsay, Paris and is 18" x 25.75". 
Now I want to see it.

Below is a b&w. 
I do not think I got the values like AS did...and my sky is more turquois-ey.


New practice work - Day 1

 On my easel right now is a prepared board on which I am doing 

a "cover" of one of Alfred Sisley's paintings.

This one has water, sky and distant trees - 

good for me to try to render in a similar way. 

Of course the photo I am using is in a book and 
very small, so really hard to copy exactly ...

I don't want to copy it exactly anyway. 

I am taking my time, but not trying to mimic -

 just getting a similar feeling, I hope.

These two shots were of my trying to get the values started,
and I did add a little color.


Happy eARTh Day!

Well, Mother Earth is giving some rainy day love to Southeast Alaska today,
but that is ok because it is a good time to make some

These three are the first zentangles I have ever made. We were introduced to them by Cristine Crooks (a wonderful artist and one of Juneau's Plein Rein painters) 
while at the retreat in March.

Of course
I love the Zentangle, it is doodling!

When you read about them at their website,
you will find that you need a 3.5" square piece of paper 
and something to draw with ... that's it!

Let me know if you try it!


Up The Channel From Blueberry Hill

Up The Channel - from Blueberry Hill, oil on board, 13" x 15.75"

This painting was fun, using both palette knife and brushes.


Day 2 Up the Channel, Juneau

Trying to keep some of the cool (meaning neat) colors I had on the board from disappearing. Also the textures make some interesting shapes ... 
and interesting surprising bumps with brush or palette knife.


Juneau painting!

Ok, this looks weird because I started the painting on a board with lots of left-over paint smashed over it. It was gessoed ...

Anyway, I had a photo of the view as we walked down from Blueberry Hills, on Douglas Island the other day. Thought it might be fun to try to capture.

Here goes ...


April on the North Santiam River

Driving from Wyoming, we zipped across Idaho - 
then across Oregon to Bend, in the high desert.

From there we headed north through the Santiam Pass 
and drove along the North Santiam River for awhile.

We found a nice place 
(cool though because of the snow on the bridge) 
for me to do a little oil sketch en plein air.


Sketch using the "Paper" App

Ok, I'm learning about the Blogsy app to use it if I need to download from sketches with the App PAPER on my tablet. (Yes, I have one ...)



Painting of Claire "backstory"

I began with a photo of my Mom and did the sketch above. 
I think the pencil sketch looks a little like 
my little Aunt Gertie, my Mom's oldest sister 
who died 7 years ago (a few months shy of 100!).

The following are photos of the painting's progress, 
with the b&w showing the values:

Thanks for looking!


Happy Birthday Mom!

Claire Christine, 14" x 11", oil on canvas, April 2012

Happy Birthday to the best Mommu ever!

I painted this in honor of her birthday last year.
I kept record of the painting progress and will post
those tomorrow.

We are back from Wyoming, back to the rugged Alaska mountains 
and ever-changing ocean here in Juneau. 
It feels so good to be home, but we sure have fun 
visiting new places and getting to see family!

I have been sketching a little, but not enough, on the road.

Thank you for following this art blog!