Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Lunch Counter

                                      30x24 oil on canvas
This was a fun one to paint. I tried to concentrate on the abstract shapes, trusting that the total effect would look convincing. So often I think I'm abstracting, only to end up with more realism than I wanted.
This is the first year we will be spending Christmas here in Arizona, away from family. We do have plans with extended family here though- some of my husband's cousins. After Christmas we will have house guests for much of the time until we leave in mid January. I have been spending time at the fabulous clay studio here rather than painting, as anything I make there will need time to dry and then to fire and glaze and fire again. Painting may have to wait until I return to my studio in Seattle.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Lucky Duck

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This is the DPW Challenge of the week: Reflections on Water. I submitted the idea inspired by a photo I took in Bend, Oregon this fall when the yellow leaves were everywhere. This duck and his buddies were enjoying the beautiful autumn day on a golden pond.

Monday, December 12, 2011

The Daily News

                                             16x20 oil on canvas
This is another of the paintings derived from photos I took in Telluride. I usually take photos of people sneakily and discreetly, but this time I told the gentleman I was a painter and would he mind if I took his picture. I think I'll try that more often; it's probably more considerate and i bet most people wouldn't mind at all. BTW, has anybody received a message that their Google profile is not allowed to comment on various blogs? I used to get it occassionally, but now I get it whenever I try to comment on anybody's blog. I don't know how to fix that!

Friday, December 9, 2011

Red Wall

                                  24x24 oil on canvas
Thi painting is based on a photo I took in Telluride, Colorado this fall. I was taken by the way the red wall reflected pink on the man's shirt as he walked by.
I've been neglecting the daily paintings in favor of working on some larger ones. More to follow. I do hope to return to the dailies, though- such great exercise!

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Havin' A Look

                                   16x20 oil on canvas Bid on this painting
This is the last (for the moment) of my car show paintings. I am still interested in doing more of them; just have to find the right venue for showing and selling. In the meantime, I thought I'd try offering this one on the DPW auction site. I haven't had enough time to paint lately and I'm getting really itchy. Hope I can grab some hours tomorrow and over the weekend.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Ryan; 6 Months

Meet my new grandson, Ryan Andrew Sandberg. Currently he's fascinated with his "jumpy seat". I hope to paint him at least every year as he grows up. I envision a row of these paintings in his room. They will probably cause him extreme embarrassment in his teens and be relegated to a closet. In the meantime I hope they provide some pleasure to him, his parents and others.

Monday, November 21, 2011

A Break in the ACTION

                                   24X24; contact me if interested

Another of my new car show series.....a vendor watches the people passing in the street.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Purposeful Stride

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We went to a bike swap event in Tucson last Saturday and I snapped a bunch of photos. I was especially drawn to this young woman with her coffee cup and her jaunty blue skirt.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Cadillac Yack

I'm excited about my new series-people at vintage car shows(and possibly other public venues). I took a bunch of photos at the Edmonds car show this summer. I love the way the guys stand around with their hands in their pockets.

Today I painted the Santa Rita mountains on an 18x36 canvas. I've been wanting to do that for a long time. The painting will live here at out house in Green Valley, AZ.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

His and Hers

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This week's DPW Challenge was "paint your shoes". I was going to just paint my own "hikers" but then I thought it might be fun to tie mine and my husband's together. How's that for romantic?
I've been madly painting the last few days, starting my new series based on people at vintage car shows. It may expand into people at other public venues, as we went to a bike swap in Tucson yesterday and I snapped some reference photos. This weekend there is a vintage car show and chili cook-off in Amado, a town just south of us. My camera and I will be there!

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Snowy Commute

                                        6x6 SOLD
I painted this in the Santa Rita Art League studio on a 70 degree day. How charming snow can be when you're not having to slog your way through it!

Monday, November 7, 2011



The DPW Challenge this week is another of my favorite type; "find the painting" in the photograph. Although the photo depicted a lively cafe scene, I was drawn to the girl with the hand raised to her hair. I also liked the way the backs of the chairs "framed" her in the space.
I joined the "Santa Rita Art League" so that I would have a place to paint. Today was the first day I took advantage of it, and I think I'll like it. My frames arrived today too, so I'll be shipping off my little paintings to the Edward Montgomery Fine Art gallery in Carmel. I hope they sell quickly and the demand will be there for larger paintings. Cross your fingers for me! Also, this weekend is the 11/11/11 event at the Seattle Design Center. Ticket Sales are looking good and I hear the exhibition looks awesome. Heavy art week for me!

Thursday, November 3, 2011

I'm So Happy

                                   6x6 Bid at http://www.dailypaintworks.com/buy/auction/21952

I'm finally back to painting after a several week hiatus and it feels GOOD! Here's my entry for this week's Daily Paintworks Challenge.
I have numerous items of good news on the art front. One is the upcoming 11/11/11 event at Seattle Design Center is gathering steam as tickets are being sold at a respectable rate. I hear the show looks great and enthusiasm is high. If you are in the Seattle and interested in attending a fun event, check it out at http://www.communityartistsprogram.com/. There's even a video about the CAP program.
The second item of note is that Alki Arts in West Seattle had a record month in October. Alki Arts opened its doors during possibly the worst art market in recent history, but Diane and Tom, the owners, are doing such a good job and gaining such favor in the community that they just might make it. We all- artists and community members alike- are rooting for their continuing success.
The third item is about a tremendous opportunity that has come my way. My husband and I had just arrived in Ouray, Colorado when I got a phone call from the Edward Montgomery Fine Art Gallery in Carmel, California. He had seen my work online and wanted to talk about possible representation in his gallery. I checked out the gallery and it is very established and well located. The current situation is that I am sending him 6 small paintings and we'll see how they do. If all goes well, we'll try some larger paintings. What an opportunity! I'm very excited about the possibilities!
So- I'm motivated and challenged and excited and all those good things. Life is good....I'll keep you posted.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Not Your Granny's Europe

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This is the reworked lower portion of the painting I cut in two. It's a comment on the contrast you see in the "old country"- very very old buildings juxtaposed with modern technology. The one I don't get is high heeled shoes on cobblestone streets. The women seem to manage just fine, but I can't imagine trying it! The high heeled shoes alone are challenging enough.
We're leaving early tomorrow for points south. We'll get no further than Portland tomorrow as we have people to visit. There's no hurry though; this is a road trip and road trips are meant to be savored. I'm taking paint supplies to Arizona, but no light box, so I doubt there will be many still lifes. Don't know just what I'll paint, but I'll find something!

Friday, October 14, 2011

Everywhere a Crow Crow

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Here's another of the Spain/Portugal series which, by the way for any locals who are reading this, will be on exhibit at the Meyer Wells showroom in the Seattle Design Center by the second week in November-at least January. There is an art event planned there for 11/11/11 that promises to be a lot of fun. Click on this link if you want to know more: www.communityartistsprogram.com

This painting actually part of a larger painting at one time, and I wasn't liking the way the whole thing came together, so I cut the panel and worked it into 2 separate paintings. That's the beauty of panels; you can "crop" as needed.

Sunday we're leaving for Arizona, taking our time and detouring into Colorado and New Mexico- making a road trip out of it. Usually we go more directly. I've been busy preparing to leave, so I haven't had time to paint (I miss it!) but I am taking paint supplies with me. There's a fabulous clay studio near our house down there, though, so I split my time between paint and clay- and hiking and tennis and pickle ball and biking.....what a life! Am I lucky or what?

Monday, October 10, 2011

Lunch Date

                                                  8x6 Bid on this Painting
Painting #2 of the DPW Challenge. It's been a delightful experience seeing all the paintings that evolved form the reference photo. I look forward to more this week.

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Watching and Waiting

                                                 8x6 Bid on this Painting
This is a conceptual composition for a larger painting that I am doing as a commission. As I was looking at the photograph supplied by the customer (a wonderful photo taken in Rome) and pondering the possibilities, it occurred to me that some of my fellow daily painters might enjoy this challenge. I submitted my idea to the Daily Paintworks team, and it was selected for this week's challenge. I find it very fun to see what other artists come up with, given the same material to work from. It's exciting and inspiring!

Friday, October 7, 2011

House on the Hill

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I posted a version of this a couple months ago, but it has been through may renditions since then. With these larger paintings I find that I can't get the depth and complexity  that I am looking for without several painting sessions and paint layers. The challenge is to retain spontaneity at the same time.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Pedestrian View of Alki Point

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Leaving Europe momentarily and returning to Seattle, I painted this view of the Alki Point Lighthouse. Usually it's photographed from the water, but I walked down a side street and got this view. This is a pretty good example of the weather we can expect this fall-maybe minus the blue sky. That's why Jed and I are headed to Arizona in a couple weeks. We have a nice getaway there just south of Tucson where we can hike, play tennis and pickleball, golf and bicycle, as well as take in the charms of Tubac and Tucson. BTW, we do rent the house out in the winter at very reasonable rates. There are still time slots open. Check out www.arizonazen.blogspot.com if you're interested.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Morning Stroll

                                             30x24 Contact me if interested

I've wrapped up my Spain and Portugal series with a total of 13 paintings- 2 of which have sold. The rest will be on display at the Seattle Design Center in the Meyer Wells Showroom for an undefined period starting sometime at the end of October. There will be a big event on November 11th, featuring 11 artists in the Community Artists Program- and food and wine. I will have more information on that very soon.
Relevant to the subject of Spain, I heard today from a young Dutch woman we met on the Camino de Santiago. She said that we (my husband Jed and I) are "featured" in a Dutch TV show about the Camino (http://www.rkk.nl/kruispunt/; click on the first of the 3 shows- the one on the left depicting walkers). On our first day in St. Jean Pied de Port there was a Dutch film crew. They filmed us at breakfast (OMG I looked bad!) and then later on the walk. The Dutch man I was talking to at breakfast later died in Pamplona of a heart attack. We heard that a Dutch man had died there, but we didn't know until today that he was the one. Pretty shocking because he was about our age.
Watching the film brought back a lot of good memories. It was a special experience and I would definitely do it again. I highly recommend it to anybody who wants an inexpensive, somewhat challenging, and personally enriching experience.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Tomato in Hand

                                     5x7 Bid on this Painting

This week's DPW Challenge is to paint your hand. Not easy doing it from life, so after a couple attempts I took a photo. It was a challenge to think in terms of shapes and only include enough detail to ensure that it reads as a hand.
It just started to rain HARD. Guess fall is really here. This is the first really hard rain we've seen in Seattle this season. More is sure to come.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Portugal Rooftops

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More of the Spain/Portugal series. I have wrapped it up with 11 paintings (I created 13, but 2 have sold) and this week I will be framing them and preparing them for a show at the Seattle Design Center. In the past few days I have been working on color. My husband says my paintings have become dull and unexciting. I had been trying to work with neutrals and spots of color, but when I took stock of what I had done recently I saw that he was right. My neutrals were "blah" . I needed to move toward more neutralized color rather than flat beiges and greys. I went back to what I learned from Robert Moore's workshop and mixed up a big batch of good neutral using complements (cad orange and ultramarine ) and used that to unify the painting by mixing just a bit of that with all my colors. I use just a bit of pure color for "pops" in selected places. I often pooh pooh my husbands critiques at first (he's not an artist) but end up deciding they have merit.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Waitress by the Window

                                  6x6 Bid on this Painting

I found out about Lee Brown's "A Day Not Wasted" website from Dana Cooper's post. What a great challenge! I tried to think of shapes and composition rather than what I actually saw in the photo. My goal is to paint more abstractly while still being representational.

Monday, September 26, 2011

Alley View


This is part of my Spain/Portugal series- a view of some colorful houses seen through a narrow street.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Red Galoshes

The DPW Challenge this week is to paint something pertaining to the arrival of autumn. Where I come from (Seattle) fall means rain. Thus the red galoshes.....

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Sporty Little Number

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I'm still working on larger paintings, but felt the need to do a fast and loose little piece before resuming my work. This little sports car was just what I needed. I'm awaiting the new DPW Challenge, as I enjoy doing those as well.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Limited Strokes Challenge

The purpose of this challenge is to prevent you from overworking your painting by limiting the number of strokes you can put down. You identify the shapes and then try to fill the shapes with a color in as few strokes as possible- with lots of juicy paint. You are supposed to estimate the number of strokes you can allow yourself (I estimated 24) and then count each stroke (I did 36!) I used up all my 24 before I painted the background! Then at the very end I cheated a bit by adding a few quick strokes; I just couldn't resist.

I'll be out of town all week at a women's hiking (and eating and drinking) retreat, so I won't be painting. Hope to get back to it on Saturday.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Night on the Town

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This is another of the Spain/Portugal series I'm working on. It is based very loosely on a photo I took in Obidos, Portugal

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Street Performer

This is a larger version of the Street Performer. I like this girl so much that I think I'll paint her at least once more. She'll be included in the Spain/Portugal series- even though she's in France. she fits with the rest of the paintings and there are many like her to be seen all over Europe.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Car Show

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The DPW Challenge this week is about values. As most painters know, value is more important than color in the structure of a painting. I used a photo taken at a car show that I attended last weekend, and executed the painting over an old one that provided some texture and a bit of color beneath the burn umber tones. After I finish my Spain/Portugal series I may just do one based on car shows.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Small Packages

This is another painting that got reworked. I'm eager to do the DPW Challenge this week because it's all about value in composition. We have to produce an interesting painting in 4 values, thinking about creating interesting shapes rather than thinking about the subject. And of course, color is out of the equation. Also, there should no be equal shares of the individual values. Dark, medium or light should dominate and one of the three should play the smallest role. A lot to think about!

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Street Performer

                                  6x6 Bid on this Painting
A friend was showing us some pictures of his recent trip to Europe when I spotted this young woman in one of the photos. I changed the setting but I tried to stay true to her character. Her body language suggests that she is lightly dancing along with her music.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Surrounded by Green

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In my continuing "Can this Painting be Saved?" project, this one got a complete overhaul. It's all about "linking values" and creating interesting shapes. Also, knowing when to use neutrals and when to use color. I find it so hard to get all this right on the first try!

Sunday, September 4, 2011

A Mother's Love

                            6x6  Bid on this Painting
The DPW Challenge this week is "Paint Your Pig". I have a "pig", but I chose instead to use the photo that was provided. The expressions on the faces occurred purely by chance, giving me the idea for the title, "A Mother's Love". I think the little pig looks contrite and she (Mom) looks concerned and slightly disapproving.

Saturday, September 3, 2011

On the Green

                                    6x6 Bid on this Painting   

I separated my older daily paintings into 3 piles. One pile is "fine as is" (I could change my mind about any of those). Another pile is "project for improvement" . The third pile is for "paint-overs". I think I've learned a few things about composition lately. Took me long enough! I'm starting to really "get" the concept of linking my shapes, both in color and value. This painting is an example of one that I painted over using what i know now. I think it's a much stronger painting. The painting I posted yesterday I decided doesn't work. I ended up with ambiguous focal points- the bright green lawn and the sunlit corner of the house. Because I'm trying to feature the house, I am working on toning down the lawn and increasing the interest on the corner of the house. Will post the "new and improved" version soon.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Island Retreat

                                         6x8 Not for sale

A friend's home away from home.......

Monday, August 29, 2011

Green and Gold

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It seems I only paint the little ones any more when the DPW Challenges occur. I am working on my Spain/Portugal series whenever I have the opportunity to paint. I know I'll get back to the dailies later. This challenge was to paint rectangles of color based on what you are observing. I quite like the effect, and it renews my resolve to be more careful about making color fields interesting with the application of a variety of related colors.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

On the Edge

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This is another reworked painting. I always liked the composition and I tried reworking it a coupe times with the original colors. Somehow it never made me happy. I am quite happy with this rendition- at least for now. I especially like the shape of the white cloth.

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Tempting Fate

                                  5x7 Bid on this painting
The DPW Challenge this week invites us to paint something inspired by superstition. I painted 2 pieces- this one from the photo provided and another of my own creation. Tomorrow I will post the other one. This one is about the folly of opening one's umbrella indoors. The cat came out looking somewhat like a raccoon, which , in my mind, is even more unsettling than the open umbrella. The little buggers are cute, but they're mean!

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Egg On Stage

                                         5x7 $90

I've been going through my older paintings and choosing to (a) put them in a pile to be painted over or (b) get reworked. This is one painting I always liked, but the values needed to be strengthened to make it stronger. It's an interesting exercise to analyze what works and doesn't work in a painting and make the attempt to rescue it. Sometimes they still end up in the scrap heap.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Workhorse Willy

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A few weeks ago my husband and I were in Idaho and we found lots of great cars and trucks to photograph. I was drawn to this one not only because of the interesting lines of the truck itself, but also because of the reflection in the metal building.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Aging With Attitude

                                      6x6 Contact me if interested
 I show some of my paintings at a gallery called Alki Arts in West Seattle. The owner, Diane, does an excellent job of display and marketing. In addition, she's an exceptionally nice person. She seems to do well with my cars and trucks, and I like painting them- so it's a "win-win".

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Morning Cup

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No time to paint these days! I squeezed in a couple hours this morning to paint this my mug for this week's DPW Challenge.

Friday, August 5, 2011

Parked by the Park

                   11.75x17.75 oil on hardwood cabinet door
This has just been listed on the DPW auction site with a starting bid of $150. You can go to http://www.dailypaintworks.com/buy/auction/8014 if you would like to place a bid.                     

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Bright Spot

                                        8x6 oil on 1/4" panel $120; email me if interested
This is my second entry to the DPW Challenge, which if you aren't aware of, is a weekly opportunity to try painting something in a way you might not have considered. Saturday I painted the subject using my instincts at the time, which resulted in my last post on this blog. Today I used more color and interpreted the picture even more loosely. I had a lot of fun with this one.

Sunday, July 31, 2011


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This weeks DPW Challenge is to paint from a specific black and white photo, making sure the values remain the same as in the photo. I took the easy route, staying with a fairly monochromatic color scheme. It's much harder to determine the relative values when you have to contend with multiple colors. I think I may try that later this week.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Bocce Players

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I cheated a little on this one. I took a photo of the bocce players in Lyon, Spain, but it wasn't a great painting reference. So I made a composite of several photos i found on the internet and painted from that.

Friday, July 22, 2011

Tapas Stop


This is another painting for my Spain/Portugal series, based on a photo I took in the late afternoon in Leon. Spain. I'm finding it immensely helpful to post these; for some strange reason I can spot things I don't like- and things I do- in the photo better than in the actual painting. For example, I think that there is too much definition between the walls and the sidewalk in this painting. I would like to see more of the wall color in the sidewalk and more of the sidewalk color in the wall. They should still read as separate surfaces, but more unified. I also take note when I receive many or few comments on a piece. I know it's not an absolute science, but it gives me a feel for the appeal of the painting.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Summer Days

This week's DPW Challenge is to paint while listening to a selected song and to identify that song. I chose Bob Dylan's "Summer Days" and I listened to the whole Dylan album "Love and Theft" while painting. I find Dylan to be bold and creative, and that's what I was looking for as inspiration for my paint application.