Thursday, December 6, 2012

Primitive Pot

Here's another of my clay creations. I get as absorbed in clay as I do in painting! I went on a wonderful 8 mile hike today (that's right; no clay studio today!) I will be there bright an early in the morning. Lots of ideas brewing in my head....

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Tall Ceramic Box

I'm still having a blast in the clay studio. Lately I have been making boxes of all varieties. Last Wednesday I did my first raku firing. It was pretty exciting! The flames, the smell, and the sometimes surprising results. I was quite happy with the way my pieces turned out. I will post a couple of them later. The box shown above is glazed with high fire glazes. It looks in the photo like there is a white line going daiagonally near the bottom. That's a reflection; the line is actuaIly the same clay as the other lines..  have joined the glaze committee, and have been having a lot of fun trying different combinations. I think it's the painter in me that is drawn to this part of the process. Many of the clay studio HATE glazing because they can ruin a piece they spent lots of time getting to that point. I aim to remove some of the mystery and help people get more satisfactory results.

Monday, November 19, 2012

Hello from Arizona

I know this is primarily a painting website, but I hope you will be open to seeing some of my clay art. That's what I do while in Arizona. This "horizontal totem" or "clay prayer flag" installation is my latest project. It certainly adds some color and interest to our front entry. I find myself getting very involved in the glazing aspect of the clay studio. Most of the members hate glazing, as they are overwhelmed by the options and the unknowns of the process. Probably because of my painterly leanings, I love the glaze process, and I'm trying to understand it so that I can help others to feel some control and some joy in glazing their pieces. I'll share some of my "vertical totems" with you in future posts.

I miss painting, but I can look forward to returning to it in a few months. In the meantime, I love clay. I'm so fickle!

Friday, October 12, 2012

Last Painting Until February!

                               "Above and Beyond" 30x48

It's time to put away the paint brushes and start thinking "clay". We leave tomorrow for Arizona, where I spend a lot of time in the fantastic clay studio 5 minutes drive from our house. It's kind of refreshing to switch art forms for a portion of each year. I always feel a tinge of regret at leaving the one and excitement in anticipating the other.

Awhile ago, I painted a restaurant scene from a high perspective- not quite as high as this one. There's something that thrills me about the unusual viewpoint; it's challenging to paint and it takes the scene out of the realm of the ordinary.

I plan to check in to Daily Paintworks and my fellow Bloggers to see what's happening during my hiatus.

Monday, October 8, 2012



This is the style I wish I could attain in all my paintings. I like the way the light shapes move through the darkness and I'm happy with the loose rendering. The paint itself is thick and thin- lots of variety. Why can't I do it every time?????

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Deep in Thought

                                                      7x5; SOLD

The Daily Paintworks Challenge this week is to paint an "emotion" . This is a bit of a cop-out, since the emotion suggested is pretty much up to the viewer. If a boy is alone and quiet, is he deep in thought? Sad? Bored? Angry? The viewer must decide.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Lady in Red


This painting was done in a workshop I attended last month. The assignment was to work with a complementary palette (red and green) but I also was playing with the juxtaposition of thinly painted and more thickly painted areas. I've always liked paintings that were part drawing, part painting (Toulouse Lautrec comes to mind) and this has some of that flavor.

Sunday, September 2, 2012



This weeks challenge on DPW: Paint a light bulb. I decided to pair the bulb with a favorite little black vase that not only is "bulbous" itself but helps to create some more interesting shapes.

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Morning Outlook


This is a rework of a painting from my workshop earlier this month. There were 2 figures (from models) and I was happy with the guy but not the girl- so I nixed the girl and replaced her with a scene from a Diebenkorn painting. I really like this piece; I think I'll keep it.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Too Soon for the Spoon

                                    6x6  SOLD

Entry #2 in this week's egg painting challenge. This is such a great exercise in seeing all the subtle gradations in color that define the delicate eggshells and the gelatinous egg whites. I threw in the spoon for contrast.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Awaiting Company


I got a hankering to try something new (for me). Normally I would want to place a figure n the scene, but this one seemed complete as it is.

Monday, August 27, 2012

Egg For One

                                    6x6  SOLD

This is my entry for this week's challenge. This is probably the third time I've painted and egg and shells, and I know this is better than the last ones. The power of practice....

Saturday, August 25, 2012

A Plum Among Them


This may be the most items I've ever included in a  composition. I remember awhile ago Carol Marine did a number of them from much more distant perspective. The simplification required grows enormously the further away you get. Now that's a challenge! This was hard enough....well, maybe I'll try backing off further.......

Thursday, August 23, 2012

In a Mason Jar


The lid on this jar was hard to paint! It rather looks like the whole thing, plate and all, are flying across the picture. Does that make it dynamic?

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Shine Your Light on Me


Red Onions are some of my favorites, to paint and to eat. I also love this color combination!

Monday, August 20, 2012

You Glow, Girl


The DPW Challenge this week is the "Complement Me" Challenge, courtesy of yours truly. We did something similar in the workshop I took a couple weeks ago, and I found it pretty useful The idea is that you take complementary colors and you can use one in it's full range (in this case the red runs from red-orange to ted-purple and the other (green in this case) you can only mix with white and with the reds. The result will be a cohesive complementary color scheme.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Three Lemons on Blue


One of my favorite compositional tools is combining shapes of similar color to make new shapes. There are essentially only 2 colors in this, but I think it works pretty well. I love this little green bottle.It may just be my new favorite prop.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Life on the Streets

                                        5x7  SOLD

I haven't really been away from painting. I took a 5 day workshop at the Gage Academy and aside from a short lecture period, painted all day every day. I can't way that I learned a lot of new things, but sometimes the knowledge creeps in unexpectedly. I can say that I loved it!

This little painting is for the DPW challenge and is derived from the photo posted by Carol Marine.

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Red Truck

                                     6x6 SOLD

This has been a really busy day, but I managed to whip out a little 6x6 entry for the DPW Challenge. Tomorrow is the first day of my 5 day painting workshop at the Gage Academy. We also have out of town visitors- 4 people- staying with us for a couple days and 12 people coming to dinner on Tuesday evening. Fortunately, my husband is an excellent cook, so he is in charge of planning and (partially) executing the meal. I am REALLY looking forward to this workshop and hope that all the distractions won't , well, be a distraction.

Sunday, July 29, 2012

A Bouquet for Today


Another market painting....I was drawn to, yet intimidated by, all the flowers. I wasn't sure how to use them in the composition to enhance yet not overwhelm the picture. I also wanted to have the focus on the man's activity rather than his face. I think the glove helps to do that.

Friday, July 27, 2012

Lunch Break


Another of my Pike Place Market paintings. I was attracted to the warm dark colors of they interior as they contrasted to the brightness outside.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Custom Set

(4) 6x6 paintings

I'm having a blast painting some larger pieces based on photos i took at the Pike Place Market. Meanwhile, however, I got a commission to paint 4 coordinated pieces to hang in a dining room with new iris colored carpet! Doesn't that sound luscious? I toned the panels with what I deemed to be "iris" and went to town. The customer had some paintings in mind, and also requested citrus and glass. I sure hope she likes them!!!!

Pike Place Produce


I'm having so much fun with these market paintings. It's a huge challenge in simplification and controlling values. With this one, I was intrigued by the way the produce and the shop seemed to frame a bright little window of activity. And I loved the guy's striped shirt.
I took about 50 photos at the market a few weeks ago, and only 4 or 5 seem to be suitable for paintings. I think it may be time to go snap another 50.

Monday, July 23, 2012

Fruit Concentrate


I have a commission to paint 4 little pieces for somebody. She selected 3 existing images but for the 4th she wanted citrus fruits and glass. I love the way the glass makes the colors bounce around- the lemon is doused in green and orange, the lime's shadow gets a hint of red, and the orange is touched with green. Because her carpet is "iris" and in order to unify the colors, I started with a purple blue background on all 4 paintings.

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Balancing Act

This is the 2nd of the two 30x40 paintings that are going to Carmel. I really love the feel of the outdoor cafe scenes.

I haven't been doing daily paintings for some time. It sees that recently my painting is broken up into spurts of furious, obsessive painting- and then no painting at all. Tomorrow we are leaving for a 4 day camping trip with friends, and then 4 days after we get back buy husband will leave for a week. I smell a furious painting session coming on....

We are in the process of exchanging an apartment building we own for one that has an owners unit atop 4 1 bedroom units (close to downtown Seattle- yeah!). Our plan is to completely remodel the building, starting with the exterior and our unit. One of the bedrooms will become my studio. I am concerned about lighting as I am not happy with the lighting in my current studio. I welcome any suggestions, regarding lighting and anything else. I want the most awesome studio I can get within the limitations of the space!

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Cafe Troubadour


This was a composite of several photos. I have painted the violinist several times, but the weirdest thing happened. I was perusing the original photo (taken by a friend) and I thought I saw whiskers, so I enlarged that section and sure enough, my girl is a guy! Who knew???? Well, I guess it doesn't really matter. I was attracted to his/her body language and that's pretty "non-gender" (in this case, anyway....)

Sunday, July 1, 2012

The Lady Can Sing


More jazz....I gathered these figures from 3 separate sources. It seems that in most actual "gatherings" one or more of the figures aren't animated enough for me. I want "gesture"- especially when there's movement involved.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Jazz Club


My gallery in Carmel has sold 2 paintings and he wants more! I'm furiously painting to get them to him in time for summer vacationers. As in most tourist towns, his business tapers off in the fall and doesn't pick up again until spring.

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Pike Place Fish


I'm working on some larger paintings of the market. The challenge (as always) is to simplify, especially when there is so much activity and color.

Friday, June 22, 2012

Monorail at Mercer


This is the third of the three "Seattle" paintings I've done thus far. I delivered them to Alki Arts today. I wanted to do a view of the space needle that was not commonly seen. I stood and waited for the Monorail to come by so that I could get that into the picture too. I wish the sky were this blue today!!!!!

Wednesday, June 20, 2012


Another painting from my day at the Pike Place Market. These guys were taking advantage of a lull in the action to do a bit of chatting among themselves.

Monday, June 18, 2012

More Fish


I walked all over downtown one day last week taking photos, most of them at the Pike Place Market. It was a busy day with lots of tourists. Out of about 60 photos maybe 6 were good reference material for paintings. Thank goodness for digital!

Tuesday, June 12, 2012



The DPW Challenge this week is to paint something that was a gift. This gravy boat was a gift from my niece, Tara. I think it is a lovely shape, and I have thought numerous times about painting is- so I finally did!

Thursday, June 7, 2012



I wasn't sure how I could depict the people in the boats without getting into too much detail, so I waited until I was well into the painting before I tackled it. Then I filled in a loosely shaped section with mostly darkish neutrals and cut into the shape with mostly sky colors. I pretty much got the effect I wanted.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Make Way for the Dark Horse


Another sailboat painting. I took 5 sailboat paintings to Alki Arts last week. Tis the season.....

Monday, June 4, 2012

Not For the Faint of Heart


The Daily Paintworks Challenge this week is "stripes". So here you have it: stripes. I fas feeling an urge to use lots of color (maybe following the last post's pale palette?) Note the reflection of the blue/purple glass in the base of the cup at the left. These are the kinds of things that excite me in a still life. Often I don't see them at first, but when you're looking really really closely at all the colors, they reveal themselves. 

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Egg Cup, Egg, Cup

This is my first post with my new IMac. Our old PC got so bad that I wasn't able to post, and then I downloaded a Blogger app to my IPad and did a post that was less than satisfactory. Hope this works better! There certainly is a learning curve involved when switching from PC to Mac and I hope in the end it's worth it.

So....this is the first still life I've done in awhile. I'm really happy with the color combo. I've been trying to paint with a lighter palette. That's not to say I'll give up on my beloved deep color and high contrast. I just want to be able to create strong compositions and interesting paintings that are in a higher key as well.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Red Sails

I've been going to town on these sailboat paintings. I want to explore the abstract qualities of the sails as well as capture the movement.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Pop Pop Pop of Yellow

I don't know what I did, but I messed around a bit and got the page to come up properly. Hope I can do it again . Anyway, this is the first painting I've done in about 6 weeks. It's posted on Daily Paintworks in the "Yellow" Challenge. We were down in Arizona, and LOVE the clay studio there, so I decided I would take advantage of that great facility and abandon paint for clay. That way I'll never tire of either one. Here's a pic of one of the totems I made.
I'm now excited about getting back to painting. I have some ideas brewing, and I think I will be doing mostly larger paintings, along with the occassional small "daily" paintings. It's good to be back in Seattle and back to blogging.

Monday, May 14, 2012

Pop Pop Pop of Yellow

I'm baffled; Blooger is misbehaving. My dashboard is blank; I laboriously entered the URL of my image and it says it downloaded, but I don't see it. I just returned from Arizona and I'm eager to reconnect on my blog and this is SO frustrating. Is anybody else having problems?????

Monday, March 26, 2012

What's The Point?

                                 6x6 Bid Starting at $75

This is my entry for the Daily Paintworks Challenge "Pare Down Your Apple". The idea is to create the form with as few different colors as possible. For that reason it was rendered quite quickly, which usually results in the liveliest painting- which is the point!
We're getting ready to leave town next Monday on a driving trip to Arizona. One the way, I will drop off 6 paintings in Carmel. I've been busy framing, and haven't had time to do daily paintings. Then I'll be gone for about a month and won't be posting any during that time. I miss doing them and look forward to getting on a more reliable schedule this summer.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

For the Love of Jazz

This one is going to Carmel. It's the first of my larger jazz paintings. My goal with these is to present something that captures the energy that emanates from the performers. This was a lot of fun to paint, and I look forward to doing more along these lines.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Stacked in Your Favor

                                     9x12 plus frame Bidding starting at $125

This is a more traditional approach to still life than I normally do, but that's where it ended up. I love the shape of the gold bowl and the pop of the red objects in the mostly cool setting.

Monday, March 19, 2012

All Crumpled Up and Nowhere to Go

                                      6x6  Bid on this Painting

This week's challenge at DPW was "Crumpled Paper". Boy, was that hard! It's difficult to simplify the shapes and still have it read as crumpled paper. I couldn't help including the glass to distract myself from the tediousness of rendering the crumpled paper.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Light Up the Night

I didn't intend to make this one quite so abstract, but once I got started in that direction, I quite liked it, so I kept going. This is going to the gallery in Carmel. As of yesterday, I am listed on the official roster and you can see all the paintings that are and will be there. Here's the link if you want to check it out:

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

You Can Call Me Red

                                      6x6 SOLD

This is actually a modification of an older painting. Sometimes I have an "aha moment" when looking at a painting and I think I know what will improve it. This one had nearly equal warm and cool colors, as the cloth on the ground was yellow. I decided that the bottle and oranges would be more dramatic in a cool environment.

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Surreal Trio

                                     6x6 SOLD
There's something about this color combination that really appeals to me. I also played around a bit with the shapes and pattern. They are not quite as they appeared in reality. There are some things that don't quite make sense. That's the surreal part.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Dining in Paris

So far I have 3 painting (this being one) that I'll be delivering in April to the Edward Montgomery Fine Art Gallery in Carmel. My goal is to deliver 5 paintings so that I will have a real presence in the gallery, but he's a tough sell. He knows what his customers like and he only accepts what he thinks he can sell. That's good, actually. I respect that- and who doesn't want their paintings to sell?

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Spring Feeding

                                      6x6 Bid on this Painting

I decided to paint the horse one more time, this time experimenting with more color. I'm also experimenting with lowering my prices on the DPW site. There seem to be more artists offering paintings at a lower price point, and my sales have dropped off dramatically. My hope is to get enough of a following to drive the prices back up to where (I think) the value is.

Monday, March 5, 2012

Well Bred and Well Fed

I learned something interesting about light. I tried to photograph this yesterday afternoon and gave up after about 3 tries. The light was just wrong and even with Photoshop I couldn't get close to the actual painting. The yellows just dominated and I couldn't get them to go away. This morning I got it on the first try.
This is my entry for the DPW Challenge. I loved painting this horse. I tried to make sure I had the weight balanced correctly; the view of his rear end on the left is essential to make sure he doesn't look like he's tipping to the right. Then I wanted to capture the undulations of the body masses. I'm tempted to try painting him again- this time in unnatural colors and more abstracted. Just for fun.