Friday, November 17, 2017

You Just Don't Understand, Mom!

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I found these two peppers at the grocery store the other day and this scene just popped into my head. Maybe it's the fact that I'm currently dealing with an almost teenager? Nah - couldn't be.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Family Three

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And here's family number three. We had such high hopes for little Johnny, but he turned out to be not a terribly bright bulb. But we think Mary Jane is a shoe in. : )

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Family Two

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Here's my second in the "family" series. I think the uncle in the front is a bit of a lush.

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Family One

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I had an idea the other day to do a series of still life paintings that reflect the odd combinations that make up any given family. I mean, even siblings can be pretty different from each other, and their parents, but then add to that mix in-laws, step-parents, ex-spouses, and then how about the ex's new family once they get re-married. Well, yes, not everyone has the same kind of family gatherings we have, but still, families are ... well, interesting. We don't always see eye to eye, but sometimes, in glorious moments, you sit around a table and can all laugh at the same thing, at the same time, and in those moments, family seems pretty great.

Friday, November 10, 2017

Pumpkin Patch

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Recently I started a painting of a German city-scene and got interrupted right in the middle. It was also right smack-dab in the middle of its "ugly phase." It sat on my easel for days after, very distinctly NOT calling to me. So I finally went and got something - anything! - else to paint. Eventually I'll get back to the city-scene. But for now, pumpkins.

Thursday, November 09, 2017

Choosy Bird

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This was QUITE a challenge to paint. Anytime I have a painting with this many similar values ... oi. Nuf said.

The Patient Husband

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You may recognize this painting. It's a long story, but it traveled far and wide looking for a home, and in the end returned to me. So in case you missed it the first time, here's another chance.

I also wanted to say, since I've gotten a few worried emails, I am fine. My family is fine. And I'll be back to painting and posting soon. : )

Wednesday, November 01, 2017

What THEY Say

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I wish I could give you a longer lead time (it wasn't under my control), but...

Registration for my France workshop (next July)
will open tomorrow (Thursday, Nov 2nd) at 11am, PST.

Here is all the info (scroll down once you get to this page). I've had quite a bit of interest for this workshop, so I expect it to fill pretty fast. BTW, there are spots for artists, but also for non-painting partners. This was SUCH a fun workshop this year, and I'm really looking forward to next year!

In other news, I survived camping with my husband. : )

Saturday, October 28, 2017

To Love or to Eat?

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This pig has a dilemna. Should he love and adore the tomato, or should he eat it? He's very perplexed. Thank goodness my husband loves and adores me, as he's taking me camping for a few days, and I'm pretty sure he's not planning on having me for dinner. Back soon, fingers crossed.

Friday, October 27, 2017

Cutting Edge

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So, about that last workshop I taught in San Antonio ... I promised a report, so here it is. Honestly, it was like, a really great group of kids! Quite a few were from Texas, and a number from the NE, so the accent mix was quite interesting.

To the right are the few photos I managed to take - sorry there aren't more.

I also didn't get photos of any of my demos, so I'll end with our group photo. Thanks, y'all, for being such great kids for my very last still life workshop! : )

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Van Gogh's Courtyard

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I've been absent for a bit because I've been having some me time. And boy it's been GREAT! This past weekend I took a meditation workshop, which was pretty fabulous (who knew!?).

But what I really wanted to tell you is that I've decided to stop teaching my regular still life/daily painting workshops. This was a hard decision, but I've been doing them for 10 years and (after some soul searching) I realized I wasn't looking forward to them anymore (though I did love meeting all the wonderful people!!). For those who weren't ever able to get in, I apologize. Fortunately I wrote a book all about what I do. : ) I also have Artbytes (online tutorials) and will continue to make more of those, I promise.

I will still be teaching a workshop in France next year (which will open for registration soon). We will explore the little villages and then head back to the chateau to paint from the photos we took. We will also paint the views from the chateau and other locations. So, village- people- and land- scapes. Oh, and lots of eating of French food.

Speaking of, the painting above is from the courtyard of the mental hospital Van Gogh resided in for a year in France (done from photos I took there earlier this year). This is one of the locations where we will paint next year also. The grounds are fabulous.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Happy Little Princess

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Hello all! I am home from Texas and finally caught up and painting again. The workshop went really well, and I will post about that soon. But first, I wanted to point out that the reference for this painting (from NYC) is one I used for this week's Daily Paintworks Challenge. So if you're interested in seeing what I was working from, and/or trying it out yourself, click that link.

Thursday, October 05, 2017

In Honor of Citrus

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And this is the last in my current series of orange slices. I thought about calling it "escapees", but then I figured it would be like listing the co-stars (the limes) as the headliner.

This is it for me for a little while. Tomorrow I fly to Texas for my next workshop. I've padded my trip with extra time to visit family and friends, so I'll be gone a total of 10 days. That means I won't be able to ship any paintings that sell while I'm gone, and for that I apologize.

I won't be able to ship until October 17th, but my stepdaughter will continue to ship book orders for me while I'm gone.

Wednesday, October 04, 2017

Breakfast Scattered 2

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I want to say a few things about the benefit of painting in a series. One of course is that if you buy produce, it's nice to get a few paintings out of it before it goes off. But that's the cheap me talking. What's even better is that when I'm staring at one subject (or a set of subjects) for a while they often inspire or lead to more ideas about the same (hey, what if I tried this?!). They build off each other. Each one presents a new challenge but uses the skills I've been honing. And lastly, my best paintings are very rarely one-off - they are almost always a part of a series of the same subject, theme, idea, or other. I may not post all of them, because they might not have all worked out, but I did them, and they made me better.

Tuesday, October 03, 2017

Breakfast Scattered

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Recently I experimented with different kinds of light for my still life. For this one I tried more than one light - three to be exact. I shined (shone?) my halogen flood directly at the top left of the setup, at a rakish angle. I pointed the other two (both florescent, one with a blue-ish filter over it) at various angles, but more away from the setup. You'll notice the segmented shadows this creates. It was fun - I'll do it again.

Monday, October 02, 2017

Get it Fresh

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This is another one from the little French market we visited this spring in L'Isle sur la Sorgue.

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Odds Stacked Against

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I caught a short cold from my darling son, who caught it from his stinkin' little 6th grade classmates. Which is why I didn't post this yesterday, as promised. But here it is. While the last one was lit with a halogen flood, this one's under a softer, florescent bulb.

If you want to try something like this for yourself, you will find it on this week's Daily Paintworks Challenge. You don't have to be a member to submit to the challenges.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Learning to Ice Skate

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I did two versions of this scene, with different lights. This one is lit with my halogen flood bulb, which is the bulb I use most often. Tomorrow I'll show you the other one.

I've also been working on a side project, building a little porch for a new outbuilding that my husband finished this summer. I had to work around big roots from a tree, which informed the design. I've really gotten into woodworking lately. It provides me with the perfect balance of creativity, problem solving, and hard work. Since painting is my "job," I'd been looking for a "hobby" that was different enough to compliment the other - I think I finally found it.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Colorful Street


This was not only a colorful street, but a colorful town in general! It is in France, right next to some hills made of very beautiful dirt, and I guess they use that to make pigment, and use that to make paint to color the houses. Pretty cool. Can I remember the name of the town? Nope. Why am I so bad at that? (retorical)

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Under Scrutiny


And now back to a bit of still life, as I have another workshop coming up - my last one of the year.

Unfortunately, I am having to raise what I charge for international shipping. I apologize for this. I was under the impression that I could ship in a (usps priority mail international) padded envelope and it would be automatically insured, but I learned the hard way today that it is not. The cost will go from $30 to $35.