Wednesday, December 14, 2011

"Orange Marmalade" oil on hardboard 5x7" $99

Ross and I have this on going "discussion" about how cows align themselves in the pasture.  It always seems to me that they all face the same direction.  I used to think it was facing the sun but that doesn't seem to be the case.  At any rate, I'm glad they do! it makes for some fine composition.

Monday, December 12, 2011

"Lost In the Crowd" oil on hardboard 6x6"

There is something about black on black that pushes you to the wall when you're painting.  It's a bit like an evil drug. You hate that you succumb. but you keep going back to the well.

Wednesday, December 07, 2011

"Split Personality" oil on hardboard 6x6" $99

For some reason I never noticed how amazingly red some of these cows are.  There was a time when all I could see were the black and white guys.  They're gettin' a run for their money now!

Tuesday, December 06, 2011

"The Chew" oil on hardboard 5x7" $99

I just fell in love with the straw hanging out of this cow's mouth. Not the kind of falling in love that happens when you meet that special someone but a visual infatuation that drives the painting.  I've also become enamored with the ear tags.  It's kind of morose in a way but the visual impact is grand.

Monday, December 05, 2011

"Rear View" oil on hardboard 5x7" $99

The composition and color on this were irresistible.  I was afraid my new found enthusiasm for the cows might have been a flash in the pan.  Guess not.  So much fun!  Guilty pleasure?

Sunday, December 04, 2011

"Milky Way" oil on hardboard 6x6" $99

If you've been following my posts for a VERY long time you know I did a series of cows.  Then there were human portraits.  Next came pet portraits.  Recently I been scrutinizing the cows that I still own.  Finally I think I understand.  I'm really more about portrait work.  This is the beginning of a return.  To say I am excited is an understatement.  They mooed to me in the night and I responded.  I hope you'll stay tuned.

Monday, November 28, 2011

"These Feet Aren't Made for Dancin' " oil on hardboard 5x7" $99

Believe it or not, these shoes were on a competitive Bass fisherman when he got off the boat to weigh in.  Not what one would anticipate.

Saturday, November 26, 2011

"As I Walk the Neighborhood" oil on canvas 8x10" $220

This just struck me as such an amazing sight.  This poor tree that has been pruned so atrociously and yet able to afford a striking pose.

Wednesday, November 02, 2011

"Indian Bookstore" 8x8" oil on hardboard $175 SOLD

This is a corner in the small town we live in.  The Indian Bookstore has a national if not international reputation.  The man that owned it for many years had developed quite the collection of books and artifacts.  He has since passed and I don't think his family has the necessary passion.  In fact, they are moving this landmark to another location.  Sad day.

Monday, October 31, 2011

"Catty Cat" oil on hardboard 6x6" $99 SOLD

This little monkey belongs to me.  She is one of 14 strays we have adopted over the last 20 years.  No! we don't have them all at once.  The most we've housed at any one time was 9.  Right now we have 5 plus a VERY stray stray.  Life in the country.  Today the back door got left open and this one took herself for a walk with her house mate.  I was so happy when I managed to wrangle them up! it never occurred to me that while they were getting OUT the stray was getting IN.  Yikes!  Circus act.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

"Blue Poppy 4" oil on hardboard 6x6"

Okay! so I said the last one was "the last one".  This really IS! at least until they bloom again in 2012.

Monday, October 24, 2011

"Slippery Slope" oil on hardboard

My neighbors have recently started surfing.  Given we live in the Pacific Northwest that does not conjure up feelings of warm water sport for me!  However, the images that small humans make when bobbing about in the ocean make for pretty dynamic compositions.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

"The Eyes Have It" oil on hardboard, 6x6" $99

I have no idea who this little fellow is.  I ran into him in a park and snapped his picture.  He was so adorable it was impossible to resist.  The ears look like the wind has picked them up and he could actually levitate.

Monday, October 10, 2011

"Star Power!" oil on hardboard 6x6"

This is the beautiful Ms. Onyx.  She belongs to Patty and Georgia.  I swear she's going to open her mouth and join the conversation one day.  She follows our faces when we talk just like she knows what's being discussed.  Amazing.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

"Blue Poppy 3" oil on hardboard, 6x6"

The habit of this flower seems to be in a downward, nodding like pose.  I'm trying to get up the nerve to try them in our garden next season.  Though it seems like a daunting challenge the paintings that would result could make it worth the angst.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

"Blue Poppy 2 " oil on hardboard, 6x6"

The light through this flower is amazing.  I almost enjoy them more one at a time than as a "field" which is what they have at the Rhododendron Species Foundation.  Quite an accomplishment in the garden world.

Monday, September 26, 2011

"Blue Poppies 1" oil on hardboard, 6x6"

Ross and I were fortunate enough to be introduced to the Rhododendron Species Foundation in Federal Way, Wa. this year.  It was an amazing visit. Our good friend and over the top smart garden friend Greg Graves made it happen.  On that visit they had a "meadow" of the blue poppies that everyone is so desperate to grow and so often foiled.  Who knew there were so many shades of blue?!?

Thursday, September 15, 2011

untitled, oil on hardboard, 12x12" SOLD

This is the second piece for a client.  This is his precious little Chatta out ruling the forest.  I'm waiting to let him assist me in a title.

Friday, August 12, 2011

untitled oil on hardboard 6x6"

I'm not even sure what to say about this one.  There are so many things I was pleased with when I finished.  If I didn't know better I would think this was a small pooch but it isn't.  Actually quite large.  What  sweet face to go with that imposing body.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

untitled 6x6" oil on hardboard SOLD

Yep! this is doggy number 3 in the household of wonders that I've been working on.  Maybe he was "adopted".  When you see images of the 3 together it is such a fascinating mix. 

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

untitled oil on hardboard 6x6"

This is another of the "family" of pups.  Wait until you see the third!

Tuesday, August 09, 2011

untitled oil on hardboard 6x6" SOLD

This is part of a family of dogs I am working on.  They all have such amazing personalities!  I can't wait to see them all together.

Monday, July 18, 2011

"Look of a Winner" oil on hardboard 6x6" $99 + $9 shipping

This marvelous dog is like a painters dream.  The intensity, the movement, the glamor! it's all there in one package.  It's hard not to just run back in the studio and start another one.

Friday, July 15, 2011

"Lashing Out" oil on hardboard 5x5" $99

Same old song.  I wish the photo was more accurate.  The painting is a lot more subtle.  It was intersting to spend time so close to my own eyeball.  I thought my eyes were gray.  At age 60 I found out they are green.  Go figure.

Saturday, July 02, 2011

"Chatta" oil on hardboard 12x12" sold

This pup was a rescue dog from Mexico.  The owner has quite the story.  I'm so please that he allowed me to paint Chatta from this vantage point.  The dog portraits are always fun but being able to capture something totally unique was a treat.  Chatta shipped out yesterday and their going to host a "one painting opening".

Saturday, June 25, 2011

repeat - 12x12" $400

If this looks familiar it's because it is.  The original was 6x6".  However, I was asked if I could repeat it on a larger format.  It's the first time I've ever done that.  Surprised me at how well it came together.  Painting is such a mystery to me that I really didn't expect to be able to come so close to the original.  Historically artists have often copied old masters etc to improve their skills.  Since I have never done that it seemed unlikely that the two images would look the same.  Shocked!

Thursday, June 16, 2011

"Lady In Red aka Me at 60" oil on hard board 8x8"

If you read the previous post you know this was the June challenge.  I posted it again so it would transfer over to the Daily Painters site tomorrow.  It's the only way I know to make it happen correctly.  If you haven't visited that site you should.  New work EVERY day and some excellent painters.  OF COURSE you are visiting my challenge partners sites - right?!?!?!?

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

"Two to Tango" oil on hardboard 6x6" sold

Can you see the mischief in this little guy?  I think his pal is along for the ride.  It looks like he's laughing!  I can only imagine why!

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

"Luna" oil on hardboard 6x6" sold

A friend of mine raises these beauties.  She procured this as a gift for another owner.  I can't wait to hear what they thought!

Saturday, May 28, 2011


I just finished this piece about 2 weeks ago.  I think it's about 16x24.  I KNOW the photo isn't as good as the painting and I know even more that the painting doesn't come close to being as wonderful as this cat was.  He died in his sleep last night.

Friday, May 27, 2011

"Of Another Land" oil on hardboard 6x6" $99 + $9 shipping

This young man is not one of Ross' work study students.  He was just a tag along one day.  The two of them were trying to study together while taking care of the gallery.  When I say study I really mean study!  It was serious math and they were all business.  I was so impressed by their work ethic.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

"the Refugee" oil on hardboard 6x6" $99 + $9 shipping

My husband curates the gallery at the college where he works.  All of his work study students are from Iran.  This young man is marvelous.  During gallery openings he and I sit and chat once my feet get too tired to greet visitors.  Certainly has given me a new insight into his country.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

in progress

I have a soft spot for this breed.  We had one when I was in high school.  Smart dogs!  I can't believe the soulful eyes on this little love.  He is a commission for a family I met during our open studio tour last month.  I think they'll be pleased.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

"50%" oil on hardboard 6x6" $99 + $9 shipping

This was one of those paintings that never said "quit".  At some point you just have to stop paintng and hope.  Now that its posted and I see it outside of the studio I think it works quite well.  Of course, with that adorable subject matter how could you go wrong?!?!

Monday, May 23, 2011

"The Eyes Have It" oil on masonite 6x6" $99 + $9 shipping

Wow! this didn't play out like I expected.  Before I began I thought the black, white and gray would be an insurmountable problem.  It never occurred to me that the eyes could carry the entire piece.  The more dogs I paint the more I look forward to painting the next one.  It will be interesting to see how it changes my human portraits.

Monday, May 16, 2011

"Atmospheric Conditions" oil on board 6x6" $99 + $9 shipping

I was driving home one day and saw this amazing silhouette.  Somehow the birds appeared to be mocking the people below in their automobiles.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

"Sure Shot" oil on board, 5x7" $99 + shipping

This image is on my site twice.  There is a reason but it is too long and boring to explain.
My fabulous neighbor loaned me one of his cameras from his collection.  There were so many to pick from it was really difficult.  Strong geometric shapes are not my forte so forgive the odd "circles".

Monday, April 25, 2011

"Rest for the Weary" oil on hardboard 6x6"

Guess what; in the painting the chair arm isn't pink.  My camera skills are outlandish.  Oh well.  You get the general feel.  This is the same guy that wears a life jacket.  He is so much like my Mr. Magoo that painting him has a special charm for me.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

"More Ally More" oil on board 6x6"

This was a pretty fast study.  I feel like this cat should be moving in with my brood.  Seems like she lives here already.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

"Aqua Cat" oil on board 6x6"

This is Zane, Ally's partner in crime.  He's actually wearing a life jacket.  His owners take him on their boat.  Wouldn't you love to know what he's thinking?

Monday, April 11, 2011

"Ally Cat" revisited

This is the same painting just with a few additions.  Her tag is for real.  Purple crown with rhinestones.  The owner hasn't decided on which painting she wants.  With all this attitude I wouldn't have to think twice.  I think I have painted her 4 times at this juncture.  She's so beautiful that it is never boring.  Her buddy Zane is coming up soon.  I painted him in his life jacket.  No! really.

Monday, April 04, 2011

"Marching On" oil on hardboard 8x10" $220

I have this new fascination with feet, shoes, shadows and all that goes with them.  My husband and I just spent a bit of time in some airports.  The things folks had on their feet provided endless entertainment.  I think this you'll be seeing more of this to come.

"Ally Cat" oil on hardboard 6x6"

Well! I didn't think I would ever find a cat as beautiful to paint as my own orange Ollie but Ally is certainly giving him a run for his money.  This is the first of two paintings I've already completed and I KNOW there will be more. 

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

"Not So Crystal Ball" oil on canvas 20x24

This is a re-work of a previous painting.  I think this version is much more in tune with my original intent.

Monday, March 14, 2011

"The Good Life" oil on hardboard 8x10" $175 + $9 shipping

Oh wait! a cat.  I've been so inundated with with dog images that this was a nice departure.  I'm still having some image problems with light and camera.  The face and upper body are very bold in color interpretation.  Unfortunately you can't tell by this shot.  Guess it's back to the drawing board with the camera. :(

Saturday, March 12, 2011

"Fly Boys" oil on hardboard 12x12" sold

This was a recent commission.  The dad is a pilot and they were at the museum of flight in Seattle.  It's a surprise for his 30th birthday next weekend.  Kind of fun to be part of the celebration.

Wednesday, March 09, 2011

"Sarah" oil on hardboard 12x12" $400 plus shipping

There's a long story with this.  February 2010 I went to a Bluegrass festival.  This amazing young woman played.  I took a battery of images hoping to get at least one good one.  Last August I did 3 paintings from those shots.  One sold to a woman in Canada.  In the fall I was invited to advertise in Southwest Art with a group of other artists.  They used a VERY small image of the sold painting in the ad, December addition.  In February I got a call from a man in Texas who saw the ad.  He had a friend who's daughter plays Mandolin.  The painting reminded him of her.  His wife worked with the girl's mom so she took the magazine to work to show her.  She thought it resembled their daughter too so she shot a photo of the ad and sent it to the girl.  The man from Texas started talking about her and finally I asked her name.  Guess what!  It was the girl I had seen play!  Her name is Sara Jarosz.  She is fabulous.  With a back lit image like this they recognized her posture and body language.  Amazing chain of events.  Now I've painted her again and will contact her folks to see what they think.

Radley...not quite

Still working on this.  The client was not enamored with the red nose.  She still wants more red out :(
We see what happens next