Saturday, June 25, 2011

The Beach Umbrella

Finished this sweet 8x8 piece this morning. It makes me smile :)    This afternoon when temperatures hit 100 plus I'll be back in the studio but for now, my garden is calling me, the roses needed to be thinned,  the bougainvillea is taking over and my fruit trees are heavy and begging for relief.  My newest paintings are now for sale on my website at

Quote of the Day: "The really nice breezes blow through my body and into my soul."  ~ Astrid Alauda

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Painted Ladies with Blue Dog

So after I inadvertently destroyed a painting while working into the middle of the night, I revamped my idea and finished a new painting today. In a way it was to my advantage to destroy the original as I tried to put a few finishing touches on in the middle of the night :(   The second painting here had the kinks worked out and everything flowed much smoother. Many artists do much more than block out their entire painting before they work, they really, in essence, do two paintings. The first rough draft painting is to work out the placement, colors, unexpected obstacles...  Then they are able to proceed with absolute confidence in the final piece. I may take a lesson from all of this as there is something to be learned from all mistakes. 
The blue dog in this piece was inspired by my own dog, Scout. No she is not blue but she can sit in the same position forever as she waits patiently for me to share my lunch or take her for a walk or simply give her a belly scratch.
This painting (20 x 20 canvas) and the others in the "Summer of Color" series will be available in original and print form within a few days at my shop

Quote of the Day : "When one door is closed, don't you know, another is open." - Bob Marley

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Painting in Ruin

I know better. I teach this. I preach it. STOP painting when you are tired, even if you are just a few strokes from completion. 11:30 pm...almost done...3:00 am ... complete ruin.  That last brush stroke turned into a touch here and there and then "how can I fix this?" and by 3:00am it was beyond repair. After realizing that this wonderful painting was beyond hope, I covered it with a towel, set it back on the easel overnight while I mourned the loss. I couldn't bring myself to pull the towel off the painting until I had a very strong cup of coffee this morning. I guess there was that small hope that maybe it wasn't as bad as I remembered, maybe I could salvage it or even better, maybe it would end up being a "happy mistake" and be a creative work of genius. Nope. Awful. So I will let it go. The best way to cure the grief of a mistake is to start a new painting immediately.

Quote of the Day: "One cannot too soon forget his errors and misdemeanors; for to dwell upon them is to add to the offense."  ~ Henry David Thoreau

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Hot Air Balloons

I had a great time with this painting. 16 x 20 canvas.  LOVE hot air ballons and painting them is one of my favorite! There was a time when I never missed the annual balloon races in Reno, Nevada. Spectacular. In keeping with my mantra this summer, I'm using as much color as I can, as undiluted as possible.  Trying to not overwork paintings...just lay down the color and capture the feeling as quickly as I can. This flys in the face of everything I normally do and I'm enjoying the feeling of careless abandon with my paint brush.

Quote of the Day: "It's not what you look at that matters, it's what you see."  ~ Henry David Thoreau

Monday, June 13, 2011


I usually don't direct people away from my blog but today I need to show you the way to one of my favorite blog pages and a very cool contest that Laura Ingalls Gunn is hosting. It's for a shop called Shabby Apple, LOVE THIS SHOP Smiley . You have a chance to win a dress from Shabby Apple. Here is a link to the blog I'm talking about 

Quote of the Day: "Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined." ~ Henry David Thoreau

Saturday, June 11, 2011

"Burano at Sunset"

Finished the second in the Summer of Color series. This one is titled "Burano at Sunset". Both this painting and the one I posted yesterday are 16 x 20 canvas. After an entire day of painting, it's time to get some fresh air before the sun sets on this perfect day. Peace and Love ♥

Quote of the Day:  "It's something unpredictable, but in the end is right. I hope you had the time of your life" ~ Green Day

Friday, June 10, 2011

1st Summer of Color Painting...

I finished my 1st Summer of Color painting and I have posted it here. I don't recall if I completely disclosed my present state of mind but I believe I mentioned that I had been having very vivid dreams, very colorful. This has propelled me to realize that my life needs more color, my paintings need more color, rules need to be broken. So in addition to going against all of (well, almost all) of my art standards, I am choosing to unleash the fun at every opportunity. Carpe Diem! I took a spin around town at 7am on my pink cruiser bike. I danced to the the Blue Danube waltz in my living room. I opened a wonderful bottle of pinot noir midday. The music played, the wine flowed and is was a perfect day ♥

Quote of the Day: "May good fortune be with you, may your guiding light be strong" - Rod Stewart

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Artistic ADD ....

My artsy friends tell me I have artistic ADD. Okay, they may be right but I prefer to call it artistically adventurous. I like to try a lot of things and those experiments sometimes result in a very unique piece of work and sometimes they get relegated to the back of the studio, way back.

I've been having very lucid dreams lately. In these dreams I can see so much color it is almost overwhelming, so clear and vibrant. Will these colors come out in my work? Of course. If all of my contemporary folk art pieces look like Burano, Venice, Italy.... well I could be very happy with that. In salute to the colors of Burano, today it is a glass of wine (or two) and let the paint flow :) Cheers.

Quote of the Day: "Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow mindedness" - M. Twain

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Projects, Paintings, Illustrations...

Knee deep in many projects, paintings, illustrating a book for a friend, .... well, you know, all things that are wonderful and fulfilling and so ever-loving time consuming. Will post photos when I get at least one of these projects finished :) I couldn't ask for more except maybe to spend a few quiet hours in this bed with my Kindle.

Quote of the Day : "I am so busy doing nothing... that the idea of doing anything - which as you know, always leads to something - cuts into the nothing and then forces me to have to drop everything." ~ Jerry Seinfeld

Saturday, June 4, 2011

And So Summer Arrives.... last. School is out for summer and now I get to play artist again for a while :) One quick note as the school year ends, when the world seems crazy, so much bad news... I feel renewed in the classroom as I see an incredible amount of hope for the future. There are just so many great, great kids.

I stood at the door of my studio today looking at an embarrassing amount of dust covering everything. So first thing tomorrow it all comes out for a good cleaning. I can't work in clutter and dirt. I, like a lot of artists, need the mood and atmosphere to be just right. I need the music on, the view from my window, a good cup of coffee and no interruptions.
Aldo Luongo,one of my favorite artists said, "While painting, I’m confined, lonely, enmeshed in emotions and self-doubt". I guess that sums it up for me as well.

I'm including one of my favorite Luongo paintings:

Quote of the Day: "Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time."
~ Thomas Merton