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Sunday, December 23, 2012

Christ Child, Mary, Christmas, Nativity, Manger

20 x 20 pastel on mi tiente paper  $2000.00

My friend Jeannie and her beautiful baby posed for this square 20 x 20 painting. I depicted her as Mary with her son Jesus in a manger. This nativity scene is available in the framed and matted original or as a print. I used tinted mi tiente paper and pastels for the soft look I was after.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

"Flirty Skirts"

24" x 30"  oil on canvas, framed  $999.00

Country Dancing in the park.  While some teens were out

 causing problems, these fresh faced young ladies were 

entertaining the crowds of picnickers and those out for a

 great day to feed the ducks and play frizbee with the kids.

Sunday, December 9, 2012

"The Angel and the Dove"

10" x 12"  watercolor and ink on 140 lb watercolor paper    SOLD

They have become fast friends, gliding the colorful skies, finding ways to help those who need their help.  Sometimes the angel whispers to the dove in spiritual language that only those with wings can understand.  The dove coos softly. 

Saturday, December 8, 2012

"The Sharecropper's Wife"

12" x 21"  watercolor matted and framed   $450.00

Her back is aching. She has bent over the crops in the hot sun all day long and still has to catch the chicken for dinner.  She is young and hardy and beautiful underneath her headscarf.  Her children help when they can, but she wants to make certain they get an education first.  Her vegetable garden is filled with lots of greens, beans, root veggies, potatoes and herbs.   

Friday, December 7, 2012

"The Sharecropper"

12" x 21" watercolor framed and matted  $450.00

He has been working in the fields all day.  He is tired and ready for dinner.  After dinner he will feed the pigs and cattle and milk the cows.  He is a proud man, making his own wages, selling and bartering to make ends meet and to send his children to school to get the best education they can.   by God.

Friday, November 30, 2012


4" x 6"  ink and watercolor   $25.00

Worn and weathered, these boots have seen combat, mud, muck, hot sand, and bugs.  They have protected precious feet and stopped short from stepping on land mines.  Aren't they beautiful?

Monday, November 26, 2012

"Juicy Tomatoes"

4" x 6"  watercolor  $20.00

Light plays from my kitchen window providing tangerine and rose colored reflections on the tiles from the not yet eaten tomatoes.

Sunday, November 25, 2012

"Three For Launch"

11" x 14"  watercolor   $70.00  matted

Reflecting on simple peaceful times with family and friends on calm water.

Friday, November 16, 2012

"Fly In and Relax"

11" x 14"  watercolor on Fabriano  $185.00 matted and framed

This day was a miracle day.  Sister Margaret and I flew in to this magical island in Alaska and were left for the day with a motor boat, some life vests and fishing poles.  We brought our food, and there was a cabin with canned goods.  We giggled, struggling how to start the motor boat, then chugged down the edge of the island until we hit a sand bar.  There we stopped and thanked God for the fun, friendship and absolute solitary beauty.  Sister Margaret died of cancer the next year.  She was friend to so many from the homeless, new mommies,  the frail, and to me.  I am such a lucky girl that she loved me too with a giant happy smile always.

Friday, November 9, 2012

"Latin Blast"

10.5" x 5.75"   watercolor  SOLD

Bright skies, giant colorful hibiscus growing under the warm fragrant days.  Frijoles, peppers and beef in hand flattened tortillas on the grill, laughter, and dancing girls, and red radish mounds in delightful even piles.  All of these remind me of a people who know how to enjoy the simple love of life.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

"Something New"

18" x 22"   watercolor batik  SOLD

"Something New" is a statement on the election which we are excitedly watching tonight.  Old leaves, but new colors in a mason jar provide the difference in thoughts and decisions.  Opposites of purple and gold, green and rusty reds, complete the cycle.  I don't know what the outcome will be, however I know that I will still retain my friendships no matter what. Opinions do not make the difference.  Love makes the difference. 

Monday, November 5, 2012

"Nate, Christopher and Andrew"

8" x 10"  watercolor  SOLD

 My nephew and his boys while they were camping.  They are a little bit cold, snuggling up against their Dad, and a little bit damp.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

"One Rocky Mountain Columbine"

5" x 5"  watercolor on 140 lb Fabriano  SOLD

Aqualigia is a native to Colorado. This fragile looking blossom is really pretty hardy.  According to Wikipedia "The common name "columbine" comes from the Latin for "dove", due to the resemblance of the inverted flower to five doves clustered together." However another source says that aquila means eagle which refers to the claw like spurs at the base of the flower.
The Rocky Mountain Columbine was designated the official state flower of Colorado in 1899 after winning the vote of Colorado's school children. Discovered in 1820 on Pike's Peak by mountain climber Edwin James, the Rocky Mountain columbine (Columbine Aquilegia caerulea) is a lovely flower with a rich aroma to attract bees, hummingbirds and butterflies to it's nectar. 

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

"Flirty Skirts"

24" x 30"  framed oil on canvas $1000.00

Country Dancin' in the park.  When some teens were out causing problems, these fresh faced young ladies were entertaining the crowds of picnickers and those out for a great day to feed the ducks and play frizbee with the kids.  

Saturday, October 27, 2012

"Frozen Red Trees and Snow"

20" x 20"  acrylic on deep canvas  $250.00

A blocky snow scene and passionate colors keep this painting from becoming too cold, although I don't think I will travel there.  Makes my nose tingle though.  Yeow!

Monday, October 22, 2012

"The Architect"

21" x 29"  watercolor  SOLD

The builder is a magpie who lovingly placed each and every twig in its proper place to woo his love.  She came in the spring when he had finished the task in the windy weather. I watched him from my kitchen window, formed the thought of the poetic painting, and he sat while she laid her eggs in the sheltering nest and then he helped feed his brood. Prints are available on

Saturday, October 20, 2012

"Morning Study"

14"x10.5"  w/c  $175.00
This painting is now at auction for the Hurricane Sandy Fundraiser which gives  100% of profit.

Beginning with the top right tulip, and no pre drawing, I worked my way down to the leaves atop the pitcher, leaving the whites for the bottom right gardenia.  Next I worked out the curve of the pitcher on the right and added the handle.  I added the shadows for the left gardenia and began the downward flow of the composition on the left.  At this point everything seemed bottom heavy so the top gardenia was added, along with spatters, palette knife, and darker values.  Soon it began to come together marvelously.  Layers were added in the whites, and a yellowish center.  I usually do not like smooth hot press, but happily found this technique to be satisfying.

Sunday, October 14, 2012

"Daisies Among the Tongues and Cactus"

11" x 14"  watercolor  $100.00

An all day still life class  project last Saturday.  My students were amazing!  Although I did not get photos of their work, I was so happy with their outcomes.  So were they!  Our subject was an odd combination of mother-in-laws tongues, Christmas cactus and gerbera daisies.  Ann had not ever used watercolor before, yet her composition and blending were perfect.  Beth had never done a wet in wet before, and her painting was like music. 

Thursday, October 11, 2012

"Building Castles"

  24" x 48"  acrylic   SOLD

Young cousins and friends playing in the wet sand building a  castle at a local park.   Imagination and cooperation
make the play at once intimate, passionate and contructive.  This painting sold the first day I put it in the gallery to a family lawyer.
Would that all our relationships could be so sound.  It takes children to teach us how to build a castle of love.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

"Red Hot Ruffled Tulip"

8" x 10"  watercolor matted and framed  $125.00

One Easter tulip so beautiful and crisp and satin.  I viewed this from the top and was smitten.  Have you ever been smitten?  Did I drool?  Yes.  Did I swoon?  Yes.  Was I fickle?  Yes.  As the blossom faded and fell, I became less enamored in it, yet each petal still had something velvet about it.  I cut the stem back several times in order to allow the stem to drink.  I thoroughly enjoyed it until the end.

At days end:

“People are like grass;
    their beauty is like a flower in the field.
The grass withers and the flower fades.
25     But the word of the Lord remains forever.”[f]

Monday, October 8, 2012

"Shrimp Shape"

4.75" x 4"  collage and acrylic  SOLD

A small colorful contemporary abstract.  My monitor shows it slightly brighter than the painting actually is.  The colors are truly lively and brilliant jewel tones.  It will liven any corner when matted and framed.  I don't create many of these, but I sure have a ball putting them together.  

Saturday, October 6, 2012

"Golden Iris"

9" x 18"  watercolor  $175.00 double matted and framed

My friend Linda Mertons, who is a fantastic gardener, gave me some bulbs from her stash last year, and this spring these amazing blossoms were among my new sprouts.  Luckily the deer do not like Iris.  
These paintings are currently on display at Arati gallery, 2425 W. Colorado Ave. along with many of my paintings of buildings, including " A Shower at the Broadmoor".    Hope you enjoy them.  I also have two painting at Cottonwood Artist's Gallery for the Susan G. Komen display. 

Thursday, October 4, 2012

"Daisy, Darling!"

8" x 8"  watercolor, collage and gouach  $60.00

Sometimes I struggle even though I had a good thumbnail composition.  These darned daisies kept getting in the way...I mean they were supposed to but I had many corrections to make.  Too big, too little, too dark, needs white...aargh!  Needless to say the silly painting is smaller than it was, which is the great thing about w/c paper, but frustrating too.  In the end I like the structure.  Washy looking, spontaneous, (though I can tell you it was not).  All in all, a very good lesson for myself.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

"Favorite Things"

9" x 12"  watercolor  $100.00
A beautiful handmade drawer made by one of my sons was the perfect set up for these seashells I carefully collected in California, and a small sugar spoon from England.  The natural grains in the wood and the creases and bumps so evenly designed on the shells and starfish are pure wonderment.  And did I even mention the iridescent colors?

Saturday, September 29, 2012

"The Eighth Day"

6" x 8" On The Eighth Day" SOLD

The eighth day in Jewish history is a new beginning.    I am enamored with the idea of newness.  New creations, starting over, change.  
We are mostly reluctant to change as we get older.  We are tired  not wanting to be challenged to learn.  Why not?  As a small winged creature is desirous of flight,  we need to be desirous of making all things new.  Christ makes all things new every day.  New cells, new plants, new species, etc.  Ancient is exciting, and is history, but new is full of hope.  We can be examples to our children who are like robins, leaping from the nest into the world.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

"Sharecropper's Wife"

12" x 24"  watercolor framed and matted  $525.00

My favorite woman. She is a good woman who works hard everyday to help her husband and family.

She is a mother, age 27. 
She is tired and could use a good back rub, and it is only  noon.  She must return to the fields after a refreshing cup of cold water from the cistern. 

Monday, September 24, 2012

"Sky Feathering"

13" x 21"  watercolor framed and matted  $400.00

Feathers have always fascinated me. Imagine how God put them together so perfectly in myriad colors and sizes and  distinct divisions that cause a bird to take flight.  Feathers cover the whole body and keeps them warm even though their bones and legs are so thin.  Wonder of wonders to me, who knows nothing about ornithology.  Imagine a world without birds!  I cannot.

Sunday, September 23, 2012

"A Naturally Beautiful Colorado Garden"

12" x 12"  oil on deep canvas   $200.00

On Monday before my demo everything was perfect.  Sunshine, light and shadow, and ....oops...I forgot my paper towels and my paints.  What to do? There was a nice sturdy flat rock to put my pallet on which did have some paints leftover and I did have some thinner, so I decided it was enough to capture the essence in a loose manner.  Boy it was hot!  Later after returning home I finished the painting with a good photo.  You cannot beat Colorado for beauty!

my photo reference  August 2012

Saturday, September 22, 2012

"Overcast Day at Garden of the Gods"

12" x 12"  oil on deep canvas  $130.00

The plan was to execute a demo at a paintout in the Garden for a group of 18 women.  However we all hurried into the Visitor Center across the road for refuge from the pouring rain and a quick overview.  The visitor Center allowed us to huddle and then rearrange ourselves until noon in the dining area where we had a perfect but foggy view of the Garden.  After the demo, some folks moved on to Miramont Castle to paint indoors. Eight hardy souls put on raincoats and brought their equipment out under the eaves of the Visitor Center where we painted for another couple of hours.  Smiling faces and fantastic paintings ensued.  I wish I had the photos of all of the paintings.  I did get the 8 ladies, however! We all later met up with the rest of the group and I painted a portrait demo for everyone.  We were all pretty exhausted afterward, and happy!

okay so I embellished it a bit!  Had to get the composition correct!

 See the cool relection in the window?
 Everyone was so accomodating!
 Blue is her color!  And several others as well.
 By the lower front entrance.  
 Let's get serious!
 I'm not too cold!  Just my fingers.
I think I will just watch.