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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?