Monday, December 26, 2011

Ribbons and Straw



For DPW's Aftermath Challenge,
we are to paint what happens to the holiday wrapping and ribbons etc.
We save thin ribbons, string, etc. to put out in spring  for the birds
to use in building their nests.
When winter comes, and the trees are bare
and the limbs are frosted with snow,
they reveal the abandoned nests,
woven with brightly colored Christmas ribbons
among the grasses and straw.

5" x 7" acrylic on canvas panel

$50. includes shipping (US)

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Saturday, December 17, 2011

Wy'east Sunset



Wy'east is the Native American name for Oregon's Mt. Hood.
I can see this magnificent dormant volcano out of my east facing studio window.
I have photographed it numerous times through all seasons, weather, and time of day.
This painting reveals the rosy glow that the setting sun
casts upon the ever present snowy peak.

Click on image for a better view.

6" x 9" acrylic on linen paper

$125.  unframed. Shipping included.
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Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Nutcracker



Painted for Studio Atelier Nutcracker Brigade Challenge.
Barb had her whole platoon of wooden soldier nutcrackers on display
to paint from. I chose this smart looking little fellow.


6" x 8" acrylic on linen paper


$35. + $5. shipping
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Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Autumn and Winter Embrace


Painted for Daily Paint Works Reflection challenge
from the photo below, taken by Carolyn of a scene near her home in British Columbia.
She kindly gave me permission to use it.
You can view her photos on her blog, A Glowing Ember.

10" x 8" acrylic on canvas panel

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Sunday, December 11, 2011

Christmas Gifts









Besides painting and photography, I love to make jewelry.
I made these "Pandora" style bracelets for Christmas gifts.
Thinking of the recipient, I styled each one 
according to their favorite colors 
and added charms with special meaning just for them.

So, This is Christmas!



The title was chosen from the words in a popular Christmas song,
which as I was listening to it on the car radio.
I knew I wanted them for my title. 

This painting will be printed into Christmas cards for family and friends.
And anyone who would like to purchase them.
I filled the scene with symbols from the Scriptures,
regarding the coming of Christ.
For those who are unfamiliar with them:
the lamp and extra oil is from the Gospel
about the wise and foolish virgins, who waited for the Bridegroom.
The water jar is from the Gospel account of Jesus changing water
into wine, which symbolizes the new covenant.
The bread in the basket shows that Jesus is our heavenly food.
The fruit is pomegranates, an old testament symbol,
symbolizing here, that Jesus comes from the line of David, the King.
The sandals removed from their feet
reminds us that God told Abraham, because of His presence,
he stood on holy ground.
Where ever Jesus resides, He makes holy.

Of course the star announces His coming,
in time at Christmas; in the hearts of those who receive Him; and again on the last day.
The stable where this King was born - not to lofty heights but humble.
The donkey which He rode on to Bethlehem within His Mother Mary,
and which He will one day again ride upon in His Triumphal entry into Jerusalem,
going this time not to His earthly birth, but His death and glorious resurrection-
New Life for all eternity,
not only for Himself but all who follow Him.

Cards (with envelopes) are 12 for $25. + plus $5. shipping in US
Before Dec. 15.

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Sunday, December 4, 2011

Dancing With the Stars



The Little Angels rockin' out
as they gather stars to hang in the Christmas sky.
(Third in the Hip Little Angels Series)

6"x6" acrylic on linen paper
palette knife painting

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Friday, December 2, 2011

Jazzy Angels



Second in the Hip Angel series,
they will jazz up your Christmas with their joyful sound.

6"x6" acrylic palette knife painting

$35. + $5. shipping
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Thursday, December 1, 2011

Hip Angels



These 'Hip Angels' will rock your Christmas
with joy.

(1st of a series. Watch for more.)

6" x 6" acrylic palette knife on linen paper

$35. + $5. shipping
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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Winter Sunset



Painted for DPW's "Picasso It" challenge,
where you are invited to style a painting after a favorite artist.

This painting I have styled after one of my favorite
living artists, Kevin Macpherson. Maybe in a few more decades
I will come close to his wonderful style.

$35. +$5. shipping
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Monday, November 28, 2011

French Country House



Another French country landscape painted after the style of Van Gogh.
This is actually a redo of the painting I submitted to Bill Guffey's
Virtual Paintout in Arles, France.
I wasn't completely happy with my original work which you may see on his blog.

Arles is one of the places Vincent Van Gogh lived in and painted.

6"x6" acrylic on linen paper

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Sunday, November 27, 2011

Arles French Countryside after Van Gogh



Painted for Daily Paint Works  the "paint in the style of your favorite artist" challenge.
Vincent Van Gogh's style has always intrigued me,
but I had never thought to style a painting after him, before this.
I loved doing it.

6"x6" acrylic on linen paper


$35. + $5. shipping
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Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Apples in a Blue Bowl



Some of the apples from our tree.
Painted against the wonderful cream and blue pottery,
and striped linen towels.

6" x 6" acrylic on linen paper


$35. + $5. shipping
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Sunday, November 20, 2011

Cranberries and Lemons



Preparing a dish for the holidays,
with pretty little bright red cranberries,
dried cherries, sugar, and lemon juice and zest.

6"x6" acrylic on linen paper


$35. + $5. shipping
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Saturday, November 19, 2011

Winter Blues



Two Stellar Jays enjoying the snowberries that grew by the pond,
iced over with the first freeze.


6"x6" acrylic on linen paper


$35. + $5. shipping
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Thursday, November 17, 2011

Chickadee in Winter



Chickadees winter over - so we keep the feeder supplied with oily sunflower seeds.
Of course they share with a few other species of birds.

4.5" x 6" acrylic on linen paper

$35. + $5. shipping

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Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Wintering Over

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She was meant to be a companion piece to "Should Have Gone South".
But since that has already sold, I may just paint a series of winter birds.

6"x6" acrylic on linen paper


$35. + $5. shipping



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Monday, November 14, 2011

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Rainy Day Gear



Red rainboots painted for DPW's "Paint Your Shoes" challenge.
Because I live in the PNW and it rains a lot here,
I chose to paint my fireman red rainboots,
which I take off at the door to keep from tracking in mud and water.
No! I don't leave them there.

6"x6" acrylic on linen paper

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Saturday, November 12, 2011

Peony, Plums and Pitcher



This was painted for Jen Smith's Rookie Painter's November still life challenge.
Oddly enough, one my favorite parts of this picture
is the 'Boos Blocks' inscription on the cutting board.

6"x6" acrylic on linen paper

$35.
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