Friday, December 20, 2013

Lake House Nocturne

" This was painted for a DPW challenge - 'A view from a cabin window'.
  on a lake with a dock and boat. 
There are wolves in the area, and their song is often heard at night. 
The light in the forest is often 'green' 
and it was this special glow that I wanted to achieve."

8" x 8" oil on canvas panel


Friday, December 13, 2013

Thoughts of Spring

A branch holds a lovely butter fly 
among its delicate purple blossoms. 
Painted using the limited colors of the Zorn palette, 
of cadmium red, ivory black, yellow ochre and titanium white.

8" x 8" oil on canvas panel

for sale through DPW auction

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Season's Greetings

Used the Zorn palette of  Cad. red, 
yellow ochre, ivory black and titanium white, 
to paint this winter scene.
I live in a rural area
and saw this lady getting or sending her mail
and knew I wanted to paint her 
and her iron mailbox.

8" x 6' oil on canvas panel

available on DPW auction

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Early Snow

A snow storm high in the mountains, leaves the yellow grasses 
of the meadow with patches of early snow, 
and a light sheen of ice on the lake. 
Winter is coming.

6" x 8" palette knife impasto oil on canvas panel

for sale on DPW auction

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Persimmon Tree Ranch

A fall sunrise as seen through the limbs 
of a venerable old Persimmon tree, 
after which the ranch it overlooks, was named.
 The tree was planted not long after the ranch was settled, 
and still produces fruit.

8" x 10" oil on canvas panel

for sale on DPW auction

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Christmas Snow

There is magic in a Christmas snowfall. 
Children sense it and can play outside seemingly oblivious to the cold. 
They sled and build snowmen, and run and throw snowballs. 
There is a whimsical feel to this Christmas village 
that places this scene within the realm of childhood imagination. 
Happy Holidays!

8" x 10" oil on canvas panel


Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Fall in an Evergreen Forest

The riotous reds and oranges of Vine Maple 
add an explosion of color to fall in an evergreen forest, 
where the trees are all green except for some Big Leaf Maples 
which turn a golden yellow. 
I began this painting as an 'en plein air' work in acrylics 
when I was camping this fall. 
I added the details to it in my studio with oils.

6" x 9" oil over acrylics on linen paper

for sale on DPW auction

Friday, November 8, 2013

Feeding the Kids

This hen lives near us. She runs freely about the property, 
and shows her little chicks the best places to forage 
for bugs and seeds. She knows the briers 
are also a safe place against predators. 

for sale on DPW auction

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Wild Blues

These lush blue/purple hydrangeas grow near the kitchen garden. 
This scene reveals the ragged rain clouds scudding across the fall sky 
which was of similar colors to the flowers. 
So the perspective I chose to paint this landscape makes the hydrangeas 
appear to be melting into the cloudy horizon. 

for sale on DPW auction

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Winter's Altar

Artifacts of the winter season - lit candle, pine cones, 
holly, pitcher of something warm to drink - placed on a gold paisley drape. 

for sale on DPW auction

Saturday, November 2, 2013


These two lovely peachy pink Dahlias were the last in the summer garden. 
Picked before the first frost could take them and placed in a vase. 
Their bright color brings a little of summer's sunny ambiance into the house.

8" x 8" oil on canvas panel


Thursday, October 24, 2013

Stargazer Lilies

Stargazers are among the prettiest of flowers. 
I found these at my local grocery store and couldn't resist
buying a couple of stems.
Then I needed to paint them.

8" x 8" oil on canvas panel

for sale on DPW auction

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Bellissimo Fiore Strada

I painted this lovely narrow old stone street 
and stone and stucco buildings bedecked with flowers,
from a photo taken by my sister 
when she vacationed in Spello, Italy.
The title 'bellissimo fiore strada' 
means 'beautiful flower street'.

8" x 6" oil on canvas board


Monday, October 21, 2013

Morning Song

Sometimes, when the sun is just beginning to ascend,
 it begins as a reddish orb that gradually becomes a butter yellow.
The sky reflects the golden glow, setting tree tops alight,
and clouds and mist revealing various shades of purples.
You can almost hear the earth singing to the new day.

8" x 6" oil on canvas panel


Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Blue Geraniums and Orange Butterfly

Up against the brilliant orange of a butterfly
these lovely Roxannes,
are a showy contrast of blues and purples
as they cascade over the sides
of an old wooden apple basket.

8" x 8" oil on canvas panel


Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Valley of the Blue Moon

Usually the term "once in a blue moon" 
indicates something rarely happening, unusual or extraordinary. 
In traveling, every once in a while, I'll see something so lovely, 
with such a beautiful ambiance, that even a photo cannot capture 
what the eye and mind perceive. 
This valley with the spectacular moon is one of those places.

8" x 6" oil on canvas panel


Monday, October 14, 2013

Turning Leaves

I  kept this painting simple, so that it best depicts the beauty of nature in the turning colors of leaves. It doesn't revel so much in flashy shades of golds and reds, but in the subtle shades of rust and ochre more symbolic of the season. 

5" x 7" watercolor on 140 lb. acid free watercolor paper


Monday, October 7, 2013

Canadian Thistle - and Bee

The Canadian Thistle was originally painted in acrylic 
on a fine French linen paper a few years ago. I added the bee  
(which had been in the photo I took and used as reference)
 and entered the revised painting  in the "Bee" challenge 
on Daily paint Works.
I overlaid much of the original acrylic painting 
and added the bee in oils. 

6" x 6" mixed media


Sunday, October 6, 2013

Ranch on Last Dollar Road

This scene was painted from Lee Brown's photo 
on 'A Day Not Wasted' October challenge, 
that he took recently of a ranch at the end of Lost Dollar Rd. 
near Telluride, CO. 
I have traveled through this stunning country
 and knew I wanted to paint it. 

6" x 8" oil on canvas panel


Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Autumn Moon

Painted for DPW Fall color challenge.
This one more traditional than the 'blues' of fall
of my first entry (see Blue Geraniums).
I combined a photo of the large harvest moon
and the back forty where the trees are a riot of fall colors.
Snuck in the local pumpkin patch in the foreground,
and 'Voila!' a quick fall study.

8" x 10 " oil on canvas board


Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Welcoming Autumn

 There is something warm and welcoming about autumn.
I tried to capture the magic of this season
in this painting.

8" x 6" oil on canvas panel

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Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Wolves in Winter

I painted this last year from a photo taken in British Columbia.
I always felt the scene needed something,
so I decided to add the gray wolves.
I love wolves and am happy that they have been
reintroduced to the US wilderness.
I haven't seen any since I was a child,
They are very shy and reclusive, but on
recent camping trips to Wyoming and Colorado
I have heard their wolfsong in the night.
It is so amazing and beautiful to listen to.

10" x 8" acrylic on canvas board

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Monday, September 23, 2013

Shore Birds at Monhegan, Island

Painted this seascape from a challenge photo on DPW.
This is Black Head promotory at Monhegan Island, Maine.
I added the shore birds for extra interest.

8" x 10" oil on canvas board


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Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Pears and Grapes

I bought this fruit to be a delicious dessert; 
but they were too lovely to eat without painting them first. 
I included the pear blossoms for added interest.

oil on 6" x 8" canvas board


Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Violet Pansies

These violet pansies share a crystal vase
in front of a sunny window.
Only one more flower to place in the vase.

8" x 8" oil on canvas panel


Friday, September 13, 2013

Sea Glass Float on the Beach

On the Oregon coast, glass floats are frequently seen on the shore
along with shells, driftwood and other treasures of the sea left on the beach. 
The local artist glass blowers will often leave their beautiful versions of these glass orbs on the sand for some lucky beachcombers to find.

8" x 10" oil on canvas


Tuesday, September 10, 2013


Painted this - en plein air - from the perspective of my campsite.
I liked the little teardrop camping trailer,
but I was particularly drawn to the little campfires
scattered throughout the campground in evening.
Although you can't see the people,
each fire belonged to a family or couple
enjoying the warmth and light.
The smell of wood smoke and outdoor cooking
mingled with the forest scents.
(note: the sky is darker in the painting,
and the scene looks a bit more like night
than the photograph depicts.)

6" x 8" oil on canvas panel

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Friday, September 6, 2013

Forest Sunset

Plein Air painting of a brilliant sunset in the Mt. Hood
National Forest where I camped this summer.
There was a wildfire some distance from the campground,
and the wind blew the smoke for miles.
The smokey air caused the sunset to cast a golden glow
through the trees.
This glow had the strange effect of  hiding
many of the trees in this dense forest.

6" x 8" oil on canvas panel


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Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Saturday, August 17, 2013

White Flowers in a Lavender Vase

These white flowers resemble wild roses,
but I think they are actually a multi-petaled pansie.

8" x 8" oil on canvas panel

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Thursday, August 15, 2013

Summer Storm

I painted this landscape using the Zorn palette,
of red, yellow, white and black.
It is my first attempt using his limited palette.
I love the way the colors form and come together
to enrich and compliment each other.
For sure I am going to try this again.

8" x 8" oil on canvas panel

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Monday, August 12, 2013

Traffic Controls

Painted this street scene for Bill Guffey's
August Virtual Paintout of Detroit City
from Google virtual street view.

 8" x 10" oil on canvas panel (with acrylic underlay)

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Friday, August 2, 2013


Last summer when I was in Anacortes, WA.
Hollyhocks grew in every garden, in the planters of many businesses,
and even in some alley ways.
I took several photos with the intention of someday painting them.
As I watched another artist friend painting his Hollyhocks,
I remembered my own photos and was inspired to give it a try.
I decided on a more contemporary style.

10" x 8" oil on canvas panel

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Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Summer's Bounty

So many flowers in the garden this time of year,
that I couldn't decide which to cut for painting,
so I brought in a variety of colors, scents and sizes.

10" x 8" oil on canvas panel

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Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Summer in the Country

While traveling this summer I saw many wonderful country scenes like this.
I painted this one en plein air and finished it in my studio.

8" x 10" oil on canvas panel

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Monday, July 22, 2013

Bright, Sunshiney Day

The early morning sun shines bright and golden,
scattering specks of pink light,
 as it rises behind the lush green of summers foliage.

6" x 6" oil on canvas panel

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