8.26.2014

Always Together


"Always Together"
12"x 12"
acrylic on canvas
SOLD

I did this commission for a very dear friend who's children were 8, 5 and 1 years old, and are now 36, 33, 29.
Growing up, we were neighbors and I was best friends with her little sister. I hadn’t seen them in over 20 years, and then they paid me a surprise visit at the hospital right after my stroke. It meant so much to me! I was thrilled to do this commission for Colleen and her husband, Jim, knowing that every time she looks at it she is going to remember that time in her life 

and think of me.


             "We had just moved to Honolulu and were staying in the Hale Koa, right next to the Hilton, which is the military hotel where we stayed until housing was available. I would take the kids to the beach in the morning, then nap time and when Jim came back from work we would go back down on the beach. It was not posed-they just ended up sitting like that and Jim just happened to have his camera with him. I think he just always loved the innocence and sweetness of it. We are so fortunate that they have grown up to be close as adults and it would not be a surprise to see them sitting together on the beach today. I should have added that the specialness of the picture is the reminiscing of a magical 3 years - the beauty and wonders of living on the island, the magic of kids growing up on the beach, and the memories of the making of lifetime friends! And all created by a very special lifetime friend of whom Jim and I have very dear memories!!”


Listening to while I paint:

Audiobooks:
The Bourne Identity, by Robert Ludlum, narrated by Scott Brick

Podcasts: 
The Alton Browncast, hosted by Alton Brown
The Lede, hosted by Jerod Morris
Artists Helping Artists, hosted by Leslie Saeta
Social Media Examiner, hosted by Michael Stelzner
"Wait, Wait.... Don't Tell Me!", hosted by Peter Sagal

Music: 
my iPod

I am having a Pet Sale! From now until the end of August 2014,  I will do any pet painting for 15% off the regular price. Just send me your photo of your pet and then we can decide on the size! I will take requests and photos all month long....To see more pets click here!

Really helpful: 
I am continually checking a dictionary, thesaurus, spell check, but one thing that has been particularly helpful is the grammar check! Please excuse any errors that I make and tell me! :)

8.10.2014

Pet Sale!

This is a picture of me and my dog Amy. I had her from the day I was born until age 16! I remember her sleeping in the sun; scared of cats; always greeted me with her loving warmth, enthusiasm, and joy!

So, I am having a Pet Sale! From now until the end of August 2014,  I will do any pet painting for 15% off the regular price. Just send me your photo of your pet and then we can decide on the size! I will take requests and photos all month long....

"Lucky"
10"x 8" 
oil on gessoboard
$195
Click here to purchase

Lucky is one of the many dogs that my brother-in-law and sister-in-law have at their farm. They also have 13 horses, cows, chickens, and cats!

"Wally"
8"x 8"
acrylic on gessoboard
$175
Click here to purchase
This is Wally. I took his picture at the Farmer's Market. He was very friendly!
To see more pets click here!

Listening to while I paint:
Audiobook: "Moneyball", by Michael Lewis. Narrated by Scott Brick
Podcasts: Big Pop Fun, hosted by Tom Wilson
                  The Lede, hosted by Jerod Morris
                   Artists Helping Artists, hosted by Leslie Saeta
                  Social Media Examiner, hosted by Michael Stelzner
                  "Wait, Wait.... Don't Tell Me!", hosted by Peter Sagal
Music: my iPod

Really helpful!: 
I am continually checking a dictionary, thesaurus, spell check, but one thing that has been particularly helpful is the grammar check! Please excuse any errors that I make and tell me! :)




8.01.2014

Modjeska Canyon


Ralph's Truck
8"x 8"
oil on gessoboard
$175
Click here to purchase

This is from a photo my son, daughter, and I took on our walk while visiting family down in Modjeska Canyon, CA.
Here they are: my son, Thomas and my oldest daughter, Katherine. They are definitely enjoying the vacation side of Modjeska Canyon!
With just several hundred residents, this  beautiful canyon is filled with oak and olive trees. It is named after Helena Modjeska, the 19th century stage actress. Her home from 1888-1906, "Arden", is a National Historic Landmark. The canyon is also the location of the Tucker Wildlife Sanctuary.

Listening to while I paint:
Podcasts: The Alton Browncast, hosted by Alton Brown
                  The Lede, hosted by Jerod Morris
                   Artists Helping Artists, hosted by Leslie Saeta
                  Social Media Examiner, hosted by Michael Stelzner
                  "Wait, Wait.... Don't Tell Me!", hosted by Peter Sagal
Music: my iPod

Really helpful!: 
I am continually checking a dictionary, thesaurus, spell check, but one thing that has been particularly helpful is the grammar check! Please excuse any errors that I make and tell me! :)

7.20.2014

Carol Marine's Workshop - Stroke Update

Click here to purchase

Here are some of the paintings I did at Carol Marine's workshop in Springfield, OR. (about 1 1/2 hours south of Portland) 

It was WONDERFUL!!!! 
We studied items in white, glass, reflections, flowers and metal. 
Carol went over a printed handout each morning going through 
the different processes/objectives for the day, and then she did a demo. 

One of the best things about it was watching her paint:   
the layout;
her palette; 
her strokes;
stepping back;
her highlights....what she calls "bling";
 
and then we painted the rest of the day. 
I think that all of us students agreed that having Carol around to 
give helpful critiques was a HUGE benefit!
 I got back to the hotel about 4:30 in the afternoon and immediately went to bed! 
(Not really, I stayed up until 6:30? I was sooooooo tired!)

Stroke update:
This workshop was a big success for me. My husband and my two youngest daughters drove me down to Springfield and stayed the first night with me....then I was on my own! There I was: 2 hrs. south of home, in a hotel, taking the shuttle to and from the workshop, by myself for the first time since my stroke! This week I learned not only about painting but I also gained new confidence in my independence!

About a year ago I announced on Facebook that I would be running by this July. 
Well, recovering from a stroke is taking a little longer than I had planned, so, I will strive for next July. If I end up running sooner, I will definitely let you know!!!!! :) 

Listening to while I paint:
Podcasts: The Alton Browncast, hosted by Alton Brown
                  The Lede, hosted by Jerod Morris
                   Artists Helping Artists, hosted by Leslie Saeta
                  Social Media Examiner, hosted by Michael Stelzner
                  "Wait, Wait.... Don't Tell Me!", hosted by Peter Sagal
Music: my iPod

Really helpful!: 
I am continually checking a dictionary, thesaurus, spell check, but one thing that has been particularly helpful is the grammar check! Please excuse any errors that I make and tell me! :)



6.19.2014

Eric Bowman's Studio



 My husband and I had the pleasure of visiting Eric Bowman's studio last 
weekend at his studio sale.


 He found a Quonset hut! Already built, it was a 2,000 square foot garage that was 
used for an antique car collection.

                      "When we were looking for a new home, we envisioned an unattached building for my studio,  and I was ready to settle for a simple 2-car garage...what we got however, turned out to be a 2,000 square foot all-wood, custom Quonset hut! We were the first ones to arrive when it hit the market after our real estate agent called us in a frantic -- our offer was accepted on the spot. What you see above was essentially a giant garage behind the house we purchased in 2002 -- it housed the original owners antique car collection back in 1952. The face of it looks the same today except for the entry which was once a 2-car wide garage door..." - Eric Bowman


 It is FABULOUS!
You can see a figure model stand on the right.


The north facing windows are 16' high and the ceiling is 20' high at the center. 


He has custom bookshelves for art collection books and reference books.
You can read more about it here. 

Eric started his career by being a commercial artist and did work for high profile clients like Coppertone, Nike, Hallmark, Kellogg's, Nabisco, SW Airlines, and the Kentucky Derby.

Now he does fine oil paintings and is featured at many prestigious galleries.


We saw this one and it was absolutely beautiful!
Beside the studio work, he does a lot of Plein Air. (painting outside) 


He did these thumbnails outside that he takes in his studio to finish a painting.


"Beyond Winter's Veil"


He does amazing figure studies in oil on vellum paper.


Eric and his daughter. :)

Listening to while I paint:

Audio-books: "Roots" - by Alex Haley, narrated by Avery Brooks
Podcasts:
              "Wait, Wait.... Don't Tell Me!" hosted by Peter Sagal
               Here's The Thing, hosted by Alec Baldwin
               Social Media Examiner, by Michael Stelzner
               The Splendid Table by Lynne Rosetto Kasper
               Artist Helping Artist by Leslie Saeta
Music: my iPod
                 


5.23.2014

Soldier/Dogs


11"x 14"
Acrylic on canvas
SOLD
I finished a commission for a client who has a lot of veterans come work for him. He offers them jobs because they have a hard time finding them elsewhere. My client shared some amazing stories with me, and I was surprised and touched to learn about the importance of the relationship between dog and soldier:
   "One of the key themes my guys tell me coming home is that dogs helped get them through the war. These guys credit the dogs with saving their lives. I never would have guessed that to be the case, but it was. I never realized it until someone came into my office and commented that there were dogs with all of my boys in the pictures I had on my desk." 



Listening to while I paint:
Audio-books: "The Tipping Point" by Malcolm Gladwell. Read by the author.
Podcasts:
              "Wait, Wait.... Don't Tell Me!" hosted by Peter Sagal
               Here's The Thing, hosted by Alec Baldwin
               Social Media Examiner, by Michael Stelzner
               The Splendid Table by Lynne Rosetto Kasper
               Artist Helping Artist by Leslie Saeta
Music: my iPod
                 

5.13.2014

Stroke Update - "Not Leaving"



Rose Bush
11"x 14"
acrylic on gessoboard
$375
Click here to purchase

"The Book Thief", an audio book by Markus Zusak, takes place in the fictional town of Molching, Germany between 1939 and 1943. Often, a little girl in that town had nightmares and her Poppa, would come to her in the middle of the night and "not leave" her alone.....
A quote from the book:
                "A definition not found in the dictionary, 'not leaving'; an act of trust and love often deciphered by children."

I cried when I first heard this because, ever since my stroke, I've had to depend on people "not leaving" me. Everything I do, driving, walking and especially my one armed reverse double flip hand springs (just kidding!), requires having them near me.   
There have been many people in my life who are "not leaving": acquaintances, friends, 
but most of all my family. :)



Listening to while I paint:
Audiobook: The Tipping Point, by Malcolm Gladwell, read by the author
Podcasts: The Nerdist, by Chris Hardwick
                 Social Media Examinerby Michael Stelzner
              Artist Helping Artist, by Leslie Saeta
                 Oh So Pinteresting, hosted by Cynthia Sanchez
Music: my iPod

5.06.2014

NY City


NY City
12"x 12"
acrylic on gessoboard
$375
Click here to purchase

This was a challenge for Daily Paintworks
I haven't been to New York since I was 11? ... I remember this one thing... my family and I were sitting at this cafe and this homeless man walked up to us and asked us for change. I smiled at him, with my mouth full of braces and he smiled back, removed his teeth, and said, 
"take care of them"! :)

Listening to while I paint:

Audio books "Someday, Someday, Maybe", by Lauren Graham read by the author
Podcasts: The Nerdist, by Chris Hardwick
                Social Media Examinerby Michael Stelzner
                     The Splendid Table by Lynne Rosetto Kasper
                    Artist Helping Artist by Leslie Saeta
Music: my iPod

4.30.2014

Hawaiian Turtle



Hawaiian Turtle
30"x 40"
acrylic on canvas
SOLD

This was for clients whose favorite vacation spot is Hawaii:

"We go to Hawaii as often as we can- We fell in love with the islands when we took a Hawaiian cruise in 2006. 
Each Island is so unique.  Our favorites are Maui and the big Island of Hawaii.  We've gone back 5 times since that cruise. We've been lucky enough to discover turtles in the water or on the beach each visit.  I'm always fascinated with how slow and agile they glide through the water. The photos we shared with you for this painting were from a visit 3 years ago to the Kona side of Hawaii.
The beach was very quiet that day, and we discovered several turtles resting on the beach near the black rocks.
We couldn't stop looking at them and comparing their shells and unique characteristics. This guy in particular seemed very tired and happy to just nap on the beach and soak up the sun! We sat down near him and did the same ; )"

Here is the process:


I drew out the image with vine charcoal so I could erase it (if necessary!), then I'd fix it or secure it with a workable fixative.




Thank goodness for Brian Buckrell! 

He is a wonderful painter. He introduced me to acrylic pens. I have only begun using them, but they helped me draw out the lines on the turtle. 








Listening to while I paint:

Audiobook: "Someday, Someday, Maybe", by Lauren Graham read by the author
Podcast: Social Media Examiner, by Michael Stelzner
                 The Nerdist, by Chris Hardwick
              Here's The Thinghosted by Alec Baldwin
              The Alton Browncast, hosted by Alton Brown
               Oh So Pinteresting, hosted by Cynthia Sanchez
Music: my ipod

A link that I found that will help me with my grammer!

 

4.13.2014

After The Beach


After The Beach
8"x 10"
acrylic
SOLD

A recent commission painting I did for a client and quote from her:

           "Julep is my brown-eyed rescue, age 1-ish. Julep's little bestie and partner in naughtiness is Chance Jones, whose guardian is my best friend Suzy Jones. He is 2-ish.
Both dogs are the happiest dogs in the world. They love playing in all the beautiful trails and beaches of the San Francisco and Marin County and their very favorite is wrestling 'til someone yelps. Julep has brought me more joy than I can measure. I'm looking for a new house with a big fat yard so I can go back to SPCA and get her a friend to play with every day!"

Listening to while I paint:

Audio Books: "Tinker, Taylor, Soldier, Spy" , by John Le Carre', narrated by                                  Michael Jayston
Podcasts: The Alton Browncast hosted by Alton Brown 
                 Social Media Marketing hosted by Michael Stelzner
                 Off Camera With Sam Jones , hosted by Sam Jones
Music: my iPod

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