Wednesday, March 4, 2015


It has been an eventful few weeks with some health issues, a trip to Juneau and back home then to Seattle for a few days and now in Lake Wales, Florida.  Van and I had been planning a trip to Arizona for a week and then a few weeks in Florida.   The trip to AZ got dropped and we came to FL  a few days ago and are staying with my brother. We will be going to Bradenton Beach next week.  I haven't had time to paint any since being here and very little since I last posted.

This is a sketchbook painting from a visit here in 2010... the pond behind my brother's house where I've been enjoying watching birds and the warm weather.

Monday, February 9, 2015

Woodblock Print

This is a woodblock print that I cut and printed in December.  I did it for a Baren exchange with 17 other printmakers.   I was the coordinator for the exchange and the other 17 sent their prints to me and I was in charge of divvying them up and sending each participant one of each of the other's prints.  I had coordinated another exchange a few years ago with 30 participants, so it went pretty smoothly.  I took them to the PO today.

The print is from a photo that I took while staying in a US Forest Service cabin several years ago. 

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Collage of January Paintings

Here's the collage I made with Picmonkey of  25 paintings that I painted this month for Leslie Saeta's 30 paintings in 30 days challenge.  You can see what others did on her website, here.

Number 23 and 24

 This is the last day of Leslie Saeta's challenge to paint 30 paints in January and post them on my blog.  I acually did paint 30, though some got wiped out and some I don't think anyone would want to see.  I feel I've made progress with my oil painting and am glad that I let myself depend on my memory and sketches.
watercolor 3x4.5 inches

watercolor 3x4.5
It has been so good to see some color in the sky again.  For the  last couple of weeks the sky has been mostly solid gray.  I painted the skies on Thursday afternoon from my studio window.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Number 22

watercolor 6x6 inches
 I'm back to painting everyday until I've posted 30 paintings.  I lost some time with my cold, so I'm going to keep working into February.   Actually, I probably will have painted 30 paintings by the end of the month.  I wiped out several and have a few little watercolors that I haven't posted.

I started to paint this tree with oil, drew it out on a gessoed board, then decided to paint it with watercolor.  We had some more snow this morning, enough to cover the branches on the cottonwood tree outside my studio window.  I used frisket on the snow.  Behind the cottonwood are thickets of willow with clumps of snow.  I'm not sure if I captued that or not.

Back in the Studio

oil painting 7x5 inches

I seem to finally be getting over my cold.  It is the first one in over a year and has really gotten me down.  I got back into the studio on Sunday but it took a while to get past the inertia.  I piddled around, spent a morning setting up a still life that I didn't want to paint, and yesterday, finished  two oil paintings that I'd started earlier.

The first one is from this pencil drawing.  I have a partially finished larger piece from the same drawing that I started in a workshop with Deborah Paris and doing this has shown me how I want to finish it.

oil painting 8x8 inches

 This is from another pencil sketch (below.)  I need to work some more on the snow on trees, give it more form.

Though I'm not satisfied with any of the paintings I've done from my pencil sketches, I am quite pleased that I've been able to do as well as I have.  I can see where with just a little more detail and notes in my drawings that I can have enough information to make a decent painting.

I've been hoping for some amount of snow accumulation so I could go out and observe and sketch some.  Last  evening as it was getting dark it was getting there, but in started raining around midnight and now much of the snow is off of the trees.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Sick Day

watercolor 8x8 inches

 My painting today is not one I did today.  I did it last winter, from my car at the end of the dock, looking across to Pleasant Island and Chichigof Island

I caught a bad cold a few days ago and this morning I decided I'd better take it easy at least for today.  I caught the cold from my husband who has been sick for 2 weeks and has developed pneumonia. 

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Day 18 and 19

oil painting 5x7 inches

oil painting 8x8 inches
The are my latest paintings  for Leslie Saeta's 30 paintings in 30 days challenge 

I've stuck to my resolve for the last few days to not paint from photographs.  It hasn't been easy.  The snow painting  was done from a pencil sketch I did when there wasn't any snow.   The islands was from a little watercolor.   In both of these, I see things I will change now that I see them on the screen.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Day 17

watercolor 5.5x6 inches
Another painting  for Leslie Saeta's 30 paintings in 30 days challenge
 Today's painting is one that I did earlier in the month.  Today was catching up day for a lot of things but I did work for about an hour on one of my oil paintings.  I hope to have one of them done by tomorrow.

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Day 16

watercolor 4.5x5.5 inches
Another painting  for Leslie Saeta's 30 paintings in 30 days challenge

I have three oil paintings in progress.  I did  this little watercolor on the first day of the month which will have to suffice for today..... yesterday now that I'm posting it.