Friday, March 26, 2010

Yellow on Green on Pink

Having some fun switching things up a bit, stepping out of my comfort zone, taking on new subject matter. An artist must fight the temptation to stick with the tried and true in order to stay interested and continue growing. At least that's my opinion!
Miniature pastel painting
$ 25, framed

Thursday, March 25, 2010

mini floral

I love the look of red flowers over a warm olivey-green background.

Miniature pastel painting

$25 , framed

Wednesday, March 24, 2010


The nice thing about miniature paintings is a chance to play with color and other elements without risking too much in terms of time and materials. It's also good to be able to offer art patrons affordable yet original art.
Pastel, 2 1/2 x 3 inches
$ 25, framed

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Three Happy Apples

This was great fun for me since I don't often do still life paintings. As with flowers, fruits enable full out , no holds barred color.
I tremble in fear at the thought of attempting this in oil.
Perhaps I will be fearless tomorrow....
pastel, 5 x 7
$75 framed

Monday, March 22, 2010

Floral in Pastel

The joy of doing florals in pastel is in going full out with pure color. Few natural things in the world allow the uninhibited use of intense, unmuted color!
Pastel, 4 x 6 on black Canson mi Tientes paper
$55, framed


The juxtaposition of warm and cool in this painting is pleasing to my senses.
4 x 6 pastel
$55 framed

Friday, March 19, 2010

Rythym and Cadence of Wet Bend, Oil Version

This scene was done first in pastel, and posted back last week or so. I'm enjoying the process of painting in oil after the style of my pastels. Great tool in learning to mix color accurately!
5 x 7 o/c on black and red gessoed board
$65, framed


How gorgeous the Bougainvillea seen everywhere in San Fransisco and Carmel. I wish it was as ubiquitous in Colorado!!! This was seen off Lombard Blvd, the crooked street , in San Fran.

5 x 5 O/C

$45, unframed

Thursday, March 18, 2010

I was 6 feet under the weather yesterday. Unable to paint! Thank goodness the illness was short-lived. I sprung out of bed this morning, grabbed paints and headed out, braving the elements ( wind, cold and people staring) to paint this scene at Red Rocks. This painting was a struggle; at one point I wanted to do it serious violence ( like splash it with my turpentine!!!) but I finally felt like it was coming together. It's truly hit and miss with plein air- and often very frustrating!

9 x 12 Oil

$85 unframed

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Oil of View of Porch From Cabin

....and another oil of a view first done in pastel. Again, I used the pastel piece rather than the photo to attempt a similar effect in oil. This is teaching me a lot- although, in this case, I think the pastel has a nice "shimmering" effect I didn't quite capture in the oil.
Oil, 6x 8

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Oil of View From kuester

I re-painted this scene in oil, using the previously posted pastel as my reference. This is becoming a great help to me in overcoming some hurdles I encounter with oil painting.
5 x7 Oil
$65, framed

Friday, March 12, 2010

View From Kuester Rd

I found this wonderful area- sort of remote and tucked away while tooling around on my motorcycle one day. I've gone back many times since- to paint on site and take photos for reference. This is from that area. I'm getting alot of mileage off ole Kuester Road! May try this in oil tomorrow...
4 x 6 pastel
$65 framed

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Wet Bends Rhythm and Cadence

I like the rhythm and cadence of this piece.
I will try to duplicate the effect of the pastel painting in oil tomorrow. This is always a huge challenge; the two mediums are worlds apart.
4 x 6 pastel
$65, framed

Oil of Road to Georgia Pass

Today my goal was to try to repaint yesterdays pastel painting in oil. I liked the foreground texture in the pastel piece and wanted to try to get that effect in oil. I came close, I think. Studying CM Mundy's work helped me achieve this. He's a wonderful painter. Artists owe alot to other artists who've gone before them. One can often solve a problem in a painting by leafing through art magazines, or spending time at galleries and museums.
5 x 7 oil
$ 95, framed

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Road to Georgia Pass at Dusk

Here is the second small painting I completed this morning. I really love this one- I will definitely paint a large image from this study. I was not sure the image would work as a painting because I wasn't crazy about the foreground in the photo. Changing things up a bit, I think it works now.

4 x 6 pastel
$55, framed

Hike in the Wilderness Behind Cabin

This is one of two quick pastel studies I did this morning. I like these in part because it gives me a sense of whether the image will work as a large painting. Also, collectors who prefer to invest less money can buy an image they love at a more affordable price.
4 x 6 pastel
$55, framed

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Painting the Valley

It was nice out late this morning. This was painted plein air today in Ken Caryl Valley near a spot that I occasionally hike. The patterns and subtle colors were attractive. There's just nothing that beats painting from life. It's a bit of a hassle, but always worth it, whether or not the painting's a success.
6 x 9 o/c

Traveling Four Mile

The angularity of the road and the distant trees drew my attention to this scene while jeeping along Four Mile one afternoon. This was another of those days where the unsurpassed beauty was too overwhelming to stop and paint at one location. Twas a better day to shoot and move, shoot and move!
8 x 10 Oil
$55, unframed

Monday, March 8, 2010

Color combo study:Perm Blue, cad yell light, AC

This is one of four paintings of the same scene done with a limited palette of 3 primaries plus white. All 3 primaries were switched out each time. It's interesting to experiment with the different effects you get using colors, based on their relative warmth /coolness , opacity/translucency and other characteristics of the paint.

6 x 8 oil


Friday, March 5, 2010

Somewhere Off Kuester

This quick study was done on the "right" side of Canson mi Tientes paper. I prefer the "wrong" side , as do most pastelists, so the texture doesn't show through. I like the compostition and will probably paint a larger image of the scene on 12 x 16 Wallis paper.

5 x 7 pastel

$65, framed

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Deer Creek Park in March

This painting was done "en Plein air" this morning at Deer Creek Canyon Park. I'm going to make a concerted effort to do as many paintings outdoors as possible. Weather's been great last 2-3 days but more snow is on way.

Oil, 8 x 10

$ 85, unframed

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Vase, Abstracted

This mini was painted quickly at a friend's house yesterday. We all challenged ourselves to pick and object in the home and do a still life. I liked the vase and tried the study on black canvas.
4 x 5 Oil

Monday, March 1, 2010

The Platte off Santa Fe

....more from that quick stop coming home from the workshop. Boy did that stop prove fruitful! I have loved painting scenes from that day, that particular hour!!! I anticipate many more to come- and I'd like to do them all in both oil and pastel unless I burn out on these scenes first.

Pastel, 5 x 7

$85, framed