Thursday, December 28, 2006

Friday, December 22, 2006

Summer Landscape Daily Paint 6x6"


6"X6" oil on masonite. Summer is my favorite time of year in the Midwest. This pasture is near my grandmother's farm. I look forward to some plein air painting on this location in the winter. But for now, I bid farewell to another beautiful summer with this painting.

Boy Fishing impressionist oil painting

6"x6" oil on masonite.

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Snow Flurries Frosty Landscape Daily oil Painting

6"x6" The first flurries of the season. The snow falling created a very atmoshperic almost distorted view of the trees. I love the quiet and calmness of fresh snow. Thanks for looking.

Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Impressionist Poplar Trees Daily Painting Landscape oil

6x6" oil on masonite

"Poplar Sway"
My grandmother's farm is lined by poplars. My grandfather planted them years ago for protection from the harsh winds out of the west, in winter. Here I was inspired from photos and memory of a perfect summer day. The poplar trees all swayed in the breeze. A sweet memory!
It amazes me how the details come together when viewing an impressionist painting from a distance.

Friday, December 15, 2006

Painting Clouds Landscape Fields Rain oil

6"x6" oil on masonite.

"After the Rain" The rain has stopped, the clouds are clearing and the sun will come out and dry up the water in the pasture.

Thursday, December 14, 2006

Snow Family Portrait watercolor


"Bundled Up" Not much time for painting this week - lots of Christmas shopping and school activites. I did squeeze in some time for watercolor fun. This is from a photo of my husband and kids from a day of sledding. Aren't they cute? It makes me laugh, it looks so cartoony, I should do one of these next year for our Christmas card, hmm... Thanks for looking!

Saturday, December 9, 2006

Farm Barn Landscape Impressionism Field

6"x6" oil on masonite. Summer's end in the midwest. Another beautiful farm in my little area of the world.

Friday, December 8, 2006

Figure Girl Ballerina daily painting

6"x6" oil on masonite. I love this creative "anything goes" age! She still, really doesn't care about things that match or are just trendy. So, when I saw her out playing in the sand with this combination outfit of cowboy boots, hat and a ballerina outfit, I was not surprised. I hope she keeps a part of this free spirit always! I kept this painting fresh and unfussy with lively brushwork.

Thursday, December 7, 2006

Chicken Hen daily painting oil


6"x6" oil on masonite. "Ann's Chickens" I am always painting my sister-in-laws chickens. She has quite a variety.

Wednesday, December 6, 2006

"Quiet Winter" Snow Daily Oil Painting Impressionist

"Quiet Winter"

6"x6" oil on masonite. A soft blanket of snow buffers sound, making the landscape quiet and peaceful.

Sunday, December 3, 2006

"Sloppy Eggs" still life oil painting Eggs

Sloppy Eggs

6"x6" oil on masonite. Eggs are so pretty "sunny side up" However, I like my eggs cooked a little more than that. Being impatient, I usually flip them early, making them pretty sloppy! Mmm much better, though. I didn't have much time to work on these eggs, but I wanted to at least try and post something for our egg day!! Thanks for looking!

by the way I did sprinkle the painting with real pepper, does that mean this is a mixed media?  :D

Saturday, December 2, 2006

"Fresh Market Fruit" pears daily painting

6"x6" oil on masonite. A local farmer's market has their produce displayed beautifully, in little wooden crates and tissue paper, just in time for Christmas!

Friday, December 1, 2006

"Intersection" daily oil painting

6"x6" oil on masonite. sold

A very quiet intersection at dawn. If you check out my entry on the 23rd , I have brought up the subject of "leave it or remove it" with the utility pole. Here I definately wanted them in, sometimes it's an easier decision than other times.

Thursday, November 30, 2006

"Sweet Pasture" cows daily painting

6"x6" oil on masonite. sold

I love painting cows and horses on location. I kept a "safe" distance and tried to capture the atmosphere of the cows in the distance. The city girl in me got a little nervous once when I got surrounded by about 4 curious, rather large horses that wanted to taste my paint on the palette and the peanut butter crackers in my backpack. Thanks for looking!

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

"Autumn in the Country" daily oil painting


6"x6" oil on masonite. This was one of those crisp fall days where the sun is bright and the air is so clear. This is a nearby farm on a well traveled country road.

Saturday, November 25, 2006

"Washington Red" apples fruit daily painting

6"x6" oil on masonite. Today was an "exercise paint day" A fresh, loose approach. My goal was to keep the color from becoming muddy.

Friday, November 24, 2006

"Reflections" impressionist painting a day

6"x6" oil on masonite. My goal with this was to make an atmoshperic impression of the three children (dear to me:) sitting at the edge of a reflecting pool.

Saturday, November 18, 2006

"Hoagland Homestead" daily painting oil

6"x6" oil on masonite. Another painting from a nearby farmhouse at sunset. Thanks for looking! ~sold

Thursday, November 16, 2006

Farm at Sunset Barn daily oil painting Fall Autumn

6"x6" oil on masonite. Every year my husband's Uncle Jon has an autumn bonfire. The kids love it, they run through the woods with their cousins all day, go on hayrides and explore the winding creek. As the shadows grow longer, the sun casts the landscape in a golden light. This farm was nearby. It was so captivating in this warm glow. Thanks for looking.

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Kitchen Art Painting Chili Pepper

Drying Pepper

6x6" oil on masonite. This pepper has been sitting on my kitchen window sill since the end of summer. My father-in-law gave it to me along with some other garden treasures. It was amazing to watch as the pepper transformed from a plump, rounded green to a shriveled, sharp edged pepper with reds ranging from cadmium to alizeran. Here is my tribute to this amazingly beautiful little pepper on my window sill. Thanks for looking.

Sunday, November 12, 2006

"Ode to Summer" Clouds Landscape Trees Impressionism

6"x6" oil on masonite. I know it is November, but I am just not ready to say goodbye to summer just yet. Thanks for looking.

Friday, November 10, 2006

"Grapevines II" 6x6" oil on masonite

6"x6" oil on masonite.
I am having fun painting this subject. I just let the flow of the vines lead me through the process. The paintings remind me of stained glass with the geometric shapes.
Thanks for looking!

Painting Title and Date - $85

Thursday, November 9, 2006

"Grapevines" 6x6" oil on masonite

6"x6" oil on masonite. This the first in a few studies of grapevines. More to follow in my blog. I love how this could be considered abstract. The sun was shining through the leaves and the tangled vines were just beautiful. Vineyards are so timeless.
Thanks for looking

Wednesday, November 8, 2006

"Antique Lamp" painting a day oil

6"x6" oil on masonite. I have always admired interior paintings, and for some reason, I just haven't done many. I usally plein air paint but as the weather gets colder, I will be painting indoors much more. I bought this lamp years ago and it has been one of my favorite posessions. It has been repaired by my husband numerous times. He is more practical than I. Even if it didn't work, I would still keep it and love it! Thanks for looking

Tuesday, November 7, 2006

"Viv's Profile" 6x6" oil on masonite

6"x6" oil on masonite.

This young lady was working at a local farmer's market. I liked how she had her hair twisted up, she had a very Romanesque look about her. I think as artists we are struck when we see people in the 21st century that look like they walked out of a different time period, or just have that "look" that you would love to paint. We want to say something or paint them right there on the spot. Unfortunately, if you'd approach them they'd probably hop on their cell and call the police!! :) The artist eye, always painting!! Thanks for looking.

Sunday, November 5, 2006

Fall Autumn Landscape oil Painting a day

6"x6" oil on masonite.

"Sunday Drive"

I try to get out to the countryside as often as I can this time of year. Today the sky was a cornflower blue with soft clouds. The trees created a "grand finale" of color before the cold gray days of winter set in. Loose, expressive and bold brushstrokes.

Friday, November 3, 2006

St. Augustine, Fl - Lightner Museum oil painting

6"x6" oil on masonite
In front of the Lightner Museum. St. Augustine, Fl.
St. Augustine is amazing, if you are not familiar, you must google this city. It is the oldest city in the United States. I have been there a few times while visiting family. Definately an artist community. With so much history. If you ever get a chance, it is a must!! Thanks for looking!