Fall Succulents

Fall Succulents | 24x24in | $200

 $200.00 USD (24x24in on Stretched Canvas)

Is everyone else as moved as I am by these fall colors when you walk outside?  There’s been an obvious theme in my paintings lately too.  So. Good.

I’m grateful I had a chance to finish this painting today, and I am loving the colors…again!   This is the same bush I painted earlier this summer-


But look how different the colors are in just a month!  So great.  I might just have to try painting this plant every season.  I get to paint all my favorites with this subject; branches, tiny negative space shapes, and random patterns!  I may have a new favorite.

Another Go


Welp, the guilt got to me again.  So I sucked it up and took another look at some pictures I took of the same succulent bush at the end of our sidewalk (that I did earlier this summer) and stood in front of the easel and went for it.  I had fun so far and do like the turn out.  But baby’s awake now, so more tomorrow!

Fall Foliage


SOLD (8x8in on canvas panel)

Woah.  It’s been about 2 weeks since I’ve painted anything on a canvas….whoops.  I think I just needed a break to try some other crafts.  But today was the day, and the yellow aspens and Colorado blue sky were calling for some paint!  I enjoyed the simplicity and colors for this one.

Serving the church


One of the children’s ministry rooms is getting a re-vamp and I got to help!  Another friend painted this wonderful mural of a forest on one of the walls and other artists in the church are going to fill it with animals.  I was afraid my style was too different (but I guess that’s what a collaboration is all about, huh) so I put bees all around the room.  Nice, easy, quick job.  My favorite.

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If you look really closely you can see the ‘flying trail’, it was hard to capture so far away.


I kind of want to do this in my kiddo’s room too.  So cute.  And so not intimidating, which is how my studio is feeling these days.  ….Just waiting it out…..

Sketching Something Different


Sometimes a Bible verse puts a picture in my head and then I’ll try to paint it.  It rarely works out, but since it has been a while since I’ve painted something (again!) I thought I would just roll with my latest verse inspiration.  Here’s the verse:

“God’s angel sets up a circle of protection around us while we pray.”  Psalm 34:7 (The Message)

A bit literal I admit, and I don’t so much love the outcome of my sketching.  But hey!  Chalk it up as practice.  I think I’ll stick to still lifes.

Stop and Stare


 $40.00 USD (9.25x11in on Wood)

The day got a little mixed up with appointments changing, but I got home and still had an hour and a half left of baby’s nap.  I ran around the house praying for inspiration and grabbing items and threw this still life together as quick as I could because I had that feeling where if I don’t paint today I’ll lose all my skills.  It’s an artist thing.  I’m really pleased with the result, and can now breathe easy.  I can still paint.

Prints for Sale


Due to a missunderstanding I now have two of these original Orange Lace prints available.  Click the button or message me for details.

 $20.00 USD (9x12in on Watercolor Paper) Print No.1

 $20.00 USD (9x12in on Watercolor Paper) Print No.2

Transformer cabinet No.2


Wow, it’s a week into September already!?  This month is really busy for us, but I did manage to get to the second cabinet and throw some color on it to feel like I did something.

My parents come to town this weekend to see a concert with us.  Maybe I’ll bring them by to watch the baby while I work.  Hooray grandparents.  Thanks to my mother in law for staying at our place while baby slept today.

Here are some shots from today.

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Barely There


sold (8x8in on Canvas Panel)

It’s been too long since I’ve sat down and painted something that wasn’t a commission, or a transformer cabinet, or anything with a due date.  So today I scheduled nothing during baby’s nap except painting…and maybe baking.  I typed “creature” warily into morguefile‘s search engine (I have a piece due for another project that might fit this category so I thought I’d start there) and scrolled till something might look inspiring.  This is dangerous because I can sometimes get lost scrolling and then lose all enthusiasm to want to paint, but alas.  This lizard photo popped up and I gave it a whirl.  I enjoyed all the light purples and had fun emphasizing the blues, greens, pinks and oranges.  The photo did that cool thing where the head was all in focus and the rest of the body was blurry- a tricky thing to establish in a painting, and something I can always get better at; but there it is.

Next week I’m doing a fun abstract lesson as the final project with my 3 kiddos I’ve had all summer.  I had globs of paint left over from this lizard so I threw it on a canvas to maybe prep it for that lesson.  Always a good exercise if you don’t want to paint but feel like you should – just throw paint on something.  Most of my favorite pieces come from happy mistakes.

Heart for Old Town


(36x48in on stretched canvas)

NFS (yet)

My church’s building has a big wall they are hoping to fill with a painting of a view of Old Town (Fort Collins).  I started this early last month, just throwing paint on for fun and then lost interest.  But recently I showed it to the friend who asked for it and he asked when he could have it.  So I threw on some last details that would drive me crazy if I had to see them every Sunday (and days in between ::smile::), and voila!  I think we can call it a wrap.


Bubble Glass


SOLD (8x8in on Canvas Panel)

I saw these awesome set of glasses at thrift store last week and have been staring at them every time I use them.  Here’s my first attempt at capturing it.  *note: I did not drink the milk after painting it, even though I do paint quickly ::smile::

Sunflowers and Glass…Yum


Working on a couple commissions before starting my next transformer box for the summer.  These guys know how to make a painter happy – request a commission of the things I already love to paint!

The sketch for the second painting (to go with the first) turned out pretty cool.


I snapped a during picture to show you all the colors that I saw just in the SHADOWS of this sunflower petals.  It’s all about training your eyes folks.



I want to touch the second one up a bit so it matches the first better, but here’s what I’ve been doing this last week.  Among other things #momming #artlessons #mowingthelawn. ::wink::

Teaching Still Life(s)


 $35.00 USD (6x8in on Canvas Panel)

We finished the still lifes from last week in lesson yesterday.  The kiddos did great!  I wish I took a photo for you all to see their paintings, alas.  I especially love it when they are proud of what they painted. ::smile::

We covered how to paint shadows and hard / soft edges to make a painting look more dynamic and interesting.  It’s so great seeing them lock on and get it.  I hope they are less intimidated by glass now.

2016 Transformer Cabinet No.1 Done!


I’ve been excited all day to work on this box!  Today I wrapped up the final side.  My husband pointed out how cool it is that both the hippo and the rhino ‘read’ gray but are in fact a rainbow inside.  Yay color.





Here are the final images!

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Time to get Transformer No.2 started!!  Unfortunately they can’t deliver that one to my house, it will be painted on site like normal.  Come visit me there!



Giant Box in my Yard


My transformer from Friday got delivered to my house Monday morning….here it is!  Under the only big trees we have so I’ll have shade while I paint.


Worked on the ostrich side today.


I painted during baby’s nap, but got a little too crazy.  Once my husband got home we chatted through how to simplify this guy.


Here’s the end result!  Much happier with it.  Glad I didn’t paint this one in front of everyone….just my neighbors ::wink::


City Hall Live Demonstration


Here are some photos from the event!  I wish I could have taken photos with everyone I talked too, such great people live in this city.


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My little 2 year old friend helped me with the green in the lower left corner of the giraffe side.  Thanks Lucas!  Keep your eyes peeled for where it ends up in the city when it’s all done.

To finish I hear they’re delivering it to my house!!!  I kind of want to put it outside in the front yard so my neighbors can watch. ::smile::

Aging Garden


 $35.00 USD (8x8in on Canvas Panel)

I swung by the nursery this morning to stock up on some more flowers to fill some of the gaps that have expired in my pots around the house outside.  While transplanting them I was able to enjoy the maturity the other plants have taken on.  The Coleus we planted in the spring has sprouted little purple flowers and the colors were breathtaking!  I tried to capture that with paint today.

Spending the rest of nap-time getting supplies ready for the live painting demo I’ll be doing at City Hall tomorrow evening!  It’s getting real.

Teaching Glass


I had just the two girls painting yesterday in my lesson, so we got to take it slow and really analyze color mixing.  They did great!  Here’s a shot of our set up:


It is always nice teaching kids techniques for painting things because I have to put into words what goes on in my head while I paint.  They have so much extra grace on me.

Side Project


Today is my only day this week to paint in my home studio while baby sleeps, so I tried some flowers from the zoo trip we did in Minnesota….it needs some work.  But I thought I’d post a painting I’ve been working on the side that might go in my church’s building.


We have a heart for Old Town.

First Friday Parker Art is live!


We just rolled back into town yesterday morning after spending the whole last week in Minnestoa with my family.  Never long enough, but alas.

I just wanted to post more information for the live painting demo I’m a part of and the even at City Hall.

HERE’s the link for the event, and HERE‘s the map of the location.

It’s this Friday from 5-9pm.  See you there!  Hopefully I can get lots of painting done and socialize a bunch ::smile::

Live Painting!


I received some more information about the live painting demo I’ve been asked to do.  Check it out!  I get to paint two transformer boxes this summer – 1 is behind the Miramont gym on College ave., and the other will be this live painting demo during the Art in Public Places event on August 5th.  It shall be a busy summer.  But come see me August 5th, bring your kiddos!

Here’s what I’ll be painting as the demo:



Waves of Cabbage


SOLD (8x8in on canvas panel)

I have my long time art student officially addicted to painting vegetables!  Last week we did carrots, and today we tried cabbage.  I’ve only painted cabbage one time before this, but I love the puzzle/abstract/color-mush that happens with them.  I get lost in the leaves and each shadow is a different color.  My friend didn’t come close to finishing her’s today because she was studying the color so much – with kids they need to enjoy the process, so we didn’t rush today.  Such. Great. Shapes.

Save the Hydrangeas


 $235.00 USD (26x26in on Stretched Canvas)

Baby girl was sick today but I just had to paint.  We stocked up on repurposed canvases and vases last night at Goodwill and I was anxious to use them.  Unfortunately, the bouquet I picked up and arranged wasn’t inspiring when I got it home.  I was about to walk across the street and cut some of the neighbor’s hydrangeas (gasp!) then noticed this dark purple bush at the end of our sidewalk and snapped a photo.  Alas, during 2 shorter naps today I was able to complete this beauty.  I over-emphasized the colors a bit, isn’t that what being an artist is all about?

Praise Jesus for a good painting session amidst a crabby baby and interrupted swimming plans.  Now I just wish I could praise him even when I don’t paint well.  I’m always learning.

Here are a couple progression photos-

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Wild Natives


SOLD (20x20in on Stretched Canvas)

Went on a walk to visit a friend and her plein air students this morning and caught this beautiful array of color in a neighbor’s yard on the way home.  I’ve been going back and forth on painting styles/techniques, but it sure is keeping things interesting.  Today was more throw paint on the canvas and leave lids off the paint kind of day.  No palette used – easier clean up or just being lazy?  Oh well.

I really love my reference photo for this one, so I’ll definitely be doing it again.

sketching it out:


Found a frame for it too!


New Paint


SOLD (8x8in on Canvas panel)

As most of you know, I use primarily re-purposed house paint that I get for free at the landfill.  Lately, I’ve been feeling this itch to get some higher quality paint and practice my color mixing abilities and see if I could really do it / if I like the creations better.  Here is my first attempt with real acrylic paint, only using the primaries and burnt umber and white.  It took twice as long and gave me kind of a head ache, but I’m willing to keep trying.

Yesterday I was inspired by Bobbie Burgers, and her giant floral paintings.  That’s where I really feel free and alive, but I stopped doing florals for a bit because it felt cliche.  Bobbie’s don’t feel cliche at all, and I found a picture of her painting and her brushes are all gristly and frayed too!  Man, it’s funny how you can doubt everything when you feel isolated.  I just needed to know someone else feels the way I do.

20 Min Carrots


 $30.00 USD (8x8in on Canvas panel)

My art student came over today with little motivation and no ideas.  Challenge accepted.  We couldn’t paint from pictures today because my husband took the computer with him to work – so we knew it had to be a still life.  Tomorrow is grocery shopping day so my fruit/vegetable stash is abysmal – the garden to the rescue!  We pulled up 2 carrots and one of them was a lovely purple/red color, huzzah!  Her’s turned out fantastically:

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Playing with Faces


We’ve been working on self-portraits in the lessons with the kiddos these last two weeks, so I did a couple demos/projects while they worked.  I really like emphasizing the skin tones – do you see any periwinkle in your face? ::wink::

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