Copper Pear

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 $40.00 USD (8x8in on canvas panel)

I’m really digging painting reflective things these days.  I found two small ceramic pots painted a dark coppery color at an estate sale a couple weekends ago and have been itching to paint them.  Finally got a still life I was excited about > I had to re-work the green pear a couple times, but I love his reflection!

Spring Succulent – The Final Season

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 $250.00 USD (23.5×23.5in on repurposed stretched canvas)

Oh man guys!  The series is complete.  This is the larger version of the mini I posted the other day.  I’ve been taking pictures of this bush at the end of my sidewalk for a year now.  Each season tempting me with different colors.  Summer was all about the deep purple-red-blacks, then fall the dry red-purple-pinks.  Winter was being creative with color in the grey-brownness.  And now spring!  Look at those yummy blue-green-purples.  Can’t wait to see them on all wall (mostly) together at the studio tour the end of next month.

Happy painting.

winter

 

Fall 

Summer.

Up For Grabs

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My loss is your gain.  These guys didn’t make it into a show I put them up for – so I’m offering them for sale again.  Enjoy!

Fall Succulents | 20x20in | $200

$250 24x24in Summer Succulents.

 

Email me with inquiries.

Pedestal Painting

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(12x12in on 1.5in thick canvas)  On Hold- go see it at the Lincoln Center March 31st.

This year I’m participating in the Artist Studio Tour in April – organized by the Lincoln Center.  I’ll be joining other local art makers for a combined show the Wolverine Farm and LetterPress and Publick House.  As an opening reception the Lincoln Center is taking a piece from each artist participating and displaying them on March 31st from 5-7 pm (if anyone wants to come check it out!)  Apparently there will be jurors awarding prizes for different things – yikes!

Anyways, because I’m part of a larger group – we get a shared pedestal space 3’x3′ – so they have to be smaller pieces.  If you’ve been following me for long you know that I’ve been working on a series of paintings of this succulent bush at the end of my sidewalk in every season.  Well, we are having an early spring here in Fort Collins so I’ve gotten a few great pictures of the new blooms coming out and have been working on the last installment of the season series!  I threw this ‘mini’ together for the “pedestal show”, but the larger one will be coming soon!

Arches National Park

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SOLD (8x8in canvas panel)

The direction my student wanted to go today was national parks.  We started with Arches, and she learned that rocks are a lot trickier to paint than they look.  But we made some yummy orange-red-purples together.

Dapple Charleston

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 $40.00 USD (8x8in canvas panel)

This is for the Dapple Challenge this week on DailyPaintworks.

My husband and I left for Charleston, SC a couple weeks ago and had a grand time.  I took a few photos for painting too – there were so many colorful buildings with great shadows on them, perfect for the challenge this week.  This is the first of many.

Blowing Bubbles

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SOLD  $70.00 USD (12x12in on repurposed stretched canvas)

I recently discovered a few under water paintings by Samantha French online and was so inspired!  It took a couple scans through Morguefile and Pixabay to find a photo I was excited about – and today I finally tried it.  I like the idea of chaos in color with a few details that are recognizable in a painting > like the bubbles and her face.  You don’t see the whole face, but you see  key pieces that tell your brain, ‘oh, it’s a face!’  I love that.

Oh.  And my 1 year old daughter named this one….by making noises.

Bouncing Ideas

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 $40.00 USD (8x8in canvas panel)

​Oh man.  My younger art student came over yesterday and she blew my mind!  I had a simple still life set up, but when I asked her opinion we ended up changing everything – but it was such an upgrade!  I never would have put this orange and pink together, and I questioned the metal and the lightbulb, but we had so much fun painting this one together.  A humbling lesson.

Wet Hippo

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 $40.00 USD (8x8in canvas panel)

I just can’t get over these hippos.  They pop up in most of my daughter’s books and I just love the shapes they make.  AND they usually end up hanging out in this lovely green water – together with their purple-red skin, yummy!

This was one of those cross my finger paintings.  I was so focused on all the shapes, then I’d step back – the whole time thinking ‘I hate it, I hate it.’  But then once I snapped a shot of it on my phone and could see the little thumbnail, it actually worked.  That’s a good test to try before throwing your brush on the floor and quitting.

But man, I needed a win today.

Fighting the Rust After Vacation

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 $40.00 USD (8x8in canvas panel)

Argh, the rust of taking an art break strikes again.  Not sure how I feel about these but just had to keep trying today > my heart screams to paint, but my hands just aren’t connected yet.  I hate that!  Oh well.

For this top one I picked a picture I found on pinterest because I loved the colors.  Then I set up a still life and did my best to focus on the values and colors I wanted instead of what I saw.  Here’s the photo since I can’t really explain:

And here’s my first one of the day; painted from a magazine photo.

 $40.00 USD (8x8in canvas panel)

Favorite part= the hand on the right > I like how the colors and shapes turned out.

All in all a good practice day I guess.

Intimate Interior

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NFS  (8x8in on canvas panel)

It’s my art student’s birthday!  So we painting lovely interiors from our favorite retail magazine, and had a blast.  It was nice to not paint from life or the computer screen actually – felt easier.  I gifted her my painting at the end, but snagged a photo first. I also ripped out a few more pages because they were just so pretty, there will be more of these for sure!

 

Paper Airplane Practice

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 $80.00 USD (15x15in on repurposed 1in canvas)

Doing some more little sketches for the mural coming this summer.  This is slightly changed from the exact mural design, but has some similar elements – I’m not used to painting from imagination.  Usually I’m looking at a still life set up, or a picture.  I did use reference photos for this painting, so I could keep it believable.

Here’s one from a couple days ago:

 $40.00 USD (8x8in canvas panel)

Something’s Cookin

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Oh man guys, I had the privilege of getting asked by the Arts in Public Places Program (the group who hands out the transformer boxes to be painted) to do a mural in Old Town this summer!  It’s a bit funny – apparently there’s this new trash enclosure in a popular parking lot that has been getting used….incorrectly.  ::wink::  So the city has hired a local sculptor and myself to beautify this thing up to mitigate some of the….improper uses.  But how cool, no?!

After a meeting today with the board and fellow artist, I came up with the sketch.  Just wanted to show you, don’t get too attached.  For all I know if could be totally different tomorrow – I’m just so excited to share my summer plans with you all.

Paint on!

 

Silver Paint

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 $40.00 USD (8x8in canvas panel)

During an art lesson with some kiddos, a young one asked me while painting self portraits, “Do you have any silver paint, I need to paint my necklace.”  To which I told her, oh no – you don’t use silver paint, you paint it to look like silver.  When ever that comes up in a lesson, painting metal things becomes our next lesson. ::smile::

Landscapes

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 $40.00 USD (8x8in canvas panel)

In the past I’ve avoided doing landscapes, they were never appealing to me – and when I would try them I would fail horribly.  My teen art student has been wanting to do them and even live outside! (plein air, here’s what we did last week) So I find myself wanting to try them more as well.  Our neighbor friends took us on a nature walk about 5 miles (via bike ride) away and the sense of wanting to set up my easel and start painting what I saw was overwhelming.  Alas, I just snapped some reference photos to paint later.  Even though everything is still brown and dry here, when the sky turns blue everything just feels more alive.  I was particularly enthralled by how the blues change in the water as it gets closer to you.

So here’s the first of my landscapes from this walk.

After finishing this one, I felt I got too nit-picky and tight and tried another quick, loose and bold sketch in about 10 minutes just to loosen back up and get a different feel.  It feels a little ‘unfinished’ but the brush strokes are more what I was trying to capture.

 $40.00 USD (8x8in canvas panel)

Plein Air with Acrylics

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 $35.00 USD (8x8in canvas panel)

This is from Friday’s art lesson.  Man, have we been having some great weather here the past two weeks!  My student friend has been wanting to try plein air painting so I thought we would take advantage of the nice weather and lack of wind.  When she arrived we took a stroll around the house (we had to stay within baby monitor range per nap time) and decided the alley was the most inspiring.  So we set up camp.  My friend wished we had a name for what it is we were doing – since plein air is primarily an oil painting thing – and we were loading our palettes in the dirt, balancing easels on rocks, spraying our acrylic paint every 2 minutes….didn’t feel like how the professionals do it.  But that’s what I appreciate about the way I paint sometimes, and I want everyone to know they can too.

Here are some shots from the day:

easels on the front porch

getting paint.

some composition checking sketches.

If you have any suggestions on what we could call our technique of “plein air” painting let me know!

Old Friend

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This is one of my favorite pictures from this summer.  While visiting family we spent a morning at Como Zoo in Minneapolis and had the best time!  I have sketched this picture in my sketch book and loved it so I thought I’d try painting it.  My husband asked if I should make the turtle look like a statue (which it was) or a real turtle.  I thought the viewer should decide.

Familiar Fort Collins Scene

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 $35.00 USD (8x8in canvas panel)

I’ve had too many hobbies going on these past couple days, but did manage to paint yesterday – and hopefully today and tomorrow.  This is a sight in north Old Town.  My husband and I drove past it after our date for Valentine’s day and I had him stop so I could take a few pictures.  I’m going to try it again, I feel like I want it to look a certain way.

Here’s what I’ve been staying busy in the home with:

 

crocheting things I find in stores.

 

re-upholstering an old chair.

Cast Iron Collection

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I painted these suckers 3 times before getting a good composition.  In my art lesson with a friend yesterday we scattered throughout the house to find sweet little spots to paint a good scene – and I ended up in the kitchen with my lovely green walls.  This scene has been attempted before, but never completed, and I couldn’t stop thinking about them today> so I tried again.  I just loved the colors and the shapes.

> My friend landed in the dining room painting the shadows the high chair casted on the walls.  So cool, might have to do that next.

Again, But Bigger!

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The first ship was so popular I had a friend request another one, but larger.  So here it is – the same ship but 16x20in.

Slowly making my way to working larger again.  I technically still have one more 36x48in abstract to do for my husband’s office.  Sheesh.

Pre-Packaged Snacks

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I just felt like painting bananas today.

I appreciate all the fruits you have to peel before eating, because having a kiddo now- we’re dropping things all the time!  Yesterday I dropped a clementine in the parking lot, picked it up and peeled it and handed it to Fi.  Yesssss.

Now off to wash some dishes.

Boats Boats Boats

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I asked my husband what to call this painting, and this is what he suggested.  A How I Met Your Mother reference.

Anyways, for art lesson today we let our brains relax from learning new things and picked a picture and just painted.  It was really nice and I was super excited about this photo – I love painting the blue-green shadows under boats, such yummy colors.  The contrast between the bright boats and the dark water was really fun to play with too.  Good painting day.

Honey Bees

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SOLD (9.5inx14.5in on repurposed stretched canvas)

Once again I was inspired by my daughter’s library books.  I love painting bees in flight, the brush strokes are so fun and free I barely have to think about them.

Sugar, Yes Please.

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 $35.00 USD (8x8in on canvas panel)

I had this sugar bowl out since my lesson last Saturday with L so I could try another go at it.  Here’s my first time painting it 2 and a half years ago!

Sheesh, I should hope it looks different.  I really love painting the little glass ball on top of the lid.

I think I’ll keep it out and do it again soon, I wasn’t really feeling it in the studio today but have this feeling inside of how I want it to look and didn’t quite achieve it today.  ::sigh:: Next time….

Practicing White Again

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 $35.00 USD (8x8in on canvas panel)

For the lesson with L today we played with values and painting white things.  She followed the “rules” much better in terms of staying neutral and comparing values – I skewed into too many colors.  But how can you be mad > look how pretty!

L has committed to painting every day in between our lessons.  I can’t wait to see what she paints and how quickly she’ll progress!

In Your Furry Face

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I wanted to make sure the first cow face wasn’t a fluke, but that I could do it again.  And I think I did!  This cow looked so soft and hairy I looked forward to painting these details.  Though, I chose to leave the flies out.  Good idea.  Both cows, my favorite thing to paint was the snout>  it was the most fun / easiest part to chunk up and paint loosely.

Enjoy!

You Could Do This

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Working on a larger piece today as a request.  Eeek!  I’ve been really enjoying the quick, little ones lately, and learning so much.  But I don’t like the request list to pile up so time to attack this week.  Today I just threw on color.  Maybe tomorrow I’ll sketch in the details.

Here’s the step by step so you can feel like you can pull out your supplies and get painting!

You could do this right!?

I do the flower petals some what messy because I can come back with the background color and ‘reshape’ them.

Also, I did this opposite of how I usually would.  Typically I start with the subjects so I can apply the ‘reshape’ technique to everything, but the flowers and darkness under the chickens were calling to me…and I just went.

I loved all the colors I was seeing in this front chicken.  When you make each color as you go and paint wet-on-wet you get this harmonious color blending goodness.

And I couldn’t leave them with big open spaces over their heads and faces, so I pulled out the red right at the end, just so when I approach it later I can really focus on the details.

This al happened in an hour, with one brush a little wider than an inch.

 

Happy painting.

Cow Face

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Someone had mentioned that they’re watching to see if I ever paint cows, and that got me thinking.  It took a few searches to find a face I liked in a pleasing composition, but alas!  Here is my go at a cow face.  I tend to emphasize all the colors; it would be a fun experiment to paint the same picture muted and then again extremely enhanced with color!  Phooey, I should have done that today.  ::sigh::

Here is a half way through shot:

I start with the darkest, to kind of map out the painting.  Then I really try to remember to squint and see the different values in the mid tones.

Color Theory Practice

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 $35.00 USD (8x8in on canvas panel)

The art lesson went great!  I’ve decided I like teaching and practicing value learning myself without having to use a grey scale.  Look how fantastic and fun these are!  This is my adaptation of the 10 Minute Challenge from Daily Paintworks > here we learned to study values, paint boldly and loosely, and had a chance to try out mixing colors in different split-complimentary color schemes.  That’s 3 lessons in 1 my friends.  I love good teaching days.

Here’s L’s:

Which color combo is your favorite?