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


For Sale at Trimble Court Artisans (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


SOLD (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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Cherry Space


(8x10in on stretched canvas)

Having a bad painting streak lately, pretty discouraging.  I tried something simple to just keep up the practice.  They always end, but they’re still scary.