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)


SOLD (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


(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::