Cairn (kai-urn)

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SOLD (8x8in on canvas panel)

A popular scene here in Colorado.  Cairns are stacks of rocks built up as a landmark or memorial, usually on a hill top or skyline.  But we see them all over the place on hiking trails.  I just stacked these up while my daughter was throwing rocks in the river last week.  I think I want to do a few more, or maybe play with some color theory since the original photo was so monotoned.

On a side note, this is my 500th post!  How cool.

Copper Pear

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For Sale at Trimble Court Artisans (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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SOLD (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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SOLD (12x12in on 1.5in deep stretched canvas)

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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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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SOLD (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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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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(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.

SOLD (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.