Sunday, July 31, 2011

Wyoming Pond and Pines

oil on artist panel 6x6 inches
I should have taken more photos in Wyoming... after looking through what I took, I realize now that I don't have too many that are good enough to paint from.  I didn't want to be a selfish pain and yell out every five minutes, "Stop the car!" so I could get some good shots... it was a family vacation after all, and not a painting resource trip for me... Oh well, I'll just have to go back...!  ;^)

This was taken while driving with our friends on the way to Mt. Rushmore (which is in South Dakota — about 2 1/2 hours from where we were staying in Wyoming) — we went through some beautiful country on that drive.  

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Colorado Aspens

oil on artist panel 6x6 inches

I'm baaack!!!  Did you miss me?  Did you even notice I was away?  ;^)

Well, I was.  My husband, son and I went on a wonderful long vacation!  First, we visited friends in Gillette, Wyoming and then went to Westminster, Colorado to visit family.  It was GREAT.  So good to spend time with some of our favorite people who were so generous to show us around their beautiful states.  We did and saw so much — we really had such an excellent time.

I took a LOT of photos — and plan to do paintings from many of them.  The first of these you can see above — of aspen trees near Fish Creek Falls in Steamboat Springs, Colorado.  The ride up to Steamboat from the Denver area was spectacular (as was the ride back — we took a different route, but it was just as gorgeous) — everywhere I looked was a painting waiting to be painted!  And that is no exaggeration — the landscape was just incredible.

Wyoming was amazing as well — it is so vast, and the rock formations, the mesas... all incredible.  I hope I can do them justice in oil paints.

While in Wyoming, I had the pleasure of attending an art show at the AVA Community Art Center in Gillette.  It was a Mini Art Show (all pieces 8"x10" or smaller), a silent auction, with all proceeds to benefit the Art Center.  I donated a piece ("Apricot Roses") and a wonderful gal won the bid — I'm so happy that one of my favorite paintings will be hung in her home!  I was thrilled to be a part of the show, it was a really fun night, wonderful people, (GREAT food too!), and lots of beautiful artwork.

Well, I could go on and on, but I need to save some stories for future blog posts (that, and my son is nagging me to play Legos!)... it was a wonderful trip, but I'm glad to be home.  And glad to be painting again — I missed it!

Thursday, July 7, 2011


oil on artist panel 6x6 inches
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 Echinacea... purple coneflower... whatever you call it, it's one of my favorites.  Butterflies like them too.  They've really just started to open up here in my garden — I did have a couple of early birds about a month ago, but the majority are getting underway right about now.  One great thing about these is that they reseed themselves — I never know where they're going to pop up!

Sunday, July 3, 2011


oil on artist panel 6x6 inches
I just realized as I'm writing this that the painting I did today is mostly red, white and blue — fitting since the 4th of July is tomorrow! 

  Besides unintentionally limiting my color pallete to our country's flag, I've done something else pretty cool this weekend — I joined Daily Paintworks!  Daily Paintworks is a wonderful website developed by David Marine (husband of incredible talent Carol Marine).  It is an online gallery, a place to view and purchase art, to learn about and follow your favorite artists... a place to be inspired. 

Click here to check out Daily Paintworks.  Click here to see my Daily Paintworks online gallery.