Saturday, April 27, 2019

Bit by Bit



 In 2013 our family took a fishing trip to Idaho, Wyoming, and Montana.  This barn struck me as an old working beauty.  It was located near Victor, Idaho where we were staying.




It overlooks the majestic Tetons, foothills and lots of pasture land.





I would love to know it's history but I didn't think to ask anyone at the time.  It probably isn't standing any longer as it looked like one more winter might do her in.






So I painted it for a show I was doing in Danville, California called "Barn Dance" but I was never happy with the painting.






I kept playing with the mountains in the background. Then it stuck me that there was no entry into the barn (this was the back and I loved the view of the mountains).






So I added a door and lived with it for awhile.....but it was still too stagnant for me......


"The Old Guard" - 40 x 30

Two years ago I added a fence and a road and lowered the mountains.  I lived with that for awhile......mmmm......still there was something needed. I felt that this painting had a lot going for it so it was worth working with.  And yesterday I added cow.......there it is! Some humanity.....life!

Ahhh...I can breathe again.....how about you?





The above photo is from the show "Barn Dance" with the group of women I paint with -  Bay Area Studio Artists!

They are amazing!!!

Saturday, February 23, 2019

Finding Your Tribe

Finding Your Tribe
Bath, England
18 x 24


My husband and I took a trip to England & Scotland two years ago and I fell in love with the people, the countryside, the houses and tea time!

I painted this from a photo that I took near the Roman Baths of several school children running home from school as happy as can be. In fact it's the Bath Abbey in the background.

Saturday, January 5, 2019

2019 First Painting




Hello 2019



In 2014 my husband and I traveled to Normandy to spend some time at Mont-Saint-Michel.  It was so crowded with tourists climbing up the winding road to the top that I was about ready to turn around but when we arrived at the monastery and I heard the monks chanting, I was a goner! I loved that the sheep were in the field nearby.

Here is my first painting of the New Year - Mont-Saint-Michel - 24 x 36.





Sunday, October 7, 2018

Orinda Books Reception


The group of women that I paint with had a reception on Saturday celebrating our new show "The Herd Instinct".




It was a nice event and the store was also sponsoring a pet adoption that same day.  So there were kittens and puppies to enjoy!























Hope you can stop by to enjoy our artwork and the wonderful books at Orinda Books!


The show will be open until the end of the month of October.


Thursday, October 4, 2018

A New Show



The Herd Instinct

 
The Bay Area Studio Artist (BASA) will present “The Herd Instinct,” an exhibit of paintings in acrylics and oils, at Orinda Books, 276 Village Square, Orinda, during the month of October. You are invited to a reception from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 6th.
“The Herd Instinct” explores the urge to gather with others of your own kind - whether it’s a migrating pod of whales, cows grazing in the pasture or jellyfish just floating through life. We have included everything from a peep of chickens to a mob of sheep to a loveliness of ladybugs. And, we’ve even noticed that inanimate objects seem to have a herd instinct so we’ve included an array of apples.
In addition to our BASA artists, Suzun Almquist, Jeanette Crawford Baird, Ellen Reintjes, Joanne Taeuffer, Sharon Tama, and Marcy Wheeler, we are joined by two guest artist, Lassie Colebourn and Ruth Stanton.

Sunday, September 30, 2018

Temporary New Office & Studio



This has been my new office for the last three weeks............beautiful Lake Tahoe.






And this has been my studio for the same time..............








Most days consisted of reading, painting, beach time and cooking.


Ahhhh......bliss!






The family cabin is at the base of Mt. Tallac and the aspen were just beginning to turn color.




"Drama Queens"




I was able to finish my Paris Peonies and two other paintings.

Now it's back to reality!

Friday, August 24, 2018

At Home & Painting






Happy to be at home and painting again!  Above is a painting that I started yesterday of a bouquet of peonies.  The photo reference was taken this spring in Paris. (see below)





Can you believe this beautiful and massive bouquet taken through a shop window?



"Just living is not enough....
one must have sunshine, freedom, 
and a little flower."

--Hans Christian Anderson





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