Sunday, December 25, 2016

Arizona Daily Star, December 25, 2016



Arizona Daily Star, Sunday, December 25, 2016

A wonderful Christmas feature on Tucson artists.
I thought you had to die to become famous - maybe not!

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Saturday, November 5, 2016

The Green House


"The Green House"

$140


Plein air palette knife painting on an 8 x 8 inch Raymar canvas panel.
Several of us spent two afternoons in Barrio Viejo, one of the historic 
neighborhoods in Tucson, painting the delightful homes.
 I love the yummy colors. 

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Twisted Juniper at Kodachrome Basin


"Twisted Juniper" - $195.


I volunteered at Kodachrome Basin State Park a few years ago and loved 
this twisted old juniper tree which was the view from my RV site. 
The late afternoon light was wonderful on the tree and cliffs.

Palette knife oil painting on 12 x 9 inch canvas panel, unframed.



Tuesday, October 11, 2016

30 Paintings in 30 Days


Results of the 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge

I actually managed to do all 30 paintings though four are 
missing in the collage above. After spending an
hour with PicMonkey, trying to put it all together, I thought I
was going to lose my mind, so quit while I still had
a bit left.

All but two of my pieces were pastel, usually with an
under-painting of one color, done with Createx water-based
pure pigments. Once dry, I used charcoal on some to scribble
in my composition plan, then brushed on a coat of Golden Acrylic
Ground for Pastels. Pastel colors were chosen ahead of time, and 
once the acrylic ground was dry, I went at it. 

Lots of fun!

Saturday, September 17, 2016


"Lost River"


This one is Day #11 of the 30/30 Challenge.
Soft pastel on 6 x 6 inch Rives BFK. 
Love the textures and how the 
river leads you into the distance. 



"Native Dancer"

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Soft pastel on 6 x 6 inch Rives BFK
This one was such a joy to paint for some reason -
maybe the colors, which I love.
It reminds me of the feathers and bells
fastened around the ankles of Native American dancers.
I thought the titles were going to be a big problem,
but in most cases they come to me out of the blue
as I finish a work.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge


"Feathering"


Day #7 of the 30/30 Challenge - ink, pastel ground, soft
pastel on 6 x 6 inch Rives BFK.
Love how the red under-painting adds texture. 
I'm really enjoying this exercise in abstraction,
though they don't always work out as 
well as this one.

30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge


"Flirting"


Day #6 of the 30/30 Challenge - inks, pastel ground, 
soft pastel on 6 x 6 inch Rives BFK.
You'll notice I've skipped a couple of days - that's because I only feel 
I've been successful about 50% of the time.
The red flecks peek coyly out from the 
green - naming it was easy!


30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge


"Nesting"

Day #3 of the 30/30 Challenge - inks, pastel ground and soft pastel on 
6 x 6 inch Rives BFK.
This one just came together for me - so easy! Wish they 
could all do that. The shape has a protected feel, 
thus the title.

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge


"Vroom!"


Day #1 - 6 x 6 inch pastel on Rives BFK. 
I've decided to do abstracts for this challenge, a genre I have absolutely no 
experience with, so we'll see what happens. The diagonal lines 
show great energy and made me think of
 a motorcycle's roar.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Doors & Gates of the Southwest


"Sweet Poppy"

$75


The most charming shop entrance in the
 totally charming town of Tubac, AZ.

Palette knife oil on stretched canvas, unframed.

Monday, July 18, 2016

Doors & Gates of the Southwest


Courtyard at Hubbell House

$75


Palette knife oil painting on 8 x 6 inch stretched canvas.

The Historic Hubbell House in Ganado, AZ, was home 
for the family who started the Hubbell Trading Post back in 1878. 
It is now a National Historic Site and well worth a visit if you're ever in that area. 
This little courtyard is so private and peaceful.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Doors & Gates of the Southwest


"Meyer Ave. #2"

$75


Palette knife oil painting on 8 x 6 inch canvas panel, unframed.

I loved how the gate was just hanging on the hinges - looked like 
it had been there a long, long time. Meyer Avenue is one of most charming
streets in El Presidio Historic District, Tucson, AZ.


Tuesday, July 12, 2016

DOORS & GATES


Blue & Green Entry

$75


Palette knife oil on 8 x 6 inch stretched canvas, unframed.
A charming gateway in Encinitas, CA. It spoke to me,
saying, "Paint Me" - so I did.

Friday, July 8, 2016

DOORS & GATES: Disappearing Arches


Temple of Music & Art

$75


Palette knife oil painting on 6 x 6 inch stretched canvas.

There's a mystery here. Where are the arches leading me? 
I don't know, as I didn't follow the path, just 
thought of how I would paint them.

Monday, June 27, 2016

Complementary Colors - Blue & Orange


 

"Bighorn Sheep"


Palette knife oil on 6 x 6 inch Arches paper for oils.
This was a workshop assignment about using complementary colors.
I used just Ultramarine Blue and Cadmium Orange as
you see in the palette above. The two are mixed with each other across
the top, then those are mixed with white going down. 
Beautiful grays and browns result, and, for this painting anyway,
the colors worked perfectly. This particular Bighorn is a
resident at AZ Sonora Desert Museum, and
painted from one of my many photos.

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Doors & Gates of the Southwest - Washington Street

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"Washington Street"

$75


Palette knife oil on 8 x 6 inch canvas panel, framed
​The first in a series of about 27 doors in the series. 
Doorways have always fascinated me - what is behind them? 
This one is on Washington Street, El Presidio Historic District, 
near Tucson Museum of Art.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Doors & Gates of the Southwest - El Presidio Historic District


"El Presidio Historic District"

$75


Palette knife oil painting on 8 x 6 inch canvas panel.
This door is in what is left of the old fort at the Presidio
in Tucson, and is now almost totally hidden by a tree.
You need to access the ruins through El Presidio
Visitor Center.

Monday, June 20, 2016

Doors & Gates - The Pink Door


"Meyer Street #1"

$75


Palette knife oil on 8 x 6 inch stretched canvas, unframed.

This charming door is in the El Presidio Historic District of Tucson, AZ.
I loved it the minute I saw it, especially with the straggly 
prickly pears growing in front. 


Sunday, June 19, 2016

New Series - Doors & Gates

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"The Eclectic Flea"

$75


The Eclectic Flea is a re-sale shop in Lost Barrio, here in Tucson, AZ. 
I have always been fascinated by doors and gates 
and had been collecting photos of them for decades. 
Last year I finally decided to paint a series of my favorites.
Palette knife oil on 8 x 6 inches on 
stretched canvas, unframed.

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Looking Back


"Cruz #2"

$160


Another pose by my favorite mountain lion.
Palette knife oil painting on 8 x 8 inch gallery-wrap canvas, 
so there's no framing needed.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

The Secret Life of a Tulip


"Rising"

SOLD

The final painting (for the moment) in the Secret Life of a Tulip series. 
Who knew a tulip could be so incredibly sexy?
6 x 6 inch palette knife oil painting on Arches paper for oils, 
mounted on Crescent mat board.




Monday, June 13, 2016

The Secret Life of a Tulip


"Dreamtime"


Palette knife oil painting on 6 x 6 inch Arches paper
for oils, mounted on Crescent mat board.
If you look closely at the interior of a tulip, you will
discover a lot going on. So amazing!

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

My Favorite Mountain Lion


"Cruz"

$160


Cruz is the resident mountain lion at AZ Sonora Desert Museum, 
an extremely handsome fellow!
Palette knife oil painting on 8 x 8 inch gallery-wrap canvas with painted sides,
means he's ready to hang, no need for framing.

Saturday, June 4, 2016

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Orange Flash


"Orange Flash"

SOLD

Palette knife oil painting on 6 x 6 inch Arches paper for oils, 
mounted on Crescent mat board.
 This is my last orange - until next winter anyway. 
Painted using the marbleizing effect. 
I love how the colors fly off in every direction.


Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Orange Mosaic #3


"Orange Mosaic #3"

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Palette knife oil painting on 6 x 6 inch Arches paper for oils, 
mounted on Crescent mat board. 
You're probably thinking "this girl is in a serious rut" at this point.
I assure you, there's only one more orange to come, then I'll get 
on to other subjects. They have been so much fun to paint!

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Pink Lady - Destroy & Rebuild


"Pink Lady"


Palette knife oil on 6 x 6 inch Arches paper for oils, mounted 
on Crescent mat board. This is one of my absolute 
favorites - using the destroy and rebuild method results in such 
a lovely soft look.


Thursday, May 26, 2016

In Honor of Pi Day 2016


"Cherry Pie"


Painted in honor of National Pi Day.
6 x 6 inch palette knife oil on Arches paper,
mounted on Crescent mat board.

Prickly Pear Close-Up


"Prickly Pear Close-up"


Palette knife oil on 6 x 6 inch Arches paper, mounted
on Crescent mat board. Absolutely love the delicately colored 
blossoms on prickly pear.


Monday, May 23, 2016

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Why You Should Finish What You Start


"Prickly Pear"


8" x 10" palette knife oil on canvas panel, unframed.
Started on site, finished in the studio. I posted earlier versions of
this painting as I worked and have just, finally, finished it this week.
Why should you finish what you start? It feels so good!


Thursday, May 12, 2016

Winter Squash


"Winter Squash"


6" x 6" palette knife oil on Arches paper for oils,
mounted on Crescent mat board.

I promised to let you all know about the process of mounting these
small works on mat board so they would be ready for shipping and
framing. It turned out to be not so difficult as I had anticipated. I cut Crescent mat 
board into squares the same size as the paintings, smeared them with the 
Liquitex medium, laid on the paintings, and weighted them with heavy
books for an hour or so. Perfect!



Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Spinning


"Spinning"


I get a little anxious with this "destroy and rebuild" technique as I'm never
sure what will happen after I pull a brush through a "finished" painting
in every direction, really messing it up. However, interesting things occur
during the rebuilding process. This one worked, and there's a definite
sense of movement through space.



Sunday, May 8, 2016

Broken Color #2


"Broken Color #2"


I'm getting good at using these techniques with pieces of fruit, but am
still struggling to do it successfully with other subjects. I'll keep
trying though, as I love the effect.

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Prickly Pear - Almost Finished


"Prickly Pear"

It's almost finished - just a few things to do now. The most important one 
is adding some spines to the prickly pear pads.

Monday, May 2, 2016

Painting Progression - Prickly Pear





Yesterday I started a "Self-Study" workshop with Meredith Milstead. It meets 4 Sunday afternoons in May and I've chosen to work on my "unfinished plein air" pile of paintings which is getting rather large. I'm starting with the one I began a few days ago. The top photo is my subject at a plein air paint out with Tuscon Pastel Society at Tanque Verde Ranch. Next is the block-in, value study, done that morning and the bottom photo shows what I accomplished in class yesterday - still a lot to be done, obviously. I'd like to achieve more of a broken color effect on the prickly pear pads, but am not sure I can manage that. 

I'll be working from photos in class, though she prefers we work from life - thus my homework will be studying reflected light, and I'm tasked with painting something each day and sending her a photo - to prove I'm working! It's getting hot here in Tucson, and I'll be working from a still-life setup, so I bought 3 pretty Bartlett pears this morning.

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Fractured Orange


"Fractured Orange"

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This "fracturing" process is one of my favorite things to do. 
The result is like looking through a piece of broken glass, or like stained glass.

Friday, April 29, 2016

Splish Splash


"Splish Splash"


I love the effect of marbleizing, with colors spinning off in every direction.
 It doesn't always work this well, but when it does, wow!




Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Barn Owl


"Barn Owl" - 8 x 6 on stretched canvas

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I frequently visit the Arizona Sonora Desert Museum and one of the highlights there is something called Raptor Free Flight. Harris Hawks, this barn owl, another owl and a raven all fly free and have been trained to swoop in and grab a juicy tidbit (probably a dead mouse) from the handler. This one, with its lovely heart-shaped face, was thoughtful enough to pose for an instant so I could get a picture. It's always a thrill to watch them.

Monday, April 11, 2016

Granny Smith





"Granny Smith"


Lovely Granny Smith apple - tart, crisp, mouth-watering delicious. And a pleasure to paint. I used manganese blue and cadmium yellow light to get those yummy greens.

Saturday, April 9, 2016

When Life Hands You Lemons...


Paint Them! - "Two Lemons"

SOLD!

This is a bit of a change from the splashy style of the
oranges and apples. There must be something about using
lots of different colors that puts me in a playful mood.