Friday, December 31, 2010
Friday, December 24, 2010
Sunday, December 19, 2010
Friday, December 17, 2010
Tuesday, December 14, 2010
Monday, December 13, 2010
Friday, December 10, 2010
Wednesday, December 8, 2010
Tuesday, December 7, 2010
Monday, November 22, 2010
Boy is it coming down here - beautiful fluffy huge snowflakes! I love this kind of snow- a fresh blanket in the morning, no tracks just quite yet. I'm down in my studio with my stereo singing songs to me, my little space heater working overtime to warm up this room and lucy in her little dog bed next to my easel. I've been looking through the images I have taken this year and am visualizing what each piece will look like in a particular format. Maybe I'll try for three large pieces this week and I can't help it - WINTER pieces! That is never my galleries' favorite words, but it gets me so excited to paint these palettes, this texture, this SNOW! One more month to enjoy it and then down to Arizona for the best winter months of the year. I miss skiing, I miss driving in the snow (I know, must have lost my mind), watching the snow from my big picture window at home. Wow - someone gave me an extra dose of nostalgia in my coffee this morning! Here is a painting that was done from my favorite parts of two tiny little miniatures done with a tertiary palette, different value patterns, same subject matter. This large one, mainly because of the size difference, is much more subtle, very quiet and I am still living with it, deciding how much further to push it. It is of that beautiful lake North of Durango, CO that I have painted and worked through what seems to be a million times. Not sure I have said everything that needs to be said about it, even to this day. My color of choice these days has been a violet. Violets and blues! Hmmm. What will today bring?
Monday, November 15, 2010
Saturday, November 13, 2010
Thursday, November 11, 2010
Tuesday, November 9, 2010
Monday, November 8, 2010
Sunday, November 7, 2010
Thursday, November 4, 2010
Tuesday, November 2, 2010
Well, off the soapbox for another year :) It was a great day for painting. I have a group miniature show coming up in Ketchum ID at the Kneeland Gallery, so it was a catch up day for miniatures! I also worked on a piece that I am "crushing" on! Do you ever do that? Do you get a crush on a particular piece, so much so that you can hardly stop working on it? I'm going to continue tomorrow, but it was a teaching day so I had to put it away for the evening. I can't wait (but will have to) to post the finished piece! Until then, here are some mini's......
Monday, October 25, 2010
Friday, October 22, 2010
This week in class, I demonstrated two identical compositions, two identical tertiary palettes of purples, greens and orange with different dominance. I pulled out photos of Monet's work on The Seine near Giverny. He produced 21 pieces of this river. Each piece was concerned with the changing light, moment by moment within one time period. In my demo, I was not outside capturing the light, but putting together a completely different emotional response using the same color in a very different way - a way to think outside the box.
I love studying from the masters, especially Monet. I like to feel that he is standing over my shoulder whispering to me about his work - no, not literally :) I'm not crazy, just very imaginative! The work has stood the test of time and every time I study it, I see something different, something more to learn. I also love painting in series for the same reason. Every time I revisit a painting or place, I see and feel something new about it.
I will post my demo's later!!
Sunday, October 17, 2010
I gave my classes the assignment of doing a high key, low contrast painting this week. It is possibly the most challenging composition to make successful. One of my favorite paintings of all time is a Monet piece in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. This painting made me weak in the knees! It is so delicate, so sophisticated in color and such an emotional piece. Take a look and let me know if you get the same response as I do! Attached is another photo of it side by side to a Monet Low Key Low Contrast piece. My photo does not show the subtle change of color temperature like in true life as well as I would like it to! I think it's time to get back out my Monet masterpiece book and do some studying :)
Saturday, October 16, 2010
Nesting again! I went to the HALLOWEEN SUPERSTORE today! Good Lord, who would have thought Halloween would ever get this big? When I was a kid, we would go into the local Skaggs Drugstore and there was an aisle of box costumes of assorted ghosts and monsters with a plastic mask that attached with string around your head and a vinyl costume that would slip over your coat so you could stay warm when you were trick or treating. You could hardly breathe through that mask, so most moms would put makeup on their kids faces - it was also so you could see and not get hit by a car! And that was back in the day when you actually went house to house with a pillowcase begging for candy. Nowadays, you can buy elaborate costumes and go to a school or church parking lot and "trunk or treat" and acquire quite the bounty in about a half hour and go home. Just not so much fun as it used to be! And what is with this dressing like hookers for one day a year, as naughty as one can possibly imagine - even little girls costumes! I like the SCARY idea much better! Oh well, I guess that's my personal opinion and you know what they say about those! Never-the-less, my house is now appropriately decorated, pumpkins, cobwebs and all - and I'm feeling quite festive! Here are a few pics of my favorite place to hang out- the front porch! Happy Halloween!
Thursday, October 14, 2010
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
This is what I gave last weeks students - a high key complimentary palette piece (or two). Well, I can't give them something that I wouldn't do, so here it is! It is called Bare. When all the decoration is stripped away, you have the full beauty of what is. It is a 20x16 oil on canvas.
Pork Roast Carnitas with Pico de Gallo
A braised pork roast, cooked until it practically falls apart, with an incredibly intense and delicious flavor.
1 tablespoon firmly packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon dried oregano leaves
1 tablespoon beef base
Freshly ground pepper
1 (4-pound) pork loin roast
1/2 cup water
Juice of 1 fresh orange
Juice of 1 fresh lime
2 tablespoons soy sauce
2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro or 1 tablespoon dried
Pico de Gallo (recipe follows)
Fresh corn or flour tortillas (warm before serving)
1 large white onion, chopped
Fresh cilantro leaves, chopped
- In a small bowl combine the brown sugar, garlic powdered, onion powder, oregano leaves, beef base, salt and pepper. Set aside.
- Brown pork roast on all sides in large cooking pot over medium heat.
- Reduce heat and evenly coat the roast on all sides with spice mixture.
- Add the water, orange juice, lime juice, soy sauce and the fresh cilantro. Heat to boiling; reduce heat; cover and simmer over low heat for 3 1/2 to 4 hours or until roast is so tender, it falls apart.
- Discard any fat and "shred" roast with a fork, allowing meat to absorb any juices left in the pan.
Pico de Gallo
Fresh Tomato and Chili Pepper Salsa
4 large ripe tomatoes, finely chopped*
4 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
1 medium white onion, finely chopped**
1 1/2 teaspoons packed brown sugar
2 green onions, finely chopped
2 teaspoons green Tabasco pepper sauce
4 to 6 cloves garlic, finely minced
1/2 teaspoon salt, or to taste
4 to 6 pickled or fresh jalapeno peppers, chopped
Freshly ground pepper to taste
Juice of 1 small lime (about 2 tablespoons) or to taste
- Combine all ingredients in glass bowl. Cover and refrigerate until ready to use.
Makes about 4 cups.
Sunday, October 10, 2010
Friday, October 8, 2010
Wednesday, October 6, 2010
Friday, October 1, 2010
Monday, September 27, 2010
Saturday, September 25, 2010
Friday, September 24, 2010
Thursday, September 23, 2010
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
Heading back out to Jackson tomorrow for the Western Visions Miniature Show! This is the first time I have been in the show and I'm very excited about it. Thursday night is the Artist's Reception. I went last year as a guest and met some great artists, saw some great art. It's great to be in the show this year and on the actual invitation list :) I have a few friends that will be going up there and we will try and get together and paint. Marco has never been to the Tetons, never been to Yellowstone and I would love to show him around. I'm hoping to see looks of sheer amazement coming from his eyes - I think taking him to a sports event would probably work better, but I'll tell him it's business and he will pay close attention! He's such a great sport for all these art events, four times camping this year, I think he loves me! This is the painting I submitted for the show!
Thursday, September 9, 2010
A short down time - FINALLY! No traveling for a week or two. I am working on some small watercolors, trying a few new things, exploring a bit. This reminds me of why I fell in love with painting in the first place. After I finish a half a dozen or so, I will post them. For now, here is a winter piece that is in Mtn. Trails Gallery in Jackson, WY. A chill is in the air and I will be heading there soon for the Western Visions Miniature show. This is my first time in and I'm pretty stoked about it!
Friday, August 20, 2010
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
Well, two down and three to go! I'm getting my last few paintings together to take to Mountain Trails Gallery in Jackson WY for my two-person show with Andrjv Skorut. Most of the work has been up there for a month, but I probably will have five new pieces with me. It has been an adventurous summer! Travel, painting, travel, painting....Sun Valley was fantastic as usual! I just love the friendships that have been formed over the years among all the painters in the group. There were a few Oh-so-missed ones that couldn't make it for one reason or the other and a few new ones to the group. The gallery staff was wonderful as usual! And the mountains....well, what can one say about the mountains up there to do it justice? What an amazing place.
Thursday, August 5, 2010
Tuesday, July 27, 2010
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
Wow, been down in this studio for what seems forever! Need some fresh air :) The paintings are all coming together. The Western Art Collector article and the Southwest Art Magazine article are out! Three shows in the next four weeks and two more barely after that. This is called running on Adrenalin, but sometimes it is the best way to work. No more thinking, just working. If I listen carefully, the work tells me what to do. No, I'm not crazy - just paying attention! I LOVE PAINTING!!!!