Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Summer Showers

A shower falls on a lush green wetlands,
 then the clouds skip on by to reveal 
clear blue summer skies.

10" x 8" oil on textured canvas panel

for sale on DPW auction

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Desert Spring

When spring rains come to the desert. 
They often come surging through canyons 
in temporary run offs.
This same rain causes the desert to bloom,
in unimaginable color.
This is the third painting of cactus flowers.

11" x 14" oil on canvas panel

for sale on DPW auction 

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Cactus Flowers 2

This is the second in a series of cactus flowers.
I love the bright neon colors and 
delicate blossoms.

6" x 8" oil on Canvas panel

for sale on DPW's auction

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Cactus Flower

This was painted for DPW's Pantene 
color of the year 2014 - 'Radiant Orchid' challenge. 
 I love cactus flowers with their many iridescent colors, 
which I felt fit this challenge.

6" x 8" oil on canvas panel

for sale on DPW auction

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

After a Spring Rain

I painted this for Virtual Paintout's Liverpool 
(and surrounding country side) challenge.
 I chose this 'street view' because I loved 
the glistening wet road and the bright bits 
of spring green which are almost iridescent 'after the rain'. 
They seemed to epitomize the English countryside.

8" x 10" oil on canvas

for sale on Daily Paint Works auction

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Signs of Spring

Mushrooms climbing up and over a moss covered tree stump.

In taking a walk this morning with camera n tow,
I came across wonderful signs of the changing season.
I usually take photographs to paint from later,
but these are so lovely, I had to post them.
I hope spring is coming to all of you who live in the northern
hemisphere and have endured some of natures harshest winter weather.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Winter Sea

I love the sea in winter 
with it's silvery surface edged in white lace, 
which breaks on a rocky coastline
and shore birds trolling for the catch of the day!

8" x 10" oil on Canvas panel

available on DPW auction

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

She Said Yes!

Our resident owl had a long distant communication with another owl.
We could hear them at night, hooting back and forth.
Recently that ended and we saw them together.
Looks like she said "yes".
So I painted them as a couple.
I love owls and these two are truly lovebirds.

8" x 6" oil on canvas panel

available on DPW auction

Friday, March 21, 2014

Vase With a Blue Handle

I placed these dark pink roses 
in an orange Santa Fe cup
with a bright blue handle and lip. 
The luscious colors say
"be cheerful " 
warmer weather is on its way.
Days are brighter and more colorful. 

8" x 6" oil on canvas panel

for sale on DPW auction

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Lemons and the Red Teapot

When I lived in a southern clime, I had citrus trees in my garden. 
This memory was the inspiration for this painting for DPW the citrus challenge. 

8" x 6" oil on canvas

for sale on DPW auction

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Pittock Mansion

Today, the Pittock Mansion is a museum and tourist attraction in Portland. 
It was once the home of a founding citizen who made his fortune in lumber. 
I made a few minor changes to simplify the structure, which is quite extravagant. 

6" x 8" oi on canvas panel

for sale on DPW  auction

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Cherry Tree

Cherry trees in bloom are a Washington DC iconic sight. 
This tree was painted for the DPW challenge
and for Bil Guffy's Virtual Paintout challenge.,
from the trees in bloom along Ohio Blvd. in DC. 
I tried to use Carol Marines directive of 'one stroke' at a time 
and load with a new shade/tone between each, using a #6 bright.
 Didn't quite make the single stroke per load, 
but came close and will continue to work on 
simplifying with this technique.

6" x 8" oil on canvas panel

for sale on DPW auction