Wednesday, November 26, 2008

New 'Taggee'

Thnaks to Jean Victory who so graciously consented to being tagged... she does incredible work, be sure and visit her blog!

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Painting for the Day: Trinidad Hollyhock


Another in the floral vein...
I like working with canvases of unusual proportion. Hollyhocks lend themselves nicely to a tall narrow shape. I also like that they thrive under extreme neglect, in fact prefer it; a good lesson for us all. This particular one is among many from the garden of the Trinidad, Colorado Historical Society Museum.
"Trinidad Hollyhock" Oil 8" x 24"

Tag! You're It!

Okay, so I've been tagged by Michael Lynn Adams.
This is way more fun than when I was a kid.

Here's my list of "Seven (not so) Unusual Things About Me":


  1. I love a good pun and a pithy witticism.
  2. I alphabetize my spice rack.
  3. I was nine years old when I was hired for my first 'art' job. A real estate company wanted a "kid's drawing" of a house for a billboard. I got paid $35. Ultimately the illustration was never reproduced, as they thought it was "too sophisticated".
  4. I've been collecting cartoons for as long as I can remember, especially cartoons about art and artists.
  5. Others suffer from my occasional dyscalculia (like dyslexia, but only affecting numbers).
  6. I was so poor in art school that one morning I woke up and realized I had nothing to eat in the house except shredded wheat and red wine (the really cheap kind in a box). Which got me through the week.
  7. My favorite movie of all time is still Buckaroo Banzai ("Wherever You Go, There You Are"), and I've always wished they'd released a soundtrack.

And now for my seven artists picks to tag. I've tried for the most part to pick other 'untagged' artists like myself so we can join the game and play too. In no particular order:

  1. Tom Pohlman http://tompohlmansouthwestpaintings.blogspot.com/
  2. Cyndy Carstens http://cyndycarstens.blogspot.com/
  3. Douglas Hoover http://douglashoover.blogspot.com/
  4. Taryn Day http://awakeandpainting.blogspot.com/
  5. Steven Walker http://www.stevenwalkerstudios.blogspot.com/
  6. Mary Kay Wilson http://exploringwatercolors.blogspot.com/
  7. Duane Keiser http://duanekeiser.blogspot.com/

OOPS!!! Late breaking edit-- It seems I cannot comment to Duane Keiser through his blog, so I need to find another worthy artist to tag. Any ideas, anyone??

Painting for the Day: Friend or Anemone?

Sometimes the finishing touch on a painting is the perfect title.
As much I as like breaking the rules of composition, and rendering water drops, making the realistic abstract, and juxtaposing a sharp focus foreground with a luminous, multi layered glazey, gauzey background, in many ways this painting is all about the title.



"Friend or Anemone?" oil 48" x 24"

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Thank you for the Day!

A big thank you to Michael Lynn Adams - Modern Realist Painter, who 'tagged' me yesterday... I'm new to this but extremely flattered to among the seven artists he tagged this time around. I think the hardest part will be coming up with seven interesting things about myself. Stayed tuned.

Painting for the Day: Fuschia Cattleya

I have another orchid painting in the works; I hope that I can post it before the big T-day. As much as I like this one holiday above all others, all I really want to do most days is paint. Any tips out there on how to squeeze more painting hours into everyday?



"Fuschia Cattleya" oil 18"x24"

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Painting for the Day: The Red Plate

It's an amazingly warm fall day, about 74 degrees. I'm watering the catalpa trees that surround our lot as it's also been a very dry season. This painting feels like the day does to me-- sunny, satisfying.

"The Red Plate" oil 9"x12"



Friday, November 14, 2008

Painting for the day: Forbidden Fruit

I love the idea of pastries as design objects.

"Forbidden Fruit" oil on canvas 9"x12"

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Back in BlogLandia / Painting for the Day: Your Fortune is On the Line

Okay, sure it's been awhile. Was getting ready for a one person show, opening last night. Most of you arty types know what that's all about. Here's my 'thought for the day' on exhibitions of this type-- I always leave at least 1 or 2 paintings uncompleted, so that I don't have to go back to the studio facing a wall of blank canvases. This makes it easier to pick up and begin again.

"Your Fortune is on the Line" oil 14" x 18" SOLD