Friday, July 18, 2014

Demo at co-op

Hi there, Last night was Third Thursday at the Artist Lounge, the new co-op here in town that I display in.   We take turns each month demonstrating and last night was my turn. I set up a still life with a blue and white pitcher and fresh fruit.  I set it up in a box with a light on it, trying to block light coming in from everywhere.  Always makes me a bit nervous to paint in front of a crowd but I enjoyed it.  I did end up taking out a couple of the oranges toward the end, it felt too busy. I am looking at it today and I may do a little more work on it.  It is oil on a 11" x 14" canvas.

Great to see you!

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Quick Draw

I had such a great day today! I went to Waynesville Ohio and competed in a Quick Draw.  We had three hours and you can draw or paint.  I chose to paint and completed a 8" x 10" in two hours.  Sometimes I think it's best to quick early and chance picking it to death just because you have time.  I framed my very wet oil painting and set it on my easel. I won!  Feels so great to be coming home a winner.  It's up and down with this painting life, something good happens and then rejection.  Today's a wonderful day!

I hope you are having a wonderful day too!

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Hanging with my best bud

Hi there, I painted this recently from a reference photo I took in the park behind where I live.  I loved the shot the moment I took it, such great lighting. This is oil on a 8" x 10" stretched canvas. 

Thank you so much for stopping by

Monday, June 30, 2014

Big Foot canvas

Hi Friends, for the last several months I have been playing around with this very cool canvas.  This canvas is called a Big Foot canvas and you can find it online at  At this time he has only created the one size 16" x 24".  It comes with this hardwood frame and as you can see it's curved.  I believe there is a YouTube video available too where you can get a better look at it.  I just had to try it and I felt it should have a landscape on it so you could kind of walk around the scene.  I painted it over probably five times, I started with acrylics and finished in oil.  Now I have to decide how to finish the frame that it fits into.  It was a fun challenge and I think I am pretty happy with it.

You should try one too.  Thanks!

Monday, June 23, 2014

Palette knife

Hi there, sorry I haven't posted in a while but I have been very busy.  I have a few paintings that aren't quite finished, I did a plein air event this past weekend and other assorted things. 

I did this today, I had the urge to play around with a palette knife.  I normally use the palette knife a bit for most of my paintings but this one was all palette knife and I smoothed the background out a bit with a brush.  This is oil on a 8" x 10" stretched canvas.  Sorry it's a bit blurry.

I hope things are good in your life, thanks for visiting.

Friday, June 13, 2014

Chasing the light

Hello Friends! Tonight I looked out on my deck and the setting sun was hitting a pot of red geraniums.  I had this urge to try and catch that wonderful glow hitting the edge of the blooms. My hubby laughed as I ran through the house collecting my painting gear.  I set up on the deck and captured this in maybe twenty minutes. This is oil on a 8" x 10" stretched canvas.  How'd I do?

So great of you to stop by

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Plein air today

Hi, I painted outside today with The Brush
& Palette Painters. We painted at a wonderful farm in Indian Hill in Cincinnati.  There were sheep and pigs and chickens walked around us while we painted.  Painting outside comes with big challenges and most often I am not too pleased with what I paint but I'm pretty happy with this one.  This is oil on a 8" x 10" RayMar panel, I have a carrier from RayMar for wet paintings. 

Thanks for visiting