Monday, November 27, 2017
12x16" oil on panel -sold
Otis is the first thing I painted after returning home from two months on the road. When I got back he looked so old, and he probably looked at me and thought the same. I realized I needed to paint him once again as I have done many times over the years. He is the most loving cat, because his purr is like butter and goes on forever and his gaze is long and deep. I feel this is one of my strongest cat paintings to date. I'm glad it's going to a very special home. This one kinda chokes me up, it's a good capture.
Thursday, November 16, 2017
8x10" oil on canvas -sold
Ricki is quite friendly and very pretty. She lives in Anza Borrego, on 9 Mustang Ranch, where we get to visit our friend Kay Levie. Of all the things and places I've painted since we left Eureka for the Sedona 13th annual plain air festival, this is my favorite. It's a good example of the direction I'm headed. Away from stone cold realism. Incorporating emotion and expression. I am discovering my voice as a painter.
Thursday, October 5, 2017
Monday, October 2, 2017
Tuesday, September 26, 2017
Friday, September 22, 2017
Oil on 9x12" panel
Natalie is my friend and fellow painter Linda Mitchell's granddaughter. Again, being that the cost of hiring a model is beyond my means at this time and not practical at this stage, photos are really convenient to work from. And they do inspire. Portraiture is my favorite subject, I'need more practice. Sean Cheetham is and Alice Neel are two of my favorite portrait painters. I like Van Gogh's portraits too. So much to be inspired by, I feel grateful.
Wednesday, September 20, 2017
Oil on 24x24" canvas
Heather is a beautiful young artist. I painted her from a photo I took at her Dad- Paul Rikard's reception in Trinidad. I like to work with live models but I can not afford the cost of paying one. I really don't mind working from photos, it's pretty relaxing and totally convenient. When you have a model in the studio the pressure is on. And if you like working under pressure like I do, it's an amazing experience.
Tuesday, September 19, 2017
10x12" oil on panel
I painted this as a design for a local coffee company label. I gave the good coffee folks a choice between this image and "Sphynx with Coat" (below) They chose Sphinx. I like Sphynx better too. I wanted to try something special for the label. But it was not special enough. And that's the thing about painting, and it's what I kind of love about painting. You are never really in control. You can set out to do whatever you want and work your hardest and a painting can just flop. I'm not saying this is a flop but, it wasn't the thing I had hoped for. The first image is before I applied Adobe Photoshop oil filter. Oil filter smooths everything out and makes the image look liquid.
Wednesday, September 13, 2017
"Sphinx with Coat" was originally painted for Cats in the Hall, a cat art exhibit in Eureka Ca. Over 75 artists showed their cat art pieces. During the Arts Alive reception we had kitty adoptions from four different shelters in our area, and ended up adopting three out. It was a great event. Cats and artists seem to blend well. This is the third such event I've curated with the help of Georgia Long. Georgia arranged the adoptions feature to our cat art show...really ties the room together. And we sold a lot of cat art that weekend, over 60 pieces!
Monday, September 11, 2017
8x10" oil on canvas
I painted three sunflower paintings at the Humboldt Botanical Garden last weekend. Many painters and supporters of all things beautiful were out celebrating the event. It was a beautiful classic Humboldt county weather day. I felt honored to be invited.
Saturday, August 19, 2017
Oil on 8x10" canvas panel sold
All I know is I like to paint cats and sometimes a UFO appears. When I paint on impulse ideas develop as I paint. Tomorrow I'm taking a workshop with Jim McVicker and that will change things up for awhile. Plein air painting is really challenging. And Jim is one of the best, How lucky am I?
Friday, August 18, 2017
Oil on 11x14" canvas sold
When Beach City Kitties adoption center posted Greta on FaceBook I knew I had to paint her. The biggest challenge was the flower on her head. Patience is a big part of studio painting. There is a time when another brush stroke will take it all backwards. I've heard that the true art is knowing when to stop. Painters chase art. We want every painting to be special and maybe it's the one that takes us to the next plateau. We can only do our best and hope for the miracle.
I think one problem painters have is judging their work too harshly. The best paintings I've done seem to fall off the brush, as Amy Stewart puts it. They are different, those special ones and seem to have a life of their own and the wise artist knows when just such a painting is about to be born. It's different-the energy's different and it feels like magic and you have to pay close attention to what it wants.
Thursday, August 10, 2017
Wednesday, August 9, 2017
I got a new daylight lightbulb in my studio and it's really helped. You can see how dark and saturated these colors are but still lit up as if in daylight. I worked from a photo I found in a cat care book. No photographer mentioned. Besides, it looks nothing like the original. When I paint cats I often take as much artistic license as possible. This muse effects my creative impulses like no other, and that is why I never tire of painting cats.
Painted from a photo I took last fall, at the Grand Canyon. My husband and I were there painting en plein air! We spent an entire year on the road painting our way across America. The Grand Canyon is a favorite place to paint. When you first see it, it seems impossible. Grand indeed. There's nothing like it. The ravens there are quite active. They will take a campsite apart if they smell or see food. We saw some sites that were ravaged by them. For all their infamous behavior they sure are beautiful to see.
Painting bears is always exciting. I've seen many black bears in the wild, here in northern California, and I've glimpsed a Grizzly in Montana. I've even see a polar bear, but that was at the Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago. For this painting I used a high key palette which is kind of unusual for me because I like using black a lot. The high key palette is a feel good palette and works well for that soft dreamy quality.