Friday, June 30, 2017


Potthast Study- 6x6 Oil on gessobord. Every year I buy an engagement calendar to keep me organized. This year it is from the National Gallery of Art. I find inspiration in the pages of paintings every day. I have been saving the ones that I really like and this is one of them. I like to write the artists name on the bottom and then later investigate more of what they have painted and who they were. Not all of the artists are familiar to me. This is a small piece of a work by Edward Henry Potthast. I love the brush stokes and spontaneity of the scene.
Edward Henry Potthast was an American Impressionist painter. He is known for his paintings of people at leisure in Central Park, and on the beaches of New York and New England. Wikipedia
BornJune 10, 1857, Cincinnati, OH
DiedMarch 9, 1927, New York City, NY

Friday, June 23, 2017

Party Animal

Party Animal- 6x6..Oil on gessobord...My little chihuahua Jefe..he endures all kinds of crazy outfits my daughter dreams up!....and he loves the attention!

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Shadow Play Update

Update on this one! After looking at other paintings of this same subject, I decided mine was too fussy. So I threw it on the easel this morning and obliterated part of it! Haha...I think it makes it better. I also lightened it up a little.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Shadow Play- Rory Gallagher

Shadow Play- Rory Gallager. 6x6 Oil on gessobord. The challenge this week is creating a good composition using Carol's photo. I decided to crop it to make the window with the plant the focus. Deciding where to crop was not easy on this one. I used linseed oil thinned with odorless thinner to blur the outside edges of the shadows. 

Friday, June 9, 2017

Morning Has Broken- Cat Stevens

Morning Has Broken- Cat Stevens. 6x6 Oil on gessobord. Here is another one for the barn challenge. We took this photo near the Stillwater River in Montana nearly 30 years ago! (OMG did I just say.... 30 years ago?) haha. We took our two little kids on a hike and found this old barn/cabin. I have been saving the photo to paint that long. Yikes. I recently purchased Color Theory by Patti Mollica and this crazy color scheme is the result! her a little plug here! It is a great book. The actual photo wasn't taken at sunrise...but the color scheme warranted this title! 

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Big Red Barn- Mean Mary

Big Red Barn- Mean Mary. 8x8 Oil on gessobord. The challenge this week on Daily Paintworks is barns! I took this photo many years ago of this barn on the road between Columbus and Park City, Montana. It was just starting to warm up and the snow was still on the ground...Signs of spring! I had never listened to Mean Mary...very good banjo player!