Colorful Spring Sky, April Cloud Study

Once the weather turns warm and sunny the world begins coloring up nicely, and so it did one April afternoon. I decided to take some time to paint the clouds, literally and figuratively, standing out in my back yard with my pastel for about ten minutes—and by that time the skies were completely different. The […]

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The Garden Gate, the May Garden

About The Garden Gate For someone who is a gardener and spends a lot of time in her yard–what a special place! If I can’t have it in my yard, at least I can paint it. The arbor sporting ivy, the crape myrtle crowning the entrance and the garden gate, mysteriously left ajar and leading […]

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The Woods in Spring in Black and White Film

In April 2020, just after the shutdown began, I was getting back on my feet for hiking six months after my hip replacement. My DSLR needed a repair but I couldn’t get it done right then. I pulled out my old Pentax K1000 fully manual film camera and a roll of black and white film […]

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“Social Isolation,” in the Woods in the Time of Covid

It was a phrase of the times, but it’s kind of how I always felt when I walked in the woods, and I always enjoyed that time alone with the trees and the shadows and the sun. Turns out it was also good for our health in one more very important way—lots more open space […]

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Some Tulips in a Teapot, “Tea for Tulips”

I knew I’d love to paint the tulips, but I really needed to learn to paint the rust on the teapot. I intentionally kept the background vague and loose in shades of green and neutral tones to complement the brilliant reds, oranges and yellows and extreme detail in each of the tulips. The frothy white […]

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A Rainy Violet Sunset on Main Street

I love rainy dark streets with reflections on the wet pavement, and streetlights shining up the faces of buildings. This one, however, was all about that tall violet sky making the buildings and hills beyond look small, the clouds breaking apart after the sun had set, leaving a red glow in the clouds on the […]

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April 8, 2006, the Day I Took the Photo of “Blue and Yellow”

I download my photos from my DSLR into daily folders named with the date and today I happened to be in the folder for April 6, 2006 and saw the photo that became the reference for this painting. Yes, it’s that magic light as the angle of the sun rises and sunlight reaches way into […]

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Emerging Spring, Before the First Flowers

A damp, chill and overcast day may not seem to present any amount of inspiration, but those are the days when the spring woods look like this, the heightened intensity of color emerging from dense shadows and mist among the trees have hidden magic. A scene tucked away along my favorite trail, I’ve visualized this […]

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Still Life, Angled Sun, Fresh and Vintage

That deeply angled winter sunlight reaches farther into the windows than summer sunlight, into the corner with the fruit bowl. I remember studying the late afternoon sun hitting this vintage ceramic bowl where I kept my apples and enjoying the shapes of the apples, the reflections on the bowl with its uneven design in indigo […]

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Forest Bathing, the Misty Spring Woods

About Forest Bathing A view of the misty spring woods. I’ve always loved this ravine just off the Panhandle Trail for the angle of light that enters it, that deep “V” shape creating colorful highlights and rich shadows and always mossy logs with a little sparkle of water that meanders down the center. And in […]

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