Tuesday, December 28, 2010

A Parting Of The Ways, 8x10, oil on hand-primed panel

This is a scene I've painted a couple of times. Each time I get a little closer to what I'm after.

It will be on ebay starting tonight for 10 days.

Sun Covered Snow, 8x10, oil on hand-primed panel

Winter at its best. Snowy and sunny.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Sunny Day, 8x10, oil on hand-primed panel

A scene from west of town.

As always with these small ones, its for sale by auction on ebay. Just go there and look under Art, Direct From Artist, Paintings and type in my name.


Thursday, December 16, 2010

Casper Mountain, 8x10, oil on hand-primed panel

This is from up on the mountain earlier in the year - now its covered with snow! This will be on ebay tonight.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Boxelder Snow, 8x10, oil on hand-primed panel

This is a little scene from up on Boxelder Road outside of Glenrock. So typical of the mountains in the area. And who can resist pines and snow?

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Maisy Mouse comes to life!

This is the first of the homemade Christmas presents for this year. Actually, this will probably be the most elaborate one. I think the rest are going to involve food! Yummy! And a few paintings . . . and maybe a snuggle for the car . . . and maybe . . .

Wednesday, December 8, 2010


Poor Riley! He looks so utterly bored! "Are you done YET!??" He was waiting for me to get done painting so we could go for our walk/run.

I'm working on Christmas presents this week, so not too much to post. Hopefully I'll get them done and then I can get back to painting. Making presents is the best!!

Monday, December 6, 2010

Sweet Afternoon Sun & Snow Tracks, 8x10 oil on board

Two plein air paintings from Glendo, Wyoming. The first of the snowy season! It was a beautiful day there - no wind, 40 degrees and sunny. Perfect!

Friday, December 3, 2010

After The Snow, 8x10, oil on Wallis sanded paper

This was fun to do - the same scene in different seasons. I am looking forward to a bit more snow. . . . maybe this weekend.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Before The Snow, 8x10, oil on Wallis sanded paper

This is from up on Boxelder Road outside Glenrock. There will be an "After The Snow" following. I do like fences, dirt roads and old places!

On ebay right now. Thanks!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Morning Shadows, 8x10, oil on hand-primed panel

I took some artistic license with this painting of the neighbors to our north. I'm not sure I've gotten the color just right on the image - the painting is a little calmer than this. Not quite so blue. Anyway, it was fun to paint and I might experiment with this scene some more and make a larger painting of it.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Poplars, 8x10, oil on hand-primed panel

This is sort of an invented painting. One of those ones where I was experimenting with shapes and colors.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Indian Paintbrush, 10x8, oil on hand-primed panel

A little study of Indian Paintbrush. Sort of Christmas-y even if it is a summer flower.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Just Drifting By, 8x10, oil on hand-primed panel

We do get some great skies out here! This one was out my back door, back in September.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Love That Red Dirt!, 8x10 oil on hand-primed panel

I really do love the red dirt out here. Its just such a kick to be going along somewhere and come across a wash like this and see that wonderful color! This is one I'm going to make into a larger painting, only I'm going to crop it a bit in the larger one. And I'm going to make it a square - 14x14 on stretched canvas with a gallery wrapped edge, which means you don't have to frame it if you don't want to.

One of my goals for the next year is to get a website going in January (or sooner) where these larger paintings will be listed for sale. Of course if you're ever interested in one you see here, you can email me and I'll be glad to sell it to you! Thanks! And this little one will be on ebay tonight. Free shipping!

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Pines And Aspen, 8x10, oil on hand-primed panel

This is a study of a scene up on Casper Mountain. I think I might make a larger painting of it. On ebay tonight.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Red Willow Day, 8x10, oil on hand-primed panel

This is right out my back window, which is how you do a plein air painting without actually having to go out in the plain air and howling wind! Also on ebay.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Wyoming Blue, 8x10, oil on hand-primed panel

This is a scene from when we went hunting. Some very nice folks let us hunt on their ranch and these are the mountains they see every day.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Autumn Glory, 8x10, oil on hand-primed panel

Love those aspens! I don't think there's too much in the way of leaves, left after yesterday's weather though! Wow! Blustery wind, snow, . . . October in Wyoming. This will be on ebay tonight. Thanks!

Monday, October 25, 2010

Katie, Study #1, oil on hand-primed panel

The first of a series of small studies of this lovely young lady. I'm hoping to do some larger paintings from the small studies, later on.

Friday, October 22, 2010

OPA Show in Jackson

I took a spur of the moment trip to Jackson, Wyoming (about 6 hours away) on Wednesday to take in the Western Regional Oil Painters of America show at Mountain Trails Gallery. It was well worth the trip! Got lots of photos of the mountains and cottonwoods on the way up and then spent a couple of hours at the gallery looking and seeing paintings by people I've never heard of and a few by people I've admired since I began painting.

It left me inspired and dissatisfied with my own work. In a good way I think. It re-oriented my sights on color again and the skillful use of it to say what you want to say about something. For quite some time I've been concentrating on composition, which is certainly foundational. Now I think its time to go back to paying a bit more attention to, and giving pre-painting thought to, color. How do I want to use it to give the feeling of a place or a time? What combination will accomplish that? How much do I try to be literal and how much do I want to add my own interpretation? Lots to think about! Oh! The joy of discovery! - And painting!

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Almost There, 8x10, oil on hand-primed panel

A little painting from over by Saratoga. Wyoming traffic jams usually consist of cattle being driven down the highway on their way to branding or summer pasture or winter pasture. You can't tell from this painting, but that's what was happening here when I took the photo for this painting. On another note - hmmmm.....cattle being driven by cowboys.....sounds like material for a cartoon!

Happy day to you!

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Teton Backdrop, 8x10, oil on hand-primed panel

Yes, that really is the Tetons in the background. I love the fall colors! This was done from a photo taken on a trip to Jackson a few years ago.

Friday, October 8, 2010

Autumn On Muddy Creek, 8x10, oil on hand-primed panel

It's always fun to paint out back and the creek is just as good to paint as the cottonwood tree.

On ebay tonight.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

September Sparkle, 8x10, oil on hand-primed panel

This is the cottonwood to the east of our house. It's always enticing to paint, especially this time of the year.

Friday, October 1, 2010

Turning Of The Seasons, 8x10, oil on linen panel

It's finally beginning to look a lot like . . . fall! My favorite time of the year. I hope to go out for a few photo shoots and painting sessions next week. Beautiful color and weather!

Monday, September 27, 2010

I'm All Ears, 8x10, oil on hand-primed hardboard panel

I really enjoyed painting this one! Such an expression! I've got another from this bunch coming in a couple of days. These cows - yearlings I think - were so interested in every move I made.

Monday, September 20, 2010

My Palette

I have had a few people ask me about my palette - what colors I use and since I can rarely remember how to directly reply to them, I decided to post it here. I use 3 yellows: cad lemon yellow, cad yellow pale, and yellow ochre. Windsor Newton mostly. For reds I use cad red scarlet, alizarin crimson and sometimes terra rosa. For blues I use French Ultramarine Blue, cobalt and I also have 2 greens on my palette. They are Viridian and Sap Green. I used to use only 2 yellow, 2 red and 2 blue, but have added a few others as you can see.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Old Ranch Road, 10x8,oil on linen panel

This is one from the Wyoming Plein Air event that I chose not to put in the show. Mostly because I didn't get it this far done while on location and didn't think I should work on it at home a lot and then call it a plein air piece. So, its plein air begun and studio finished.

And if you click on the title it will take you to the ebay home page, from which you should be able to find it under my name.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Buffalo Blues, 8x10, oil on hand-primed panel

Hmmm...... not sure what to write about this guy. I don't know if he looks blue or not. He actually looks kind of cozy and warm! Oh well . . .

Line Drawings, 8x10, oil on hand-primed panel

This scene was done from a friend's photo. It was fun to do a figure painting again and I think I'll try to do some more. Just need some models!

On ebay. Thanks!

Friday, September 10, 2010

Three In A Row, 8x10, oil on hand-primed panel

More cows! And all of them wondering if you have something yummy for them. At least that's what it looks like to me. There was a whole bunch of them and they all came over to see what I was up to. I think they're used to being friendly!

Monday, August 30, 2010

Another One, 8x10, oil on primed MDF board

Finally I think I'm back on track - hence a tractor. Not really. This is a little plein air that worked in spite of having forgotten half my equipment. But my husband, who used to be a farmer, thinks its good. Actually, he's still a farmer, he just doesn't have a farm.

On ebay tonight. Thanks!

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Mom's Little One, 8x10, oil on linen panel

This is from earlier this spring. The expression on the mare's face is my favorite part.

More plein air painting today. Then Deer Creek Days this weekend. Fun,fun, fun!

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Cows In The Pasture, 8x10, oil on linen panel

Well, the Wyoming Plein Air event is in full swing. Lots of outdoor painting. But this was painted in the studio. My favorite part of this painting is the cute cow lying down. She looks like she's hiding, which I know she isn't, but still its too cute!

This painting is on ebay now. Thanks!

Friday, July 30, 2010

At The Foot Of The Mountain, 8x10 oil on canvas panel

Its been a while since I posted. This is the crazy time of the year for me. Three shows on 2 weekends and all three involving painting at each place - quick draws and demos. Its lots of fun, but my brain gets a little mushy! And of course needing new paintings for each one. The Wyoming Plein Air Event kicks off Sunday the 1st and runs for 2 weeks. Then Deer Creek Days is the weekend of the 6th and 7th. And the Douglas Invitational Art Show and Sale is the 13th, 14th and 15th. Whew! So, I'll be posting as often as I can, hopefully with photos from each event. Hope you're having a great summer!

Monday, July 19, 2010

Overlooking The Neighbor's Place, 8x10 oil on linen panel

Last Light, 10x8, oil on linen panel

First light and last light are so unique to their place in the day. So full of hope and promise . . . The deer always come down to drink at these times. And so too, do we need to come and drink deeply of the Lord and His Spirit and Word. Let the water of the Word wash you clean from the dust of the day. Let His Spirit refresh your soul before you hit the pillow. Let Him fill you with His strength and wisdom before you begin the new day . . . drink deeply. Let him who thirsts come.

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Sweet Clover Breakfast, 8x10, oil on panel

A little plein air of early morning cows. Yes, more cows, my favorite!

One Little Cow, 8x10, oil on linen panel

Had to paint this cutie! Cows just make me smile. Someday maybe I'll have one of my own . . .

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Cool Drink On A Hot Day, 11x14, oil on linen panel

These cows were out back of our place. I wanted to paint outside but it was far too windy that day, so I painted them from the studio window.

This painting can be purchased through ebay. Just click on the title to be taken to the ebay homepage. Thanks!
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