Jan 12, 2016


My husband made us margaritas the other night using limes from our tree. It was yummy. But as I was looking, I loved the play of the orange in the tequila bottle contrasted with the blue on the glasses.


Jan 9, 2016

Beachside Mug Day 9

I am starting a new larger piece and have been agonizing over the colors. Found a Sorolla painting with the colors I want to use for the beach scene. Before I start on the studio piece, I thought I'd try the colors on this study. Looks beachy to me!

Beachside Mug

Jan 8, 2016

Onions? Day 8

These onions were sprouting, so we can't eat them... but they are SO pretty! I worked in a new palette: cool muted. Really like the colors and the way they turned out. i almost "finked out" and used my brush on the color study since the knife is such a pill. But stuck to my resolution to do 30 days with the knife... Still don't have the control I'd like.


Jan 7, 2016

Blood Orange - Day 7

We have the most wonderful oranges in our yard. Beautiful and sweet. I wanted to paint it while really fresh - I thought I'd chosen the palette correctly; once I did the orange, I hated the original background. Had to warm up the whole thing!

Blood Orange

Jan 6, 2016

Scottsdale Rose - Day 6

Roses are red... This one certainly is. Used the warm clear palette. Still working edges and "grays" in the clear palettes. Roses are hard!

I took this photo at the Scottsdale Artist School in the Women's rest room.  During rose season, there are always beautiful roses on the sinks!

Scottsdale Rose

Jan 5, 2016

Yellow Candle - Day 5

Day 5. Life got in the way yesterday! I love working with the 4 color groups from Susan Deihl's workshop. Makes choosing and mixing a palette so much more sensible! I chose warm muted for this painting - the metals on the candle sticks just seemed that way. The palette knife is still a challenge for me, I just don't have the control. And am working on getting a variety of edges.

Yellow Candle

Jan 3, 2016

Lemon Tea - Day 3

Day 3 of the 30 Day Challenge. I did the black & white value study and then realized I had no idea where to begin with the colors. Funny enough, I'd just reviewed Susan Deihl's color workshop so I chose the cool clear palette and went with it. WORKED!

Lemon Tea

Jan 2, 2016

Rose & Vase - Day 2

Day 2 of the 30 Day Challenge.  I love this long glass vase, and am working on flowers... Yellow rose.
Rose & Vase

1612.1 Temple Girl

I shot this photograph while visiting Japan in 2012.  I've always loved the color and motion.  Started the painting in the Michael Steirnagle workshop in Scottsdale and ended with inputs from Larisa Aukon online!

Temple Girl
24x24, oil on canvas

Jan 1, 2016

Day One - Omelet

Leslie Saeta has once again set up a daily painting challenge.  I (and 1000 others) have joined her, beginning today for the next 30 days.  I've decided to do value and color studies.  I will do two paintings together - the first a quick 3 value study.  The second will be colors using a palette knife.  I have a really hard time controlling the palette knife, but I like to use it to get enough paint on the canvas.

Here's Day 1 - Omelet