Wednesday, December 31, 2008


Finished! This is my contribution to the paintings on display at O'Connor's during January.
oil on 30 x 40 Gallery wrapped canvas

Monday, December 29, 2008

O'Connor's staff member

This painting is about 3/4's done. It is of someone whose name I don't know...but I see her quite often. She works at O'Connor's and she is an outrageously pretty woman. Her hair is really is white in the front and black in the back. I am hoping to get this painting done so that it can be installed for our new group show on January 1.

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Merry Christmas Eve!

I hope that everyone has a perfect holiday..the snow has made it an unusual one, to say the least. Christmas is a perfect time to say that I am grateful for my wonderful friends! Thanks for all your encouragement throughout the year... and may we all have great health and prosperity in 2009!

oil on 8 x 8 canvas panel

Renegade bureaucrat

This is the first Santa/Mailman I have ever seen. His truck was stuck in a driveway a few houses away...but, as you can see, he remained rather unconcerned. Later a batch of neighbors got him unstuck and he went on his "merry" way.

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Revisiting the summer

In the midst of a big winter storm, I thought it might be fun to think about the summer during the winter. I revisited some scrap from the summer to paint this. I hope the sun comes out for real soon....because I am nearly out of white paint! This is why one should have extra white...for days like this. Tomorrow's painting might have to be of something monochromatic blue!

Glad to be inside...instead of outside!

Upon uploading I see I had better put more emphasis on the ears and tail of my cat..lest she look like a lump in the window....The couch, on the other hand, seems reasonably recognizable.
Oil on 9 x 12 canvas panel

Thursday, December 18, 2008

writings cards... painting the snow

I've been talking to my friends regularly through this cold snap and several have told me about their "cabin fever". I haven't felt that at all so far. I have enjoyed not going anywhere..maybe that is because it seems like I am required to go somewhere practically every day. It's pleasant to be "snowbound". I wrote out Christmas cards today and painted this scene from the kitchen window. oil on 8 x 8 canvas panel.

New date for Kingstad Reception..changed due to weather

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Not surprisingly, the Kingstad Reception for the Peace show has to be put off due to the snow and ice. The new date is January 15, 2009..6-8:30pm. I hope you will put the new date on your calendar and that I will see you there then!

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Broderick Gallery, Winter Salon

I made it to Broderick Gallery's Winter Salon Reception tonight...despite the icy roads... "Winter Salon", indeed! It was fun to begin this Holiday season at Broderick's Holiday party..and to see so much great art on the walls. I met an artist there named Becca Bernstein and we had an engaging talk about Galleries in Portland. "The Winter Salon is comprised of 22 artists who have responded to and captured the shared experience of modern life". The show will be up until January 15.

Monday, December 15, 2008

One of the staff at O'Connor's

There are Eight of us who get to show our work on occasion at O'Connor's in Multnomah Village (we are an offshoot of our Plein air group). O'Connor's is where PPASP has our breakfast/discussion meetings..The ceiling is very high and the walls are it is nice to put up work there because we can put up large pieces if we want. Beginning in January we get to show our work there for 90 days. Traditionally, we show "Artist Choice" work (anything that we want to contribute), but for the upcoming month we wanted the theme to have to do with O'Connor's itself. I am hoping to do a figurative painting of one of the women who works at O'Connor's. This is just a preliminary study. If it turns out I can't capture her likeness I will select another subject. I hope I can do it, however, because she is a very COOL looking person. I think I have a chance..this looks quite a bit like her.

Figure in the mirror

I was going to submit this to Au Natural but I've missed the deadline. The snow storm just didn't help. Entries had to postmarked today. Well, I like the direction I took with the painting. I went to the Au Natural show last year and it was nice to see so much figurative work under one roof.
18 x 24 oil on canvas panel. I may do another version of this with a skirt..simply because I think it might be more interesting.

Snow day(s)---plans dashed!

Well......the snow is pretty, but it is screwing up my plans! We had two artist receptions scheduled for this week plus I was trying to get a package off to my friend in Germany and also wanting to get something postmarked today for an art deadline. Hmmmmmmmmmmm. Well, at least I can spend time in the studio and organize and paint. This weather IS ideal for painting in the studio.

Friday, December 12, 2008


This is a portrait I am doing for a friend. It is a posthumous it is really paramount that it look like the person! (Oh, okay it is paramount in most cases..but it does seem like more responsibility than usual). I just have some small adjustments to make and I think this will be finished. I am pleased with how it came together. I bet she was around 12 or 13 when the photo was taken. I especially liked her sideways is a photo that looks "warm". It is 11 x 14 oil on canvas panel.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Sunday, December 7, 2008

New show beginning this week at Kingstad

This is my big sketchbook. Have you joined the sketchbook revolution? Having a sketchbook is a way to feel like you are still doodling in class. In about 8th grade I was doodling in a class that was taking place in an auditorium. Social Science, I think. I felt I was safe in doing so as it was a somewhat darkened room. Unfortunately, however, I was in the front row (my last name generally put me there). The teacher came over and hit my paper and notebook (that was in my lap) with his giant microphone! Thwack---reverb----reverb-----reverb. er. okay. no. doodling. got that.

Saturday, December 6, 2008

My teacher, Robert Selby

Today I went to Robert and Miriam Selby's art reception in Keizer at the Art Association. Robert was my graphic design teacher a long time ago. I also worked for Robert during the 80's at his design company, Selby/Martin. He was a fabulous mentor and I still remember the important design concepts he taught me. Now Robert is fusing glass and his wife Miriam does collage. I had a great time at their reception and I bought a beautiful little glass treasure with a bright transparent red stripe through it's center. I think it is meant to hold something ..but I sure love how it looks in the upright position. I think I will find a way to display it in the same way.

Daily painting..from memory...mackerel sky

If you were in Portland tonight at sunset you certainly had a visual extravaganza the likes of which we have seldom if ever seen! What a sky! I painted it from memory. It was what is called a "mackerel sky"

Friday, December 5, 2008

daily painting ...Horse

Next week I hope to set up a still life station like I had a year ago in my (bunker) studio. That way I can paint some "from life" things. Meanwhile, I have been painting from photo references. Tonight I painted this horse, that reminded me, stylistically, of a chess piece.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

You are invited! Tuesday December 16, 2008

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daily painting ...romance

I painted something earlier that was very disappointing. I felt a little like abandoning painting and doing something else. Instead I found a very beat up painted over canvas and I used the leftover paint on my palette to paint this. I was just trying to get something down so that I could say I painted today.
oil on 8 x 10 beat up canvas

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Daily Painting ...dancer

My art group has devoted a lot of talk lately to the importance of draftsmanship. I was stuck in a waiting room today so I got to spend a long stretch with a book about drawing. The author explained in the first chapter that variety of line is necessary for an interesting drawing. I thought about all that as I painted this and attempted to give the skirt many different types of strokes.
oil on 12 x 12 stretched canvas
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Monday, December 1, 2008

Columbia Arts Gallery Small Works show begins this Friday

The Columbia Arts Gallery used my snow painting on their promotional card for the "Small Works" show that begins this Friday (December 5, 2008). The Columbia Arts Gallery is located in Hood River, only a one hour drive from Portland and what a breathtaking drive it is..practically every inch of it is filled by the gorgeous gorge! Nothing in the show is permitted to be over 14". It is a great opportunity to peruse (and possible purchase!) a small treasure! The show is juried/curated by Catherine Kiewit.
First Friday Reception 6-8 on December 5, 2008
Winter Morning oil on 8 x8 canvas panel

Sunday, November 30, 2008

Daily Painting "mudhead"

I know very little about the Hawthorne method of painting "mudheads"..but I had a go at what I figured a mudhead might is my mudhead oil on 6 x 8 panel

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Newspaper reader

My daily painting for today...6 x 8 oil on canvas panel

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Thursday, November 27, 2008


I've been tagged Dean H and Cathleen Rehfeld.
When you've been tagged your supposed to mention who tagged you, then tell 7 things about yourself...Then you're supposed to tag 7 other defenseless souls. Thanks for tagging me!

1. I have been a painter for only four years..but I was a graphic designer for about 15 years prior.
2. I have owned (and been devoted to) a 1975 blue Triumph Spitfire for 33 years.
3. I grew up in Elgin, Illinois, famous for the manufacturing of the Elgin watch.
4. I visit cemeteries even when I don't "know" the people in them. I love the history and the art of the stones.
5. I am related to this movie actor.
6. I name Triumph is named "Honey" and my basement studio is named "der Bunker"
7. When I was a child I did a monologue play for my entire a wee Will Rogers, but without the lasso.
There! Now I am tagging these people:

Rene' Plein Air
Gretha Lindwood
Bill Sharp
Katherine vanSchoonhoven
John Holland
Maeona Urban
Nancy Van Blaricom

(If I tagged you...The rules of being tagged are:
1. Link to person who tagged you
2. Mention the rules
3. List 6 or 7 unusual things about yourself or quirky but boring, unspectacular details about yourself
4. Tag 6 or 7 other bloggers at the end of your post and comment on their blogs to let them know they've been tagged
(I think if you have been tagged can just pass!...if not...Tag, you're it!)

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

In honor of Kyle's Dad

I've never done a mid-west painting before..(despite the fact I grew up there and I do have an appreciation for the beauty of the "heartland"). I wanted to do this painting in honor of a young artist's father who died, doing his job as a farmer. I learned about it here.
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Monday, November 24, 2008


Whenever an artist is in an exhibit they need to have their dates organized ahead of time, otherwise they will screw up! It isn't just one date...generally there are a whole batch of times and dates that have to put on the calendar. It goes sort of like this: submission date, delivery date, overall exhibit dates, press release date (if applicable), post card and/or electronic post card date, reception date, pick up at end of show date.
I organize information for my own shows that I am involved in and I also keep track of some things for my plein air group (somebody has to do it). That means I just spent two days "penciling-in" 2009. I'm not complaining! I feel really fortunate to be involved in exhibits. What I have learned (the hard way) is that keeping track of all the forms, dates and rules is really not bad at all. Attitude is everything! It was a bit of a chore to slog through the forms for dates and record them..but now that it is done I can get on with painting without vaguely wondering when things are happening. I have it all on my electronic calendar and my calender is going to email reminders to me. Hooray!

Do I like this...? I don't know

I think I may have gotten the image of this night-time church from the Wet Canvas Image Library a couple of years ago. I print out photos of "appealing subjects" and keep them in a file. Today I came across this and it seemed like a good subject for my daily painting. Half way through it, however, I started feeling like I was working for Hallmark. ha ha. I kept on, however..and I'll just have another look at it in a couple of days.
oil on 11 x 14 masonite
p.s. doesn't it seem like the church and I are looking the same direction? (see my self portrait in the entry directly below)

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Sunday, November 23, 2008

Self Portrait

My art group, PPASP, has a portrait project underway. The "assignment" is to paint a portrait of another painter. My partner is Mary L. We are also supposed to paint a portrait of ourselves. I haven't started the portrait of Mary has been a challenge to find time to get together with her in person. I've read that the reason many artists paint themselves is because the model is always available! Good thing these things aren't supposed to be flattering.
12 x 20 oil on stretched canvas

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Oil sketch..made up woman, November 22

Forty five years ago today I was in 8th grade Science class. Our principal came over the P.A. system and told us that the President had been shot in Texas. An hour or so later we learned that the unthinkable had happened and that our movie-star president was gone. Of all the things that ever happened during my lifetime... that was certainly one of the most memorable. Everything changed that day forevermore. Maybe..if I were to paint a final version of this, I would entitle it: "remembering... Camelot"

Friday, November 21, 2008

single tree revisited

Touched up this little tree painting.
Oil on 8 x 8 canvas panel

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Near Troutdale, daily painting November 16

This is oil on 6 x 8 canvas panel, painted out of my cigar-box pochade.
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You are invited! November 18, 2008

Please come to our closing reception for the Portland Plein Air & Studio Painters Annual Group show at the Kingstad Gallery. Tuesday, November 18 6 - 8 pm Kitty Wallis will do a pastel portrait demonstration. Free to the Public! See you there. :)

Saturday, November 15, 2008

How Now Brown Cow November 15

There have been a lot of cows in daily painting blogs lately. I thought I would paint one too. When I was a girl our back yard backed up to a dairy farm so I got to spend a lot of time looking at them up close and square on. The ones I remember were black and white (Holsteins?) and this one, from a reference probably an Ayrshire (?) I painted it over an old painting that I didn't like. I love to do that!
I went to "I've Been Framed" today to buy canvas panels and to get something framed. Great prices there in their frame shop. I also worked on straightening out my studio. I am about 1/2 of the way done.

Oil on 8 x 8 canvas panel

Friday, November 14, 2008

Tree on the Edge

Well, this was interesting. This is a painting I did several weeks ago. It was weak and muddy and I didn't think it was worth trying to salvage.....but today I looked at it again and thought it had kind of a nice quality despite the problems. I sanded down the painting and put Galkyd lite all over the canvas panel. This method is something I tried a couple times before. I learned about it in Kevin MacPherson's book. The Galkyd makes it so you can feel like you are painting wet into wet ...even though you aren' are working on the top of a previous painting. To me...the new version seems significantly improved from before.

Oil on 8 x 8 canvas panel

Wednesday, November 12, 2008


I went to Hipbone studio today. I did this acrylic sketch of the model....Moses. It turned out pretty dark, but despite that I was satisfied that it was a pretty fair representation of him. 6 x 8 on canvas panel.