Visit to England, June 2018

England trip, June 2018 – Colchester, London, Wells, the Cotswolds and Cardiff, Wales.  We visited several museums, saw the Monet Exhibition at the National Gallery, and was able to get in a few outdoor watercolor sketches along the way. Such a treat to live in a moist and moderate climate for 2 weeks.  A fabulous trip and I’ve come home with new, wonderful memories and a great photo stash for future painting ideas too!

Click here to view more of my sketches from England…

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bird visitor while painting

 

 

 

 

Oil Sketch of Toddy

Quick sketch in oil of Toddy, our ginger menace, loverboy. I ended up making a simple wooden frame and decorated it in a circus-esque design, perfect for this boy.  It now hangs next to other pet portraits we LOVE.

 

Oil sketch of Toddy, 6x6 inches on panel

Oil sketch of Toddy, 6×6 inches on panel

“Ginger Boy” Cat Portrait (donation for SFAMF)

MARK YOUR CALENDARS FOR December 17, 2017(see invitation below)  Everyone’s invited!

Every year, the Santa Fe Artists’ Medical Fund organizes a Holiday Party and Silent Auction to raise additional resources for the Permanent Fund. More than 200 local artists donate artwork that are 6″ x 6″.  The funds that are raised are disbursed throughout the year to professional artists in Santa Fe with medical needs.

This year, my donation is a casein painting of Toddy, our “Ginger Boy” cat!

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Toddy, Ginger Boy

 

 

A Portrait of Two Sisters

Meet Caroline and Claire. They live in Minneapolis and their grandmother commissioned this portrait for the family.

Beautiful girls, smart, creative and bi-lingual (they speak French!). So, it was a joy to create a picture of them.

Here are the reasons I love painting portraits:  I feel as if they are keeping me company in the studio, haha, and because of the joy it will bring the family for generations to come.

Caroline and Claire portrait

Playing with Paint and My Imagination

Hello Everyone and I wish you a prosperous and healthy 2016!

There are times when I must breakaway from classical portraiture and just play so here are a few pictures done completely freestyle from my imagination. The practice is perfect for experimenting with new techniques and ideas (and for using up old paint not often used, too).

Angel procession Abstract flowers Love felt but unseen

 

 

2015 Santa Fe Artists Relief Fundraiser Event

Hello Everyone,

This is a very late post, but nonetheless wanted to share a few pics from the annual Santa Fe Relief Fund Art Auction, held at Blue Rain Gallery.  I donated this piece (below), “Angel of Faith” to this EXCITING and WORTHY event and was glad to do it!

The gallery was filled to the brim with artists, patrons, friends, and families viewing and bidding on over one hundred pieces of art, no larger than 6 x 6 inches.

http://www.santafeartistsmedicalfund.org/featured-artists/

 

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“Angel of Faith”, 6 x 6 inches, oil and gold leaf on cradled wood panel

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Side view, edges in gold

Art Sketch Journal – Italy Trip

Hi Everyone,

I recently took a trip to Italy with my dear friend Bonnie and for the first time while traveling, brought my watercolor sketch kit and journal along.

What great fun to sit, relax and sketch.  After much walking, it feels good to immerse oneself in the energy of the moment without moving. I remember the details of the place when I sketch it.

Campo sketch

Campo sketch

Portrait of a Young Woman

Hi Everyone –

Had some questions about the process I played with for this painting of a young woman so I’m posting progression photos – this painting experiment was fun but in no way would I say this is archival.
Painted on paper with 2 layers of fixative. Creating was FUN, just working without much plan, letting things develop as I went along. Slathering the paint on with a knife and then sculpting into it with a brush…

My spirit may be freeing up!

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Finished painting

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Piling on paint with palette knife

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Blocked in

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Charcoal sketch on paper. Acrylics for black and orange. You can see how my charcoal drawing smeared … reclaimed the drawing using paint up until the end.

 

Hello!

Hello!

Thank you for stopping by to look at my work. Hope you had a nice time inside my virtual studio.



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