Monday, January 24, 2011

Calendar Giveaway Winners

Wow, I am absolutely floored by the huge response! Thank you all for reading my blog, I truly appreciate it.

And the winners are...

Warren R.

Pam H.

Now, just because you didn't win a calendar doesn't mean you'll be empty handed. I've decided to send a couple blank note cards to everyone who entered. Please see the list below as some of you didn't give me your mailing address and without that bit of information I can't send you your cards.

Leecia P.

Laurie M.

Sheila T. - I need your mailing address

Carol S.

Tracey M. - I need your mailing address

Martha S. - I need your mailing address

Denise - I need your last name and mailing address

In case you are reading this via FaceBook. The FaceBook winners are....
Susan G.
Amber L.
Beky A.
Jennie S.
Jessica T.
Dee K.
Gabriella F.
Mike B.

I will be packaging everything this week and shipping it out. Thanks again!

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Calendar Giveaway

If you missed my calendar giveaway on FaceBook last week, you still have one last chance to win. I have two 2011 calendars featuring my artwork available and I will ship them totally free of charge. All you have to do is go to my web site at, find your favorite painting and then tell me which one you like most through the "Contact The Artist" link on my site (be sure to include your mailing address). Remember, this is through my web site NOT my Etsy shop or my blog.

Good luck, and thank you for reading my blog!

Sunday, January 16, 2011


7" x 5" oil on canvas panel.
$130 (Free shipping within the U.S.)

This guy and I have something in common. We both like to fish. Of course, he fishes out of necessity while I fish for fun. That said, I am not a very good fisherman. In a matter of minutes this guy caught and ate two fish! I wish I had that kind of skill.

My goal in this painting was to be committed. I wanted to lay down the paint and leave it alone. I could have really labored over the grasses but all they needed were a few well-placed strokes. This was definitely a case of less is more.

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Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Coastal Allure - What Happens When A Painting Gathers Dust?

9 X 12 inch oil painting on canvas panel.

We all have them. A painting we were so pleased with after we finished it and then proudly added our signature to. Riding that wave of pride in our work we list it on our web site or blog where it stays for a long time.

"Coastal Allure" is one of those. Originally it was called "View From The Montage" and you can see the original here. I decided to rework this painting as an exercise for myself just to see if I could improve upon the original version. When I painted it initially I didn't know how to use color to differentiate the hills or how to handle the buildings in the background. The brushwork in the foreground overpowered my focal point as well so, I toned it down in this version.

All in all this was a great exercise. Because the basic plan for the painting was already there I was able to play a lot more with color and edges. It felt liberating to paint out sections I wasn't happy with any longer.

What do you think, is this an improvement?

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Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Shining Pine

8 X 10 inch oil painting on canvas panel.
$250 (FREE shipping in the U.S.)

My husband and I recently took a long weekend trip without the kids to Big Bear. We enjoyed each others company, had a several nice meals together, went hiking and since the kids weren’t around we actually managed to finish our sentences.

On our hike the light shining on the small pine tree and the strong shadows in this scene caught my eye. This is just off the Pacific Crest Trail. The weather was perfect for hiking, with beautiful blue skies and a light breeze.

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