Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Dancing With Waves III

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Out of a dream or, perhaps, one of my mother's bedtime stories, comes a beautiful white horse, running beside the seashore, with a lighthouse in the distance. Though this scene appears peaceful and serene, it was completed during a time of turmoil in my life. Painting in pastel takes me to quiet, gentle places, filled with joy and beauty. Even those paintings that are full of drama, movement and bright colors seem to help me find my center and feel the touch of God. There is something about painting living things--animals, seascapes and flowers -- that comfort and strengthen me. It is a beautiful world after all.

This large pastel painting (matted to 22 x 28) will be listed on eBay this evening or tomorrow. A horse of a different color is coming soon and a kitten will be ready by early next week.

Sunday, December 03, 2006

Merry Christmas!

Thanksgiving has come and gone and now the Christmas season is coming fast. I love Christmas trees and put up several every year. So far we have three little ones, a Teddy Bear Tree, an Angel tree and an Antique tree. The large tree for the living room and a smaller one for the porch are still in boxes in the basement. Every year we plan to do it all early and evey year we run short of time. It gives me such a nice warm, fuzzy feeling to have all the decorations in place.
Commissioned portraits are still keeping me busy, but I have begun a new kitty painting and a horse painting. I will try to show them here before they are listed. So many wonderful things in the world to paint, and so little time!
Hope you are having a great holiday season and finding enough time to do all you have to do.

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Mystery Horses

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This is the initial drawing on canvas of two running horses. I will let you guess what they are. Look for the finished painting on eBay tomorrow or Thursday and see if you figured it out right. Shipping on this one will be free anywhere within the US.

I have been busy with commissioned portraits -- both people and pets--so haven't done much non-commissioned work lately. The horses will go up this week and a kitten next week. The kitten may be featured as a work in progress. Those are a little scary for me because if they don't work out I can't hide them like I do other paintings. Oh, well...

Monday, November 13, 2006

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November is the month of giving thanks for our many blessings. To me, one of the most special blessings God has given us is the variety of animals and flowers He has placed on this earth. Imagine what a dull, desolate planet it would be without them! Three of my favorites are pictured here: Barney, our Border Collie mix, Button our little toy Poodle and Kitty. Her name is Sweetie Peach but she answers quicker to Kitty. We also have some beautiful birds whose songs are like morning prayers and evening vespers. They are a little difficult to photograph, but they are also loved.

I have not listed new work in a while because I have been busy with commissioned portraits of other’s love ones – both human and animal. I love painting people’s loved ones, and especially their pets because they are so expressive and uncomplicated. It is easy to become friends with a cat, dog or horse, just by looking at a picture. You can see the loyalty, love, playfulness and joy in their stance, their faces, and especially in their eyes.

Along with the commissions I am working on some new western paintings. A horse and rider and some Palomino horses. I hope to finish them soon but if not, I may post some Works in Progress on this blog.

Count your blessings today, and give your best “animal buddies” an extra big hug, cuddle or pat from me!

Monday, November 06, 2006

Magical Dancing Arabian

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There is something so graceful about horses, even the biggest, strongest of them look like dancers sometimes, and Arabians have always seemed other worldly to me. I never get tired of painting them. When I was a child my mother told me a bedtime story about a white horse and in my imagination it looked like this. This one is for you, Mom. This pastel painting is listed on Ebay this week.

Sunday, October 22, 2006

Dinner Plate Hibiscus

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Finally!! My Dinner Plate Hibiscus painting is dry at last! and ready to be listed. It is an oil painting on stretched , wrapped canvas, 18 inches square--almost life sized. These blossoms are huge and lush and I absolutely love them. The painting was done in August when they were still at their peak, and I have been waiting for the canvas to dry. Now it is cold October and I can still enjoy the memory of them. I do not know how such beauties survive and prosper in the cold Iowa winter (they look like they belong in some south Pacific paradise island) but I am so glad to have them here. They are a real "trip"!!! They will be auctioned on eBay

Thursday, October 12, 2006

Wednesday's Horse

I wasn't able to do my horse of the day on Wednesday. Just too many distractions and demands on my time. Instead, I am working on a new canvas, something a little larger and it may not be finished today or tomorrow. But look for it soon. The weather has turned downright cold here, reality has hit and winter is coming to Iowa. At least the rain has stopped and the mud is dried up a little so Barney can go run in the backyard and not have to be walked. Walking him is fun in good weather, but not so great when the rain is falling and wind blowing. To see a picture of Barney, go to my website and visit the page about me.

Monday, October 09, 2006

Horse of the Day

My friend Shary challenged me to see if I could complete a painting a day, something which seems to be a popular idea among artists these days. The result is a new series I call Horse of the Day. Not every day, because I do need time to work on commissions and larger paintings, but I will set a goal of three days a week and see what happens. The first horse is a close up of a Palomino, a somewhat unusual composition. It was listed on eBay on Monday.

Monday, October 02, 2006

Step Four

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I have blocked in the areas of dark and light paint, added a bit more drama to the background. Almost done! I need to refine the colors and add details and it will be ready to sign.

Sunday, October 01, 2006

Step 3

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The background cis painted painted in and I start adding color to the horse.

Thursday, September 28, 2006

Work in Progress: Step 2

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Next I cover the canvas with a thin coat of paint and establish the patterns of light and dark. At this point I am using acrylic paint thinned with water, so that I can change my mind and make adjustments if necessary. While it dries I work on something else. Sometimes at this point I will leave the painting for a day or so in order to put a little distance between us. It keeps me from overworking it.

Work in Progress:Palomino Horse

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Thought I would share a little of my creative process with you. The really difficult part comes before a paintbrush ever touches the canvas. Many sketches, ideas for compositions, many sheets of paper wadded up and thrown away. Finally deciding on the composition. I want to portray strength and a little drama here. The horse is sketched on the canvas with charcoal, then I paint over the lines with a thin acrylic in a dark color. Doesn't look like much but a lot of work went into it.

Wednesday, September 27, 2006


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My newest floral, drying on the easel in my studio. Oils take several weeks to dry, but there is nothing better for painting flowers. We planted this hibiscus next to the garden shed, not realizing it was the "dinner plate" variety. What a surprise two years later when the bush was filled with big, beautiful lush blooms! More like a platter than a dinner plate.

Monday, September 25, 2006

Monday, Sept. 25

I seem to be spending way too much time on the computer lately, and not as much time painting as I would like. Today, with the sun shining brightly, would be a good day to spend in the studio painting. In a few days I will show you my newest floral that seems to be taking its time to dry and soon I will be posting a work in progress which will be fun for me. At the same time it is a risk. I hardly ever allow anyone (except my husband) to see my work until it is completely finished. So we shall see how it goes. In the meantime, have a happy day.

More New Work

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This gray and white Tabby will be listed on eBay or hung in my gallery. I love cats and always wonder what strange and wonderful thoughts they may be thinking. From the expression on his face, this one looks like he is about to pounce. His prey may be a toy or a ball of thread, but in his imagination, I know he is hunting big game.

New Work. Week of Sept. 25

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Little Westie. this is one of my favorite dogs to paint. The just exude life and energy. I have never met an UNfriendly Westie! The people who share their life with Westies seldom refer to them as "pets" but say they are great friends and companions.