Jun 30, 2012

Smith Rock Morning

Smith Rock Morning,  6x6, oil on gessoboard, $75
(click here to buy this painting)

This is the small study that was the basis for the larger Rock Climbers' Morning which I posted yesterday. I'm really intrigued by the little sliver of light on the hillside just past Smith Rock.

Jun 29, 2012

Rock Climbers' Morning

 22x28, oil on stretched canvas, $450

Oregon's Smith Rock State Park is a coveted rock climbing destination for many of the world's rock climbers. This view is looking east with the Crooked River in the valley next to Smith Rock.

Jun 28, 2012

To Let: English Cottage in Woodland

oil on canvas, 18x24, $395
(Click here to buy this painting)

This is another painting I entered into the Lake Oswego Festival of Arts last weekend. It's based on the small painting I posted on June 8. The little thatched roof birdhouse has been a favorite of mine for a long time. What could say "English" better than a thatched roof birdhouse?

Jun 26, 2012

Sunflower Duet

 watercolor, 8 1/2"x12 1/2" image—14"x18" mat/frame, $135

The Lake Oswego Festival of Arts Show was last weekend. I entered five pieces, four oils and one watercolor. The watercolor is titled "Sunflower Duet" and has a double mat: dark green with a sliver of white. I'll have to take a photo of the artwork with the mat and post it tomorrow.

This One's for Mom, 6x6 oil on gessoboard, May 23rd blog, SOLD

I also entered two of my small blog paintings: "This One's for Mom," a daffodil; and "The Sky is Falling," three little chicks. I'm happy to announce that the little chicks found a good home. They had won two second place ribbons in two miniature shows this month.

The Sky is Falling, 6x6 oil on gessoboard, SOLD

I'll post the other paintings over the next few days.

Jun 17, 2012

Getting Ready for a Show

I've been preoccupied this week with getting ready for the Lake Oswego Festival of Arts Show. I'm entering five pieces—two larger oil paintings, two small oil paintings and one medium size watercolor. You are invited to the show if you're in the Portland Metro area. They say it is the largest unjuried show in the West—last year they had over 1000 artworks in the show.

So, that's my excuse for a few days of not posting. I'll get back in the swing of things in a few days.

Jun 15, 2012

A Nod to BFF


These little bobble heads make me smile. I'm sure the three of them have been Best Friends Forever! They are just goofy enough to keep my 'inner child' happy. Don't we all need a little of that in this day and age?

Jun 14, 2012

Tom's Garden Shed

What a garden shed! Only Thomas Jefferson could come up with a design like that. He must have seen some beautiful sunsets from this perfect viewing spot.

Jun 13, 2012

Tom's Garden

One of the items in my bucket list was to visit Thomas Jefferson's Monticello garden. A few years back I accomplished that goal. What a treat to walk the same paths that Thomas used so many years ago.

Jun 10, 2012

Pretty in Pink

The only thing I don't like about the iris is that it's only around for such a short time. Usually a pink iris is not a very dark pink, but this one has a really deep color. You would think that if they can hybridize one this color that they could create many more with deep shades, but alas, that hasn't been true. So, I enjoy this one when it blooms.

Jun 9, 2012

Foxy Glove

Don't you wonder who came up with these names? And just what were they thinking? I love foxgloves and always let them go to seed. Then I take the stalks and sprinkle them over my flower beds — kind of like a fairy wand. Then I just sit back and wait for them to bloom next year. The last couple of years we've had such mild winters that some of my plants are 3 or 4 years old and have a half a dozen or more blooming stalks. Talk about heaven!

Jun 8, 2012

To Let, One Room English Condo

What could say "England" better than a thatched roof bird house? I was so happy when I found this little treasure.

Jun 7, 2012

Glorious Gothic

Isn't this a delightful Gothic? I took a photo one spring when the dogwood tree was in bloom along with 2 rows of apricot colored tulips lining the front walkway. I'm so glad I did because now it has been painted gray and the fancy white grill-like railing on the upper deck is gone.

Jun 5, 2012

Shh . . . He Can't Find me!

You see, they're playing hide-and-seek. Lemon hid in the bowl and now Orange can't see her. At least that's the story.

Jun 4, 2012

The Boy's Pond

Isn't this a great place for my grandsons on a hot summer day? Of course, putting the boat in the pond only happens after all the chores — collect the eggs, feed the chickens and take care of the lambs first!

Jun 2, 2012

Vintage Air Stream Dream

Airstream Travel Trailers really speak to our national obsession with the American Dream of hitting the road for the wild places. They look like little space ship, shipping containers. For some reason it reminds me of Lucille Ball and hubby in the old movie, The Long, Long Trailer — even though that was a different style of trailer. It conjures up images of adventure! Maybe with a few laughs along the way since I come from a family tradition of rock collecting.