Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Wind Turbine and Clouds

This is the first of several small paintings of wind energy that I plan to enter in the second National Wind Art Exhibit put on by REimaginations. It will be held at the Windpower 2007 Conference and Exhibit in LA in June 2007.

REimaginations was started with the belief that wind turbines are beautiful. We want to share that belief through creating a venue for artists to show their interpretations of renewable energy.

Thursday, October 26, 2006

Daily Oil Painting - Red Poppy

18th in series - Red Poppy

5 x 7, original oil on wooden panel

Japanese Haiku
Open to the sun
Gentle waving bloom explodes
Gorgeous Red Poppy

If you would like to purchase this painting email me with the name of the painting in the subject line. It is $65 plus $5 for shipping in the U.S.

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Daily Oil Painting - O'Hall's Roofline

17th in series - O'Hall's Roofline
5 x 7 original oil on wooden panel.
Inspired by the houses on the hill above mine.
Japanese Haiku
Clouds climb their own paths
From yellow house horizons
Sky free of man's forms

If you would like to purchase this painting email me with the name of the painting in the subject line. It is $65 plus $5 for shipping in the U.S.




Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Daily Oil Painting - Water Lily

16th in series - Water Lily5 x 7, original oil on panel
Japanese Haiku
floating on the lake
producing aquatic shade
for the hidden koi
If you would like to purchase this painting email me with the name of the painting in the subject line. It is $65 plus $5 for shipping in the U.S.

Monday, October 23, 2006

Daily Oil Painting - Fall Leaf

15th in series - Fall Leaf - sold

5 x 7 original oil painting on wooden panel

I found this leaf at the neighborhood basketball court while CharLee and Remington tried to make baskets with a soccer ball!

Japanese Haiku
giving up the green
warm colors signal the fall
tumble from the sky

If you would like to purchase this painting email me with the name of the painting in the subject line. It is $65 plus $5 for shipping in the U.S.

Saturday, October 21, 2006

Reassurance - week 4

I realize I haven't posted the progress on this painting before. However, I was not satisfied with my first attempt, and this is the reworking.

I have just completed the second layer of flesh tones and the third layer of background tones. It will require a couple more layers, but the flesh tones are becoming more realistic as I am becoming more adept at mixing them. It is amazing how much yellow there is in flesh. I have had a tendency to make my flesh tones too pink. I am also realizing how much green there is in flesh, and that it is very easy to add too much! There is a delicate balance between warm and cool tones that in time I will be able to manage better.

You can view the progress on this painting by visiting my flickr photo site - week 1 - week 1 continued - week 2, week 3. Be sure to click the back button each time to return to this blog.

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Daily oil painting - China Blue Vase

14th in series - China Blue Vase - sold

5 x 7 original oil painting
Inspired by the china blue vase that Karina found

Japanese Haiku Poem

waiting for flowers
taking on the color sky
showcasing the earth

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Daily Oil Painting - Yellow Iris

13th in series - Yellow Iris - sold5 x 7 original oil painting
Inspired by the yellow iris that grows wild around Lake Sacajawea in Longview, Washington
Japanese Haiku Poem
at the water's edge
Van Gogh colors exploding
feeling and movement
If you would like to purchase this painting email me with the name of the painting in the subject line. It is $65 plus $5 for shipping in the U.S.

Monday, October 16, 2006

Daily Oil Painting - Frog Totem

12th in series - Frog Totem

5 x 7 inches, original oil painting
Inspired by the Native American carvings on the totem pole in Kalama, Washington

the frog has a special place in the northwest coast culture
it is the high man on the totem pole above the great mammals and the soaring birds
the tribe's most powerful member: the frog

If you would like to purchase this painting email me with the name of the painting in the subject line. It is $65 plus $5 for shipping in the U.S.

Sunday, October 15, 2006

Daily Oil Painting - Eagle Totem

11th in series - Eagle Totem

5 x 7 inches, original oil painting
Inspired by the Native American carvings on a totem pole in Canada

proud on the top
of the cedar pole
the eagle watches over
a wondrous world
of Northwest Coast
culture

If you would like to purchase this painting email me with the name of the painting in the subject line. It is $65 plus $5 for shipping in the U.S.

Saturday, October 14, 2006

Release painting - week 4

Work continues on my painting of hands called "Release." This is the second flesh and third background layer. It is by no means finished, but it is becoming more what I envisioned when I started it. The most important thing is that I am learning how to mix the flesh colors. I am also appreciating the style and technique of the old masters. I have a book on Flemish and Venetian painting that I am trying to find time to read.

I had to set the daily paintings aside for a few days to work on this and a few other larger paintings. After doing a few daily paintings with their "quick" nature, I really appreciate going back to my other pieces with layers. It's led me to realize that daily paintings can never be more than quick studies for me. No matter how much I work them over, I can't get a lot of depth. They are simply direct, immediate impressions of a subject at hand.

It helps if I try to think like Vincent Van Gogh did when he was painting. Or at least how I think he might have been thinking! He was a direct daily painter, if ever there was one. His brushstrokes were thick, confident and colorful. Many of his paintings were completed in one day. Aaahhh, if I could only do the same. Funny how someone who's life was miserable by most standards today has become a role model, of sorts. At least for me. He and Georgia O'Keefe. They never compromised their standards. They always stayed true to their vision. If only I could do the same. Life is more complicated today than when they painted, but I'm sure that the essence of painting remains the same.

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Daily Oil Painting - Totem #2

10th in series - Totem #2

5 x 7 inches, original oil painting
Inspired by the Native American carvings on the totem pole in Kalama, Washington

Japanese Haiku Poem

carving with an adz
sweet smells of cedar emerge
released animals

If you would like to purchase this painting email me with the name of the painting in the subject line. It is $65 plus $5 for shipping in the U.S.

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Daily Oil Painting - Totem #1

9th in series - Totem Pole #1
5 x 7 original oil on panel
Detail from a Native American carving on the totem pole in Kalama, Washington
the western red cedar
carved in animal forms
of strong edges
mounted to the sky
facing the wind
and the steady drizzle
makes a bold statement
of primitive art
If you would like to purchase this painting email me with the name of the painting in the subject line. It is $65 plus $5 for shipping in the U.S.

Monday, October 09, 2006

Daily Oil Painting - Sea Shell

8th in series - Sea Shell

5 x 7, original oil painting on panel

Japanese Haiku Poem

on the ocean's shore
a protected shell appears
in beautiful form

If you would like to purchase this painting email me with the name of the painting in the subject line. It is $65 plus $5 for shipping in the U.S.

Sunday, October 08, 2006

Daily Oil Painting - Japanese Maple

7th in Series - Japanese Maple

5 x 7, original oil painting on panel

The branch from a small Japanese Maple tree growing next door.

Japanese Haiku Poem
fingers of the tree
lacy leafing in rustic tones
delicate maple

If you would like to purchase this painting email me with the name of the painting in the subject line. It is $65 plus $5 for shipping in the U.S.


Saturday, October 07, 2006

Daily Oil Painting - Hornet's Nest

6th in Series - Hornet's Nest

5 x 7, original oil painting on panel

I found a little hornet's nest underneath the wooden bench on my deck. I brought it into my studio and it sat on my art table for about a week. After seeing a few other paintings of hornet and wasp nests done by artists in the daily painters blog, I finally decided to try it myself. This isn't one of my better paintings (in my opinion) but it does have a certain delicate appeal.

If you would like to purchase this painting email me with the name of the painting in the subject line. It is $65 plus $5 for shipping in the U.S.

Thursday, October 05, 2006

Daily Oil Painting - Lavender #2, on Red

5th in series - Lavender #2, on Red

5" x 7" original oil painting on wooden panel
another small study, botanical style, of the lavender my husband planted in our front yard


Japanese Haiku Poem

oh sweet lavender
your smell makes the summer air
serenity swells

That completes my studies of lavender. Now on to another subject...

If you would like to purchase this painting email me with the name of the painting in the subject line. It is $65 plus $5 for shipping in the U.S.

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Daily Oil Painting - Lavender #1

4th in series - Lavender #1

5" x 7" original oil painting on wooden panel
a small study of lavender in bloom in my front yard

Japanese Haiku Poem

Green and Purple
Are awkward at first glance
In this flower dance
A second look
Meets with measured approval
Yes they do look rather nice
Together

If you would like to purchase this painting email me with the name of the painting in the subject line. It is $65 plus $5 for shipping in the U.S.

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Daily Painting #3 - Blackberry Leaves #3

Third in series - Blackberry Leaves #35" x 7" original oil painting on wooden panel

Japanese Haiku Poem
Rapidly growing
hidden places for bunnies
protecting soft eyes
That's enough studies of blackberry leaves. Now on to another subject!
If you would like to purchase this painting email me with the name of the painting in the subject line. It is $65 plus $5 for shipping in the U.S.

Monday, October 02, 2006

Daily Painting #2 - Blackberry Leaves #2

My second daily painting - Blackberry Leaves #2

5" x 7" original oil painting on wooden panel

Japanese Haiku Poem

Scratching at the hands
trying to pick the sweet fruit
of ebony seeds

If you would like to purchase this painting email me with the name of the painting in the subject line. It is $65 plus $5 for shipping in the U.S.

Sunday, October 01, 2006

Daily Painting # 1 - Blackberry Leaves # 1

My first daily painting - Blackberry Leaves #1

5" x 7" original oil painting on wooden panel

I'm interested in botanical artwork so I thought I'd create a small study of the blackberry vines that grow profusely where I live.

Here's the Haiku poem my husband wrote about it:

Unwinding stickler
Stretching out in evening's sky
The barbed blackberry

If you would like to purchase this painting email me with the name of the painting in the subject line. It is $65 plus $5 for shipping in the U.S.