Saturday, August 5, 2017

Revisiting Painting Studies...

Being a hot summer day today,
 Deanna and I chose to stay in the studio to work.

We both worked in pastel,
Deanna working on a painting she had started 
on location in July.

I decided to revisit a study that I had done last year in a Susan Ogilivie workshop.
Susan had helped me with some details on the sketch and the painting.
 This piece has been up in my studio ever since as inspiration, with the thought of trying it again.
 It's such a great learning experience having an artist help with a painting,
 however once they have put marks on the painting, 
it is no longer your own, it is truly just a study.

Here is what the revisited version is looking like...
I am working at using more color and making more confident marks.

Now it's time to set it aside and come back with fresh eyes to see if it feels finished.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Chasing the Light with Tony Allain...

Taking a workshop with Tony Allain was an amazing opportunity!
He is from the UK, and took time to come to Oregon on his trip across the country.
He told us on Day One that he would take us through a few doors we may not have been.

He was right about that!

Tony showed us through his many demos,
 lessons to apply to our paintings that would help them be filled with color and light.

He talked about how getting back to the basics 
of sketching and drawing,
is a very important part of the process of painting.

As we worked on "loosening up", 
we did studies to practice making fewer, 
more expressive marks, to tell a story.

Tony covered many skills to create landscapes.
 That included sunsets, mountains, water and figures in the landscape. 

I loved this excercise, 
and am excited to explore using these 
creative figures more in my work!

A learned a lot watching Tony add marks to my painting 
that would make it sparkle.

Now it's time to get to work and create!

To see more of Tony Allain's art, visit his webiste at

 to see all the opportunities they have to offer.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Art at Dave Wilson Designer Goldsmith...

The opening reception was a great way to start out my month long exhibit at
Dave Wilson Designer Goldsmith.

I enjoyed sharing this special time with friends and family, 
and meeting new people as well. It's fun to share a bit about my art, 
 talking about process, technique,
 or the experiences behind the creation of a paintings.

The recently finished pastel painting that just came off the easel, is titled
"Revisiting Delight".

A few years ago my art sisters and I searched out a place to spend 
an art day together.
We spent the day sketching and
at Silverton Park.
As the afternoon got warmer, the children came down to the creek 
to wade in the water. Suddenly, memories stirred of enjoying this same spot when 
I was a growing up......doing  just that....
cooling off on a summer day, playing in the creek.
What delight!

This place continues to call me back, time after time,
 and has become a special spot to revisit.

 My daughter, granddaughters and I have shared
many "Grandma Days" making new memories there.

Thanks so much to all those who came by on the opening night to help me celebrate.

Along with the pastel paintings avalable,
 there are also some of my oil and cold wax pieces,
and a selection of art greeting cards too.

The show and sale continues through June 28, 2017 downtown Salem at
Dave Wilson Designer Goldsmith
216 Commercial NE

Saturday 10AM - 3:30PM
Sunday  Closed
Monday Closed
Tuesday 10AM - 5:30PM
Wednesday  10AM - 5:30PM
Thursday  10AM - 5:30PM
Friday  10AM - 5:30PM

Don't miss the "little landscapes" in the front display window.

If you get a chance to stop by and see,
 please take a minute to sign my guest book!

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

First Wednesday...

First Wednesday, downtown Salem
includes my opening reception at 
Dave Wilson Designer Goldsmith.

The show runs through June 28, 2017

Friday, May 19, 2017

Art at Schreiner's Gardens...

I currently have pastel paintings available at
 Schreiner's Iris Gardens
in their gift shop.

12 X 8"

Now that the weather has warmed up
the display gardens are bursting with color!

Take time to visit and enjoy!

The bloom season runs through 
May 31, 2017

Please stop in the gift shop while you are there,
and take a peek at my art!

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Art rotation time...

Seasons changing also means it's time for art rotation!

These three little florals are all now available at
They are a sampling of the ten pastel paintings delivered to the gallery this week. 

"Summer Geraniums"
3x6" pastel
contact the gallery to purchase

"Summer Blooms"
3x6" pastel
contact the gallery to purchase

"Summer Sunflowers"
3x6" pastel
contact the gallery to purchase

The paintings currently available at
also have been rotated, and some new works added to the exhibit throughout the clinic.

 This is an ongoing showing of my work that 
I am honored to be sharing with many fellow kidney care patients.
It was wonderful to hear from a patient recently,
 that she feels the paintings bring a calm and peaceful atmosphere.

"Peace and Gratitude"
8x6" pastel

I also continue to have paintings available at
Reflections Salon  
991 Liberty Street SE
Salem, Oregon

I have rotated and added some oil and cold wax paintings 
as well as new pastel paintings.
This show will be up through May 27, 2017.
All paintings are available for purchase.

"Hopeful Dreams"
10x10" oil and cold wax

Look forward to many more Artfelt Journeys to come!

"Art is the only way to run away without leaving home."
-Twyla Tharp

Thursday, March 2, 2017

18th Annual Clay Ball...

It was an honor to be invited to donate to this years
18th Annual Clay Ball
and be a part of supporting 
the arts in our community.

"Broadened Horizons"
12 x 18" pastel
in the silent auction!

Sunday, January 29, 2017

On the easel today...

Revisiting past paintings can be fun and challenging
 I came upon a washed off painting that still had the ghost image visible
on the paper, and the reference photos were still with it.
That was my choice to attempt today, for a shared art day with friends.

I feel a sense of place as I worked on this painting.
 It was originally started while on location at
 Delta Ponds City Park in Eugene a few years ago.

After looking back at the process pictures that I took while working, 
I like the looser mark making at the beginning of the painting.
There is always that decision of when to keep going and when to stop.
I had to keep going because it was too early in the painting to stop!

I feel I could have been better at working the entire painting,
 rather than getting caught up in certain areas 
and risking the chance of overworking it.
It's time to set it aside and come back to it another day with fresh eyes.

It's always a learning process!