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February 2006



1

Beginning the month with a little burro, this "Mexican Mobile" was from an image I remember of the burro who was tied to graze until needed by the family for transport which I saw on one of my Central American trips. I have some other images for future paintings, too. I like the color in the ground around this fellow, and his resigned, yet pleasant posture. Original oil, 6x6 inches

to friend and collector Fay Boylayer of Dawsonville, Georgia

2

"Long Day Grazing" Today was a very busy day, going into the city, looking at homes, and coming home late. I'm tired, and so I painted this cow, a mother, solitary in existence, and calm. The image I needed tonight. Original acrylic, 5x7 inches.

3

"Lake Evening" On location today at a local reservoir with a painting buddy, I did two paintings. This is the second, and is a quick study to capture the evening light. Original oil, 5x7 inches. See February 21 for the final version.

4

"Backlit Reflections" On location adn the first painting of the afternoon at a local reservoir. The eucalyptus trees in the afternoon breezes reflected in the blue-green water. Original oil on linen, 12x16 inches, $420

5

"Wave Motion" I really like this painting, which I tweaked a bit today and added some palette knife passages. The strength of the diagonals vs. the vertical of the rocks is what makes this one sing for me. Plus the blue/orange colors. This was done on location north of Dana Point, below the cliff south of Laguna Beach. Original acryic on canvas, 8x16 inches, $320

6

"Partners" I love to do backlit work. This is an 11 x 14 acrylic, with layers of color using my color system, and it ends up being a nice, colorful western piece that reads right.

to artist, friend and collector Fay Bohlayer of Dawsonville, Georgia

7

"Grevy's Zebras" Endangered, yet so appealing, I painted these three Grevy's Zebras from reference photographs from the Living Desert Museum, where they have about seven of these. Of course, I let them loose in Africa. Someday I'll get there, too! 12 x 16 oil on board, from the Cross Gate Gallery in Lexington, KY.

8

"Forest Pool" An interesting size, this oil on board is 4.75" by 7.25" which makes for a great height-to-width ratio in this composition. I may have mentioned it, but I really, REALLY enjoy painting water and reflections! Available for $100 with an instant click via PayPal or contact me via email.

9 "Crossing the River" Having a lot of fun painting pieces for the Cattlemen's Western Art Show, the first weekend in April, this 16 x 20 oil came off my brushes today. One of ten new paintings I'm taking up for this fun weekend show.

during the show.

10

"Spanish Onion" The realism of acrylics comes through with this depiction of a recent shopping excursion. An original acrylic on gallery wrap canvas (painted edges) it is

11 "Araucana Egg, Broken" It's been a few warm days and the chickens are waking up out of their winter doldrums, and an egg appeared! I decided to celebrate its arrival by capturing the fresh, high yolk in this daily painting, original oil, 6 x 6 inches on gallery-wrap (no framing needed).

12

"Full Moon" Did you see the moon come up tonight? We have had nothing but clear skies--no rain-- and today was 72 degrees. So what better to paint, thinking about my friends and collectors on the east coast in a snowstorm, but our palm trees and the houses below us. Original acrylic on gallery wrap, 6 x 4 inches (no framing needed). Available for $100

13

"Hard Boiled" Free-range chickens and a hard boiled egg on the taboret tonight. Original oil, 5 x 7 inches. Available for $100

14 "The Guide" I painted this one for the Cattlemen's Western Art Show which is the first weekend of April. It's fun to paint mountains and snow, and still have a a story to share. Original oil, 20 x 16 inches.

to Ken Smith of Lakeville, Massachusetts

15

"The Red Cars" On location at the Orange Empire Railway Museum in Perris, I painted this Red Line street car today. The Red Cars have an interesting history in Los Angeles, the streetcars from Pacific Electric that serviced the city until bought out and retired by... yes, the oil companies. That's why Los Angeles has auto freeway gridlock today instead of an efficient electric streetcar system! Orginal oil on rigid canvas, 9 x 12 inches. $300

16 "The Home Place" A sky, a warm fire and a windmill on the flatlands of the midwest. Original oil, 6 x 12 inches.

at the Women Artists of the West Membership show in Newhall.

17 "You've Got A Friend" I was sent a photograph by a member of the Equine Art Guild, and finally made the time to do this 9 x 12 oil painting. I just loved the idea of the young girl going through the angst of being a teenager, and the only animal that seems to understand is her horse. Available and entered in the Animals in Art show at the Louisiana Veterinary College.
18 "Off the Ridge" Another painting for the Cattlemen's Wester Art Show, this 24 x 18 oil hopefully will catch the eye of a new collector. I used it to demonstrate some color ideas in the workshop I taught today also.

to Ken Smith of Lakeville, Massachusetts

19

"Young Pothos" It was late when we returned from a date together, my husband and I, so I picked a simple subject--the Pothos house plant that sits on my kitchen sink. With care and feeding, it will grow to envelop the pot hanger above the sink! Original oil, 6 x 4 inches, available for $100.

20

"Sunset Riches" An absolutely gorgeous day today, after the rain of last weekend. The sunset was spectacular as well, so what could I do but paint it? You betcha! Original oil, 4 x 6 inches, available for $100.

21

"Revision of Lake Evening" Today in the studio I worked over several canvases, and the one that provides the most learning for students is this one. If you'll compare the one on February 3rd, you'll see the original plein air study. Original oil, 5 x 7 inches, available for $100.

22

"Impending Change" Today's painting was done on location as I was getting new tires on my truck. I walked into a nearby field and saw this 80+ year old eucalyptus tree with a hawk's nest in it, and since it is sitting on soon-to-be-developed land, its days are numbered. The distant hills of Sun City are in the background. Original oil, 9 x 12 inches, $200.

23

"Morning Chukkar" Today's painting is a memory of the winter polo matches in Indio, ongoing from October to March. Original oil on gallery-wrap (painted edges), 4 x 6 inches, $100.

24

"Morning Rocks, Sylvan Meadows" I went on location again, with a painting buddy, and the morning light in the open space of the Plateau is rich with the illusion of moisture. This is a quick study, 12 x 12 inches, $200.

25

"Oak Shadows" The second painting from being on location , this one focusing on the dappled shadows beneath the large coastal live oaks. What I like about this piece is the way the distant oak is framed by the branches of the near one. Original oil, 9 x 12 inches, $200.

26 "Santa Ana Riverbed" This painting is specifically painted for the Norco Western Art Show and is one I'm quite happy with, as it has been "sitting in my head" for over two months. Original acrylic, 15 x 30 inches, available from my recent paintings page.
27

"Single Pear" A quick study of a Bosc pear, usually a very bland colored fruit. I hope you like the life in this one, it reflects the rich flavor as I did finish it off after this painting was done! Original acrylic, 4 x 4 inches.

to collector Ramie Little of Atlanta, Georgia

28

"Fantasy Man" I paint characters sometimes, and some times those characters are similar to the fantasies I carried around as a young woman.  Who among us hasn't had some inner perception of the embodiment of strength, resourcefulness, and mystery?  Today I created one of those fellows, and I have to smile at those memories of a "few" years ago!  Back in those days, I read a fictional novel, "Many Rivers to Cross" and the hero in that western romance (Bushrod Gentry) came to life as a 6 x 4 acrylic on canvas, today under my brushes.  
  This cowboy didn't make it to ebay, it already