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1

"Apricots" I went to the grocery store yesterday, and eyed the imported fruits and vegetables, so far out of season, and saw some really nice looking apricots. I bought only two, as the price of $4.99 per pound was way over my budget. I long for summer apricots! A 6 x 4 oil on gallery-wrap canvas, $100.

2

"Sunset Evening #5" I enjoy working with the subtle cloud colors found in sunsets and sunrises. This 12 x 16 oil is one I worked on earlier, but it wasn't ready for display until now. $200

3

"Sunset over the Lake" AFter Norco's art reception, I came home and painted this memory of Hawley Lake and Arizona, last October. I talked up the trip for 2006 with several people, and won awards on my artwork! Original oil, 9 x 12. $300

4

This is a work in progress for a lesson page on how I do paintings, the lesson and commentary to be added to the elinart site soon.  The image you're getting tonight is the fourth in the series of instructional images, and shows the painting at the point where I'm finding edges to fix and define.  To get the painting to this point, I went through four major steps--1. division of space--the relationship of the figure to the background space and rough lay-in, 2. Large color shapes to define mass in the figure, 3. defining shape to create the illusion of three dimensions, and 4. beginning the details and finding edges.  It shows how I paint big to little, and don't overwork areas.  The boots and lower third are the most unfinished at this point, and I hope you can see how I work into a painting by comparing that section to the upper areas. To get to this phase, took about 50 minutes.  Please write if you have any questions about the procedure.
  This is a 20 x 10 oil, and hopefully will be good enough to take with me to Cattlemen's, April 7, in Paso Robles, CA.  I sure enjoy painting these re-enactment men who seem to have eyes that bore right through you...

5

I spent this morning finishing up this fellow for the lesson page--don't have a title for him yet.  You can see what I've done to finish up the painting by comparing it to yesterday's image.   
I think I will take him up to Cattlemens next month, and might spend another couple hours on him, making some corrections.  Sometimes the paint just goes where you need it to, and some other times, what seems easy on reflection is going down the wrong road! Still, US $550  

6

"Just Ducky" Fun to do a small one again, and this Mallard pair were seen on a pond near our local wineries.  I had fun tasting the wine, however the ducks were enjoying courtship!  Water is so much fun to paint.  All those colors and the reflections, too!  A 5 x 7 oil on gallery-wrap canvas.

and added to the collection of Dick and Dee Staley of Lake Elsinore, California

7

"Friend's Roses" Returning to the studio laden with the generosity for which she is well known, Joan knew I had planned to paint roses, and in she comes with these wonderful yellowy cream blossoms.
The original oil is 20 x 16, and was done from a small set up with the roses in a vase that my folks received as a wedding gift back in 1942. I will always look at them seeing more than just the colors and brush strokes, and even though they may leave my life to adorn the walls of a collector's home, I still know a part of me is in the painting.

8

"Snowy Path" It sure was a lot of fun to go to Hemet and do a demonstration for my friends and artists in this nearby city. I decided to do pines in snow, since I'd also started a smaller, similar painting in the studio. This one is 20 x 16, and might yet get some "tweaking" after I look at it in the studio for a few days. Original oil, $300

9

"Joan's Rose" Even with dropping my laptop and sending it to the Mac hospital, I can still do these daily paintings! But I couldn't post it for a day, since I mislaid my ftp access. Oh, technology! Joan now has this one.

Gone into the collection of Joan Nied of Fallbroook, California

10

"Through the Woods" Revisiting the snow scene of a couple of days ago, I decided that a rider would be a good focal point on this odd sized 12 x 10 canvas, for which I have a lovely dark red frame.

and added to the collection of Peg Morthorst of Huntingdon Valley, Pennsylvania

11

"Fruit Medley" I received a nice email from an artist I admire, asking if I would do a small still life. This one resulted, but he was looking more for a floral, so the fruit's available. Original oil, 9 x 12 inches. $225

12

"Stoneware" My Mom has owned this little stoneware jug, and then gave it to me some years ago. It has been tucked up on a high shelf, and when I was going through some things, found it. I enjoy painting simple objects with complex brushwork. Original oil, 6 x 6 inches.

to new collector Roy Renfro of Pottsboro, Texas

13

"Masking" In homage to the watercolorists of the world, I paint this little jar of Misket masking fluid, one of the many things about watercolor I've never been able to master. I think I'll stick with oils! Original oil, 5 x 7 inches. $100

14

"Floral Study, Oil" I occasionally take the same subject matter and do two paintings, one in acrylics and one in oils. this is a 7 x 5 inch oil of a subject I have done in acrylics. It is interesting to see how the two media handle the same imagery.

to the collection of Robert Fergeson, of Idaho.

15

"Matilija Poppies, Oil" Another of the same subject, this time of a long-ago set up when I was in a workshop with Joyce Pike. She taught me the importance of brushwork, and for that I am forever greatful! So from Los Osos to today's painting, many years have gone by. This is a 7 x 5 inch oil of a subject that was done several years ago in acrylics.

to the collection of Robert Fergeson, of Idaho.

16

"Detail Man" Folks not familiar with the horse industry might not know the significance of folks like this fellow and hundreds like him, who are the real backbone of what goes on in the show ring and race track. Men, and women, who work in the stable area cleaning tack, cleaning stalls--to me they have great value, and I honor them by painting their portraits. And besides, they are very appealing!

Original oil, 12 x 9 inch canvas, available for US $385.

17

"ONIONS!!" How fun to have a plate of red and yellow onions... the plate was trasluscent green glass, on a redish cloth. This was a setup that my students used on Tuesday, and I painted it (different cloth color) for today's painting. This is an oil, also only 5 x 7 inches. I like the fact that the plate tips a bit, giving some subtle tension to the image.  And of course the oils make such a rich feel to the surfaces.
  Do you recognize that yellow Spanish onion?  Yes, I still haven't used it in a winter stew yet.  I painted it in acrylics on February 10! $100

Email me about it.

18

"More Red Onions" The yellow onion went into tonights meatloaf for dinner--at least part of it. So these two sweet red onions are left, and I pushed them together as cosy friends and swept them onto a 4 x 6 inch canvas using acrylics..
 

19

"Sunshine and the Field" Back in 2000 I was on location south of Fallbrook, California, and painted this field scene with less than stellar color--it was, well, bland. I have brought in my new color knowledge and made the landscape sing. 12 x 16 oil on board.
  $275

20

"Morning Halter Class" At the Draft Horse Classic in Grass Valley, they always have the halter classes (conformation classes) in the mornings. I enjoyed doing this 5 x 7 on board oil of the early morning light on the horses and handlers. If I have the patience, I may do a larger painting.
 

21

"Molly and Daisy" I had mentioned that I've been working on commissions, and this is the first of two that are coming off the easel. It is a composite of several photographs taken by someone other than myself, but I am able to design a workable composition and make a decent go of it. This is a 20 x 16 portrait, and it gives me a great deal of pleasure to do work like this. As it is a commission, it is already .

22

"Layers (Onions)" I received a very kind email from a listmember who is newly engaged to be married, saying that my onion paintings are statements of how people reveal themselves to one another, taking the layers off slowly to finally get to the most piquant part of themselves. This 4 x 6 acrylic is done for her, to celebrate the layers we all have. It is already .

23

"Garlic" Why not? Onions and the companionable garlic, substance for all Italian dishes and bane of werewolves. Shopping is a treat when I can buy things like this common cooking ingredient, and pick just the right one that will be preserved forever, and safe until the next batch of spagetti sauce! This is an original oil on gallery wrap, 6 x 6 inches.

to the ever-expanding collection of Ramie Little of Atlanta, Georgia

24

"Spring Daffodil" (and the wine glass). A sure sign of Spring is here.  I picked one of the daffodils from the planter in the front yard and brought it in and put it in one of our wine glasses.  No ordinary wine glass, my folks bought a set of six of these deep blue-violet blown-glass vessels with the brass bands while on a trip in Mexico. I was along on the trip, done right after I graduated from high school, so these are pushing 40 years old.  I've always loved them, as the glass bulges out through the holes in the brass, making a grand tactile feel not possible with clear stemmed traditional glasses for wine.  The daffodil shows you the scale of the glass, which holds about four ounces.  This is an acrylic, 6 x 4 inches on gallery wrap (no framing needed).

to David Youngs of Orange, California

25

Yesterday I went over to my friend's house in Hemet and picked up our newest milk goat, and she has two kids that came along with her. It made me remember just how adorable baby springtime animals are, so tonight I came in and looked through many, many images of goats that have been born here, both Alpine and Saanen. This Alpine doeling became a great milker, like her mother. The adult goats in our herd wear Swiss bells and the soft ringing music as they roam the pasture is melodic. I could spend hours watching the kids leap and run with pure joy. Original oil, 6 x 6 inches, on gallery wrap canvas--ready to hang.

to the collection of Fay Bohlayer of Dawsonville, Georgia

26

"Yes, I'm Warm, Thank You" I was offered this delightful image of a Canadian cat, cozy in mohair, and asked permission to paint him/her.  I'd not seen such a nice image of a cat all fluffed up in something so cozy, and just felt I had to paint it.  The source material for this was also so good, I changed hardly anything--perhaps the expression a bit, making the cat a teenager.  When I have to do details like this, I prefer my acrylics, as the layering of colors allows for infinite details and corrections.  This is a 5 x 7 acrylic on gallery wrap.

to the collection of Judy Wood of Saskatoon, Canada

27

"A Path" Tomorrow there will be construction workers throughout our home as we redo the ceilings, getting rid of the "popcorn" texture, and I'm going to (hopefully) be holed up in the studio. Since I have a commission to do, and want to do some more smaller pieces, I hope I can handle the confusion and noise. This is a 12 x 9 oil, done in preparation with lots of textural brushmarks, perhaps indicative of the visual invasion tomorrow? But like all paths, there's always a new view in a few steps. $100

28

"Skoal" Amazing what you can do when there are four guys scraping your ceilings and tons of noise are coming from your home. The house smells like wet laundry, the ceilings are beautiful, stuff isn't back where it belongs yet, but I had a lot of fun focusing on the back pocket of this shoer. This is a 12 x 16 oil on linen, and is from the San Juan Capistrano arena, where they held a major show a while back. The painting is also known as "Quick Repair" $500

29 "Four-footed Spring Bird" I looked out the window of my studio today, and on the top step going down to the barns was this furry visitor to my bird feeder, sunning himself until he caught my eye. I usually trap these fellows and take them to the park down the road in the new development, because it is devoid of wildlife except for these relocated bunnies. This was fun to paint with a limited palette of cobalt, raw sienna, rose madder, Payne's gray, green earth and cadmium yellow light, with titanium white.

30

"Demonstration, Five Years Ago" I thought I'd share with you one of the many, MANY demonstration paintings I've done in the past, for today's painting. Since we are anticipating wildflowers in a few weeks, this one seems appropriate. I used to do three or four demonstrations each month for art groups, and GIVE AWAY paintings like this one as a raffle prize! They were usually 16 x 20s, and earlier they were even larger. I still do an occasional demonstration, but the people who have these paintings ought to be really, really happy today. I know I learned a great deal about how to " cut to the chase" when limited to about 85 minutes to paint one!

Gone

31 "Out Like an Onion" (In like apricots, at least for the month of March!) This onion was done at the request of a collector who already owns one of the earlier onion pieces. I cut one of those big Spanish onions and placed it far enough away from me so that I wasn't crying while in the midst of painting! (I could at least blame the onion if it didn't go well!) This is a six by six inch gallery wrap canvas, and is done in acrylics.