Thursday, February 7, 2019

White Pass

8x6
acrylic on gessobord
I had soooo much fun painting this!  I didn't think I was going to be able to finish this one today, but I couldn't put my brush down!  With this piece I really wanted to bring out the trees in the forefront, but still find a flow throughout the painting, as well as give a warm snow day kind of feeling.  I like working on a 3-value thumbnail before starting my paintings, and that seems to give me a really good idea of what I want to end up with.  I'm still learning to be more comfortable with vibrant colors, and the more I practice with them, the easier it gets. The weather people are calling for lots of snow here this weekend, so I hope I can get out with my camera to capture some cool photos.

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Blue Skies At White Pass

6x8
acrylic on gessobord


Oh these colors!  They are so fun to paint with!  I am really enjoying working with more vibrant colors, especially violets and oranges, thanks to artist Mike Svob.

My husband, daughter and I went skiing the other weekend and it was breath taking beautiful!  It was actually really warm too!  I hadn't skied in 15 years, so I was a bit nervous to hit the slopes again.  Luckily, no injuries were sustained! 


This is the photo I used for my painting.  The figure in red is my sweet hubby waiting for me as I took pictures.  Thankfully, he stayed with me all day.  I probably would have ended up skiing off a cliff or something without him!   I'm looking forward to heading to the mountain again before this winter is over.


Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Resting Laser 2

6x8
acrylic on gessobord
I decided to do another laser painting;  this time with colors I'm a little more used to. This painting is from a photo I took over a year ago in the fall. 
 I'm really looking forward to sailing season (for me that means warm weather!).  My husband and daughter are much heartier than me.  They love going out in all kinds of weather.   My husband bought an old Laser sailboat so he could go out on the water when our daughter was out on her boat.  It is so fun watching them out there having a blast. 

Monday, February 4, 2019

Resting Laser

6x6
acrylic on gessobord
Just having a little fun with color...and dreaming of warmer days!  Enjoy!

Thursday, January 31, 2019

Kady

6"x 6"
acrylic on gessobord
This is a painting of our neighbor's sweet lab.  Sadly, she passed away recently.  She loved roaming the neighborhood.  She was one of the most determined dogs I've ever met.  Her back legs barely worked, but that didn't stop her from going places.  I will miss seeing her sweet face laying in the front lawn as I drive by.  RIP,  sweet Kady.

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Chocolate Splashes

6x8
acrylic on gessobord
On my visits home to Oahu, I love walking Kailua Beach and watching the dogs play in the surf. This sweet chocolate lab really caught my eye!  His rich, brown fur against the white wash of the shore is what really attracted me to do this painting.  I hope you all enjoy it!

Monday, January 28, 2019

Keep Your Eyes On the Ball

6x8
acrylic on gessobord

I feel like I haven't posted a new painting in some time.  It's been a busy couple of weeks and I have a painting or two that I've been struggling with.  I really need to learn to put the paintings aside that are just not working.  I end up spinning my wheels, and getting nowhere!  Arghhhh!

On a more positive note...isn't this guy cute?!  Painting dogs in water makes me happy!  Enjoy!

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Fishing Dog

6x6
acrylic on gessobord
Why is it that Golden Retrievers have no problem sticking their heads all the way underwater to grab a rock, toy, or any other treasure?  Every Golden I know does this!  It's so funny!  Our dogs certainly aren't part Golden Retriever.  If their noses go even slightly underwater, they end up sneezing and coughing like crazy.

Twist and Shake





6x6
acrylic on gessobord


This past summer I took so many photos of our dog, Salty, swimming, splashing, and shaking off the water.  He cracks me up when he shakes because his tail gets all bent up and his jowls end up flying to the other side of his face.  Dogs always have a way of making me smile!

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Kaneohe

6x8
acrylic on gessobord
I've really been missing my Hawaii home lately, so I thought I'd do a painting of it.  This is the view from the Pali Lookout.  Isn't it gorgeous!  In all the years I lived there, I never tired of this view.

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Surf's Up

8x16
acrylic on canvas
And this is the final painting of the 3 commissioned works I did for my friend.  Doesn't this setting look heavenly right now?  This is a painting of their kids at one of the best anchorages along the mainland Mexico coast.   Often times there was great surfing, along with a wonderful palapa bar.  I have a few very fond memories from this place;  Once while anchored here, we all swam to shore from the boat.  Another time a mother and calf Humpback whale duo came swimming and playing just outside of the anchorage area (what a show it was!).  Our oldest daughter turned 13 while we were here.  For her birthday we rented horses from the nearby resort and enjoyed a leisurely prance along the beach.  Oh, I miss you Mexico!!!

Abuela

8x10
acrylic on gessobord
This is the second painting I did for my friend.  While cruising in Mexico, she snapped a photo of this sweet woman sitting on the steps.  I really loved working on this piece.  It brought me back in time to Mexico.  The people we encountered while cruising were wonderful.

Sailing JC Spirit

12x12
acrylic on canvas
I had a busy December painting three pieces for a friend.  This is the first.  We had the wonderful pleasure of being dock neighbors years ago and then cruising buddies in Mexico.