Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Different Strokes Blog Challenge

watercolor 11 x 15

This is my finished portrait of the Different Strokes
challenge. Each artist sent in a photograph
of themselves and then receive a photograph
of another participating artist to paint.

Discovered I painted the portrait of
John Vander Stelt
who painted me which is posted on his blog.
This is my second attempt on the portrait,
this one giving me a hard time with the
darks which wanted to lift with each new

Sunday, December 6, 2009

On a trip

Will be on a trip this week back east, so
it may be a week or so before I post. Been
working on a very detailed painting and may
have messed it up with a second bad wash.
Well, live and learn, that's what happens
when we experiment with new things. Just
need to keep at it! Looking forward to
taking new reference photos and seeing a
new state.

Thursday, December 3, 2009


The painting I'm working on is very detailed,
to where I need to stay focused and at the
task, so I am listening to Pandora Internet Radio
as I work. Thanks to my daughter, who loves good music,
turned me on to this website. You sign in, type in a few
musical artist or songs that you like and the radio
will bring up other similar bands, some you never
heard of before. You can thumbs up or down the song
and enjoy good music with very little interruption.
Hope this painting turns out!

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Monday, November 23, 2009

Portrait Basics

Organized my "books of knowledge" that I have
put together over the years and came across
this page on basic portrait proportions and how
the structures on the face line up with other
parts of the face. I took a picture out of a
magazine and drew lines through it to remember
how the basic structures of the face line up
with each other and the measurements of one
as compared to another. The first picture helps
me remember the three dimensional curve of the
face. Sure, not everyone has a perfect face,
but this is the basics and adjustments are
always made for age, nationality, and angle
of the face.
Points to remember:
-The outside corners of the mouth lines up with
the inside of the eye. (Except big smile).
-The widest part of the nose lines up with the
inside corner of the eye.
-The length of the ear equals the bottom of the
nose to the chin.
-Eyes are at the center of the head (top of head
to the chin).
-When drawing/painting the face, always add the
sparkle of light in the eyes, top of nose or lips.
This adds "life" to the portrait.

Friday, November 20, 2009


Just need to release some steam from my teapot today,
I have just had enough! It's 6:00am and can't sleep.
Well if you are an artsy-fartsy type that loves the
government, warning- don't read any further. If
your feelings are hurt- well, go look at someone else's art.

Bambi's Bridge
My teapot reached it boiling point today after
driving up Hwy 93 to see our $1.8 million dollar
animal overpass for all the Bambis, skunks, bears,
and coyotes so they won't get hit by a car. All the
other ranchers in the area have big culverts that
run under the roads for their cows and horses to
go from one field to another. But no, the State
Hwy Dept. has to have this touchy-feely overpass for
the animals, they even put up hand rails for Bambi.
Wonder how many decaying bridges could have been
repaired or potholes filled in. Yes, I like animals,
but our priorities are a little out of whack. Alot of
people treat their dogs better than their own
kids. Dogs are animals! They lick and eat off
the floor and wipe their butts on your carpet
when you're not looking. I'm sick of the waste
of our tax dollars and all the million dollar
studies for round-abouts, bull-outs and five foot
wide bike lanes. Sick of the corrupt politicians,
and that includes you, John Murtha of PA.
I can't stand the Republican Party!
I can't stand the Democrate Party!
I can't stand the Socialists, Marxists,
Nazis, or Skin Heads.
I love Americans that still have some common
sense. Can't watch my favorite TV show anymore,
Al Gore's global warming propaganda has infiltrated
"The Office". Oh, darn, I'll have to quite watching
TV and paint more. Sick of all the save Mother Earth, global
warming crap. Just get over it! Mother Earth has been
around for millions of years and still going strong. She's like
an old lady wearing Combat Boots, just watch George Carlin
on Youtube; (warning-foul language included).
Sick of people saying we're gonna run out of resources;
the only lack of resources is the empty space that's between
the politicians heads in the District of Criminals. Quit with
the fear of us all dying from the Swine Flu and no I'm not
getting the Swine Flu vaccine-if I do died from it, I had
a good life, kids will say "she was a good Mom" and just
have to fight over the inheritance- a few paint brushes and
the paintings. Big Pharma has enough money from everybody
getting hooked on Big Pharma's medicine cabinets.
Well, I Warned You! Don't lecture me. I don't want to
hear it, this is my blog!


Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Bad Week

This past week has been frustrating to say the least.
Had a drawing on the paper, just needed to put on the
masking to save the whites, grabbed the bottle of
masking and started to apply it. Seems with every
brushstroke it glopped up more and more. Removed the
dried masking to discover it stained the white paper
and the paper was damaged as I removed the masking.
Discovered I grabbed my old bottle of masking; now I
know that this is the reason for the staining of the
paper. Will mark the newly bought bottles with the
dates I purchased. Spent more time redrawing the
picture on new paper only to mess up the painting
with bad washes. I could submit it to the
Museum of Bad Art. I check this site out for a
good laugh once in a while, haven't seen my stuff on there yet!

Tuesday, November 3, 2009


19" x 24" Fabriano soft press

Finally done! Was surprised at the
ease of removing some of the paint
on this kind of paper to correct certain
areas of the painting. I think I
squelched my desires to paint lilypads
with this "attempt". I do like the paper
I used and want to try fluid acrylics
on my next project using this paper.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Part 4

Now that I have the lilypads painted
in, I will concentrate on the water.
I will need to remember to leave in
soft edges around some of the lilypads
and add some different colors to the
water for interest. I will add more
color to the lilypads after the
water is painted in and adjust the
values at the end. The flowers will
be painted in last to save the whites
should I drip any paint.

Friday, October 23, 2009

Part 3

Here's the painting with the background
done. I am working on Fabriano soft press,
which takes the paint well and able to
lift the pigments if needed.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

New painting-part 2

The next step in the painting process is to
paint in the water of the background scene.
I removed the masking after it dried and
decided to finish the background first after
starting with the foreground.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Start of a new painting

This will be a painting of the lily pads on
Seeley Lake. Masked out the waterlilies and
the reeds so I can paint in the water without
changing the color for the reeds. Will see how
it goes and try to post the steps as I go along.
Almost a full sheet of Fabriano soft press.

New Granddaughter

My new granddaughter Olivia Marie entered
the world on Sept 30th, 7 lb 8 oz. My son
and his wife are enjoying her at home now.
She looks alot like her Dad, only cuter!
Will be out of town next week to go and
see her.

Thursday, September 24, 2009


oil 8" x 10"

An oil painting I've been working on since
this past spring. Still need to tweak some
areas of the painting. This painting was
inspired by those dreams of being naked
and in the "spotlight" and being exposed
and feeling very vulnerable.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

My Little Cupcakes

watercolor 11" x 14" SOLD

My version of the current painting challenge
over at Different Strokes. Had fun painting
this one with all the different colors. Though it
looks like a simple painting, I learned things, like
make shadows interesting with colors you don't see
in the photo.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Italian Model

watercolor 12" x 16" Not for Sale

She looks alot like Selma Hayek, but is
a photo of an Italian fashion model that
Micky Modo
took and gave me permission
to paint if I agreed not to sell the painting.

Finished the main part of the house painting
and just need to do some windows and doors!
Will be able to post some new paintings

Monday, August 31, 2009

The Yellow Dress

Not for Sale watercolor

This painting was done about three years
ago. I was trying to paint skin tones
that looked realistic and learning how
to paint the folds in clothing. I had
to mask over the painted skin to
protect it so I could paint the darker
background. As I removed the masking,
the painted in skin was not harmed.

Monday, August 24, 2009

Sweet to the Taste

An older painting that I did of an African
American trying to make the skin tones realistic
and added color to the skin to give skin tones
interest. I was happy with the soft and
hard edges in the painting to make the viewers eye
move through the painting, which also make it
not look pasted on to the paper.

Still working on painting the house, will be
able to use the spray painter sometime this

Monday, August 17, 2009

Woman of Tibet

This was painted a few years ago with
permission of the photographer, Wendy O.
The Tibetan people have a very reddish
tone to their skin with jet black hair.
Painting the dark hair and coat was
difficult; thinking it would over take
the colors in the face and act as a
"black hole".

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Salty Memories


I'm posting a few of my older paintings
since I'm in the process of painting our
house. Winter will be here before I know
it and we have to get it done this year.

This painting was done during a Ted Nuttall
workshop a few years ago. It was his workshop
that really sparked my interest in portraits.

Monday, August 3, 2009

Little Big Horn Historian

Finished this painting finally, been
busy with framing and preparing the
house to paint. My reference picture
was taken of the man right at high
noon which is why the shadow on his
shoulders is so circular.

Friday, July 24, 2009

Gig Harbor Art Festival

Browsed the Gig Harbor Art Festival last week.
There were many artist and craftsman with displays
the length of the street. Many talented artists.

My sister-in-laws' granddaughter
holding a pet wallaby that was owned
by another little girl. It cost the
Mom $2500 to buy! Too cute!

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Cavalry at the Little Big Horn


Visited the Little Big Horn
Battlefield the third week of
June and we talked to this man
from Missouri who said he had
studied the events that happen at
the Little Big Horn Battlefield(25th
of June 1876) for a number of years
right down to the measurements of certain
events. Liked his "cavalry hat" that he wore
and he let me photograph him. Will finish
this painting after I return from the Puget
Sound area next week.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009


watercolor 14 x 14

Still considering a name for this
painting. This is my second painting
of power poles, this one having
transformers on them. Working on
a portrait next.

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Watercolor Show

This painting, "Cattails" was accepted
into the Montana Watercolor Society show
that will be at the Hockaday Museum of
Art in Kalispell, Mt, Sept. 22 - Oct 16th.

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Happy Birthday America!!!

We've survived for 233 yrs!!!
With God's blessings may our
"Republic" continue to survive!

Thursday, June 25, 2009


One trick that Stan Miller uses to check
a possible change you wish to make to a
painting is to place a piece glass or
plexiglass over your painting and paint
on the glass to see if the changes will
work. You need to use thicker paint then
normal. The above painting needs darker
colors around the baby's head.

Here is the result of painting on top
of the plexiglass. Will make the changes
but will make it darker than in this photo.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Stan Miller Workshop

Attended the Stan Miller workshop on composition
and design this past weekend here in Missoula.
As painters we need to learn to be a good editor when
designing a painting, what to put in and what to
take out. He encouraged us to develop our instinctive
sense of good design and composition and showed us
some of his "editing skills". Will post some of this
knowledge in days to come.

Here are two demonstrations of Stan Miller

Some paintings of Stan Miller

My painting during the workshop
that is half way done during the
first day.

Sunday, June 7, 2009

More Power To Ya

fluid acrylic on paper 10 x 13

Finally got around to painting the
power pole that I had been planning,
but never had my camera with me. Each
power pole is different from one
another, things we never notice.

Friday, May 29, 2009

She Said She'd Be Right Back

watercolor 15" x 21"

Painting windows that have reflections
of the outside world is not always easy.
Tried to paint shapes and not items and
keep the colors in harmony.

Monday, May 25, 2009

First Grandson

He finally arrived, weighing in at
8lb 7oz. Been busy with helping
my daughter and my two granddaughters
as we waited for the birth of the
baby for the past 3 weeks. Did do
a little painting.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Family Portrait

Here we are as seen through the eyes
of my 5 yr old granddaughter. Hoping
she develops the family artistic
talent. Love to let her paint with
my old paints and brushes, but with
the sibling rivalry with her little
sister, I just don't want to be
scrubbing paint off the walls for

Monday, April 27, 2009

Mowry Study

pastel 9 x 11 1/2

Came across a study of an Elizabeth
Mowry painting I did from her book
when I first started to study pastel.
Pastel is considered by some as drawing,
but it is actually considered painting,
only with the dry medium of chalk.
Opposite technique is used in pastel
as from watercolor; darks are applied
first and lighter values are layered
on to develope a form or texture.
(not for sale)

Friday, April 24, 2009

"A Champanion of Diana"

watercolor 10 x 13"

This was the challenge on the Different
Strokes blog where a photo is posted
and the artists are challenged to paint
it using their chosen medium and paint
a portion of it or interpret it as they
please. This challenge was to paint the
statue as a whole item. I chose to paint
Diana as a real person, not stone.

Friday, April 17, 2009

Heckle and Jeckle

We won the war with the local pair of
magpies that wanted to build a nest
in the tree three feet from the front
door. We didn't want to listen to
squawking baby magpies at 5 o'clock
in the morning all summer so we ripped
out their nest five times. They just
continued to rebuild hours later.
Finally wrapped the tree with deer
netting and they moved a few houses
down the street. We are over populated
with magpies in the neighborhood; they
raid songbird nests and eat the eggs or
newly hatched babies. Robins, meadowlarks,
and other songbirds aren't as numerous
as they once were in our area.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009


watercolor 15" x 15"

Tried this on Fabriano 140 lb.soft press
paper. Still undecided if I like it.
It was easy to lift some paints and
blooms were easy to make. Snowed today
alittle, but spring is just around the

Monday, April 6, 2009


watercolor 8.5" x 11"

A quick painting of my grandaughter
to work out colors and try out a sketch
book that I bought last winter.
The sketchbook is by Pentalic,
Beaverton, OR, has 50 shts. of
130 lb. paper that is between
HP and CP surface and cost me
under $8.00. Great for watercolor.

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Baby Pine

Fluid acrylic 5" x 6"

This is painted on HP watercolor
paper. Had our third snowfall
this week and painted this last
night. Looking forward to sun-
shine and warmer weather!

Saturday, March 28, 2009



Came across a photo of a painting I did
a number of years ago while I was
organizing reference photos today.
A past teacher showed me how to work
with water, runs and blooms and this
is the result of that lesson.


Saturday, March 21, 2009

Tuned In

watercolor 12" x 16"
not for sale

My daughter thinks he is babe-a-licious.
Not my type but was fun to paint. This one is
for you girl.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Biondina Challenge

Original by Frederick Leighton

watercolor 12" x 16"

Painted this portrait of "Biondina" by English
painter Lord Frederick Leighton, which was the
subject in an art forum challenge. Had to keep
it accurate to the original, but could use what-
ever medium we wanted.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009


watercolor 21" x 24"

Poured, splattered, and used Derwent
aqua pencil flakes to add color on the
violet background and center of the flower
in some of the red.

Friday, February 6, 2009


watercolor 140 lb cp/ 12" x 16"

A quick study of a horse. Intended
to leave the horse white, but needed some
complimentary colors in the painting
to make it pop.