Friday, October 31, 2008


I started a new blog for the sole purpose of providing FREE images to the public - I hope you enjoy!

(New images to be added Weekly.)

Thursday, October 30, 2008

My Facebook Store!

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Wednesday, October 29, 2008

A Day at the Beach

The view I chose to paint (sans dog)

Keeping an eye on the kids while painting

Getting the painting started

Still some work to do...

It was a lovely Autumn day at the beach in Newport, Oregon. I had to stop my painting short, however, with a storm that started to come in and I ran out of white paint! Off to the art supply store in the morning...

Monday, October 27, 2008

New Landscape Calendar Added!

Thanks to everyone's support and interest in my new 2009 Calendars, I've added another option to my calendar line - LANDSCAPES! (To order now, choose "Add to Cart" on the right side of my blog.) I am also working on a Bicycle Calendar to offer at the sporting blog of writer Scott Lommers: THETWORs. Look for this Calendar soon!

Sunday, October 26, 2008

The Story of Jack's Bicycle

Sometimes I just don't know when to stop talking (or embarrassing myself)! At my last show in Lynden, WA, I was having a pretty slow day, and trying to make the most of every customer contact I had. Granted, I am a friendly person by nature, but I don't always go the extra mile to share an extra story or two about a painting that piques someone's interest. Well... I decided to go the extra mile for Jack. I noticed that he was looking at one of my bicycle paintings from the Ski to Sea event and decided I'd educate him on the event, how many times I'd participated, and how my husband is into biking. I dropped a couple names of people I knew, places we've been. I chatted about Bellingham and the years I lived there. This nice man (I think he said he was 72), listened and added in details about the ski to sea event, showed interest in my ramblings, and brought out his camera to show me images of some bicycles he had on there. Oh, OK, I thought. I'm talking with a photographer, so I started talking about other bicycle photographers I knew. On and on I went. Then Jack asked me if I ever painted old fashioned bicycles. I haven't, I nicely replied, but I may at some point (thinking that it probably wasn't a serious request). Then Jack told me his stories of the old-fashioned bicycle art and images he's collected, and if I get around to painting one, let him know. Sure. Well, how do I contact you? (Thinking it may be a little more likely now.) Jack continued on to tell me that he's THE JACK (my emphasis, not his) of Jack's Bicycle. REALLY?? THE JACK? He asked, did I know of the shop? Little did I remember, but I'd met him before when he helped my husband and I pick out a bicycle for my son. I bought our bike rack from his store. I had been to his store many times when we lived in Bellingham. And here I was thinking I was educating a nice 72 year old man on bicycling in Bellingham! As it turned out the pictures he had of a bicycle on his camera were of a new design a company in CA was working on, and he told me he should give them a call - they needed to know a couple things. Now I understand why he had bicycle pictures on his camera!

It was still a slow show, but having a chance to chat with Jack made it so much better. So... in honor of our chance meeting, here's my first painted sketch of his old-fashioned bicycle. (Limited Edition Prints available on ETSY.) When I get around to a painting, I'll be sure to let him know. And if you're ever at "Jack's Bicycle" in Bellingham, say "hi" for me.

Friday, October 24, 2008

Not My Usual Subject Matter - THE CRASH

Here's a commemorative little piece (if you can call it that) inspired by our current economic situation with reference photo and idea provided by a great blog: DIFFERENT STROKES for DIFFERENT FOLKS. Weekly images are provided by artist Karin Jurick and painters/illustrators from all over join in the fun by providing a piece of art based on the image for her to post on her blog. WHERE'S my PIECE, you may ask? Well, in my first attempt at joining in the fun, I was a bit late to complete the painting! Oh, well, maybe next time! THANK YOU to Pam Van London for the link to get me started!

Thursday, October 23, 2008

2009 Calendars - Now Available!

Choose between "12 months of birds" and "12 months of fun florals"! Enjoy 12 of my favorite bird or floral images in great full color detail. Each image can be easily framed after the year is over to enjoy even longer. These calendars make great gifts too - order now for FREE SHIPPING thru Paypal. Just look for the "ADD TO CART" buttons on the right side of my blog!

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Looking to get started in Encaustic?

(picture courtesy of jamieribisi.etsy.com)

I've always been fascinated by the process of encaustic painting - an ancient form of painting with hot bees wax infused with pigment. For more information, classes and books on this amazing artform check out this fun blog from the Portland, Oregon area: EMBRACING ENCAUSTIC by Linda Womack.

Also - Check out these great supplies from ETSY seller jamieribisi.etsy.com

Sunday, October 12, 2008

The Best Laid Plans...

"An Unspoken Bond"

I have to say, LAVENDER was not on my mind when I started this painting, which started with green, red, and yellow! But, a painting has a life of it's own, and sometimes you just have to follow where it takes you - in this case - lavender!

Look for this ORIGINAL for sale at my next show at the Lynden Fairgrounds this week - Thursday, Friday, Saturday - for their annual Fall Antique show.

Saturday, October 11, 2008

First Proof

Check out my first little "fat quarter"! Now that my son has educated me on how to make a repeating pattern (I can't believe he's only 9!), I can get some yardage made! Look for my first collection to include 6 fun and fabulous fabrics - 4 of my "Growing" series paintings and 2 coordinating semi-solid colors.

Thursday, October 9, 2008

New Bird Sketches

My kids finished making bird feeders for our new little "backyard" (the deck facing the wetlands) in Corvallis and after a couple days of waiting, the little birds have finally found them!

I had a lovely morning of sketching these adorable chickadees and nuthatches. I often use my little sketches that help define the shapes and motions of the birds with birding books that help me get the bird markings semi-accurate in order to bring the birds to my paintings (I obviously don't use my photographs!). The paintings of these latest drawing are sure to follow soon!

Tuesday, October 7, 2008


In recognition of DEBATE DAY!

Senator Barack Obama VS Senator John McCain on the Arts

The Arts Positions of the 2008 Presidential Candidates as reported by Americans for the Arts Action Fund

Just thought you might like to know where your candidate stands.


Happy voting!

Santa Hat Fun!

Having a little fun with my Birds!

Look for these as Christmas Cards HEREon Etsy.

Look for MORE fun products HERE on Cafepress!

Monday, October 6, 2008

Oh these lovely paintable views!

I've been happily exploring the greater Corvallis area looking for good painting locations (and enjoying a hike or two) and fell in love with the view from Mary's Peak. Check it out. Look for new paintings of the area coming soon... and if you live in the area - try not to run over me with your bike while I'm painting! Thanks!

Happy Painting!


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