Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Poppie-popping time

The old town of Telluride is known for its interesting homes, many of which were old mining shacks but which have become million dollar palaces. Location, location, location.
The poppies attracted me to this site, a half block from where we stayed, and I spent many happy hours at the easel.

The Town with a View

Telluride boasts a lovely park - Town Park - which sits at the back of the valley in a box canyon. Water from snow melt runs down the mountains which ring the canyon and into the River that runs through the park. The city hosts a Plein Air festival attracting painters from around the country.

Telluride - July 4th, 2008

As the season of lights draws nigh, I am reminded of the other season of light - as in fireworks!!!
This is a painting I did of the Telluride 4th of July parade this year. It is a fantastic old-fashioned with a twist parade in one of the most beautiful places in the U.S.A.
Wishing everyone a very happy Holiday! Celebrate!

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Brooklyn Bridge in Process

"And we have seen night lifted in thine arms" is a line from Hart Crane's poem about the Brooklyn Brige. My hubby and I walked the bridge on our last visit to NYC and I must say it is wondrous. I did two quick sketches as we crossed the bridge looking back at lower Manhattan and am currently working on a small painting. Here is a very rough start but at least a start.

Monday, December 8, 2008

Let It Snow!

Here is the little bench in the snow, painted quickly one day last winter from my bedroom window.

Seasonal Opposition

The cold has announced winter's coming and Dec. 21 is the official arrival date. So I have posted my spring painting of the wild hycathinths that appear four months from now - when Spring oficially returns to Ky. Call it seasonal opposition disorder if you like - I like to 'think through' the seasons and anticipate what's on the horizon. In Kentucky we have four very well-defined seasons, each of which I enjoy. Tomorrow I will post a small painting of the bench (hiding here) in the winter snow. Season's greetings!

Friday, December 5, 2008


Yesterday, I presented the finished work to my friend. She was delighted with this portrait and just could not get over how I had captured the 'likeness.' "It looks just like her!" she said. Getting a good likeness is important in portrait painting and that involves capturing not only the look but also the spirit of the person. As I posted earlier, I painted this from a photograph for my friend but I have also met her sister at her wonderful restaurant in Seattle, Le Pichet. As providence would have it, her sister(my subject) will visit for Christmas. I wish I could be there to see the look on her face when she sees this.

Christmas in a Chandelier

Decorating the house is my favorite part of Christmas. This year I had the idea to put colored lights in my chandelier just for fun. I used the clear lights but I think the opaque ones may look really good too. Hearkens to the Christmas night child in me when, sitting in the backseat of my parents 1952 red Buick with all my sibs piled around me, we returned home late after feasting at my uncle's and the colors of the Christmas lights twinkled in the silent night.