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Saturday, May 28, 2011


Spring has finally arrived here in the Cache Valley.

I love the way our mountains hold on to the snow while the fields are a study in abstract patterns.

There is never a lack of inspiration when you are living in a lush, green valley surrounded by mountains.

And spring is not spring without flower!!!!

Friday, May 27, 2011

The Joy of Both Watercolor and Oil

It's been awhile since I got out my watercolors.  It's not that I don't like watercolors, I do!  I can't even say I prefer one over the other as I love both watercolor and oils.  When I sit down to paint I follow an inner guide that leads me to one or the other.  It is more instinctual rather than a conscious decision to work in one particular medium.  Lately,  I've been led to play with my watercolors.

Monday, May 16, 2011

"Just Be"

I have a sign next to my easel that says, "Just Be."  It will often remind me to pause and take a deep breath.     That sign was the inspiration for this painting.

"Just Be"
12" x 16" oil on canvas

Saturday, May 14, 2011

A thousand stories

One face holds a thousand stories.

Something About Faces

There is something about faces that draw me to want to paint them.  I find it hard to believe that there are almost 7 billion people in the world and no two faces look alike.  What an amazing thing that is.  I feel each person carries in their face their life's story and if I can only capture one tiny piece of that story, then my painting is successful.

Friday, May 13, 2011

Back to painting plus some sketching

It is easy to get side tracked because I love doing so many different things - watercolor - oil - sketching - photography.  (notice I didn't say housework)  I've put my pencil and charcoal aside for a little bit and have gotten my paints out again.  Here are a few examples of what I am working on.  None are finished so look for future postings.

These charcoal sketches were done a week ago during a figure drawing workshop.