Monday, January 18, 2016

Baby Shoes

6" x 6"
Oil on Panel

I was inspired today by the color pink. I just can't get enough of it lately. So I wanted to try a soft color palette today. I'm pleased with the results. Also still trying to keep my colors true and not muddy, and attempting to think more before placing each stroke of paint. Yowza, there's a lot to think about! 

I picked up these baby shoes at the Antique Mall. They are so cute. Rummaging around in old stuff is so much fun for me and so relaxing. I totally am in the moment.

Otis in Baby Shoes!

Saturday, January 16, 2016


 So lately I've been thinking a lot about home. Iowa, my roots. And I have sorted through my pictures and pulled out my favorites as possible paintings. Growing up, I took for granted all the beautiful landscapes that surrounded me.

So I am homesick...

Friday, January 8, 2016

Daily Fix
Oil on Canvas Panel
6" x 6"

Must. Get. Sleep.

Completed the first week of a 30 day painting challenge. Great fun and amazing learning experience. I am so happy!

Saturday, January 2, 2016

Oil on canvas panel
5" x 5"

Day Two

I love these little collectable spoons! My mom got me started by giving me my first spoon and contributing to the collection with every trip my parents took. My sister has a collection as well and somehow, I've ended up with part of my mom's collection and part of my sister's collection. So these little spoons are pretty precious to me.

They were tricky little buggers to paint. Overall, I'm pleased with this painting just 'cuz the reflections on the metal was so much fun to catch.

Friday, January 1, 2016

2016 Challenge! Day One...

I'm taking on a new challenge for 2016! 

Inspiration comes from Carol Marine who wrote, Daily Painting: Paint Small and Often To Become a More Creative, Productive, and Successful Artist.  I am eagerly awaiting her book that I just ordered from Amazon! 

So here's the gist...create a painting every day for 30 days. Um, yea, 30 days.

Feeling a little insane just typing the words because I know that once school starts back up I will be feeling the time crunch. Did I mention I have a little gig as an elementary art teacher? And "art teacherin'" is cutting into my "painting in my jammies" time. 

So here's my first painting. 

Day One. Done. 

I love my antiques and loved playing with the values of white and the colors reflected in the fixture. 
I'm naming this one "That's Hot" and it works best said in your best Paris Hilton voice.

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