Friday, May 31, 2013

Kelly's Roses

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Kelly, who both cuts my hair and collects my art, had this beautiful bouquet of roses in the waiting area of her studio. While the red roses were gorgeous, what I liked the most was the contrast of the bright and dark greens surrounding them.

Thursday, May 30, 2013

The New Plants

A few weeks ago I bought several new grasses and a flowering plant for a pot garden in my front yard. I've been so busy lately, the plants are still sitting where I put them, waiting patiently in their box for a permanent home. I love the contrast between the bright sunny greens and corals, and the black plastic nursery pots.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Vodka Limonata

When I ordered a summery drink from a local restaurant, it arrived at the table with the extra juice in this sweet little lemon-shaped bottle.I thought it would be fun to make a still life of all the drink's ingredients.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Dogwood Morning

This painting has sold.

More of the beautiful, underwater-dogwood with the cool morning light through the trees.

Monday, May 27, 2013

Swimming Sun


Another beauty from my favorite koi pond. This one had such dramatic fins and a beautiful pale color. I love the way the reflections came out on his lower side. It's kind of funny to me to paint something wet with a dry medium, but sometimes it can really work well.

Friday, May 24, 2013



I have thirteen hydrangeas in my studio. Each of the large flower heads is made up of hundreds of smaller flowers. And with well over a thousand of these little flowers within easy reach, and I keep painting this one. I can't seem to get enough of its voluptuous shape and its colorful grays.

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Do You Mind?

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Lily, a former shelter kitty who lives full time in my studio, has been described as the very model of a cat. Here, I have disturbed her bath. Lily disapproves.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Green Peace

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While visiting Vashon Island for a show earlier this year, I spotted this sweet-faced green buddha in the window of a secondhand store. I think she looks much happier in my studio window.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Peony Day

I found these giant peonies on the Gonzaga University campus. Full sun isn't typically my favorite painting scenario, but the way these bright flowers contrasted with their dark foliage made them hard to resist.

Monday, May 20, 2013


I think I like rose hips at least as much as I like roses. These beauties were on an amazingly big, old-fashioned rose bush at Manito Park. Their rich red color looked especially vivid on an overcast day.

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Dogwood Glow

This painting has sold.

On a walk through Spokane's beautiful Manito Park, I spotted this dogwood in bloom with perfect, buttery yellow flowers. The tree stood in the shadows between two of the park's hundred-year-old basalt rock buildings, and the morning sun filtered through the pines to lightly kiss the flowers. The cool light gave an ethereal, underwater appearance to the scene. I just had to paint it!

Friday, May 17, 2013

Liquid Gold 6

This painting has sold.

Welcome to my new daily painting blog. This and all paintings I post here will be available for purchase through the Daily Paintworks website. I'm so excited to start this new series of small works. I hope you will enjoy the journey with me.