Wednesday, July 31, 2013

It's Mocha!

A few months ago, the benefit auction for a local animal shelter started me down the road of painting cats. This is not a road I ever intended to go down, but let's face it, it's kind of fun. So far I've done three pastels of my studio cat Lily. After a while, this exclusivity started to seem a bit silly, since at home lives the World's Cutest Adult Cat. It's Mocha!

I decided to keep this one. :)

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Convergence Study 2


I spent the past several days at the Bellevue Arts Museum Artsfair, surrounded by my "regular" work. One small pastel that sold at the show had something about it that I want to explore further, in a larger work. Today I made this small study to work with the palette before embarking on the large piece.
I love the colorful grays with the shot of warm coral.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

No, This is My Chair.


A pastel of my studio cat, Lily, recently sold at an auction to benefit an animal shelter. It was a pretty popular item, so I decided to take advantage of Lily's modeling prowess and give it another go. Here, she claims my favorite chair of some twenty-odd years.

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Reflection, Little Spokane

This painting has sold.

Every September I get to be a guest artist on the Little Spokane River Artist Studio Tour. The Tour takes place at three or four artist houses along the beautiful Little Spokane River, north of the city. This is the back yard of one of the host houses. Needless to say, I am a little jealous.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Evening Sun

This painting has sold.

A few weeks ago we were at some friends' house. They live out in the rolling hills south of town, and have a few acres of property. From the deck I spotted this little stream of poppies in the shade, with bright evening sun on the pale grass behind them. I hiked down to them in heels to get a reference photo.

Monday, July 15, 2013

White Light

Today I decided to try something a bit different. It was a fun challenge, although a bit of a complicated subject choice for someone in a hurry to paint for an upcoming show!

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Approaching Storm


On our drive back from Denver through Montana, the skies turned threatening. While Paul did everything in his power to keep the van from blowing off the road, I was snapping reference photos through the rainy windows. I loved this view of a lone tree weathering the storm, with the promise of clear skies in the distance.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

East Montana Evening

This past week my husband and I drove to Denver, where I showed in the Cherry Creek Arts Festival. One of the best parts of the very long drive was Eastern Montana at sunset. So many shades of green!

Cherry Creek went very well for me, so I may not get to post here every day as I paint new work for my next show, the Bellevue Arts Museum Artsfair. It's less than three weeks away, so I've got my work cut out for me.

Wednesday, July 3, 2013



Time for a koi break! I love coming back to these koi as a subject every once in a while. They have become easier for me to paint with time. The paintings get looser, but to my eye the koi feel more real at the same time.

I'm off to the Cherry Creek Arts Festival in Denver tomorrow, so this will be the last post until next week.

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Sun on Sixteenth

On my way across Spokane's South Hill, I spotted this bit of colorful landscaping. I loved the contrast of the warm shrubbery and ground cover with the cool blue oat grass, and the light grass seeds against the deep shade beyond.