Monday, February 21, 2011


Snow at Bennett Springs
Oil on Canvas Panel 10"x8"
Looking through and working with an old sketchbook a few days ago made me wish to revisit painting from the sketch I did of snow on the mountain. I wanted to paint with more muted colors as I used in the sketch. The returning greyness of our days helped keep the colors of the painting quieter. I think it will be nice in a frame I have waiting for it.
The first painting I did from this sketch is more colorful. It is titled "Winter Springs", and is way back in the "Older Posts"

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Trading Cards Again...

Trading Card #5
Colored and Metallic Ballpoint Pen & Ink 2.5"x3.5" $35 Trading Card #5, (Reverse) Colored and Metallic Ballpoint Pen & Ink 3.5"x2.5"
A lovely Saturday afternoon, I have been sitting, listening to the Opera and other wonderful music on my computer and doodling away carried off from any concerns by beautiful music and colors in flowing shapes. At the moment Beethoven's Fifth Symphony is on the air! As soon as it is finished, I must go back to the reality of cleaning house.... Perhaps I will post the two paintings I did in the studio this week....

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Trading Cards...Trading Cards????

Card 1
Colored and Black Ballpoint Pen & Ink 3.5"x2.5" nfs
Card 1.5
Colored and Metallic Ballpoint Pen & Ink 2.5"x3.5" nfs Card 2 Colored and Metallic Ballpoint Pen & Ink 3.5"x2.5" nfs Card 2.5
Colored and Metallic Ballpoint Pen & Ink 2.5"x3.5" nfs
I have seen Baseball Trading Cards all my life.... And I have read about artists Trading Cards and thought that it would be an enchanting thing to try, but have never bothered to purchase any of the cards.
A few days ago an invitation to join the Idaho Watercolor Society came with a pack of cards to trade at the next Meeting/Painting Session! So I have been playing with them. I would like to try some regular paintings on them too, but so far, I have loved doodling with pen & ink on them while listening to Charlie Rose or "Artists Helping Artists", an Art Program on Blogtalk Radio.
This time of year it is nice to be able to work on something small, intricate, and somewhat frivolous... these are just right! They are tiny. Shown about actual size... It is wonderful to pour my whole concentration onto a small piece of paper and let color and lines just flow with no predetermination.
They are such fun, I decided to do the backs also... so Card 1 and Card 1.5 are the same piece of paper, one front, one verso. Whoever gets them can decide which is which....

More Trading Cards!

Card 3
Colored and Metallic Ballpoint Pen & Ink 3.5"xx2.5" nfs
Card 3.5
Colored and Metalic Ballpoint Pen & Ink 3.5"x2.5" nfs
Card 4
Colored and Metallic Ballpoint Pen & Ink 2.5"x3.5" nfs
Colored and Metallic Ballpoint Pen & Ink on Card 3.5"x2.5" nfs

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Near Pomerelle Ski Area II
Oil on Cradled Canvas 8"x8" $135
From the same sketchbook as my former posted painting, same canyon, same day, looking another direction.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Near Pomerelle I
Oil on Cradled Canvas Panel 8"x8"
A request for a series of small local landscape paintings had me thinking I would brave the cold today and go outdoors to paint, but found I am too wimpy to face a ferocious cold wind. So I found this in one of my sketch books and stayed warm in my studio!

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Loves Red Rose II
Oil on Cradled Panel 8"x8"
Framed in Gold Floater Frame
I have long been considering doing a larger painting of a red rose in three stages with a very dark background color and including a pearl and some gold.

Red Rose 2
Oil on Canvas 6"x6"
Framed in simple Gold Frame

Red Rose Opening
Oil on Cradles Panel 8"x8" $135
It was very pleasing to see my rose still viable today and that it is slowly opening! So while I was in the studio, could I have ignored its valiant effort to stay alive? So after i had played and altered the other two roses, I started this of the same rose five days later.
I can hardly wait for tomorrow to see if it is still beautiful.... If so, expect another painting of it tomorrow night.


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