June 30, 2015 § Leave a comment
I’m building up a set of drawings on beautiful natural fleck-filled bookmark paper to advertise my illustration style. The result is a bonus: small and affordable hand-drawn art for anyone who wants to buy a meaningful present for a reader-friend OR frame them OR use them as fancy labels in the kitchen. Ooh la la. The possibilities.
Purchase on my website, $20 for all four. I will sell them individually as well.
If you want anything in this style I take commissions.
rosemary, lavender, basil and cilantro:
June 28, 2015 § Leave a comment
June 27, 2015 § Leave a comment
It’s nice to be back in the studio after being in England for the past three weeks. It was nice to be in England too, don’t get me wrong! But there is something to be said about a cup of tea, my two cats and new dog all in their various snoozing positions around the room and me in front of the canvas again.
I started this painting of Doug before we left for our trip but just finished it up today. He has been recovering from a nasty bite wound from a neighbourhood tomcat and I decided a portrait session was in order. Now he can stare at his portrait on the wall while he is on house arrest (probably the rest of his life but don’t tell him that). The painting is for sale by auction at dailypaintworks.com starting at $50.
April 19, 2015 § Leave a comment
Today’s en plein air experience started with my husband making us dinner. Thank you Elliott. I could smell the ratatouille-like dish for a few hours as it simmered on the stove. I cleaned the studio, primed new canvases, swept floors and sang along loudly to songs way above my natural vocal range. It was a good afternoon.
Along with the ratatouille-like dish, Elliott made yellow split peas and quinoa. I decided such a lovely meal should be eaten outside in the warm New Mexico sun on our back patio. As we enjoyed the meal we listened to the non-stop cooing of doves. I watched two doves above us who sat with their backs to the sun, perhaps watching us. They were there this afternoon and I seem to remember them there during this past week as well. This made me feel they were not likely to re-locate any time soon… maybe this is a favourite spot for them? I got my paint box, worked up a little study and finished just as the sun fell below the horizon and the colours in the yard changed. Good timing!
I had to take some pictures right away, I was that excited about how the painting turned out. It will be going up for auction on dailypaintworks.com today.
April 15, 2015 § Leave a comment
This is an en plein air painting I made Sunday afternoon of my two friends’ daughters. We sat them up in the sunny backyard with tubes of acrylic, canvas boards, shells and rocks and then said, “go”. They had a great time. I meant to paint the yard but loved watching them chat and work and decided to make them my subject.
K (on right) worked on her seascapes while N painted a neon pink swordfish. “It was going to be a shark but now it’s a swordfish,” she explained. Painting is like that. Mine was going to be a landscape and became a figurative piece. I mimicked the style of the kids’ paintings with bold, simple blocks of color in my own. A wonderful challenge and a wonderful afternoon!
April 12, 2015 § Leave a comment
Speaking of being a new member of an art group… I’ve also joined the Plein Air Painters of New Mexico (PAPNM) and have been joining them on outdoor painting excursions in the wilds of the state! It has been exhilarating to meet other painters who love being outdoors and getting to see new places in New Mexico I might not have discovered on my own. Here is the Plein Air Painters of New Mexico Website.
And on a random note, today I caught up with a dear friend on Skype and sketched her as we chatted. Isn’t she beautiful?
Have a lovely week y’all! (Am I becoming New Mexican or what?!)