Four Herb Bookmarks

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:

Four Herb Bookmarks: rosemary, lavender, basil and cilantro, 2 x 6" each, pen and ink on natural-tone (cream) paper

Four Herb Bookmarks: , 2 x 6″ each, pen and ink on natural-tone (cream) paper

Pain au Chocolat

June 28, 2015 § Leave a comment

I just had to paint this lingering memory of a wonderful breakfast my brother-in-law prepared on our recent visit to England. Pain au Chocolat, berries and “posh coffee” as he calls it, from his new machine.
I find painting still life, especially food which we experience with so many senses (touch, sight, taste, smell…) time consuming and challenging but the end result feels so worthwhile. I am a lover of food and the simple pleasures of life so I keep coming back to this simple yet alluring subject matter.
Pain au Chocolat

Pain au Chocolat, oil on 3/4″ primed board, 8 x 8″ $150

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Doug on the window ledge

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.

Doug on the Window Ledge, oil on canvas, 8 x 10"

Doug on the Window Ledge, oil on canvas, 8 x 10″

Sunday at Sunset

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.

Sunday at Sunset, oil on canvas, 6 x 6"

Sunday at Sunset, oil on canvas, 6 x 6″ 

Painting resting on some pots

Painting resting on some pots

Just after the sun disappeared

Just after the sun disappeared

Girls Painting

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!

The painting is up for sale auction-style on the dailypaintworks.com Click to Bid

"Girls Painting", oil on board, 6 x 6"

“Girls Painting”, oil on board, 6 x 6″

Sketchbook Sunday

April 12, 2015 § Leave a comment

I’ve been incredibly active these past few weeks painting and drawing and posting works for sale on Saatchi’s online gallery as well as on the Daily Paintworks website of which I am a new member.

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?!)

sketch of Jessica

sketch of Jessica

New Works in the Southwest Gallery

March 24, 2015 § Leave a comment

There are new works in the Southwest Gallery of my website. As the weather gets warmer I’m becoming more focussed on en plein air (outdoor) painting and studies. It’s a beautiful place I live in.

Oil on Canvas, 6 x 6", $80

February Desert, Oil on Canvas, 6 x 6″, $90

Shading Adobe, Oil on Canvas Board, 6 x 8", $50

Shading Adobe, Oil on Canvas Board, 6 x 8″, $50

Elephant Butte, watercolor on paper, 5 x 11", $50

Elephant Butte, watercolor on paper, 5 x 11″, $50

First Blossoms, Oil on Canvas Board, 6 x 8", $50

First Blossoms, Oil on Canvas Board, 6 x 8″, $50

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