Monday, April 6, 2020

320. Better Mornings

'Better Mornings'
6" x 6"
oil on gessoboard

December morning.
Fog and sun, my favorite couple.
And, of course, I love how the powerlines add interest and scale.
To better mornings ahead.

Monday, March 30, 2020

319. Sundays of Summer

'Sundays of Summer'
6" x 6"
oil on gessoboard

A scene from Oregon's lush farm country.
Thinking of summer and brighter days ahead.

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

318. Over and Above

'Over and Above'
6" x 6"
oil on gessoboard

The St. John's Bridge in Portland is just my very favorite. :)

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

317. Gorge Sunset

'Gorge Sunset'
6" x 6"
oil on gessoboard

Happy New Year!
We all had a lovely, restful winter break, and my boys and I are back in the swing of school and basketball and my 'other' job, substitute teaching. Well, until today, that is, - it's a snow day!
Snow is rare in our town, so it makes everyone a little giddy. I love the enthusiasm. :)

My favorite part of snow is all the reflected light bouncing around. We get pretty used to gray skies in the winter, but the brightness of snow and today's sunny skies are a boost I didn't know I needed.
It's wonderful!

This scene is from a drive to my sister's house in the Columbia River Gorge. This is the town of Stevenson, WA, - those lovely hills across the river are in Oregon.

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

316. Let it Snow

'Let it Snow'
6" x 6"
oil on gessoboard

Apologies to those of you already over it. :)
We haven't had snow here yet, so instead, I made a few paper snowflakes. 
It's one of those mindless creative activities that I find soothing and nostalgic this time of the year. 
I painted a couple paper snowflakes several years ago and thought it'd be fun to try again.

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Tuesday, November 19, 2019

315. Chillin'

6" x 6"
oil on gessoboard

A little scene from last winter in Minnesota.
I love that round bale just perfectly frosted with snow.

Monday, November 11, 2019

314. Fangirl

6" x 6"
oil on gessoboard

It's been a few years since I've attempted one of my vintage fans.
I'm really happy with how it came out!


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Wednesday, November 6, 2019

313. Let's Skip!

'Let's Skip!'
6" x 6"
oil on gessoboard

Hey friends!
This is a re-try, - my first attempt was a disaster!
This tree-lined street is in Longview, Washington. It is beautiful year-round, but especially in the fall.
I'm much happier with this go 'round, although I'm not sure why I always choose such difficult scenes after an extended painting break. (In my defense, difficulty is not necessarily predictable. :) )

Thanks for watching my work, - hopefully they'll be more of it to see soon!

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

312. Morning Glory

'Morning Glory'
6" x 6"
oil on gessoboard

From last summer in Minnesota, - my sister's yard in the morning.
Sun and fog and puddles and those trees! Glorious!
That sister and I were up early to bring another sister to the Minneapolis airport.
We mourned her leaving with a little retail therapy, - Ikea, Target and Chick-Fil-A. :)

Monday, July 22, 2019

311. Don't Blink!

'Don't Blink!'
6" x 6"
oil on gessoboard

Another barn face staring me down. :)
This guy is very intent. Or just bored?

Friday, July 19, 2019

310. Snappy

6" x 6"
oil on gessoboard

These mini-snapdragons have been begging to be painted all summer.

Thursday, July 11, 2019

309. Hang Time

'Hang Time'
5" x 7"
oil on gessoboard

Yellow lawn chairs, just chillin'. :)

Spotted at the lovely Suttle Lodge on beautiful Suttle Lake in central Oregon.
This state is jammed-packed with gorgeous places, but for this Minnesota girl, nothing is so wonderful as a lake. Suttle Lake feels like home.

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

308. Cherry on Top

'Cherry on Top'
6" x 6"
oil on gessoboard

This is the Umpqua River Light, standing proud near the mouth of the Umpqua River on the southern Oregon coast. She's a beaut. I painted this one several years ago, and it's fun to see how my methods have changed.

Here's my 2013 version: 

Maybe I'll paint it again in six years. :)

Saturday, June 29, 2019

Crimson and Clover

'Crimson and Clover'
8" x 12"
oil on gessoboard

It's summer, and I finally found some time to paint!
I live in a lovely, very hilly part of our state. It is stunning. 
But, the Minnesota farm girl in me sometimes has cravings for wide open spaces. 
(I just want to see the sun actually set, is that asking too much? ;) )

On Mother's Day, my sweet husband took us on a jaunt to the beautiful farmland about an hour to our south. The crimson clover was blooming and it was so cool. We spent the whole day wandering back roads and taking photos. I loved it! (Even the bored back-seaters didn't complain. Too much. :) )

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Peter Iredale's Sunset

'Peter Iredale's Sunset'
18" x 10"
oil on gessoboard
The sailing vessel 'Peter Iredale' ran aground on the northern coast of Oregon in 1906. The crew of 27 were all rescued, and the ship sustained minimal damage. Before it could be towed safely back to sea, the ship became embedded in the sand, and the Peter Iredale was there to stay.
My family and I love to visit what remains of old Peter; this is a sunset scene from a few winters ago.
(This painting is my donation to the annual fundraising auction at my boys' grade school.)


Tuesday, February 19, 2019

307. Meet Me in Montana

'Meet Me in Montana'
6" x 6"
oil on gessoboard

Much of my painting inspiration comes from photos taken on our road trips to Minnesota.
My husband does most of the driving, and I chill in shotgun position watching the scenery. I always pack some sort of reading material or activity for myself, but inevitably spend most of my time taking and editing pics on my phone. (And handing out snacks to all four of my guys. So many snacks! :) ) 
I just love these family road trips and the memories we make along the way.

This is one of those road trip scenes, captured last summer as we cruised back home through a sunny and very hot Montana. (I love hot Montana.) I google-mapped it when I finished the painting and found this little gem is Snook's Diner in White Sulphur Springs. Enjoy!

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

306. A New Dawn

'A New Dawn'
6" x 6"
oil on gessoboard

Hi, friends!
A little early morning scene from the stunning Columbia River Gorge.
This area of the Gorge was on the edge of the massive Eagle Creek wildfire in 2017. 
Scarred yet beautiful.

Thursday, November 29, 2018

2019 Calendar

It's calendar time!

Every November I choose my favorite paintings from the previous twelve months and make a calendar. This one is my favorite so far! I hope you enjoy it all year long.

Calendars are $20 (plus s & h), and you can order yours here.

Calendars are 8 1/2" x 11" (open to 11" x 17"), 
they are printed on premium glossy card stock and spiral bound.

***I also have a bunch of older ones at deeply discounted prices, so be sure to grab one if you missed it.

This is a super affordable way to get prints of your favorites!

Happy Holidays!

Monday, November 26, 2018

305. Ball of Light

'Ball of Light'
6" x 6"
oil on gessoboard
I'm still a big fan of these vintage canning jars, and about once a year I see if I've gotten any better at painting them. I think there's a little improvement, but always room for more.
I finished this one just in time to be included in my 2019 wall calendar, and I also got those ordered today! Whew!
They should arrive by the end of this week, so watch for ordering info in the next day or so. 😊

Thursday, November 8, 2018

304. Roadside Attraction

'Roadside Attraction'
6" x 6"
oil on gessoboard

Man, do I love these old elevators. 
This one is in southeastern Washington state, near the town of Pomeroy. 
This past summer, we drove through the area for the first time and it is so beautiful!
The rolling green hills and deep blue skies were so perfect, they looked fake! 
(Like we were driving through that old Windows home screen, lol.)

I attempted to make my sky and hills a little more 'interesting' than 'perfect', and I'm very happy with how this came out. My favorite elevator painting so far. Enjoy! 

Monday, November 5, 2018

303. Here Comes the Sun

'Here Comes the Sun'
6" x 6"
oil on gessoboard

It was just a few weeks ago. I'm sure it was a normal morning, - me randomly yelling mom stuff; - 'Are you up?', 'Do you need a lunch?', 'Do you have your homework', 'Let's go!' 
Finally, the questions are sufficiently answered and we all slam into the car and head towards school. 
The car rolls gently down the hill, we make the first turn, and there it is...
The sun, the fog, the power lines, the church. 
All my sweet spots in one lovely, 'Good Morning'. Ahhh.

Every once in a while, they turn out exactly how you remember them.
I'm so happy with this one.
Enjoy. :)

Monday, October 29, 2018

302. Big Sky, Big Rain

'Big Sky, Big Rain'
6" x 6"
oil on gessoboard

Summer storm clouds in Montana.
This one was a doozy.
I always think, 'oh, I'll just paint some clouds today, easy-peasy.'
Sigh. I should know better by now. 
I really love some parts of it, and I'm hoping the rest will grow on me. 
Also, these blues and purples are fun to paint, but difficult to capture on my camera.
I think it looks much better in person. :)

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

301. Paint the Town Red

'Paint the Town Red'
6" x 6"
oil on gessoboard

Whew, finally finished one!
This is a scene from a sunny fall day in Astoria, Oregon.
Who can resist red leaves?

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

300. Fields of Gold

'Fields of Gold'
6" x 6"
oil on gessoboard

Six years ago, I started making these little paintings in oil. 
Today, I completed painting number 300!! 
It's a scene from the farmland of central Oregon, all aglow on a warm summer afternoon.

I have lots of favorites from over the years, and, there have definitely been some doozies, lol. 
I have them all saved in order here on my blog, so take a gander if you have some time to spare. 
Here's painting number one:

I'm okay with that one, lol.

Thanks so much for following along with me on my painting journey; I literally couldn't do this without you. Love you bunches. :)

Monday, September 24, 2018

299. Tea Time

'Tea Time'
6" x 6"
oil on gessoboard

I just wanted to paint my vintage tablecloth again, and my navy blue tea kettle is the prettiest thing in my kitchen. 
They make a cute couple.

Thursday, September 20, 2018

298. Gauteraux and Co.

'Gauteraux and Co.'
6" x 6"
oil on gessoboard

Wallace, Idaho, is a beautiful little town tucked in the mountains of northern Idaho.
We've passed through via I-90 dozens of times, but I don't recall ever stopping there before this summer. It's a gorgeous place, and I've wanted to explore since learning that the movie Dante's Peak was filmed there. (Yup, I'm old.)

My family and I spent a couple hours wandering the streets and shops of Wallace, and this was our last view as we headed back to our vehicle. I just love how the sun is glowing on the hills behind that  wonderful bootmakers sign. So lovely. 

Friday, August 24, 2018

297. Pink Ladies

'Pink Ladies'
6" x 6"
oil on gessoboard

As much as I love the golden hues of late summer, this week, the pinks of spring were calling my name. A breath of fresh air.
I'm so glad there are seasons. 

(Don't go too quickly, Summer. You're my number one.)

Thursday, August 2, 2018

296. Ready to Roll

'Ready to Roll'
6" x 6"
oil on gessoboard

There's one in every crowd, right? ;)
You know I can't resist some big round bales. :)
These ones were spotted amongst the gently rolling hills of eastern Montana.

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

295. Shady Lady

'Shady Lady'
6" x 6"
oil on gessoboard

Another sweet scene from our recent road trip...
This lovely old Chevy was seen cruising the tree-lined streets of Lewiston, Idaho on a sunny Saturday afternoon. Lewiston is just across the Snake River from her sister city, Clarkston, Washington. :)


Thursday, July 19, 2018

294. Horsepower

6" x 6"
oil on gessoboard

I love this one.
A scene from Minnesota.

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

293. Broadwater Grain & Supply

'Broadwater Grain & Supply'
6" x 6"
oil on gessoboard

If you follow me on Instagram, you know that we recently returned from our annual road trip to Minnesota. We had a great trip, and now we're happy to be home and back to our regular summer activities.

There aren't a lot of different routes to get from Oregon to Minnesota, but it sure is fun to try make new ones. We squeezed in a little variety both ways this year, and I now have a handful of new elevator pics to turn into art. I just love them. 'Broadwater Grain & Supply' is one of two that I snapped in Townsend, Montana. I find elevators to be deceivingly difficult to paint, but I'm very pleased with where this one ended up. Enjoy!

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

292. Bridge of the Gods

'Bridge of the Gods'
6" x 6"
oil on gessoboard

My sister Greta and I live a couple hours apart,  but we're both just a few miles from the mighty Columbia River. When we travel to Greta's house, the quickest route takes us over the river three times. All of the crossings are beautiful, but my favorite is the last one, the Bridge of the Gods in Cascade Locks, Oregon. The gorge and river views are always stunning, but on our last visit, the setting sun stole the show. Lovely.

Saturday, June 16, 2018

291. Asleep in the Sun

'Asleep in the Sun'
6" x 6"
oil on gessoboard

A scene from the lovely 'old gym' at my boys' school. 
Many coats of paint on wood-paneled walls, decades worth of lacquer on hardwood floors, - it's one of my favorite rooms in the school. On sunny days, the whole gym glows with warm light from the high, gridded windows. This chair takes advantage of prime real estate, sunbathing in leisure.
It reminds me of mid-winter afternoons as a kid, - sprawling on sun-warmed rectangles of living room carpet.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

290. Radishing

6" x 6"
oil on gessoboard

Hey gang, how are ya? I've missed you! 
Life has been so very busy, - I started a little part-time work at my boys' school, and also...
...Little League. 
If you follow me on Instagram, you know that all three of my sons played baseball this year, and between them we had 52 games of baseball! (Minus a few rain cancellations.) Whew! 
It really is a blast watching them play, but now, the season is over, school is out, and I finally finished a painting! Yay!

Our town has the sweetest little Farmer's Market on Saturdays, and I got this lovely bunch of radishes there on opening day. They were fun to paint, and I'm hoping to add some other 'found at the Farmer's Market' treasures to my work this summer. I can't wait!
Thanks for watching me work!

Friday, April 20, 2018

289. Dawn's Early Bright

'Dawn's Early Bright'
6" x 6"
oil on gessoboard

My husband leaves for work long before the rest of us are awake, so he witnesses dawn breaking every day. He'll often text me photos of the morning light, and this is from one of my favorites. 
Lovely long hay bale shadows in Oregon farm country. Ahhh.
Summer, come quickly! 

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

288. Rainbow Makers

'Rainbow Makers'
6" x 6"
oil on gessoboard

Because painting colorful markers and crayons and pencils is just really fun! 
And so are rainbows. :)

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

287. Earned Her Stripes

'Earned Her Stripes'
6" x 6"
oil on gessoboard

The lovely old Bryant House used to exist on the main street of our little town. 
I admired her every morning when I brought my boys to school; and even more so on a sunny day. 
The stripy shadows of the back stairs made me smile, and I finally got around to capturing them in paint. 
Enjoy. :) 

Monday, March 12, 2018

Anything Can Be

"Anything Can Be"
16" x 16"
oil on gessoboard

It's Spring Auction time at my boys' grade school!
Our wonderful teachers and staff work tirelessly for months, gathering donations and creating beautiful classroom projects to be auctioned off. It's such a great community event and I'm always so happy to be a part of it. This year, the funds raised will go toward the creation of a dedicated art/science lab in the school, so I couldn't help but get a little extra 'artsy' in my contribution. :)

A special thank you to my fourth grade teacher; the first in a long list of teachers that fueled my own love of art. (And introduced me to Shel Silverstein. :) )

Listen to the MUSTN'TS, child,
Listen to the DON'TS
Listen to the SHOULDN'TS
Listen to the NEVER HAVES
Then listen close to me --
Anything can happen, child,
ANYTHING can be. 
                                           -Shel Silverstein

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

286. Bus Parking

'Bus Parking'
6" x 6"
oil on gessoboard

A couple of Novembers ago, I was a chaperone for my middle son's class trip to see a play in Portland. The theater is adjacent to the South Park blocks; twelve continuous blocks that form a linear park in the heart of the city's cultural district. Each block overflows with nature and public art. Our group parked near the north end and had a little 'bench picnic' with Abraham Lincoln. :) While we ate, I snapped a few photos of our buses. I'm not sure why I have this thing for school buses, - in this instance, I just really liked how they popped against the leafless trees and the gray sky.

Sometimes paintings flow easily; most times they hit a bump or two. This one was almost all bumps, lol. I nearly gave up about three-quarters through, but after sleeping on it (not literally), I tried again with fresh eyes and finally got it to a happy place. Enjoy. :)

Saturday, January 20, 2018

285. Walk with Me

'Walk with Me'
6" x 6"
oil on gessoboard

Winter is doing its normal thing here; just plenty of rainin', and maybe some blowin', and most days heavy with a comforting blanket of gray. We've seen the sun often enough to stay afloat, boosted by those miraculous rays. I'm still into these dark and cozy January evenings, but it sure is pleasant to think back, to dream ahead; looking forward to the golden warm evenings of summer. 

I captured this summer eve a few years ago while wandering around the flat, farmy dikelands of the Columbia River in Oregon. I'm very happy with how it came out. 

Monday, January 8, 2018

Baby Moo Year

'Baby Moo Year'
20" x 16"
acrylic on canvas panel

My first painting of 2018! 
When one of your sisters is scrolling through cute cow paintings online and you're an artist, well, you gotta make your sister a cute cow (calf ) painting! :) 
This is larger than my norm, and I used acrylics which I don't typically do, so it was a fun change of pace. Just messin' around with big brushes and big blobs of paint; - a great way to start my new year!


Thursday, December 14, 2017

2018 Calendars

8.5" x 11" (17" x 11" when hanging)
Printed on premium glossy card stock and spiral bound.

Every November I choose my favorite paintings from the previous twelve months and put them all in a calendar. It's a fun way to watch my work, and, they make great prints for framing when the year is over. Enjoy in 2018 and beyond!​

Calendars are $20.00 plus shipping.
Order in my DPW gallery.