Saturday, December 16, 2023

355. O Christmas Tree


'O Christmas Tree'
6" x 6"
oil on gessobord

I love this sweet scene from a winter trip to Minnesota several years ago.
This little fellow lives in a ditch near my sister's house, and an anonymous neighborhood elf had spruced it up for Christmas. It was so charming!

I'm happy with how that tree turned out, but one of my favorite parts of this painting is the bunch of birch trees in the background to the left. Stealing the show, they are. (At least I think they're birch, - sometimes it's hard to tell. I'm sure my family will correct me, lol.)

I have many reference photos of this scene, but until recently I haven't been able to paint it. I have studied it and tried to visualize my way through, but was always stumped. Too many branches, too many trees in the background; too hard to recreate. Anyway, a few weeks ago, I came across the photos again, and I just saw it, - I knew how to paint it! Such a cool feeling. Sporadic though it may be, my time spent making art has not been in vain. And that's the gift that this painting gave to me.

Sunday, December 10, 2023

354. I Love a Rainy Day


'I Love a Rainy Day'
6" x 6"
oil on gessobord

Mid-November rain is the prettiest.
It was a fun challenge to make that pavement look wet.

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Tuesday, December 5, 2023

353. Pink Ribbons


'Pink Ribbons'
6" x 6"
oil on gessobord

When the sunset consumes the sky and everything underneath it. 
The bridge in the distance spans the Columbia River, connecting Oregon and Washington.

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Thursday, November 30, 2023

352. Spring in Your Step


'Spring in Your Step'
6" x 6"
oil on gessobord

Oregon 'green'. 
It feels so extra in the early Spring when the grass starts growing again.
I love that it stays green all winter long, even when it's 'hibernating'.
We had several dry days this November, so I noticed more mowing in the neighborhood than I can remember from previous years. My boys did our lawn just the other day, - November 28th! Crazy. 
I think we'll give it a rest now until next Spring. :)

Monday, November 27, 2023

351. Red, White and Ice Blue


'Red, White and Ice Blue'
6" x 6"
oil on gessobord

Winter is not my jam, but snow can be soo beautiful!
This lovely house is right next to the school in my hometown in Minnesota.

I don't really get attached to my paintings, but this one has captured me.
I'm so happy with how it turned out!
My reference pic was taken last second through the dirty back window of our pick-up as we drove by, so it wasn't great. I gave it a shot anyway, and this time, all the winging-it worked out.
I really love how the light and shadows bounce around and play together.

Saturday, November 18, 2023

350. Mornin', Deer


'Mornin', Deer'
6" x 6"
oil on gessobord

Eleven and a half years ago, I started painting with oils. 
I've kept count of these little six-inchers, and this is number 350! Whohoo!
Love a milestone. :)

This scene is an early summer morning in Minnesota.
My family might recognize the road heading east toward 'town'. 

Friday, November 10, 2023

349. My New Soap Dispenser


'My New Soap Dispenser'
6" x 6"
oil on gessobord

I got a new soap dispenser. Two, actually. I like them.

 Painting a still life was a delightful change-up from my recent landscape paintings.
I like to keep you guessing. ;)

More honestly, some days, I'm the 'worst landscape painter ever!'
So I try a glass jar. Until I'm the 'worst glass painter ever!' 
Lol. And the circle keeps going around and around. 
I think a lot of people can relate to those thoughts mid-project.
Thankfully, they usually pass, and it's on to the next. 
It's super helpful to look back over my years of painting and appreciate all the growth I can see. 
Try it the next time you're 'the worst!' :)

Friday, November 3, 2023

348. Half Dozen and a Haystack


'Half Dozen and a Haystack'
6" x 6"
oil on gessoboard

Sunrise over one of my (everyone's) favorite Oregon beaches.
Haystack Rock was regal in the fog, and I loved that all the seabirds were lined up in salute to the sun.
It was a beautiful morning.

(I can also confirm that aging leads one to notice birds. Lol.
But there were so many! And so many different kinds! :) )

Monday, October 23, 2023

347. Poolside Bungalow


'Poolside Bungalow'
6" x 6"
oil on gessoboard

It's Fall for sure, but when I was scrolling through my pics looking for inspiration, this summer scene caught my eye. That tree! I enjoyed the challenge of all that green; and that charming blow-up pool is calling my name. We had one like it when my oldest was two and I was pregnant with my second. 
My toddler and I enjoyed many days of leisure in our own 'bungalow pool', lol. 
Miss you, Summer!

Walton Lake


'Walton Lake'
12' x 24"
oil on gessoboard

The best campsite ever!
I've been working on this one randomly over the last year or so, and I now declare it complete.
The last rays of sun hitting that little peninsula; it was so incredibly stunning. The gently swirling dark clouds, the glowing tops of the towering Ponderosa Pines...amazing. (Ponderosas are one of my favorite trees, btw, - they're often over a hundred feet tall, with rough reddish bark and those crazy curly branches. Love!)

This moment was difficult to recreate, but I'm happy with the essence.

(Not for sale)

Monday, July 31, 2023

346. Straw Pile


'Straw Pile'
6" x 6"
oil on gessobord

A county fair will always bring me right back to my childhood.
I brought a couple of my boys to our county fair last week, and we had a great time hanging with our friends and doing the fair things.
This sweet pile of straw was hanging out behind the pretty 4-H barns.
Just a pile of straw in the sun. Love it.

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Friday, July 28, 2023

Bethesda Terrace


'Bethesda Terrace'
6" x 8"
oil on gessoboard

A few months ago, my family and I celebrated my birthday by visiting New York City.
We had an incredible trip and I can't wait to return.

This scene is from our time in Central Park.
We were walking slowly; resting our feet after hours of speed-walking those mean Manhattan streets.
Late March was mild and sunny; the little hills of the sparsely populated park unfurled quietly on our way.
As we approached Bethesda Terrace, lilting music bloomed through her arches and drew us in.
I'm sure I've never heard one before, but the sound of the Erhu is now etched permanently into my memory. My ears were captured; my eyes were agog. I stopped to listen and take some photos of this beautifully set scene. I grinned. My family walked on and I paid no attention. 
And, true to form, I had a few errant cynical thoughts...maybe he isn't even playing...maybe there's a hidden speaker on the other side, lol.
I smiled even more and laughed at myself.
Cheesy tourist set up or not, who cares. It was a delight.
Well done, NYC.

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12" x 12"
oil on gessobord

My grandparents peeling potatoes together before Thanksgiving dinner.
I painted a quick version of this several years ago and always wanted to give it another go.
It was very difficult, but I am so happy with how it turned out.

This painting was one of my contributions to the auction at our recent family reunion.

(not for sale)

Auringonlasku (Sunset)

'Auringonlasku' (Sunset)
12" x 12"
oil on gessobaord

The sun sets beyond my grandparents' farmhouse in rural Minnesota.

This painting was one of my contributions to the auction at a recent family reunion.

(not for sale)

Friday, December 30, 2022

345. Two Number Twos


'Two Number Twos'
6" x 6"
oil on gessobord

My last painting of 2022!
You know I love me a Ball jar, especially the blue ones, and this (mini) 'bouquet of newly sharpened pencils' is all ready to tackle the New Year. :)

Thanks, friends, for another year of cheering me on.
You're the best! 
Happy New Year!

** I still have some 2023 calendars available. Order here.

Tuesday, December 20, 2022

344. On Parade


"On Parade"
6" x 6"
oil on gessobord

I love the 4th of July parade in our little town. 
This shiny '39 Chevy was a treat for the eyes and a treat to paint. :)

Also, my 2023 art calendars are ready to ship.

Thursday, December 15, 2022

343. Sweet Stripes

'Sweet Stripes'
6" x 6"
oil on gessobord

One of my favorite candies this time of year. Or any time. :)

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$25 plus shipping.


Saturday, December 10, 2022

342. Canyon Colors

"Canyon Colors'
6" x 6"
oil on gessobord

This is another scene from our hilly little town. 
I drive this narrow, curvy road often and two things always stand out; -one, the incredible view of the ridges layering down the canyon, and, two, why are there no guardrails?? 
To be fair, as a flatlander/snowy winter kid, I say that ALL the time in this part of the country. 
(I've been in too many cars sliding into too many ditches, lol.)

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341. Goodnight, Rocks


'Goodnight, Rocks'
6" x 6"
oil on gessobord

The sun had set, and dusk was reflecting in the rocks of the Umpqua River in Southern Oregon. This one was really fun to paint. 😊

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Tuesday, November 29, 2022

340. Street Racer


"Street Racer"
6" x 6"
oil on gessobord

Last winter we had a generous dumping of snow in our corner of Oregon.
This a scene from that week; - one of the neighbor kids taking a run down our 'main street'. 
That snow stuck around for a few days and we thoroughly enjoyed it while it lasted. I especially love how it changes the sound; it's so quiet! And the light; - so much more light bouncing around! It's a remarkable interruption of our typical dark green/gray winters. I will never miss the extreme cold of the Minnesota winters of my youth, but there is so much beauty in the snow and I appreciate getting a taste of it here. Just a taste. ;)

This painting will be one of twelve featured in my 2023 painting calendar.
The calendars are on their way to me, and I plan to start shipping them out early next week!
($25 + $5 ship.)

Wednesday, November 23, 2022

339. Road to Monument Valley


'Road to Monument Valley'
6" x 6"
oil on gessobord

Another scene from our summer road trip. 
This view will forever make me grin because we only saw it thanks to a last second turn off our intended route. We went from dozing to dazzled, and this little corner of Utah quickly became a trip highlight. (Even if the youngest son is still a little disappointed we didn't make it to Four Corners, lol.)

We came through Monument Valley from the south, so this viewpoint was in our mirrors as we headed east toward Colorado. A sign alerted us that we were approaching "Forrest Gump Hill", and we gladly joined the other tourists darting in and out of the road to capture the scene. So majestic!

PS, I'm working furiously to finish up my 2023 calendars, so watch for them coming soon!

Monday, October 10, 2022

338. Howdy Hotel


'Howdy Hotel'
6" x 6"
oil on gessoboard

This one was just fun from start to finish.
A road trip sunset over the Howdy Hotel in Forsyth, MT.

Wednesday, August 31, 2022

337. All Aboard


'All Aboard'
6" x 6"
oil on gessoboard

Silverton, Colorado; another beautiful and historic stop on our road trip.
This 1880's steam-powered locomotive runs daily from Durango to Silverton in the summertime. 
A stunning ride, I'm sure. Maybe next time we'll take the train!

Thursday, August 25, 2022

336. A Grand Old Time

'A Grand Old Time'
6" x 6"
oil on gessoboard

It's been a few years since we road-tripped to Minnesota, but we recently made the jaunt via Nevada/Arizona/Colorado. It was the 'long way' for sure, but so worth the swollen feet and 63 hours of driving. We've been road-trippers forever, so my boys are well-practiced, and let me just say, traveling with older kids is dreamy. They pack/feed/entertain themselves without (much) fighting or complaining, and I rarely carried more than my pillow. We saw so many amazing things, but the sweetness of just being together will forever dominate my memories. I will not look at a pic from this trip without smiling at the thought of my entire clan teasing me for repeatedly describing things as, 'Wild! That's wild!' Oh, the irony and mockery when I insisted that one of my children find different words instead of blurting, 'I don't know', when asked to make a decision about anything. Good times, lol.

This was one of my favorite scenes from the Grand Canyon.
We arrived at the South Rim about an hour before sunset, and it was delightful.


Wednesday, May 18, 2022

335. Praise For the Morning

'Praise For the Morning'
6" x 6"
Oil on gessobord

I'm not actually a morning person, but when one must be up with the sun, there is much to be appreciated. 

This eastern view is just around the corner from us, and I've painted a few versions of it before. 
For now, this is my new favorite. 

Wednesday, April 20, 2022

334. I See Right Through You

'I See Right Through You'
6" x 6"
oil on Ampersand Gessobord

Hi, friends!
We're in the heart of baseball season and I somehow managed to finish a painting!
Feels good. :)

This lovely lady is aging gracefully in the farm country just south of us. 
I couldn't resist her transparency. ;)


Sunday, November 28, 2021

333. Eye Candy


'Eye Candy'
6" x 6"
oil on gessoboard

My annual attempt at a glass jar painting.
It's always a fun challenge. :)

Also, my 2022 calendars are ready to order!
Here are the paintings included...
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Thursday, November 11, 2021

332. Fall's Filter

'Fall's Filter'
6" x 6"
oil on gessoboard

 Fall is not my favorite season, but it has its delights. 
I love how the fog makes a familiar landscape feel just a little dreamy.


Sunday, October 24, 2021

Camera Phone

'Camera Phone'
12" x 12"
oil on gessoboard

Just a couple of old friends hanging out.

(Painting is bigger than my usual.)


Thursday, September 30, 2021

331. Broad-side Blush

'Broadside Blush'
6" x 6"
oil on gessoboard

Honestly, I was driving by and held my phone up towards the passenger side window and just hit the button a bunch of times without even looking. Flipping through my photos later, this one jumped out at me. It was a beautiful warm day; - very sunny, very shady. But, the shadowy side of this tall lady was totally blushing with reflected light. I had to try capture it. I just want to pull up a hammock under that tree and watch it glow. Kinda missing summer today. 


Monday, September 20, 2021

330. Gorge Glow

'Gorge Glow'

6" x 6"

oil on gessoboard

I started this one in May, and then, well, three boys in multiple sports took over our lives and it was a crazy-busy-good time. They are all back in school now, so it feels like I can fit some painting back into my life! Yay for me, yay for them.

This scene is from the incredible Columbia River Gorge. The sun is getting low in the western sky, and the deep canyons of the gorge give us an ever-changing light show. I know cars and freeways aren't necessarily beautiful, but especially in a scene like this, I think they balance the 'pretty' with 'real', - just like life, right? And, they provide needed scale for those massive ridges. Stunning, always.

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Friday, May 7, 2021

329. Summer Gold

'Summer Gold'
6" x 6"
Oil on gessoboard 

I live in an evergreen part of the world, and it's still amazing to me to have green grass all winter long. All that lusciousness makes gray, cloudy winters completely tolerable, - enjoyable in fact! (Maybe because I'm still comparing it to the frigid Minnesota winters of my childhood. 😉) 

Green, gray, white; I appreciate all the shades of winter, - but the warm hues of summer are my favorite. This little scene is August in our neck of the woods. Golden fields, hazy purple ridges, blue skies... Aah, summer. ❤

Thursday, April 29, 2021

328. Goodnight Clouds

'Goodnight Clouds'
6" x 6" oil on gessoboard

I've painted this scene a few times over the years, and I wish I could say it gets easier.
Hopefully the end result is a little better each time. :)


Saturday, April 10, 2021

327. Cock-a-doodle-doo


6" x 6"
oil on gessoboard

A scene from the Columbia River dikelands near our town.
The wide Columbia River is somewhere off in the distance, and on this particular early morning, a huge bank of fog and clouds lingered heavily over it. 
I love the dramatic backdrop it made for this sweet little barn; delightfully lit up by the first rays of sun.

Thursday, April 8, 2021

326. Campfire Ahead

'Campfire Ahead'
6" x 6"
oil on gessoboard

Hi friends! Long time no see!
This is a little scene from my sister's yard a couple of summers ago.
I'm looking forward to many nights like these ahead. :)


Thursday, December 10, 2020

325. Welcome Home


'Welcome Home'
6" x 6"
oil on gessoboard

We drive through the state of Montana at least twice a year on our way to and from seeing my family in Minnesota. Our drives seem to always coincide with temps below zero or above 90 degrees. I'm sure you can guess which one I prefer. :) For some reason, I just LOVE getting out of an air-conditioned vehicle into very hot, sunny air. Anyone else?

This was one of those very hot days, I think in 2019. We stopped for fuel in a tiny non-truck-stop town, and I wandered around for a bit admiring the vintage architecture. This little house with its perfect porch and glowing shadows just made me smile. 
I enjoyed re-visiting those memories, and trying to capture the warmth of that day in this scene.

This was the last painting I completed before arranging my 2021 calendar.

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

324. Light in Shining Armor

'Light in Shining Armor'
6" x 6"
oil on gessoboard

It's been two years since I've attempted a vintage canning jar, and I think this is my best one yet! 
Every new painting, I set up my palette with hopeful anticipation and think, 'this is gonna go smoothly, I'm gonna sail right through!'. Ha! Nope, nope, nope. Never happens. 
Thankfully, it's not all frustration and despair, - there were many moments of triumph along the way. 


Thursday, November 5, 2020

323. Anticipation


6" x 6"
oil on gessoboard

I've painted this scene before, and it was a disaster, so I thought I'd give it another shot.
Still incredibly difficult! But, I think I did a little better this time. :)

Summer afternoon in Minnesota.

Tuesday, October 20, 2020

322. Dirt Road Daydreams

'Dirt Road Daydreams'
6" x 6"
oil on gessoboard

It was August of 2012, the sun was shining and we were on our way to a wedding.
A little dust was kicked up and the sun did all the rest. 
(The wedding was just as lovely.)

I've wanted to paint this scene for eight years, and I finally had the nerve to try.
I'm pretty happy with how it came out! 

Wednesday, October 14, 2020

321. Blue Moons


'Blue Moons'
6" x 6"
oil on gessoboard

Hi friends! 
I guess in 2020, I can only paint once in a blue moon. ;)
These cute little fellas were very challenging, but I'm happy with how they turned out.

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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