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...
($23 + s&h)

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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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.)