Monday, March 31, 2014

161. April Flower

'April Flower'
6" x 6"
oil on gessobord

The camellias are blooming. :)
Happy April!


Saturday, March 29, 2014

160. Don't Miss the Bus

'Don't Miss the Bus'
6" x 6"
oil on gessobord

Yup, I'd give a lot to be on this bus right now.
This sweet ride was perched on the sunny beach in Seaview, WA, last August. I miss you, August.

There's a suggestion of a seagull in the forefront that really made me want to title this: "Put a bird on it."
I chickened out.
Lol. :)


Wednesday, March 26, 2014

159. Kitchen Sink

'Kitchen Sink'
6" x 6"
oil on gessobord

The story of my life. :)


Wednesday, March 19, 2014

158. Oranges 'R' Amazing

'Oranges 'R' Amazing'
6" x 6"
oil on gessobord

When I was a teen, I was once struck by the incredible fruit that is the orange. I had my family shaking their heads and rolling their eyes as I waxed on about how they are SO AMAZING. I can't for the life of me remember what my big 'oranges are amazing' speech included, and have often stared at one since, wondering what I was so crazy about.
I still like oranges, especially their juice, - but, really? 
As if the orange is somehow more special than any of God's other fruit and vegetable creations. 
I mean, come on, asparagus is clearly the leader of that race.

By the way, this particular variety is the Cara Cara, a red-fleshed orange. 
Pretty. And very tasty, according to my husband. 


Monday, March 17, 2014

157. St. Patrick

'St. Patrick'
6" x 6"
oil on gessobord

Most days, choosing what to paint can be the most agonizing part of my process. I had in mind to paint something sunny, and after indecisively perusing a bunch of late summer farm/landscape type pics, I moved further back to the unofficial first day of summer in my photo library, the 4th of July. I've passed by this photo dozens of times, but today, it reached out and grabbed me, and my mind was (finally) made up.

On last 4th of July, we watched the parade in our small town and then loaded up the car for a fabulous camping trip to southern Oregon.  
We're not far from the lovely city of Portland, and I snapped this picture as we cruised through, admiring buildings and bridges and the beautiful blue sky.

I didn't know it when I started painting this morning, but a little internet search tells me this gorgeous steeple belongs to St. Patrick Catholic Church in Portland.
I know, right? :)
Happy St. Patrick's Day!


Thursday, March 13, 2014

156. Corrugated

6" x 6"
oil on gessobord

Here in the pnw/upperleftusa, we do not take our shadows for granted. 
We also brake for rusty barn lights mounted on overlapping corrugated tin.

By 'we' of course I mean 'I', and I am so glad we're moving into full-time shadow season. Ok, so that's a few months away. But, we have seen a little more sunshine lately, so I was able to take my young'uns on one of my rambling inspiration-seeking drives around the neighborhood. 
The sun was shining, the windows were rolled down, and all three of my boys took a little springing-forward induced nap.
It was lovely indeed.


Wednesday, March 12, 2014

155. Winnett Elevator

'Winnett Elevator'
6" x 6"
oil on gessobord

I snapped several photos of this elevator a couple of summers ago when we were driving through eastern Montana. I wasn't sure exactly what small town we were passing through, but in one of my pics there's a giant 'W' made of white rocks up on that hillside. (I love those homemade smalltown monograms, by the way.) After a little map sleuthing along our route (thank you Google Maps), I found the tiny town of Winnett, and, to its south, the satellite photos reveal a giant 'W'. :) 

The cartophile in me is geeking out right now. 

(Don't even get me started about Google Earth - I can wile away hour upon hour exploring the world via satellite images. It's just incredible!)  


Thursday, March 6, 2014

154. Scissors

6" x 6"
oil on gessobord

My fabric scissors.
They're kinda lonely.


Tuesday, March 4, 2014

153. I'm a Fan

'I'm a Fan'
6" x 6"
oil on gessobord

I'm a fan of a vintage fan. ;)
This is one of my 'Zero' fans - I've painted them before and they're always fun. Well, except for when they're not. 
My first attempt today was a big mess of no fun. Thankfully, I'm getting wiser and instead of trying twenty-seven times to fix it, I just wiped it all away and started over. 
Clean slate. Literally.
Ah, there we go. Fun again. :)


February in review...

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