Tuesday, September 30, 2014

191. Back Roads to Battle Ground

'Back Roads to Battle Ground'
6" x 6"
oil on gessoboard

Oh, late afternoon autumn sun. 
You're so gorgeous and warm and terribly dangerous to drive in. :)

Whenever we head out of our small town, my boys discuss the upcoming trip for time, distance, landmarks, etc, and they always refer to any wooded area, in any region of the country, as 'The Forest'. As in, "First we go through 'The Forest', and then we cross the bridge..." 
It makes me smile. 

This scene from 'The Forest' was just the other day, driving away from my sister's house in the Washington hills. So pretty.

Friday, September 26, 2014

190. For Sale

'For Sale'
6" x 6"
oil on gessoboard

Just felt like painting something shiny. :)
A sweet little 1950 Ford Fordor. 
(See what they did there? - Yes, four doors. I like it even more now.) 

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

189. Hood Ornament

'Hood Ornament'
6" x 6"
oil on gessoboard

There are some incredible mountains around these parts, and my husband gives me a hard time 'cause I rarely paint them. (Too pretty. ;)  ) 
Then I remembered this from-an-airplane photo...,so, here you go, dear, a mountain. :) Mt. Hood, to be specific.

I took this photo as we descended into Portland a few Augusts ago, when the snow-cover is least. I've tried painting it before and failed miserably - things went much better this time. :)

Thanks for viewing!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

188. This Little Piggy

'This Little Piggy'
6" x 6"
oil on gessoboard

This little copper bank has kept me busy! I've been fiddling with him off and on for three days now. Sigh. They don't always just come flying off the brush. Ok, they almost never do. But, I am glad I stuck with him instead of wiping off in frustration.

We got this little fella from our favorite local vintage vendor, and my three-year-old promptly claimed ownership. It makes me smile when I see him being carted around the house. :)  

Thursday, September 11, 2014

187. Troll Pad

'Troll Pad'
6" x 6"
oil on gessoboard

This sweet little cottage is tucked under the high and curving ramp of the Astoria-Megler bridge in Astoria, Oregon. 
Of course it's all about the light for me, - the setting sun, the long shadows, -- I cannot resist.

I completely enjoyed making this one - it makes me smile and chuckle and wonder a bit if you'll all think I've lost it. ;) Ah, well, I suppose you know by now that sometimes I really need a little 'ugly' in my 'pretty' -- a power line in my sunset, you might say. ;)

Thanks for viewing!

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

186. August

6" x 6"
oil on gessoboard

Hey gang!
I missed you! 
And...what happened to August? :)

Honestly, I can barely recall the first part, because we spent the last part of the month making a road trip to Minnesota for my grandfather's funeral. :(
He was ninety-five and will be greatly missed, most especially by his bride of seventy-one years, my sweet grandma. 

My unexpected family reunion was exceedingly bittersweet, and it's taking me some time to get back in the swing of regular life. So much life needing to be attended to, -- it can be ultra-challenging to find time to paint.
But, I have missed it terribly, and I'm so happy I finally have something to show you! My two older boys are back in school and the youngest is thoroughly enjoying having the place to himself, and I will hopefully have more time in my painting corner. :)

This scene is from somewhere in Montana. Oh, Montana, you with your big sky and never-ending round bales. You are so lovely in August.

Thanks for viewing my work!