Monday, March 30, 2009

Beach Walk

One of the many great joys of living on Whidbey Island is that there are lots of beaches and many opportunities for beach walks!

Catch a Star

"Catch a star and hold on tight
Let her guide you through the night.
And by day hold on lightly,
your companion shining brightly"

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Happy Hour...

Funny - I didn't realize until I was all done with this how much it looks like it should be called "Happy Hour at the Star Trek Convention" :) I didn't intend for her dress to look like Star Trek - but it sure does to me...

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Blog Award

Thanks Dominique for the "A Passion for Painting" award! I really appreciate it - especially coming from a great artist like you.
Here are 7 things I like:
1. Of course - all things visual - the beauty of nature from the sunrise on this beautiful bay I live on to the soul in my dog's eyes - I love it all.
2. The gift of friendship. I'm so blessed by having good friends that rejuvenate and replenish me. I include the friendship of my family - which I cherish.
3. The power of music. Nothing else can move me quite like music can - it resonates somewhere very deep in my soul.
4. The power of words. I'm also greatly moved and inspired by the depth of emotion and inspiration to be found in words - both written and spoken.
5. Food. I've recently found a new appreciation for fresh locally produced food. It is so worth it to me to drive a few extra miles to get really good tasting and good for you kind of organic produce. We have a co-op about half an hour from here and I'm really loving discovering what they have to offer.
6. Art supplies - my studio looks like an art store - each medium has its own unique and wonderful quality that I can't get enough of.
7. Animals - since I was a little girl I have had a connecting bond with animals that is beyond explanation. Just looking in their sweet eyes and experiencing the generosity of their souls can move me to tears.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Welcome to Spring

I painted this little ode to Spring today. I'm so ready for it!

Greyhound Rescue Reunion

Here is a little painting I did for Greyhound Rescue. Just need to matt and frame it - then off it goes to the auction. Paws and fingers crossed that it does well!

Monday, March 23, 2009


This is from a reference photo I took last year at our local plein air competition. It was a gorgeous morning - perfect for painting!

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Happy Beach Feet

This is a little watercolor sketch for Karin Jurick's great blog Different Strokes From Different Folks. She posts one of her photos and invites any artists who wants to participate to submit their interpretation.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Two sleeping bears...

This is my second Nibblefest painting with the theme "Asian Inspired" - featuring my Australian Cattledog Dusty Bear and his panda bear buddy...with a couple of bamboo twigs for good luck. Fingers crossed that it does well - auction will start this Friday night at 5:35 pm on ebay.

Cherry Blossom

This will be an entry for this month's Nibblefest Contest on Ebay. The theme this month is "Asian inspired". I just now had another idea for a second painting that I hope to finish by tonight and will post it here. The listings will start Friday the 20th at 5:30 pm - just search NFAC on ebay to see all the great art starting at only 99 cents!

Monday, March 16, 2009


Yes - it's another watercolor portrait painting...I just can't seem to stop:) This one is on hot press watercolor paper. I only have two of the Aquabords left so I decided to save them and go back to the regular paper which I thankfully have plenty of... I was very happy with the composition on this one - and the little heart shape in the wrinkles of her left pants leg.

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Creature Comfort

This one was just for fun - I had fun with all the colors and patterns!

More portrait practice...

This is another in my series of practice pieces for portrait painting. A little lighter and sunnier feeling than the one I painted last night.

Saturday, March 14, 2009

"Hard Times Come Again No More"

I painted this 6"X6" watercolor painting on Aquabord. It's only the 2nd time I've tried this surface and it will take some getting used to although I'm happy with the result. It really seems to soak the water right up making it necessary to work quickly.

Dusty and Rainey on COUCH PATROL

I haven't done an acrylic cattledog painting for awhile - but just look at could I resist?!

Friday, March 13, 2009

DSFDF Challenge

This sushi kitty is my submission for Karin Jurick's Different Strokes From Different Folks blog. She provided a photo of the sushi and invited artists to paint their interpretations.

Thursday, March 12, 2009


This sweet old girl is my friend's white lab Mandy. I loved the colors and pattern in the rug she was laying on - I'm happy anytime I can use a lot of red paint:)

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Dock Garden

I just loved the warm red color of these geranium pots contrasted with the blue/green water. It was so inviting looking to me.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

The calming sound of the sea...

Waves lapping on to the shore ...Ahhhhh.....

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Such a sweet face...

I took the reference photo for this painting last year at the Puyallup Fair. Her sweet face just captivated me!

Thinking it over...

My artistic goal for 2009 is to paint better people portraits - this is another piece in that effort...