"Paintings have a life of their own that derives from the painter's soul." Vincent Van Gogh

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Taking the Lead

I used a very limited palette on a linen board toned with burnt sienna - cobalt blue, burnt umber, burnt sienna, white, buff titanium, naples yellow, alizarin crimson and raw sienna - I guess I used more colors than I thought I did!  12x16 oil on panel

Monday, March 21, 2011

Accepted - Women Artists of the West 41st National Juried Show

The show is in Rockport, TX in  May. I will have more details later but am just thrilled to have a painting in this show! 18x24 The Principle of Uncertainty oil on canvas panel.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

The Willcox Hotel Exhibit

A few photos from the Willcox Hotel exhibit in Aiken, South Carolina. The hotel has graciously asked if I will extend the exhibit of my steeplechase paintings through the month of March which is the heart of their steeplechase season. I said, yes!

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Mr. Lincoln

After seeing a flurry of Lincoln portraits on artists blogs I thought I might give it a try also. First the oil stetch value study, then the final with color added. 12x12 oil on canvas. I love doing portraits and to try and paint such an icon, a face familiar across the world - well, it was certainly a daunting challenge and it was also great fun!

Thursday, March 10, 2011

On the Easel Tonight

I am about 85% done  - a few final tweaks here and there. I love the composition and the feeling of tension and ucertainty as to what is going to happen next. I am not sure who is in control here - the jockey, the horse or the forces of gravity.

Saturday, March 5, 2011


I spent a beautiful Saturday afternoon at Dog Beach here in San Diego and took 98 photos! Rushing home, I used 5 reference photos to paint this alla prima study. 12x16 oil on canvas panel. The fearless  little dog who has been caught in the midst of launching a surprise attach is the Yorkshire Terrier belonging to my daughter and son in law and she is fearless!