Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Painting during the Holidays

I love having family gather at my house for the holidays. The only drawback is that my studio building becomes the living space for my brother's family. That means 14 days of limited painting time. No 2 am sessions and nothing before 8:30 am or 9. (I do get in a good bit of painting when my nieces are in the studio painting with me. Then I have a big painting on the easel.)

One evening over dinner, I mentioned my lack of painting time to my husband and we talked about what I needed.
Portable desktop easel for miniatures with movable hand rest.
By lunch the next day my new easel was built. A day of varnish and it was ready to use.

It can hold a miniature painting up to 18" wide and the hand rest can be removed.

The back is open and my portable paint box fits. There is enough room at that end of the table for my palette and holes can be drilled in the top flat panel to hold my brushes.

At the other end of the table the family can work on puzzles or other games and the box can be moved to other tables in which the family is gathered so I can participate.

Now I can work in the studio and in the house at whatever hour I want.

Happy Holidays and Happy Painting!

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Miniature Shows

Several Miniature shows have my work this month. This is a great chance to own original art!

SouthWind Art Gallery in Topeka, KS, has a special reception Dec 5th from 4 - 8 pm.
For all the details,
The show continues until the end of the year.
All the miniatures in this show are 6" X 6".

Madonna and sparrow - study
6" X 6"
Original Oil
SouthWind Art Gallery

Heading South
6" X 6"
Original Oil
SouthWind Art Gallery


At the Germanton Gallery in Germanton, NC, I have another miniature. Their show opens Dec 5th and continues until Jan 1st, 2015. For more details,
All the miniatures in this show are 9" X 12" (108 sq. inches) or less.

 Living Ivory
6" X 14"
Original Oil
Germanton Gallery

And finally, Pacific Flyway Gallery in Spokane Valley, WA will have a special miniature show starting next week with a reception December 11th. The miniature requirements for this show were 6" X 9" or smaller. My piece is almost dry and I'll reveal it as we get closer to the opening. Stay tuned.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014


Birds of a Feather
26" X 44"
Original Oil

Saturday, November 29, 2014

A lot of Birds

This painting is 26" X 44".  Not the largest I've painted but for the amount of detail in the birds it feels really big.

I don't want to rush the painting of each bird but as I work on this second to last bird I am really anxious to get to the final bird. The whole painting rests on the biggest bird.

Time to take a little break. Not only is it good physically to move around the studio after a long painting session but I can return to the easel refreshed and excited about the bird I am working on.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014


The back two birds are softer and as I move into these closer birds, the details are sharper. These latest two birds set the palette for the colors in shadow. I want the blue to be noticeable but not so bright that it distracts from the main bird.

This "shadow" blue was tricky. I ended up mixing a lot of my blues, ultramarine blue, cerulean blue, cobalt blue, manganese blue, and Sevres blue to find just the right hue.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Vulturine Guineafowl

This is one cool bird. I saw my first vulturine guineafowl in the wild in Kenya. The black and white feathers are striking but it is the cobalt blue breast which makes this bird a standout.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Choosing a subject

An artist friend of mine (Donna Yde) asked me how I choose my subject. The answers vary. Sometimes a color comes to me and I choose the subject because I feel like painting blue or red or yellow.
Sometimes the idea that has been rolling around in my head for years is ready to be painted.
Sometimes I want to switch continents from my last painting or move to a different class within the Animal Kingdom.

This painting is all of the above. I really wanted to paint a brilliant blue. The idea has been hatching since 2009. I just painted North America and wanted to paint Africa and since my last piece focused on a mammal, time for a bird.