Thursday, September 15, 2016

A New Studio Space

Now that my husband and I have (sort of) settled into our new home (there are still lots of boxes to unpack), I thought I would post a photo of my new studio.

The space is divided into three zones: the active studio, the library, and the computer area. This is not a huge room, but it does allow for some separation for the different work tasks.

New Studio
The picture ledges are aluminum trays made to hold chalk or markers.  They are light in weight but super strong, and they are easily attached to the walls using screws into the studs behind the wall board.  The trays do NOT come with any holes in them for mounting, but a 3/8" drill with a steel bit easily drills through the aluminum.  This way you (or your handy person) can locate the screw holes where the studs are in the wall.  I purchased the aluminum trays online from

I wanted to have picture ledges that were continuous along the wall, and I also wanted them to be simple and sort of blend into the background so that the art sitting on the ledge could be the focus of attention.  Any wooden picture ledges I found or thought about making would have been much heavier, requiring stronger attachments, than these aluminum trays needed.  I'm very pleased with how they turned out.

A rolling tool chest houses the majority of my painting stuff - brushes, paints, etc.  I shamelessly borrowed this idea from Carol Marine who is one of my favorite contemporary artists.

An inexpensive rolling "trolley" from a beauty supply chain holds my palette and can be easily moved around the room.  A clamp-on lamp is attached to a tripod stand and provides plenty of light for artwork. The easel is made up of a camera tripod and the Guerrilla No. 17 Flex Easel. A panel holder is set in the Flex Easel to hold the small boards I use.

Other pictures will be coming to show the rest of the studio, but for now, I need to get painting!

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Back at it Fall 2016

We have spent the past year preparing to move from our Denver area home. This journey is nearly complete, and I will be setting up my new studio over the next couple of months.

I'm looking forward to getting back to painting soon.

Explore your world and paint what you love!

Monday, February 2, 2015

New Painting: Apple 1

This is the first of a new series of small apple paintings...

Apple 1
Oil on Ampersand Gessobord
5" x 7"

Thank-you for viewing my art!

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Back to Bloggin'

Since my last post, I have done very little painting and a great deal of providing support to things outside of my own world.  However, last week I met Carl Judson when he came down to Lakewood from LaPorte in his "Moby Van" full of plein air art equipment and supplies.

Carl Judson
We met at the Lakewood Arts Council's Art Center & Gallery, 85 S. Union Blvd., where Carl gave a brief history/slide show of significant plein air works of art and talked about his own plein air history.  I have been a fan of Carl and his Judsons Art Outfitters products for years, and I continue to recommend them strongly.  Plus, he couldn't be a nicer person.

I'd like to give a shout out to Lakewood Arts Council which is now in its 26th year and is seeking an expanded future in a new location.  If you love the arts and would like to support LAC, know that they are a 501(c)(3) with all donations being tax deductible.  Donations in any amount are welcome, and between now and June 30th your donation will be doubled through their Matching Gift Fund.
  •  For a Donation Form, go HERE
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  • To find out more about the Lakewood Arts Council, go to their website HERE.  
As President of LAC, I thank-you for your support!

Carl's visit re-activated my art brain, and I scheduled myself to join up with a plein air group next week.  I also decided to pick up a couple of Raymar panel carriers for all of those miniatures I'll be painting next week.  These are lightweight and durable, and recommended by many plein air artists.

Summer is here, and I plan to get a few paintings under my belt by the end of August.  I'll be posting them here as I make progress.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Once in a Lifetime

I had the good fortune to see "Becoming Van Gogh" at the Denver Art Museum with my college-age art student daughter during our Thanksgiving break.  The press on this is that it is only showing in Denver, so it was a once in a lifetime experience.

Both of us were captivated by the journey Van Gogh took during those brief ten years of his artistic development. He was methodical in his approach to learning everything he could about becoming an artist. We were struck by the vibrancy and luminosity of his paintings - which simply cannot be captured in a flat photograph.

One of our favorite paintings by Van Gogh is his Still Life with Basket and Six Oranges.  We returned to this several times to study the intense color and line work.  Truly breathtaking!

Even if you are not a fan of Van Gogh, something can be learned by seeing this exhibit and listening to the audio guided tour.  I encourage you to see it if you can.  While there is no "Starry Night," the exhibit includes work by Van Gogh to showcase his evolution and development as an artist.  There also are several pieces by his contemporaries, including Pissarro and Toulouse-Lautrec.

UPDATE 8/11/16:  Here is a link to for more of Vincent!

We will be returning to the Denver Art Museum in a few weeks to go through this exhibit again.  

Thank-you to for the image of "Still Life with Basket and Six Oranges."

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

New From Used

Yesterday I looked over all of the miniatures I've painted these past two years.  The purpose of this "exercise" was to find pieces for the next Holiday Fine Art show at the gallery.  Some will be framed miniatures, and others will go into the bin sales.

I came across a painting I did as an online challenge quite some time ago.  I was going to toss it, but it was a 5" x 7" panel in great shape, so I did something I never have before...I sanded off the old paint and coated it with a tinted titanium zinc white.  After that layer dries, I'll lightly sand it again and apply a second coat of tinted white.

The paint I used for this is oil, matching the paint that was used on the original piece.  I did not want to use an acrylic based gesso on top of any old oil paint and risk it not bonding properly.  Sure, it takes longer for the oil base white to dry, but it should provide a good starting point for the new oil paint on top of it.

Meanwhile, here are two new miniatures that will be included in the holiday show:

Colorado Gold
Summer Park
Thank-you for viewing my paintings!

Saturday, September 15, 2012

New Work: Pampered

Here is a painting of our friends' dog.  He is a collie mix and just the cutest boy, taking a sunbath.  Ball is his favorite game.

18" x 24"
Thank-you for viewing my art.

Prints of this painting are available on Imagekind.
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