Sunday, March 31, 2013

Happy Easter!

I love Easter mainly for what it symbolizes in my Christian faith.  But it also reminds me of a different kind of rebirth.

It's springtime in Portland.  This is what I saw around my house this morning.

Back in Michigan,  we had a 30' X 10' vegetable garden.  Here, though, we're planting veggies in two small raised beds.  But that's cool because we've signed up for a couple of outdoor field trips with John Kallas, local urban wild food forager ( Wild Food Adventures - Edible Plant Expertise, Workshops, Publications).   I feel like I'm living "Portlandia."

Unfortunately, I haven't been living in the land of art.  It's been a crazy couple of weeks.   Hope to get back to painting tomorrow.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Call it a Day

Untitled - Oil 6 X 6 - Sold

A quick one under a time constraint. I thought I would try a new color combo that's not "me."

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Mushroom Mania

A Passion for Portobello - Sold
Oil - 6 X 6

Marinated, sauteed, grilled, stuffed, ... I never met a portobello I didn't like.

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Lion Eyes

Lion Eyes - Sold
Watercolor Batik - 8 X 10

This sweet face was immortalized in a palette knife painting a few weeks back.  I fell in love with the big eyes, crooked nose and fat paws.  Thought I'd paint him again before he (or she) is reunited with toy box friends. 

Friday, March 8, 2013

It is Friday

Sedona Terracotta - Sold
Watercolor Batik - 5 X 7 (a happy memory from Sedona)

So, it is Friday.  What happened to Wednesday and Thursday?

Thankfully, things calmed down last night and we attended the Oregon Society of Artists meeting (Oregon Society of Artists, Portland OR).

Lucky us because Portland artist Lorraine Bushek (Lorraine Bushek Studio) treated everyone to an incredible demo.  Lorraine is a passionate advocate for rabbits, and came armed with a carload of gorgeous artwork, adoption info, and some sweet rabbits looking for good homes.

If I were interested in commissioning a pet portrait, I would be knocking on Lorraine's door.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013


Watercolor Batik - 10 X 8 

Michigan artist Shirl Hathaway (Shirl Hathaway, Watercolors) taught me how to paint.  She also taught me how to do watercolor batiks without burning my fingers or setting the studio on fire.

I've been missing watercolor and have been yearning to do some traditional and experimental pieces.  Ready, fire, ...aim - that's my motto.

Monday, March 4, 2013

It's a Zoo

Watercolor Batik - 14 X 10 - Sold

I have a love-hate relationship with batiks, but love wins out every time.