Painting Poppies

A friend shared a picture of the yellow poppies in Texas at the base of some hills. Thankfully, she gave me permission to paint it. I was smitten – until I started painting. I found all the small poppies covering the foreground and the overall neutral color scheme was challenging to figure out the composition and where I wanted the eye to go.

Fortunately, I whipped out my creative license and added a bit more color. I hope my friend approves!

For information or to purchase go to Texas Poppies!

Killarney National Forest

When we left Dingle Peninsula in Ireland to go to another peninsula further south I navigated us to avoid highways. I ended up guiding us through the Killarney National Forest without realizing it. About 10 minutes into the drive we were both doing an about face trying to figure out what treasure we had come upon. Killarney National Forest is a sight to behold.

This painting is a rendition of a lake we passed by as soon as we entered the national forest lands. Of course we jumped out of the car to hike out to the lake. Absolutely beautiful. Very serene.

A Lake in Killarney.

The Cliffs of Dingle Peninsula


Last fall, we fell into an opportunity to travel to Ireland. Ireland was never top on my list of international spots to visit. Now after having been there I can not wait to go back. Visiting Ireland again has risen very high on my list of ‘must do’ vacations. Our first couple of days was spent exploring the coast of Dingle Peninsula. Simply enchanting.

As we toured the coast it was stunning to see brilliant green fields turn into rocky cliffs over the ocean. Much of the coast line are lush fields where livestock, sheep and cattle, are raised. Viewing the laid back serenity made it easy to picture living a life that was connected to the land without materialist things.

For more information on The Cliffs of Dingle painting click here.

Mooring on the Marsh

The last time we visited Sullivan’s Island the scene of a boat rising above the intercoastal waterway in it’s mooring intrigued me. The coloring of my photo was washed out. I remember that when we arrived at the upstairs deck of the restaurant the sunset transformed the sky. I painted this with that mental image, imagining how the sunset would have looked with that boat hanging over the marsh, ready for a day of fun.

Foggy Appalachian Sunset

Sometimes there is a place that you look at again and again because it is so beautiful. The view down the field on our property is one of those places. I’ve seen so many gorgeous sunsets over these hills. They will simply take your breathe away. This painting is one of my favorites. The fog coming up in between the hills with the strong lights of the sky is so striking. To see the details of this painting, click here.
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Mornings at the Shoshone

This October, my husband and I visited his brother and his wife at their ranch, Double Diamond X Ranch, west of Cody, Wyoming. My husband was going on some rugged Elk hunts. While he went on the hunts I was looking forward to taking in the scenery, painting, and capturing the scenery. Every morning I would run outside to catch the view as the light changes created different versions of the same scenery. It was gorgeous!

I love to paint the morning view of the Shoshone so you’ll be seeing many ‘takes’ of the beautiful view. To see more about this painting click here.

An Evening Drive

Sometimes inspiration comes in surprising ways. Aunt Judy posted this picture on Facebook and I asked if it was okay to use for a painting. The intense blues with all the orange, yellow, and muted violet made it exciting to paint. But, all those colors created a challenge to not create a ‘muddy’ palette. I can imagine this might be painted over and over again to experiment on the ideal combination. Click here to get more information.

A View of Dingle Bay

This past fall, my husband and I went to Ireland. What an enchanting place! Upon arriving at the Shannon airport, we traveled to Killorlin. Our plan was to spend our first full day exploring Dingle Peninsula. From Killorglin we started the tour of Dingle peninsula on the south side. This painting is of one of our first glimpses of Dingle Bay. The farmland that lines the coast was covered in beautiful wildflowers.

Following is a painting of the bay with the reference photo.

For more details click to view ‘A View of Dingle Bay’.

Anticipation

Last night, December 31st 2016, I painted this with many thoughts running through my head.

2016 was the year I discovered pastels. WOW! Pastels are an art medium that I had never heard of but in one year have become obsessed with.

When painting this I merged memories from two of the art workshops I participated in during the last year. I also incorporated my mental vision of the field in our valley and how the sunsets show such a brilliant light display. Flowers in the ‘meadow’ are my way of symbolizing my excitement of a new year, a new season, a new garden, and my favorite time of the year – transition from spring to summer. Check out the pastel painting of Anticipation

May 2017 hold many wonderful experiences for us all!

Engraved Sycamore Platter

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This platter was created by pressing a leaf into the wheel thrown platter as soon as it was complete.  I then carved out around the leaf to create a more 3 dimensional appearance.