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Toward an Open Sky Now Showing

I feel so honored to have my painting, Toward an Open Sky selected by Artlink Phoenix and Portland on the Park for their most recent art exhibition.

Showing at Portland on the Park, downtown Phoenix through October 2020

Toward an Open Sky
24 x 30, mixed media on stretched canvas

Much as we struggle toward achievement and excellence within the framework  of our daily existence, rich saturated color builds from neutral, shadowy depths and reaches upward, straining toward a radiant, promising future.

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Adventures in Abstraction

There's something so satisfying in creating an abstraction. Whether I'm abstracting a scene, a figure or a still life or I'm creating a non objective abstract painting from my own imagining - putting together composition, design and detail is quite the intellectual exercise.

20 x 30" mixed media on paper

20 x 20" acrylic over collage on paper

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Painting my People

Being of a certain age, I find myself staying carefully at home, isolated from my extended family. I again find myself drawn to painting those dearest to me, as if I could keep them safe with my brush, my paints, my intentions.
Mixed media backgrounds add more depth and personality to the portrait. Choosing the paper, patterns or images for the background takes almost as much time as the painting itself. 
I enjoy having their beloved faces looking down from my studio shelves!
Keeping them safe with my own brand of magic spell - glue, a brush, paint and Mom's full attention.

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Finding my way through Composition

I don't think I've ever fully understood some things about composition. Like, how to guide the viewers eyes through a painting or how to reliably recognize an awkward design.

I've noted that I learn most by doing, so as part of my ongoing DIY art education, I've decided to devote a period of time daily to find my way through this confusing maze of information on composition.

I've found some wonderful resources to help me along the way.


Mastering Composition by Ian Roberts - introduced me to the basics of composition, along with the daily composition project.
The Simple Secret to Better Painting by Greg Albert - simplifies the overwhelming amount of rules within composition to one easy to understand concept.
Landscape Painting by Mitch Albala - Chapter 7 goes over composition as it applies to the landscape. Background, middle ground and foreground.

Online Learning:

VITAL Art Sessions with artist Kelli Folsom has helped me a great deal with still life composition, (and painting in general!) 


Viewfinder - helps me to isolate a view - especially with still life
Red Filter - helps me to see value without the confusion of color. I don't have this tool with the grid, but it's high on my wish list for plein air compositions


Daily Composition Practice - a composition sketch each day. I try to design my daily composition mindfully, writing notes on which rules of composition I'm utilizing in the design to help cement the learning.

I'm always on the lookout for good solid information on composition. If you have a recommendation, I'd love to hear it!
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Paint Saving Measures

Paint is expensive. Since I don't want to skimp on my canvases and  I'm rarely lucky enough to put out the right amount each painting session - I often have leftovers that dry quickly in my dry Arizona environment. I sometimes wonder if I scrape off and throw away more dried up paint than I use. I've learned a couple of valuable paint saving tricks that I wanted to share:

1. Best tool ever - the paint tube wringer! This little gadget helps me use all of the paint I buy. I love how it keeps my tubes neat too.

2. Clove Oil - just a drop or two on a cotton ball keeps paint from drying in my palette box

3. The Freezer - laying plastic wrap over my palette and putting it in the freezer puts my little piles of paint in suspended animation until I can get back to them. Great if I'm going to be away from my studio for days at a time. I transfer my paint to palette paper when doing this. I'm not convinced my glass palette and plastic palette box would do well in the freezer!

4. Limited Palette - I took a workshop that required me to buy dozens of different colors of oil paint. I'm glad I got the exposure to all those colors, but I've learned I can mix many of those colors with just a few basic hues. In the future, I'll buy a warm and cool version of each primary in large tubes, (which are more economical), and mix my own.

Have any tricks for paint saving? Do tell!
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February Daily Paintings

It's that time again for the 30 day painting challenge when hundreds of artists are painting every day! (You can see all their paintings HERE)
I'll be doing a small painting every day that I can manage it. I'll post them here for this month, newest one first:

Day 28: "Sully" 


Day 16: Tea with Lemon

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Day 15: Fruit Dish

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Day 12: Back yard Snail Vine

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Day 11: "Cinder" bathed in sunshine

8 x 10" oil on panel. Sold.

Day 10: Rosemary in a Jar

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Day 8: Bowl of Lemons 

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Day 6: Pitcher and Grapes 

I brought this little red clay wine pitcher home with me from Greece. Perfect with red grapes!
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Day 5: Fractured Daisies

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Day 4: Gerbera Daisies in a Jar 

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Day 3: Pepper Power? :-D 

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Day 2: Ravishing Radishes

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Day 1: Grapefruit in Blue Willow Bowl

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