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Blackberries. The Pacific Northwest has blackberry bushes in spades! When we lived on the western side of the Cascade range, we battled blackberry bushes in the garden and yard. My husband called it Taking Oregon Back. He would come in from round one, with the blackberry bushes having clearly won, scratches and blood all over his legs and arms, clothing torn. A glass of iced tea and back out for round 2. It took several attempts with a machete before he considered himself the winner. Our kids played in blackberry tunnels…a dangerous game, if you ask me. The best part of wild blackberry bushes? Their berries! Sorry, this post is a spring post, and berries come in late summer, but hey, I’m feeling the winter blues here! Time for some thoughts of sun and warmth. SO! A blackberry painting for you today!

Blackberry Pie 8x8 $50

Blackberry Pie 8×8 Original watercolor on gesso-covered $50

Enjoy this little painting today. Hope it adds some warmth and sunshine to your thoughts. Available for purchase!

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September Sunflower on Thursday. Can you believe it’s been a week?

This is the last of the Sunflower Series for now. I’m on to other things. I’m thinking toothbrushes. Yep. Really. Took photos today. Just you wait…

Here ya’ll go:

September Sunflower copyright

September Sunflower. 8×8 on gessoed watercolor paper

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Whoop, Whoop! It’s Thursday again! Continuing on with the Sunflower theme (we are all down with that, right?), here we go! First, though, I have to share a photo of my helper:


Big helper

My cat had to get in on the action. Right when I began to take photos. Thanks. Big help. Real. Big. Help.

Once he had some nibbles, I actually took a photo of the intended object, the painting for this week’s Thursday FB post! Here she goes:

Singing Sunflower copyright

Singing Sunflower 8×8 watercolor on textured gesso watercolor paper

That’s right. “Singing Sunflower” is the perfect name for this flower, because when I snapped the photo for reference, this one was facing the sun and singing her heart out. Well, I heard her anyway.

If you saw this painting in person, you would see how incredibly interesting the textured surface is. Seriously. You should have it in your house. People will be jealous. 😉

Make sure to follow me on Facebook, where this pretty little painting is offered as a bid starting out at $30 today only. Happy Thursday, all!!


While in Colorado this summer, my sister sent me some amazing photos of her chickens. She’s a chicken-girl, my sis(love you, sis). She LOVES her chickens, names them, breeds them, and probably spoils them rotten. Out of all these photos, this one sang to me…or, more like, cock-a-doodle-doo-ed to me? He puffed out his poof-poof chest and looked like he was crowing with all his might:  “See all these ladies here? These ladies are MINE!”

He’s a Silkie, a type of Banty chicken. A perfect name, since they have super-soft feathers that look like fine fur, and because they are from Siberia, they have black skin under their soft feathers…just like polar bears.

Top O' the Morning, 8x8 on gessoed 140# watercolor painting

Top O’ the Morning, 8×8 watercolor on gessoed 140# paper.

Isn’t he awesome? Super fun to paint, this guy, whose name is Heckle. I especially enjoy painting white critters, having fun with all the reflective lighting in the shadow side of their fur/feathers. White isn’t just white, you know! In the shadow side of a white object, there is warm and cool light that can add structure to your form. Have fun with it, I say!

Let me know if you want this little painting! He’s $30 today, on Thursday! Don’t forget to follow this blog (scroll to the bottom and click follow) and follow me on Facebook! Enjoy your day, everyone!! Top O’ the Morning to ya!

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Thirty-Dollar Thursday is here! Okay, so last week I had a request:  How about a hummingbird, Sarah? Sure thing, but trying to get those little critters to hold still while I snapped off a photo or two? Impossible. Especially with my somewhat-lacking-photo-taking-abilities. I mean, I pretend and all, but when you start talking F-stop and iso-whatever, my eyes glaze over and some sort of brain fog rushes in. Coming to my rescue? My photo guru brother (yo, bro, thanks for the amazing pics of hummingbirds!). So here’s the deal. Never, have I ever, had so much fun painting. Okay, just kidding. But really, this little bird? So cute! I will have to do more hummingbirds. And send me more ideas, everyone! Ya’ll think of fun things to paint, okay? Below, check out the first wash:


Hummingbird in progress. First wash. You will notice how much more the hummingbird “pops” in the final painting, due to darkening the values behind the bird.

Final painting, after deepening the values behind the bird and tightening up details:


Hummingbird, A Moment. Final. 8×8 watercolor on gessoed watercolor paper.

My cute little hummingbird. Even though I have them here in Oregon, they always remind me of Colorado. Mom and Dad’s place.  Anyhoo, she’s available today only for $30, usually $50. Original watercolor painting on 140# gessoed watercolor paper. See that cool texture in there? That’s the textured gesso underpainting. This painting is 8×8, matted to fit into a 12×12 frame. Shipping not included. Unframed.

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Oh, and leave a comment…what should I paint next?


Good morning, everyone! Happy Thursday! Happy Thirty-Dollar Thursday, I mean to say. Here’s my thirty-dollar painting today. The painting is as bright and cheery as the daisies were when I walked past them at the Old Mill by the Colorado Bridge on my lunch hour this week. I just HAD to snap a photo of their sunny faces, tossing around in the breeze.

Thirty-Dollar Thursday, "Sunny Daisies". 8x8 watercolor on gessoed watercolor paper.

Thirty-Dollar Thursday, “Sunny Daisies”. 8×8 watercolor on gessoed watercolor paper. Unframed.

So first come, first serve. Message me to let me know you want it. This painting would be listed for $50 on my online store. It is an 8×8 original painting, with foam core back, matted to fit a 12×12 frame.

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Hi, everyone! It’s Thirty-Dollar Thursday today! Want a cool, affordable, original watercolor painting? Here’s today’s painting:

Crazy Chickadee 8x8 watercolor on gessoed watercolor paper

Crazy Chickadee 8×8 watercolor on gessoed watercolor paper

Recognize it? He’s from my experimental Chickadee post this weekend. Everyone seemed to like him, so he’s up for grabs today. He’s on 8×8 gessoed watercolor paper, matted into a 12×12 with foam-core backing. And in real person? The painting’s color is SO COOL! The photo does not do him justice. Message me otherwise let me know if you want this cute, happy little painting in your home. First come, first serve. Shipping charges may apply.

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