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Sisters.

I painted “Wishes” to describe the intricate lifelong relationship between sisters. It can be an incredibly complex relationship, filled with friendship, imagination, hope.

My own sister is 8 years older than I. I tagged along with her everywhere she went. Being raised on a farm provided many opportunities for imaginative play and adventure. In my eyes, we were not only best friends right then, but would be for life.

My sister and I in our Sunday Best.

My sister and I in our Sunday Best on the Colorado farm.

We spend all day together on our farm. Whether doing chores, riding bikes, playing, fixing something, or working with the animals, we were joined at the hip dawn to dusk. Even though she was so much older than I, she tolerated, and even seemed to enjoy, our time together. I treasured her and looked up to her for guidance and adventure. When she left to go to college, then married and moved away during my pre-teen years, I felt as though a chunk of my body left as well. She had children and a husband and a different life. Our connection dwindled down to occasional visits, maybe once or twice a year, and even those visits didn’t manage to fill the void in my chest.

During a visit to Willamette Valley this spring, I happened upon a dynamic scene of two girls with their mother, out for a stroll at the tulip farm. During the outing, an older girl bounded up to a bench among brilliantly lit tulips. The younger girl, not wanting to be left out, skipped to the bench to see what amazing ideas her sister had discovered. Conversation, planning, and imagination between them led to some secret world only they were privy to. It reminded me of my sister and I and our childhood.

In painting the girls, I wanted to impart the magic of imagination, play, and friendship between these two girls, but I also wanted to impart a wistful feel. I placed lighting at late afternoon, haloing their hair in a beautiful way, but also suggesting the end of the day. Their time is ending. Not only for the day, but some time in the future when they will no longer be together. They will have separate lives, separate families, and perhaps live far apart. That very close, magical friendship and companionship will change.

Wishes, detail.

Wishes, detail.

It might become richer and deeper as time goes on, or life, death and circumstances might wedge between them in a way that keeps them apart. The title, “Wishes”, conveys the bittersweet moments in which I wish for my sister and our companionship we once had.

Whether it is your own sister, your children, nieces, grandchildren, or even a life-long friend you call a sister, take time today to call them if you can and remind them that they are important in your life and that you cherish every moment. Remember the fun times you had together as children. Reconnect and renew your friendship.

Wishes, 20x16, $750

Wishes, 20×16, $750

And for this, I say to my own sister, thank you for the magic. And I love you.

 

“Wishes” is available at Tumalo Art Company in Bend, Oregon. When you go to see it, make sure to notice the repeating pattern of bench latticework in the collaged paper and gridded texture of the gesso. Notice, too, a dreamlike state of the sky and fields at the top of the painting and the suggestion of distant trees. Tulips in the front are dripping color and left to the imagination, further enhancing a magic feel.

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I had so much fun at the Willamette Valley last weekend! After hiking the Silverton Falls (10 falls, 7 miles…we shortened our hike and had 5 falls in 5 miles…gorgeous), we toured Frank Lloyd Wright’s Gordon House (my favorite architect of all time…what a treat), then managed to fit in a stop at the Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm before calling it a day…yep, all that in ONE day, and heading back to our VRBO in McMinnville.

I was somewhat amazed (and a little disgusted, frankly) at the commercialism of the Wooden Shoe. I had different visions of a quiet, peaceful field of tulips, but instead, there were inflatable kid toys, bungee jumping, rides through the tulips on a “train”, a hot air balloon, you name it. But for my purposes, we headed straight into the fields, where I managed to shoot about 200 photos of tulips and people in the tulips. It was incredibly beautiful.

You will see several paintings from this trip, but the first one I had to do was this one, a man on a bike, riding through the field. PERFECT! I took several shots of him. He seemed to be leisurely poking along, glancing down at the flowers every now and again, clearly out for a casual ride to see the sights.

First wash of teal and yellow

First wash of teal and yellow

String, paper squares, produce netting and scribbles dance in the canvas, providing a crazy, fun background for the tulip colors.

Details:

Tulip guy detail 1

In the background, I suggested trees and a distant field of pink flowers. You can see the squares of paper, produce netting grid, and string

Tulip guy detail 2

Up close of Mr. Tulip Guy, where there is gridded pattern of netting and paper squares as well as a fruit tree in the background.

Tulip guy detail 3

Here is a detailed view of the bike, with string, painted grids, and paper collage. As you can see, the flowers are not painted as such, but suggested by mass and color.

Finished original on Plexiglas! One of my favorite areas is the background, where it seems a little surreal, or suggestive of trees, clouds, and haze. This turned out to be a fabulous painting!! It strikes the perfect mood.

Petals, 20x16, $750 original watercolor and mixed media on Plexiglas

Petals, 20×16, $750 original watercolor and mixed media on Plexiglas

The question was…Petals? Or Pedals for my title. After some deliberation, I decided on Petals. Why? Not sure, other than that I just love the flowers.

Cheers!

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I was recently asked to donate a small work of art for our local Deschutes Children’s Foundation for their annual Art and Wine Auction in May. Since it is spring, I decided to paint small flower works. The first one turned out so wonderful, I painted another, and felt like I could paint about 10 more!

Impressions, 7x5, $110

Impressions, 7×5, $110

 

Sunnyside Up, 5x7, Unavailable

Sunnyside Up, 5×7, Donation to Deschutes Children’s Foundation.

I’m donating the beautiful yellow flowers for the auction, and selling the tulip painting. You can purchase the tulip one for $110, unframed. If you want the yellow flowers, make sure to attend the fundraiser!

Feed the Beast, everyone. Give back to your community and help others.

Cheers!

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For the upcoming mini show at Hood Avenue Art, a sneak peak of a painting in progress!

Quail in progress, 5x7 original watercolor on Plexiglas

Quail in progress, 5×7 original watercolor on Plexiglas

These little quail are usually clucking through our back yard, on their way to some important task. The male always perches on a rock or stump and surveys the progress of his harem moving through the grass. Love these quail.

I’m not sure what I will name this little gem. Comment if you have ideas on a title!

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What…another week went by? Aaaaannnnddd here it is, our weekly small painting sale. My Thursday paintings vary in price from $30-$50. This painting is $40 today! As a nod to Halloween and Trick or Treating, here is “Very Beary”:

Very Beary, 8x8 original watercolor on textured #300 watercolor paper, $40 today. Matted with foamcore backing to fit into your 12x12 frame

Very Beary, 8×8 original watercolor on textured #300 watercolor paper, $40 today. Matted with foamcore backing to fit into your 12×12 frame

“Very Beary” is available today only for $40. Shipping outside Bend $12 additional. First come, first serve! Send me an comment.

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It’s cherry time!! Gotta love warm, sweet cherries straight from the cherry tree, right?

Cherries, 8x8 original watercolor painting on gesso-covered watercolor paper. $50. Matted to fit into a 12x12 frame

Cherries, 8×8 original watercolor painting and watercolor pencil on gesso-covered 300# watercolor paper. $50. Matted to fit into a 12×12 frame

Happy Thursday everyone!

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Mama duck gestured to the partially submerged log with her bill and nodded slightly to her many ducklings. “Hop up, youngsters, dry off, and practice your yoga stances.”

I was on my kayak at Hosmer and had been trailing her at a distance for a time, clicking off photos with my Canon SX50 Ultrazoom. I hoped there might be a hidden treasure in the photos when I viewed them at home. So I just kept snapping pics. The little ducklings stopped at a bank and fluffed their fluffy down feathers, organizing and preening themselves duckily.

It was by sheer luck, and much to my amazement, when the mother called to them and organized her little balls of fluff on the log, just for my photos. I was very close in the kayak, making slow, measured movements and holding my breath. After she gestured, they all hopped up. I sat, mesmerized, clicking off pics, and marveled  at how perfectly cute they all were.

I had taken about 20 photos before moving off and giving them their peace. When I got home, I combined the pics by selecting poses from each and aligning them just so for the painting. A little guy who had stretched out his leg became my focal point.

Photo reference, one of many, for Ducks in a Row

Photo reference, one of many, for Ducks in a Row

I painted the first wash quickly, deciding to use purple and quinocridone burnt orange as my two main colors, creating a somewhat neutral color palate with a strong horizontal line of dark value behind the ducklings. Since I wanted the small duck with his foot outstretched to be the focal point, I removed a chick to the immediate left to give him a little space. I had used liquid mask on all the areas of their highlighted downy feathers, to keep it sparkling white in the end.

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After the first wash of purple and quinocridone burnt orange

I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do with the background yet, other than keeping it loose and letting it fade away. I stepped away from it and allowed it to dry, knowing I would relish adding detail to the little ducklings. While it sat, I ran across an article in a magazine illustrating little dots in the background. I knew it would work for this painting.

In order to finish it for my First Friday showing at Desperado, I quickly began working on it the morning of the show.

After I had painted the background and the general shadows on the ducklings, I removed the mask

After I had painted the background and the general shadows on the ducklings, I removed the mask

Once I had removed the liquid mask, I worked on each little duckling. I paid close attention to detail and softened the edges so that their down appeared fluffy.

duck detail 2

Duckling detail. I kept all the whites as pure background and painted the shadow area only

duck detail 3

I concentrated on keeping the downy feathers very soft.

I saved the last little duckling to the end, using intense color and fine detail in his form. I made sure to keep the background as dark as I could behind him and accent his little stretched out foot with a vivid orange hue.

Focal point

Focal point

The painting has rhythm, which I enhanced by keeping all their legs and feet very bright with an orange and red mixture, their colors about the same, and the top of the log completely white to connect them all together. The mother duck looks over at them, bringing our view right back to the small guy with the outstretched foot.

Detail of dot squares and texture in background

Detail of dot squares and texture in background

After the ducklings and their mother were finished, I addressed the background with the squares of dots I mentioned earlier. You can see in the photo below how textural this painting is, with the collaged squares of paper and the scribbles of gesso. I love the dot effect, which further illustrates the organization of the little ducklings.

Ducks in a Row, $450  original watercolor and collage on Plexiglas

Ducks in a Row,  16×20 $450 original watercolor and collage on Plexiglas

Early in the afternoon, I felt I had work still to do on the painting, but took it to the show anyway. It received much praise and commentary. There was plenty of discussion on the conversation of the ducklings and their mother. So funny! After looking at it all evening, I decided to leave well enough alone and announce it finished.

This is one of my favorite paintings. I love these little ducklings and feel it is a strong conversational piece. I’m happy with the suggestion of a background and the neutral color of the overall painting. Hope it puts a smile on your face as it did to the many people who saw it at the First Friday show.

To purchase, send me an comment. I accept PayPal and will email a PayPal invoice. Shipping extra. Prints available, sizes starting at 8×8 for $25.

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