Thursday, December 15, 2011


acrylic and oil on paper 12"x16" I painted this from a photo I took in Kilarney, Ireland. It's really hard to capture the beautiful greens of Ireland!

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Stormy Waters

acrylic and oil on paper 12"x16" I'm really into painting waves lately. They're fun and challenging and satisfying to my soul.


oil on paper 16"x20" This is a painting that I did from a book by Jerry Yarnell. It is a repeat of one of the very first paintings I ever did. The instructions would have me add much more detail: a tree in the foreground, rocks and weeds in the lakeshore, more sunlight on the meadow by the church. But right now, the painting evokes in me a sense of twilight, and it seems just right. So, I've signed it and moved on.

Monday, November 21, 2011


Oil on Paper 16"x20"
I think I like painting waves! I loved painting this, although at first, it didn't seem to be working, it looks sloppy and messy up close. But when I viewed it from afar, it really seemed to work! It looks better in person than in the photo. I like it!

Monday, September 19, 2011

Aspen Creek

Acrylic and oil on paper 12"x16"
Reflections are hard! My painting doesn't do justice to the original photo, which is so much more beautiful and can be found at the following link:
Meandering Creek Amongst the Aspens  F4KV3625

Thursday, September 8, 2011

The high road

Oil on paper 12"x16"
I found this painting somewhat challenging, wanting to capture the impression that you were right there on the trail, observing the grandeur and the majesty of the view. This was painted from a photo that was recently "explored" in Flickr,with permission from the photographer. Here is a link to the original photo:

Saturday, September 3, 2011

More Mountains

acrylic on paper 8"x10"
This is a familiar theme/scene - but done while practicing with new brushes and styles.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Shady Lane

acrylic on paper 12" x 16"
I suppose I could have spent more time detailing the grass and the shadows, but ovreall I am pleased with the composition, the perspective and the colors.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Cliff Face

oil on canvas paper 8"x10"
I liked painting this, although I wish I had better control over painting what I actually see. I see all the flaws in this, areas that should be shaded that ended up highlighted, and vice versa. But, if I keep practicing, I will get better at it. Right?

Here is another version that I did with a limited palette of watercolors:
watercolor on paper 6" x 8"

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Mt Hood Meadows

Oil on Canvas Paper 16"x20"
I could have painted the mountain a little better, but overall I am pleased with the composition and the sense of depth portrayed here.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Sunset Bay

acrylic and oil on paper 10"x 8"
This one did not wow me. I call it an exercise in blending and one I didn't do very well. But, practice, practice, practice

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Ride the wave

Photobucket Pictures, Images and Photos
Acrylic an paper 9" x 12"
Wow! I wish I had done this on a bigger canvas! I can feel the strength and the power of the wave.

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Wheat field

Photobucket Pictures, Images and Photos
Acrylic and oil on canvas paper 12" x 16"
Simple, yet effective and satisfying. I can't decide if I should paint a bright, detailed wheat stalk in the forefront, or leave it as is. For now I will leave it.

Friday, June 17, 2011

Rogue River Bridge

Oil on Paper 12" x 6"
I painted this from a picture I took in Grants Pass Oregon by the Rogue River. I painted this in stages, over a very long period of time - first the sky, then the background trees, then the water, then the bridge, then the reflections, then the highlights on the bridge. I suppose I could have added more detail to the reflection, but I was afraid to screw it up! I like it!

Friday, June 10, 2011

Mountain Retreat

Photobucket Pictures, Images and Photos
12" x 16" oil on paper
Thought I would give Bob Ross another go. I like this style for making mountains, but not for clouds and other foreground details. It's okay, I guess.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Mountain falls

Photobucket Pictures, Images and Photos
12" x 16". Acrylic on paper

Monday, May 23, 2011

Mountain splendor

Oil on paper 16" x 20"
Another Bob Ross style painting.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Cinder cone crater

Oil on paper 12" x 16"
I painted this from a photo I saw on the Internet. It needs work defining distance and light, but I don't know how to improve it.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Lake Island

oil on canvas 16"x20"
This was painted from a photo I took one day while jogging along the lake.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Summer Lake

Oil on canvas paper 16"x20"
Doesn't this look peaceful and relaxing? Like a summer hideaway, that's got my name written all over it!

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Winters End

Oil on Canvas Paper 12"x16"
I did this painting based on an exercise meant for watercolors, but as I haven't yet mastered watercolors (or really found the desire to do so), I did it with oils. I like it, but there's something missing - there must be something I can do to make it zing, but I can't figure it out.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Fly a kite

I did this one first:
acrylic on paper 8"x10"
I liked it, alot, so decided to do it again, only bigger:
acrylic on paper 16"x20"
I can't decide which one I like better; still practicing!

Gone Fishing

acrylic on canvas paper 8"x 10"
practice, practice, practice...

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Duck Pond

acrylic and oil on canvas paper 16"x20"

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Winter Solitude

Oil on canvas paper 8"x11"
Practice, Bob Ross style.

PJs Art Studio

Oil on canvas paper 12"x16"
Simple, yet fun. Another exercise from a book by Brenda Harris. It was good exercise.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011


Oil on Canvas Paper 12"x16"
I saw this painting at bed bath and beyond on a very large canvas and I really liked it and wanted to try it myself. I finished it in two nights, the first night putting down the basic undercolors and the second night blending and highlighting. There's probably more I could do to improve upon it, but I like the colors and the impression it gives and so: here it is. I need a better name for it - does anyone have any ideas?

Monday, January 17, 2011


oil on canvas 18"x24"
This didn't come out as well as I had hoped - I'm thinking about scraping the canvas and starting over again.

Monday, January 10, 2011

Fall Road

oil on canvas paper 16"x20"
This is another picture that Terye sent to me that I procrastinated before painting because I didn't think I could do the picture justice. It was hard and I don't think I did well capturing the distance and depth, but it was fun and colorful and in the end I will include it in the ones I offer for sale at the next craft fair. What do you think I should offer it for? $30


oil on canvas 18"x24"
I drive by this scene on my way to work from Bill's house in the morning and thought it made a good subject for painting. I will try this during other seasons as well. It's really pretty when the mountains are covered in snow on a bright clear morning when the hills are green and the sun is bright. It's equally pretty when it's overcast and the horizons are misty...