Dogs In Woods…spring…02.15.13

Progress 02/17/12

Progress 02/17/12


A great cloudy day to work in the studio on this larger painting. I haven’t painted “large” for awhile…I need more patience in this painting. And, I need to enjoy the moment(s)

A painting in progress

Dogs in woods step021513
I think that I sometimes do not stop to smell the roses….Custom work always takes priority in my painting life, and then I don’t have time or the mind set to just “create” something. My new years resolution was to paint more and just to paint …like a walk in the woods with no destination! I’m going to post the progress of this new canvas so I can follow my own steps. I always welcome company although it would make me nervous if someone was actually watching me paint! Enjoy the journey. The painting on my easel today has about 4 hours of work so far….but who’s keeping track?

Morning Walk

Walking a dog in winter takes some planning. I’ve left the house without really realizing how cold it is. There is no going back….
This latest painting is a work on canvas and is about the idea of a walk and an actual walk. It could be called, “winter’s hesitation”…..acrylic on canvas 29×39”
ps. this is my first post on my new Blog look! hopefully it’s easier to see and enjoymorning_walk

Night Life with Dogs


Give Me That Dog story painted and written. This long hot summer has been a great encouragement for staying in my studio and painting more of the great dog stories we received last year. We hope to publish another small book this fall.

Roll in the Snow


What better way to spend a hot July day than to paint a story about a shy rescued dog that loved nothing more than to run and roll in the snow. This shelter dog, adopted from a shelter, was very unsure of herself.It took a long time to coax her outside for a walk when she was first adopted, but she came out of her fears and hesitations and quickly discovered the joys of a snowy day.

Process and Intuition

I’m working on a smaller canvas size…and it seems more difficult than larger canvas work. When I worked on larger canvas, 40X50″ plus, I would just start painting and something would happen….now I come up with a concept and even a drawing before I begin. Maybe the pre-structure limits my expression…kind of like coloring in the lines! In any case, usually what I plan doesn’t work anyway and the painting evolves into something I didn’t plan. That’s probably because painting isn’t really about thinking….it’s about finding what feels right.

leaping Dog

The more I paint, the more I paint.  I’m loving winter. It’s quiet. There is time to think and enjoy the quiet of leafless trees and no yard work to do.  The new pup and I can spend lots of time in my studio and we both can walk out into the seemingly lifeless back yard.  Before long, there will be all that comes with spring.  Meanwhile, here is a new canvas called  “leaping dog”.   I think it is an expression of joy.  The joy is not about anything or anybody….just that feeling that arrives out of nowhere for no particular reason!an act of joy!

Painting in Winter

What a great time to paint. It’s cold, we had some snow, tomorrow it will rain. There is no temptation to even wander in the yard and dream about spring. If it weren’t for the new dog, Lola, I would only get out to move from the house to my studio and back to the house again.
I’m working on some smaller canvas and enjoying the process. New painting, The Dog House, size 24X30″ acrylic on canvas.
I also got to thinking about my inspiration and who really taught me to paint in the first place. My grandmother was creative in the garden and she made her own lovely hats too. She also painted a great watercolor that I’ve kept in spite of all the moving I’ve done in my life. When I moved to Corvallis Oregon, I took some painting classes at OSU. The art department was terrific! Nelson Sandgren taught watercolor and he also painted in oils. His studio was an open place to visit and it was there I to learned how to make a painting. I was reminded of him today as I finished another small acrylic painting….I think he would have liked this work.

Show in Gladstone, MO

Gladstone Community Center Art Exhibit Dec. 2011- early Feb. 2012

  Finally the time arrives to put the paintings I’ve been working on in the van and take them to the Gladstone Community Center in Gladstone, Mo, for a show!  Working on paintings over the summer and fall for this show has seemed to go slowly. Many interruptions in the day and probably my multi-task skills are worn thin….but, it’s always great to work toward an event where I can share my work with the public.  I’m sure I’m not alone in the feeling of working in a bubble.  Bubble’s are good for getting things done, but shows are great for sharing my work with others!

Time has flown by since I started this post which I never published.  November and December are the months of distraction. Our home was on the Weston Christmas Homes tour in early December.  It was fun to fill the house with two trees and lots of bling everywhere. We started all of that in early November!  It was great to have visitors to our home and my studio. We had about 1300 visitors!

The show in Gladstone is still up and looking good. The Gladstone Community Center has a great area to display art . I imagine that visitors are pretty impressed as they walk into the center and are greeted by art!