Thursday, September 4, 2014

Abstract Florals and Fall

For a while I did too many florals and I got tired of them. So I took a break and haven't painted them in a while. But lately I felt like I could go back to them. So these two are the result of that revisiting.
Florals are a nice way to play around with swooshing color about and changing shapes but still in a recognizable over all shape. If that makes any sense. Anyway, I still have some more canvases on hand so I might do a few more. 

I'm so happy fall is here. Even though the days are still pretty warm the nights cool off, and I do appreciate that. I just wasn't made for hot weather. Some people struggle with depression in the winter, but for me it's summer. I hate being hot. It feels like there is no escaping it and I can't breathe like I can when the air is cool and crisp. Allergies make me tired and I take naps everyday and it feels like I can't get anything done-at a time of year when I ought to be getting lots done! I didn't get any apple sauce frozen this year and that makes me feel guilty. :( All those apples just falling off my tree and it feels like such a waste. At least Fiona got a few pies made out of them and the kids ate apples all the time while they were good.

But now the neighbor kids are back in school, the air is getting crisp and I'm looking forward to crock pot meals, walks in the rain and sweater weather. And, of course, painting!   

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Driving Through the Coastal Mountains

I must be wanting a trip to the beach. Unfortunately I don't think that will be happening anytime soon.. Well, I can always go there in my mind. Actually, I think I love the mountains leading up to the coast even more than the beach itself. The forests on the way to the beach are very dense and rather mysterious feeling. I love the coolness, the greens... 

Today I am going to be doing a live painting at "The Secret Life of Turtles" gallery. Oregon City is the first incorporated city west of the Mississippi and today the town celebrated that with activities going on around downtown... food, music.. typical "city party" stuff. Should be fun. I've never painted in front of people before-people I don't know anyway. But I think it will go well. 

Stop by if you are in town! 

Thursday, July 24, 2014


Lately I've been naming my paintings after places. Sometimes I struggle with painting names. I paint because I'm trying to convey something I can't convey with words. Then I have to figure out words to go with it. :P But places tug at my heart the way art does. Kind of the same way music does too. So the titles are about how a place makes me feel, not about reporting what a place looks like. 

Neskowin is an itty bitty beach town We used to go there a lot when my older kids were little. Away from the crowds at Cannon Beach or Seaside, it was a relaxed, easy sort of place with people moving around, walking their dogs, playing with their kids, just minding their own business. The misty green Coastal Mountain Range off in the background. 

When I think about it I feel a little wistful, for when my older kids were little, when we just started out on the family thing. Our living was cheap and we were pretty carefree... Like I guess everyone is in their youth. 

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Insomnia and a Whale

 I drank coffee too late in the day today. Thus here I am, at 1:00 am doing a blog post. Oh insomnia! How I wish I could make you go away! Well, I have no one to blame but myself, I suppose. I should have known better. I wish I could be like this whale and swim around in the sky with the stars though, if I must be up. 

Sunday, September 1, 2013

September is here!

I love fall. I wish it was longer. Every year on September first I do a little jig and play this song. Bring on the cooler weather! Bring on the crisp leaves! Bring on the Pumpkin Spice Lattes! Hoooray!

Friday, August 30, 2013

An Island Alone

I'm not a summer person. It has been so hot and muggy this week and this gray, misty island of quiet looks so inviting to me. I am longing for cool soft mist. 

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Night Looking

I get insomnia a lot and I like to look out the window at things. I also go walking at night and it usually doesn't scare me. But sometimes my eyes play tricks on me and things look so different than they do in the day. Sometimes the night is soft and gentle, but sometimes there are things that seem to be active and dashing about, but always just out of the corner of my eye. Maybe I don't really want to see them! I don't know. But those are the kinds of nights that this painting reminded me of. When things are dashing and dancing, and their world doesn't include me at all!