Friday, April 16, 2010

Tulip Mania

I am taking pictures today for a painting of tulips. The garden is full of color!

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Funny or Awful

From the pet shop. Snakes are pretty but I wish all animals were herbivores.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Can't Stop Playing with Photoshop

More colors! This is far too much fun.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Fabric Fun

I got side tracked today and haven't been to the studio at all. I've been playing with my painting "Reckless" in Photoshop and wondering about turning it into a fabric design. Oh my! It is so addictive. I have to force myself to stop before the day disappears completely. Maybe I will let myself try some other color ways tomorrow.

And if I really want to spend a lot of time I will fix the repeats so that the blossoms match up. So much fun!

Friday, April 9, 2010

Punctuation Cat

This little oil sketch of Huckleberry makes me think of punctuation. Is it the dot on a question mark? Maybe it is the dot on an exclamation point! Or simply a statement of how comfy it is to be a sleeping cat. I guess it changes with my own moods.

It can also be hung in various ways. I keep flipping it over depending on if my day feels upside down or right way up. An adaptable little painting.

It measures 6"x6" and is oil on panel.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

After the Opening

The show is hung. The opening was frightening for a shy person like me but so many kind friends showed up that I felt greatly supported. And now I get to keep this beautiful flower arrangement that my mum made for the opening. Parrot tulips and bleeding heart from the garden and white ranunculus from the grocery store. The sun is even peeking out from the storm clouds. Life feels pretty good today. Thank you to all my lovely friends who came and shared the love last night. La vie est belle.

(Can anyone spot Opal in this picture? Crazy cat has to be in every photo)

Saturday, April 3, 2010


I have a show of my new work at Fuel Coffee in Montlake in Seattle. There will be a little opening reception on Wednesday evening from 6-8 pm and you are invited! Why not stop by and say hello.

Fuel Coffee
2300 24 ave E Seattle
Wed 7 April


The show will run through the month of April and then move to Fuel on Capitol Hill.

Here are the paintings that will be there.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

The Visit

Imagine that you are the size of a mouse and you find yourself looking at the magnolia blossom. Wouldn't it fill you with awe? Do we feel the same thing when we see a magnolia blossom...or a whole tree with hundreds of them?
This painting is 6"x8" so the mouse and blossom are life sized.

I have also finished this painting which I started a few weeks ago. I am calling it "Renaissance" since all the plants erupting from the ground are bulbs being reborn. It is a bit disturbing, as change always is.

This gorgeous thing is a lily bulb. Last year I forgot where I planted it and stepped on it, preventing it from looking this wonderful or from flowering later in the summer. I don't care if it flowers this year. It has already made me happy.

My original posts about this painting are hereand here
The lyrics of a Dar Williams song 'Spring Street' remind me of this painting.
I'll push myself up through the dirt
And shake my petals free
I'm resolved to being born
And so resigned to bravery

Huckleberry and Magritte

This is my loyal studio cat Huckleberry. He sits beside me while I paint. I spend a lot of time picking cat fur off my paintings. This painting has no story. It is just a portrait...

...although it does remind me of a Magritte painting.

The most fun part to paint was the eyes.

This amazing photo of a cat's eye is from the internet and was unattributed.