Tuesday, May 26, 2009


8 x 10 oil on masonite

I was inspired to paint this after watching a movie called "The Whales of August" - It stars Bette Davis and Lillian Gish and tells the story of two elderly widowed sisters near the end of their lives, spending a summer in thier seaside house in Maine. The surroundings cause them to recall their relationship as young women, and the summers they had enjoyed there in the past.

It reminded me of my sister & I and the dreams we have of living by the sea.

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Tomales Completed Piece

Finally finished! :) Summer has finally arrived here, it seems we go from winter to summer with maybe a week of spring like temps - today it's 92 when just a month ago the high was 38! Thank goodness for air conditioning...
I mentioned in an earlier post that I wanted to finish at least one painting every week so that's my new goal.

Monday, May 11, 2009

Tomales Church Update

Wow! I've been busy! We have been working on a sunroom addition to our home, my sweet husband decided at one point that it would make a great studio for me, so between installing the hardwood floor, and all types of construction (there's so much more to it than I imagined) I have found a little time to paint. The thought of having my own space to paint with tons of light is really exciting!

Here's an update on the Tomales Church I've been working on... Once I am finished with this painting I want to commit to painting something new at least every week.

Monday, May 4, 2009

Tomales Church - Work In Progress

12 x 16 oil on Raymar canvas panel

I want to capture the light in this painting. I am also paying attention to the various colors I see and putting them down even if they don't make sense to me - I fight with "what I know" - (or think I know) vs. what I see. I can't count the times I have heard "Paint what you see, not what you know." Being a logical person, that should be a piece of cake to put into practice...it amazes me how difficult it actually is. Must be a
left/right brain thing :O)