Thursday, October 30, 2008

Image and Spirit

My computer friend, C. Robin Janning, asked if she could use my Magnificat in a blog posting on Image and Spirit. Here's a link:

I'm delighted by the response to that image.

Robin is an artist who does wonderful abstract work. You can see her work at:

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Robert Genn

I get twice weekly newsletters, Tuesday and Friday, from Robert Genn, a Canadian artist, who sends these letters out to hundreds of people across the world. They are always interesting and he also prints some of the responses to his letters in 'clickbacks' on the following post. My letter was chosen as one of the responses to his Friday letter about Icons. My recent painting, Magnificat, was published alongside the comment. Here's a link:

Monday, October 27, 2008

Thursday, October 23, 2008


Another little 8x10 study.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008


These are the results of my Red Horse Ranch paintings (see the photo that inspired me 2 posts down). The first is 8"x10" and the second is 20"x24". The large painting was done 'alla prima' or all at once- in one sitting (though I stand when I paint), with only a little tweaking after it dried. I love the immediacy.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Another quote

Chance is always powerful.
Let your hook always be cast.
In the pool where you least expect it,
there will be fish."

What an inspiration to continue getting ready for some art shows!

Rumi quote

"In your light I learn how to love.
In your beauty, how to make poems.
You dance inside my chest where no one sees you,
But sometimes I do, and that sight becomes this art."


I found this wonderful quote on the latest edition of the Painter's Keys by Robert Genn. It's a twice weekly artists newsletter that is a real inspiration. There's a link on the right to check it out.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Red Horse Ranch

I took this at the 2008 Porkapalooza at Red Horse Ranch and I'm in the middle of two renditions of it. There's something captivating about a windbreak.

Friday, October 17, 2008

RED TREES revisited

It seems like I've revisited this canvas every fall for the last few years. I wonder if it's done yet? I rather like the first version now that I see it again. I've learned a lot with every layer.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008


This is a painting of Lady Julian in the icon style but a design of my own invention. She is a fascinating character and Tom Schwanda introduced me to her, so I dedicated this icon to him and sent it to him as a surprise.

Monday, October 13, 2008


I think it's done. The orange masonite is to hang small pieces on in an upcoming show and it's also the same color I just painted my front door.

Saturday, October 11, 2008


This is today's progress.

back to landscape

On this glistening fall day, I plan to get back to working on this painting after taking a walk in the world. I'm looking to capture the fall gold. We'll see.

Thursday, October 09, 2008

Monday, October 06, 2008

Dining with Squirrels

I just encountered my niece's new blog by that title: Dining with Squirrels
It's at and it's a hilarious account of her life with her family. Since she's one of my all time favorite people and the captain of my cheerleading squad, I'll be checking her site regularly.

She got to sit with the VIP's at the Barack event (due to hard work for another Dem) and she even has pictures!

Here's a gem I found on one of her posts:

Marion Howe:

“We want the spring to come and the winter to pass. We want whoever to call or not to call, a letter, a kiss — we want more and more and then more of it. But there are moments, walking, when I catch a glimpse of myself in the window glass, say, the window of the corner video store, and I’m gripped by a cherishing so deep for my own blowing hair, chapped face, and unbuttoned coat that I’m speechless: I am living.”

Yes, we are living.

Thursday, October 02, 2008


My husband and I took the bus downtown to see Barack Obama and it was worth getting up early. He is a dynamic speaker and even though we didn't get very close to the stage, the atmosphere was wonderful and it was great to be in the company of such a cross section of America! People were really excited. I think we need his kind of change.

Wednesday, October 01, 2008


This is another rendition of the idea. Mary's robe has music embedded in it and the last verse or #7 in Singing the New Testament. The first six verses flow behind her. The words are by Grayson Warren Brown.

There is another painting in the series that's not quite finished.


I was finally able to implement an idea that's been in my mind for a long time. Mary is praising the Lord and the words and music to Psalter Hymnal 622 act as her halo. (Text by Bert Polman and music by Jaques Berthier). Other music is floating in the background behind her. (I'm not a musician- I have no idea what the music is.) I have an ornate silver frame that I can't wait to put this into.

Magnify the LORD! Magnify the LORD! Magnify the LORD who is my Savior and my GOD!