Spartan Athlete

Spartan Athlete

spartan athlete

spartan athlete

On the Easel

Many of you Storm King Junkies may know this athlete. Still a WIP (work in progress). But so excited to have the opportunity to channel one of my favorite artists again. Teresa Elliott has made mud a compelling subject in the fine art world. A new friend friend gave me permission to paint her son’s portrait from a recent Spartan Run. i’ve always loved a good challenge, Survivor is one of my favorite shows, I cry watching the Olympics and have fallen in love with crossfitting. Seeing the cross between the joy and determination on his face and knowing the deep strength and endurance it takes to complete a challenge like this, inspires me to no end!

My initial intent was to paint in the style of Teresa Elliott (Like I did of her painting High Noon ) but I am loving the direction its going. So we’ll see it may just be inspired by her muddy works.

I would like to finish before we leave for Arizona but packing is getting in the way.

spartan athlete

spartan athlete

September Update

September Update

September

I can’t believe it is already September. This has been a very full year and the time is racing by, is that just a side effect of getting older?

In the past year, I have become a Grandmommy to the most adorable child ever placed on this earth. I am not even joking!!!! I feel that way.

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most adorable baby ever!

Maya's Foc

Maya’s Fox

Art de Avian

I have entered a national juried exhibit and SOLD that painting on opening night.

Baby Hummingbirds- Leslie Miller

Baby Hummingbirds- Leslie Miller

Baby Hummingbirds featured on Art de Avian brochure

Baby Hummingbirds featured on Art de Avian brochure

Walk, Walk, Walk

I’ve been on another walking trip, this time in Italy. I have many new reference photos to inspire countless paintings

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Changes

We’ve sold our house in Sequim, Wa, in order to see that adorable child more often. And I have been painting, just not posting. So here is an update on WIP (Works in Progress) and FO (Finished Objects).

Cactus Wren_SOLD

Cactus Wren_SOLD

palette knife painting of Longhorn

palette knife painting of Longhorn

underpainting of longhorn steer

underpainting of longhorn steer

evening run for this Conemarra pony

evening run for this Conemarra pony

Cactus wren

Cactus wren

It’s been too long since posting so this will be continued…

Throwback Tursday-C2C series

Throwback Tursday-C2C series

scaled value drawings for C2C series

scaled value drawings for C2C series

mountains to climb

mountains to climb

We recently went on the most amazing journey. Wainwrights Coast to Coast walk from the Irish Sea to the North Sea through the Lakes District, the Yorkshire Dales and the Yorkshire Moors. 192 miles of artist’s fodder. Problem being I was hiking not stopping to draw and paint, so i have reference photos albeit iPhone photos in order to paint from.

I set out to chose 1 photo of the 1000+ images to represent each day of the journey as a series. it was hard to chose some days were more picturesque than others. some dryer and others down right soaking wet and grey. Instead I have 9 scenes I have chosen. I then began value and scaled up drawings of the trip.

I painted one. A curious cow we were greeted by as we approached***. The valley below was like a beautiful patchwork pieced by talented hands.

fields and fields to cross

fields and fields to cross

sheep on the moors, shades of heather

sheep on the moors, shades of heather

hills and dales

hills and dales

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cattle guards

cattle guards

Like most grandiose ideas I quickly abandoned that series notion for a new idea, I’d share but I’ve already moved on to another one or two ideas. There are some great sketches waiting on the sideline I still would like to paint. If only there were more hours in each day!