Sunday, December 31, 2006

Standing on Two Legs

SOLD to a collector from Laramie, WY
This was a marvelous art deco Texaco station in Rock River, WY. After I-80 diverted most traffic away from Highways 287 & 30, many of these businesses closed. 2 of the large pillars had been knocked down, and the place was boarded up. The building was sold to a fellow who thought he could take out all the internal supports & make a large shopping mart. Needless to say, the Wyoming winds blew the building down. This was a 20x28" pastel.

Saturday, December 30, 2006

Orange Glow

SOLD to a collector from Laramie, WY
This large 22x28" pastel features an observed sky with a stylized foreground with slightly exaggerated the colors.

Monday, December 25, 2006

Roadside Burn

I enjoy the opportunity to record tendrils of shadows as they dance across the plains. Here, I got the added opportunity to record a recent burn adjacent to the highway. This 22x28" pastel is matted and framed, so overall it measures close to 30x40".

Saturday, December 23, 2006

Wyoming Cumulus

SOLD to a collector from Gillette, WY
In Wyoming I really hate to have paintings called landscapes. I would rather consider many as SKYscapes. The funny thing about this large pastel was that everyone kept asking me if I ever "did" antelope. Finally, in desperation. I sharpened a few NuPastels to a point & with a few quick lines added a few antelope. I did not want to switch my subject from sky to animal. Afterwards, I could point to these tiny bits of color & say, "See, I "do" antelope."

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

New Additions


This small house is located under the viaduct in Laramie and down the street from a lumber mill. All the windows are at different levels, and the entire house is made up of a sundry assortment of lumber, as if the occupant brought home a stick of wood every night and expanded his home each day. Although painted white, the owner had used several shades of white, hence the different colored additions as well.

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Fruit Demo

This was a 9x12" watercolor I did as a class demo showing how pigment could be removed with a damp brush, a bit of a challenge when you paint while walking around a classroom.

Monday, December 11, 2006

Sundown Near Chugwater

Sold to the University of Wyoming Departemtn of Engineering
This acrylic painting is 16"x72". I am finding it almost impossible to document. My husband was buying an old car & I was enjoying seeing some new country. The time of day was just perfect for this composition!

Sunday, December 10, 2006

Sundown Near Chugwater (detail)

SOLD to the University of Wyoming Department of Engineering
This is the left 1/3 of a 6 foot wide panoramic painting I just finished in acrylics. Elongated shadows in the late afternoon near the town of Chugwater, Wyoming made this a dramatic landscape. I have always liked the hills and plains much more than the forested areas.

Storm Warning, landscape

This 22x28" pastel was done from a photo I took while driving toward Laramie a few summer's ago. I loved this cloud as it came rolling into view.

Saturday, December 09, 2006

Inside Out, cityscape


This unusual building had the address above a wall with a doorway which led into a back yard. Neither house on either side of this "doorway" had an address, so I decided to do this watercolor to commemorate the event.

Friday, December 08, 2006

Wyoming Floral Landscape

SOLD to a customer from Laramie, WY

I did this on site along side a secondary highway in Wyoming. By sitting low to the ground, I could raise the forground foliage and incorporate it into the scene behind. 5x7" acrylic.

Thursday, December 07, 2006

Wyoming Stock Pond


This fenceline catching tumbleweeds at sundown bordered a stock pond very near the Wyoming & Montana Border. I liked the way the upper & lower halves of the image are so in its natural state, the other half manipulated by man.

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Wyoming In Spring


I live at 7200 ft and our springs come in with a vengeance, bringing our snowstorms & water. This is spring as I know it. This 5x7" acrylic was painted on site from the INSIDE of my car, sparing me from the blustery weather.

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Wyoming Fenceline


This 5x7" acrylic was done on site just east of Laramie. As usual, the fence didn't seem to be keeping anything in nor preventing anything from getting out.

Monday, December 04, 2006

The Sky Below


This 5x7" acrylic was done on site. We call these "prairie puddles". I caught the reflection of the sky above in the puddle below.

Saturday, December 02, 2006

Munton Windows


This small watercolor is only 3x3" in a 5x5" gold frame. I did it on site when I discovered these munton windows which had been totally covered in paint. Had it not been for the broken panes I never would have noticed the windows.

Friday, December 01, 2006

Painting in Progress

This painting is at the underpainting stage. I am just about to add midtones & then highlights. The painting measures 16"x72". I found this scene up near Chugwater Wyoming very late last fall & have just now gotten around to trying it in the studio.