In a Engineers Home….

30″x 30″acrylic on canvasHere is the finished commission (custom artwork) I did for the couple that I mentioned here. They have a beautiful home, but they wanted more color in their living room. Her favorite flower was the Gerbera (…

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Through The Glass

8″x 8″acrylic on gessoboard$150Entered into Daily Paintworks “Through The Glass” challenge.Click here to purchase.

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Gerbera’s, gerbers, ?

30″x 30″acrylicRight now I am working on a commission (custom artwork), where the person  wanted more color in her living room and her favorite flower was the Gerbera (gerber?) daisy.  I said, since I am doing this just for you, do you w…

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Stroke Update – Lifting Hooks

It’s been three years since my stroke. I keep getting stronger (slowly) every day. A few weeks ago, I had a trainer at my club,  Joni Neilson (International Federation of BodyBuilders…she’s fabulous!), suggest that I might tr…

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The New President of Corban University

24″x 30″acrylic on canvasI finished the painting of Dr. Sheldon Nord. He is the new President at Corban University in Salem, OR. I got to meet him before I painted his portrait. As he told us his story and his reason for taking the Presidency at t…

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Old Masters Atelier © ProTrack

I bought an Old Masters Atelier © ProTrack  recommended by my good friend, David Darrow..

It is a mahl stick . “A mahl stick is a stick or thin pole about a meter in length (three feet) with a ball-shape pad at one end, used as an aid in painting,” (About.com ) 
Because of my stroke, I can’t hold a mahl stick because my right hand doesn’t work. (yet!)

The ProTrack  is essential for me because it has a metal piece that screws into your easel…..


and it has another metal piece that holds the mahl stick.


 I can move the mahl stick back and forth or simply remove it.


There is a screw where I can change the direction of the mahl stick.




 Then when I paint, I can add little details…


or draw a straight line!
Here is a video by David Gray and Old Masters Atelier  promoting the ProTrack.

Thank you David Darrow!


Listening to:

The Book Thief, by Markus Zusak. Excellent narrator Allan Corduner!

     “It’s just a small story really, about, among other things, a girl, some words, an accordionist, some fanatical Germans, a Jewish fist-fighter, and quite a lot of thievery.

Set during World War II in Germany, Markus Zusak’s groundbreaking new novel is the story of Liesel Meminger, a foster girl living outside of Munich. Liesel scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can’t resist: books. With the help of her accordion-playing foster father, she learns to read and shares her stolen books with her neighbors during bombing raids – as well as with the Jewish man hidden in her basement before he is marched to Dachau.
This is an unforgettable story about the ability of books to feed the soul.”

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Dr. Sheldon Nord

Here’s what I have on the easel right now. It is a painting of Dr. Sheldon Nord to welcome him into the presidency of Corban University.The canvas is 24″x 30″.I decided to use Golden Open Acrylics along with regular Golden Acrylics. The Golden Open has…

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Shadow

Shadow8″x 10″acrylic on gessoboardClick here to purchaseI took this at the Beaverton Farmers’ Market. This little boy is simply fascinated by his shadow!

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Traveling Through

“Traveling Through”8″x 10″framed, acrylicClick here to purchaseI did “Traveling Through”, for one of Karin Jurick’s challenges. It was from a photo she had. I did it on a red background, which was challenging, but I just love the red popping through!&n…

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Sketchbooks

Sketchbooks
10″x 8″
Acrylic, mixed media
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I entered the Daily Paintworks challenge to “Paint It White”. Sketchbooks are always on my mind and in my hands, but especially lately.

I have been “following” Danny Gregory, an author and an illustrator, for several years and I  have several of his books: “Creative License”, “Everyday Matters”, and “An Illustrated Life”.
I have enjoyed listening and viewing  his interviews on artists from his recent book, “An Illustrated Journey”.

I just finished reading, “A Kiss Before You Go. An illustrated memoir of love and loss.”, by Danny Gregory.  

“After the loss of his wife in a tragic accident, beloved artist Danny Gregory chronicled his grief in the medium he knows best—the pages of his illustrated journals. This intimate volume reproduces these journal pages in a stirring visual memoir of Gregory’s journey towards recovery. Uniquely sincere, and by turns tender, raw, and hopeful, Gregory’s idiosyncratic text and illustrations capture the darkest and lightest moments of his “year of magical drawing.” Gregory’s process reminds us that creative expression offers its own therapy, and that living each day to its fullest may be as simple as putting pen to paper. Anyone who has experienced loss will take solace in this refreshingly candid look at grieving, while art lovers will marvel at the artist’s beautiful celebration of the power of creation.”

I really suggest that you watch the 1 1/2 minute video. (I couldn’t figure how to embed (?) it on here!)  

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