Saturday, January 10, 2015

Painting in the snow!

I've been doing a lot of snow painting recently, including one very cold nocturne (night painting)!  Sometimes it's so cold the water on my easel freezes.  Despite people thinking I'm nuts, it is a very valuable experience.  A camera just can't capture the nuances of color that a plein air study can, and I find this to be even more true of snow scenes.

Top right: Rocky Mountain National Park - painting next to a herd of Elk!

Below: Earlier in the season - you can see the fall leaves still on the trees.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

And the winner is...

Ruth Rinehart!!

Congratulations Ruth, you are the winner of my latest painting give-away!

See the tab "Win a painting" for winner instructions.

I look forward to seeing which painting you pick...

My latest studio piece

16" x 20"
Oil on panel - studio

As it cools down I paint less outside and spend more time in the studio.
It's a nice change of pace.

"So the darkness shall be the light, and the stillness the dancing."
- T.S. Eliot

$1400 framed - Includes Free U.S. Shipping
please contact Mary Williams Fine Arts Gallery for purchase inquiries.

Monday, November 3, 2014

Painting the fall colors

 A couple of recent plein air pieces.
This has been the  most colorful fall I've ever seen in Colorado!

Right: Everything I need for a day of painting - I love that I can carry my 'office' on my back!

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Denver Sunset

"Sun Setting on Denver"
5.5" x 14"
Oil on Panel - plein air

The way the sun lit up the buildings was incredible - I just had to paint it!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Painting at Ghost Ranch

 I recently stayed at Ghost Ranch in Abiquiu, New Mexico with some painter friends.  It's a magical place, and I can understand now why Georgia O' Keefe was so drawn to it!

Friday, August 29, 2014

Painting with Gatorade!

 "Cottonwood at dusk"10" x 8"
Oil on panel - plein air

Funny thing about this painting - I forgot my water (a big problem as I use water soluble oils), and the river was too far away. So, this entire painting was diluted with Gatorade instead of water!
It ended up being my favorite piece of the week and winning a Merit Award at the Paint the Poudre event!

$550 framed - Includes Free U.S. Shipping
please contact me for purchase inquiries.

Friday, August 8, 2014

Artists - How to get your artwork noticed by thousands of people!

I am so often asked how I quickly gained 20,000 fans on my Facebook Art Page  that I decided I needed to write an article! In my experience, having a page is one of the best tools out there, and it's free! 
I don't want to bore the socks off my other readers, so for those interested I've posted my article on the "Facebook Marketing" tab above - or you can just click here.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Plein air artists of Colorado show

I hope you can join us for the opening reception of this great show!

I will also be part of a panel discussion about art marketing earlier in the day.  Please visit for more information.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Wildflower season in Crested Butte, Colorado

I recently had the incredible experience of painting in Crested Butte during the height of wildflower season - I’ve never seen anything like it!

Right: "Wildflowers" 8x10 oil available through Abend Gallery
Below: "Crested Butte" 8x10 oil SOLD

Sunday, August 3, 2014

New studio and painting in progress

My recently refurbished (thanks to my wonderful hubby) studio with a large work in progress!
"Colorado meadow" 30 x 40 Oil - available at Abend Gallery, Denver

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Women artists of the west

"After the rain"
8" x 10"
Oil on panel - plein air

This is one of two plein air studies I am currently exhibiting with the Women Artist's of the West  at the Women's Museum of California!

I was honored to find out that I won both an Award of Merit and a Jury Award at the opening Friday night! 
If you happen to be in the San Diego area this would be a great show to see in person - it goes through May.

$550 framed - Includes Free U.S. Shipping
please contact me for purchase inquiries.

Right: The beautiful Women's Museum
of California in San Diego.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Love en plein air

I've seen all kinds of things while out painting - beautiful, unusual, even creepy, but I've never seen anything truly romantic....until now.

I was painting in the jungly undergrowth, minding my own business, when suddenly this incredible scene played out just feet away!  I wasn't too sure of the etiquette here, as the couple clearly picked a secluded spot to get married for a reason.  So, I just kept quietly painting - and weeping, because I'm sappy, plus I got married just a few miles from here, so it was especially touching!

Congratulations to the happy couple - and enjoy your new painting!

"From this day forward"
8" x 10"
Oil on panel - plein air

Collection of the newlyweds!