3 new paintings-Successful Artist Retreat

I recently went to Indio with some good friends for an Arts and Craft retreat. I spent 3 days painting. 2 oil paintings and a small watercolor for my Dad’s birthday. All in all it was a wonderful weekend.

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Boyhood

Boyhood

Mom and Babe on Beach

Mom and Babe on Beach

'55 Thunderbird

’55 Thunderbird

Hand Me Downs- Girl on Bike

Here’s another wet oil painting hot off the easel. It’s 18″x24″ Oil on Canvas.

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Hand Me Downs, 18″x24″ oil on canvas

My Mom so graciously took the kids for an overnight so I could get some much needed, uninterrupted painting time. I was thinking a lot about girl childhood, big brands, growing up in the carefree Summer days, the impermanence of youth and how quickly children grow. My daughter is wearing all hand me downs in this picture, so in a way she’s carrying her friend’s youth and past Summers with her.

Recently a friend and I were talking about how we are constantly evolving and leaving behind the person we used to be. Always growing but forever tucking away the people we once were. Those past experiences layer inside us like paint on a canvas to make us who we are. It’s lovely really.

What are your thoughts on this? Any secret past identities you’d like to share?

The Train Door

My last painting showed me that it IS possible for me to paint while my children are home. In fact, it’s a good thing- it keeps me from baking! This painting is #2 in a new series (I hope) of transportation paintings. This is my daughter Ivy, standing in the doorway of an antique train, which is now a museum in San Diego. I love the light in this painting and in the last. I also love the symbolism of these children looking out into the light from a train. It speaks to me of the promise of future, the wide openness of their lives. What does it say to you?Ivy brighter

A close study of Ivy standing at the train door.

A close study of Ivy standing at the train door.

Looking Back (Miles on the train)

18"x24" Oil on stretched canvas

18″x24″ Oil on stretched canvas

 

I’ve finally carved out a little time to complete an oil painting. It’s been difficult over the past year, with 2 young children to make time to really get lost in a painting. It feels so good to be back! I’m hoping this will be the start of a train, or transportation series. I already have my next painting in mind, so stand by.

Spring Renewal

Spring Renewal

Spring Renewal is an expression of my firm dedication to live a healthy and positive life. Do you have an anchor that you look to as a reminder to follow your through with your life goals? What is it? I’d love to hear about it.

New Painting, Ivy Camping

"Ivy Camping" 8"x10" Oil on Canvas

“Ivy Camping” 8″x10″ Oil on Canvas

I finished a quick study of my daughter Ivy last night from a photograph I took while we were camping this winter.  I feel it captures her vivacious spirit and fun personality, not to mention the pure volume that comes with being a 2 year old.  This is a smaller painting, 8″ x 10″ oil on canvas.