Archive for January, 2014

Gigapixel Artzoom project or 5 more seconds of fame.

January 26th, 2014 1 comment

What happens when you get some super Microsoft nerds and 100 artists and you let them make a computerized map? The map, which they are calling the Gigapixel Art Zoom project, is now on line. You can zoom the camera in and out in every direction, and if you are careful, you can find artists doing what they do. Some are painting, some are dancing, one guy is making tea in his van. If you are on an HDTV screen it’s especially powerful, but works on any phone, too. Give it a try, it’s pretty fascinating! If you look close at the photo above, you can see me standing there with my easel in the sun painting. They told me that my painting would show in their picture, but alas, that level of detail did not happen. You can see the painting I did in this blog entry. Now I have to get back to my 30 paintings in 30 days project!

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Day 26 – His sandals

January 26th, 2014 2 comments

hssandalsA lot of the people in the 30 paintings in 30 days challenge have been painting different sorts of shoes, so I thought I would paint my husband’s sandals. He loved them so much he bought two pairs after the first pair wore out. Then he lost one of them, so for years, he had 3 sandals. He always shared them with me, if I needed to run outside for a minute, he’d let me slide them on and borrow them. So I kept them, they always make me smile. They live right by the door, in case someone needs them.

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Day 25 – Sunrise over Lake Washington

January 25th, 2014 3 comments

This morning I looked out the window and Lake Washington looked like a pool of molten lava. The sky was kind of dingy, there was a cloud obscuring the pretty colors that were certainly showing somewhere. So I painted it on a lovely piece of Italian watercolor paper.
This painting measures 5″ x 7″ and it is an original hand painted watercolor. It is SOLD. If you would like to buy it, there is a Paypal button below. If you don’t do paypal, contact me for my mailing address. All money that goes towards a purchase of one of my paintings goes to endangered species conservation programs.
Remember, if you like this painting please leave a comment; artists love to know what you think about their work.

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Day 24 – Thinking about you

January 24th, 2014 4 comments


I thought I’d paint another young widow. I have been thinking about this particular face for a while, and I thought it would be interesting to do a little negative painting. Negative painting is the process of painting darks around other shapes to imply substance. It turned out kind of sweet, I think. Mood can be relayed by both expression and posture. This young woman looks like she is missing her man.
There are some things that I’d like to tell you based on my own experience. A lot of people say to recently widowed people, “If there’s anything I can do!” but then, they don’t follow through. To the widow, it seems like they’ve disappeared. You think someone who just had the biggest loss of their life is going to be able to say; “oh yes, I would love for you to come over tomorrow with some chicken soup” ? No, probably not. If you are serious about wanting to help, be assertive. And if all the widow wants to do is talk about her deceased husband, well, let her. Tell her one of your memories of him too.

This painting measures 7″ x 10″ and is for sale for $75.00. All money I get for paintings goes right to endangered species conservation. Buy a painting, help a good cause!

You can use the paypal button below or contact me for other options.

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Day 23 – Summit in the Rockies

January 23rd, 2014 3 comments


Someone saw my painting, Summit and asked if I could paint another with her favorite view of the Rocky Mountains. It would be a perfect valentine! And so it is. This painting is not for sale, but I could paint your favorite location instead. Please inquire for more information.

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