Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Working on a Series



I've been working on a series of square landscapes size 24x24. I have finished the two below and am excited to continue the series. Both are available as fine art prints on stretched canvas from the landscape section of my print shop. When I can get some better photos, the originals will be submitted to Ugallery and, with some luck and the approval of the curator, appear in my personal gallery. In the meantime, I still have two more canvases waiting for paint.


Thursday, April 21, 2016

Little Birds


Spring has definitely arrived this week. Record breaking warm weather in the Northwest brought out a lot of little birds that inspired me. This week I have started listing this little collection in my Etsy Shop. The Robins are already listed and the rest will follow shortly as the paint dries. Hope you will stop by and check out my little paintings of Birds and Animals.

Friday, April 15, 2016

Last Snow

Just when it seemed like spring was coming, the weather has changed and provided a last dump of snow in Central Oregon where I have been hiding out for the past few weeks with a broken ankle and an ugly boot. It was going to be a short trip, so my paints didn't go with me. After sitting with my foot elevated for way too many days, it was a pleasure to finally be home and have a chance to get back to my art. This little 8x10 inch oil painting with its combination of warm and cool colors was created with oil paints on a stretched canvas. The original is available in my Etsy shop. If you dream of having it available in a larger size, wonderful giclee prints in sizes up to 38.5x48 are also available on paper or canvas. Click here to see the reproduction possibilities in my print shop. I've also been working on some miniature paintings of fruit and birds that I will post as soon as the paint dries, so check back again soon.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

First Week of February


This week has been a week of working small. Little still life paintings and small landscapes occupied my easel. My attention was captured by bright apples, pears, and a pomegranate along with imaginary summer scenes. This is a collection of some of this week's creations. As the paint dries, these small impressions will move to my Etsy shop along with many of my other small format art. Hope you will stop by for a visit.

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Working on the Square

This week I discovered a box of 12x12x1.5 inch canvases in my closet. I usually order in bulk to save a few dollars, but storage can sometimes be a problem, so the extras end up in the closet or under the bed. Sometimes I forget where they are, so it was exciting to discover a set of four wonderful little square format canvases. The discovery set in motion a series of sketches and a nice collection of square format landscape paintings.  Here's where I began:


I like to make little value studies that help me formulate a good composition. I did several pages of sketches before deciding on a design for the first square in the series. Here is the result of my first square of the week:

The original painting is for sale at Ugallery. Prints are available from my print shop. The rest will be sent to Ugallery as soon as the rain quits falling and I can get some better photos. Below is a quick shot of the four completed paintings. It was so much fun creating these guys that I just ordered some more square canvases. Can't wait for them to arrive.


Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Fruits and Vegetables

Lots of little fruits and vegetables are entering my Etsy shop this week. I'm loving painting bright colors on these rainy winter days. Hope you will stop by for a visit.

Monday, January 4, 2016

January is Home Decor Month


It appears that January is home decor month. Last year at this time, one of my little landscape paintings appeared on the cover of This Old House Magazine. It was exciting to see my work displayed in a national magazine. As it turns out, this year another little painting was included in the January/February print issue of Country Living Magazine with a link to my Etsy Shop. Check out page 69 of the print edition to see the painting. It is tiny painting of a cantaloupe slice I created on a blue background that appears at the top center of the page. The little painting sold immediately, however, it wasn't the only small format oil painting listed in my Etsy Shop. Stop by my Etsy Shop to see more original small format oil paintings.

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Punch Bowl Falls and Oregon Inspiration

The last few weeks I've been visiting Oregon and have found the landscape inspiring once again. This painting is of Punch Bowl Falls in the Columbia Gorge.  I have added it to my portfolio at Ugallery along with several other recent landscape paintings. This one was created with oil paints on an 18x24 inch stretched canvas. Prints are also available from my print shop. I hope you will stop by and take a look.

Sunday, December 6, 2015

Playing in the High Desert

Inspired by high desert landscapes of the Western United States, this contemporary landscape painting emerged. It was created with layers of acrylic paint intended to replicate the atmosphere of open land, endless grass, and fresh air. The original painting was created on a 24x30 inch stretched canvas. The original can be purchased at Ugallery, here. Reproduction prints are available from my print shop. I haven't yet decided whether to sell the original or keep it on my wall. I'll let you know if I decide to let it go.  Click here for reproduction print options.

Monday, November 30, 2015

Jazz on First Avenue

Creating this painting was nothing but fun. I had the radio turned to jazz and the design seemed to create itself. Layers of acrylic paint brushed, splashed, and dribbled in hues of magenta, cyan, and yellow melded themselves into purples and greens. I haven't yet decided where the original painting will be displayed, but reproduction prints on canvas, paper, and other surfaces are available from my print shop. Shipping is free worldwide on CyberMonday. The original painting was created on an 18x24 inch stretched canvas. The sides are painted black and it is ready to hang.

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Radish Still Life Painting

The paint is finally dry on the series of miniature still life paintings I created about ten days ago. You can view my original post about this series here. This little radish painting is one of my favorites. It was created with oil paints on a 5x7 inch flat canvas panel and is available here, in my Etsy Shop. When it has sold, reproductions will also be available. Visit the Still Life Gallery at my print shop for more information about sizes and other options.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Study in Red -- Abstract Painting Hot Box

This painting is about the color of emotion. It was created with layers of transparent color, crimson, red, and magenta. Yellow and orange are bundled together in geometric shapes. This painting is on a 20x24 gallery wrapped canvas with finished edges. Contact me at smallimpressions@hotmail.com for purchase information.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Red is the Color of Rain--Miniature Still Life Oil Paintings

Fall is here. The weather is cool and the rain showers of the Pacific Northwest have begun. It was the gloomy weather of mid October that prompted me to paint this series of colorful little still life paintings. It has been a long time since I focused on small still life oil paintings, so I thoroughly enjoyed painting these little ones. All included some bright red to chase away the gloom. They range in size from 4x5 inches to 5x7 inches. They are painted with oils on canvas panels. As soon as they are dry, I will be selling them in my Etsy shop. Hope you will stop by.

Friday, October 9, 2015

Northwest Travel Series

Inspired by the autumn season, this 11x14 inch acrylic painting has been added to my Northwest travel series inspired by my recent road trip. There are several in the series that have been added to my Etsy shop where I sell my small format original paintings. Hope you will stop by and check out my paintings of fields and trees. You can view a larger version of this painting here.

Monday, September 28, 2015

No Water, Dry Creek

Still working off the inspiration of my recent road trip, I created this 11x14 inch landscape painting that depicts one of many dried up creeks and rivers that I crossed on my journey. Before the rains begin again, the scene of a rocky shoreline and an absence of water is common. I enjoyed using paint to create the contrast between the sparse greenery of the land and the dusty ground. Right now this painting is available as a reproduction here. When I finally get myself organized, the original will be offered for sale in my Etsy shop, Small Impressions, along with many of my other small format originals.