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Framing Day

This week I’ve been working on some custom framing projects, which is always a fun thing to do! I love how a frame transforms a painting.

Three of the pieces framed are being donated to the YWCA of Spokane.  They are having their annual fundraiser next month to raise money for battered women. I was honored to be asked to submit a donation. The event is called “An Evening in Tuscany”.

I’m submitting my “Wine Triptych”, a series of three oil paintings. The first painting in the collection is an 11″x14″ of the three subjects. Next is a 5″x7″ of the wine glass, and last is a 4″x5″ of the grapes. I’m so pleased with how they all turned out. The background has a mixed media effect and is very textural.

Wine Triptych


Wine Bottle



Wine Glass painting



Grapes paintnig


Here’s a short video of my framing day:




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“Sunday Fishing”

Do you love to fish? I enjoy it, even though I can’t seem to catch a fish to save my life! Seriously! If I was starving I’d be in big trouble! Lately, I’ve found fly fishing to be a lot of fun, but as yet haven’t found a creek that has fish in it! In any case, I’ve decided painting fishing scenes is rather enjoyable too and that genre is top priority this summer. Here’s my fave, which I’m sure you’ve seen in a previous post:

"Fly Fishing"
“Fly Fishing”
8″x10″ oil on panel


Then there’s also this smaller painting done on 6″x6″ gallery wrapped box canvas:

"Sunday Fishing"
“Sunday Fishing”
6″x6″ oil on gallery wrapped canvas


Father’s Day is around the corner! An original one of a kind oil painting would make a lasting gift! Keep in mind the Tamarack Mountain Studio watermark is not on any painting. The paintings are signed by me and come with a certificate of authenticity and artist documents. 🙂

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It’s Daisy time in our neck of the woods, and I’m looking forward to creating some new works with these cute little flowers. They grow wild in our area, and last a long time. The best part about them is they don’t smell so great and the deer leave them alone! I have to grow my gardens with fencing around them to save my plants from the ravenous deer. All they do is eat, yet they look like they are starving! But the daisies, they thrive and don’t become a deer’s mid-nite snack!

Here’s a few Daisy paintings for my Daisy loving buds:


Daisy oil painting
“Daisies” 4″x4″ oil on gallery wrapped canvas



"Field of Daisies"
“Field of Daisies”
4″x4″ oil on gallery wrapped canvas




"Daisy and a Lady" oil painting
“Daisy and a Lady” 4″x5″ oil on canvas



These paintings are on sale for a limited time! I’d love to wrap one up and send it to you! If you don’t like it, send it back. No questions asked!

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Blue Morning Glory

This past weekend, I transplanted my Morning Glory seedlings into hanging baskets. I saw an idea on Pinterest to grow Morning Glories in hanging baskets and let the vines cascade down. It makes a stunning display of color! Last year I grew the flowers on a trellis in the garden but they were too close to the fence and the deer ate the vines, leaving me with nothing! This year I’m outsmarting them and growing my favorite blue flowers hanging from our top decks, 20′ in the air! Take that deer!

Here’s a few of my favorite Morning Glory paintings:

I’m looking forward to creating some more Morning Glory floral paintings this year! And, if you’re on Pinterest follow me and of course I’ll follow back!

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I thought my painting was ruined!


I recently varnished my “Eggs” oil painting and as it dried something strange started to happen. The varnish dried in blotchy patches! I re varnished the painting thinking the new varnish layer would fill in the missing gaps and it only got worse.


As you can see in the video, all is back to normal!  I’m so happy! Thank you to the excellent support at Gamblin for walking me through the procedure on how to remove varnish. If anyone needs this info. here you go:

Gamvar is formulated with Gamsol odorless mineral spirits, therefore it can be safely removed with Gamsol.  As a solvent, Gamsol is not strong enough to dissolve a dry paint film, so varnish removal will not harm the painting.  If the varnished painting is on stretched canvas, place something firm beneath the back of the painting to keep it from flexing when pressure is applied from above.

Gamvar Removal Directions:

  1. Take a clean lint-free cotton cloth and wet it with Gamsol.  This is your dissolving rag.
  2. Using circular strokes, dissolve a small area of the varnish at a time (Gamvar will dissolve within seconds).
  3. Immediately wipe away the dissolved Gamvar with another dry cotton cloth.
  4. Unfold and refold the wiping cloth several times during the process to make sure you are using an absorbent part of the cloth.  Usually, there is enough of a difference in surface sheen to tell where Gamvar has been removed.  If it is difficult to tell, approach the surface systematically in small areas at a time to help keep track of where the varnish has been removed.
  1. A final wipe down with a fresh cloth and Gamsol may help to ensure any residual varnish is completely removed.  Allow Gamsol to evaporate completely before continuing to paint or re-varnishing the painting.

Application of Gamvar Picture Varnish / Satin & Matte

Gamvar Satin and Gamvar Matte may be applied to a painting when it is touch-dry and firm in its thickest areas.  Gamvar is designed to be applied in one thin coat.

  1. Shake the bottle before use to ensure that matting agents are well dispersed.  (Matting agents are expected to settle to the bottom of the bottle when not in use.)
  2. If Gamvar gets very cold, the wax matting agents may drop out of suspension into clumps.  To dissolve the wax, place the varnish container into a pan of hot tap water and allow to warm through.  A combination of the heat and vigorous shaking will dissolve the clumped wax. 
  3. Apply a thin coat of varnish by using a light scrubbing action with the brush. Try to cover as much of the painting with as little varnish as possible.
  4. Finish by feathering out over the surface of the varnish.  Wherever there is excess varnish, remove it by feathering and wiping the brush on paper towels or a clean rag.

The following link will take you to a varnishing demonstration video on our website:

The ideal varnish brush is flat and 1-3” wide, depending on the size of the painting to be varnished.  A brush with stiff, but soft natural bristles works best for applying an appropriately thin layer of Gamvar.  Soft synthetic and soft natural hair brushes tend to soak up and deposit too much varnish at once.

Oiling-Out prior to Varnishing

If a ready-to-varnish oil painting has an uneven surface quality, with dull or sunken-in areas, we recommend oiling-out before varnishing.  An oiling-out mixture will reduce the painting’s absorbency and unify its appearance by soaking into absorbent paint layers.  Gamvar will then lay down more evenly, reducing the patchy or streaky look that results when varnish sinks into absorbent areas of a painting.

Oiling-Out Procedure:

  1. Apply a liberal coating of a 1:1 mixture of Galkyd:Gamsol (or 2:1 Galkyd Lite:Gamsol) to the entire painting.  If the painting includes the use of natural resins like dammar in its mediums, DO NOT USE GALKYD!  Instead, oil-out with a 1:3 mixture of Refined Linseed Oil:Gamsol.
  2. Allow the medium to be absorbed into the painting for 2-3 minutes.  When oiling-out a large surface area, break it down into manageable, overlapping sections.
  3. Wipe off the excess painting medium thoroughly with an absorbent, lint-free cloth.  Utilize a dry brush to wick out medium that pools in more heavily textured areas.
  4. Once dry, if any dull areas remain, oil-out those areas one more time.

Allow the oil-out to dry completely before varnishing. (Galkyd/Gamsol = 2-3 days, Refined Linseed/Gamsol = 1 ½ -2 weeks)”

(Info given to me via email by Mary Weisenburger at Gamblin support.)

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“Fly Fishing” oil on panel



Standing in a creek casting a fly in hopes of catching the big one is the ultimate fun! This painting was a joy to paint and is lovely to gaze upon with all its dark jewel tones. It’s truly one of my favorite paintings!




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A little plein air painting

This past weekend we did a two day camping trip. I took the medium pochade box and found a perfect spot next to a whitewater creek in which to paint. The temps were a bit on the cold side since we were 3200+ft. in elevation. There was still snow on some of the shadow side of the roads. But all in all it was a great weekend!

Making a preliminary sketch of my scene.

This is the scene I used for my 8×10 oil painting.

I was able to lay in all the base colors and will bring up the light values in the studio. Will share the finished piece soon!

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“Please Pass the Gravy!”

Gravy Boat oil painting

“Gravy Boat” original oil on panel, reminds us of family dinners,

when someone always says, “Please pass the gravy!”

I know, because I’m one of those folks who love gravy!

Gravy Boat

Signed by the artist. Certificate of Authenticity included.

Please note: The Tamarack Mountain Studio watermark will not be on your painting.

This is done for online purposes only.

Also, while every effort is made to color correct images, differences in monitors cannot be helped,

and the painting may look slightly different, if not better, in real life.

Spectral highlights from the gloss varnish may show up on-screen as white dots

. This is normal and cannot be helped.

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Candy Colored Sunset

Candy Colored Sunset painting


Sunsets sometimes remind me of candy! I love it when the lake mirrors those candy colors in the clouds. This painting may be tiny but it packs a lot of vibrant color.

Signed by the artist. Certificate of Authenticity included. On SALE!

(The Tamarack Mountain Studio watermark is not on the painting.)

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Tiny Oils