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“Cardinal in the Snow”

“Cardinal in the Snow” oil painting

“Cardinal in the Snow” is another of my Christmas collection oil paintings. It’s done on 4″x4″ gallery wrapped box canvas. Here’s a look at how I use these mini paintings in my decor:

Interior Christmas decor


I have a little Christmas village that’s so fun to display and the mini paintings above complete the ambience. Every year I decorate a little differently and these little paintings can be used in a variety of vignettes. Small paintings are easily changed and moved to suit ones’ needs and don’t cost a fortune to own! By the way, my blog posts don’t show it in the WordPress reader, but did you know I have a shop where you can purchase paintings? If interested, just click HERE.

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Seattle skyline – Work in progress

I’ve been busy working on an oil painting of the Seattle skyline. This piece is my donation to the Boys and Girls Club of Spokane for their annual fund raising gala in February. It’s always a challenge for me to paint skylines because my handwriting naturally slants to the left. I find my buildings do the same. Very weird!

I’m using a modified Zorn palette as the skyline is depicting sunset with overhead clouds.

Modified Zorn palette


Here’s an overall of the work in progress:

Seattle skyline work in progress

I’m hoping there will be a former Seattle resident in the audience and that this piece will bring in a good size donation for this wonderful entity. 😊👍🏻

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Christmas Candy

This is one of my favorite paintings. I used oil on gallery wrapped 4″x4″ box canvas. It makes a wonderful addition to my holiday decor!

Christmas Candy Oil Painting

(The Tamarack Mountain Studio watermark is done for online purposes and is not on the painting.)

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Yellow Throated Warbler

Yellow Throated Male Warbler

 

A few months ago I went out to water the garden and when the water splashed on my tomato plant I saw something move, so I pushed aside the plant and there I discovered an injured yellow throated warbler bird. I remember in the back of my mind hearing a smack on the window earlier that day but had forgotten about it.

The bird had his eyes closed and was clearly injured. I managed to get him on my finger and he let me gently pet him while I looked for signs of a broken wing or leg. There wasn’t any blood and nothing appeared broken. I then decided a nest I had might be a good place for him to rest. But when I tried to get him in it he just sat on the side of the nest and wanted no part of the whole idea.

He flew off when I tried to adjust the nest and landed in another of my tomato plants. I saw that he was resting on a branch deep inside the plant and so decided to leave him be and said a little prayer for him. The next day I checked and he was gone! I was so happy I  decided to make this little painting in remembrance. The bird is a male Yellow Throated Warbler.

 

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Fall ~ My favorite time of year, but…

Fall is my most favorite of the seasons, but sadly it doesn’t last! Each year is so different. Last year we had lots of rain just before fall, so the colors were spectacular and lasted quite a long time. It was absolutely unreal!

This year we’ve had very little rain and the colors are not as vibrant and the leaves are falling rapidly. The temps got cold sooner than normal, so no Indian Summer this year. Bummer! Here are a few of my favorite images:

Leaves in the Driveway oil painting

This is a 4″x4″ palette knife oil painting titled ” Leaves in the Driveway”. It’s part of my fall decorating each year.


This is a pic from an area on our lake which was the inspiration for this painting:

Bridge at Buttonhook

“The Bridge at Buttonhook” is a 6″x6″ oil on panel.


Aspens in the Fall oil painting

And this is my all time fave! An 8″x10″ oil on canvas titled “Aspens in Fall”

I hope your fall colors are inspiring and delighting you this year! 👍🏻

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Coastal Decor

Coastal Decor

This week I did a bit more work on framing paintings and two of them were from the “White Things Series”, entitled “Anchor 1” and “Anchor 2”.

“Anchor 2”


“Anchor 1”


If you love coastal themed decor, or live by the ocean or on a lake, you may enjoy these two pieces. They are 6”x6” and framed in black with a gold liner. I enjoy painting smaller works for several reasons:

  1. Decorating with smaller works of art allows one to change up the decor anytime, as well as create little groupings or vignettes.

  2. Smaller works are more affordable to own for my clients.

  3. Small paintings are more detailed, which I enjoy. I love adding the details in a piece, as they bring the viewer in close to a painting. I like that!

  4. Small paintings can be packed away for different seasons, and changes in decor. For example, I always use my small 4”x4” seasonal paintings to decorate my home at Thanksgiving and Christmas. I tuck them in amongst the candles and floral decorations and it looks so good!

Decorating Idea


Decorating Idea

You can see two examples here of how one could use these paintings in decorating a space. Pull together your favorite sea shells, candles, architecture books or anything beloved and set up a wonderful grouping in your home or office!


So remember when you may be thinking of buying a smaller painting and you see not such a small price, it takes a certain level of skill to paint small, and it takes more time. With large paintings, comes big brushes, large strokes, loose imagery and paintings that are done more quickly than a small piece. The smaller the painting, the more the detail, the more the detail, the longer the time it takes to create. Small paintings are little gems! These two paintings look great together. If you have a coastal theme going on, well….you know. They can be yours to treasure for generations to come! Click HERE to make them yours.

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“Fly Fishing on the North Fork of the Coeur d’Alene River”

Wow that’s a long tittle! But that’s where this painting was originated so that has to be the title. Right? This one is nearly ready for varnishing, which is the best part because it unifies all the colors and makes them pop!

Fly Fishing

“Fly Fishing on the North Fork of the Coeur d’Alene River” is done in oil and painted on panel. It will be framed in black with a gold liner. It’s the second of a new series called “Reflections”.

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Plein Air Painting

This past weekend we did the last camping trip of the season. The area was gorgeous with all the fall colors! Had warm temps the first two days but the last day the weather changed and became cold and windy. The next day when we were leaving we had to pack up in the rain! 🤪

I had to paint sitting inside the UTV because I forgot the connecting piece to my tripod. (Left it on the camera). It was all good because it protected me somewhat from the cold winds.

Painting beginnings

Here’s the beginning where I’m sketching the scene on a piece of acetate to lay out my composition.


Plein Air Painting

You can see how bundled up I was. Not the most comfortable way to paint!


St. Joe River

And this is the scene I was painting. It’s a part of the St Joe River. I got all my base layers in and took a good amount of reference photos to finish in the studio. All in all a great trip! 😊

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“Lil’ Pumpkins” oil painting

Tis the season for pumpkins! I love decorating the house for fall. The front door has a new fall wreath and now I’m on the hunt for some great big pumpkins! In the mean time, here’s a few bitty pumpkins, painted in oil on 6″x6″ panel.

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