Doll Crafts has Arrived!

Chicago Review Press did a fine job making sense of my ideas, as they always do. Thankful for editors! But, after starting doll making years and years ago, I finally have a finished product in print. And tons of prototype dolls in boxes all over the house.   We received pretty good reviews so far — Publishers Weekly and School Library Journal were pretty positive. Kirkus was unpredictable, as they usually are. But, remember, they raved about Hook, Knit & Spin, so I’m content. So glad it’s finally out there. Here’s a link to Barnes & Noble for more information.



New Bird


(Blue Heron at Salmon River, 30″ x 40″, oil)

Still wet — and with this humidity who knows when it will finally be dry. Here’s a Blue Heron — standing in the setting sun. Terry took a photo when he was fishing, and now I’ve put my spin on it. When (notice I don’t say “if” — I’m thinking positive) the egret painting sells at the Co-op Gallery, this one will take its place.

Emma’s Pumpkin


IMG_2839Our friend, Emma Kline, stopped by for a visit and left this cute little pumpkin. It needed to be in a still life, and as I was prepping for tomorrow’s class, I gave it a try. Autumn is in the air — and orange says it best. It’s just hard to get a really good orange — without relying on Cadmium Orange. Here’s basic Alizarin Crimson with Cadmium Yellow. I’ll try it with a different palette later this week. Thank goodness pumpkins and squash last quite a while, and those flowers are actually fake. They will always look like that. Secrets of painting still life . . .

Co-op Gallery Update

22154613_10154934288746778_2186765204161906788_nWow! I just love my little “corner” in the Pacific Artists’ Alliance, Co-op Gallery here in Lincoln City. The new show is up for three months — and I’m so thrilled to be part of it.

Now, I have to get busy to create some new works for the next re-hang, January 1. Knowing oil paints take some time to dry complicates my usual last-minute drive-by creating, so I’m getting started today. Right. Today. Maybe. . . . . well, soon.

Easy easel holder for little painting panels

I love those little 6″ x 6″ panels — you can spend all day painting one. Or twenty minutes. They are also perfect for plein air work, when a large canvas just cannot be done on site. Such as the windy beach. So, here’s a neat way to handle those little  6″ x 6″ panels when painting at the easel. It’s an idea in Carol Marine’s book, Daily Painting.  (If you haven’t discovered Carol’s book, it’s a real treat and must-have.)

My husband used the photo and description in her book to make me several, but you can do an online search for exact instructions. Slide the painting panel into the center, then slip the wedge into place, pushing it tight to hold. If yours is slippery, use a large clamp to hold the wedge. Then prop it on your easel and paint away. It will hold the painting nicely in the car when you’ve been outdoors, or prop it on a shelf while the painting dries. That keeps fingertips off the wet edges.


Above is the panel holder with a panel snugly in its place.


Above you can see the two pieces — the wedge has lots of paint on it, which is one advantage of the holder: you can paint right over the edges and onto the wood to get a good finished painting.


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Coos Bay Art Museum’s Maritime Art Show


Summer is flying by so quickly. And, among those plans made last spring was a visit to the nationally-noted Coos Bay Art Museum along the southern Oregon coast. So we squeezed in a quick overnight trip and boy was it worth it! I needed a creative outing to give me new something to think about.

The Coos Art Museum has presence. It is in an old post office building, with wide steps, tall ceilings and all that architectural glory of the past. Perfect for displaying art. There was no problem finding a parking spot right in front of the building–for free.  Entry fee was minimal, and the gentleman (director?) we met was enthusiastic and knowledgeable. Then, we leisurely examined the beautiful (really, beautiful — no images of social dread here)  works of art.


The Maritime Show was juried, and the entries came from all over the nation. While maritime art usually includes a ship or boat, many pieces in this show were not so typical. In fact, the prizewinners did not include vessels.


The big winner was a beautifully executed young woman gathering flowers on a grassy knoll overlooking the ocean, which was just a patch in the distance. It was the only piece that was done in a loose, brushy Impressionist manner. It would have been very difficult to choose winners from this show–every piece was excellent.


The prize winners can be viewed at the museum’s website:

Their next show will be all about salmon. Can’t wait to see what that brings.


Cape Kiwanda Morning

Love, love, love summer!  This morning I headed north to Pacific City — setting up my easel at Bob Straub State Park. Wow, was it amazing. Of course, I couldn’t do the scenery justice on canvas, but had a great time trying. Notice I am not wearing a hoodie sweatshirt — it is summer, after all. Finally!