Sunday, December 20, 2015


For some reason my photo lately of my art have appeared dark when I go to post them.  Another oil painting with assemblage parts.  I have painted these two birds before because it always look like she is harping on him about something. I feel like this one tells a story;  she is mad at him because he gambled their money on real estate investments without her knowledge.

Speaking of harping, once again it has been a frustrating social media day for me.  Pictures I have tried to post via Instgram have appeared sideways.  Guess I could Google how to rotate them but after a while I just want to call it quits and try another day.  And as always problems with the blog and I realize I am just not young enough to figure it all out.

Oil and Assemblage, Stellar Jays, shadow box frames, 12"x12"

SAFETY IN NUMBERS ( Canadian Geese)

I have been a collector of things/stuff for many years and during that time many items have found their way in to Assemblages.  I can forget the about the collection for a while then one day I open the space where I put them and ideas start to come together.  I never know the direction one will take which is the fun part of finding where a piece should go; sort of like putting a puzzle together.

We have many, many Canadian Geese near us and they are always in a group with most of them feeding and one or two are on watch duty for danger while the rest are feeding.
Always safety in numbers...

Oil and Assemblage, shadow box frame, 12"x12"


Came across some gun targets for shooting crows and that upset me.  Any one who reads my blog knows that I am a crow lover so I decided to create a piece of art with my feelings about the subject. Oil and assemblage, shadow box frame, size 12"x12"


As usual it's been awhile since I have posted any new art.  I just have so many issues with my blog that I don't look forward to trying to post an image.  I think my new years resolution this year will be to create a website rather than the blog.

I have started another series with the birds; trying to incorporate some assemblage  items into some of them. 

This one has Domino parts and Bingo pieces in it.  Sort telling a story about the games we play figuratively.  Size is 12"x12" framed in a shadow box frame.


Saturday, July 4, 2015

Another Show with my birds (



 I feel I am on a roll with posting, somehow I can still post pictures to my blog.  Not really sure why the miracle happened , but it did, so I'm taking advantage of this time while it's still working. and I don't have to scream at the computer to "give me a break and why can't I figure out the problem!!!"

Also I feel very fortunate that I will have some of my painting showing at the Bush Barn Art Center in Salem Oregon for the month of July and August. From July 10th to Aug. 29th  The center is a wonderful space for artist to show;  so if you have the time stop in to see really outstanding work by artists of the Pacific Northwest.
My friend Wendy Dehart will also be showing at the Bush Center, for the two months show.

The show will be on at the same time the Salem Arts Festival is happening, July 19th -21st.  This is a premier arts festival with over 200 regional and local artists and craftspeople.

Additionally two artist friends will have booths at the Salem Arts Festival, Susan Borger a very talented fiber artist, and her painter husband Dennis Anderson,,

Small Bird Painting Show



The above paintings are a small sampling of a show of my 8"x8" paintings of birds that will be at the Red Magnolia Salon for the month of July and August.  The salon is located in the Alberta Arts District of Portland; located at 5011 NE 13th Ave. Portland Oregon., stop in and say hello to Maggie the beautiful and charming owner of the salon.  All of the pieces have some sort of collage element on the bottom and most are painted in Oils with a few done in acrylics.

Friday, July 3, 2015

Flicker and abstract landscape....Another Flew the Coop

Last weekend was the Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts and I had entered this painting in the show and happy to say he has flown the coop, (my art studio) and found a new home.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

FIVE CHICKADEES title"Five Amigos"

I felt I couldn't give up on my blog, so I have spent several hours trying different fixes.  Something worked, just not sure what!  I did some updates to Internet Explorer and Windows, perhaps that helped; really won't know until I try and post another photo. I'll try posting again this weekend, keeping my fingers crossed the issue is gone.
This piece isn't large, just 18" long by 6 1/2" wide.  Done in oils and the back ground colors were inspired by one of my favorite artists; Raimonds Straprans.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015


I have reached my limit with this BLOG, I can no longer post a picture to it without going through many frustrating attempts.  Clear the cookies, cashe, etc. compatible view and on and on I try.  Just so not worth my time, of which I could be painting!  Why have you made it so difficult GOOGLE??? So many error codes.  I'm not computer savvy enough to try and spend more time messing up what I like on my computer.   That's my rant for today....

Friday, May 8, 2015


 Make a Wish, Oil, 24"x24"
Once again a long time between posts. I have spent the winter taking classes with Jennifer Diehl,  The first class was a color workshop that was so educational. I have painted for years and studied color theory many many moons ago in collage, but this class really made me put into practice what I was learning.  She has been teaching at the Brush and Palette for the past several years and I decided to do two back to back 8 weeks courses. 

I feel so extremely fortunate that she has been teaching in my area where I live because she is so knowledgeable and an outstanding teacher.  She started studying with Henry Stinson from the age of ten to eighteen.  After that even as good as she was as an artist knew there were four more areas she felt she needed to better her art.  So from there she found the four artist she felt could help in those areas.  I so admire an artist who even though she is an internationally known artist still will take workshops from other artist whom she feels she can learn from.  The bottom line is we can always become better at what we do by seeking the answer to what will improve us.

As I have stated before in my posts I am attracted to flowers in various stages, from full bloom to the beauty of when the bloom is done.  I think Dandelions have so many interesting forms and colors after the yellow bloom is done and the seeds go sailing off to become  a pest in our lawns and landscapes.

Sunday, March 15, 2015

New and Old Assemblages

  New One Title: Past Generation"
  Old One (private collection)
  New One Title:"3 Directions" (SOLD)
I have been in a sort of a painting funk and decided to step away for a bit.  I have had two very old empty wooden cashiers drawers hanging around in my studio for ages and decided it might be a good time to work on something different.  I have created assemblages in the past and have a odd collection of items that really needed a home.  I can't remember where I bought the vintage photos, perhaps at a garage sale or flea market.

The second assemblage is owned by my son Michael.  He was visiting us in Portland a few years ago and while he was here usually like to visit antique and junk stores. He is also a collector of things and will occasionally bring me an oddity such as a dolls head or the lady sitting crossed legged in the second piece.  The old frame I used was something I lugged back on a plane after visiting him in LA.  That one also has bits of broken green glass I will often pick up off the street when perhaps a car has a broken window. That one also has jewelry included.

The last piece is another wooden cash drawer filled with odds and ends that I have stored away for just such a  purpose... to re-purpose into something new. I had fun with the three small compartments at the bottom of the piece; that was all about layering various items to get what I wanted.

I should have posted that three of my assemblages are showing at the SideSteet Gallery for the months of April and May.  Rita Larson and Michael Pratt of "Pratt and Larson Tile" are the wonderful owners who support the arts and arstists with their funky and charming gallery and I am always proud to be a part of the shows they put on.