Thursday, December 1, 2016

Saturday, November 26, 2016

"Look Up"
10 x 8"
Oil on canvas

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

African  Elephant
Oil, 10" x 8"

Saturday, September 10, 2016

"Boulder Mountain near Singletree Creek"
Oil, 10" x 8"

Friday, September 2, 2016

"Mountain Lake"
Oil, 10" x 8"

Sunday, July 31, 2016

"Morning Business"
Oil on 16" x 12" canvas

Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

"Behind Bars, #3Mug Shot"
10 x 8 inches Oil on canvas

Sunday, June 19, 2016

14 x 11 Oil on Masonite

When I think of Napa Valley, Ca, it is the vines that draw me in. Quintessa Winery's walking path led me to this view. Or rather Google Street View led me. 

This painting is for Virtual Paintout  Napa Valley

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Marlboro Beach, Lamoine, Maine
Oil on canvas, 10 x 20 inches

Painting for Virtual Paintout.

The Google Street View camera captured these two lounging on the beach.
Can you imagine thinking you had the place to yourself, then a big contraption of a camera rolls in and there you are, on street view!

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Oil on canvas
 12 x 9 inches

Monday, February 29, 2016

Saturday, February 27, 2016

Mug Shot #1
Oil on Canvas 10 x 8

Thursday, February 25, 2016

"Tomatillo and Green Apple"
Oil on Panel 8 x 8
#4 Daily Painting

Friday, February 19, 2016

"Boy with Lamb"
Oil on panel 8 x 8
#2 Daily Paintings

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

"Fall Rain"
Oil on Panel, 12 x 12
# 1 Daily Paintings

Sunday, February 7, 2016

"Waiting in Chicago"
Oil on Panel 14 x 11

While in Chicago standing on the sidewalk full of people, we were shoulder to shoulder, and this girl stepped out to the edge of the curb

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

"Johnson Canyon"
Oil on canvas, 16 x 20
The Virtual Paintout this month is for the state of Utah.
Paintings are done from Google street view. 
Johnson Canyon is outside of Kanab, Utah

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Birds in Trouble
Oil on canvas 20x16

This painting was inspired from a photo By Leslie Scopes Anderson, she caught these 3 Elegant Terns just as they were being scolded by a Heerman Gull.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

"Moving Bricks"
(Grey Day)
Oil on canvas 16 x 12

This painting is in strong contrast to Moving Bricks (Sunny Day).
The cool pallet of Grey Day emphasizes a quieter expression of the blazing hot day expressed in the Sunny Day painting of the Myanmar construction worker.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

"Moving Bricks"
Oil on Canvas
14 x 11

The face paint and bright colors of the bricks were the elements I wanted to express when I saw a photo of a construction worker in Myanmar.
This painting is a study for a larger piece which will be 47 X16.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

"Virgin Valley Gorge"
Oil on wood
14 x 11

"The rules of survival never change, whether you are in a desert or in an arena"
By Bear Gylls

Monday, June 30, 2014

Oil on Masonite
14 x 11

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

"Kicked Out"
16 x 20
Oil on Canvas

This painting will be a part of the ARTIST AND POETS exhibition in Mesquite, NV. The Mesquite Fine Arts Gallery will be hosting the event, running March 3d - April 5th. 

The Poem is chosen, then the painting is created to represent the poem. I chose "Wildfire". For those who are curious about the poem read on, otherwise check it out at the Mesquite Fine Arts Gallery.

A moment of indiscretion
starts simply
with a look of interest
and a response.
Desire unleashes
mutual passions.
Soon a simple flirtation
is out of hand,
flames ignite that can not
be stopped.
One action leads to another,
until a wildfire
is out of control.
destroying all in its path,
impossible to extinguish,
demanding fulfillment.
Waves of guilt and remorse
later cannot undo
the destruction that follows:
lives changed,
principles compromised,
disaster courted.
All starting with an innocent spark.
Lia Floyd

Monday, February 10, 2014

"At Last"
33" x 271/2" Oil on Canvas

This is my painting of Jack Vettriano's Painting.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

"Wall's, Afternoon"
Capital Reef

12 x 9 Oil on Wood

There was a storm in the afternoon and the sunlight filtered through a grey green sky. It was the same day as the "Walls, Morning" had been painted.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

 Wall's, Morning 
Capital Reef
9 x 12 Oil on Wood

The giant rock wall's of Capital Reef can inspire and leave you speechless. Any words I would have to describe them would be sadly inadequate. You have to stand right there in the middle of it all and be quiet and see and hear the bigness, find the color that best describes it and try to capture it all.

Recently I had the opportunity to attend a workshop in Capital Reef National Park with fellow artists and friends. The time spent there was indeed inspiring.

Monday, August 5, 2013

"Benches Pond"
9 x 12 Oil on Masonite

This is a Plein Air painting, late morning, finished in studio.

Fairview Canyon, Utah

Grey Day Color Study
8 x 10 oil on Birch 

This day began grey, and continued being grey all day. Allowing ample painting time as there was no rush to catch the light and shadows before they changed.

The color of the light was my focus. This is a Plein Air Painting finished in studio.

Friday, July 19, 2013

"Value Added Tax
30" x 40" Oil on Stretched  Canvas
This painting "Value Added Tax" may or may not be what the letters on the boat stand for. But I know they are real. The sunlight is from the far right and it is not yet sunset. The fishermen are now in with their catch. The far islands are warming to the setting sun and the light catches the houses and makes them twinkle.

I tried to capture the time of day first, keeping track of the suns effects on the local color.

Monday, June 24, 2013

14 x 11 Oil on Stretched Canvas

Monday, April 1, 2013

Lone Rock
11 x 14 Oil on Canvas

This rock can be seen in Canyon Lands National Park, USA

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Merry Christmas Sled

Sled and Hat Box
14 x 11 Oil on Canvas Panel

My grandmothers hat box (hats included) was such a great red to paint, and my childhood sled is a 1960'ish  "speedaway", it really needed to be painted on a larger canvas, but I think it worked out ok.


Monday, April 23, 2012

Vase with Yellow Flowers
11 x14 oil on Masonite

I finished this painting in a workshop with Sherrie McGraw at the Scottsdale Artist School
   I started several pieces..... two portraits, one more still life and a male figure. I hope to finish them soon.

Monday, February 6, 2012

Cape Disappointment Lighthouse

Oil on Stretched Canvas 12 x 16

The photo for this painting was taken on a trip to the Pacific North West. This lighthouse stands nearly at the very south west corner of Washington State.  
This painting was done in a class with David Dean who's work I admire very much. I am a very lucky girl to be able to study with him, check him out.  

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Portrait, Phyllis

 10 x 8 Oil/Canvas Panel
This Painting was done from a photo when Phyllis was only in  her early 90's. She is now 96 and just as beautiful. The painting went fast, it was one of those days that just went well. There were adjustment to the shirt adding more paint with a pallet knife the next day.

This painting was a gift to Phyllis for Christmas.

Portrait, John

12 x 9 Oil/Canvas Panel

This painting is of John. The bulk of the painting was finished in 2 four hour sessions, with fine tuning in the following days as I looked at it with a fresh perspective.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Portraits with Sally Poet

11 x 14 Oil on Canvas Panel 

This Portrait is of a class mate in my painting 1 class. Stefanie was great fun to paint! I was so lucky to be able to paint such a beautiful model. I hope I represented her well.
 There are areas with the painting I struggled with but as I worked to figure it out, gained insight in the process. 
One more Portrait to go for Sallies class

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Still Life with Sally Poet

Peaches, Tea Pot, Lemon
9 x 12 Oil on Canvas Panel

This painting was done with a palette knife. It was fast and fun. The table cloth the objects were sitting on was a yellowish color. So a change was made to better complement the other colors.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Still Life with Sally Poet

60 Turns a Minute
20 x 16 Oil on Canvas

"60 Turns" was done in studio as a midterm project for Sally. It was started four weeks ago. Time was spent  moving things around and working on the lighting. The background dogged me for days, and the eggs were to be colored eggs I had picked up special from the farmers market, only to change them to white so they would stand out against the foreground. 

So things learned......plan, plan, plan, especially at this stage of my studies. Get it all worked out at the start. Learning what has to get worked out is the trick for me. That seems silly, but... I do know it is absolutely true that the drawing has to be solid. 

What I love about this piece is the ladle with the rusty edges, and the handle.... the wooden part, and along the length where it says 60 turns a minute. The raised lettering was the last detail.  

The changes I would make next time are what keeps it fresh,  wanting to do something well. 

Oh! if you are wondering what the heck this machinery is....well.... It was my grandfathers cream separator. I grew up next door to my grandparents dairy farm and saw this contraption really do the job. It sits in a prominent place in my home.

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Sunday, October 30, 2011

Still Life Paintings with Sally Poet

Bag, Books, Bottles
9 x 12 Canvas Board

This painting was started in class and finished in studio. 
The objects were on a table among other objects, and had two light sources which created inconsistent shadows with the books and bottles. Also the background had to be created without the benefit of an existing wall so as to show depth to the painting. After working to resolve those issues, this is the finished painting.

Monday, August 29, 2011

Barn & Pond

Barn and Pond
8 x 10 Canvas Panel

This Painting is from a photo I took on a recent trip to Park City, Utah. Many artist have painted this barn. They have done beautiful representations of it. There is another barn in the same vicinity, on which an American flag hangs. A huge American flag. These barns are well recognized in the Park City, area.

Friday, August 5, 2011

Couple Napping

Couple Napping
9 x 12 Oil on Canvas Board
This painting tells a story. It could be a story that began as a walk to the park, or waiting for family who...... What is your guess?
 A painting with a story is what makes this piece interesting to me.