Farm-Ranch Studio pictures updated


I remembered the other day that I never have updated my website studio page since my move out here. SO, with that said, I took very quick pictures and didn’t take time to spiffy things up for them. It is hard sometimes to take pictures with the back lighting coming in but here they are finally up on my website studio link. I couldn’t get them up last night as the internet slowed waaay down. This morning things were working….yaaay!

I suppose I might have looked for a more appropriate picture for today’s blog, but this is the one I found for now…a shot of the creek back in greener times. On two hundred acres you can find a lot of inspiration.

Semi – Good Day

I actually had internet upstairs with ALLTEL Wireless today…..I luxuriously left it going for 5-6 hours straight on my laptop. I sat around browsing blogs, reading old email I’ve missed, and ate my lunch. All the time I was looking at paintings begun and at the “disaster” from a few days ago. So about 4 pm I just lit into the disaster and now it might be just as much a disaster as before, but a much more colorful one than before.

Sorry – no picture as I didn’t have the light for it. It may be just another layer in a long line of layers anyway when I go up to the studio next time to see if it looks better or worse.

I ordered a dozen books for friends today. Nita Leland’s newest book on “Confident Color” is a wonderful book…plug, plug. My work is in it and on the cover. After the past couple of days of painting, I’m feeling like a fraud being in an art book. Maybe if I pretend enough, it will come true. I used to do that when I was a kid. Maybe I’m easily influenced but it worked for me……….sometimes still does.

All in all …a good day since I could just take my time and absorb and paint and think. AND, the sun was shining.

Studio time



Up in the studio today, I put off making a decision about the painting from yesterday. Yeah I know….no courage. I haven’t gotten to that point yet where I don’t care where that painting is going.

SO, I got out a couple of new canvases in a new size 12 x 36″ and put some light weight texture paste on them. I love this stuff I buy from Nova Colors. It’s an inexpensive, but quality product as are all their paints.

It also occurred to me that I’ve posted pictures of my studio as I’ve been moving in. However, I never have updated and changed out pictures on my website. Guess I’ll have to put that on the “to do” list that grows daily.

Hum…maybe I’ll add some glazing to the darks in this painting and add more paint to the lights I want to keep before abandoning it to the garbage heap. Not really, I’m too frugal for that. As long as I can, I just repaint old canvases as long as the surface under can take the medium on top.

Okay, Cheryl….back to work. Where has all my past discipline gone I wonder?

PS…..also, I LOVE my new knife rack in the farm kitchen. So handy here.

Where Am I Going?


Humm…not sure where this is going…or maybe it’s already gone.

The sun is shining and not a lot of wind………..so up to the studio for most of the day today. I needed to varnish the painting I posted the other day. AND, get some paint on that other one that has been staring at me forever on the painting wall.

The painting I’m referring to is one that was originally going to be part of a diptych. Well, good intentions aside, sometimes things just don’t work out as we hope. This one never did make it out of the studio so rather than trying to keep fixing on it, I just painted over the whole thing with paints I needed to clear off the palette. This made for a VERY dark under-painting with all the reds, browns and purples. Where to go – where to go?? I don’t, so I just decided to load up a brush and start making marks and shapes. They had to be lighter so out came the yellow. Before I knew it I had this on the wall. I have no idea where it came from other than I’ve been staring out the windows of the house and studio a lot and it IS winter. It needs some life as it’s so somber. It may see the light of day again, or maybe not. I won’t know until I either paint over it again or like magic something will come to me to breathe more life into it.

I had to quit for the day to mull this one over more…….and besides my Ipod went ‘low batt’.

Promised Painting Images



The sun finally came out and barely in the nick of time for outdoor photo shooting. Here’s the one I finished yesterday and the encaustic I finished earlier but had to re-mount and re-shoot the photo of.

The encaustic still looks a little subdued…but hey, maybe it just is ‘subdued’….the other is a lesson in keeping the glow in intense color painting. Same subject matter, different feel.