Thursday, May 19, 2011

Kit and Kaboodle

This week's Daily Paintworks Challenge was to paint a cat photo that was posted and here's my finished piece.  I love the way that the eyes turned out!  4 x 4" oil on panel (shown slightly larger than actual size), framed.  $75 plus tax and shipping.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Colorado Plein Air

Plein air season has arrived for me!  My "happy place" is to be outdoors painting in the sunshine.  This particular morning I was painting at Red Rocks Park in Colorado Springs and produced this little study.  I plan to use it as a color reference for a larger painting sometime. 

Friday, May 13, 2011

Canned Carrots Still Life in Oil by Colorado Artist Julie Kirkland

This week's painting challenge was to paint your vegetables. I was a little intimidated by the lacy leaves on the carrots, but ended up liking the way they turned out.

Friday, May 6, 2011


I hope that this doesn't scare you!  I'm one of 10 artists who study with Tim Deibler every other week (  This week's classwork was to paint a self-portrait, and I fully didn't intend to do so.  I've never been tempted to paint myself at all.  But fate conspired against me as this week's Daily Painters Challenge was to paint, you guessed it, a self-portrait.  Fortunately, the challenge specified that you could be serious or silly.  I grabbed on to silly!  I've had a lot of fun comments about it from fellow daily painters on the site and I feel like it captures a major part of me!  Self-portrait, oil, 8x10.

Sunday, May 1, 2011


oil study, 5 x 7"


I just returned yesterday from a week in the Provo, Utah area with my "art peeps."  This is our second painting trip together and we enjoyed ourselves so much that we're already planning the next trip.    Most of our time was spent studying fabulous art in Bringham Young University's  Art collection and the Springfield Art Museum.   Halfway through the week, we had an afternoon to paint plein air.  It was a beautiful day, but it was still chilly with wind gusting off of those snowy mountains.

oil study, 5 x 7"

This was my second painting that afternoon.  The first one above was painted with the sun hitting the mountain from the upper right.  When I finished it, I turned around to paint the view behind me.  This view was mostly in shadow with a few spots of sunlight sneaking through.