Monday, March 31, 2014


6" x 6" oil on panel

I loved capturing the tiny drops of dew on this delicate flower.  

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Make Your Own Pochade Box!

First of all, what is a pochade box?

It's a small portable easel/paint box that holds tubes of oil paint, brushes, canvas, mineral spirits and other tools that an artist might need while painting in the field. Because it is smaller than a large studio easel, artists use it while plein air painting and often mount it on a tripod. You can buy a pochade box or make your own. 

I converted my Grandmother Lettie's lap desk into a pochade box.
Whenever I take it with me to paint, I think of her!

There were a few things I needed to do to turn this lap desk into a pochade box. 
Using two tiny screws, I mounted a small piece of wood (1" x 2" x 8") 
just inside the lid to hold my panels.

Inside, I keep another piece of wood that goes behind the lid 
when it's open - to support the hinges.

Here's what I pack inside my pochade box.

You'll probably need to cut a few inches off your paint brushes so that they will fit into 
your box (or buy short ones). Find a small box that you can set your brushes in 
(if you like to stand your brushes up) and of course, you'll need some kind 
of latch to keep the lid securely fastened.

Your pochade box is perfect to take into libraries, restaurants and other 
indoor settings. Use Gamsol (odorless mineral spirits) so that there isn't 
an unpleasant odor. You can rest your pochade on a table 
or hold it easily on your lap. 

For restaurants where the light is dim, you might want to purchase a 
small clip-on LED light so that you can see the colors on your palette.

Keep your eyes open while exploring antique shops, import stores and "arty" places! 
Look for a special box that might inspire you to want to paint! Customize it 
and make it yours! Enjoy your adventure!

Monday, March 10, 2014


6" x 6" Oil on Panel

Rock Daisies

Rock Daisies
11" x 14" Oil on Panel

I photographed these flowers while hiking in Arches National Park. 
My husband was patient while I stopped to take MANY pictures along 
the way. It amazes me that these daisies don't wilt in the heat.

Purple Hyacinthe

Purple Hyacinth
16" x 16" Oil on Panel

I got down on my belly to photograph this bloom. The aroma was powerful and the back lighting was spectacular. There were lots of different greens. What fun!

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Variegated Tulip

"Variegated Tulip"
6" x 6" Oil on Panel

Fire Berry

6" x 6" Oil on Panel

While hiking up Millcreek Canyon (Salt Lake City, Utah), I snapped a photo of these berries. Some people call them Fire Thorn while others refer to them as Pyracantha.  We had a hedge of these berries in the backyard of the home where I grew up. I usually managed to fall into the hedge at least once a year. Ouch!  Good times...


12" x 12" Oil on Panel

Deep Rose

"Deep Rose"
6" x 6"
Oil on Panel

Backside - another view

6" x 6" Oil on Panel

While deciding how to light this flower and select the angle from which it would be painted, I noticed how interesting the backside was. There you have it!