Sunday, November 09, 2008

Heather #6

Here she is. Heather #6. Just finishing up the Youtube movie now... 9 x 12, oil on canvas. This painting is available direct from the studio for $200 + shipping. Email if you're interested, thanks.

Friday, October 24, 2008

Playground Position: To

12 x 27, oil on panel. This painting is part of a diptych. Playground Position: Fro is still in progress.

I started these paintings a year ago, along with several other paintings, and promptly discovered that my reach exceeded my grasp, to be frank. I kept hitting roadblock after roadblock. Finally, I'm getting back to them. I needed to branch out of beige (though I still love beige), delve deeply into edge control, and refine my form modeling so that I could control those things better.

I hope you enjoy this painting. It means a lot to me.

Monday, October 20, 2008

Heather #7 - Piano

Heather #7 - with piano, 9 x 12" oil sketch on canvas. It's a terrible picture of a pretty good sketch. With the sunlight waning so fast, and the rain today, I just got to the picture late in the day, I suupose.

This painting is for available directly from the studio for $200 + shipping, please email me at if you are interested thanks.

Friday, October 17, 2008

Heather #5

Heather #5, oil on canvas, 9 x 12 inches. SOLD to MP, Spangle, WA.
It's been more than 2 weeks since I've been able to post a painting, so glad to be back to work!
Please vote for my morning glory painting if you get a chance, which is entered in the Small Works North America competition. You can vote by clicking here, then registering as a collector, adding it to your gallery and nominating it for a prize. Sounds confusing, but I'd appreciate it!!

Monday, September 29, 2008

Morning Glory #2

UPDATE 9-30 5:00 pm: I just received notification that this painting was accepted into the Small Works NA competition and sale. Very exciting news!

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Chicken #5

Chicken #5 (Rooster) 9 x 12, oil on canvas. SOLD to AM, Dubai, UAE.

POW! The Quest for Chroma continues....

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Chickens #3 & #4

Chicken #3 (Rooster) 9 x 12, oil on canvas. SOLD to AM, Dubai, UAE.

Chicken #4 (Leghorn Hen) 9 x 12, oil on canvas. This painting is available for $200 from the studio, plus shipping. Email me at if you are interested, thanks.

My 8-year-old really likes these paintings, especially the brushy backgrounds. She says it's like they're saying, "POW! I'm a chicken!"

Tuesday, September 23, 2008


11 x 14, oil on canvas. SOLD.

Don't you just love their little doggie faces?? Oh my goodness. Painting them is like therapy. I was laughing all day.

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Heather #4 - Study for "Comfort"

Heather #4, 12 x 9 inches, oil on canvas. SOLD to DC, Chevy Chase, MD.

This painting is a study for one of a series that I began over a year ago. The series relates to art-making, specifically the act of telling stories that condense and re-fashion experiences and emotions into a single image for the viewer to consume. It's art, about art.

I like nudes painted by women. Granted, the female nude is not ground-breaking, but I think being a woman makes me take it from a different angle. The nude as envisioned by men sometimes seems very foreign to me - who are these women romping naked in the woods? I like them, wouldn't dream of asking men to stop loving to see us nude, but I can't help taking these images more personally.

Women who paint nudes seem to paint variations on the self-portrait. Though it's a model, it's also me. I'm sympathetic to her. She's also my daughters, women I know... Not as much an object of desire as an object of empathy. The nude female to me, while lovely and enchanting, is anything but docile. She's a symbol of vulnerability, grace, languor, desire, physical strength, exposure... the turning outside of all we hold inside.

In this painting, the figure holds a brush. She's fallen asleep. It took me about a year to come back to this painting, because I was off learning how to make these marks - create a sense of intimacy and use the paint in a way that appears off-hand and effortless. (Ironically, very tight painting is actually easier - you just go at it ad infinitum until it's finished to the desired level. Painting this way entails a clear idea of every stroke's function, sometimes layers in advance.)

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Heather #3

Heather #3, 10 x 10, oil on canvas. SOLD to BH, Wiltshire, UK.

Heather #2

9 x 12, oil on canvas. This painting is available for $200 from the artist's studio. Please email me if you are interested -

Here it is being made:

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Heather #1

Heather #1 - 10 x 10 inches, oil on canvas. SOLD to JD, Round Rock, TX.

Monday, September 08, 2008

Seated Nude #3

Seated Nude #3, 9 x 12 inches, oil on canvas. SOLD to MG, Alberta Canada. This painting is related to a larger version that is also available. There is something about the cello shape, and the contrast of translucent and opaque paint that is just mesmerizing.

Here it is being made...

Sunday, September 07, 2008

Carnations #2

Carnations #2 with sugar bowl. 12 x 9 inches, oil on canvas. This painting is available direct from the studio for $200 US plus shipping. Please email me if you are interested.

Monday, September 01, 2008

Michelle #3

Michelle #3, oil on canvas 9 x 12". SOLD to CB, Columbia, MD.

Here it is being made:

Sunday, August 31, 2008

Figure/drawing painting and new classes

I'd really like to start a figure drawing/painting group. 9 am-1 pm, Tuesdays or Wednesdays, hosted in my home. Space is limited to 3 other serious artists. Long poses, costumes, props, any media possible. Email me if you are interested.

New workshops are registering now. I'm teaching Drawing hands and feet, 5 weeks starting 9-13 (Saturday), 12-2pm. Also Drawing Portraits, 5 weeks starting 9-13, 9:30-12pm. Registration is through the Naperville Park district. Workshops are held at the Naperville Art League building, 508 N Center Street in Naperville.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Rooster #1

Oil on masonite panel, 8.25 x 7.75". SOLD to CR, Pasadena, CA.

*Of course, they do take several days to dry, maybe a week.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Chickens #1

What is more more fun than chickens? Honestly, I ask you! 8.25 x 7.75", oil on masonite panel. SOLD to CR, Pasadena, CA.

Monday, August 25, 2008

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Portrait of M - Color Study

I learned some time ago that I must do studies for commissions. It's so easy to think I have it all worked out in my mind, but inevitably there are small things that I need to alter. It's much better to solve problems on a small canvas than try to solve them - and then hide them - on a large one. Winnie the Pooh has changed colors twice. He's much cooler now.

I have several portraits I'm working on now. Victor Envelope just commissioned three portraits of their founders for their 50th anniversary next spring.

If you would like to commission a portrait for your family or business, please contact me.

Monday, August 18, 2008

Morning Glory #2

Morning Glory #2 (with Eva Zeisel vase). 7 1/2 x 10 inches, oil on masonite panel.

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Hosta #1 Alla Prima Sketch

Hosta Sketch 8 x 10 ", oil on masonite panel.

Available now for $125. Postage is $10 in the US, $25 worldwide. Paypal is preferred.

Every method has a reason. In an alla prima sketch from life, certain things have to be planned for, and then executed differently than if one were painting over several sessions, or if one were painting from a photo. Flowers move... not as fast as children, but they do move. So you have to establish your sketch and run with it even if the flowers gradually turn their faces away from you. Sketches from life ONLY work if the value drawing works. This is the primary function and full values are hard to get in one sitting, so go for it. But you won't be able, so exaggerrate your temperature shifts and tiny flashes of color to get the most effect from a one-sitting still life session.

Here is how the painting was made:

Saturday, August 16, 2008

On the Easel - Morning Glory & Queen Anne's Lace

On the easel today.... A bouquet with Queen Anne's Lace and a morning glory blossom in an Eva Zeisel vase. When I was a girl, both of these were weeds that took over our yard and fence. I think they're so pretty and serene.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Morning Glories #1

11 x 14, oil on canvas. SOLD.

I'm considering only using eBay for half my paintings, and selling the rest possibly from this blog. Maybe a first-to-ask, first-in-line offer? Opinions?

Monday, August 11, 2008

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Friday, August 08, 2008

Day Lilies #3

11 x 14, oil on canvas. I filmed the production of this painting and soon it will be a time lapse demo on Youtube! 13 hours condensed into a pretty intese 5-8 minutes. SOLD.

Tuesday, August 05, 2008

Black Eyed Susan #1

8 x 10, oil on canvas. SOLD.

Lily #3 in progress

11 x 14. This painting is being done in thin translucent layers, to capture the complex lighting and textures. I'm also filming it for a possible time lapse demo on Youtube. Here's my Youtube channel - subscribe to it if you want to be notified when the demo is completed!

Sunday, August 03, 2008

Lily #2

I've abandoned alla prima painting for the moment, as these flowers present special challenges that layered painting is better equipped to handle. The shape of the petals, reflected light, and translucent areas were an exciting challenge.

Bid on this painting here.

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

A trip around the sun

Today is my birthday. As a friend said - another trip around the sun. Getting to be a lot of them, and while I don't plan on stopping any time soon, it's time to change course.

After a long time planning, I've decided to make the shift to full-time painting. I'll still be teaching of course, but producing far more small studies, as well as larger, gallery-ready works. I've begun learning video techniques and should have a demo to upload to YouTube soon, and thereafter, who knows!

So if you've been considering commissioning a portrait, or buying a study, or offering me a gallery show, now is a good time. :-)

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Portrait of M - Value Study

For this portrait commission, I'm starting with the value study (12 x 18)to ensure the elements are balanced and all lead to the foacl point even though there is a lot going on. There are two curving diagonals, light and dark, and lots of repeating shapes. Most of the painting will be built around the middle values, with the book drawing your eye up to the face, and the hair as the darkest value. The bench legs in the corners make a nice stable triangle with the top of the head. To keep a quiet feeling, I'll build over a warm underpainting in the final version, working in translucent and opaque layers. So much fun! Baby flesh is touchy because you want to keep it soft and plump looking, glowing.
Of course he is deeply, deeply cute.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Lilies #1

We're all moved into our new old house, and I have a studio again. Oh happy day. Here are some lilies from my yard.

Lilies #1, 8 x 10 inches, oil on panel. SOLD.

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

New workshops offered

Registration is available now for portrait drawing and painting workshops in Naperville. Class sizes are limited and begin in June. Descriptions are below.

Description: Learn to draw faces and heads with confidence! We'll explore proportion and measuring, using shading and line in charcoal to create a likeness. Anyone can learn to draw a portrait that will have people saying, 'Hey! That's me'! Some drawing experience is helpful. The instructor is Lisa Gloria. There will be a live model and supplies are included.

Description: Expand your knowledge of portrait drawing with this class, designed for people who have taken the Drawing Portraits 1 class, or who have outside experience. We will explore refining and improving basic skills, refining detail, and creating memorable, personal compositions. The instructor is Lisa Gloria. There will be a live model and all supplies included. Students may wish to bring additional supplies for instruction.

Description: Learn to paint realistic portraits in this intensive three-day oil painting workshop. Featuring demonstrations and one-on-one instruction, this course will help you explore traditional methods and practices for creating great likeness and composition. Students will investigate using value and color to create form, and using proportion to create likeness. Tools and materials will be explained. Paint will be provided. Model is also provided. Please bring a lunch each day. The instructor is Lisa Gloria. A supply list is available at the Naperville Art League or at

Saturday, May 10, 2008

Saturday, May 03, 2008

Magnolia Tree Blossoms

I got Richard Schmid's book, "Alla Prima - Everything I Know About Painting" last week, and I was inspired to try painting the magnolia blossoms on my front yard. Boy, I was nearly drunk from their scent - gorgeous!!

CLick here to bid on eBay.

Saturday, April 12, 2008

Monday, April 07, 2008

Friday, April 04, 2008

Tulips #2

Hooray for spring! I have a few still lifes planned to think on some chromatic ideas. Here are some alla prima tulips, 12 x 16 inches, oil on canvas.