Sunday, December 30, 2012

New website for me.

Have spent much of this holiday week designing a new site for myself. My last design needed a redesign about 5 minutes after it was done, and it has been up for a few years- so this was long over due. It was hard to decide which paintings to use, so I chose a small selection of my favorites.

Check it out:

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

a quiet afternoon post

Greetings from the confines of the best studio in the world. Not really, but a girl can dream. :)

It is so great to be able to paint at night and not worry about bats or trouble makers showing up- not to mention those noisy ghosts! Even though I have been here for a year, the studio is only half way finished. The pool table has been gone for a while now, but the piano is only half way out of here. Working on some storage solutions, first, a way to safely store large paintings, which we have not completely figured out. Rick and I did design a wonderful table for the studio, and I am looking forward to building it as soon as these holidays are over. The table was actually my design that Rick was able to realize with the help of his 3d building expertise. It offers a large 4x8 foot work surface that, at 39 inches, is a little taller than traditional counter height. Three more table tops under the first one offer plenty of flat file storage. There is no hurry though, I can work in it just fine like it is.

I have been playing with mediums and learning a lot. Playing with color and learning more. New studio loves: arches oil paper, the beautiful panels I found at utrecht.

Anyway, I really wanted to say "Happy Holidays" to all of my friends. Love, Lori

Saturday, November 10, 2012


Today I am looking out my kitchen window at the rainy and grey ugly November sky, there is a squirrel furiously digging and the last of the fallen leaves soggy and sad.. we all know that the dark months are on the way. It is a time for contemplation, doing more of what works, less of the stuff that doesn't. I am working on a redo of my whole website, also working with a beautiful model, doing paint study after study. Attending life drawing, teaching a little bit.

I have always known that I would never get to the end of this journey. For me, learning to paint runs parallel to learning to live. And when ever I think that I have it, that I get it, that am even getting good at it, I am challenged again. I wont give up. Especially because there is so much joy in the work.

Anyway, my sweet husband has this painting in his office, so he made this for me. That is not really his office wall or lighting, it is all faked. He does beautiful work! Now I just need to finish that new website!

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Back and better.

Rick and I got home from our vacation the other day to a quiet house. Our trip was fantastic, we went to Burning Man again, for the second and last time. It is a wonderful adventure that I recommend for almost everyone, especially if you love Art. As a painter, sometimes I think that I understand Art at least enough to solidify a few opinions about it. Going to a place like Burning Man will shake up your ideas, cause you to reconsider what you might think that you know. Art is everywhere in this temporary city where creativity is not only encouraged, but expected. You will find someone's creation in every place you look. From the costumes, the cars, the AMAZING sculptures and even poems and pictures in the porta potties. It is the creative living that I find the most inspiring- reminding me of when I was young and refused to live by society's rules. We took lots of pictures of the sights, but it is not easy to document the actual experience. I somehow remembered to take this picture:
I am inspired with new ideas about beauty, changed and ready to get back to work. We drove and took the airstream, (like a turtle, we carried our house with us) and stopped at several state and national parks on the way there and back. Floated in the Great Salt Lake, camped at Yellowstone, saw Rushmore and the Badlands. Can hardly wait for our next trip!

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Mai Tai anyone?

Another in my belly up series. 36x24 Oil on linen on panel.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012


Today the world was so beautiful while I drove an hour out of town to pick up a tent. I think that I need to spend more time painting plein air, especially this time of year when the day lasts so long and the textures of the wild flowers and trees are just thrilling. And there is something else that is sensed, and I wonder if I could capture that feeling of time that has passed through a place. Like a ghost. a gorgeous golden hour ghost. So I sat in my breezeway and sewed up an awning for the airstream. which will be nice when we camp. Today was full of joy.

Monday, June 25, 2012

Gosh, what happened to the internet?

I think that facebook has scattered us all to the wind and it has become so hard to keep up with it, especially now that it is summer. Painting in the studio, but I miss the old pre-facebook forum days when there was a small group of folks checking in on each other. The online world has exploded and is just out of control, I think. Maybe I will try to spend more time here on my blog. Talking to myself. :-)

Monday, June 18, 2012

This is the third in my belly up series. 20x30 oil on panel.

Monday, May 14, 2012

Perfect Series for Summer! (the research is fun)

Still picking away with this, while putting a new floor in the airstream, planting flowers AND pestering daughter to go get a job. I am also already on to the next one.

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Belly Up 20x30 on a beautiful birch panel

Monday, January 16, 2012

Guys Having Drinks

30x30 Oil on a beautiful Birch Panel.