Thursday, October 30, 2014


Lady was a wonderful, mellow collie who helped to raise my grandson.  She was smart, loyal, and a joy to have around.  She crossed the Rainbow Bridge in 2011 and I memorialized her in a painting from the following photo.
The beauty of working from a photo is that I don't have to worry about my subject moving around.  In this case it allowed me to relive the memories after her death as I painted.  One of those memories is of her laying calmly amidst a bevy of boys who were engrossed in their video game.  One time I even found her sitting on top of one of those boys.  He didn't seem to notice that he was being used as a sofa.  You can see the finished painting here.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Yellow-bellied Marmot

This delightful creature inhabits the high mountain country, scurrying across the rocks and tundra, often giving a distinctive whistle.  They have gotten used to the tourist incursions during the summer and often pose for photos as this one did.

Photo of Yellow Bellied Marmot
He was the perfect subject for a painting.  You can see the painting here.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Getting Started

Welcome to the "Pixelated Paintbrush."

I have spent several days getting my thoughts in order for this blog and figuring out how I want to arrange it....and all that stuff.

I began painting in oils many, many years ago, but eventually found it too hard to set up easel and paints with numerous, vibrant children racing around.  I turned to other creative pursuits and eventually bought a Canon camera, which I love.  I learned Photoshop and started painting with Corel Painter using my photos as a starting point.  Soon Photoshop evolved to the place where it is possible to paint with their brushes.  With the help of some online and DVD classes I have learned techniques from Fay Sirkis and Patrick LaMontagne.  I can now paint with my computer and a Wacom tablet with no fuss, no mess, no smells (I love the smell of oil paint, but my husband doesn't).  I can use brushes designed by others or I can design brushes to meet my specific needs, and I always have any color I want at my fingertips.

You can see my gallery of paintings by going to the menu tabs.  I am in the process of loading those pages, but they will be sparse until I get the job done.

Thank you for stopping by.  I look forward to meeting you through your comments.