Friday, August 30, 2013


Snow Melt
6x6 oil on canvas mounted
Just one more day before I begin theThirty Paintings in Thirty Days challenge arranged by Leslie Saeta.  I will be painting "New Mexico Landscape and Architecture" for thirty days temporarily leaving painting Norway.  Sign up by email on my blog to receive my daily painting and to enter a raffle to win one of those thirty paintings given out on October 1.

An interesting tidbit about SNOW MELT (available for auction); located in Norway, Stalheim literally means "home of the horses", so named because of the awful hairpin curves on the narrow road to Stalheim.  Here the horses were rested before continuing on their journey.  Riders walked beside their horses getting to this location due to the steepness of the road.  Thankfully in the 1970's oil was discovered in the North Sea providing Norway with the funds to build roads in the fjord area.

Thursday, August 29, 2013


Spring Light
6x8  oil on canvas mounted
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I’ve decided to offer one of my Daily Paintings for subscribers to my blog.  Subscribe there and you will receive email notifications whenever I post a new painting to my DailyPaintworks for auction. In September I am participating in Thirty Paintings in Thirty Day challenge.  I am really excited about this.

And all subscribers will automatically be entered into the raffle, to be drawn October 1, 2013.   There is also a link to my blog on my website.

Sorry this painting is sold.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Norwegian Painter, Sophus Jacobsen

This summer I had the most wonderful opportunity to be in Norway and to see a few original pieces of art by Sophus Jacobsen.  His winter scenes brought me to tears with their beauty.  Norway in winter is pretty dark as you can imagine and I found that Jacobsen captured that limited light perfectly.  The city of Oslo is on the same latitude as Anchorage, Alaska.            
 I will be returning to Norway over the Christmas holidays for skiing with my grandson.  This will also give me an opportunity to see more of Jacobsen's art.  Can anyone advise me on a great place to ski in Norway and activities a teenager might enjoy?                                                    

 Oil Painting by Sophus Jacobsen

Monday, August 26, 2013


"Santa Fe Adobe IV"
6x8 oil on canvas panel, mounted
With the encouragement of my dear artist friend, Julie Ford Oliver, I decided to push color in the adobe walls found everywhere in NM.  My favorite walls and gates are in Santa Fe.

I also signed up for the thirty paintings in thirty days challenge set up by Leslie Saeta for September.  I think I will continue with architectural elements as they are such fun to paint.

Sorry this painting is sold.  There are many more on; click on artist Carol Hopper.

Friday, August 23, 2013

Snow Melt

Rushing Snow Melt
The Norwegian landscape still has a mighty hold on me.  It is such a contrast to my life in the desert of NM...but I remind myself I grew up in very green Minnesota, land of 10,000 lakes and in a Norwegian community at that! My maiden name was Thoreson, which means son of Thore.  And if you know mythology, Thore was the son of  Thunder.

The fjord area of western Norway has fairly high mountains and in spring the snow melt gushes down the mountain sides with a mighty roar.  I wish I could paint the roar.

While in Norway I saw many paintings by 19th century Norwegian masters.  My favorite paintings were winter scenes.  So in December, I will return to ski, to paint, to see the northern lights and spend some time in the Arctic and of course to visit some of my Thoreson cousins.

To purchase click on the link under the photograph.

Sunday, August 18, 2013



September 7, 10-7

           GRAND OPENING, ABQ Olive Oil Company
          10700 Corrales Rd. NW, Albuquerque, NM 87114
    I have seven paintings for sale, all relating to the origin and type of olive oil and vinegars for sale.  Six of the seven paintings are from my trips abroad.



  I entered four paintings of flowers, 20x20 oil on gallery wrapped canvases in the Fine Arts competition at the NM State Fair and got them ALL in.  I am proud.  Wah Hee!  Besides these paintings for sale, I also have prints available there.


   The New Mexico Cancer Center Gallery is one of the top ten largest galleries in the state of NM.  To purchase, go to  or come to the cancer center on September 15 for the reception.  I have ten pieces of impressionistic art in this show of "Tints and Textures".

    The reception with wine and food is
Sunday, September 15 from  1 to 4.  I hope to see you there.


NORWAY...a trip of a lifetime.  This trip was pretty fast paced and there wasn't time to paint even with water color.  There was time for quick sketches and plenty of photographs.

Norway promotes a trip called "Norway in a Nutshell".  I wasn't on that trip, only a portion of it.  This valley is looking back toward Flam;  river and waterfalls are at their peak.

This is a Little Gem, only 6x8 oil on canvas mounted on board, framed and can be purchased through the New Mexico Cancer Center by clicking on Little Gem.

It is so much fun to take liberties with one's painting.  I pushed color and of course did my best to paint with loose strong strokes.


Friday, August 16, 2013

Painter's Journey

"Turquoise Potting Bench"  6x8 oil on canvas, mounted

Since 1998 I have been on my journey as a painter.  It is been fun, intense, stressful, happy, disgusting, laughable, but always full of opportunity.  Now the journey has taken a new and exciting turn that involves both painting and the Internet.

Painting daily, or almost daily, is my goal.  Posting on my website ( and, blogging on  and interacting on have also become part of being an artist in the Twenty-First century.  Technology cannot be avoided but is always second to painting.  

Having fun is one of the top priorities and painting "Little Gems" is very enjoyable.  I am using a palette knife more and intense color more.  My work is more Impressionistic.

I hope you will sign up to follow me on my journey!

Thursday, August 15, 2013

My Petite Studio.

Every day painting is critical for developing artistic skills; therefore I can be found in my tiny well organized studio.  Everything is at my fingertips including my iced tea.  Two drawers open to become my taboret on which I put my palette.  A drawer full of brushes are to the left, a stretched arm length away.  Upper cabinets  in front of and behind me hold everything an oil painter needs.  The maximum number of steps I can take in my studio is exactly FIVE.

I feel fortunate to have a tiny space.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Santa Fe Adobe

Santa Fe Adobe I
oil on canvas, mounted

I enjoy painting "Little Gems" as they make wonderful gifts and collector items.   Click on the above link for more information.