Saturday, July 22, 2017

Cherries & Roses

oil 10X10 inches For a closer look and purchase info click here. Just got back from a trip to Idaho, and brought a summer cold home with me. Thankfully I'm back in my studio today. I had the opportunity to paint along the Snake River, and I'll post those paintings after they get a few tweaks. Meanwhile, for this painting from June I used a cool light source which resulted in the cool reds and pinks contrasting with the warm blue of the jar. I'm really happy with how this painting came out.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

California Streamin' -painting of an Airstream Travel Trailer

oil 8x8 inches For a closer look and purchase info click here. I took the photo reference for this painting in May while camping at Crystal Cove State Beach. I hope you're having a great summer!

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Come To The Fountain -a plein air painting from The Huntington Library and Gardens

oil 9x12 inches For a closer look and purchase info click here. This piece is from my work in May. I found a cool and quiet spot in the Huntington's gardens to paint this fountain. I'm still backlogged with paintings I haven't posted yet, but on July 4th I sprained my shoulder. It's not my painting arm, but still I may be limited. I painted the next day and ended up in a lot of pain, so we'll see. I just might get caught up on my postings.

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Old Glory #6

Oil 30x24 inches on 1 1/2 inch gallery wrapped canvas. For a closer look click here. This is my sixth and largest painting of an old flag that belonged to my parents. The painting is better in person as the image is a bit hazy. It is ready to hang, but could be framed. Price is $550 with FREE PERSONAL DELIVERY to anywhere in Southern California. To purchase, email me at To my fellow Americans: HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY!

Monday, June 26, 2017

Citrus Basket

oil 6x12 inches To get a closer look or purchase info click here. Oranges and lemons from our backyard trees. Our ten year old granddaughter, Emily, was painting nearby as I worked on this painting. About an hour in we exchanged reports on how our paintings were going. I told her I wasn't sure and might have to wipe it off, but that I was trying to do what I have told my watercolor students, "just keep going." "Yeah," Emily said, "just keep swimming." (Disney) Good advice. Sometimes we can throw in the towel too soon. I'm happy with the result.
(That stuff beyond the still life was temporarily stored for my son and his family.)

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Violets & A Pear

oil 8x8 inches Get a closer look and purchase information here. Oops! Here's one more painting from April that I never posted! This little pot of African Violets are from my kitchen. This is a pretty little painting, especially seen in person all because of that lovely subtle shadow.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Sizzlin' -a still life painting from my kitchen SOLD

oil 8x8 inches Get a closer look & see purchase info here. I had some pre-cooked bacon. Dropping the egg in, it became a still life right there on my stove. I took a picture with my iPhone. Later and for the first time, I used blue painter's tape to stick my phone up onto an mdf board just inches from my painting panel. Since that day I have taped my phone up to paint a few botanicals. It makes painting from photos practically painless. (It helps if you have a big phone, and you have to set your display auto-lock to "never") I'll try to include a picture of this in a future post.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Still Life With A Knife

oil 8x8 inches magnify/purchase info Here's another painting I reworked. Back in October I painted this as a demonstration for the Tustin Art Association. At the time, I was in the midst of an unexpected long recovery from oral surgery. Turns out I don't paint well with jaw pain. Go figure. Originally I had an empty glass bottle in the back to add a vertical going off the top edge. It just didn't work, so I painted it out, and fiddled with a few edges here and there. If you like it, check out the price. Very low for an 8x8.

Friday, June 16, 2017

Fountain Rest -a plein air painting from the Orange Circle, City of Orange, CA

oil 9x12 inches magnify/purchase info Seldom do I go back into a dried painting, but on this one I did. My aim was to bring more attention to the figure. Below is the painting before reworking it.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Imposing Pears

oil 6x6 inches magnify/purchase info I love the subtle color shifts in pears. In the past I've found them very difficult to paint well, but I've been working on letting color blend on the canvas. I'm happy with how that worked here. I mean applying paint with deliberate brushstrokes into the previous strokes, not blending it after the paint is applied. Does that make sense? These pears are ganging up on the little grape, or cherry, whichever you like because it was a grape that looked like a cherry. :-)

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Juicy Fruit

oil 8x8 inches magnify/purchase info Is there any more luscious color than in a strawberry or and orange? I wish you could see this one in person. My camera doesn't capture the deep red color shifts well at all. This shot from my iphone is just a bit better. It seems a painter also needs to be a photographer.

Monday, June 5, 2017

Still Life With Asparagus

oil 12x12 inches magnify/purchase info I prepped this panel myself with gesso, muslin and acrylic paint. The toothy surface gives a slightly rough texture to the painting. Thank you to my biker/painter friend Lorry for the little blue vase. I'm very excited about tomorrow's demo for Westlake Village Art Guild. For more info see my post on May 26th.

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Bowl & Creamer -sold

oil 9x12 inches magnify/purchase info The metal creamer and bowl were accidentally left in my studio after workshops. I'm taking good care of them until their owners return.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Do-si-dos -a still life painting of Girl Scout Cookies

oil 6x6 inches magnify/purchase info Last painting in March, Girl Scout Cookie season. Yum! This one comes with a sweet little price.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Fruit On Blue

oil 8x8 inches magnify/purchase info Light shining through oranges, lemons or grapes is so beautiful to me. I love capturing that luminous color. I paint that first, then work my way outward to the white of the rind, then the peel itself, noting whether they are in light or shadow. I have openings in my June 10 and 11 workshop! (Held here in my Upland, CA. studio.) Email me quick if you're interested!

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Spring Hills -a plein air painting from Chino HIlls State Park

oil 9x12 inches magnify/purchase info Another March morning my friend Mary Jo and I went out to Chino Hills State Park. The poppies and lupine were putting on a spectacular show, we had heard. We hiked about a half mile on Aliso Canyon Trail and heard from other hikers that the poppy fields were 2 1/2 miles ahead. Okay, we'll paint right here, thank you very much. My pack is too heavy for that much walking. Sometimes you just have to paint what's around you. While painting, the day warmed up and the poppies were open, visible and plentiful on our drive out of the park. Perhaps our timing was a bit off, but we had a great time painting together and talking with the friendly hikers.

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Morning -a plein air painting from historic Bumann Ranch

oil 9x12 inches magnify/purchase info On a Monday in March I had the unique opportunity to paint on historic Bumann Ranch in Encinitas. Fabulous plein air artist, Rita Pacheco invited me to join her, for which I'm very grateful. I drove south the night before to a cheap hotel in Carlsbad, then met up with Rita early in the morning. Mr. Richard Bumann was very welcoming, informative and proud of his family's homestead ranch. We had stepped back in time. Structures and equipment dated back to the 1800's. When we arrived the sun was shining through an early morning mist. It was this atmosphere that I set out to capture. I added Mr. Bumann using shots from my camera phone. I'm very happy with the feel of this painting. Sincere thank you's to Rita Pacheco and the Bumanns.

Friday, May 26, 2017

Red Shiny Shoes

oil 8x6 inches SOLD magnify I couldn't walk in shoes like this, but I can paint 'em. Teri Gammalo attended my March workshop, brought these shoes and asked me to demonstrate painting them. Fun stuff! IN OTHER NEWS: DEMO COMING UP JUNE 6, WESTLAKE VILLAGE ART GUILD. This is a dinner demo (what a great idea!). Location: Thousand Oaks. For more info click here.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Beach Cottage, Crystal Cove

oil 12x9 inches magnify/purchase info On that day in Crystal Cove, I had driven for 2 1/2 hours to get there, so to make it worth the drive I painted again after lunch. Often times I end up wiping off my second painting which I attribute to lack of stamina. Plein air work does require stamina, and I'm wondering if others of you have found this to be true. I hope to build stamina with more practice. However, I'm happy with how this one turned out. I remember something crawled up my pant leg and started biting me on the buttocks. There I am grabbing frantically at my butt trying to kill whatever it was. I turned around to see a few people staring at me with dropped jaws. Ahh, the perils of painting outdoors in public!