Sunday, August 13, 2017

Demo With A Lemon Wedge

oil 8x8 inches For a closer look and purchase info, click here. This is a demonstration painting from June for the Westlake Village Art Guild. The evening demonstration included a delicious dinner and an enthusiastic audience. They have invited me back next January to teach a three day workshop, and filled the workshop that evening! I'm very much looking forward to it! IN OTHER NEWS: If you'd like to learn how to paint in oils or improve your skills, I have openings in my upcoming September 9 and 10 workshop here at my studio in Upland, CA. For out of towners, lodging is only six miles away in the quaint college town of Claremont. To sign up or find out more, email me at

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Tea & Oranges

oil 6x6 inches For a closer look and purchase info click here. Not your usual mug, this flat sided cup came from Stash Tea Co. many years ago. My favorite part of this painting besides the complimentary color scheme is the half-submerged tea bag. That was fun to paint!

Saturday, August 5, 2017

All Her Eggs In One Basket -SOLD

oil 12X12 inches For a closer look and purchase info click here. A friend gave me these lovely eggs from her backyard chickens so I could paint them. I added a couple of white ones. I worked on this piece over three sittings and enjoyed every minute. I wish you could see it in person. The camera did not pick up the color shifts in the eggs as subtly as they are conveyed in the painting. A serene piece that I'm very happy with. Thank you, Sandra Sue for sharing your eggs with me.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

New Shoes For Charlie

oil 9x12 inches For a closer look and purchase info click here. In June some of my painting buddies and I painted out at a horse ranch in Rancho Cucamonga called Baker Scudder Farms. Charlie is my friend, Martha's horse and he happened to be getting new shoes that day, so he was reasonably stationary for our painting session. I used shots on my iPhone to paint the human who moved a LOT! Thanks to Martha, Baker Scudder Farms and Charlie too. It was a great morning painting with my buddies. IN OTHER NEWS: I have two spaces available in my September 9&10 Workshop here at my studio in Upland, CA. For more info email me:

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Rainbow Rose

oil 10x8 inches For a closer look and purchase info click here. A rose from my yard. Roses are a challenge, but I'm happy with this one.

Saturday, July 29, 2017


oil 6x6 inches For a closer look and purchase info click here. This painting is named after a pie on the menu at Polly's Pies. Very yummy!

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Sweet Stack

oil 10x8 inches For a closer look and purchase info click here. I painted this on National Donut Day. The glazed on the bottom gradually caved in causing it to lean a bit minute by minute. Just like the leaning tower of Pisa.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017


oil 8x8 inches For a closer look and purchase info click here. Another botanical painting from UCR's garden. Cactus blooms are always fascinating to me.

Monday, July 24, 2017

Wildflowers -an oil painting from UCR Botanical Garden

oil 10x8 inches For a closer look and purchase info click here. This one is from a photo reference I took on a Spring visit to the University of California at Riverside's botanical garden. It looks complicated, but I really enjoyed painting this "all-over" pattern.

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. 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.