Thursday, September 21, 2017

Apples & Mums


oil 10 x 10 inches For a closer look and purchase info, click here. Apples and mums from our yard. I loved the dark value and deep rich color of the mums in contrast to the lighter apples and drapery. Instant drama.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Casita -a plein air painting from San Clemente, CA


oil 8x10 inches For a closer look and purchase info click here. I love this little house which is a Nature and History Museum at San Clemente State Beach. Emily and I got to paint in the shade and visit the Museum too. She painted beach rocks she had carried up the hill the day before.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Monday, September 18, 2017

Beach Houses


oil 9x12 For a closer look and purchase info click here. Last month we camped for a few days at San Clemente State Beach. It was a "paintcation" and our granddaughter, Emily joined us. First morning we had a heavy mist, so we painted under our awning. Emily painted her cat, Daisy in acrylic.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Lemons, Roses & Cherries


oil 12x12 inches For a closer look and purchase info click here. I used the neutral vase show off soft or bright yellows and deep reds. These are floribunda roses from my yard.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Tractor Sun & Shadow


oil 8x8 inches For a closer look and purchase info click here. Painted from my photo reference taken at Amy's Farm. I really enjoy painting tractors, especially with patterns of light and shadow. To see other tractor paintings, go to "labels" below, and click on "tractors."

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Weed Pickin'


oil 8x8 inches Not for sale. For a closer look, click here. Mr. Richard Bumann graciously allowed me to take pictures of him while he weeded. Painted from my photo reference taken on a spring visit to historic Bumann Ranch, Encinitas, CA. Thank you to artist Rita Pacheco for inviting me to join her on this unique plein air opportunity.

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Cherries In A Japanese Dish


oil 4x4 inches For a closer look and purchase info click here. A teeny tiny painting for a day with a teeny tiny time to paint.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Cat Nap


oil 8x8 inches For a closer look and purchase info click here. This Amy's Farm cat had found a cool shady spot for her nap. Dappled light challenges me every time, but it's worth the effort for the interesting patterns of light and shadow.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Apricots


oil 9x12 inches For a closer look and purchase info click here. Apricots from a gigantic old tree. The blue bowl's influence on the fruit and shadows made this plein air still life especially interesting to me.

Monday, September 4, 2017

The Tractor In Back


oil 9x12 inches For a closer look and purchase info, click here. I guess I'm drawn to tractors. One day I drove around the Wilder area taking pictures of tractors. There were plenty and they were loved. They were on display in the front yards. One even had Christmas lights. This tractor was just a few steps from where I was staying on the river. Of the four paintings I did in Idaho, this is my favorite.

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Snake River


oil 9x12 inches For a closer look and purchase info, click here. I painted this on location, but reworked it quite a bit in the studio when I got home. Thankfully, TSA left my paints alone in my suitcase, but this painting arrived home with a scrape down the center. Maybe they stuck something down into my panel carrier between the wet paintings or pulled the paintings out. There's no way to know. In any case, fortunately I had planned to finish this one at home anyway. It was a hot day on the river, and hopefully you get that feeling from the painting.

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Turquoise Truck


oil 9x12 inches For a closer look and purchase info, click here. Painted in Wilder, Idaho along the Snake River.

Friday, September 1, 2017

Seashore & Tulips


oil 12x9 inches For a closer look and purchase info, click here. A pretty warm day even for the beach, I hid under our awning for this one. Mother's Day tulips from my grandkids...is this a still life or a seascape? Hummm.

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Beach Stroll


oil 9x12 inches For a closer look and purchase info click here. In May we camped for a few days at Moro Campground in Crystal Cove State Beach. I squeezed in a couple of paintings, this being the first. That wet sand color can be very illusive, but I'm happy with my color here. We'll have a high of 104 degrees here today. This beach scene looks pretty good!

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Toy Tractor


oil 8x8 inches For a closer look and purchase info click here. The day I painted Shady Spot at Amy's Farm, I took some shots of this faded toy tractor. I toned my canvas with Thalo Red Rose and Indian Yellow, which I think helps to unify the scene.

Sunday, August 27, 2017

A Shady Spot


oil 9x12 inches For a closer look and purchase info click here. This is a plein air piece from Amy's Farm in Ontario, CA. A little water fountain under an arbor.

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Junior The Patriot


oil 8x8 inches Not for sale. For a closer look, click here. This is a surprise painting for a Facebook Friend who also happened to be a sweet and spunky first grade student in my classroom long, long ago in another lifetime it seems.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Berry & Brushes


oil 6x6 inches For a closer look and purchase info click here. That was a really big juicy berry.