Monday, May 20, 2019

Mustard In The Canyon

oil 8x10 inches Purchase info here. In March I camped and painted en plein air at Moro Campground which is part of Crystal Cove State Park. Everything was blooming from our abundant rain this year. Speaking of rain...Yesterday's Artwalk on Balboa Island had plenty of rain and wind! What a challenge it was to keep my work and wood frames dry! Thank you to all who visited me; old friends, collectors, fellow painters and future painters who want to take one of my workshops. On a challenging day your interest in my work was VERY much appreciated!

Sunday, May 12, 2019

Lemon In The Pot

oil 6x8 This little piece was a pleasure to paint! I found this extremely reflective brown teapot in a Caldwell, Idaho thrift shop. IN OTHER NEWS! I've scheduled a Paint The Lively Still Life workshop for June 8-9 here at my studio in Upland, CA. For more information email me at MORE NEWS!I'm SO excited for the Balboa Art Walk this coming Sunday May 19! 9-5 along South Bay Front on the island. 90 artists, live music, sunshine and ocean breezes! Don't miss it! Park in the big Balboa Pier parking lot, take the ferry across on foot, and turn left when you step off the ferry to find me. I'll have newly framed work, and lots and lots of loose paintings. Come find that special gift or treat yourself to a piece of original art!

Monday, May 6, 2019

Camellias & Bordeaux

oil 12x12 inches The camellia bush outside my studio window was blooming it's heart out when a kind workshop student gifted me this bottle of Bordeaux as he departed. Thus, Camellias & Bordeaux! Even more exciting than these two lovely events lining up, is the news that the American Impressionist Society as accepted this piece into its Third Annual AIS Impressions Small Works Showcase Juried Exhibition! The exhibition will be held at the Crooked Tree Arts Center in Petoskey, Michigan. June 8 through August 31. I'll be shipping it out soon. Unfortunately I won't be able to attend the show, so if you're reading this and you're near Petoskey Michigan, I would love it if you could take some photos of it hanging. I'll gift you with a small painting in return! Anybody out there in Petoskey???? IN OTHER NEWS: This Wednesday, May 8, I'll demonstrate for Associated Artists of the Inland Empire. Lewis Center, corner of Milliken and Baseline in Rancho Cucamonga. 9 am. $5. Refreshments. Open to the public.

Saturday, April 27, 2019

Bedside Camellias

oil 12x12 inches Purchase info here. I've always admired paintings of beds with the sheets turned down. How good it feels to get under those covers when I'm good and tired! In this painting, which I painted in the corner of my bedroom, I set out to contrast the sparkle of glass with the soft light and sheets. IN OTHER NEWS: ADVANCED WORKSHOP GLASS AND FLOWERS has been changed to JUNE 1-2. Open to oil painters who have taken my basic workshop, "Paint The Lively Still Life." Email me for more info: The BALBOA ARTWALK IS COMING UP ON MAY 19! I'll be in my usual spot along the seawall near Pearl St. and the fuel dock. Park in the big parking lot near the pier, take the ferry across, and to find me turn left when you step off the ferry. This is the BEST ARTWALK IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA! 100 artists, live music, sunshine and happiness! DON'T MISS IT!

Monday, April 15, 2019


oil 10x8 inches Purchase info here. If you think pigs are cute, this little piglet is even cuter in person. The yellows are a bit calmer, more golden. Yellow is one of those colors that is hard to photograph.

Friday, April 12, 2019

Peppers On Blue

oil 6x6 inches. Purchase info here. Hang this on your kitchen wall and the colors will wake you up in the morning. You won't even need a cup of coffee! Well, maybe so, just because coffee is so yummy.

Sunday, April 7, 2019

Bits & Pieces -SOLD

oil 6x6 inches Purchase info here. This is a sweet little painting close up. It has that brushed texture underneath from an application of oil ground. A sweet thing happened the day I painted this back in February. As I mentioned a while ago, January was a rough month. I was trying to paint myself out of a funk, and this day I felt especially defeated. Out of the blue came a phone call from someone who had purchased one of my little paintings years ago. We had never had any contact, but she called that day just to tell me how much she has always loved and enjoyed the painting. I remembered it well. She spoke of her delight with the little pieces of lemon in the painting. It's difficult to describe how much her call lifted my spirits. I went straight into my studio, cut some lemons and painted this. "Pleasant words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones." Proverbs 16:24 If you're reading this, kind lady, thank you so much! We just never know when something we say can make all the difference for someone else.

Friday, March 29, 2019

Lemon & Red Grapes

oil 6x6 inches Purchase info here. I painted this little piece on a used panel to which I had applied a coat of oil ground. Large swipes of ground gives a lovely texture that shows throughout the painting. Click on the link to purchase, then move your mouse over the image on Daily Paintworks. You'll see the texture I'm talking about. It's a lot of fun to paint on a completely different surface once in a while, and at the same time I make good use of all my panels. Do you have paintings you're not happy with? You can give them new life with oil ground.

Monday, March 18, 2019

Orange, Grapes, Scissors

oil 8x8 inches Purchase info here. Here's a demo I did for my last workshop. I'm looking forward to another this coming weekend. I have two openings if you'd like to join us. Just email me.

Thursday, March 7, 2019

Grape Escapes and a workshop

oil 6x6 inches Purchase info here. I liked the variety of color, size and shape in this set-up. Do you think about variety when you paint? Maybe I just have a short attention span, but I need variety! IN OTHER NEWS: A "Paint The Lively Still Life" workshop is coming up very soon! March 23-24 at my studio in Upland, CA. It's not too late to register. Email me to find out more. The workshop is geared for beginning and intermediate painters in oil. Do your paintings look stiff and overworked? Do you find painting difficult and tedious? Do you use little tiny brushes? I can help you put joy and life into your work!

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Lemons & A Blue Bowl

oil 9x12 inches Purchase info here. Our Meyer lemon tree is loaded with paintable fruit. For this painting I used a cool light source rather than my usual warm spotlight bulb. I rarely rework a dried painting, but this one I felt was worth saving.

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Rock, Paper, Scissors

oil 6x6 inches Purchase info here. I think this is the third "Rock, Paper, Scissors" I have painted. I enjoy the variety of textures: smooth paper, rough rock and shiny metal.

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Mousse On Mint

oil 6x6 inches Available here. A luscious dessert from The Local Baker in Upland. Painting and life both have their ups and downs. In December I wiped out quite a few paintings, and still have a few turkeys laying around that don't make the cut for posting. On Christmas Eve I had to have my sweet Sandy the studio dog put to sleep. She was suffering so I had to let her go. She is definitely missed. It has taken me this long just to be able to write about it. But things are getting better. I remembered how to paint in January and just returned from a great visit with family in Idaho. I'm excited for my workshop this weekend and to get back to the easel. If you'd like to join us at the last minute for two days of instruction and fun, email me: Sandy in 2015 at Moro Campground, Crystal Cove.

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Fruit On Silver

oil 8x8 inches Purchase info here. A quick and loose painting from November. My, where does the time fly? This weekend I taught a successful workshop to a small but hard-working group. Even experienced painters said they learned new things! I still have a few openings in my February workshop if you'd like to join us. Just email me at The first day of my workshop I teach design principles, lighting considerations, tips for accurate drawing and value. The value of values cannot be overstated! Here are my two quick value study demos.

Monday, January 14, 2019

Kettle & Color

oil 9x12 inches Purchase info here. My brand new super shiny tea kettle was perfect for creating reflections in this still life. I have a beautiful antique silver frame that's perfect for this painting if you'd like to purchase it ready to hang. Let me know through email. The PayPal link to purchase is for the painting only. IN OTHER NEWS: I still have three openings in my workshop THIS COMING WEEKEND! If you'd like to jump in, just send me an email.

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Price Drop

Happy New Year! The following paintings have returned from the gallery and have new prices. Click the link below each image for info or to purchase. Thanks for looking!
HANGIN' OUT 10X10 inch gallery wrapped canvas ready to hang. PURCHASE
MUNCH 10x10 inch gallery wrapped canvas ready to hang. PURCHASE
GINGER 10x10 inch gallery wrapped canvas ready to hang. PURCHASE
BLUB 10x10 inch gallery wrapped canvas ready to hang. PURCHASE
LOYAL 10x10 inch gallery wrapped canvas ready to hang. PURCHASE

Friday, December 28, 2018

Still Life In The Grass

oil 12x12 inches I painted this back in October on a sunny morning in our backyard. The painting has a great sense of early morning light, better seen in person. Currently it can be viewed through January the Claremont Community Foundation in Claremont, CA. For purchase information, email me at I hope you had a Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah! I'm looking forward to the New Year with a renewed commitment to new paintings and personal growth. How about you? I still have a few openings in my January and February workshops, if you'd like to learn painting in oils, or boost your skills and enjoy a weekend painting with like minded folks. Just email me for more info.

Thursday, December 13, 2018


oil 6x8 FRAMED See this painting at the Claremont Community Foundation as part of the group show "UnreNOUNed." Available for purchase by email: WORKSHOPS!!! I have openings in my January 19&20 and also February 9&10 workshops. Location: Upland, CA. NEW OFFERING: For the absolute beginner I offer an Intro to Oils Private to Semi-Private class upon request. Three hours of guided instruction $80. Painting from life, not a photo. Use of my materials are included. This is a great way to see if you like oil painting, or get back into it if you feel intimidated by the workshop setting. Would make a great gift! For more information, please Email me at

Monday, December 10, 2018


oil 8x6 inches I really enjoyed painting this, one of my favorite subjects: things in a jar. This painting is framed and on display at the Claremont Community Foundation, Claremont, CA. Located in the Village and open during business hours only. It's part of the beautiful group show "UnreNOUNed". This would make a great gift for your loved one who sews. It is even better in person and framed in dark wood with silver lip. Email me for purchase information.