Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Demo In Yorba Linda

oil 8x8 Purchase info here. Please see the picture below for a more accurate view of this painting. I was quite happy with this demo when I finished, but when I got home I noticed that the tomatoes were floating. The next day in the studio I got them to sit down. Maybe you can see the difference in the two photos. For my fellow painters out there here are my tips to avoid floating objects: Correct shape and placement of shadow, gradating value in the shadow. The shadow is darkest right up against the edge of the object. In fact, it is usually as dark as the bottom edge of the object. IN OTHER NEWS: A "Paint the Lively Still Life" workshop is scheduled for April 21 and 23 at my studio in Upland, CA. Open to beginner and intermediate painters. If you'd like to register or for more info, just email me.

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Fat Cat With A Knife

oil 8x8 inches Purchase info here. SO much better in person. Here we have the first of several paintings in an unplanned series of red and green color schemes. Here's an easel view. More accurate with the good old iphone.

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Peanuts & Coke

oil 10x8 inches Purchase info here. Heroes Bar & Grill is our go-to restaurant in nearby Claremont. I couldn't resist the light shining through my husband's Coke. Painted from my photo reference. I taught a workshop this last weekend to a very lively bunch! We had so much fun that I forgot to take pictures. I love teaching, and I'm very grateful to everyone who signs up and travels from other parts of Southern California to study with me. So if you've taken a workshop with me, THANK YOU! New dates for April and May to be announced soon.

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Totally Tubular

oil 6x6 inches Purchase info here. Paint tubes are as pretty as wine bottles. That's what I think. I had a great time demonstrating in Yorba Linda last night. Pics from that coming in a later post. My workshop this weekend is full. Soon I'll be setting dates for a workshop in April and another in May. If you'd like to get on my mailing list for announcements of workshops, email me: Don't worry, you won't be bombarded with emails from me, just 3 or 4 per year.

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Sprinkles & Stripes

oil 10x10 inches Purchase info here. Tomorrow night I'll demonstrate for the Yorba Linda Art Association. Open to the public. 6:30 pm 4999 Casa Lima Ave, Yorba Linda, CA.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018


oil 10x8 inches Purchase info here. Same objects, different arrangement and size. WORKSHOP NEWS: Last weekend's workshop was a big success with six hard working painters! Some serious work went on, but a lot of laughs too! I have one opening in my March 3&4 Workshop: Two days of fun, instruction and lively still life held in my Upland studio. Email me if you'd like to take this last spot.

Monday, February 5, 2018


oil 14x11 Purchase info here. Some favorites: translucent grapes, a pretty wine label and glass.

Friday, February 2, 2018


oil 10x10 inches Purchase info here. After a while, the smell of peanut butter overwhelmed my studio and I felt like I was actually painting with peanut butter. Looked like I had peanut butter on my brush, looking at peanut butter, smelling peanut butter....

Monday, January 22, 2018

Westlake Demo

oil 8x8 inches Purchase info here. What a great time I had teaching a three day workshop for Westlake Village Art Guild recently! This is the demo I did on the last day. I'm happy with how it turned out, though the alizarin in the pomegranate and strawberry doesn't photograph well. Oh well, it's better in person and that's what counts. IN OTHER NEWS: I have a few openings in my February workshop, and one opening in my March workshop. I hold these in my large home studio building in Upland, CA. Email me for more info

Thursday, January 11, 2018


oil 12 x 12 inches Click to purchase. The deep oranges with minty green in this piece seemed refreshing and unusual to me. I hope you like it. Today I'm driving north to Camarillo to teach a 3 day workshop for Westlake Village Art League. My car is packed to the hilt, and I'm really excited to share my love for still life painting with these folks. In my excitement, I hope I remember to take pictures I can post!

Saturday, January 6, 2018


oil 10x8 inches Click to purchase. I painted this one after getting my turkey in the oven on Thanksgiving morning. I had lots of flowers leftover from an Advanced Workshop in November, so my granddaughter Emily and I had fun making arrangements. She made this one that became part of our centerpiece on Thanksgiving. IN OTHER NEWS: "PAINT THE LIVELY STILL LIFE" Workshops are coming up on February 10-11 and March 3-4. Location: my studio in Upland, CA. Email me for more information and to register.

Monday, December 11, 2017

King Cracker

oil 12x6 inches For a closer look and purchase info, click here. Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah! I'll take a few weeks off from posting now for Christmas preparations and time with family. This painting needs time to dry, so it will ship after Dec. 18. You can still have it by Christmas!

Saturday, December 2, 2017

The Old Cleaners -a plein air painting from Claremont, CA

oil 9x12 inches Closer look and purchase info here. This piece is included in "Local Color", scenes of Claremont at Studio C Gallery, 260 W. Bonita Ave, Claremont, CA. Available for viewing and purchase at the gallery through the month of December. Studio C offers fine art and handcrafted items perfect for gift giving. For more info contact Elizabeth 909-289-9401. IN OTHER NEWS: A few spots have opened up in my JANUARY 12-14 WORKSHOP located in the Thousand Oaks area. This is a three day workshop "PAINTING THE LIVELY STILL LIFE." For more information or to register please email Wendy Gordin ASAP at

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Reflecting Red

oil 8x8 inches For purchase info click here. At my recent Advanced Still Life workshop we worked on reflections in metal. This is my demo painting. Just TWO DAYS LEFT of FREE SHIPPING on any painting in my gallery. Cash refund for shipping paid with an online purchase. See all my work here.

Monday, November 27, 2017

Blue Plate Special

oil 10x10 inches For purchase info, click here. I reworked this painting from 2015. The original work is pictured below. It nagged me for two years and I finally gave in. Although I liked the contrast created by the white drapery, I decided it was a bit blinding. I hope you like the new version. FREE SHIPPING ON ANY PAINTING THROUGH NOVEMBER 30TH! Buying online is so easy, shipping is fast and I will include a CASH REFUND OF ANY SHIPPING YOU PAY ONLINE. See my entire ONLINE GALLERY HERE.

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Monday, November 20, 2017

Demo For Loma Linda

oil 8x8 inches For a closer look and purchase info click here. A still life demo for the Loma Linda Cultural Arts Association back in October. I reworked the pomegranate a few days ago. Tried to post shots of the the original version but today my computer doesn't like my iPhone. Technology...really tries my patience sometimes, but I'm still thankful to live in the computer age. With Christmas and Hanukkah approaching I hope you'll consider some of my small paintings in your gift giving. Shipping is fast. You can see all my work and purchase with a credit card in Daily Paintworks Gallery HERE. Also STUDIO C in Claremont has a large selection of my smalls that you can see in person from $30-$100. Located in the Village on Bonita behind Bert&Rocky's Ice Cream. HAPPY THANKSGIVING TO ALL! Today, November 21 after a software update, here's the original version of the demo. Only the pomegranate was changed. This iPhone shot shows accurate color.

Friday, November 17, 2017

Midnight Teahouse -a plein air painting from Tustin

oil 12x12 FRAMED For a closer look and purchase info click here. Here's an honest story about being an artist: This piece was part of Old Town Tustin Art Walk and Plein Air Contest. I drove an hour to Tustin and spent several hours choosing my subject and waiting for sunset. I painted this on the street after dark wearing a headlamp. It was a ton of fun, but when I finished at about 10pm I realized that I was very cold and my bad neck muscles were in spasm. Two weeks of daily headache followed. Maybe an award from the judges will make my effort worth it. Nope. The last straw was very poor sales on Tustin Art Walk day. Thus, I had spent a lot of effort for nothing. All this to say that being an artist is not all fun and games. "That must be relaxing," I heard recently from a passer by while painting on the street. Well sometimes it is just plain hard work, disapointment and even self-doubt. No, not relaxing. Except that your mind is so engaged that you don't even know you're freezing or you have to pee until you sign the painting. Maybe you could say the focused mind is a diversion from the news and personal troubles, but no, not relaxing. What keeps me going? I love to paint. I love paint, color, light and shadow. There's paint in my blood. I know I was made to do this. Today I'll teach a children's class. This weekend I'll teach an Advanced Still Life workshop. I'm so excited about both!