Wednesday, April 17, 2024

Apples & Mums


Apples & Mums oil 14x11
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Oh how I wish I could have gotten a better photo of this one!  Here are apples from our heirloom tree paired with some mums from our garden.  I love the yellow green with the deep magenta. A backlit scene makes for shadows coming toward the viewer, leading the eye in.  

Saturday, March 30, 2024

From The Garden


From The Garden  oil 10x10
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Last August my friend Marj invited me to pick veggies in her garden. Her onions made a nice linear element paired with my tomatoes from my garden.  I love the little brown bits.  The painting has a fresh crisp look compared to this slightly fuzzy image.  

Friday, March 15, 2024

Sweet Peas & Roses


Sweet Peas & Roses  10x10 oil
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Last June I painted this one using flowers from my front yard.  The painting has some lovely texture and subtle neutrals that don't come through in the photograph.  

Thursday, March 7, 2024

Dressed Alike


Dressed Alike  oil 10x10 inches
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Painted from life, peaches and roses from my garden.  

Wednesday, March 6, 2024

Toast & Honey


Toast & Honey  oil 12x12 inches
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On a cool overcast morning in June, I gathered these items and painted in my backyard.  In Southern California we call this weather "June Gloom."  June gloom has its own beauty; colors seem clean and clear.  I enjoyed myself, painting and listening to the birds.  Though the natural light gave the scene almost non-existent shadows, it has a cool feel and color harmony that I'm quite pleased with.  This painting is so much better in person!

Monday, February 26, 2024

Tube Of Orange


Tube of Orange  oil 4x6 inches
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This little gem comes unframed with its own small wood easel.  A perfect little bit of color for a bookshelf or other small shelf space!  It's even better in person!

Saturday, February 10, 2024

Roses In May


Roses In May  oil 15x15
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Measuring 15x15 inches, this painting is one of my comparatively larger works. In May our roses bloom like crazy.  The oranges and pinks look lovely together.  I wish you could see this in person.

Thursday, February 8, 2024

Shiny Things


Shiny Things  oil 6x6 inches
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Little bottles and other shiny things that sparkle.  Fun to paint!

Wednesday, February 7, 2024

Posing Mini Apples


Posing Mini Apples  oil 8x8 inches
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It's been a minute since I have posted here on Blogger.  If you have found this post, thank you!  In January I busied myself tremendously with the online "Strada Easel Challenge."  Alas, I did not win a coveted Strada Easel, but I did win lots of valuable daily practice and produced 29 paintings in 31 days.  As you might expect, I would much rather paint that take pics, edit, post, etc, so it will be a long time till you see them here or on my website.  My freshest most current work is always seen on Instagram.  I hope you can follow me there if you're not already.  
Here you see a demonstration painting for one of my workshops.  I'm particularly fond of this one for it's crisp freshness.  You should see it in person!  Reasonably priced and your satisfaction is guaranteed.  

Sunday, December 17, 2023

Linen and Lemons


Linen And Lemons  oil 6x6 inches
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Lemons from our Meyer tree.  Sometimes they are mistaken for oranges due to their unique yellow color.  I recently learned that a Meyer lemon is a cross between an orange and a lemon.  Their taste is delightfully sweet!

Sunday, December 10, 2023

Poppy Cake


Poppy Cake  6x6 oil 
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This Christmasy looking cupcake was actually purchased near Memorial Day when red poppy is sometimes given out by veterans. Poppies are a reference to the poem "In Flanders Fields by John McCrae" wherein he speaks of the ultimate sacrifice of soldiers, Marines and Sailors who now lie in fields of poppies.  

Friday, December 1, 2023

Cherry On Top


Cherry On Top  oil 6x6 inches
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Painted from life in the studio.  The photo is a bit blurry.  If you purchase this painting you'll see it is beautifully crisp.  Your satisfaction is guaranteed.

Sunday, November 26, 2023

Lemons & Grapes


Lemons & Grapes  oil 6x6 inches
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Painted from life in the studio, some Meyer Lemon wedges and red grapes.  

Friday, November 17, 2023

Monet's Light


Monet's Light  oil 12x12 inches
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In 2015 we enjoyed our first trip to Europe.  We spent 14 days in Paris, and one day traveled by train to Giverny and Monet's home and gardens.  It was magical!  I loved how the light streamed into his dining room that day. Finally I painted from my photo reference this many years later.  What a wonderful memory.  This painting is much more beautiful in person.  If you purchase, your satisfaction is guaranteed.  Check my return policy by clicking on the link.  

Wednesday, November 8, 2023

Lilac Cottage


Lilac Cottage  oil 9x12 inches
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In San Juan Capistrano's Los Rios Historic District you will find this pretty little cottage.  I used my photo reference for this painting.  

Wednesday, October 25, 2023

Three Birds


Three Birds oil 6x6

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From my collection  of ceramic and glass birds.  They're the only birds that will pose for me.  

Thursday, September 28, 2023

Three Lemons


Three Lemons  oil 6x8 inches
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Meyer lemons from our tree in March.  Custom framed in a dark wood distressed contemporary floater. If you're considering a purchase, please email me for a picture of it in the frame.

Wednesday, September 27, 2023

Hollyhocks At The Mission


Hollyhocks At The Mission  acrylic 9x12
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Painted from my photo reference taken at Mission San Juan Capistrano, a slightly different style for me, as I was using acrylic on a black gesso ground.  The black peeks through here and there giving it a nice unity and graphic quality.  Framed in a contemporary black floater frame suitable for this work.  Ready to hang.  I had a hard time getting a good photo of this piece.  If you purchase, your satisfaction is guaranteed.  Check out my return policy by clicking on the purchase info link above.  

Monday, September 25, 2023



Jack-O-Happy  8x8 oil
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Last fall I turned off the lights in my studio and positioned my plein air easel near the open door for just enough light to see what I was doing.  I lit a candle in this happy little glass pumpkin and dropped a handful of candy.  Custom framed in an antique gold (not shiny) frame.  Ready to hang with your other fall decor!  If you're considering a purchase, please email me for a picture of it in the frame.  Happy Fall, everyone!

Saturday, September 16, 2023

Oranges & Cherries No. 2


Oranges & Cherries No. 2
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Painted from life in the studio.  As usual, the photo is not as good as seeing the painting in person.