Monday, January 18, 2021

Capistrano Cottage


Capistrano Cottage   oil  10x10 inches
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I used my photo reference from the historic Los Rios District of San Juan Capistrano to paint this one.    It's all about the shadow patterns.

Saturday, January 9, 2021

Alley Ride


Alley Ride 14x11x1 1/2   oil   
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And now for a change of pace!  Summertime on Balboa Island.  The alleys are one of my favorite spots to paint.  Biking through the alleys is the best way to navigate this often crowded little island.  For a painter, you can't beat the shadows and tunnel view that leads the eye right down the alley.  I painted this from my photo reference on a gallery wrapped canvas.  Ready to hang with just a hanging wire, or frame as you like.  
For another change of pace, here is a portrait of our granddaugher and her cat, a Christmas gift to our daughter.  It's not a great photo, but I've been working on a bit of portraiture lately, and I think this one shows progress.  

Monday, January 4, 2021

Hello, Pear


Hello, Pear  oil 8x8 inches
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Pears will really challenge a painter with their subtle color shifts and delicate shape.  When I first started painting these small oil paintings over 10 years ago, I struggled to get the pear shape right, often ended up overworking the color shifts and wiped off many a pear.  I painted this as a demo for a friend who had never worked in oils and wanted to see my process.  It's demo priced, so click through the purchase link if you've wanted one of my paintings but are looking for a deal.  

Friday, January 1, 2021

The One Green Shoe


The One Green Shoe    oil, 10x10 inches
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Have you heard of the phenomena of "the one shoe?"  You're driving around town, or even on a road trip, and you see one shoe by the side of the road.  What happened to the other one?  This has always amused me, and my painting brings it to mind. 

 I had a lot of fun painting this.  If you follow me on Instagram, you have probably seen the time lapse video.  In the video it's a bit hard to see, but at the end I showed the three tubes of paint I used to paint this: cad red light, cad yellow light and ultramarine blue (plus white of course).  No lime green or violet tubes of paint.  You can mix just about anything with the three primaries.  

Thursday, December 31, 2020

Fall Demo


Fall Demo  6x8 inches  oil
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I cautiously held in person workshops in September and October.  It seems so long ago now!  Time has seemed to drag on with staying home so much.  I have had more time to focus on painting, so I'm thankful for that, but like everyone else, I'm hoping for a better year ahead.  I'm very fond of this little demo I did for my September workshop.  It's the design and color palette that I love.  Can you see the acorn in the front?  The other little round shapes are tiny dried pomagranates given to me by my friend, Mary Jo.  They find their way into many of my paintings. 

 Thank you for following my work, and for purchasing. 
 I just shipped two paintings out today!

Below are some other little studies from my September workshop.

Wednesday, December 30, 2020

Lemon Juice


Lemon Juice  6x8 oil 
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This is my next attempt at undermixing paint and imperfect brushwork using a scruffy hog bristle.  In the upper right background shape you can easily see the striations of color within a brush stroke.  This is what I'm after with this approach.  I see some energy and movement back there rather than just a monotonous plane of color.

Monday, December 28, 2020

Tomato Drama


Tomato Drama  oil 6x8 inches
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I'm finally up to my September paintings with my posts!  Here we have home grown tomatos (and one brave lemon).  They posed under backlighting while I slathered on some undermixed paint with a scruffy hog bristle...not my usual modus operandi.  Experimentation is important to me.  Looking at this painting again brings to mind a statement I heard just today on a podcast: "A painting is not a drawing.  It's a mosaic of shapes."  Michael Chamberlain

Monday, December 21, 2020

Pistachio Pair


Pistachio Pair   oil 9x12 inches
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From my series of Converse Allstars, I thank my friend Juli for loaning these from her converse collection.  

Sunday, December 20, 2020

Gallery Arrangement


Gallery Arrangement  oil 12x12 inches
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On a day when I was working at Mission Fine Art in San Juan Capistrano, I brought my paints and these still life elements with me.  The background color made for a nice harmonious color scheme, and the shadow shapes added interest.  I love this mustardy yellow or yellow ochre in a painting.  

Saturday, December 19, 2020

Lumpy Lemons And Exciting News


Lumpy Lemons  oil 10x10  
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What to do when life gives you not only lemons, but lumpy lemons?  Add a sunflower and paint a still life!  What a challenging year this has been to say the least.  I have family members and friends now with COVID, and thankfully they are managable cases.  I hope you're well and looking forward to a better year ahead.  
IN OTHER NEWS:  Recently I was granted Signature Membership of the American Impressionist Society.  This means I have been juried into 4 AIS National Juried Exhibitions.  My work has been included in AIS shows in Wisconsin, Michigan, New York City, Texas and Utah!  Signature Membership also means I can sign AIS with my name on my work.  I'm grateful to AIS for this honor.

Here's another lemon painting currently available at Vanessa Rothe Fine Art in Laguna Beach.  Call 949-280-1555 to inquire.  She does ship.   Lemon & Delft oil 10x8 inches


Tuesday, December 15, 2020

Summer Tomatoes


Summer Tomatoes   oil 10x10 inches
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We had a nice crop of tomatoes last summer.  Our favorites are cherry tomatoes called "Sweet 100's."  One plant gives us enough to share with others.  The yellow fruit is a tiny lime.  Surprisingly,  when the limes ripen they turn yellow and fall off the tree.  Good thing, because the tree is so thorny, you'd tear your arm up trying to pick them.  We get hundreds for making limeade or margarita mix.  

Monday, December 14, 2020

Merry Marbles


Merry Marbles  oil 6x6
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These are my Maine marbles.  My friend, Rachel grew up in Maine and brought them back for me after a visit.  Maine looks wonderful on the show Maine Cabin Masters.  I don't watch much TV, but I do enjoy that show.  I'd love to visit Maine one day.  I have included marbles in quite a few paintings over the years.  They add a pop of fun color, variety of size and always a little highlight.  For those of you who have heard about the design principle of unequal measures, this is a good example.  

Friday, December 11, 2020

Cherry In The Gap


Cherry In The Gap  oil 10x10 inches
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What is it about backlighting that adds so much interest?  It could be the shadow shapes that get bigger as they come toward the viewer.  This painting was a lot of fun.  It's a strong design that I might use again with other objects.  

Wednesday, December 9, 2020

Garden Decor -a plein air painting from my garden


Garden Decor  oil 14x11 inches
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Another remembrance of Spring here.  "Garden Decor" is a little bit more civilized name for "yard crap", which is what a friend of mine calls this stuff!  lol.  Do you like this kind of stuff in your yard?  I do.  

Wednesday, December 2, 2020

Berries & Branches


Berries & Branches   oil 10x10 inches
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Since the strawberries were still perky, they took part in this, my next painting.  Here I was going for an organic, botanical feel, with the hand thrown bowl and branches cut from our still bare apple tree.  This bowl has made it into quite a few paintings.  The outer glaze is so dark, it makes for some subtle reflections.  This was a complicated painting, but I'm happy with how it turned out.

Tuesday, December 1, 2020

Berries & Blue


Berries & Blue   oil 6x12
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Juicy spring strawberries!  

Monday, November 30, 2020

May Day Mums -a plein air painting from my backyard


May Day Mums    oil 9x12 inches
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On this particular day in May the milder weather enabled me to paint in the sun and thus closer to my subject.  My favorite part of this set up is the blue pot against the brick color in light and shadow.  The closer vantage point allowed for more detail in the little pot of succulents. I have painted the trowel handle in this painting and On The Garden Wall to whatever color would work best for the painting.  It's really a pale green. 

 I hope you had a great Thanksgiving.  We had 8 of us (not all of us) around our table to enjoy an 18 lb. fresh turkey.  (Lots of leftovers!)  Our grandson read aloud Psalm 33.  I recommend reading it if you have some quiet time today.
I'm thankful for many many blessings, including being able to paint almost every day.  I'm sincerely thankful for  all of YOU who follow my painting journey and purchase my work.  

Monday, November 23, 2020

On The Garden Wall


On The Garden Wall    oil 9x12 inches
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This is more of my work from April.  It was a very warm day, but the roses and lavender were in full bloom.  I had this beautiful little pot of white mums.  Compelled to do some plein air painting in spite of Covid lockdown and the heat, I positioned myself in shade under both an avocado tree and a beach umbrella.  I had a great time and was happy with the result.  The next day was cooler, so I was able to paint this lovely subject again from a closer vantage point.  That one is coming up next.  

Thursday, November 19, 2020

Patio Roses


Patio Roses  oil 12x12 inches
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April floribundas from my yard, painted outside on my kitchen porch.  My mother's old patio set depicted dates back to the sixties.  In high school I took geometry during summer school.  I remember sitting in one of these chairs for many days copying "theorums."  At the time, it was the only math class I got an A in because it was visual, and I got to "draw."  At this point in my life I can't even tell you what a theorum is!  

Sunday, November 15, 2020

Spring Shadows -a plein air painting from my backyard


Spring Shadows   oil 12x9
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In April I had a glorious glob of blooms in my backyard: rannunculus, irises, and various poppies.  They really were this dense.  The shadows cast over the edge of the concrete caught my eye too.  I eyed them for several days thinking about what time window would be best.  I set up in early afternoon knowing the shadows would get longer, but I'd need to stick to my original draw in.  I worked fast to keep it loose. It was a good challenge.