oil 8x8 inches click for purchase information Many years ago we returned from vacation to find in our garage a stray cat and her litter of six newborn kittens inside a paper grocery bag. We found homes for five and kept the one that looked like this. Our little girl named her Cindy and she lived fifteen years. This kitty is just a Christmas decoration, I think. I chose the cat first, then the other objects for the violet, blue, green scheme I had in mind. Round versus linear and the contrasting textures were considerations also. I'm all packed up for the BALBOA ISLAND ART WALK TOMORROW. It's my first year. Wish me luck!
oil 4x6 inches not for sale My friend, Rachel recently took a trip back to Maine where she grew up. She brought back wild blueberry jam and a small bag of the most beautiful marbles for me to use for my still life paintings. So thoughtful. Thanks, Rachel! I poured a few out of the bag and painted them as they landed. Tomorrow I'll get ready for the BALBOA ISLAND ART WALK this Sunday. The weather will be perfect, so if you're in Southern California, don't miss it!
oil 12x12 This is a commissioned piece I finished about two weeks ago. I snapped the photo reference for this at Il Fornaio Italian Restaurant in Pasadena. This is the first of three cafe scenes for my client. We had ten days of non-stop family fun, and now our Idaho son and family are on their way to Mammoth Lakes. With being sick the week before, then all the activities, I've been away from my easel for two weeks. I'm hoping to pick up a paintbrush today while working through 43 loads of laundry. It's all good. 102 degrees outside...a great day for laundry and still life inside.
UPCOMING EVENTS: BALBOA ISLAND ART WALK, Sunday May 19th. 100 artists and live music along the sea wall, 9-5pm. I'll be near Pearl Drive. SO looking forward to this!!! Come see me!
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My painting, Bay Arcade is included in the Ontario Open Art Exhibition at the Ontario Museum of History and Art. The exhibit runs through May 26th. For more info on the museum, click here.
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In Murietta the Santa Rosa Plateau welcomes hikers and artists. On a beautiful morning a few weeks back I stood atop a hill overlooking the plateau. It was quiet, cool and only a little buggy. I had a great time. In other news, there's a lot going on! I've been away from my easel while fighting a nasty respiratory bug that really hit me hard. On the mend now. We have family coming on Friday and staying a week. For you locals, the CHINO ART FESTIVAL is this Saturday from 9-4 on the Courthouse Lawn. It is mostly performances, but I will be there and would love to see you. I'm really excited to announce I was accepted into the BALBOA ART WALK coming up on May 19th! One hundred artists will line the seawall and 4 bands will add music. How fun is that?!!! And what a setting! Don't miss it! For more information click here. (Right now their link to my blog is wrong, but I hope it will be corrected soon.) Fun stuff ahead!
oil 8x10 inches click for purchase information and zoom feature The last of my Asian influence paintings for now. This large ceramic rice bowl has a shiny blue glaze and little holes/slots for the chopsticks. Very cool. I think we bought it years back in a little shop near Zion National Park. Kinda big for rice. Maybe it's a noodle bowl. I love noodles.
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I found a boxed set of Xian Soldier figurines. So many possibilities! They have a peach dust on them that ties in nicely with orange. There's glare on the photo. The darks are much richer in person.
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I bought fifty shades of gray fabric for drapery. Not really. Just seven or eight. Exploring different color schemes on gray, I have found that the gray is hardly noticed in the overall look of the work. It also allows me to adjust the gray to my liking. For "Emily and Madeline" I leaned it toward taupe. Here it's pretty much gray, and you'll see in the next post I leaned it toward green. I think I've finally solved my problem with backgrounds. I don't mean the gray, but rather reversing my process. Painting them first as a loose warm up really works for me. I get them out of the way, have a "support" for my objects, and can manipulate edges as I go.
oil 10x8 inches not for sale Our granddaughter, Emily loves to paint. This is her painting as a backdrop for Madeline. The colors seemed to go together perfectly. You might remember seeing it before in my painting, "Child's Play." I'll give this to Emily for her birthday in July.
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I haven't been knocking out a painting a day, or posting every day for quite a while now. I enjoy the bit larger sizes, taking my time and putting more thought into what I choose to paint. A line from Richard Schmid's book, Alla Prima has been in my mind: "Slow down and savor what you are doing."
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I painted this dish two years ago, but with a pear inside. I liked the subtle greens with the rich reds. Here's the one with the pear. Interesting to think about how my work has changed since then.
oil 16x12 inches sold I had some challenges with this one, mainly because I completed it in several sessions and it dried in between. Ugh! I prefer working alla prima so I can manipulate edges. At the start the daffodils were mostly closed and the tulips perky. Second session they were all open and the tulips looked like they'd had a party during the night. Only the violin cooperated.
oil 6x6 inches not for sale I found out that violins are difficult to play and difficult to draw as well. Tried to play a few notes before I started painting. Wow. Screechy! I stamped the strings with the beautiful edge of a Silver Bristlon Flat. Kathy the violinist liked this one because she likes the "F" holes. I gave it to her as a housewarming gift.
oil 6x6 inches not for sale Recently a friend loaned me her violin for painting. The scroll of a violin is the most beautiful part in my opinion. When I opened up the case it looked like it was on stage, surrounded by all that velvety crimson.
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Along Alisal Road in Solvang the fog was lifting and the light shone through moss hanging from the trees. I took pictures, then drew in the cows quickly. They nibbled away and lumbered out of the picture. After finishing the painting, I added the cows back in by looking at my camera. Maybe they are too small. I'll check that out when I have time. I've been busy with a commission and some violin paintings. Going to Blue Jay tomorrow for a few days to visit/paint with a friend and to return her violin. I'll post again on Monday. Happy Easter everyone!
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During my weekend at the mission, I kept admiring this weather worn wooden figure of Saint Francis. Finally on Sunday morning the light was just right to paint it. I have drawn him a bit plumper than he actually was. When I paint outdoors I try to work quickly before the light changes. This is just another reminder to slow down and get the drawing right. Anyway, I do like this painting, especially because while painting, I could hear the music and teaching of Sunday mass just behind me. Perfect way to end the weekend.
The mission architecture reflected in the window here caught my eye. The column closest to me was in cool shadow and the wall was hit with warm light. A puzzle in pulling off depth, shallow though it may be. Several of us were talking about the mission's illusive wall color. At times warm white, or salmon, or pink, or yellow depending on the light direction and time of day.