Saturday, October 10, 2020

Studious Bird


Studious Bird  oil 8x8 inches
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What a switch from my last post!  Dark and traditional.  I have a small collection of ceramic and glass birds.  I think of all the animals in creation, I find birds the most fascinating.  With little tiny "bird brains," they navigate their migration without maps, build intricate nests and protect their young.  They FLY! (I mean, think about that for a few minutes!)  One of my reocurring dreams is that by flapping my arms I can lift myself above ground and float wherever I want to go.  Do you ever sit outside just to quietly watch and listen to birds?  

Friday, October 9, 2020

Magic Shoes


Magic Shoes  oil 8x10 inches
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And now for something different!  This was an experiment in invented color.  I used a triad I would normally never use:  viridian, alizarin and lemon yellow.  All very cool in temperature, yeilded an icy looking painting.  

Thursday, October 8, 2020

Lucky Lemon


Lucky Lemon  original oil 12x12 inches
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Status and a Meyer lemon from our yard with the addition of some grocery store flowers.  A cheerful painting!  I have the perfect frame for this piece.  Email me if you'd like to purchase it framed.

Tuesday, October 6, 2020

Visiting Crystal Cove


Visting Crystal Cove  
 a plein air painting in oil 9x12 inches
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This is the last painting done during my February camping trip at Crystal Cove,  My backpack had nearly washed away in the morning, but I felt I had gotten a pretty good painting.  I ate my sack lunch and settled in on this building which is part of the visitors center.  While working I noticed this man (probably a volunteer with Crystal Cove Conservancy) walking around inviting children to come and do a craft. I remember hearing the appreciation of the mothers and excitement of the children showing what they had done.  The gentleman sat down just long enough for me to add him in, with a little head in the opposite chair.  If you're familiar with this scene, you'll know that the staircase leads up to the Shake Shack on PCH.  I hope this painting brings up your own memories of Crystal Cove.    

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Between Storms


Between Storms   oil 9x12 inches
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Overlooking Pacific Coast Highway at Abalone Point from Moro Campground. I had just enough time to get set up and paint this one before the winds picked up bringing in the next rainstorm.  

Sunday, September 20, 2020

Sunny Day Cottage & Some Workshop Demos


Sunny Day Cottage -an original oil 12x9 inches
Painted on location at Crystal Cove Historic District
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In March I camped for a few days at Crystal Cove State Beach.  It rained most of the time, but I was able to paint between storms.  On the one predicted sunny day I took my first Uber to the historic district.  I got two paintings in that day.  I had just the right vantage point for this one, but apparently too close to the surf.  A surprise wave came up and swept my backpack into the nearby creek.  My tripod stayed put!  I was so relieved that my phone was in my apron, not my backpack!  Lesson learned.  And another:  I did the next painting with a drippy roll of Viva paper towels and they still worked!  I came home from camping and the quarantine and lock downs began.  So long ago, it seems.

Here are a few demos from my recent workshop.  It will give you an idea of what I teach; mostly how to get a clear division of light and shadow (among other things!)  These are simplified small studies.

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Carnation Blues


Carnation Blues  -an original oil painting 10x10
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There's a complementary color scheme here, and the carnations that seemed to live forever.  The little bottle is pure clove oil which I add to my paints to slow the drying a bit.  A variety of textures are included for interest all within a limited color scheme.  Like a lot of my works, it's better in person. It's framed and ready to hang.  Click on purchase link for more info.  

Thursday, September 10, 2020

Lemon In Blue


Lemon In Blue  an original oil painting 8x8 in.
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Here is the second painting in the series with white carnations.  In addition to their wonderful fragrance, carnations are a very slow fading flower.  I think these lasted about three weeks!  They found their way into quite a few paintings.  
IN OTHER NEWS:  I'm really looking forward to teaching a workshop this weekend!  In the spring I had to cancel two workshops, so it has been a long wait.  I do have a few spots open in my October 3-4 workshop.  Email me if you're interested.  

Monday, September 7, 2020

Look At Me Lemon


Look At Me Lemon   -an original oil painting 8x8 inches
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I painted this from life in my studio back in March.  Back then it was just the beginning of what has turned out to be a long, long attempt at staying hidden from a virus.  The carnations held out for several paintings, which will follow here on my blog.  I am grateful every day that I'm a painter.  It's a somewhat solitary endeavor anyway.  I hope you are well and keeping busy.  Thank you for following my work here.  

Wednesday, September 2, 2020

Hummingbird Cafe -a plein air painting from the historical Los Rios District SOLD


HUMMINGBIRD CAFE   original plein air oil painting 9x12 in.  

The Los Rios District is located along the railroad station in San Juan Capistrano, and is really worth a visit if you've never been there.  It's a neighborhood with many structures dating back to the 1800's.  Some are still private residences, and others, like this one, house cafes, coffee shops, tea rooms, and gift shops.  Sounds commercialized, but it's not at all.  It still has its old time charm.  A favorite area for painters!  

This painting is currently available and on display at Mission Fine Art Gallery, located a short walk from where I painted this scene.  Email inquiries to me at

Tuesday, September 1, 2020

Laguna View -a plein air painting from Laguna Beach SOLD


LAGUNA VIEW    original plein air oil painting 16x20 inches   

Painted from Heisler Park, this is a favorite viewpoint of many painters.  It was February, so the beach was fairly quiet, and as is typical, the sun was trying to burn through the marine layer.  My aim was able to capture the diffused light and subtle warmth from the sun.  Can you feel it? 
This is a fairly large painting for me at 16x20.  It is in a dark wood frame with antique gold lip.  It is currently displayed and available at Mission Fine Art Gallery in San Juan Capistrano.  Located directly across from Mission San Juan Capistrano.  So go see it in person!  The gallery is now open every day 11-5.  
Also available directly from me.  Email to inquire:

Friday, August 21, 2020

Kicked Off Kicks -an original painting of Converse Allstars


Kicked Off Kicks    Original oil painting 9x12 inches

This is the third and last painting of the Converse Allstar "Woolrich".  There are just a few more in my Converse series.  

Wednesday, August 19, 2020

Colorful Kick


Colorful Kick   Original oil painting 8x10 inches
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Continuing the series of Converse Allstars.  This one might be my favorite, but there are several more.  

In other news:  I have openings in my September 12-13 and October 3-4 Workshops.  Geared toward beginner/intermediate oil painters, we paint from life and have fun learning fundamentals!  These are in person workshops at my studio in Upland, CA.  Limited to six students.  Email for more information:

Saturday, August 8, 2020

Sunny In Blue


Sunny In Blue   Original oil painting 8x8 inches

This painting is custom framed and currently available at Vanessa Rothe Fine Art, 418 Ocean Ave.  Laguna Beach, CA.  Open Fridays and Saturdays, and by appointment.  949-280-1555

Wednesday, August 5, 2020


Stylin'   An original oil 12x12 inches  Purchase info here.   

These were SO much fun to paint!  My friend, Juli has a collection of Converse shoes.  In fact, she has so many, she can loan me a few pair and not miss them!  Imagine that!  More shoe paintings to come. 

 IN OTHER NEWS:  After ten years of posting on my blog, Google has chosen to significantly change the interface of Blogger.  I am learning.  So if you see something amiss, please excuse.  This old dog has to learn a new trick!

Monday, August 3, 2020

Still Life & Little Bird

oil 8x8 inches Purchase info here. This is a demonstration piece I did for a workshop back in January. I love this tiny ceramic bird. Years ago friends and I took a mosaic workshop and I quickly discovered that snapping ceramic tiles into little pieces with a hand tool was not for me. It was a fun day nevertheless, and I happened to come home that day with this little bird. It has found a place in many of my paintings since.

Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Backyard Still Life

oil 10x10 inches On a cool sunny morning in February I set up this cheerful still life in my backyard. What a pleasant painting session! That day seems so long ago now. Time moves slowly these days. Im trying to keep busy, stay positive and practice gratefulness. How about you? This painting is custom framed and available through Vanessa Rothe Fine Art, 418 Ocean Ave, Laguna Beach, CA. 949-280-1550 Here are some other pieces that have recently sold at Vanessa Rothe Fine Art:
Little Limes 6x6
Mandarin March 10x10

Tuesday, July 21, 2020

December's Paint

oil 6x6 inches FRAMED Purchase info here. This little gem from last December is available in person at Mission Fine Art, San Juan Capistrano. As of this writing, the gallery is open by appointment. Call 949-922-5350 or 949-212-8410 to schedule a private gallery tour at Mission Fine Art. You'll see beautiful work in paint, ceramics, sculpture and jewelry by fifteen accomplished local artists. The gallery hopes to reopen to the public in mid-August. Meanwhile, this piece is also available for purchase online through Daily Paintworks.

Thursday, July 16, 2020

Juicy, Big And Little

oil 10x10 Purchase info here. I reworked this painting from September. I don't often go back into a dry painting, but here I think it was successful. The surface color was too orange. The added grapes give it some small dark shapes, and the cooler, neutral surface and background are more harmonious with the fruit. What do you think? Here's the original version:

Wednesday, July 15, 2020


MORE CHERRIES! This little series of cherry paintings is part of the "All You Can Eat" Show at Studio C, Claremont. This great little gallery is owned and operated by my friend, Elizabeth Carr. Currently, there are small affordable works hanging, and as always, ceramics, jewelry, fiber arts and all kinds of handmade things by local artists. It's a great place to pick up a one-of-a-kind gift. You can shop safely because Elizabeth is COVID conscious. Please wear your mask. She even has beautiful handmade masks for sale! Studio C Claremont 260 W. Bonita, Claremont, CA. Hours: Tuesday-Saturday 10-6. Dear Daisy 5x5 inches on cradled panel, ready to hang. $125 at Studio C and online here.
Sweet Tweet 5x5 inches on cradled panel, ready to hang. $125 at Studio C and online here.
Peek-A-Boo 5x5 inches on cradled panel, ready to hang. $125 at Studio C and online here.
In-N-Out Cherries 5x5 inches on cradled panel, ready to hang. $125 at Studio C and online here.