Monday, July 25, 2016

Lemon Lime

oil 6x6 inches magnify/purchase info July is flying by with not much painting going on here. We spent two weeks in our motorhome visiting family in Idaho and camping in Idaho and Lake Tahoe. Our Idaho granddaughter traveled home with us, so this week we're showing her everything fun in Southern California and that's a lot! IN OTHER NEWS: I'm excited to announce I've been invited again to Balboa Island for the Just Plein Fun Invitational. Come visit Balboa Island next Monday, August 1 through Friday, visit the Debra Huse Gallery to find out where each of the eight artists are painting at any given time. Come to see the gallery fill up with beautiful fresh work created during the week. The Big Brush Off (quick draw) this year is on Sunday and open to amateurs and professionals. For more information, click here.

Friday, July 8, 2016

Donut & Coffee -a still life painting in oil

oil 18x18 magnify/purchase info I loved working this size. This is on gallery wrapped canvas 1 1/2 inches deep, sides painted and ready to hang. If you are interesting in purchasing this piece and live in Southern California (Orange, San Bernardino or LA Counties) I will hand deliver and refund $20 of the shipping fee. I'm hoping to paint a companion piece for this in August. Meanwhile, we're off on a camping trip for a few weeks, so I won't be posting. I hope you're enjoying summer!

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Jelly & Coffee

oil 6x6 inches magnify/purchase info Just catching up on some of the small still life I did in June. This one was right around National Donut Day. I gave it a squeeze for some jelly excitement.

Thursday, June 30, 2016

The Busy Bee

oil 12x9 inches magnify/purchase info After a delicious breakfast at Pete's Breakfast House in Ventura, I set up to paint the Busy Bee Diner. The sun came out just long enough to get my shadow shapes in. The rest of my painting session was cool and overcast. Perfect. As I drew in, this classic Corvette pulled up. I snapped some pics before it was gone. It only stayed a few minutes. I finished the painting then used my phone pics to add the car. What a great morning, and I'm very happy with the result. Thank you to my husband who strolled the streets while I painted, checked on me and brought me water.

Tuesday, June 28, 2016


oil 9x12 inches magnify/purchase info And now for something really different! While camping in Ventura this past weekend I had a perfect opportunity to paint my first nocturne. Steve and his family, sitting in front of a classic trailer were very kind and interested in what I was doing. I painted from sundown to 10:30 pm. I didn't have my headlamp with me so I used the camping lantern. I learned SO much! Not being able to see very well meant I had to take my best shot at values, and remember where on the palette I mixed certain colors. The dark piles of paint were harder to see, and that's mostly what I needed! I usually paint on cotton canvas, but this one was linen, so the paint gloriously mooshed around. So much fun! I went to bed a happy camper.
My start, about 20 minutes in.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Tweaking Paintings

oil 8x8 inches magnify/purchase info Haven't you seen this painting before? Yep! I made some changes to things that were bugging me. During a demonstration for a large group, I'm painting while talking at the same time, answering questions, and working much faster than I normally do. Oftentimes I feel they are not my best work. So I tweaked a few things on this one. It is now for sale. Just click on the purchase link above. Also below, I reworked the figure in "Deck Work." This is a plein air piece I did last summer for Just Plein Fun, an invitational on Balboa Island. I decided that a red shirt would bring the focus to the figure that the painting needed. This piece is sold. By the way, I'm very happy to report I have been invited to participate in the same event on Balboa Island this year, August 1-7. Thank you, Debra Huse Gallery!

Monday, June 20, 2016

Workshop Flower & Fruit

oil 6x6 inches magnify/purchase info Here's one of the demos I did for my last workshop. Below, some pics of this marvelous hard working and fun group. We had a great time! One of the attendees told me the next day, "I feel like I got two years of art school in two days!" And they all survived!

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Demo For Rancho -a still life painting in oil

oil 8x8 inches magnify Here's the demonstration I did for Associated Artists of the Inland Empire a week ago today. I may make some minor changes. Haven't made time to do that yet! I taught a workshop with a wonderful group of students this past weekend. Pictures are coming in my next post. Tomorrow, (Friday June 17) I'll be at Studio C in Claremont painting all day with Elizabeth Carr. If you're in So Cal drop by and hang out a while. 260 W. Bonita Avenue. 10am to 6pm.

Friday, June 10, 2016

Watermelon Wedges -a still life painting in oil

oil 8x8 inches magnify/purchase info My first time painting watermelon. What luscious color and the smell...oh my gosh I just wanted to eat it the whole time. When a local fabric store went out of business (boo), I bought a lot of their upholstery fabric samples. You know, those things on the little hangers? The fabric in this painting is one of those; a natural colored linen. That neutral color is perfect for showing off fruit. IN OTHER NEWS: Just finished another watermelon painting as a demo for Associated Artists of the Inland Empire. Photos to come soon. Meanwhile, last Saturday my artist friend, Elizabeth Carr had the Grand Opening of her art studio in Claremont, STUDIO C. She graciously asked me to be her first guest artist. Thank you, my friend, and I wish you mad success! Here are some pics:
BEFORE - It had been a wig shop and "secret" hair salon!
AFTER -Opening Night
Elizabeth and her beautiful work on hanging day.
Some of my work. Elizabeth gave me space to hang over twenty paintings through June. She's so generous and supportive of other artists! IF YOU'RE IN SO CAL BE SURE TO VISIT STUDIO C. 260 W. Bonita Ave. Claremont, CA 91711. Open Tues-Sat 10am to 6pm and Claremont Art Walk Nights, first Saturday of each month 6pm to 10 pm.

Friday, June 3, 2016

Stars, Stripes & Sprinkles -a still life donut and flag painting in oil -SOLD

oil 6x6 inches magnify/purchase info Hot off the easel for National Donut Day. Go treat yourself to a donut. Or two. I'm pretty sure they're good for you today. In case you're interested in purchasing this painting, please know it needs a week to dry before I ship. Happy National Donut Day!

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Still Life With A Nectarine -a still life painting in oil

oil 14x11 inches magnify/purchase info I'd like to invite all my Southern California friends and followers to the Grand Opening of STUDIO C in Claremont. My friend and fellow artist Elizabeth Carr has turned a former hair salon space into a studio/gallery! I know! Amazing, huh??? Come and celebrate with her at the Grand Opening Reception this Saturday night, June 4th from 6-10 pm. It's also Claremont Art Walk Night. She graciously invited me to be her first guest artist for the month of June. Location: 260 W. Bonita Ave, Claremont, CA. 91711. Open Tues through Sat. 10am-6pm and First Saturday Art Walk Nights 6-10 pm. I hope you'll join us for the reception or drop by during the month of June.

Monday, May 30, 2016

Berry Fruity -a still life painting in oil

oil 6x8 inches magnify/purchase info I never get tired of painting fruit. Coming up with titles for them all is another matter.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Rooty Tooty Fresh & Fruity -a still life painting in oil

oil 8x8 inches magnify/purchase info After church on Mother's Day my husband and I had lunch at The Local Baker in old downtown Upland. Years ago I painted one of their pretty fruit tarts so it was time for another. I'm very happy with how this turned out. It's a cheerful painting.

Friday, May 20, 2016

A Floral Affair -a still life painting in oil -SOLD

oil 11x14 inches magnify/purchase info Sunday marks my fourth year participating in the Balboa Island Art Walk. If you're in Southern California, don't miss it! Sunshine, live music and 100 artists along the sea wall. To find me, turn left onto the sidewalk as you step off the ferry.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Patio Pot -a still life painting in oil

oil 16x8 inches magnify/purchase info On a beautiful sunny afternoon this past winter I grabbed this off my patio and painted just steps away from my studio door. Thus, a plein air still life. Once in a while it's fun to put my subject on the ground for a different perspective. I like the pink and turquoise. IN OTHER NEWS: The Balboa Island Artwalk is coming up on May 22nd, 9-5. Come on down to the little island for sunshine, art and live music. About 100 artists will be lined up along the sea wall. You can find me by heading left onto the sidewalk as you step off the ferry. I'll be near Pearl St. It's by far one of the best artwalks in So Cal, so if you're in the area don't miss it!

Friday, May 6, 2016

Violets & Lemon -a still life painting in oil

oil 8x8 inches magnify/purchase info Without much effort at all painters can try something new to keep things fresh. Just pick up a different brush than you're used to. I painted this with soft round brushes rather than my usual springy, chisel-like flats. I used Silver Brush Company's Ruby Satins. I was surprised how much more fluid my strokes could be while swinging the brush around, probably just because they had no corners! I hope you like it. Happy Mother's Day to all my fellow moms out there!

Saturday, April 23, 2016

A Time To Paint -a still life painting in oil

oil 12x12 inches magnify not for sale at this time My fellow artist friend, Carol, gave me some fresh eucalyptus cuttings. I love the leaf shape and unique color! In my excitement and against my better judgement, I set this up to paint. With my workshop coming up I knew I wouldn't have time to finish it while the paint was still wet. Eventually it all worked out. Thanks, Carol! This piece may be for sale online at a later date. IN OTHER NEWS: Thank you to supportive friends who came to Redlands last night. (You know who you are!) Also, thank you to new collectors who loved and purchased my work. It was a fun evening with fast and furious sales. Thank you, Redlands Community Hospital Foundation for inviting me.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Demo With A Cherry -a still life painting in oil

oil 6x6 inches magnify/purchase info Here's a quick demo I did for my recent workshop. I love that blue and red combo. Thanks, Julie for sharing your fake cherries with me. Tonight we're loading the old truck for Redlands. I'll have twenty framed works and also baskets of loose paintings. If you're in the area, I hope you'll come Friday night and enjoy the art, wine and food. For more info, see my previous posts.