oil 12x12 FRAMED For a closer look and purchase info click here. Here's an honest story about being an artist: This piece was part of Old Town Tustin Art Walk and Plein Air Contest. I drove an hour to Tustin and spent several hours choosing my subject and waiting for sunset. I painted this on the street after dark wearing a headlamp. It was a ton of fun, but when I finished at about 10pm I realized that I was very cold and my bad neck muscles were in spasm. Two weeks of daily headache followed. Maybe an award from the judges will make my effort worth it. Nope. The last straw was very poor sales on Tustin Art Walk day. Thus, I had spent a lot of effort for nothing. All this to say that being an artist is not all fun and games. "That must be relaxing," I heard recently from a passer by while painting on the street. Well sometimes it is just plain hard work, disapointment and even self-doubt. No, not relaxing. Except that your mind is so engaged that you don't even know you're freezing or you have to pee until you sign the painting. Maybe you could say the focused mind is a diversion from the news and personal troubles, but no, not relaxing. What keeps me going? I love to paint. I love paint, color, light and shadow. There's paint in my blood. I know I was made to do this. Today I'll teach a children's class. This weekend I'll teach an Advanced Still Life workshop. I'm so excited about both!
oil 8x8 inches For a closer look and purchase info, click here. Last night I demonstrated for the Anaheim Art Association, a casual and friendly group. I don't always love my demos when I finish, but I'm rather fond of this one. Thank you, Anaheim Art Association.
oil 8x10 inches I'm back at the easel today from visits with family in Oklahoma and Arkansas. I reworked an old painting and will post it in the near future. In the meantime, my husband and I attended a car show recently. As we returned to our car I found this scene that took me back in time...a simpler time. IN OTHER NEWS: Tomorrow night at 7pm I'll demonstrate for the Anaheim Art Association. Downtown Community Center 250 E. Center St., Anaheim. Open to the public.
oil 10x10 inches For a closer look and purchase info click here. I don't really drink a lot of wine, but I sure think the bottles are beautiful. In this painting I set out to create an abstract quality of design and also variation of transparency vs. opacity in paint application. I really like how this one turned out. I think the image is a bit blurry. The painting itself is crisp. Tomorrow I'm going out of state to visit family, so I won't be posting for a while. Thank you for your interest in my work.
oil 8x8 inches For a closer look and purchase info, click here. This is the last demo from the workshop I taught in September. Here I'm teaching composition, color mixing, paint application and edges. These delightful ladies were fun and highly motivated. I love teaching and their enthusiasm adds so much to the weekend! Here they are with the work they're most pleased with.
oil 12x9 inches For a closer look and purchase info, click here. Peachy pinks, reds and oranges on a taupe background make for a soothing color palette here. Another painting that's much prettier in person despite my new camera.
oil 8x8 inches For a closer look and purchase info click here. We visited artsy Cannon Beach, Oregon a few years ago. This great old house was a studio gallery. Once in a while I like to use a completely different type of brush just to keep things fresh. I normally use flats or filberts, but this was done with synthetic brights. I really enjoyed the resulting geometric marks. IN OTHER NEWS: NEWPORT BEACH ART IN THE PARK is this Saturday. Come for the perfect weather and great art! 10-4 On the Civic Center Green, 100 Civic Center Drive. Artists for this event are carefully juried in for the quality of their work. You'll see many different art forms. Definitely worth the visit! I'll have framed and loose paintings, over 100 in total to browse through. Come sit and visit with me a while. I hope to see you there!
oil 6x6 inches For a closer look and purchase info, click here. I've painted a few pumpkins over the years, but I think this one is my favorite. I tried out Unbleached Titanium for the first time, and found it worked well in mixtures for the "white" of the pumpkin. To see more pumpkin paintings, look down to "labels" and click on pumpkin/s. These little paintings make nice decor, framed or not on a shelf or small decorative easel. MY DEMO THIS COMING SUNDAY is from 2-4 at 25571 Barton Rd., Loma Linda, CA. Cost is $5. Loma Linda Cultural Arts Association.
oil 12x12 inches For a closer look and purchase info, click here. It's just now starting to feel like Fall here in Southern California. Cool nights and breezy during the day.
IN OTHER NEWS: This coming Sunday afternoon, October 8, I'll demonstrate for the Loma Linda Art Association. The demo is open to the public. Stay tuned for more info on time and location.
oil 12x12 inches For a closer look and purchase info, click here. It's October already! I decided to jump forward and post my most recent Fall-ish paintings. Do you love the colors and feel of Fall? I do.
oil 10 x 10 inches For a closer look and purchase info, click here.
Apples and mums from our yard. I loved the dark value and deep rich color of the mums in contrast to the lighter apples and drapery. Instant drama.
oil 8x10 inches For a closer look and purchase info click here. I love this little house which is a Nature and History Museum at San Clemente State Beach. Emily and I got to paint in the shade and visit the Museum too. She painted beach rocks she had carried up the hill the day before.