Sunday, August 13, 2017

Demo With A Lemon Wedge

oil 8x8 inches For a closer look and purchase info, click here. This is a demonstration painting from June for the Westlake Village Art Guild. The evening demonstration included a delicious dinner and an enthusiastic audience. They have invited me back next January to teach a three day workshop, and filled the workshop that evening! I'm very much looking forward to it! IN OTHER NEWS: If you'd like to learn how to paint in oils or improve your skills, I have openings in my upcoming September 9 and 10 workshop here at my studio in Upland, CA. For out of towners, lodging is only six miles away in the quaint college town of Claremont. To sign up or find out more, email me at

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Tea & Oranges

oil 6x6 inches For a closer look and purchase info click here. Not your usual mug, this flat sided cup came from Stash Tea Co. many years ago. My favorite part of this painting besides the complimentary color scheme is the half-submerged tea bag. That was fun to paint!

Saturday, August 5, 2017

All Her Eggs In One Basket -SOLD

oil 12X12 inches For a closer look and purchase info click here. A friend gave me these lovely eggs from her backyard chickens so I could paint them. I added a couple of white ones. I worked on this piece over three sittings and enjoyed every minute. I wish you could see it in person. The camera did not pick up the color shifts in the eggs as subtly as they are conveyed in the painting. A serene piece that I'm very happy with. Thank you, Sandra Sue for sharing your eggs with me.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

New Shoes For Charlie

oil 9x12 inches For a closer look and purchase info click here. In June some of my painting buddies and I painted out at a horse ranch in Rancho Cucamonga called Baker Scudder Farms. Charlie is my friend, Martha's horse and he happened to be getting new shoes that day, so he was reasonably stationary for our painting session. I used shots on my iPhone to paint the human who moved a LOT! Thanks to Martha, Baker Scudder Farms and Charlie too. It was a great morning painting with my buddies. IN OTHER NEWS: I have two spaces available in my September 9&10 Workshop here at my studio in Upland, CA. For more info email me:

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Rainbow Rose

oil 10x8 inches For a closer look and purchase info click here. A rose from my yard. Roses are a challenge, but I'm happy with this one.

Saturday, July 29, 2017


oil 6x6 inches For a closer look and purchase info click here. This painting is named after a pie on the menu at Polly's Pies. Very yummy!

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Sweet Stack

oil 10x8 inches For a closer look and purchase info click here. I painted this on National Donut Day. The glazed on the bottom gradually caved in causing it to lean a bit minute by minute. Just like the leaning tower of Pisa.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017


oil 8x8 inches For a closer look and purchase info click here. Another botanical painting from UCR's garden. Cactus blooms are always fascinating to me.

Monday, July 24, 2017

Wildflowers -an oil painting from UCR Botanical Garden

oil 10x8 inches For a closer look and purchase info click here. This one is from a photo reference I took on a Spring visit to the University of California at Riverside's botanical garden. It looks complicated, but I really enjoyed painting this "all-over" pattern.

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Cherries & Roses

oil 10X10 inches For a closer look and purchase info click here. Just got back from a trip to Idaho, and brought a summer cold home with me. Thankfully I'm back in my studio today. I had the opportunity to paint along the Snake River, and I'll post those paintings after they get a few tweaks. Meanwhile, for this painting from June I used a cool light source which resulted in the cool reds and pinks contrasting with the warm blue of the jar. I'm really happy with how this painting came out.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

California Streamin' -painting of an Airstream Travel Trailer

oil 8x8 inches For a closer look and purchase info click here. I took the photo reference for this painting in May while camping at Crystal Cove State Beach. I hope you're having a great summer!

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Come To The Fountain -a plein air painting from The Huntington Library and Gardens

oil 9x12 inches For a closer look and purchase info click here. This piece is from my work in May. I found a cool and quiet spot in the Huntington's gardens to paint this fountain. I'm still backlogged with paintings I haven't posted yet, but on July 4th I sprained my shoulder. It's not my painting arm, but still I may be limited. I painted the next day and ended up in a lot of pain, so we'll see. I just might get caught up on my postings.

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Old Glory #6

Oil 30x24 inches on 1 1/2 inch gallery wrapped canvas. For a closer look click here. This is my sixth and largest painting of an old flag that belonged to my parents. The painting is better in person as the image is a bit hazy. It is ready to hang, but could be framed. FREE PERSONAL DELIVERY to anywhere in Southern California. To purchase, email me at To my fellow Americans: HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY!

Monday, June 26, 2017

Citrus Basket

oil 6x12 inches To get a closer look or purchase info click here. Oranges and lemons from our backyard trees. Our ten year old granddaughter, Emily, was painting nearby as I worked on this painting. About an hour in we exchanged reports on how our paintings were going. I told her I wasn't sure and might have to wipe it off, but that I was trying to do what I have told my watercolor students, "just keep going." "Yeah," Emily said, "just keep swimming." (Disney) Good advice. Sometimes we can throw in the towel too soon. I'm happy with the result.
(That stuff beyond the still life was temporarily stored for my son and his family.)

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Violets & A Pear

oil 8x8 inches Get a closer look and purchase information here. Oops! Here's one more painting from April that I never posted! This little pot of African Violets are from my kitchen. This is a pretty little painting, especially seen in person all because of that lovely subtle shadow.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Sizzlin' -a still life painting from my kitchen SOLD

oil 8x8 inches Get a closer look & see purchase info here. I had some pre-cooked bacon. Dropping the egg in, it became a still life right there on my stove. I took a picture with my iPhone. Later and for the first time, I used blue painter's tape to stick my phone up onto an mdf board just inches from my painting panel. Since that day I have taped my phone up to paint a few botanicals. It makes painting from photos practically painless. (It helps if you have a big phone, and you have to set your display auto-lock to "never") I'll try to include a picture of this in a future post.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Still Life With A Knife

oil 8x8 inches magnify/purchase info Here's another painting I reworked. Back in October I painted this as a demonstration for the Tustin Art Association. At the time, I was in the midst of an unexpected long recovery from oral surgery. Turns out I don't paint well with jaw pain. Go figure. Originally I had an empty glass bottle in the back to add a vertical going off the top edge. It just didn't work, so I painted it out, and fiddled with a few edges here and there. If you like it, check out the price. Very low for an 8x8.

Friday, June 16, 2017

Fountain Rest -a plein air painting from the Orange Circle, City of Orange, CA

oil 9x12 inches magnify/purchase info Seldom do I go back into a dried painting, but on this one I did. My aim was to bring more attention to the figure. Below is the painting before reworking it.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Imposing Pears

oil 6x6 inches magnify/purchase info I love the subtle color shifts in pears. In the past I've found them very difficult to paint well, but I've been working on letting color blend on the canvas. I'm happy with how that worked here. I mean applying paint with deliberate brushstrokes into the previous strokes, not blending it after the paint is applied. Does that make sense? These pears are ganging up on the little grape, or cherry, whichever you like because it was a grape that looked like a cherry. :-)

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Juicy Fruit

oil 8x8 inches magnify/purchase info Is there any more luscious color than in a strawberry or and orange? I wish you could see this one in person. My camera doesn't capture the deep red color shifts well at all. This shot from my iphone is just a bit better. It seems a painter also needs to be a photographer.

Monday, June 5, 2017

Still Life With Asparagus

oil 12x12 inches magnify/purchase info I prepped this panel myself with gesso, muslin and acrylic paint. The toothy surface gives a slightly rough texture to the painting. Thank you to my biker/painter friend Lorry for the little blue vase. I'm very excited about tomorrow's demo for Westlake Village Art Guild. For more info see my post on May 26th.

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Bowl & Creamer -sold

oil 9x12 inches magnify/purchase info The metal creamer and bowl were accidentally left in my studio after workshops. I'm taking good care of them until their owners return.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Do-si-dos -a still life painting of Girl Scout Cookies

oil 6x6 inches magnify/purchase info Last painting in March, Girl Scout Cookie season. Yum! This one comes with a sweet little price.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Fruit On Blue

oil 8x8 inches magnify/purchase info Light shining through oranges, lemons or grapes is so beautiful to me. I love capturing that luminous color. I paint that first, then work my way outward to the white of the rind, then the peel itself, noting whether they are in light or shadow. I have openings in my June 10 and 11 workshop! (Held here in my Upland, CA. studio.) Email me quick if you're interested!

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Spring Hills -a plein air painting from Chino HIlls State Park

oil 9x12 inches magnify/purchase info Another March morning my friend Mary Jo and I went out to Chino Hills State Park. The poppies and lupine were putting on a spectacular show, we had heard. We hiked about a half mile on Aliso Canyon Trail and heard from other hikers that the poppy fields were 2 1/2 miles ahead. Okay, we'll paint right here, thank you very much. My pack is too heavy for that much walking. Sometimes you just have to paint what's around you. While painting, the day warmed up and the poppies were open, visible and plentiful on our drive out of the park. Perhaps our timing was a bit off, but we had a great time painting together and talking with the friendly hikers.

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Morning -a plein air painting from historic Bumann Ranch

oil 9x12 inches magnify/purchase info On a Monday in March I had the unique opportunity to paint on historic Bumann Ranch in Encinitas. Fabulous plein air artist, Rita Pacheco invited me to join her, for which I'm very grateful. I drove south the night before to a cheap hotel in Carlsbad, then met up with Rita early in the morning. Mr. Richard Bumann was very welcoming, informative and proud of his family's homestead ranch. We had stepped back in time. Structures and equipment dated back to the 1800's. When we arrived the sun was shining through an early morning mist. It was this atmosphere that I set out to capture. I added Mr. Bumann using shots from my camera phone. I'm very happy with the feel of this painting. Sincere thank you's to Rita Pacheco and the Bumanns.

Friday, May 26, 2017

Red Shiny Shoes

oil 8x6 inches SOLD magnify I couldn't walk in shoes like this, but I can paint 'em. Teri Gammalo attended my March workshop, brought these shoes and asked me to demonstrate painting them. Fun stuff! IN OTHER NEWS: DEMO COMING UP JUNE 6, WESTLAKE VILLAGE ART GUILD. This is a dinner demo (what a great idea!). Location: Thousand Oaks. For more info click here.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Beach Cottage, Crystal Cove

oil 12x9 inches magnify/purchase info On that day in Crystal Cove, I had driven for 2 1/2 hours to get there, so to make it worth the drive I painted again after lunch. Often times I end up wiping off my second painting which I attribute to lack of stamina. Plein air work does require stamina, and I'm wondering if others of you have found this to be true. I hope to build stamina with more practice. However, I'm happy with how this one turned out. I remember something crawled up my pant leg and started biting me on the buttocks. There I am grabbing frantically at my butt trying to kill whatever it was. I turned around to see a few people staring at me with dropped jaws. Ahh, the perils of painting outdoors in public!

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Crystal Cove Painter

oil 9x12 inches magnify/purchase info In March I joined the American Impressionist Society's paint out at Crystal Cove. About 50 fellow members had come from all over the country. It was fun to see a favorite painting spot full of artists doing our thing.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Roses In A Blue Vase -and THE BALBOA ART WALK

oil 10x8 inches magnify/purchase info In February I set out to practice painting roses. This is the end result of several practice sessions. Below are my out of order but numbered practice studies.
IN OTHER NEWS: The BALBOA ART WALK was amazing again! Perfect weather, music, great visitors to talk with, and sales!
Collector Joan Stipe made one of the first purchases, "Cinnamon Stop."
Jo Beth Prudhomme from Coast Magazine gave my booth an "Award of Excellence." A sincere thank you to everyone who visited, commented on my work and purchased paintings. You made my day!

Monday, May 15, 2017

Japanese Garden -a plein air painting from The Huntington Library and Gardens

oil 9x12 inches magnify/purchase info Thank you to The Huntington Library in San Marino for including me in their Art Guild Membership. What a peaceful place to paint! In February I enjoyed painting this scene on a very warm day. At the time I was experimenting with thalo green for cool darks. Usually I consider it too powerful in tinting strength and an unnatural green unless altered significantly with yellow and alizarin. So generally I don't include it in my daily palette. Here I thought it worked pretty well (altered) for those deep shadowed greens. Your comments are always appreciated.

Friday, May 12, 2017

Mums, The Bird

oil 6x12 inches magnify/purchase info I have a collection of birds in glass and ceramic. This is one of those with some mums from my yard. IN OTHER NEWS: I have upcoming two day workshops set for June and September. They are held here in my large studio in Upland, CA. If you would like more information just email me at

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Flower Happy II

oil 8x8 inches not for sale magnify I have a lot of catching up to do. This one was painted in early February.

Friday, May 5, 2017

Rusty Rest

oil 9x12 inches magnify/purchase info On our last day in Zion I found this beautiful old truck on a side street in Springdale. Below are some progress shots.