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.
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.
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.
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. :-)
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.
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.
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! email@example.com
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.
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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.
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.
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!
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.
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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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
oil 12x9 inches magnify/purchase info Big Bend is one of my favorite spots within Zion. I paint small outdoors to finish in 2-3 hours because of changing light. But how to capture the vastness and scale of this scene on a 12x9 inch canvas? Zoom in. I'm thinking next time a larger panel painted over a couple of days at the same time each day. I took home a decent painting and twelve bug bites on my forehead.
oil 9x12 inches magnify/purchase info Immediately after tax season I loaded my CPA into our little motorhome and took him far from his office to Zion National Park. In the campground I met Bob who owned this beautiful '77 Airstream. For the last few years I've been on the lookout for one to paint each time we camped. I took tons of pictures with Bob's permission. When the guy in the next campsite took out his banjo, well how could I not paint it right then? So there I was, painting, surrounded by Utah mountains, the rushing Virgin River behind me, and the banjo guy playing old hymns. Almost Heaven. I'm sorry I didn't get a pic of the banjo guy! That would make a nice painting too.
oil 12x12 inches magnify/purchase info The final piece in the January Strada Easel Challenge. I finished this piece fairly late in the evening of the 31st, placed it on the floor of my studio and added all the others. I took the picture below and posted both on Facebook by midnight as the challenge required. I had a great sense of accomplishment. Was I glad it was over? Nope! I can honestly say I never got tired of painting.
oil 10x10 inches magnify/purchase info Number 30 in my 31 paintings in 31 days. The light daisies against the dark background makes this a bold painting. I enjoyed painting these common objects on my back patio.
Near the end of January we had scheduled camping trip to Anza Borrego State Park. I had painted there before, but this time the challenge would be squeezing in a painting on arrival day after driving and setting up camp, then again on departure day. With some planning it all worked out. Below are my four daily paintings. If you're interested in a purchase just email me: email@example.com
DESERT DUSK 6x8 inches. Barely time enough to squeeze this one in. Late afternoon. The sun dropped behind that mountain and instantly the light was gone.
CAMPGROUND PALMS 10x8 inches A morning painting followed immediately by a wind storm. When your paper towel roll is rolling away you are done!
DESERT CHOLLA 9x12 For those of you not familiar with cactus, this is a particularly nasty plant full of fine and painful needles. But boy is is beautiful when the sun shines through. Difficult to capture in paint, but I had fun trying.
BOTANICAL BORREGO 9x12 inches Right outside the campground visitor center there's an informative nature walk. I liked the variety in this grouping, and I liked the nearby restroom too. Always a bonus.
My husband accompanied me on this trip. We enjoyed the many sculptures outside the little town of Borrego Springs, great Mexican Food in town, a hike up Palm Canyon and the REALLY dark quiet nights. So peaceful. I hope you've enjoyed this epic post.