Saturday, July 2, 2022

Apple Calls A Meeting


Apple Calls A Meeting   oil 6x6 inches
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Here's a small demo from my workshop in February.  

Wednesday, June 29, 2022

Study After Renoir


Study For Discarded Roses  9x12 oil

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In February I completed a commissioned master copy of Renoir's "Discarded Roses."  The painting pictured here is a small study done in advance of the larger painting, 16x20 (below).  This preliminary study allowed me to work out design and shapes, but most importantly color.  I researched Renoir's palette, which turned out to be quite different from mine.  It included lots of Viridian and Naples Yellow, both of which I generally avoid.  I had to ignore my own color harmony sensibilities.  I took a few subtle liberties with flower shapes. The collector was very happy with the finished painting.  

Discarded Roses After Renoir
oil 16x20

Thursday, June 9, 2022

A Bird With Notions


A Bird With Notions     oil 8x10 inches
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I had a lot of fun painting this.  The torn bits and gold are particularly enjoyable.  The books came from a thrift store or used book store long ago.  Three of these little white ceramic birds hang out in my studio.  Curiously, two have shown up at different times hidden in or behind something on my desk.  I have a feeling that one of my friends who visits my studio has left them as a surprise.  And I think I know who it is.

Wednesday, June 8, 2022

Tuesday, May 31, 2022

Camomile & Lemon


Camomile & Lemon  oil 8x8 inches
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My current favorite mug filled with camomile tea.  The variety of yellows set off by the lilac background is positively yummy to me!  How 'bout the cast shadows on that leaf, and then on the mug?!  I love the way this painting turned out!  If you consider purchasing, it will need a floater frame.  That's a frame that doesn't cover 1/4 to 1/2 inch of the painting all the way around as a standard frame does.  Most small paintings need floaters.  

Monday, May 30, 2022

Demo In Green & Red


Demo In Green & Red  oil 6x6 inches
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This little assortment of shapes gave me a good subject for demonstration during my January workshop.  I taught five workshops in five months, and I must say I'm a bit burned out!  Are you looking forward to summertime?  I sure am!  If you purchase this painting, you'll find that it's much prettier in person.  

Tuesday, May 24, 2022



Grapefruit   oil 6x6 inches
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The pink of this pink grapefruit turned out to be an illusive color.  It was hard to mix.  Why is it called grape fruit? It has no grapeness whatsoever.  

Monday, May 23, 2022

Christmas Cactus - a still life of pomegrates, persimmons and succulent!


Christmas Cactus  10x10 oil
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It has been a while since my last post.  I've been way too busy (many of you can relate), and have had some minor health issues. I'm really looking forward to summer when things will wind down a bit.  This painting is from December when my Christmas Cactus and pomegranate tree were doing their thing.  I love the colors of Fall!  Hopefully this painting will find a good home.  It's one of my favorites.

Thursday, April 21, 2022

Autumn Beauties


Autumn Beauties  oil on cradled panel, framed
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This is the fourth in the series of Fall botanicals. The mums are from our garden and the grapes...are from the grocery store!  Why grapes with flowers, you say?  The grapes provide variety of shape. 

IN OTHER NEWS: I'm happy to report that the following works have been juried into upcoming National Shows.  Perhaps you can visit one of the shows.  

Veggies  oil 10x10
available through Steamboat Art Museum
Oil Painters Of America National Juried Exhibition, 
Steamboat Springs, CO 
June 3- August 27, 2022

Pear & Pom oil 10x10 inches
available through Wilder Nightingale Fine Art
American Impressionist Society's 6th Annual Impressions:
Small Works Exhibition
Taos, NM
May 12-June 19, 2022

Sunday, April 3, 2022

Summer's Last Pickings


Summer's Last Pickings  oil 10X10 inches 
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At the end of fall I still had some string bean vines barely hanging on, and a few cherry tomotes too.  I like the scattered look of this painting.  Isn't it interesting that the human eye finds randomness more interesting than order?  We like variety and surprise more than what is predictable.  The background color is a cool gray even though it may appear blue or violet here in the image.  This piece is custom framed in a narrow mahogany floater frame, ready to hang.  If you'd like to see it in the frame, just email me. 

Monday, March 14, 2022

Juicy Gems


Juicy Gems  oil 10x10 inches
custom framed and ready to hang
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This is the second of four botanicals I painted last fall.  Pictured are clippings from our lemon and lime tree, plus some grocery store grapes for dark pops of color.  

Tuesday, March 8, 2022

Autumn Clippings


Autumn Clippings oil 10x10
custom framed and ready to hang
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This painting has returned from a local gallery show and is now available for purchase here directly.  This is the first in a series of four 10x10's which would hang nicely together.  Inspired from my own backyard; clippings from our pomegranate tree and heirloom apple tree. 

Wednesday, February 23, 2022

Fall Gems


Fall Gems  oil 6x8 inches
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I remember the day in November when I painted this little painting.  I had wiped off the first attempt which was quite a bit larger.  It came togther nicely in this size. The pom, apple and crooked little carrot were from our backyard.  This time of year, our pomegranate is just beginning to leaf out, it's almost time to plant carrot seeds, and the apple tree still has a ways to go before it is leafy.  Spring is coming!

Friday, February 18, 2022

Late Night Fruit


Late Night Fruit  oil 6x6 inches
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Here's a little quick study I did for a class.  This painting illustrates the fact that you can render form in a very simple way amd at the same time make a bold statement about light and shadow.  

Tuesday, February 15, 2022

Autumn On Stage


Autumn On Stage  oil 6x6 inches
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Practically every time I have been away from my easel for several days, I paint more tightly when I return.  I don't see it as a bad thing, but I know I have to paint through the rusty stage to loosen up again.  This was one of those from November.  I rather like it.  Below are a couple of commissions I completed about the same time.  
IN OTHER NEWS:  I have a few spaces in my March 5&6 workshop.  Learn good oil painting skills while painting still life from life.  Email for more info.

Spanish Olives 8x6 - a copy of one of my own paintings.

Luca  20x16 -the client's beloved yellow lab as a pup

Sunday, February 13, 2022

Autumn Vibes


Autumn Vibes   oil 6x6 inches
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Covid finally found me.  I'm on the mend, but there has been no painting happening here.  Finally I feel well enough to at least post.  This one was a very fast demo for a small class back in October.  The photo is not flattering.  I promise it's much better in person.  If you have thought about purchasing one of my paintings, remember I have a money back guarantee.  You'll find the details when you follow the link above. I hope you are well and have high hopes for 2022.  

Tuesday, January 25, 2022

Red Ribbon No.2


Red Ribbon No.2  oil  8x8 inches
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Look familiar?  The day after painting Red Ribbon, I still felt excited about this set up, (and it was still on my table) so I took a different approach:  a smaller canvas, a scruffy hog bristle that will make imperfect marks, an even cooler palette, undermixed paint, and time contraints.  Only the book is missing, but what a different look.  This was a lot of fun.  

Saturday, January 22, 2022

Red Ribbon


Red Ribbon  oil 10x10 inches
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Here's a demonstration I did for a workshop I held in September.  Our tree was giving us hundreds of apples, so I continued to paint them while I had them   You may have noticed my love of red and green together.  Speaking of color temperature, these are cool reds, and comparatively cool greens, so I kept the drapery cool as well.  The book, apple russet (the golden brown on top) and the stems are warm browns.  An example of dominantly cool, with a bit of warm.  The composition is cruciform, my favorite.  The objects go off all four sides, dividing the picture plane into interesting negative shapes.  I hope this is interesting to you.  These are the things I think about, and teach in my workshops.  For me, it is very fun stuff!

Wednesday, January 19, 2022

Three Apples


Three Apples  oil 10x10 inches
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Coming up with a title for this one was more difficult than painting it.  I asked my accountant (husband), and went with what he said.  Why didn't he inventory the cherries too?  This was a demonstration I did on Zoom for the Anaheim Art Association in September.  

Wednesday, January 5, 2022

Plated Pickings -SOLD


Plated Pickings  oil 11x14
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A painting from September when our tree was loaded with apples and cherries were in the stores.  Happy New Year!  Wishing you health and peace for 2022.  Thank you for your interest in my work.