Thursday, March 29, 2012

California Girls -SOLD

oil 10x10 inches
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Our recent rainstorm gave us some beautiful stormy skies, so I drove out into dairyland to take pictures. This is a typical scene for our area, but the way the sun shone on the palm trees and Chino Hills in the distance made it even better.

Tomorrow I'll be getting ready for "Celebrate Citrus" on Saturday in Redlands. Come on out for art, music, citrus tasting, activities for kids and free fruit. It's from 1-4pm at the orange grove at Prospect Park, corner of Highland and Cajon. Hope to see you there!

Tuesday, March 27, 2012


oil 8x10 inches
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It's about time I painted some cows. In the 1950's our area had the largest concentration of dairy cows in the nation. When we moved here in the 70's I liked hearing the mooing early in the mornings accompanied by hired hands singing in Spanish. The smell didn't bother me, but the flies were unbelievable. Though housing has replaced the dairies in Chino, there are still plenty within a mile of our house. So I drive around taking pictures of cows. This guy was curious and nervous at the same time--typical.

Monday, March 26, 2012

Reds With Bottle

oil 8x6 inches
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This favorite little recycled glass bottle came from a gift shop in Yosemite. In this painting I played with the blue-green and red color scheme again. I found a linen panel in my studio and gave it a try. I think I prefer my usual smooth cotton.

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Ripe Red -sold

oil 6x6 inches
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A while back I bought some blueberries in this little carton at a local farmer's market. The guy had driven down from Northern California and was really proud of his tasty berries. I bought them 'cause they were yummy but also because the carton was the perfect color for strawberries.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Watercolor Demo

watercolor 11x15

This week has been a busy one with not much personal time for painting. Today I gave a private watercolor class for a student struggling with a painting she was doing on her own. She planned to start over, so I did a complete demo from her photo as she took notes. I tried to show her how to paint simply, capturing the essence of the scene without copying the photo.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

So Cal Color -sold

oil 10x10 inches
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Geraniums and citrus Southern California. My friend, Evey brought me a big bag of oranges grown in Redlands. They're so sweet! Thanks, Evey! A great little "Celebrate Citrus" event is coming up on March 31st, put on by the Inland Orange Conservancy. I'm planning to get out there with all my citrus paintings and enjoy the tastings, music, orange blossoms and free fruit. Come on out if you can. Hours are 1:00-4:00. More info about location here.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Lovely Lemons

oil 8x8 inches not for sale

I love Meyer lemons for their rich yellow and smooth glossy peel. These branches hang over our fence from the neighbor's yard. Lucky me, 'cause they're perfect with lemons.

Monday, March 12, 2012

One Benjamin

oil 8x6 inches
not for sale

It's tax season at our house which means hubby is working on other people's money seven days a week. Now weekends mean even more painting time for me. Yay! This one was painted for him at his request.

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Not-So-Almighty -sold

oil 8x6 inches
private collection Hilton Head, South Carolina

I've been wanting to paint this for a long time. Hopefully for the viewer there is more here than just paint on canvas.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Holy Cow! -sold

oil 8x6 inches
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I don't know what got into me. This one is weird. For a while now I've wanted to paint something hanging from a pushpin. Years ago Nick, one of my first graders, gave me this Christmas ornament because apparently I was always saying, "Holy Cow!" It's an awkward composition, but she looks like she's trying to fly off to the great pasture in the sky.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

One Too Big

oil 6x6
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We're at the height of the strawberry season here. The fields around us are full of strawberries as big as your fist. Well, almost.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Orange "Filling Station"

oil 8x10 inches

Yesterday Dana Cooper and I met up at the Orange circle to paint. This little eatery, "The Filling Station" was getting ready for the lunch crowd. As the crowd came we had to work around parked cars blocking our view. But no complaints here, the owner came out to see and bought my painting. We finished up then walked right into our subject for a delicious lunch.

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Majestic Oak -sold

oil 10x8 inches
private collection Everett, Washington

A couple of Fridays ago I took off in my car and roamed around Claremont looking for a subject. I ended up at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Gardens where I've walked and painted before. This tree must be really old because it's just enormous. I thought, "How do I convey the massiveness of this tree on a small canvas?" The trunk.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

First Freesias -sold

oil 6x6 inches
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Freesias are the flowers for me. I don't do anything, and they come up every year and bloom their hearts out. While I'm painting they give off a light lemony fragrance.