oil 6x6 inches Purchase info here. It's a lot of fun painting something that is squeezed tight into a jar. The shapes are altered with the squeeze, and there are little tiny bits of light and shadow within the jar. These are Graber Spanish Olives. They are located in Ontario, CA and family owned since 1894! They cure and can tree ripened olives. Yum. If you go to "labels" below, and click on "Graber", you'll see my other paintings/posts related to Graber.
oil 9x12 inches Purchase info here. When I was a little girl growing up in Southern California, my parents, my brother and I sailed to Catalina Island on the old SS Catalina, also known as the Great White Steamer. It was a 301-foot steamship built in 1924 that provided passenger service on the 26-mile passage to Catalina Island from 1924 to 1975. On board, a clown wandered around entertaining the kids. Clowns were fun back then. How on earth have they become scary now??? Anyway, because it was my birthday that day, he gave me this clown. He's been around for a loooong time! I hope this painting conjures up good chilhood memories for its viewers.
oil 11x14 During September's 30 days of painting I spent a day sitting my friend's galllery, Studio C, in Claremont, CA. As you can see, the current exhibit was entitled "Hot, Hot, Hot!" I wheeled her utility cart into the display area to create some interest below the work on display. When the quarantine is lifted, plan to visit Claremont Village an support all those small businesses. In Studio C, you'll find all kinds of creative things from local artists. Take a walk around the village and have lunch or dinner at one of the many little restaurants.
oil 6x8 Purchase info here. Strawberries are a frequent subject for me. I do enjoy painting reds! I didn't really feel like painting that day, but I was half way through the Strada 30 Day challenge. I kept changing the background until this icy blue seemed right. Do you paint when you don't feel like it? It's an interesting experience and in my opinion, a good thing to do. Sometimes inspiration/motivation comes after I show up at the easel. Surprisingly enough, this little painting got a lot of interest on Instagram. You just never know what will resonate with people.
oil 12x12 inches Purchase info here. In September The California Art Club met at the Randy Higbee Gallery for a Paint Out. This is my painting from that wonderful day. In these days of quarantine that memory is even more precious; making new artist friends, doing what I love with others who love it too, and enjoying a delicious lunch together. There were about 30 of us there that day. Some chose to paint various still lifes that had been skillfully set up for us, and others painted from the live model. It's hard to describe the overwhelming positive energy in the room. It was a great day! I hope there are more days like that ahead, and I hope you are well and finding things to keep you busy. I haven't posted much, but I've been busy painting, sewing masks for nurses, crocheting beanies, even trying my hand at crochet bead necklaces. Staying home this long is mentally challenging! What are you doing to keep busy?