Sunday, February 21, 2021

Autumn Pieces

 



Autumn Pieces   oil 9x12 inches
Purchase info here.

Of the various pomegranate paintings I did last fall, this is my favorite. I enjoy putting a bit of debris, (like little fallen crumbs) in a botanical like this. Debris gives it a natural, not perfect look.  These are pomegranates from my backyard tree, but an apple from the grocery store.  Here in So Cal last winter was too warm for our apple tree,  It refuses to make apples unless it gets a certain number of cold days and nights.  This painting is so much better in person!   

Tuesday, February 16, 2021

The Season's First Poms

 


The Season's First Poms    oil 8x16
Vanessa Rothe Fine Art Gallery

About 3 years ago one of our avocado trees blew down in a windstorm.  A blessing in disguise, I now had room to plant a pomegranate tree.  These are the variety from which grenadine is made.  I won't be making any grenadine, but they have the color I want for painting.  I wish you could see this in person, because the deep reds in shadow don't photograph well.  There is no black in this painting!  You can see it in person at Vanessa Rothe Fine Art, Laguna Beach, CA.  If you're interested in purchasing this custom framed work, call  949-280-1555.  She does ship.  

Monday, February 15, 2021

"Toast & Jam" Made The Cut!

 

Toast & Jam   oil 12x12 inches
Available through Reinert Fine Art, 
Charleston, SC April 1-30

I'm thrilled to announce that my backyard plein air piece has been juried into the American Impressionist Society's 5th Annual National Small Works Showcase in Charleston, SC April 1-30.  This is my sixth consecutive acceptance into an AIS National Show.  I'm truly grateful to be included again.  There were 1,357 entries, and 154 were chosen.  

Friday, February 12, 2021

Dock O' The Bay

 

Dock O' The Bay    oil 11x14 inches  
Purchase info here. 

While visiting Moro Bay I did a field study of this exact scene.  It was my favorite scene in the whole place.  I loved the glassy water and the vibrant reds of this small fishing boat and dinghy.  A few nice folks came and talked with me as I painted and my husband brought me a cup of clam chowder.  A big fat seal was sleeping next to the dinghy and everyone wanted to know if I'd include it in my painting.  It was a bit hazy, but you can still see Morro Rock in the upper right.  My field study was quite rough and unfinished, so I decided to use as refernce for this studio piece.  

Tuesday, February 9, 2021

Boats In The Bay -a plein air painting from Morro Bay

 

Boats In The Bay  oil 8x10 inches
Purchase info here.  

In August we had an RV camping trip planned for Pismo Beach and Hearst/San Simeon. The night before we left I found out that the state campground in San Simeon had closed due to Covid.  We scrambled to find another spot and fortunately booked a space in Morro Bay.  What a blessing in disguise!  We enjoyed biking through town, eating fresh fish, and clam chowder.  I managed to squeeze in a couple of paintings.  For this one I positioned myself on an elevated boardwalk.  Morro Rock and the boats posed nicely for me, my husband helped carry my gear, and read a book patiently nearby.  It seems like so long ago now.  I've been housebound too long and I'm itching to travel and paint again.  I'm pretty sure I'm not the only one that feels this way.  In the next post, a studio painting based on a plein air study from Morro Bay.