Sunday, November 27, 2016

Window Seat

11" x 14'' oil on board

On this rare, rainy cold day in southern California, this contemplative piece could only be painted in blues.

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Sunday, November 13, 2016


9" x 12" oil on board

I'm having fun playing around with these portraits!

p.s. It has been brought to my attention that the comment section is not always working properly. Hope to figure out how it fix that, meantime, thanks for having a look!

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Portrait of a Girl II

9" x 12" oil on board

I wanted to try another portrait of this child whose face absolutely charmed me. This is a more traditional approach and probably more accurate. 
Hope you like it!

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Portrait of a girl

"Portrait of a Girl"
10" x 8" oil on board

The day after the election I needed to paint something calm and quiet. This girl fit the bill.

Friday, November 4, 2016

Antwerp Theater Bar

24" x 24" oil on canvas

I saw the reference for this on Paint My Photo, a website that offers photo reference for artists. The light is what caught my eye, the abundance of chairs is what scared me!

I eventually eliminated a dozen or so chairs to create this. Thank you PMP!

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Sunday, October 23, 2016

Rainy Day Blooms

10'' x 8'' oil on board

I set this up last Monday morning while waiting for my class to show up. It was raining and I wanted to capture the light and colors. Much of it was blocked in before my class but once I had students, I needed to focus on them. 
Today, with a little drizzle, it was fun to try this again from a photo remembering the feeling that made me want to paint it in the first place. I'm happy with this one.

Sunday, October 2, 2016

Portrait of a Boy

10" x 10" oil on board

Painted from a black and white photo, is was fun to be inventive with the color. 

Wednesday, September 14, 2016


12" x 9" oil on linen panel

The reference for this painting was an image posted by my children's kindergarten teacher on Facebook. The image shows an intimate moment between a mother and child. Thank you for the the use of your beautiful photo Rebecca!

Monday, August 29, 2016

Color Study Challenge

10" x 8" oil on paper

This was a quick study done in class with my students.

Since I consider myself to be a perennial student of painting, I am always looking for ways to expand and challenge the way I paint and teach.  I recently read a post about doing paintings using only complimentary colors andwhite and black. So today in class I spread out objects with only violets and yellows. I challenged those who were interested to play with only those colors in paint to create a harmonious painting. 

To my delight and with varying degrees of confidence, four of them chose to participate! I love their willingness to challenge themselves regardless of the results. I think we all learned something even if it's that sometimes the teacher's ideas can be hard, even for the teacher!

I love all my students, they are the best!!

Saturday, August 20, 2016


10" x 8" oil on linen

On the cusp of his teenage years, this 8th grader was excited to have me paint his portrait.  I'm excited for him to see it!