Monday, August 25, 2014

"The Kids"

8" x 10" oil on board

I had a lovely day in class today.  While my students were busy painting away, I did this piece with the idea of laying it down loose and fast focusing on brushwork.  No noodling was allowed!
I was happy with the results but every bit as happy that most of my students walked away with something that they were happy with.  Win, win!

Thursday, August 21, 2014

The Red Hat

8" x 8" x 1/2", oil on board

Painting this child was a delight. After painting a landscape and then a still life I was very warmed up for this to fall off the brush!

Thursday, August 7, 2014

A Good Read

8" x 8" oil on board

I love to read.  I also love to paint.  It seems that sometimes one steals time from the other.  This time painting won.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Bringing Up The Rear

8" x 10" oil on board

On a recent trip to Coronado Island I took lots of beach reference photos to use for painting. This is the first and I am happy with it...hope you like it too!

Friday, July 18, 2014

Friday, July 11, 2014

"Study In Blue And White"

8" x 10" oil on canvas board

I painted this with a student yesterday focusing on the difference of the blue and white in the light and in the shadows.  It was a fun exercise!

Wednesday, July 2, 2014


8" x 8" oil on board

I love this little floral, it reminds me of the colors of spring!

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Beach Baby

16" x 20" oil on board

First day of summer!  
Though I am miles from the beach, I will have to get down there this summer for more reference, these are fun to do!

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Ribbons And Bows

6" x 6" oil on canvas board

This painting stayed loose and fresh while it fell off the brush.  It probably didn't hurt that it was my second portrait today.  

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Fresh Cut

14" x 14" x 1" oil on gallery wrapped canvas

Cut these flowers from my garden this morning, set them up in the natural light of the studio.  I needed to paint these very quickly because the roses were opening rapidly!

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Almost Summer

6" x 6" oil on board

With Memorial Day over it's time to bring on the summer fun!

Saturday, May 17, 2014

A Softer Light

10" x 8" oil on Raymar panel

This is another version of the flowers in the painting below.  This one from a slightly different angle had the softer light of the room illuminating it rather than a spot light.  The white flower on the left is my favorite.

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Ranunculus Bunch

8" x 10" oil on board

Though I always have to look up the spelling of these flowers, they are one of my favorite, a little delicate, colorful and a bit wild!

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Through The Trees

10" x 8" oil on Raymar panel

These huge eucalyptus trees are everywhere in southern California. 
This view of the morning sun coming up through the beautiful trees is one I couldn't resist painting.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Like Puppies

12" x 9" oil on board

I was grateful to have permission to paint this sweet image from a friend of mine.  She described the scene as "like puppies"...great title don't you think?

Saturday, March 22, 2014

The Painter

10" x 8" oil on board

This painter is one of my students.  She is usually the first to arrive for class and the last to leave and probably the most serious about the study.  As a teacher, it has been fun to watch her growth.

I loved the way the window light surrounded her in this scene.  She was so focused she didn't even notice me taking the photo!

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Happy Spring

10" x 8" oil on board

I teach a small group near my home every other Thursday.  This was my demo that was sold to one of my students, yay!  Happy spring everyone!

Monday, March 10, 2014


12" x 9" oil on Raymar panel

I started this painting using a limited palette of yellow ochre, alizarine, and thalo green.  I found lots of beautiful color but not enough to make this subtle still life sing.  So I started to push the color as well as the light and the dark but oh so subtly.  The result was that it took me the better part of a day to paint it.  Though I am happy with the results, I probably won't be doing this again anytime soon!

Sunday, February 16, 2014


12" x 9" oil on board

I have been working with Tom Balderas, a most generous and informative teacher as well as a gifted painter.  Done in his class, with some tweaks at home, I'm happy with the results.


10" x 8" oil on board

Done from a photo taken at the beach, this painting exemplifies my new efforts to simplify and to push color and values. It does not come easy for me so I am happy with the results of this.

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Spring Foal

8" x 10" oil on board

This paint sketch was done from a reference photo supplied by Lee Brown's blog, A Day Not Wasted.  Though it was November's challenge, Lee kindly allowed me to use it in February!
I'm not sure if I have painted horses before but like every other painting it's about finding the lights, darks and color shapes.  The foal was a little challenging only because it kept looking like a Great Dane...ha!

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California Poppy

10" x 8" oil on board

If you think this looks familiar it's because it is.  I painted this recently but there were elements that I thought could be improved...hopefully it is  now improved and done!

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Orange Only

 10" x 8" oil on board

There is something about this orange that really appealed to me.  The color of the orange was so bright and fresh looking, and the way the leaves draped on the orange are worn like a party hat...I love a party!

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Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Full Metal

10" x 8" oil on board

This painting was inspired by the gift of a small painting by Simon Addyman I received for Christmas.  It is a 6" x 6" oil that up close feels like abstract color notes but from a distance it very clearly feels like a market scene.
When looking at this set up that a student was working on, the jumble of silverware was very hard to discern one piece from the other.  Although my perspective was admittedly not the best I enjoyed the task/chore of making it read without clearly identifying each piece of silver.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

After The Rain

36" x 36" oil on gallery wrap board

I just finished this large piece and am excited that it will be going to Chemer's gallery in the hope to find a new home.  
It was great fun painting large for a change!

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Saturday, January 4, 2014


6" x 6" oil on canvas board

This one is titled "Soup?" with a question mark only because I don't remember the original title of it.  This and other specially priced paintings can be found on the DPW auction site here.

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Out With The Old...

10" x 10" with a 1" gallery wrap
oil on canvas

On this first day of 2014, I want to wish all of you a happy New Year filled with joy and prosperity.  The gift of your support as a viewer of this blog supports me in ways that I cannot adequately express, but please know that it has always meant a lot to me and to my art.

In looking back over the past year, I realize that my postings have been way down to almost half of the previous year.  That was not because I wasn't painting but because I was not making the kind of art that excites me.  I am still struggling with that a bit but I am trying to do things to shake things up including letting go of the many, many pieces of art that sit in my studio and garage.
I will be painting anew on many of these pieces in order to stretch and play, at least that is my plan. The painting "Rooftop Abstract" above is the first of these.  I am putting it on the DPW auction with a starting bid of $1 with the hope of it finding a new home.  Shipping and handling will still apply.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Holiday Blooms

10" x 8" oil on board

On this day of giving thanks I want to thank all of you who continue to support my art with your visits to my blog.  It means more than I can say.  
Wishing you all a very happy Thanksgiving!

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Thursday, November 14, 2013

Seated Figure

24"x 20" oil on canvas

Working larger than usual, I had such fun doing this painting from an old black and white photo of my mother.  Not exactly her likeness but close enough.

Friday, November 1, 2013

I Got You Babe!

8"x6" oil on linen board

This scene was painted for my entry into the Debra Huse Gallery "Small Treasures" show.  With only 50 paintings of this size in the show and many wonderful artists who enter, my fingers are crossed that this gets in.  I will keep you posted.

P.s. Thanks for the votes of confidence, it got into the show!
Debra Huse Small Treasure's Show

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

The Dancer

8"x10" oil on board

Having painted this dancer before, I wanted to see how expressive I could be in my brushwork AND remain true to the figure.  I'm happy with how it turned out.  The photo shows as a bit "noisy" in Blogger but click the link here to see a more accurate photo. 

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Lovely In White

8"x8" oil on board

These are not roses but a multi petaled flower with a papery feel.  I found them at the farmer's market but still don't know their name, any help?

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Friday, October 4, 2013


6" x 6" oil on board

Though I can't get the colors quite right in the photo, I am happy with the freshness of this painting done in about 1-1/2 hours.  I will keep trying with the photo.

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Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Sunflowers In Green

12" x 9" oil on board

I'm not one to do an involved still life but the colors in this all wanted to be included in the set up.  Hope you like it!

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Saturday, July 27, 2013

Young Family

8" x 10" oil on linen board

The last time I did a commission for this young family there were only three of them.  Now with four of them, I was flattered to be asked to paint them again.  I love my collectors!

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

After The Bath

10" x 8" oil on board

Though done from a photo, this piece was a great exercise in describing the light as it fell across her form.

Sunday, July 21, 2013


10" x 8" oil on linen board

This piece fell off my brush onto the canvas.  Love when that happens!
Hope everyone is staying cool through the heatwaves...

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Tuesday, July 9, 2013


8" x 8", oil on linen board

One of my students brought these beautiful peppers to class yesterday.  Together we set up this little still life with the bucket of brushes in the background.  Painting the 50 or so brushes was a little challenging but it's my favorite part of this painting now.

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Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Play Date

8" x 8" oil on linen board

I loved painting this image of the two young girls playing, it is still one of my favorite references.
Wishing everyone a safe and fun July 4th!

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Saturday, June 22, 2013

Morning Color

12" x 9" oil on board

I really can't believe it has been more than a month since I have posted on this blog.  I am quite sure that it has never been so long between posts since I first started blogging regularly in 2009.  
I have continued to paint, but life events (all good) and a general desire to grow as an artist without thought of posting/attempts at selling has given me the freedom to experiment with my style, to study, and to make a lot of mistakes.  Again, it's all good.
Thank you for hanging in there with me.

This painting is available through Chemer's Gallery.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Roses Are Red

8"x 8" oil on linen board

On what was an overcast gray day, these red roses from the garden filled the studio with such a sweet fragrance and looked lovely in the window's light.
I tried to come up with a poem that started "roses are red, skies are gray.." but they all sounded rather lame!

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Saturday, May 4, 2013

Lady In Red

8" x 8" oil on board

I am happy with the abstract nature of this piece.
Done from a photo it was very hard for me not to noodle her face in part because she was so beautiful.  I'm trying to just lay it down and not get too fussy!!

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Caught In The Light

12" x 9", oil on board

While vacationing in Mexico, this artist friend was caught in the doorway surrounded by the warm light of the area.  I loved the tonal quality of the scene and tried to push that a bit.

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

One Spring Day

8" x 10", oil on board

I tend to be a wimpy fair weather plein air painter but on a beautiful spring day recently I went out painting in plein air with artist friend Lori Quarton. The weather was so ideal it does make me want to do more...thanks Lori! 

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Real Moment

10" x 8" oil on board

Children as live models don't alway work out because they have a hard time sitting still but as models they are wonderful to photograph because they lose their focus.  This was done from a photograph of a child in a real moment.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Star Power

8" x 10", oil on board

These iconic shoes are a size 13 and were very fun to paint!!
This piece is available through Chemer's gallery.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Three In One

6"x8" oil on linen board

For a number of years I have painted with brushes that are flat.  I liked the variety of strokes you can get with them and the control.  Yesterday I got some new Isabey bristle brushes.  They are filberts and a lot harder to control which is probably a good thing for my efforts to get looser.  This painting is the second that I have done of this subject, I wanted to compare this with the original.  I'm not sure this is much looser but I did like playing with the new brushes.
What type of brush do you use?

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Wild Bunch

8" x 6" oil on board

This painting came about as a request from a student to demo how I would paint these flowers.  They were set up across the room so I could not have added details if I wanted.  I'm happy with the more simplified version of this wild bunch.

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Mr. C

8" x 8" oil on Ramar panel

It has been awhile since I have done a portrait but I reeeaaallly enjoy doing them!