Thursday, September 30, 2010


10x14 oil on stretched canvas
I belong to a painting group who meets once a month to paint from the live, costumed model.
Some of these models really believe they are who they are dressed as! This guy was no exception. He really lived the part.
The painting was challenging, but rewarding. I like how I was able to keep it loose.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Sunflowers2 - SOLD

6x8 oil on Raymar panel
This one was really enjoyable to do - and I'm not one to do too may florals. I have more fun with the transparent glass, and I like the little pink bits that come through. But there's something about sunflowers that attract me - (there's that yellow again), and maybe it's the fact that they were VanGogh's fave.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010


8x10 oil on stretched canvas
There's that yellow again. Sometimes, it's a great exercise to just paint with the pure, unmixed colors on my palette, paying attention only to the value of the color. I like how this one addresses "heat" and "excitement" just with color. Arbitrary color, but definitely not arbitrary value.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Sunflower 1 - SOLD

6x6 oil on Raymar panel
There's something about intense yellow that I am always attracted to, probably because it's daring to break the rules and use paint right out of the tube. I like the composition in this one - the fact that the sunflower is a small part of the canvas and is still the most important element is cool.

Monday, September 20, 2010

You Can All Hide Here

18x30 soft pastel on Canson paper
The wrought iron "sister" is taking on the monumental task of helping the objects find refuge in the flower pot. Will it all work out?
This illustration is a little different for me - not one of my daily paintings. It's done in soft pastel on paper. This is part of a collaborative project called the "Sisterhood of the Traveling Trunk" - a group of artists who got together, chose random objects that went into a trunk, then the trunk traveled from artist to artist so they could create art that included the objects. A very creative, fun project. Now the project is going to "travel" and be on display at various places in Rancho Cucamonga, then who knows - the world?

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Just Sunning Ourselves

12x9 soft pastel on Canson paper
$250.00 plus $10.00 shipping
Hi everyone! I know it's been a while since I've posted. I've been really involved in the preparations for a local art show - very time-consuming. I expect to become more consistent next week - in the meantime, I'll post some of my favorites. This is a pastel painting that I really like. There is something so beautiful about a persimmon - they may not taste great unless they're in a cookie, but the colors are just delicious! And I love working with pastels. These little fruits just seem to be soaking up the sun, like people in a row on the beach. I like the complements in the shadows.