Friday, November 16, 2018

All Ears

Here is a painting that I forgot to post. It is called "All Ears".

"All Ears" Oil Painting

Crescent City Art Gallery Artists of the Month - Yup, That Is Me!

I have my artwork at the Crescent City Art Gallery in Crescent City, CA at the port.
The day I hung up the show, I received a call from the gallery that one of my lighthouse paints sold. The title was "From A Distance". (Thank you!)

The show will last until the end of the month.

Thursday, October 25, 2018

YOSEMITE 2018!!!

Oil on Board using Palette Knife
Yup, I am back in Yosemite at the same location. This time I had my lovely husband by my side as we enjoyed the quiet of the valley.
We usually stay in Mariposa so we can enjoy the wonderful restaurants and go to mass at St. Joseph. The new priest, Fr. Mike, is a holy, joyful man.
It was quite the adventure since I forgot my canvas at home so I ended up buying the last board available in Mariposa.
A couple of old math geeks who met in college.  What a wonderful adventure it has been!


These are two styles of plates created using paper plates as templates with Navajo wheel -  a beautiful red clay.
The plate with the handles was fired with potter's choice and a red oxide stain to cone 5.
The one without the handles was first fired with velvet under glazes, pastel ceramic glazes, and a 50/ 50 mixture of Gerstley borate with a powdered stain and fired to cone 08. Adjustments were made to the colors with the velvet glazes and a clear glaze was brushed over the top surface.
Sea and Sand - 5 inches, High Fired Navajo wheel, Potter's Choice,  Red Oxide

Flying Too Close To The Sun  - 5 Inches,  High fired Navajo Wheel, Variety Glazes

How was the swallow created? 
1. Brush three layers of the  50/50 mixture of Gerstley borate with a powdered stain mixed with distilled water onto  large ceramic plate/flat surface. Wait for it to dry between layers. 
2. Print out your favorite clip art onto your basic printer paper. 
3. Place the clip art face up onto the plate with the dried mixed so you can see what to draw. Use a pencil to make the lines thicker. The 50/50 mixture acts like carbon paper and will stick to the backside of your paper. 
4. On wet green ware - clay that has not been fired, place the image side transfer face down onto the clay and  gently rub the design transfer.   

Monday, September 24, 2018

Thank You For Buying My Art

I want to thank all of you who have purchased my art at the Manley Art Center, Harbor Gallery and in my studio this year including the landscape paintings, still life paintings,  cat and dog portraits, magnets, uppity beach buttons, cat pins, Mexican pottery bowls and cards. 
I have put more paintings, hand thrown raku vases and raku clocks in the Manley Art Center. Please come by as they will be available September and October.
I  have a scheduled show at the Brookings Library in October and a show  at  the Crescent City Harbor Gallery in November.

Manley Art Center has a wonderful show of the Columbia Fiber Arts Guild on display, too. Don't miss it!

Thursday, September 6, 2018


I have cat and dog paintings,  Mexican pottery bowls and my pottery uppity beach buttons for sale at the Manley Art Center. 
As always, the prices are very reasonable starting at 5 dollars for the smaller bowls. Perfect for jewelry and spices for the table. You can even put a small candle in them.
Hope you stop by.

Another Iconography Class with Raymond Vincent

I had a wonderful opportunity to take another iconography class with Raymond Vincent  at Star of the Sea Parish in Brookings, Oregon. There were several participants  who had never held a brush and did the most amazing work.

"Mother of Tenderness" Icon on Board

Friday, August 24, 2018

Black On Black

This is an oil painting of a black cat with black background. I took the picture on my patio to the sun is shining on the left side but you can get see the slight value change between the background and subject.

Test Tiles and Miniature Mexican Pottery Bowls

I am intrigued by these little bowls after taking a Mexican pottery class. I love the beautiful red clay and the velvet glazes..  The red clay is Navajo Red.
I am also experimenting with under glazes and transfers on the tiles. The clay is speckled buff.
All were fire to cone 5.

Monday, August 6, 2018

Stains, Stencils and Clay - Oh My

This is a fun project. I am testing stains, stencils and clay. This process is where you transfer an image onto wet clay. This has not been fired yet so it is still green ware.
I am preparing to display my new works in September, October and November in Southern Oregon and Northern California.
Black Mason Stain, Velvet under glazes and Calico Clay 

Here Kitty Kitty

Here is one of my Mexican Pottery Cat Bowls.  It was immediately snatched up by a fellow cat lover.
Navajo Wheel clay with Velvet glazes fired to cone 05

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Sunday, June 10, 2018

Thank You For Purchasing My Artwork

I want to thank the art patron who bought two of my local  paintings at the Crescent City Gallery.

Well Bless My Soul

I took an iconography class with Raymond Vincent at the Holy Transfiguration Monastery outside of Wilits, CA. It  was an amazing 5 days with instructions, vespers and mass every day. What a wonderful retreat with beautiful views,  delicious food and, of course, the holy men.

My icon of the Mother of God  below is painted with tempura and 23 karat gold.
The tempura is made with fresh egg yolk, vinegar, water and color.

To start the painting, I transferred a simple pattern with graphite paper onto a white gesso board. The instructor, Raymond Vincent, demonstrated on my piece, as needed,  to help me with the instruction.

Thursday, March 29, 2018


Using your imagination, doesn't this look like tipped dairy cows? 
What are they actually? These are my Mexican style bowls drying in their forms. 
Those aren't udders. They are feet.

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Mexican Pottery Bowls

I took a wonderful Mexican pottery class with my sister-in-law and cousin in Grass Valley, CA at the Mud Hut .  Neither my sister-in-law nor cousin had experience with pottery or painting.
The instructor, Clauda Jeffers was and is a  fantastic instructor.

After two session, we all had a completed, beautiful, Mexican pottery bowl to serve delicious food to our families and guests.

The blue bowl is mine.
The pink bowl is my sister-in-law's.
The white bowl is my cousin's.
What a wonderful time with family!

Thursday, January 11, 2018

My Dogs are in the Animal House at Sacramento Fine Arts

Two of my pieces were accepted in an open call at Sacramento Fine Art Center in Carmichael, CA!
Very exciting. This show is open from January 3rd until January 29th.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

I Am Artist of the Month In Brookings, Oregon

SOLD - Thank you!
You can see a large selection of my  art work at Pelican Bay Art Association in Brookings, Oregon this December 2017.  Here are just a few of the pieces.

SOLD - Thank you!

SOLD - Thank you!

Monday, November 20, 2017

Going To The Dogs

Here is my latest oil painting of a Boston terrier that I call "Ready For My Closeup".  
"Ready For My Closeup"  Oil painting on  8x12 Canvas Board

Sunday, November 19, 2017

"Couch Surfing"

I was told this dog refuses to use her doggie bed. She prefers the couch. So I named this painting "Couch Surfing".
I painted it in oil on an 8' X 10" canvas.
"Couch Surfing" Oil on 8"X10" Wrapped Canvas

Saturday, October 28, 2017

"What's UP or What's Woof?"

I painted this adorable Boston terrier as a quick study watercolor. I blocked in bright colors and then drew the portrait. I made adjustments and added appropriate detail. Fun piece.
"What's UP or What's Woof?"  Watercolor, graphite and acrylic on 140 LB Canson Watercolor Paper

Monday, October 23, 2017

An Old Favorite

This is an acrylic painting that I did about 18 years ago. I painted it the night before a competition and it won a ribbon. I still have it as it is one of my favorites. Very simple.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Working Man's Navy

I painted this boating scene semi abstract and I am happy with the results. This is an oil painting on 8"x10" canvas board painted with palette knife.
"Working Man's Navy" in oil with palette knife

Pretty in Pink

Hold that post! I had to add the pink ice plant to the last painting. I can't help it. I like pink.
Pretty In Pink - 8'x10' Oil with Palette Knife

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Sunny Day at Battery Point Lighthouse

Nope,  I am not tired of painting this little lighthouse yet. I am intrigued by the different compositions and views of this Crescent City tourist attraction.

"Sunny Day At Battery Point Lighthouse" 8x10 Oil Painting with Palette Knife

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Refresh My Memory

I had an opportunity to take a refresher course on watercolor with artist and instructor, Audi Stanton.

I might have mentioned before that I have been taking classes with Audi since 1994 in Sacramento, California.

In this class, Audi instructed, demonstrated and provided the students with wonderful examples to help us reinforce what we needed to learn.  Then we had to prove that we were paying attention by picking up our brushes, watercolors, and trying it out.

Here are some of the funny and important watercolor tips I learned.

Thank you, Audi.

If you save  the white of the paper, you can, also, save paint and money.

Rocks really aren't  hard.
Houses look better with doors and windows.

It takes practically nothing to cloth the naked.


Monday, October 9, 2017

The Darker Side of Battery Point Lighthouse, Crescent City, CA

Here is an oil painting of the darker side or rather the shadow side of the Crescent City, California's Battery Point Lighthouse. I wanted to share the beginning and end stages of this painting style.

I am using a palette knife with oils on an 8"x10" board. 

Stage 1  with pure color and value and  moving to stage 2.
Stage 2 adjusting value and layering color.  Sorry, I forgot to photograph stage 3.
This is the last stage after reviewing color relationship, comparing, adjusting and  adding detail.
When I look at the differences between stage 1 and the last stage, it even dumbfounds me and I am the painter.

Sunday, October 8, 2017

RollIng In The Mud

I am finally able to get back to rolling in the mud with my slab roller.
I am working with GR pottery forms that I purchased from Alpha Ceramics in Sacramento, California and plaster molds from a garage sale. The clay I am using B-mix with grog
The final pieces were painted with Amaco Potter's Choice,  fired at cone 5 with a medium setting and held for 10 minutes.

Greenware plats and trays using  B - mix with grog 

Platter with painted Potter's Choice Textured Turquoise andSmokey Merlot.

This is how it looks on my beach style place setting.  I love the size because it fits perfectly over my charger.

Smokey Merlot on the top piece. 

Left to right on the bottom piece is  Textured Turquoise,  Textured Turquoise  over Smokey Merlot,  Smokey Merlot,  and Smokey Merlot over Temmoku.

Saturday, October 7, 2017

My New Paintings At Wright's Framing

Here are my new paintings hanging at Wright's Framing in Brookings, Oregon.
I painted a series of lighthouses in oil of Battery Point Lighthouse in Crescent City, California and  a watercolor of Bandon Lighthouse in Bandon, Oregon.
I also painted a whimsical painting of  beach houses at Harris Beach in Brookings, Oregon.
Oh and there is a small painting in oil of Arch Rock located between  Brookings, Oregon and Gold Beach, Oregon.
I hope you enjoy them as much I did painting them!

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Black and White Mugshot

This is an acrylic painting of a black and white cat on a 4"x 4" board canvas.