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

Thursday, July 6, 2017

From A Distance

This is a painting of Battery Point Lighthouse in Crescent City, CA from a distance. This view is a street view from the south side of Pebble Beach.
This was painted in June when the wild lilac blooms. You can see it in the foreground.
This little lighthouse with museum is accessible during low tide and is located at the foot of A street.
"From A Distance" Oil Painting on 9"X12" board

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Beach Houses

This is a view from Harris Beach in Brookings, Oregon of  beach houses.
I struggled with it for three days but enjoyed the challenges.
This is oil on board and painted with a palette knife.
"Beach Houses" -  9"x12" oil on board

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Battery Point Lighthouse, Crescent City, CA

Here is an oil painting of Battery Point Lighthouse in Crescent City, California. It is painted on an 8x10 gesso board with palette knife. I included a picture of how it was started with large shapes and pure color.

The start...

Battery Point Lighthouse, Crescent City, CA

Friday, December 30, 2016


This is a watercolor of Charlie. 
"Charlie" -  9"x12" watercolor and graphite on Canson cold press paper

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Face Paint

This was a quick oil study.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Using What You Know

I am taking a class where you take your understanding of shapes, shadows and color mixing and apply this to  painting portraits.  Therefore, it is not necessarily by what you see but by what you know.  So you decide which is in shadow and in light. 

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Help Patris' Studio Remain Open

I paint at Patris' Studio and Gallery when I am in Sacramento. She needs assistance to  keep her gallery location. Her building is being sold and she would like to put a down payment on it.  Help her if you can by giving to her Go Fund Me link below.

Here is also the Sacramento Bee story about her plight. 

Patris' Location In Oak Park, Sacramento, CA

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Yup, I Love Yupo!

I didn't want to put my brush down. I  just love the effects when working with this paper. It has a plastic coating and it makes it easy to remove color.
"Prepare To Sail"  11"X14" Watercolor on Yupo

Saturday, August 6, 2016

Forget Hip HIp Hurray! I Say Yip Yip Yupo!!

I played around with this painting for a few days before saying "Next!"
"Docked"  9"X 12" Watercolor On Yupo Paper

Friday, August 5, 2016

I'm Just Wild About Yupo

I am wild about this paper because it is fun to work with and makes watercolor easier to apply. 

"Surf N' Perch"  8'X11" Watercolor on Yupo Paper

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Yupo Adventures

Okay... This is just fun painting this with this paper. 
"Doing the Wave" 9x12 Watercolor on Yupo Paper

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Yippee for Yupo

I took an incredible watercolor class with Audi Stanton a few weeks ago and fell in love with Yupo.
You can lift the watercolor off of the paper and create beautiful effects. I say "Yippee for Yupo".
"Wave Goodbye"  9x11 Watercolor on Yupo

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Uppity Beach Buttons

Is it possible to be too busy to blog? Well it appears so because it has been a few months.
Here are my Uppity Beach Buttons fresh out of the kiln. They are currently for sale at Wright's Custom  Framing in Brookings, Oregon and a perfect addition to your fiber art project.