Wednesday, October 31, 2012

New Artwork At William Corley's Office

I have new artwork at William Corely's office in Citrus Heights, CA.  He is financial planner we have worked with for several years and he has supported my art for years.   Thank you,  Bill. 

Monday, October 29, 2012

Yosemite At Last

Here is the latest painting sold. It is one of my favorites because it was my first time to Yosemite. I am a California girl born and raised and yet had never visited Yosemite until last year.  It it inspired me to spend more time being a tourist in my own state.
Thank you for purchasing my art.
Painted onsite in Yosemite Valley SOLD

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Little J II - SOLD

"Little J II "  SOLD
I couldn't resist painting these boats one more time. Here is "Little J II" painted on 8x10 canvas on board. I wanted to loosen my strokes a bit and brighten the painting.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Time Flies When You Are Having Fun

I was working away and noticed it is already Wednesday.  Time flies when you are having fun.  Since my last post,  I had two full travel days that I spent on the road. Along the way, I  took a lot of pictures of boats in the ports.  I worked on a commission that is going well.  Let's see... I was fortunate enough to spend a wonderful day painting with friends and fellow artists.    I, also,  dropped off new framed work at the Winchuck Gardens and Nursery, new work at the the Manley Art Center and picked up artwork that was in Crescent City Art Gallery.  It was seen on and sold. (Thank you for the sale. It will be delivered tomorrow).
Here is one of the boat pictures.  It looks like they are sharing  a secret between each other. Doesn't it?
Brookings/Harbor Port

Friday, October 19, 2012

Palette Paint In Progress

I had to show this palette painting is in progress. It is very thick in some parts. I love making these.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Take A Sharp Right At The American River

Here is yesterday's painting of the American River off the Sunrise Bridge in Fair Oaks, CA.   I worked on it a bit this morning.
"Take A Sharp Right At The American River" 8x10 Oil with Palette Knife on Canvas Borad

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Painting The River, Figure Drawing and Web Site Update

I spent the morning painting the American River with another plein air artist. It was a gorgeous day.  No pictures since the work is still in progress. Then off to figure drawing class. I was so tired the last half hour I couldn't figure out which direction to put my contour lines when foreshortening.
Then I came home and updated my website. You can check out my new plein air paintings at 
I think I am due for a cat nap. 
Sheeba drifting off to sleep.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

A Light, A Bright and A Dull

Here is my study from yesterday.  It is a light, a bright and a dull. The light was the white vase. The bright was the nectarine. The dull was the black vase. It was a great study. I avoid black because I don't know how to paint it. I have to be more brave.

Monday, October 15, 2012

3 Day Workshop In Winters

I just finished taking a 3 day plein air workshop with Terry Miura  in Winters, CA and I am exhausted but happy.   This first day and last day Terry demonstrated his technique with instructions. The next two days I spent under a large tree enjoying the instruction and the plein air experience. 
Each day  I put on my layers of painting clothes, tied my hair back, setup my easel with paints and supplies, drew several thumbnail sketches to identify my lights and darks and painted.  One painting in the morning and one in the afternoon.  Again, loved it.

Day 2 Afternoon Putah Creek Cafe, Winters, CA

Day 3 Afternoon Putah Creek Cafe Winters, CA

Day 2 Morning Buckhorn Restaurant, Winters, CA

Day 3 Morning Buckhorn Restaurant, Winters, CA

Thursday, October 11, 2012

New Gallery Alert!

New Gallery Alert.   My cat artwork in oils is now showing at Patris Studio and Gallery located at 3460 2nd Street in Sacramento, California.  Also, this weekend will be Second Saturday. Come on by and enjoy the wonderful art, people, music and more. The gallery will be open until 10 PM and there is plenty of parking available.
For more information about Patris Studio and Gallery, go to

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Smaller Study Of La Vie

I started this piece yesterday.  As you can see,  it is the still life from last week's class.  My goal?  To  learn to create a successful under painting. The values must be correct. Light and dark and local color.  
It takes practice to learn any new method so I will work with  on inexpensive Michael's canvas until I am satisfied. 
"La Vie II"  8x10 Oil on gallery wrap canvas

Monday, October 8, 2012

Moving Past The Chetco River Bank

I am moving past the Chetco River bank painting else I will spend eternity over analyzing it.  As I wrote yesterday, I decided to scrape the rocks and focus on the  light and darks. I tried it again today and guess what? They look almost identical to what I painted the day before.  Funny and frustrating. I did see where I needed to add some color into the water from the trees and bank.  This will be for sale at the Winchuck Gardens and Nursery in Harbor, Oregon next week once it has dried and is varnished.
"The Chetco River Bank" 9x12 Oil on Canvas Board

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Lost Painting The Checto River Bank

I struggled several days painting this study of the Chetco River bank located in Brookings/Harbor, Oregon. I  painted  rocks in and scraped them out. I just couldn't decide what to do. I took this picture before I wiped it all out, again.
I know it is about painting light and dark but I am so stubborn. I want to figure out how much do I have to describe before it reads river rocks. I am lost  painting the "Chetco River Bank".
"Chetco River Bank"  9x12 Oil on Canvas Board

Saturday, October 6, 2012

And Another Abstract Pallette Painting

Here is another abstract palette painting. I am painting more and more so I have more and more paint left over for palette paintings. Again, a palette painting is an abstract art piece created with paint scraped off the my palette. Rather than waste the paint and discard an old painting,  I re-create an interesting piece of art. It is recycling.
"Roadwork" 8x8 Oil palette painting on gallery wrap canvas

Friday, October 5, 2012

"Adoptable" Cat Painting On Linen - SOLD

This is a cute kitty... but then what cat isn't.    With a face like that, who wouldn't want to be bossed around by him.  Chester is his name and he is up for adoption at the Sonora Cat Shelter. 

"Adoptable" 6x6 Oil On Linen Gallery Wrap SOLD

Thursday, October 4, 2012

"Putting On My Tux" Cat Painting - SOLD

Here is a tuxedo cat from one of the local shelter that I painted in the style of watercolor using oils.  It is loose and with my favorite transparent colors.  I deliberately kept the under painting of transparent red oxide.  This is a 6x6  painting on linen gallery wrap.

"Putting On My Tux"  6x6 Oil with brush on linen gallery wrap- SOLD

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Abstract Painting and Life

Instruction  with Randy Blasquez is always excellent. What made it even more exceptional yesterday was the music. Imagine painting a still life with white roses and pears with "La Vie En Rose" by French singer Edith Piaf playing in the background.  It doesn't get much better than this.
Here is my piece from yesterday's class.  I am trying to see and create abstract shapes at the beginning. The pears are the only things rendered and I pushed the color brighter.  I  struggled with the gravy boat because I was thinking silver and subject rather than shapes and color.  The roses in light are represented with three values and the roses in shadow are represented in two values. It is a difficult study and I finally decided to stop working on it today and start another.
Yes - another. When I am learning a method, I take the class information and practice it during the week. If not, I can't improve. My biggest concern is not creating a precious, wonderful painting in class but rather my concern is what do I need to learn to improve my work. So, I am willing to make as many mistakes as possible to push myself. 
"La Vie" 12x12 Oil on textured cotton gallery wrap canvas

Close up of roses

Close up of pears

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

"My Ride"

Here is a piece I worked on last night. After looking at it this morning, I might pop a few more highlights  after keying up the chrome in the front. I need to analyze it more. In the meantime, here is yesterday's work I named "My Ride".
"My Ride" 9x12 Oil On Canvas Board

Monday, October 1, 2012

Here is Another Abstract Palette Painting

I am enjoying these abstract palette paintings. I some left over semi-dried paint on my palette that I scraped. I was able to add texture to this one.
"4 Square" 6x6 Oil On Gallery Wrap