Tuesday, December 31, 2013


The Daily Paintworks Challenge this week is roots or bulbs.
I went to the market and found a great bunch of radishes.
It felt so good to paint after a busy holiday season.
If I were going to fuss........I would make the little white roots much finer.
But I am not going to fuss!

Happy New Year and thank you so much for looking and commenting.
 6 x 6


Friday, December 27, 2013

More playing with abstracts

Remember the original?
The above painting is it, layer one.
Below you see two views of the second layer and then a small part of the second layer.
The possibilities are endless.

 Here is my horizontal view.
My intent was to intensify the colors I had applied on the original.
As I look, too many mid tones, more light and dark needed.

 This is the small section which allows me to see the work without that big green area.
I like the movement in this view.

This is a vertical rather than a horizontal view. When I work on these, I turn and turn the piece.
I can see a form emerging.
Do I want that?
More playing needed.

I hope these pictures give you some insight into where I am now on this artful journey and how I learn.
There are more to post tomorrow!

Have a great day.

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Merry Christmas

This is a happy little work I did earlier this week. I am learning to live with my work for a bit before publishing. Then when I revisit, I see so much more than at the initial conclusion of the painting. This red work made the cut.  The one I did before it of a similar set-up did not. Thankfully I know I could not have painted this one without painting the one before it that did not make the cut.

And I am having so much fun doing the abstracts. I have two more "updates" to show you over the holidays.

I am taking this opportunity to wish you all a safe and serene holiday season. 
Enjoy what you have.
Share smiles.

6 x 6


Thursday, December 12, 2013

Work in Progress

This is an exciting post as we start a new session of art classes. We will be exploring abstracts for the next few weeks.  So here you see my "starts".  The one above is 30" by 40" and has only one layer on it.  After this application we set it where we can see it and just let it simmer. Hopefully this weekend it will get the next layer. I expect there to be several layers before I get wherever I am going.
And that is the fun of it!

I love this one.  It is the third layer and now I can see several shapes that might want to be nudged out of the work. One important part of the process is to constantly turn the work so you get to view it from 4 different perspectives. I love how this changes everything.
Do you see the figure?
This is a smaller work, about 12 inches wide.

Here is another first layer. I think it is 20 x 24. I picked my palette first then started playing. It has a long way to go but I do like the start.
What fun we have..........

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

December roses continue

This rose was done before Winter Roses but it had to sit about for a bit while I watched it out of the corner of my eye. Such an unusual light pattern..........I decided it was ok. Why?  Because I enjoy exploring the painting..........my eye keeps traveling there. So I trust.

5 x 7


Sunday, December 08, 2013

Last Winter Rose

We are in the midst of an unusual cold spell here in Northern California. We are only about an hour north of San Francisco and not used to nighttime temperatures in the low 20's.......for about 10 days running. So when I looked for a rose to paint today it was obvious that it was the last winter rose. Dormancy is upon them.
This painting was done with the Zorn palette in mind for the Daily Paintworks Challenge. I notice no entries yet........it is a very limiting challenge and it is also the holiday season. We are all busy. See the Daily Paintworks Challenge site above to learn about the Zorn palette.
I painted on an old support that was very dark. That was also a  nice change for me.
And I just had fun. 

8 x 8


Friday, December 06, 2013

Dec Rose_3

Here is the 6th rose painting I did today. I was working quickly, trying (in vain) to use few strokes. So while I learned and I appreciate the process, there is not much to show for my day.
Any painting day is a good day so all is not lost.
And I love my vase!

8 x 8

Thursday, December 05, 2013


We are back in the studio after a summer and fall of plein air work. Our assignments for now will center on abstracts. These abstracts will then in turn effect our representational works. 
This is the first time an abstract told me where it wanted to go. It was first a work in various whites, then it became a study of a wall and then all of a sudden, it was about fences. The fences each of us deals with daily, a part of our path.
We painted for about two hours and I was good about turning the work and painting with different sides up. But it wanted to be this.

20 x 20


Tuesday, December 03, 2013


Here is day two or my second effort for December. I love the intense colors. Next up is taking this piece one step further. Play with color. Play with composition. Play. Yes.

Monday, December 02, 2013


As you know, I can get pretty stubborn about really understanding a subject. Now I am trying to be more consistent when I do a rose and really nail the form.  This is the first one of a small series and I had the most trouble with the greens. I love the colors and do have some form. Tomorrow I will post another which is a step forward from this one. But I could not have painted it with doing the above one. It's the process........

Sunday, December 01, 2013

December Glass Challenge

This week the Daily Paintworks Challenge is about colored glass. I did not have any lightly colored glass so this painting does not demonstrate the "through" part but it is glass. Dark rich colors for the most part. We were to work quickly, not fuss, thinking of values. As I look now, the amber glass had a darker value on the base. It is always a fun and enlightening painting assignment.

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Warm up

I am working on two larger paintings but I did this small one as a warm up exercise. I need to remember to always do a warm up......they are fun and really help you on your way for the day, or the hour you have for painting right then.
So, pick an item from your painting stuff. Not as easy as I thought.
This little container that I use to hold my odorless mineral spirits....such a major part of my painting time. Just a little grey can like thing. Necessary. Useful.
And I hope fun.......

8 x 8

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Japanese Maple

My friend has a beautiful Japanese Maple in her front courtyard backed by native oaks. It was an eye-catching scene for sure.
My focus was on being able to let go of many, many branches and let a few tell the story. It was also on finding a rhythm in the patterns of red and green.
Wednesday class.....wonderful learning and sharing again.
To bid.......here is the auction page.

10 x 10

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Going Larger

After doing a small version of this painting in class two weeks ago, I knew I wanted to tackle it larger and so I went for it. This must be about 18" x 24".  I will measure down at the studio tomorrow but for me, it is large. I do like the light pattern which is what captured my interest the most. I might wish my darks were darker. What I do really know is that this particular scene is captivating for me and very much revisitable. (ok, spellcheck does not like that word but it says what I feel)
Love the planes playing off of each other.
Love the history it holds.

20 x 24

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Fall Colors

This is my class work from last Wednesday.  I took it home after class, scraped it, left it in the corner of my eye for a few days and then revisited it. I am much happier with it now. The brights sing a bit more and the background is pushed back. I do like the cars now. They were difficult for me to just suggest.

 9 x 12


Friday, November 15, 2013

10 minute challenge

 This week the Daily Paintworks Challenge is the 10 minute drill.
Each square, which is about 4 x 5 inches, gets 10 minutes only of your time.
I start at the upper left and finish in the lower right.
Each square got stronger until the last one where is lost the form. The timer on my phone rang and so it had to stay.

This is the second set which I did after a 30 minute break. I tried to stand back and stay loose.
That is always a goal and remains a goal.
I always learn when I do this exercise.


Wednesday, November 13, 2013


Thank you to Julie Ford Oliver for the great framing idea. 
This little painting was entered into a holiday show here in Petaluma and sold right away!
The painting is only 6" x 6" but placing it on the outside instead of the inside of the frame gives it a more modern look. 
For those of you local, stop by Gallery One this Saturday and enjoy the show called Red, It Is.
The artist reception is from 5 til 8.
209 Western Ave.
Petaluma, Ca 
See you there!

Monday, November 11, 2013

Gift Giving

 My auctions on the Daily Paintworks site is where you will find my holiday offerings. I have started to auction very reasonably some of my small paintings. It is time to clear out the old and get ready for a new year, new journey.
So please treat yourself, share the site with friends or just sit back and enjoy.
The above is my Sunflower painting........and.........

this is Brownie who is really Tony and a very cool rooster. Loved painting him.
The auction site shows the sizes but these are all very small. 6 x 6 or 5 x 7.

The fall challenge created this one. Interesting, Fun. Colorful..........

Just hit the link above to go to the auction page.

More to come!

Saturday, November 09, 2013

River Reworked

My Saturday morning is once again getting art organized.  Again.......
Paint edges, gesso more supports, photograph.........
Friday I was able to do some updating on the river picture posted earlier in the week.
I gave the river a bend so we could see where is was going and cut back some other values.
This one taught me plenty.

6" x 12"


Thursday, November 07, 2013

View from the Park

Yesterday class painted at a park in Petaluma that had views of downtown, a row of old Victorians, residential streets, cityscapes as in the above photo of an old grain elevator and building from a feel mill.Not to mention the glorious fall colors seen in the trees.  What a wonderful variety of paintings emerged.

This is what emerged for me. I got there early and spent some time drawing the scene, looking at angles, deciding what to include or leave out. Then I did a thumbnail or two of notan deciding on my light and dark pattern. Making this array of neutrals was the next part of the morning. Who knew? Warm and cool, lighter and darker.........

6" x 8"


Monday, November 04, 2013

Water Challenge

 Here is my "gettin loose" 5 minute painting getting ready for the water challenge this week.
It is of a beautiful water scene in Oregon.
Why a water challenge. Because it is really a challenge!
This gettin ready is on yupo with oils.
What a fun, quick way to set out.

Here is my first try. I like the composition and feel the 6" x 12" canvas fits what I had in mind.
Taking the photo was once again problematic. Always a bit of a glare somewhere.
I look forward to trying this again as it is a scene I really want to capture.
The important part is the water............hmmmm......
we will see

Monday, October 28, 2013

Going for Bright

Love this little guy. He is happy, happy.
Working with color and value and taking my time.
Trust the "corner of your eye" for a few days.

6" x 6"


Thursday, October 24, 2013

Washington St. Barn

This barn was near our outdoor setting yesterday at class. I had to look across a fence or two and a lane but the patchwork face of the barn got my attention. It was made up of old sheets of plywood which I exaggerated. The texture was so varied and the longer you looked, the more you saw.
And paint. I used more paint.
8" x 8"

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Another Barn

Surprise! I love painting barns.
This one was done in class today.
It is old, off kilter, full of odd angles.
That is what I love.
I remember from my childhood what happens to barns.
Horses eat wood.
Bulls go through walls.
High winds wreck havoc.
And on and on.

I really enjoyed painting this one.
Life is full of life right now so no painting for a few days.
It will settle down. And I will do more barns.

8" x 10"


Thursday, October 10, 2013

Class works


Wednesday class was held up in the hills to the east of Petaluma. I chose to paint a little old pump house. How difficult could that be?  Lots, let me tell you.
I was working on a 5 inch square which complicated matter immensely.
At any rate, I love the palette. You can tell I have not worked on canvas lately as I had a terrible time getting enough paint built up on the canvas. Sit back in your chair and enjoy the rich colors.

Here is my  30 minute painting.We do it at the end of each class with the thought being that our palette is set, we are tired and must paint quickly. That time limit allows the painting to be so fresh and without effort. Once again  I did not get to build up paint on the canvas. Next week I know exactly what to work on from the start.This canvas is 4" by 6".
Will I ever tire of barns and sheds?
Probably not.

Tuesday, October 08, 2013

Final Touches

I am posting these reworked or touched up paintings that you have seen before. This one at the top I really streamlined, gave it some gesture. It reads much better for me now. 


This painting only had the sky warmed up to contrast with the cool roof top. Small changes can make a big difference!

Friday, October 04, 2013

Fall Challenge

This has been a slow week for me after the 30 day challenge. I never know how much energy it takes until it is all over. So today, Friday, I finally got to this week's Daily Paintworks Challenge.  
The title of the challenge is Paint the Fall and the creator of the challenge chose a beautiful backlit photo of fall leaves.  It was very pretty and looked ok to paint.
Well, it was difficult. I just kept thinking, value-value-value.
So here is my version of the challenge.
Do visit the site and enjoy all the wonderful entries.

6" x 6"


Wednesday, October 02, 2013

Little Hen House

It was a wonderful day of painting at class today out in the country.
Right in the center of the yard, there is this little hen house.
Two hens are presently sitting on eggs but they were shy.
The house was old and used and loved.
I hope that is what I conveyed!

6"  x 6"


Monday, September 30, 2013

Day Thirty

You have seen Tony before. I called him Fred but actually he his name is  Tony and he is heftier than I originally painted. So this is a repost of sorts. I fixed the background as the other one was not working for me, gave him some heft, lightened some areas and put his tail more into the background. I like him  much better and I do apologize for the glare in the lower right hand corner. Day 30, dragging a bit, but I did it! I will take another photo this week, Now I am going to  clean the studio, fix more supports, paint. And probably in that order. 

12" x 12"


Sunday, September 29, 2013

Day Twenty-Nine

Home from a delightful weekend at the beach and back to my oils.
I have painted this old barn which I photographed on our Washington trip this summer several times but this time I took it really horizontal and played with the angles. It is so interesting to me to see how many different things one can play up or play with all from the same photo.
Palette......purple, green orange.
Interesting and fun. Glad I did it.

6" x 12"


Saturday, September 28, 2013

Day Twenty-Eight

Gouache is portable for the weekend at the ocean with a young grandaughter. So quickly done, but done. It is just lovely out here, one of those fall days that are indescribable. Eighty degrees for today. 
This one is really a "study"

Friday, September 27, 2013

Day Twenty-Seven

Twenty-seven. Wow. It feels good.
I am seeing that I got a good amount of body here and the build-up of several layers of paint work well to show her feathers. Nice lady.

6" x 6"

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Day Twenty-Six

My view Wednesday was looking out over fields of autumn grasses, irrigated crops, and ponds with a farm building in the distance. This is how I finished up class Wednesday and I like the freshness of this painting. I might revisit it and rework the center area.  I almost have it.  Anyone out there familiar with that kind of an almost?

6" x 12"

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Day Twenty-Five

I am posting the painting from Wednesday class on Wednesday! Amazing.
We were out at a beautiful ranch 8 miles west of Petaluma.
Red barns, an old Victorian home, chicken coops, majestic hills.......you name it. Too much from which to choose until I happened on this little scene. Gorgeous old olive tree with a child's swing hanging from the low branch. Bright orange blossoms in the flower bed.
I started to capture the essence of the scene but I would like to revisit it. 
The tree was very much a challenge.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Day Twenty-Four

For Leslie Saeta's thirty paintings  in thirty days challenge I promised myself that I would explore gouache so that I could use that medium for travel paintings and fun with the grandkids. Wow.........we are at day 24 so I thought I had better get busy. Early fall is when the pears are just perfect.  So here is my first gouache work.

Monday, September 23, 2013

Day Twenty-Three

Since the car was not speeding, my red car that is, I think a few clean edges would have helped this painting. Love my red car.

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Day Twenty-Two

Sunday's painting is my second attempt at First Street done during class on Wednesday. This time I tried to lose the buildings and make the car the star of the show. The whole thing was about exploring and learning, bringing things forward and letting things go. Not at all happy with the trees but love the little car!
Have a great Sunday!

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Day Twenty-One

This painting was done in class on Wednesday. We painted from the top floor of a garage downtown. These condos and apartments  are on the Petaluma River and you are looking down at my version  of First Street.
Beautiful sunlit day.........