Thursday, December 31, 2015

Flowers of Winter

What flower do you associate with winter?
Cyclamen is my choice.
Sturdy, dependable and cheery are three words that come to mind.
Wonderful texture for painting.

And might I add....

Happy New Year to all.

10x 10


Monday, December 21, 2015

Warm and Fuzzy

It's the teddy bear season!
This was painted for my granddaughter.
Reminds me of her.

8 x 8


And what I learned.........
Thick, thick oil paint which gave me this great texture
takes forever to dry.
We are finally having cold, wet weather so there is no complaining!

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Open Studio Thanks

Here is a big thank you to all you wonderful people who
helped create the empty spaces
on my studio walls.
The event was a roaring success, a great party with a good time had by all.

And now..........back to painting!

Tuesday, December 08, 2015

Busy Season

I have missed posting as I am having an 
Open Studio 
December 13
from 12 til 4.
All my free time has been spent cleaning the studio, 
pricing and signing and on and on.
It will be a great day. 
Please stop by if you can.
3100 Eastman Lane
Petaluma, CA

The above photo is of a wonderful old barn located
on the Petaluma River,
very close to downtown.
Our class often meets there to paint.

Friday, November 20, 2015

Autumn Abstract

Autumn Abstract

As many of you know, I have been exploring trees creating
 quite a body of work on the subject.
So when space was the topic to explore
in class this week, it seemed a natural.

And I could continue to explore my love of the abstract.
For my abstracts to work, I need a basis in the representational.
Then it seems that I can let loose.

How do you start an abstract?
I am sure there are as many ways as there are artists!

20 x 24



Sunday, November 15, 2015


Wonderful reception at Gallery One last night.
Sold this lively piece.
Thanks to all.

Thursday, November 05, 2015

White Roses

Last of the season roses.
Love the tension of that little petal that fell.

6 x 12

Sunday, November 01, 2015


This is one way I see hibernation.
Just snuggle up in a favorite chair.
Quilts help

5 x 5


Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Freedom Revisited

I posted an earlier version of this tree in September.
My revisions were mainly the joining of the small areas into one larger area.
The painting still has the color and life of the first work but I think
it reads much better now.


9 x 12

Monday, October 26, 2015

Finished work

The studies from last week evolved into this finished painting.
The colors and textures of fall sweep in the wind.
Autumn Leaves

8 x 16


Sunday, October 18, 2015

Fall leaves.........

Last Wednesday we painted at the local park.
I positioned myself right next to some branches.
Delightful colors and shapes.
It was a beautiful day.
These are done on canvas cloth.
Just studies.

6 x 10


Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Diptych done at Helen Putnam Park

Class last week at our local county park.
I have painted this scene so many times.........
But never before a diptych.
Great experience.

8 x 8 twice

8 x 16


Thursday, September 24, 2015

apples anyone?

This work is full of layers painted over a period of time.
Thankfully green apples just hang in there!

6 x 14  oil

Sunday, September 20, 2015


Freedom to find who we are.
Freedom to play with paint.
Freedom to explore.


9 x 12


Thursday, September 17, 2015

Large Shapes

Water Street Bistro

8 x 10

Last week I worked on large shapes, subtraction and working the colors I was using throughout the painting. And texture. Love texture. It always suggests history to me.

Saturday, September 05, 2015

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Fog Challenge

For the fog I looked out the window this morning.
Slightly abstracted. 
I will try again this week.
Good challenge.
6 x 6


Saturday, August 29, 2015

Working with Abstracts

This is a large painting, 24 x 48 inches, that I have been playing
with for some time now. It had no darks and lights. Straight
So I got bold.
Now it says something.

Another view.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

2015 two pears

I wanted large and juicy!
Love, love to paint pears.

8 x 8


Thursday, August 20, 2015

Little Yellow House

Last week's class was on a busy street in Petaluma
that is full of homes both glorious and modest .
This little yellow stucco gem caught my eye.

Love the reflected light in the doorway.

8 x 8


Thursday, August 13, 2015


The Daily Paintworks Challenge this week is 

I used a photo from our travels to Oregon.
This is the beach at Newport.

Wild and windy.

6 x 8


Saturday, August 08, 2015

Wildflower Challenge

I have gone back to the Daily Paintworks Challenge.
It is such a great exercise.

This week the challenge is to paint summer wildflowers.
Any way you wish.

These are right out the window of my studio.

6 x 6


To see all the entries click here

Sunday, August 02, 2015

Summer fresh flowers

Summer fresh flowers. That is all I could think of as this painting progressed.
I did a "first" painting and was really fighting the texture of the board as I was painting
over an old work. Many layers of paint are good sometime but
 not yesterday.
So I pulled out a clean board with a neutral grey background and proceeded.
The bouquet grew.
Patterns emerged.  
Lights. Darks. 
It all just happened.
Love the result.

8 x 8


to Purchase go here

Wednesday, July 29, 2015


This will be my entry into the  Daily Paintworks Challenge.
We are to post something that challenges us or on which we are working.
Skies are new for me. How many colors there are.
So much movement.

To purchase this painting go here

6 x 6


Sunday, July 26, 2015

Eucalyptus from HPP

This is how Wednesday's class ended.
Love those quick paintings.
This one was 30 minutes.
Just get the essence.
Both majestic and wind-blown

11 x 14


Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Little Red Shed

12 x 12



This is a gift for a special friend.
Thank you Sandra Speidel for all the information
and corrections on perspective.
It seems so simple...........

Friday, July 17, 2015

Happy Place 2

I promised another version.
Here is what I came up with today.
It is an even happier place!

6 x 6


Thursday, July 16, 2015


9 x 12


Class yesterday way held at a local park and it was hot. 
The hills were dry and radiating heat.
Always a good day.

Friday, July 03, 2015

Looking Through

Great discussion about looking through at art class.
This painting was the result.
Looking through the trees to see the building beyond. 
Interesting composition.

10 x 12


Thursday, June 25, 2015

Pass it along flowers

Great time in class last week.  We started a painting and then passed it to the left after 10 minutes. 
The learning was all about nothing being precious, about letting go, about opening to new
shapes and colors. Really a fun class exercise.

12 x 12


Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Shapes and Shadows

Last week our class painted outdoors.
I gravitated toward an old building.
Shapes and shadows.

8 x 8


Saturday, June 20, 2015

Here I was practicing shapes. The rose is a great subject for that.

6 x 6


Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Oregon vacation

Oregon vacation.
It was great.
The best ride one day with friends.
Look what I found.
A little red shed. 
Now don't you think that is right up my alley?
Great vacation!

Thursday, June 04, 2015

Eastman Tree Revisited

12 x 16


You saw the study in my last post and saw my desire to
add some color, some life when I did the next painting.
Fun painting to do....some abstract elements, lots of representational.
My word for the painting was majestic.
Those old trees have size!

Monday, May 25, 2015

Trees on Eastman

This is going to class with me on Wednesday. We were to draw and then paint a small painting of something we really cared about. When I walk on our lane I always admire and study the majestic eucalyptus trees.. They are such a presence.

This is 6" x 8".
In class we will take it larger and perhaps abstract it somewhat.
We have been concentrating on shapes and notan.

Now it is such a cool painting I am wishing I had a little orange on a brush.
I would add some excitement!

I hope you had a lovely holiday weekend. 
I did.

And thank you to all who serve, have served.

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Water Street

Water Street, late morning.

10 x 10



Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Two roses

Two roses. Playing with whites.
Warm and cool...........

Saturday, May 09, 2015

Apples for Jane

Jane wanted to see what I did when I played with gouache.

I drew first, great tool.

Then I did a few gouache apples.
Sketching, working quickly.
Since gouache is water based, I use it when I cannot get down to the studio to my oils.
Great intensity yet you can use it very diluted and get a watercolor feeling.

Another option for artists and very  portable.
Gouache always goes on vacations with me.

One thing I have learned playing with apples lately is that the size of the stem is very important.

These are looking a little large!

And now I say Happy Mother's Day to all.

Monday, April 27, 2015

Practicing lemons

It's a wonderful way to refresh your eye. 
Take a familiar subject and practice..
Shape, color.
6 x 8


Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Warming Up

Finally a little time in the studio.
It was only a half hour or so but I was there.
I spent the morning drawing this pear and playing with gouache.
I still have not mastered the gouache.
But when I went down to the studio, the oils felt wonderful!
Glad I took the pear with me.

6 x 6


Saturday, April 04, 2015

Happy Easter

Here are my springtime greetings to you.
This was done two years ago and remains one of my favorites.

For those of you who follow my blog, I have been down with pneumonia
since mid March.  It is a long haul and I will not be painting for few weeks yet.
But now I am getting stronger and looking forward to checking up on what you have been doing.
Celebrate spring wherever you are.

Saturday, March 14, 2015

20 minute studies

Class on Wednesday consisted of working on our large abstracts
or doing timed 20 minute studies.
The first study I did I worked on mark making.
The second study I painted a bird's nest with no thought to color, only value.
And time.
The result was so free.
That's what 20 minutes will do for you.

8 x 8


Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Textured Landscape

This is a small 6 x 6 work that I did in two or three passes, letting it dry between visits.
I wanted strong notan and interesting edges.
A variety of greens adds to the mixture!
Palette knife and brush.

6 x 6


Wednesday, March 04, 2015

Spring blossoms

California is bursting with blossoms.
Here is my version.
It is painted over another  work giving it texture and sparkle.

8 x 16


Sunday, March 01, 2015

Nasturtiums 3

This was painted early in the year. Can you believe it is March?
Way to easy to lose track of time.
We have been learning about layers and reentering our works. 
Glazing is an important part of this.
Believe me, this was reentered several times.
If there is a Nasturtiums 4, it will be very abstract.
And my nasturtiums are blooming again!

16 x 20


Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Three more.........

 This abstract emerged as they all do. I call it Intersections. 
As much as I wanted different marks on the board, intersections kept appearing.
To me it also looks very fertile.

8 x 10


This abstract speaks of weather.
Elements perhaps.

8 x 8


For a change I painted all of the above without a specific word in mind.
I let them happen.

This last one is my purple and yellow  reworked.
It has much more movement and lots to say.

8 x 8