Saturday, October 22, 2016

C Street Tree

10 x 12


This tree was tucked into a corner at the end of C Street
in downtown Petaluma.
But I found it!

Monday, October 03, 2016

Water Street

What a wonderful class we had last Wednesday.
This is the back of a building on Petaluma's Water Street.
It is a busy street for delivery trucks and has a lot of charm.
I am continuing my body of work on trees. This one was  
tucked in so close to the building and had a delightful shape.
Lots of fun to paint.

12 x 12


Monday, September 26, 2016



This trees holds so much age that I felt Mystery was a good title.

12 x 16


Sunday, September 18, 2016


This is a small abstract, only 6 x 6.

I used a cross composition and played with color.

The result is a happy painting.


Wednesday, September 07, 2016


These trees illustrate the concept of Most, Some and a Bit.
Lots of green, some orange and a very tiny bit of purple.
Fun class today and a nice addition to my body of work on 


11 x 14


Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Two Pears

 Two Pears
9 x 12

Two Pears, cropped
7 x 9

Love painting these pears. Fresh and colorful.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Lots of Trees


Lots of Trees in my studio now.
This little one is only 8" by 8".
More to come!

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Tree Study

What's not to love.
Color, Texture, Atmosphere.

12" x 12"


Thursday, July 14, 2016

July fun

 Wonderful class I am taking with Melinda Cootsona.
Her class is all about color.
This particular piece was done using both compliments and value
as my focus.
Her goal is to move us away from our fear of big, bold color.
So happy to be taking the class.

12 x 12


This is done from a photo published in her class.
We did it as a value study.
Seeing how different artists render the same photo........always something
to learn.

Friday, June 24, 2016

View From the River

 My last post was a painting called View from the River.
I knew I would take it further and 
here are the two resulting paintings
I love the top one. It is done on 
a piece of canvas from a pad.. 
Therefore it needs to be mounted.
We will see.

10 x 10


This is a 6 x 6 inch study that has an energy I like very much.
Quick and free.

All my paintings done in oil.


Tuesday, June 07, 2016

Plein Air

The View from the River

This is a 12 inch piece I did when we were painting at a local park.
I like all the triangles and love the trees.
My next job is to take this work even further.
One change will be to lose the muted colors and try for more

As ever, a work in progress.
I need to just 

Tuesday, May 10, 2016


I was gazing at an old bare dead tree as class painted at a local 
park last week.
What could it look like? How would it have been in its prime?

The colors just flowed.

8" x 8"


Thursday, April 28, 2016

Smoke Bush

Luscious strokes of  branches of smoke bush in a vase.
Great to play with all the darks. They were so intense but 
still need to be given life with some cad red light.
Along with Alizarin  I used Chromatic black.
Every edge one can imagine.
It was so much fun to do.

10" in by 8"

oil on canvas

Friday, April 15, 2016

Back at it!

I am happily back at it after foot surgery.

Above you see a study of iris and a rose.
I worked on color and making them all relate to each other.
We are really exploring color in class.

After the study we were to do a quick painting.
I had 20 minutes and created this little work.
It is fresh and lively.

5 x 7

Tuesday, March 08, 2016

White Barns

 High key desert scene.

Desert Day
4" x 6"


Barn sketch.
4" x 6" 


White Barn and Shed
4" x 6"

Fun studies.
Looking like I found my stride in the last one.

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Oregon Barn

This was a long process and I was helped so much
by my art classmates.
The painting needed life, sparkle.
And here it is.
Another of my favorite subject!

9 x 12


Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Stone paper

Today in class we spent quite some time on  glazing and on different surfaces.

I chose to work with a new surface. The exact name remains with my instructor, should have written it down, but it is actually  made of ground up stones. No trees were harvested. 

The "paper" is translucent and the paint drys very fast.
The fast drying was hard to get used to. It was completely different from
oil on canvas or gessoed board.

You have seen so many of my barns and in fact, this one many times.
But here a completely different result!

I am very satisfied with this one.

Now the next step is to mount it on a board or canvas for hanging.

Great day!

Sunday, February 07, 2016

River barn

Once again we did brief studies in class.

I took this painting from the studies.
It so helps to be very familiar with your subject!

River Barn

6" x 8"


Wednesday, February 03, 2016

HPP revisited

Here I show my previous post after critique and revisions.

The goal was to get the upper right hill back and to make more interesting shapes.

And stay fairly loose!

11 x 14


Sunday, January 24, 2016

Study Done Larger

This is one of the resulting paintings from the studies I posted earlier of our local park.

I think I got the shapes right but the light I am not so sure.

Amazing what one learns from repetition.

11 x 14



Here is my abstract.

After studying shapes and color over and over, I just let it flow.

9 x 12


Sunday, January 17, 2016


This week's Daily Paintworks challenge is to paint snow.
Any way you wish.
This is a simple scene from the Sierra Nevada.

6 x 8


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Friday, January 08, 2016


 Wednesday class was outstanding.
We were to bring a photo of a location with which we were very familiar.
And of course, simple shapes.

Here you see my studies.
These are the last four.
The first four were very basic, just shapes.

My favorites are on the top.
How abut you?

Next up will be the large painting.

What a wonderful way to learn!

Oil on canvas pad.

Saturday, January 02, 2016

happy days

Here is a little happy, happy for this dreary January day.
It looks like we will finally have rain and clouds.
So, flowers of summer to remind us of those happy days!

Tiny paintings are great for warm-ups.
This one is 5 x 5.