Thursday, January 29, 2009

"Stormy" ©

My husband walked up to me as I was tweaking this little painting and he said he kind of liked this moody piece, so I asked him what he would title it as? Without hesitation he said "Stormy". Simply put and right on the money, as usual. Thanks Mikey....

Oil on Panel, 8" X 10"

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

"January Dusk" ©

Gallery sitting all day at Descanso Gardens, I watched the clouds quickly passing overhead as if they were on their own speedway. Then as the evening grew close the whites turned to lavender, gray and brilliant edged pinks. Our very own light show, what a wonderful world.
Oil on panel, 5" X 7"

Monday, January 26, 2009

"Vanessa" ©

Today before tackling the horse painting again, I went to the McGroarty Arts Center in Tujunga to paint a live model. Artist Julie Snyder has arranged this 3 hour workshop for any artist that would like to draw or paint a live person. The time flew, besides the music playing all you could hear were the sounds of a studio, brushes on canvas and charcoal rubbing against paper. I had a blast and can't wait to go back! If you would like to see a real figure painters work visit Julie's website at
Oil on Panel, 11" X 14"

Sunday, January 25, 2009

"Winter Clouds" ©

It's been such a long time since we were blanketed in gorgeous clouds. This cloud collection in variations of white were hanging over the San Francisquito riverbed.

Oil on Linen, 11" X 14"

p.s. back to the horses......

Friday, January 23, 2009

"The San Gabriels" ©

The 60" X 48" painting of three horses was taken off the easel today so that I could paint a small piece for this blog today. It was such a drastic switch I included a photo of the little canvas on the easel. To place a MOUNTAIN on a tiny canvas is so much fun, just a hoot. I wish it had been on one of my wood panels but I am out of stock, so this is actually canvas on board. Tomorrow I'll go shopping for panels, this is a serious shortage in the studio. Not really but I sure miss the wooden panel. The view is the San Gabriel Mountains from the bottom of Baldwin in Arcadia, I just left out all hints of concrete and automobiles. Artists have the life!
Oil on canvas panel, 5" X 7"

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

"Wild Yard" ©

The Ward ranch in Sierra Madre is well cared for, except this wild yard next to the drive. There are a few orange trees full of oranges despite the lack of attention, and you can find signs of a past history on this land amongst the weeds. I was captivated by the sunlight grazing the green weeds, creating an emerald glaze on each tip.
Oil on Panel, 5" X 7"

Monday, January 19, 2009

"Canyon Creek" ©

Music drifts down the canyon as the creek runs down the wash. The Sierra Madre Canyon has it's own unique culture, one of sharing, there is a "free" wall, when you want rid of an item just place it on the "free" wall and another soul will make use of it. The residents stick together in time of need, illness or just an extra place to park. Once every few years they fight fire as it threatens their existence. In this little painting I was looking to capture the sunlight busting through the thick canyon trees, lighting the tiny cabins porch all the while thinking of these things.

Oil on panel, 5" X 7"

Sunday, January 18, 2009

"Hansen Dam Path" ©

Paths snake in and out of the dense brush, created by small creatures, horses, fishermen
and possibly Barefoot Ted. In this path painting the brush open up allowing you to breath, until you duck back into the canopy of gold.

Oil on panel, 5" X 7"

Saturday, January 17, 2009

"Pastel Canyon" ©

50 cars sat outside the entrance to Towsley Canyon Park in the soft morning light, waiting for their owners that had fled the sheets to move muscle. The brush in it's winter nakedness turned the canyon into a palette of pastels.

Oil on panel, 8" X 10"

Thursday, January 15, 2009

"Hansen Dam Evening" ©

Today I took the little Hansen Dam III and blew it up a bit to 11" X 14". This gave me a bit more room to explore the Pepper tree in the foreground and work each part of the painting to a deeper level. (A note to artists, I worked on linen again and wow wee, it's so elegant and lovely to paint on.) I drove past this area on the freeway yesterday, near the waters edge all of the golden leaves have blown away and the trees are gray barren sticks. It might be interesting to paint one of the Hansen Dam scenes, now naked. Maybe tomorrow?

Oil on Linen, 11" X 14"

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

"Kern River Rocks"

This morning a good friend asked me via email if you did not need an income from your paintings what would you paint? A very interesting question for artists to ponder. Rocks came to my mind right off, the shapes, the temperature shifts of color, the way they fall on one another, they are always appealing. With that jump start I painted "Kern River Rocks".

Oil on panel, 5" X 7"

Monday, January 12, 2009

"Rancho La Vista"

For my husband that spent so much of his childhood on Rancho La Vista the closed entry gates signal the end of an era. His grandparents lived on the ranch for decades, raising their 4 children in a small cottage deep in the orange groves. The stories of feeding cows, building hay forts and learning to ski on the pond are all that's left now as the new owners are making the ranch into their own dream.

Oil on panel, 5" X 7"

Sunday, January 11, 2009

"Hansen Dam, Winter VI"

One last view of Hansen Dam in the winter, looking north from the south side of the water. Today was the twice annual California Art Club critique at the Autry Museum. I painted this before going very fast so that I would have a blog for tonight, now after hearing all of the thoughts of the panel I can just imagine what they would say about this little study. Here goes: More structure in the trees, connect the dark trees in an interesting way, create a light path and a definite focal point and on and on. It was a day spent not painting but well worth the time to straighten me out a bit. One of the many benefits of belonging to the club. Thanks CAC!

Oil on panel, 5" X 7"

Friday, January 09, 2009

"Hopland" ©

This is a huge day in my blogging effort. This painting is number 500! I am more then half way to my goal of 1000, since I don't blog everything. In the past I have mentioned that Jean Stern of Irvine Museum told me once that after I paint 1000 canvases I will "begin to understand the process of painting". I believe him with all my heart, at only 1/2 way there I can see that he is so right as he always is. Jean is a treasure and humanity is fortunate to have his incite, love of art, good sense of humor and generosity.

Oil on Canvas, 16" X 20"

Thursday, January 08, 2009


Peanut has a complete wardrobe. He is wearing his red hoodie sweater on a windy day at the beach in this painting. Actually I have never met Peanut but his Mom loves him dearly and sent me a photo to paint from. He sure is adorable.

Oil on panel, 5" X 7"


Tuesday, January 06, 2009

"Hansen Dam Winter, V"

This scene is so typical of California right now, barren hills reaching out to the water below. Exploring the Hansen Dam area in paintings has been a nice break each day from a large (60" X 48") commission that I am working on. I am at the point of designing, which for me, takes the most time. This stage of developing a painting is so important, if the design/composition is poor it doesn't matter how beautifully the piece is painted it will still be poor. The investment of time is well worth it. Shifting back and forth from small 5" X 7" paintings to the large canvas allows for some fun.

Oil on Panel, 5" X 7"

Monday, January 05, 2009

"Hansen Dam, Winter IV"

Still soaking up all I can from the Hansen Dam adventure, I took one of the small studies and painted a larger view of Hansen Dam in the winter.

Oil on canvas, 20" X 24"

Friday, January 02, 2009

"Hansen Dam, Winter III" ©

Soft notes of color, in a tiny study of December near Hansen Dam. I think that this would make a lovely large painting. Compositionally I would change the lit mid-ground to a flat area, rather then an incline, as the incline mimics the angle of the mountain tops and in a large piece this would be repetitive. Also I would add a trunk system to the Pepper Tree on the left and maybe a cloud shape if needed. Otherwise it's ready to go.

Oil on Panel, 5" X 7"

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