Thursday, April 29, 2010
Marilyn is one of the rescued residents, living large at the Gentle Barn in Canyon Country. Every time I pass the easel this morning and glance at her furry face it makes me smile. How can that happen? She is just a cow and I don't have time to giggle, I am trying to get ready for a big show this weekend. The power of a painting, interesting.
Oil on Canvas, 20" X 16"
Monday, April 26, 2010
Today preparing for the upcoming Sierra Madre Art Fair I slipped in painting this little piece. The dance between framing, varnishing, figuring out inventory and the easel was non-stop. I need a couple more of me floating around the studio/house.
Oil on Panel, 12" X 9"
Saturday, April 24, 2010
A bunch of us drove up to the California Poppy Reserve in Lancaster, CA to paint the brilliant splashes of orange before the show is over. It was interesting to paint in such a windy, dry place, I found sand in my ears!
Oil on panel, 11" X 14"
Friday, April 23, 2010
Last weekend I met "Yoda" at the Gentle Barn in Canyon Country, CA. Yoda was rescued from an animal hoarder in Lancaster a couple of years ago. He was hungry and frightened but after a few weeks at the Gentle Barn he became very friendly and one of the family.
Oil on Canvas, 16" X 12"
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
Still adding to my inventory of "animal" paintings, today I painted this little guy. First spotting him on 2nd St. in Long Beach, he was waiting for his family to finish up dining at a sidewalk cafe. His name is "Fatty", there must be a story behind the name because he couldn't weight more then a few pounds.
Oil on Panel, 8" X 10"
Sunday, April 18, 2010
I found this view so unusual, to be able to see the wave from the side and the backside of the waves hitting the shore. Looking at the painting now I think the white water needs more of the colors of the sky to pull the piece together and the wave backside hitting the shore is just a bit odd. Oh, the tweaks and adjustments continue. Working on the painting brings back the moment of time when the sun was sinking behind me and the sea promised to sing me to sleep with her waves.
Oil on Canvas, 20" X 24"
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
After delivering paintings to the Four Seasons in Westlake for "Dreams On Canvas" and lunch with my buddy Marian, I trekked out to Malibu State Park, playing hooky from life to paint.
Deep in my painting I caught a flurry of activity out of the corner of my eye, only to see two bunnies playing chase. Truly they were playing a game, having fun. I had no idea that bunnies had "fun". Then a falcon dropped in and the game ended, things got serious. The bunnies escaped, at least on that occasion but the cycle of life became very apparent.
The park is displaying every shade of green, the river is running and it couldn't have been any more lovely.
Oil on panel, 8" X 10"
Friday, April 09, 2010
Yesterday my family wanted to run up to the snow for a day of skiing. I opted to paint and found this little lake near the lifts. I had a fun talking to the fishermen and tourist, answering the usual questions:
1. How long did that take you?
2. Do you sell those things?
3. Will you paint me too?
4. Do you give lessons?
and of course all of the stories of their painting relatives.
Mostly I enjoyed the sounds of the mountain, wind in the trees, birds singing and fish jumping.
Oil on Panel, 11" X 14"
Monday, April 05, 2010
Cats have the ability to scope out a home and find the softest warm place to nap instantly. Then when disturbed the look is icy and somewhat disinterested. Oh to be a cat!
Oil on Canvas, 16" X 20"