Thursday, November 29, 2007

"Trail Though The Trees" ©

We didn't hike down the hill, but chose to lean against the log on the ground basking in the sun. Warm in the sun, cool in the shade, it was a picture perfect day on the coast.

Oil on Linen, 11" X 14"

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

"Misty Morning" ©

I have been working on this painting for a few days now. It's far enough along to post. In the morning I'll take a fresh look to see if it's actually "done". Are they ever finished? It seems I am never satisfied, always seeing one more brush stroke needed.

The first time I painted the bridle path that riders take from the equestrian campground to the ocean in Montana De Oro was several years ago. Every year I paint it again, longing to be there.

Oil on canvas, 24" X 20"


Monday, November 26, 2007

"Santa Clara River, Winter" ©

Today a small band of artists met at the edge of the Santa Clara River to paint together. At the end of our paint out, we each shared our mornings efforts. They were all beauties. The McDonald's where we had our mini art show, never looked so good. It is always amazing how ten artists can observe the same view and their artwork is completely unique.
To the lovely lady on the bike, if you ever would care to join us, please do!
Oil on Raymar Panel, 8" X 10"

Sunday, November 25, 2007

"Piru Creek" ©

In the late spring I have seen men fly fishing in this section of the Piru Creek. While painting I have watched them, standing in the water for hours, casting out, reeling in. I wonder if their minds wander away from the task at hand to how beautiful the sunlight looks tap dancing across the water. Or how the hawk calling from above cuts through the wind tweaking with dangling leaves and the creek waters wrapping around half submersed stones.
Oil on panel, 5" X 7"

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

"Blanketed Boughs" ©

Happy Thanksgiving! Let the holidays begin....
Oil on Linen, 11" X 14"

Sunday, November 18, 2007

"San Gabriels" ©

Today I visited Kendra Page's annual art exhibit in Glendale. Her paintings are always full of inspiration for me. I came home really ready to attack the easel. The experience reminded me how important it is to leave the studio and see other artists work at least a few times a month.
This is the view of the west end of the San Gabriel mountain range, that I saw on my way home.
Oil on panel, 8" X 10"

Friday, November 16, 2007

"Dry Creek" ©

We are still waiting for rain.....this is one of thousands of dry creeks, patiently waiting.

Oil on Canvas, 9" X 12"

Thursday, November 15, 2007

"Country Road" ©

Today I painted all day on a commission painting, that I started yesterday. When the sun went down and I was spent, I took the big painting off my easel, put up a tiny panel and painted a country road. A very nice way to end the day.

Oil on panel, 5" X 7"

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

"Herd Warmth" ©

Today I was stroking "Jessie" my daughters horse. Mindlessly, feeling the contours of her body, the direction of her coat as it shifted and I became aware of how warm she was. How warm I was leaning against her side. I can imagine that these cows out on the frozen field are feeling the warmth from one another, waiting for spring.

Oil on panel, 5" X 7"

Monday, November 12, 2007

"Aspen Gold" ©

I was told that Aspen stands are the largest single organisms on the planet, every tree connected by one root system. In the summer the leaves flip in the wind, creating a sparkle dance in the breeze. Then once a year they give up their summer sparkle for gold, warning of the winter to come. Just like the grand finale of fireworks on the fourth of July.
Oil on panel, 12" X 16"

Friday, November 09, 2007

"Lady Face Mountain" ©

The marine layer is making it's way towards Lady Face Mountain from the Pacific.

Oil on panel, 8" X 10"

Wednesday, November 07, 2007

"Frozen Silence" ©

The bug that is making it's rounds in Los Angeles, finally struck my home. We have all been ill for days and I have a show on Saturday. Today my legs wouldn't move, but I found sitting I could paint a bit. Even though the temperature was 79 degrees outside I wore my jacket all day, still freezing. This little painting probably wasn't helping. How interesting, I can't talk (silent) and I am freezing....hummm

Oil on Linen, 11" X 14"

Sunday, November 04, 2007

"Season Of Gold" ©

Every season has color and lighting associated with the name. The colors of fall create a season of gold.

Oil on Linen, 16" X 20"

Friday, November 02, 2007

"Golden Pond" ©

I have been unable to find a trail to this pond. Driving east on the 210 Fwy, just past Wheatland, this pond tempts me on every trip. Whizzing by on the freeway I look longingly for as long as possible at 65 miles per hour, making sure I don't rear one of the huge semi-trucks in the slow lane. It doesn't seem to matter, whether it's early in the morning or the final light of the day, it's a glorious golden pond. I think that the view may warrant a large studio painting.

Oil on panel, 5" X 7"

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