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Balboa Island Art Walk, Sunday, May 17th, 9am-5pm. I will be at my same location, 9 years (!), at Onyx Ave. I love this one-day show. Balboa Island, CA. Visit

Art-A-Fair, Laguna Beach, CA. I'm thrilled to be a part of this great annual art event for the 2nd year! Opens June 26 - though August 30th.

Thursday, December 30, 2010

American Art Collector Magazine January 2011

A wonderful way to end the year.  The January issue of American Art Collector has arrived.  I am excited to be included in this months special Still Life Painting Section.  Please find a scan below (click to view, then click once more, it will get large enough to read!) The magazine can usually be found at Barnes & Noble.  Thank you all for visiting my blog and website this year.  Best wishes for a very Happy New Year!

Friday, December 17, 2010

Please click on image to view my holiday card.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Segil Fine Art Gallery & Old Town Monrovia

'Tis the season for our large California Navel Oranges.  Seeing them at the market, I could not resist painting one more orange painting!  I am thrilled that Laura Sigel, gallery owner of Segil Fine Art, has added this new painting to her Holiday Small Works Show, as well as "Pear and Plum."

"Navel Delicious,"  oil on linen,  6"x12"  (sold)
Laura Segil has a wonderful fine art gallery located in Old Town Monrovia.  The town is located at the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains. With many great restaurants and lots of charm, the town is not to be missed, take a drive and stop by the Gallery.

Myrtle Ave.
A French Bistro, Cafe Massilia, which we enjoyed very much!

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Painting Persimmons

"Persimmons" oil on wood panel, 6"x12" - update sold

It appears I love the color orange.  Didn't know, but it sure got me thinking after painting pumpkins, squash, and oranges.  So, why not try persimmons.  Here is my first attempt at painting some winter persimmons.  I thought it was quite challenging.  The difficulty here is to not make them look like tomatoes! 

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Painting more Oranges

"Green and Orange," oil on wood panel, 6"x6"  - update sold
(Though this painting sold in January, from the American Art Collector Magazine article, please inquire if interested in additional orange paintings. Thank you.)

Monday, November 8, 2010

Note Cards Available

I have been selling note cards with images of my paintings over the years.  Some outdoor art shows allow cards, some do not.  Having just participated in a Holiday Boutique this past weekend (where I was able to bring my cards), I thought it would be fun to make some of the cards available for purchase on my Blog.  Each packet contains 4 cards with envelopes, $8.00 per packet.  You can use Paypal to purchase....just email me what you are interested in.  Click on the picture above to view.   (I have more cards available with different images of my paintings. Let me know if you do not see a painting you would like as a card.) Thank you.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

"Sunlit Orange" oil on linen, 6"x8"

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Painting Oranges

"Orange and Slice" oil on linen,  5 1/2"x10"  (SOLD)

It's been a while since I've painted one of my favorite subjects....oranges.  (Since this posting, "Oranges and Slice" was selected for the Holiday Small Works Show at the Segil Fine Art Gallery and sold. Thank you!)

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Holiday Boutique and Exhibit

"Balboa Blue Boat" painting sold after a subscriber of my Amanda Fish Fine Art Newsletter received this announcement. Thank you subscribers, and to all who love and enjoy fine art! If you are interested in receiving my Newsletter please go to my website: 

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Progression of a painting

I recently spent some time photographing new still life setups. (As if the 1,000+ pictures I have already taken are not enough to choose from.) Using an old bench I picked up in an antique store, I thought it would add interest to my new still lifes.  Here are a couple of pictures from my photo shoot, yet to be painted! The one I chose to paint is shown below, along with the progression of painting it.

I painted "Vintage Bauer with Garlic" (oil on linen, 12"x16") over the course of 6 days. (I captioned my quick snaps as I progressed.)

My finished painting.

P.S. I am excited to announce that this painting has since been selected for the California Art Club exhibit, "Golden State Treasures."

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Small Works Holiday Paintings

"Red Ornament" oil on canvas, 5"x7"

"Two Ornaments" oil on wood panel, 6"x6"

Last year I participated in a holiday boutique show and was asked if I had any small Christmas themed paintings.  I did not....sure wish I had!  I also received requests through my website for holiday paintings. One person said they liked displaying small paintings on an easel on her entry table (depending on the holiday throughout the year).  A wonderful idea.  I have just completed the two paintings above.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Loose Still Life Study

Still Life Study, "Blue Jug" oil on linen, 11"x14"

Something a little different to post. I participated in one of Randy Higbee's Open Studio Events during the summer. His company, Art & Frame in Costa Mesa, is where many local artists buy their frames. He has a terrific warehouse space which also serves as a fine art gallery and designer showroom. He held fun and creative open studio events where artists came to paint from a costumed model, or still life.

After surveying the different setups around the showroom, I spotted a fabulous Tang Horse. Though it was already positioned on a table as part the costumed model setup, I was allowed to add to it for a still life composition. (I am not a figure painter, I find it quite daunting.) Once I gathered objects (there are many wonderful and interesting items in his gallery) and positioned everything just right, I realized that the Tang Horse was not going to work! Funny how those things happen, oh well. Painting along side the other artists, seeing their different styles and techniques, was a fun and inspiring experience. Randy also provided delicious food and spirits! See for more information.

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Landscape sketches from Idaho

Here are two Plein Air landscapes I painted during my Idaho vacation (see previous post). They are painted with a limited palette, something I'm trying to get used to. I realized earlier this year, as I began painting outside more and more, that it's best if I have a limited palette. I think it saves time and frustration (!) if you pull from only a handful of colors.  So, for the time being I am using Cad Lemon Yellow, Cad Red, Alizarin Crimson, Transparent Oxide Red, Cerulean, French Ultramarine and Titanium White (all Winsor Newton, except for Transparent Oxide Red which is Rembrandt.) I miss using Viridian, Cad Yellow Pale, Raw Sienna, Burnt Umber and Black (when mixed with Lemon Yellow makes a great green). We'll see how it goes! It's always a learning lesson.

"Aspen Sketch," oil on linen, 8"x10"

"Stillness of a River," Oil on wood panel,  6"x12"

Monday, August 9, 2010

Plein Air Still Life

I painted these lemons outside in the summer sun while on my vacation in the Sawtooth Valley, Idaho. I had fun with these lemons, using thicker paint on my brush, making quicker but more deliberate strokes.

"Lemons Plein Air," oil on wood panel, 6"x8"

Lawer Art Gallery

Closing reception for Summer Days Exhibit:

"Strawberries" oil on linen, 6"x6" (shown on the postcard) is available, by Amanda Fish.
The opening of Summer Days exhibit:

Thursday, August 5, 2010

New Socalpapa Art Gallery Exhibit

Socalpapa Art Gallery presents a new show. The exhibit features paintings done of locations that were favored by the Early California Impressionists. In partnership with Newport Harbor Nautical Museum, 600 East Bay Ave, at the Fun Zone, Balboa Peninsula.

My painting, "Sycamore Meadow" has been juried into the show by Jean Stern, Irvine Museum Director, the judge for "California Impressionism, Then & Now" exhibit. (Please see previous post regarding this painting which I did Plein Air at Casper's Wilderness Park.)

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Idaho Vacation

There have been more local art shows and events this year than in the past. It seems it's been non-stop for the past 3 months....all good...I say!  There have been juried gallery shows at the Socalpapa Gallery, the Balboa Island Art Walk, Art in the Park with Newport Beach, the Center Club Event, and two shows at the Lawler Art Gallery. I would like to thank those of you who have stopped by one (even more) of the shows I have participated in.  After the very successful Back Bay Show in Newport Beach a few weeks ago (with socalpapa), I took off on a vacation!

 I had a great trip to the Sawtooth Valley in Idaho. I brought my painting gear and went out painting plein air a few times, in between some relaxation and hiking. (I will post the paintings soon, need to photograph them.) In the mean time, here are some pictures from my trip. The weather was glorious, and the landscape was lush and green with lots of wildflowers. That's not usually the case this time of year. But, they have had a lot of rain the summer, which also made for mosquitoes. Not the best when painting by the rivers and lakes!

Rainbow after a storm.
I have painted on this road during previous trips. With the pastures being so green this year, and the beautiful aspen trees,  it's a perfect spot to setup. I love the peaceful feeling painting here and listening to the wind rustle through the aspen leaves.

My sister Linda.
After a storm passed, early evening sunset over the Sawtooth Mountains.

I took this picture during a hike. I did not have my painting gear with me. Maybe next time.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

One more Back Bay landscape before the show this weekend.

"Back Bay Wetlands" oil on linen, 8"x10"

(Sold at the Back Bay Show)

Saturday, July 17, 2010

"Sycamore Meadow" oil on linen, 11"x14"

My finished painting from my day at Caspers Wilderness Park. See my last post.

Monday, July 12, 2010

Painting at Caspers Wilderness Park

A new favorite place to paint! A few weeks ago I joined fellow artists from SOCALPAPA to paint at Caspers Wilderness Park. Located off Ortega Hwy, in San Juan Capistrano, the park is 8,000 acres. It's filled with huge California Oaks and Sycamore trees, a beautiful place. The area reminds me of paintings done by early California Impressionists. I had such a good time, and found many varied scenes to paint, I went back this past Friday to paint again.

My painting of a sycamore (along with an oak tree growing behind it, or in it?) was begun about 3:00pm.  I found that the shadows and color did not change too much over the few hours I stood painting it.  Not sure if it was due to my location in the park, or the high summer sun.  I felt as if I did not have to rush through the painting, which was most enjoyable.  I can't wait to paint here come autumn, or spring. There is a large creek which passes through Caspers Park...many great painting opportunties.

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Back Bay Painting

"Summer Reflection" oil on linen, 9"x12" - update sold

I'm still painting scenes of the Back Bay in Newport Beach for the upcoming show. I went out early evening to capture the setting sun. Painting directly into the sun had its challenges. I painted this between 6:45-8:00pm....I think the sun finally went behind the dover hills about 8:15pm. A lucky night, not many bugs and no mosquitoes. (This painting was selected for Opening Night Reception July 23rd, a juried show, for the Back Bay Show.)

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

More painting Plein Air in the Back Bay

A few days ago I joined friends from So Cal Plein Air Painters in Newport's Back Bay. We set up about 4:00 and painted until after 6:30pm. The light was beautiful giving us options for atmospheric (and scenic) painting. Here are a few pictures of can see some of our paintings, a work in progess.


Larry, Wendy and Allyson enjoying our afternoon.

Amanda painting into the late afternoon sun.

Monday, June 14, 2010

Newport Beach Scenes

"Crab Cooker," oil on linen, 6"x8" and "Back Bay Field" oil on board, 6"x8"

 (Both paintings sold at the Back Bay Show.)

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Balboa Island Candy Shop

"Balboa Candy Shop" oil on linen, 8"x10"

 (Sold at the Lawler Art Gallery "Summer Days" Exhibit in August)

My painting of a delightful candy store (great homemade fudge and carmels) on Balboa Island in Newport Beach has been chosen for the "Islands" exhibit at the SOCALPAPA Art Gallery. It received an Honorable Mention Award from the shows judge, artist Frank Serrano. Additional information Exhibit closes August 8th.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Painting Grapes, Wine and Cheese

"Gabbiano" oil on canvas, 8"x16"

Here are new paintings for the exhibit, "Vines and Wine" at the Lawler Gallery, June 4-July 31. I have been enjoying the challenge of painting new things, like cheese! It's been a fun show to paint for.

"Brie and Grapes" oil on wood panel, 8"x10"

"French Corks" oil on wood panel, 6"x6"