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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.

Monday, January 25, 2010

Setting up a New Still Life

Items I gathered to create new still life setups

Here is a setup that I think has many wonderful elements. It should work well, composition and color....can't wait to paint this one! 

I paint from my own still life compositions.  I often gather many wonderful objects I've collected over the years.  I'll buy fruit, and or flowers, then spend a few days photographing the still life setups.  For convenience, and flexibility, I take pictures of my larger setups.  Since I have space restraints in my studio, it works well for me.  Sometimes I will have a strong idea of what items I want to bring together, or have a theme I want to work with.  Creating a good composition is the hard part.  It's one of the biggest challenges I continue to work through as an artist.  A few months ago I gathered items for new compositions.  I thought I would share some pictures with you.  You can see a little bit of my process.

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Keeping it Painterly

Part of my interest in creating this blog, is to make time to paint small works on a weekly basis.  I really enjoy painting them; 5x7, 6x6, 6x8.  It's a great way to keep things loose and simple, reminding me to stay fresh and painterly.  In my still life work, I have a tendency to get caught up in detail, which can give my paintings a tighter more realistic feel.  In "Four Mandarins" a 5x7 on canvas board, I kept it loose with a painterly feel.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Painting in the Sawtooth Valley, Idaho

My first post is from my holiday trip to Idaho. I have long wanted to paint a snow scene plein air. I made sure I brought my painting gear with me and was up for the challenge. The weather was clear and sunny, but definitely on the cold side. The only problem was trying to keep my feet from freezing. The afternoon glow on the colorful willows, which dot the snowy landscape, are a beautiful sight. It's my first try painting in the snow, along with capturing the blue and purple shadows. The colors are more intense than how I painted them, purhaps I was holding back not wanting the blues and purples to look garish! I had a great time and look forward to painting more winter scenes. Top painting: "Willow and Stream" 9"x12" on linen (unframed $325) and "Willow Sketch" 8"x6" on linen (unframed $100).