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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.

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.