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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.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays

Thank you for visiting my blog and viewing my artwork throughout the year. Wishing you a New Year filled with much happiness and joy. -Amanda

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Six Inch Squared Holiday Exhibit

Two of my 6"x6" oil paintings, "Paris Rouge" and "Coffee Ready," are at Randy Higbee Gallery for the new "Six Inch Squared" exhibit.  December 3 - December 23, 2011.  Please check out Higbee Gallery website for more information  (You can view these two paintings in previous posts below. Thank you.)

Monday, November 28, 2011

Le Cafe at Julienne

"Le Cafe at Julienne" oil on linen, 16"x12"

(Update: this painting was selected for "Contemporary Masters III: Artistic Eden" exhibition, Pasadena Museum of History,  March 9 - July 29, 2012. SOLD opening night to the owner of Julienne Cafe.)

I recently discovered a very special restaurant, Julienne in San Marino, CA.  This wonderful French Brasserie and Gourmet Market, was established in 1985.  (How could I have missed what so many others have been enjoying for years!)  The elegant charm and delicious food is as warm and welcoming as it's owner Julie Campoy. Thank you Julie for allowing me to take pictures inside your beautiful Parisian Cafe. 

Monday, November 7, 2011

White Coffee Cups

"Coffee Ready" oil on wood panel, 6"x6"- Sold
There is much to be enjoyed when painting white objects.  So many subtle warm and cool variations to work from.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Ginger Jar and Plums

"Ginger Jar and Plums" oil on linen, 11"x14" - SOLD

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Nostalgic Tea Cup Pattern

"Nostalgic Tea Cups" oil on wood panel, 8"x8"  - SOLD

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Cooler Palette

"Blooming Delights" oil on wood panel, 6"x12"

I have talked about going outside my comfort zone as an artist before.  This time it's with a cooler palette along with painting roses...always a challenge.  From time to time, I feel the need to try different colors (if only for one painting), brushes, surfaces, or subject matter.  It's a good thing.  Eventhough I continue to learn and develop with every painting I do, a new set of challenges pushes you more.  I always gain something important, often an "aha" moment.  Now mind you, that aha moment could be a good or bad one! For this painting I used mostly, Viridian, Burnt Umber, Alizarin, Rose Quinacridone, Cad Yellow Pale, Indian Yellow and Titanium White.  I used a very small amount of Ultra Marine and Cobalt.  For the most part, my challenge here was using Viridian and Burnt Umber for the shadows and dark background.  (Perhaps I was influenced by the recent small painting I did (see below) of "Paris Rouge" - a cool palette of colors.) Though my shadows and dark background is usually dictated by the objects and the light source in my still lifes, it is often a combination of Raw Sienna, Ultra Marine and Alizarin.  As for painting roses, it's been a slow process.  I took advantage of the many blooms I had this summer, studying, sketching and painting roses.  More challenges await.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Paris Paintings II

"Paris Rouge," oil on wood panel, 6"x6."  I am honored to have received "2nd Place" at "Six Inch Squared" holiday show at Randy Higbee Gallery for this painting.

"Just Looking," oil on wood panel, 8"x6" - Sold.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Luxembourg Gardens, Paris

"Luxembourg Gardens" oil on wood panel, 8"x10"

Continuing with my Paris theme of late, here is a loose painting sketch of the Luxembourg Gardens with the Pantheon in the background.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Single Espresso

"Single Espresso," oil on birch panel, 6"x8" - sold

Monday, September 19, 2011

Paris Coffee Cup

"Paris Break," oil on wood panel, 6"x6" - sold

Sometimes at the end of the day I have large piles of (mixed) paint on my palette.  But, since I mix medium into my paint, I usually do not use it the next day.  I have been working on two large paintings for weeks.  One of them has a limited color palette (Raw Sienna, Ultra Marine Blue, Alizarin, White, and a touch of Indian Yellow), leaving me with wonderful greys at the end of the day. 

Looking at the greys a few days ago, I thought of the photographs I took of coffee cups in Paris.  There are many interesting warm and cool colors, all in varying shades of lights and darks found in white cups and saucers.  For this small painting I wanted to keep my brush stokes fresh and loose.  I think it ended up being a good way to use up the paint.  (One of many double espressos I had.....this one with a spot of milk.  I loved that it came with sugar cubes.  So classic.)

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Double Delight and Mandarins

"Double Delight with Mandarins," oil on linen, 6"x12" SOLD

This is a painting I mentioned in a previous blog.  I had brushed the painting with retouch varnish not realizing that the rose was not yet dry.  I ended up having a bleeding white rose and a white film across the painting.  A sad sight!  I had to put it aside a few weeks.  It's now finished it, with the exception of a coat of varnish!  That will have to wait.....a while. 

Friday, August 26, 2011

The Festival of Arts in Laguna Beach, CA, is a premier fine art show held during July and August each year.  There are many wonderful and varied artisans who are juried into this world-renowned art exhibition.  Though I attended the opening night reception last month, it was far too crowded to view the art up close and personal. With only one week left, I went to see the show again and to visit a couple of my artist friends who are exhibiting this year.
Sue Jarecky, with her inspiring colorful paintings.  She is an oil painter who loves to paint "all things western."

Paintings by Wendy With.  Her scenic and beautiful acrylic landscapes have amazing transparent layers of color.

Artists Larry Bates, Wendy With and Sue Jarecky at the Festival of Arts, Laguna.

Saturday, August 20, 2011

"French Linen with Oranges" oil on linen, 6"x12"

I bought this classic blue and white linen tea towel a few months ago while in Paris.  I've been thinking about using it in a still life ever since.  The small boutique, Les Bugadieres, was lovely.  Many of the items are hand-sewn by the lady who owns it. 

Sunday, August 14, 2011

"Figs with Dragon" oil on canvas, 8"x16" - update sold

"Kutani and Mandarins" oil on linen, 8"x16" - update sold

Here are two new paintings I finished over the past week.  I had a third one to post, but really messed it up when I tried to varnish it this morning!  It's a small painting of mandarins with a Double Delight rose.  The white paint on the rose had not dried completely.....well, you get the picture.  I have not done that in awhile!  Fortunately, I was able to clean up some of the white mess by gently lifting it off with mineral spirits.  Much of the rose had been painted over a week ago - thank goodness it was dry.  I'll put the painting aside for a few weeks before I repaint the lightest areas of the rose.  Being impatient never pays off....especially when you are an artist. 

The tea cup in "Kutani and Mandarins" is part of a collection I inherited from my Grandmother.  Though it's a familiar cup from my childhood, I knew nothing about the maker and origins until I decided to paint it.  I did a little research.  (Isn't the Internet great for things like this?)  Kutani porcelain dates back to about 1655.  When high-quality china clay was discovered in the Kutani Village (now in Ishikawa Prefecture Japan) a kiln was established to make porcelain with bold colorful designs.  Characterized by motifs of birds, flowers, landscape and geometrical patterns, the kiln suddenly closed about a half a century later.  In the early 19th century, the local ruling clan, which was enjoying power and influence, revived china making in Kutani.  The pottery is celebrated today with many working kilns in the area.  (The teacup and saucer I have is from the Kosen Kiln.)  It appears to be a very popular place for tourists and they even have a Kutani Pottery Festival each year.  How'bout that! 

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

New Orange Painting

"Sweet Orange" oil on linen, 6"x12" - sold

Monday, July 25, 2011

"Vintage Find" oil on wood panel, 8"x8"- (SOLD Segil Fine Art Gallery)

(Sorry this is posting for a 2nd time, I updated this to put sold on the painting.) I painted this on a gessoed wood panel adding medium to my paint.  I think the glossy look works really well, showing off the table and porcelain cup.  Though I was not too keen about the new medium I chose to work with.  I recently bought Gamblin Galkyd Gel, it drys way too fast for me, among other things.  I'll stick to M. Graham Walnut Alkyd Medium or the wonderfully toxic (!) Old Masters Maroger.

New small Paris paintings

"Chairs in the Tuileries Garden" oil on linen, 8"x6"
"Paris Blooms" oil on linen, 6"x8"- SOLD

I've begun to select pictures from my Paris trip to paint. Here are two  paintings - little vignettes - just off my easel.  I stayed at a hotel not far from Rue Cler and walked by this flower shop many times. 

The light was beautiful around 8:00pm in the Tuileries Garden (Jardin des Tuileries, created by Catherine de Medicis, 1564).  I had planned to sit and paint with the watercolors I brought, but by the time I finished taking a ton of photographs the park was closing.  With so much light still left, it was too bad we all were gently ushered out.  More Paris paintings to come.

Friday, July 15, 2011

It's high time to blog and paint again.  Unfortunately, I got sick soon after I returned from my exciting trip to Paris.  June turned out to be a slow month recovering.  Feeling chipper again, I'm back to doing what I love most....painting. 

During my annual summer trip to the Sawtooth Valley (in Idaho) last week, I painted a few still lives.  Gathering up items at my sister's ranch, we created some fun setups inside the barn. With all the beautiful landscape outside, we had never thought of setting up inside to paint.  The natural light streaming in was perfect, also the magnificent view out the window.

"Country Kettle" oil on wood panel, 8"x10"

Inside the loft of the barn.

"Western Stories" oil on wood panel, 10"x8"

My sister Linda.

View from the barn, Sawtooth Mountains.

This is "4th of July Lake" in the Sawtooth Valley.  It's a beautiful hike up to the lake.  We were surprised by all the snow still there.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Trip to Paris

Soon after I participated in the annual Balboa Island Art Walk last month, I left for a wonderful trip to Paris.   It was a perfect vacation filled with visits to museums, parks, churches, cafes, and more!  It would take pages of blogging to share my experience as an artist in Paris.  So, for now, I decided to just post some pictures (selected from over 1,000 I took!) of my days in this amazing city. 

Musee d'Orsay.  Since the museum is undergoing renovations, much of their famed collection has been touring the United States.   (I missed my opportunity to see the exhibit when it was in San Francisco.)   Though I was disappointed in the limited number of paintings on view,  I did see the special Manet exhibit which was wonderful.  No photos are allowed inside.  (Purchase a museum pass to by-pass the long lines.)
I took this picture from inside one of the galleries at the Louvre.
I could not resist posting this picture.  Can you spot the Mona Lisa?
After 6 hours at the Louvre (which included lunch at one of the restaurants in the museum) I finally reached the highlight of my museum visit, paintings by Jean -Simeon Chardin.  The collection was worth the wait.  I got to view over 25 fabulous paintings by one of my favorite artists.  Also hanging in the same wing ( French 18th-19th century artists), was a large collection of Camille Corot paintings.  One room after another was filled with his inspiring paintings, it was an unexpected delight!
Painting by Camille Corot

Notre Dame
Inside the Sennelier art store.
Jardin des Tuileries at 8:30pm. With the sun setting about 10:00pm, it made for lovely long days.

The Paris Metro

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Pear Medley Oil Painting

"Pear Medley," oil on linen, 11"x14" - sold

For this painting I wanted to create a still life that looked classic and traditional, but also projected an informal country feel. Using a palette of primarily warm colors, I created subtle color relationships with the pears. For continued color harmony, I added my green mixture of paint (from the pears) to my red mixture, building up thin layers of paint for the red can.   I used both sable and synthetic brushes to try and achieve soft loose strokes with some fine details.

Friday, April 22, 2011

This week I painted a few local scenes to show at the upcoming Balboa Island Art Walk, Sunday, May 15th.  The two small landscapes were painted plein air in the Back Bay Nature Preserve, Newport Beach.  The Balboa Candy Shop was painted in my studio using photographs I took on Balboa Island.

  "Eucalyptus Path" oil on wood panel, 8"x6"

"Spring Field" oil on linen, 6"x12"

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

Saturday, April 9, 2011

"6 Inch Squared," Spring Exhibit at Randy Higbee Gallery

With over 400 small 6"x6" paintings by artists across the U.S. being displayed in Randy's 6000 square foot gallery, it's sure to be a fantastic show.   (My two still life paintings, "Small English Pitcher" and "Herbs with Garlic" have been juried for the show.)

Monday, April 4, 2011

Salon International 2011 Exhibit

I attended the opening of the Salon International Exhibit at the Greenhouse Gallery of Fine Art (in San Antonio) over the weekend.  I thought I would share a some pictures.  The owners of the gallery accepted 415 fine art oil paintings for this show.  They received about 1200 entries from 47 States and 13 Countries to be juried.  I am very honored to have 2 paintings selected. 
Some of the award winning paintings.

  There are many personal favorites in this fabulous show!  This picture shows two paintings I love,  Rusty Jones painted a magnificent glowing Grand Canyon, and the river painting by Mitch Baird I thought was exceptional and inspiring.

Here I am next to my  painting "China Blue."

My other painting, "Vestments and Sacraments" is on the lower right.
I thought this painting was so original and beautifully done, "Swing Dance" by Clement Kwan, won the Figurative/Narrative award. The movement of the dress, exceptional brush work, color choices and shadow, was something to share on my blog.  The entire show can been viewed at  and in high resolution.