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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, December 31, 2012

Oranges on White Linen Cloth

"Morning C," oil on linen board, 6"x12"
Revisiting a favorite subject.  I have wanted to use this white linen tea towel in a still life for sometime.  It was all about getting the composition to work with the red stripe.  After more than a few challenging tries of pushing the towel around, rearranging the oranges, I found a setup that spoke to me.  I choose a 6"x12" format, I love this size.  I seem to gravitate towards a composition that fits these dimensions.  This was a fun painting to work on with a variety of colors in the shadows, a lot of bounced and reflective color.  Hope you like it!

Friday, December 14, 2012

A Quick Oil Painting Sketch

"Provence and Sunflowers," oil on linen, 6"x6" - sold

Sunday, November 25, 2012

"Ripe Figs," oil on hardboard, 6"x8" (update - Sold)

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Pomegranate Painting

"Pomegranates," oil, 6"x6" - (Update, Sold)
I loved trying to paint the variety of reds in these fresh pomegranates. 
I know I'm not the only artist who finds it a challenge thinking of new titles for paintings.  Can you tell I was void on this one!!  I just could not bring myself to add the usual...."with vase."  But, I guess I should have at least named it, "Double Red," "Autumn Pomegranates,"  or even "Pomegranate Pair?"   Next time!

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Small Works Oil Paintings

"Silver Reflections" oil, 6"x6" - sold
"Orange Light"  oil, 6"x6" - sold

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Silver and Mandarins

"Silver Creamer with Mandarins" oil on hardboard, 6"x12" (update - sold)
Working with the warm palette I enjoy.  I like the country elegance of combining silver with fruit.  Painting with broad loose strokes and thin paint in both the foreground and background, adds more of a rustic informal feel.   

Saturday, October 20, 2012

I've been busy painting (small works) to enter into various juried Holiday Shows.  Here is a sampling of what I have been doing over the past month.

"Pear with Pomegranates" - (update Sold at Segil Fine Art Galley)
"Sweet Slice" -  (update Sold at Debra Huse Gallery)
"Bavarian Tea Cup and Lemon" - sold
"Red Plums and Silver" - update sold Debra Huse Gallery)

Sunday, September 30, 2012

"Pair of Pears" oil on hardboard, 6"x8" (update - Sold)

Thursday, September 27, 2012

"Cups on Gingham" oil on linen, 6"x6"
"Persimmons" oil on linen, 6"x8"- (update sold).
I've been trying to get back into a still life state of mind....and finding my painting groove!

Friday, September 14, 2012

Crystal Cove Beach Paintings

Here are the two small loose oil painting studies I referred to in yesterday's post.
 "Cove Waves" oil painting sketch 6"x8" on hardboard
"Wave Breaks" oil painting sketch 6"x8" on hardboard

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Painting at the Beach

Last week I joined fellow artists for a beautiful day plein air painting.  It had been a long long time since I ventured outside to paint.  I was terribly rusty, but enjoyed every moment!  I'll post my two small studies as soon as I photograph them.  In the mean time, here are some nice shots to share.
Crystal Cove

Friday, September 7, 2012

Final pictures from the last week of the Festival of Arts.
Fellow artist Ron Azevedo with cast of Criminal Minds 
Greg LaRock with our wonderful Festival booth contractor Ron Weldon
Jeff Horn
Festival security guard Jan with fellow artists. Her last day and off-duty finally has time for a glass of wine!
Gar Gropser and Nancy Egan
Packing's all over.  I had a great time!
 One last look at the Pageant of the Masters "Genus" mural at the entrance to the Festival of Arts in Laguna Beach.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Red Plum with Silver

"Red Plum with Silver" oil on hardboard, 8"x6"- sold

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Last week of Festival of the Arts, Laguna Beach

I have been taking pictures of artist friends, their wonderful displays of art, events being held on the Festival grounds, and much more throughout these past two months.  The last day is fast approaching.  Though many of us probably need to catch up on sleep and start finding time to paint, it will be sad to say good bye to an amazing summer!

Pastel artist Mary Aslin creating a beautiful still life of roses.
Oil painter Michael Obermeyer demonstrating at his booth.
Artists Ron Azevedo, Amanda, Tony Salvo and David Teter
Amanda, with artists Marie Tippets and Annette Wimmer
Greg and Laurie LaRock
KOST Radio & Acura Concert with Christopher Cross.

Monday, August 13, 2012

My favorite subjects...revisited.
"Clementines on Gingham" oil on linen, 6"x12" - Sold

"Orange Squeeze," oil on hardboard, 6"x8" - Sold

"Summer Lemon Arrangement," oil on hardboard, 10"x8" - Sold