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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, January 29, 2013

Dragon with Pears

"Dragon and Pears," oil on linen, 11"x14" - Sold
Here is a recently completed large painting. (I know...11x14 is really not that large, only for me I guess!)  It's a pleasure and a luxury when I am able to paint a more complex still life and feel that I have the time to be patient with it.  I started this painting in October, with only the thought of getting it finished for my upcoming solo show in March, at Segil Fine Art Gallery.  (I like to have several large paintings in the process, as I also paint smaller pieces.)  The only problem is, and it's a good one, a collector came to my home yesterday and bought "Dragon and Pears."  With this painting now gone, I am feeling the pressure and anxiety to complete and add "larger" paintings for the show.  The clock is ticking...back to painting!

Thursday, January 17, 2013

"Mandarins 3," oil on hardboard, 8"x6" - Sold
I thought I would get a little technical on this blog.  I've been asked about the kind of boards I paint on (for small works).  I use a gesso hardboard surface (as apposed to linen) for most all paintings under 8"x10."  It's just a personal preference.  I love the glossy transparent quality that can be achieved, it seems perfect for these paintings.  I buy the MDF Hardboard at a local lumber yard and prepare them myself.  Once cut, I seal the boards with Golden Medium: GAC-100 Mulit-Purpose Acrylic Polymer.  I put a thin coat on both sides - twice, thus also coating the edges four times.  I then coat the board four times with Golden Acrylic Gesso.  (I have used an oil based gesso.  It's a bit more slick, and takes a long time to dry.) 
"Mandarins 3" shown here, is a good example of the look an artist can achieve when using a smooth surface.  It's great to experiment, to find what works, what can inspire or showcase different techniques an artist has.  Some artists prefer a surface that will grab the paint better, or maybe they always want the linen weave to show. I understand that, that would be my sister, also an oil painter.  It's great that we are all different.  It's part of the passion of creating art!  Enjoy!

Monday, January 14, 2013

Tea Cup Painting

"Orange Tea Time" oil on hardboard, 8"x10" - sold

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Pomegrante Arrangement

"Pomegranate Arrangement," oil on hardboard, 6"x12" - (update sold).
Wishing you a joyous and happy New Year.  Thank you for viewing my blog throughout the year!