Monday, July 19, 2010

Little House By The Sea

this just won an Honorable Mention at the Santa Cruz Plein Air festival.

I will be away until August 11th in a place without good internet access. Whoa! Lots of time for painting!

Friday, July 16, 2010

Molly Dog II

Looks like I am the demo queen and my demo subject is the dog! I did this one at the Santa Cruz "Plein Aire Affaire" last Saturday.


The Old Gate Post

The Monterey Bay Plein Air Painters went out to Holman Ranch in Carmel Valley but since I was late, I couldn't find anyone (How was I to know that you had to follow the road that said "PRIVATE ROAD!"?? ) so I painted this cool gatepost with the matilja poppies and the Santa Lucia Mountains in the background. Sometimes bad luck is good luck! (not such good luck with the photo, however. grr)


Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Grazing at the Circle P Ranch

More fog in Watsonville this time but an agreeable horse that posed for several minutes in this golden field!


Friday, July 9, 2010

tick tick

This is another picture taken with my phone. Just wait till the plein air festival is over and I promise that I will take some good pix with my camera! ....and upload them to the computer!

Point Lobos Fog

Another foggy day in 'sunny california'! The minute I finished this, packed up, and started hiking back to the car, the sun came out, the water turned sapphire blue, the...well, you get the drift. Rats


Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Overlooking The Mustard Field

This week I am painting for the Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History's " Plein Air Affaire." We brought in some "dry paintings" and now we are doing some paintings outdoors on stamped canvasses ("wet paintings.") As we are in the midst of California's "June Gloom" this is a challenge. Fortunately, this field of mustard flowers provided all the sunshine anyone could want!

Monday, July 5, 2010

Molly Dog

So last Friday I had to do a demonstration at Gallery North as part of Carmel-by-the-Sea's First Friday. I decided that painting my dog would be fun because although I have painted lots of dogs, I had never painted her. Well, you can't have your dog feeling left out, can you? She looks pretty cheerful here, don't you think?


Sunday, July 4, 2010


A foggy morning at the lagoon in Carmel. This is looking East and usually the sun is in your eyes and it is hard to paint. Today, the hills are invisible in the fog and certainly no sun is getting in anyones eyes but the scene is beautiful anyway...

9x12 oil

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Daisy, Daisy

Here is another daisy from our mystery daisy patch! I have no idea how it came to be in our yard but there it is and providing lots of cool painting material!

Saturday, June 26, 2010

the Yellow Cup

What fun to paint this daisy that just appeared in our yard and the cool yellow cup with bumps!

Friday, June 25, 2010

Three And One

The weather has been so yucky recently that good photos have been difficult even though painting still lifes indoors has been fun! Here is one with some fab cherries from the farmers market!

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Sunnyside Up

I have spent the past week in West Newbury, Massachusetts visiting Lee Rowan and taking a fabulous workshop from Carol Marine. We learned about values by doing a one-color painting, about painting outside -- putting down the 'most vulnerable' colors first, and doing elipses in a very precise way. We also learned to squint. Squint! Squint! We learned lots of other things as well but that would take 4 days to relate!

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Sunlight And Shadow

Another fabulous sunny (but chilly) spring day here. A great day to paint! 6x8

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Al Fresco Lunch

This is another painting from the Carmel Art Festival. On this day, I decided to warm up and found a spot where the sun was thinking of shining! While I painted this scene with the nice road & a few lupines, a whole herd of cows came and watched me paint! These are a few of the first ones. Later on, they must have phoned all their friends because there was quite a crowd. Painting outside is a lot of fun!

The Sentinel, Carmel

This is one of the paintings I did for the Carmel Art Festival (May 12-16). Naturally, I forgot to take a photo so this picture is one I got off the Art Festival web site. It was painted Wednesday night right after we got our canvasses stamped and it was freezing and gloomy. Everything was grey-blue except for the little bit of rapidly disappearing light at the horizon.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Lupines in the Valley

A fabulous day with puffy clouds and trails of lupines and poppies in the grass!


Saturday, April 10, 2010

Sunset, Carmel

I have been waiting for a fabulous sunset to paint and they have all been pretty dull. However, the sky was pretty nice and I painted this in the 20 minutes it took my husband to run into town for pizza! We were all happy!


Thursday, April 8, 2010

Safe Harbor

I painted this in Monterey, California on Wharf #2 at about 9 at night. There were so many great lighting effects and, of course, the little red boat!

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Carmel Mission in Winter

So here I am painting the mission again. It is a really hard building to paint probably because it is entirely hand made. We are so used to buildings with everything at perfect right angles and so on that we tend to have trouble with this kind of architecture.
And not only that, I left out the bird sitting on the side of the dome!


Maine House

Arrgh! I see that I have messed up and there is glare on the photo. One of these days...


Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Around The Bend

Hmm...Is that the title of a painting or a comment on the painter?


Monday, March 8, 2010

Bridge Over the Seine

It has been cold, windy and raining like anything so that all my paintings have rain spots on them. Finally, I decided to paint en plein other words, in the comfort of my garage! Voila! Sun, puffy clouds, Paris...ahhh

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Pounding Surf

Whoa! Some title! I have been practicing painting rocks so you will be seeing some of those for the next few days (providing the rain holds off for a minute!)
I have been chosen to participate in the Carmel Art Festival again this year. Check out the new link to the Carmel Art Festival 2010...and come and check out the festival itself May 13-16!

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Into the Woods (aka "Down the Line V")

this is number 5 of the series. maybe I am getting there!

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

High Clouds

Well, I forgot to take photos of my small painting until it was too dark so here is a plein air one. The weather has been fabulous lately (if you were following the ProAm at Pebble Beach last weekend, you may have seen the cool shots from the blimp proving my point!) So...with great weather, it is time for outdoor paintings!

Down the Line IV

Here is #4 in the series. A palette knife painting!

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Down the Line II

#2 in the series. It is fun doing a ton of paintings of the same subject. Eventually, something will happen!

Friday, February 12, 2010

Down the Line

This is #1 of a series I am planning do do of this scene which is in Davenport, CA. Stay tooned for the others.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Double Trouble

So after doing a bunch of boats (a project which I am continuing) I got carried away with these apples: so cool and so crunchy...

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Little Black Boat

Another little model boat. I am having a lot of fun with these: how to make them accurate and painterly at the same time. Just like Carnegie Hall...practice practice practice...practice pr....

Monday, February 1, 2010

Another Model Boat

Love these tiny model boats! This one is supposed to be a Monterey fishing boat but I think the model makers in China added a a bit of fantasy!

Sunday, January 31, 2010

Windy Day, Carmel Beach

Title says it all! It was windy and I was at Carmel Beach! A great time to be painting outside!

Saturday, January 30, 2010

one cow out west

I painted another model boat today but had a #@$! time taking its picture so here is a cow I painted outside. I notice that the cow picture isn't full of glare but on the other hand, it is out of focus. sheesh. My outside paintings are different from my inside paintings...maybe because I am using different brushes and a walnut-alkyd medium which gives the paint a different feel. hmm


Friday, January 29, 2010

At Carmel Beach

I am so bad about photographing my paintings! I didn't think of taking a picture of this one until it was in a frame and in the gallery! yikes! See the line of dark shadow on the left hand side of the picture? This is what happens if you are naughty and take the picture with the frame on! Anyway, it was a fun day at the beach with lots of wind and waves and dogs playing and me painting!


Sail Away

I love these little boats and they are great fun to paint! 6x6 oil

An Apple A Day

Yikes! New Years has come and gone and I have just gotten back to doing these small paintings! If you want to see what else I have been doing, check my web site. I really haven't been that lazy!