Saturday, December 24, 2011

"Raindrops on Roses" moves to Florida next week

This is the last week of the Blossom Art of the Flowers show in Chicago.  The Garfield Park Conservatory show ends Dec 31st.  The traveling Blossom show then goes to Bradenton, Florida for the Jan 18 - Feb 20  show at the Art Center Manatee.   "Raindrops on Roses" watercolor 22" x 27" framed $3900 available through Blossom Art of the Flower organization
Jan 18- Feb 20, 2012 Art Center Manatee, Bradenton, FL
March 19-May20, 2012 Greenacres Arts Center, Cincinnati, OH
June10 - July 22, 2012 Museum of the Gulf Coast, Port Arthur, TX
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Sunday, December 4, 2011

"Sky Ornaments" Christmas Card

Original sold but cards are available. Inside...
"Wishing you Peace, Health, Happiness and 
an Incredible New Year"


Monday, November 28, 2011

"Sky Apples" 30" x 40" oil on canvas

"Sky Apples"  30" x 40" oil on gallery wrap canvas.  Last of 5 new larges pieces for Danskin Galleries unveiling reception Thursday, December 1st.  Many smaller pieces available also.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

"Sky Goldens" another oil for gallery reception on Thursday

"Sky Goldens" oil on canvas 30" x 40."  I will be painting live at Richard Danskin Galleries on Thursday 5-9PM for the unveiling of 5 new large oils plus more. Contact gallery to purchase 

Saturday, November 26, 2011

"Rose Parade" oil for the gallery reception on Thursday

"Rose Parade" oil on canvas 30" x 40."  I will be painting live at Richard Danskin Galleries on Thursday 5-9PM for the unveiling of 5 new large oils plus more. Contact gallery to purchase 

Friday, November 25, 2011

My latest work of art

My new QR code.  Thanks to artist friend Suzy Pal Powell who's so up-to-the-minute on the latest tech-y things.  I saw this on her blog and went to the link to create my own.  Now, anyone with a code reader app on their phone can point their phone at this at it will take them directly to my website.  Thank you Suzy.  Okay, all you low-techies. Here's the link It's really easy.  Just type your website address or anything you want to link to in the create code line and it will make one for you.  I used the app called Upcode to put a reader on my phone. There are many reader apps.  You'll have to choose one. 

Monday, November 21, 2011

"Morning Glorious" finished for Danskin Galleries

"Morning Glorious" 36" x 36" oil on gallery-wrap canvas.  This one was very fun to paint.  I'd love to do more like this. The center was the hardest part....always is....especially when the reference photo's not very detailed. Delivered four paintings to the gallery this morning. www.Danskin  This one has to dry for a few days. I added me to give you an idea of scale.     Work it as a puzzle

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Five new paintings for Richard Danskin Galleries

"Desert Sunset" 30" x 24" oil on gallery-wrap canvas.  I've been painting madly for the past four weeks.  Finished four new oils and almost another. Getting ready for a show at my new gallery.  I am now represented by Richard Danskin Galleries in Palm Desert, CA. I will be painting live in the gallery for my "opening" night when they introduce me as their newest artist.  Thursday, December 1st from 5PM - 9PM.  "Desert Sunset" is the first of five new works that will be unveiled at the December 1st reception.

Friday, November 11, 2011

"Purple Heart"

Honoring our Veterans and all who serve our country on this day.
8"x 6" oil on canvas  SOLD

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Sunflowers class demo

I taught a class today.  I just love it when I get paid to paint and get to go home with a painting, too :-} Plus, they are all such nice ladies.  Only 5 made it out of 10 expected, but I get paid the same no matter what so it was a real treat to only have 5 students...much more one-on-one time. 

Friday, October 28, 2011

"Ominous" and "Twister" abstract watercolor

 "Ominous" abstract watercolor 3-3/4" x 5-3/4"
"Twister" abstract watercolor 3-3/4" x 5-3/4"
We were supposed to paint an abstract for our watercolor society summer challenge to present at our October meeting.  I never paint abstracts and didn't get around to it.  Then I remembered that I had these which I matted and framed. Most of our members are realistic painters, but we had tons of entries and they were all really fun to see. These were fun to do.  Can you guess what technique I used to create them?
Available at

Thursday, October 13, 2011

"51 Chevy" daily painting

Looking forward to a big classic car show in Palm Springs this weekend.  Can't wait to get tons of new photos for my car series.   "51 Chevy"  6"x 8" oil on gallery-wrap canvas.  SOLD

Friday, September 30, 2011

Shelby Cobra GT 500 (1967 Mustang)

One more down, gazillions to go. Can't believe how many cars I want to paint. This is one fast Mustang (1967). Available at DailyPaintworks auction.
I'm very pleased to announce that I have been invited to be a member of the DailyPainters group. I am proud to be a part of the group which also includes my friends Kay Smith and Vernita Bridges-Hoyt. You can see the Daily Painters at

Saturday, September 24, 2011

"I Actually Had a V-8" daily painting

Since one of my recent car paintings was titled "I Coulda Had a V-8" I decided to actually have one. Oil on canvas, 6"x 8" Available at DailyPaintworks

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Chocolate Covered Cherry daily painting

As a kid, for Christmas we gave my grandfather a box of chocolate covered cherries and a carton of Lucky Strike cigarettes every year. He said that's what he wanted. I still love chocolate covered cherries because they remind me of him. I don't think I'll be painting the cigarettes. 6"x 8" oil on canvas. Available at DailyPaintworks

Monday, September 19, 2011

"Red Hot Vette" daily painting

Boy, would I love to be driving this today. Who wants to go for a ride? "Red Hot Vette" 6"x 8" oil on canvas. Available at DailyPaintworks

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Windy Palms

Living in the land of palm trees has always made me feel like I'm on vacation all the time. I love it here. "Windy Palms" 5-3/4"x 8" oil on canvas. Available at DailyPaintworks

Saturday, September 17, 2011

"Old Fat 40" daily painting

Today's painting. A 1940 Ford Deluxe. "Old Fat 40" 6"x 8" oil on canvas. Available at DailyPaintworks

Friday, September 16, 2011

Summer Delight daily painting

I had originally painted this with a black background. It just didn't seem right for this subject. Didn't look appetizing or fun. Ice cream cones are supposed to be fun. For those of you with summer fading, hope this extends it a little. It took some getting used to when I first moved to southern California, but so nice not to dread winter. Here, we look forward to winter. "Summer Delight" 8"x 6" oil on canvas. Available at DailyPaintworks

Sunday, September 11, 2011

"Route 66 Patrol" (55 Ford) daily painting

The 50's, Route 66, Classic Car, California......what's better than that? Oil on canvas, 6"x 8" Available at DailyPaintworks

Friday, September 9, 2011

"57 Chevy" daily painting

Today's painting. 6"x 8" oil on canvas "57 Chevy" Available at Daily Paintworks

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Golden Pears watercolor

9"x 11" watercolor on Arches #300 cold press. Matted with linen and framed with a simple black frame. Available at Daily Paintworks $475 starting auction price with free shipping.

Sunday, September 4, 2011

"Red Rocket Caddy" daily painting

I love old classic cars. This one certainly has some great fins. 8" x 6" oil on gallery-wrap canvas.
Available at DailyPaintworks

Friday, August 26, 2011

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

"Fuzzy Dice 56" daily painting

This little devil took forever...three days, actually. Instead of a daily I'm going to call it a thraily. I could have painted a full-size watercolor in the same amount of time. Any of you who do miniatures have my deepest sympathies. Painting small is much harder than large. "Fuzzy Dice 56" oil on canvas, 6"x 8" This one is SOLD , but you can find others at DailyPaintworks

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Friday, August 19, 2011

Thursday, August 18, 2011

"I coulda had a V-8" daily painting

I'm back painting cars again. Thought I'd do a few quick oils first before tackling some larger watercolors. I've got about 10 images selected. Now, to find the time. "I coulda had a V-8"Oil on gallery-wrap canvas, 8"x 6" Available at DailyPaintworks

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Etude #4 Sunset Reflections daily painting

I just love the sunsets here. Can't paint them enough. "Sunset Reflections" 5"x 7" oil on Raymar panel. Available at Daily Paintworks
Also available as a free online puzzle

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Sunflower to be published in book on Joy

My watercolor "Sunkissed" has been selected for inclusion in a book about joy written by Mary O'Connor. The book's working title is Five-Star Joy, a Travel Guide to the Best Places for Finding Joy. My image will be used for the profile of a woman who used gardening and the joy of sunflowers to deal with incarceration and other obstacles in her life. The book gives inspiration and ideas on how to find joy. Mary is a poet and published author and also paints in watercolor. She is currently seeking a publisher for the book on joy. You can read more about her at
"Sunkissed" 10"x 10" watercolor on Arches #300 cold press.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Etude #3 "Mountain Lake" daily painting

This place was a beautiful lake alongside a bike path in Coeur d'Alene Idaho. I rode 60 miles in two days along this path. It's called the Trail of the Coeur d'Alenes bike path and follows the Union Pacific Railroad's right-of-way. What a beautiful trip. "Mountain Lake" 5" x 7" on Raymar panel. Available at Daily Paintworks

Saturday, August 13, 2011

"Sunset Palms" daily painting

The latest in my series of little landscape studies. I have so many ideas for paintings in my head. It's so nice to be able to get them quickly on paper...or in this case, panel...and still have time to work on larger pieces each day. "Sunset Palms" oil on Raymar panel 7"x 5"   SOLD  Click HERE to work a jigsaw puzzle of this piece.
See all of my work at my website

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Jigsaw puzzle of my art

I've created an electronic jigsaw puzzle of my "Heaven is a '57" watercolor. Click HERE to go to the puzzle. It's easy to create your own profile and make puzzles of your art. Thanks Tom Brown for sharing this puzzle link. The site keeps track of how many people solve each puzzle. I just noticed that 82 people have solved my puzzle in the first hour of posting. Fastest solve was 2 minutes 5 seconds.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

"Deserted Isle" daily painting

The art of fun....or should it be.... the fun of art. I'm trying something completely different. I bought a ton of little 5" x 7" Raymar panels and am trying some quick studies. Since I took 7 years of French I'm going to call them etudes. All those lessons finally put to some use. For this landscape I used very liquid washes of oil and really enjoyed the freedom. Just made the scene up and called it quits after 20 minutes. Using a small panel instead of a stretched canvas removes some of the angst of feeling that you have to create a detailed masterpiece every time. This was very relaxing and satisfying. "Etude 1 Deserted Isle" oil on panel 5"x 7" Available at Daily Paintworks

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Head On ('57 Chevy)

I started this painting two years ago. Finally decided to finish it this week. Sometimes you just have to be in the mood. So, there is hope for unfinished work. Watercolor 21"x 16"on 300# Arches cold press. If you like it you can vote for it in the August BoldBrush Painting Competition.
Click HERE to vote. (on the site click "like" to vote)

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

"Along for the Ride" daily painting

Had fun with this one. How can you not smile when looking at these little duckies? "Along for the Ride" 6"x 8" oil on canvas. Available at DailyPaintworks

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Monday, August 1, 2011

Tea Tart daily painting

I redid the background on this painting 4 times. I didn't like the first three attempts. As I wiped off the 3rd attempt it took on sort of a tea-stained look which I liked, hence the title "Tea Tart" Oil on canvas, 6"x 8" Available at Daily Paintworks

Saturday, July 30, 2011

"Two of a Kind" daily painting

Something a little healthier. "Two of a Kind" Oil on gallery-wrap canvas 6"x 8" Available at Daily Paintworks

Friday, July 29, 2011

"Cake Crumbs" daily painting

I was discussing making decisions with a friend yesterday. She was having trouble with a important choice she had to make. Decisions are much more difficult than the actual doing. I said my problem for the day was deciding which cupcake to paint. "Cake Crumbs" oil on gallery-wrap canvas 8"x 6."
Available at Richard Danskin Galleries
The contraption at the right is the light "tent" I use to photograph my little oils if I can't find a good spot without glare. It really comes in handy. It also came with two spot lights with glare filters. I got it at a camera store.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Chocolate Apples

This is a companion piece to "In Line for Pie." It's another one that I had painted awhile ago and decided to redo. I enlarged the apple and punched up the color. It's nice to know that even after painting for so many years you can still improve. I think I'm seeing color and composition better. It sure helps to paint every day. Amazing....practice actually does lead to better work :-} "Chocolate Apples" 6"x 8" oil on gallery-wrap canvas. Available at Daily Paintworks.

Monday, July 25, 2011

Fast vs Slow.....Loose vs Detailed.

Update.....I've removed the birds. I like it much better. Sometimes you take a risk and it's spectacular. Sometimes it doesn't work out. I could never have removed the birds if I hadn't used 300# paper. The Paynes Grey that I used on them was very staining. I really had to scrub. It would have put a hole in #140 paper.

The top watercolor "Waiting for Breakfast" 21" x 18" is the class demo I started several months ago and finally finished this week. It took about 25 hours to paint. I added the gulls as an afterthought and wish I had left them off. I liked it better without them. I already removed about 4 birds and may just wash off the whole ocean and redo it. The second scene is from the same docks in Punte del Este, Uruguay. It is a full sheet 22"x 30" on Arches 300# cold press worked wet in wet that with drawing and painting took a total of two hours. I show the reference photo on the right to give you an idea of the scene I was trying to capture. So, which is better? Which is worth more? The one that took more time or the quick, loose painting? I don't think the amount of time spent has anything to do with how much a painting is worth. Personally, I like the loose one better. I think it's fresher, and certainly was more fun to paint. It's so difficult for me to loosen up, but it's so much fun.