Sunday, December 29, 2013

"Look on the Sunny Side" watercolor

Watercolor on Arches 300# cold press.  9"x12"  Demo from Saturday's class at Venus Studios Art Supply

Sunday, December 22, 2013

"Just Delicious" watercolor apples in bowl

Watercolor on Arches 300# cold press 9" x 11"  
Demo from Saturday's class at Venus Studios Art Supply.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

"Lemon Glow" watercolor by Diane Morgan

"Lemon Glow"  9" x 10" watercolor on paper.  I love painting deep, dark still lifes with strong, warm lighting.  Pushes watercolor to a more old-world look than normally seen.
Demo from watercolor class at Venus Studios Art Supply. Started this one last winter.  Sometimes it takes awhile to finish a piece.

Sunday, December 15, 2013

"Olives on a Stick" watercolor

"Olives on a Stick"  9" x 12"  watercolor on Arches #300 cold press paper.  Still life demonstration from Saturday's watercolor class at Venus Studios Art Supply,  Palm Desert, CA

Saturday, December 14, 2013

"La Quinta Clouds" oil on canvas

Oil on Canvas 8" x 10"  Demo from Friday's oil class at Venus Studios Art Supply, Palm Desert, CA 

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

"Leeks" watercolor

A title escapes me.  So,  "Leeks" it is.  Watercolor 9" x 12"  on Arches 300# paper.  Demo from Friday's class at Venus Studios Art Supply, Palm Desert, CA

Sunday, December 8, 2013

"Bermuda Backstreet" watercolor

"Bermuda Backstreet"  10" x 12" watercolor on Arches 300# cold press.  Demo from Saturday's class at Venus Studios, Palm Desert, CA

Monday, December 2, 2013

"Swan Song" watercolor

Sometimes the final stages of life can be the most beautiful. Watercolor on Arches 300# cold press, 13-1/2" x 10."  Demo from Saturday's class.  My last two roses were from photos taken several years ago.  I think going through old files can uncover some great inspiration.

Saturday, November 30, 2013

"Last Dance" watercolor class demo

This is from last week's watercolor class.  13-1/2" x 10" on Arches 300# cold press. Really had fun doing wet-on-wet and letting colors run all over and blend together. Started on a companion piece in today's class.

Friday, November 29, 2013

"Midnight Sun" oil on canvas

I had so much fun painting this in watercolor that I decided to paint it again in oil.  Oil on canvas 8" x 10"

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Watercolor demo using Mark Adams' "Anemones" as a reference

Class demo from last week. Watercolor 14" x 9-1/1" on Arches cold press.   I love Mark Adams' watercolors.  They have such bold colors and simple shapes.  Fun pieces for students to practice washes and color gradations.

Sunday, November 10, 2013

"Green Apples and Pears" watercolor class demo

"Green Apples and Pears"  watercolor 10" x 13"  demo from Saturday's class at Venus Studios Art Center.

Monday, November 4, 2013

"Golden Globes" grapes watercolor

"Golden Globes" watercolor on Arches 3003 cold press 12" x 10" approx.    Demo from watercolor class at Venus Studios Art Supply, Palm Desert, CA

Sunday, November 3, 2013

"Five Easy Pieces" melon slices

Demo from last week's watercolor class.  "Five Easy Pieces"  watercolor on 300# Arches cold press.  This of course was not so easy.  Certainly did not finish in the two-hour class.

Saturday, November 2, 2013

"Sun Strokes" oil demo from Friday's class

"Sun Strokes"  8" x 10" oil on canvas.  Demo from class at Venus Studios Art Supply,  Friday, November 1st.

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Mark Adams watercolor used as teaching demo source

Demo from last Saturday's watercolor class. Mark Adams is one of my favorite watercolorists. This is a replication of his piece "Cape Foulweather" I have new students who have never painted before. One of the best ways to learn watercolor is to draw a bunch of squares and practice washes. How boring. I thought this piece was perfect to learn solid, graduated and varied washes. One time when coloring inside the lines is encouraged. Mark is a genius at getting to the basics of shape and color.  Love the simplicity. Looks simple, but definitely not simple to paint.  The sky and foreground are at least 10 layers of wash.  I was using 300#  hot press.  Man is that difficult. To me like painting on yupo.  It wants to create all kinds of swirls and twirls.  Very difficult to do a smooth wash. Love the textures it makes though.

Monday, October 7, 2013

Thursday, October 3, 2013

My art projected on 42-story skyscraper in New York

"Sounds of Silence"  watercolor.   Several of my paintings will be projected on a skyscraper in New York on Saturday.  What fun!  
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Monday, September 30, 2013

"Thank You Very Much" watercolor sells at Rancho Mirage Library Show

A very special lady bought this for her friend who had admired it at the show.  It was a surprise gift.  I delivered it this afternoon.  We all should have friends like that!   "Thank You Very Much" watercolor on paper  SOLD

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Watercolor and Oil classes resume next week

No class today because I was taking down the Rancho Mirage Library Show.  Great fun!  Six whole months.  So grateful for the opportunity.  Classes resume next week.
"Surface Tension" watercolor 22" x 30"  SOLD

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Two art receptions for Diane Morgan

Come see 30 of my paintings and ME at the Rancho Mirage Library Wednesday, September 25th 4:30-6:00 PM.  
If you can't make it Wednesday stop by Gallery in Cathedral City, CA  
Thursday, September 26th 3:00-6:00PM.  

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Sorry, no classes September 27th and 28th

Classes resume October 4th and 5th
"Surface Tension"  watercolor   SOLD

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

"Just Glorious" selected for Palm Springs Art Museum exhibition at Saguaro Hotel

My painting "Just Glorious" (oil 48" x 60") has been selected for exhibition in the Palm Springs Art Museum's Artists Council presentation at the Saguaro Hotel. Each month, October through April, two ACE artists will be featured at the hotel with a reception held on the first Wednesday of each month. Just Glorious will be on display for the month of December.

Sunday, September 8, 2013

The Desert Sun watercolor sunset class demo

Our local newspaper is called The Desert Sun.  Thought that was a fitting title for this piece. Watercolor 10" x 14" on Arches 300# cold press.  I've painted this scene many times.  It's fun how it always manages to come out differently each time.

Saturday, August 31, 2013

CFAI August challenge Best of Show

The theme for the "Hot August Nights" challenge was cars so of course I had to enter.  This watercolor "Hot as a Heartbeat" sure is getting a lot of mileage. The Best of Show prize bennies are great.  I won $100, a week of promotion on their social media sites, space in Visual Language magazine, as well as a spot in their 2013 promotional items.  I will also be featured in one of the "Colors on my Palette" interviews for October, which will be shown all month on the front page of as well as in Visual Language Magazine.  Nice start to the weekend!

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Monday, August 19, 2013

"Nightshade Dreams" watercolor

Unusual still life.   Tomato reflections.    Watercolor 17" x 24" on Arches cold press.  Large and impressive. 

Saturday, August 10, 2013

"Skimming the Surface" acrylic

"Skimming the Surface"  8" x 10" acrylic on gallery-wrap canvas.  Demo from Saturday's acrylic class at Venus Studios Art Center, Palm Desert.  Unframed.  Edges are painted so looks great on a small easel or hanging as-is.  
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Monday, August 5, 2013

U.K. in2motorsports website features my car art

The U.K. car aficionado website  in2motorsports has added my cars to their featured car art.
Pretty cool!

Sunday, July 28, 2013

"Sunflower Dreams" watercolor

Only in a dream can a sunflower be floating in the sky with no stem :-}   Watercolor demo from class awhile ago.  I'm trying to finish some of the pieces I've started....probably at least 20!  I'm going to be busy.  9" x 11"  on Arches 300# cold press.   SOLD

Friday, July 26, 2013

"Sunny Shadows" watercolor

"Sunny Shadows"  14" x 10"  watercolor on Arches 300# cold press.  Demo from last Saturday's class.
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Saturday, July 6, 2013

Disney World family portrait commission #2

I've shipped off the first commission which was a surprise from her mother for the gal shown in the middle here with her 4 children.  This version...a different composition than the first (which had the father) for the gal's mother, grandmother of the twins and boy and girl holding hands. This was created using 4 different photos.  A real challenge to get everyone in the correction proportion to each other.  Full sheet watercolor on 300# Arches  22" x 30"

Sunday, June 23, 2013

"Sunlit Cherries" watercolor class demo

"Sunlit Cherries"  8-1/2" x 10" watercolor Arches 300# cold press.  This was the demo from last Saturday's class.  I have painted this before, but thought the students would enjoy doing it.  I just focused in on the cherries rather than paint the whole plate and table cloth.... and painted it on a smaller scale.

Monday, June 17, 2013

"Red Geranium" watercolor demo from Saturday's class

"Red Geranium"  watercolor 10" x 12" on Arches 300# cold press.  The challenge was to feature the strong backlighting.  
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Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Pears....Watercolor demo from last Saturday's class

"Five Pears on Black"  10" x 12" on Arches 300# cold press.

Next Saturday we're painting geraniums.  Can't wait!

Join us

Sunday, May 12, 2013

"More Stuffed" watercolor class demo

16" x 12"  watercolor on Arches 300# cold press.  Finally finished this one from class two weeks ago.  One down, 20 or so to go.
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Wednesday, May 1, 2013

"More Stuffed" watercolor class demo

Work-in-progress from last Saturday's watercolor class at Venus Studios Art Center. 
We will be painting poppies this Saturday. for class schedule.

You can see more of my art at Artspresso Gallery 54380 N Circle Drive, Idyllwild, CA  92549  Phone: 951-659-6162

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Work-in-Progress watercolor demo from class

Demo from one of my watercolor classes last week at Venus Studios Art Center in Palm Desert.
Watercolor on 300# Arches cold press.

Monday, April 29, 2013

"Yolk on Blue" watercolor demo

"Yolk on Blue" watercolor on paper, 10 x 13"  Demo from one of last week's watercolor classes. You can see more of my art at Artspresso Gallery 54380 N Circle Drive, Idyllwild, CA  92549  Phone: 951-659-6162

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Bee lands on sunflower painting

My sister ordered an 8" x 8" giclee of my watercolor "Sunkissed" for her pottery studio at  Of course while I was photographing a bee landed on it.  Guess the bee approves. You can see more of my art at Artspresso Gallery 54380 N Circle Drive, Idyllwild, CA  92549  Phone: 951-659-6162

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

"Psychedelic Egg" watercolor class demo

Class demo at last week's watercolor class at Venus Studios Art Center.  Watercolor on 300# Arches cold press  9" x 11"

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

"Sunkissed" watercolor featured in book about joy

Just received notice that the book by Mary O'Connor "Life is Full of Sweet Spots" featuring my watercolor "Sunkissed" is now available at Barnes and Noble and Amazon. My sunflower is used to illustrate a story about a woman who used flowers to get through rough times. 

Barbara Parsons dealt in her life with incarceration and what others might consider to be overwhelming obstacles of life. But for Barbara, it was her connection with nature and the simple act and beauty of gardening that helped her find what she needed to move through the rough patches of life. 
American botanist Luther Burbank once said that “Flowers always make people better, happier, and more helpful; they are sunshine, food and medicine for the soul. Barbara tells us that the sunflower is her favorite flower. “They are so happy.” 
Happiness, she sometimes feels, may be an illusion. But working amidst their “happy faces” fringed with sun rays helps bring her the restorative peace that she craves.

Sunflowers, as it turns out, are one of Barbara’s favorite flowers.
It’s the little brown face, surrounded with sun rays—it just seems to be a happy face. They stand so tall and aggressive. There’s something about them that makes you happy.

Monday, March 4, 2013

"Bougainvillea Glow" watercolor class demo

Watercolor, 10" x 9"  Demo from last Saturday's class at Venus Studios Art Center.

Monday, February 25, 2013

Painted Poppies II watercolor demo

One of the watercolors from last week's classes.   10" x 12" on Arches #300 cold press.   Available at