Tuesday, December 28, 2010


This is a view at Irvine Park, in Orange County, CA, that I discovered last Wed. when I found some time to go paint. I haven't followed the path to find out where it ends, but did follow it far enough after I'd finished painting to see the riverbed totally full of raging water. This was after a large rainstorm and it surprised the heck out of me as I'd never seen hardly any water in this particular riverbed. Hopefully I can do a painting later of the riverbed when it is full.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010


Another riverbed scene. They are fun. I think I did a better job of creating the necessary distance from foreground to background? I want to go back! SOLD

Carlsbad Eucalyptus

This was painted in a little park in Carlsbad, CA. I went with a group from our painting group--So. Calif. Plein Air Painters and we had a wonderful demo done by Rita Pacheco. It was a fun day.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Red Amaryllis

This was an interesting size to work with. The image is on a museum-style canvas 1.5" thick so requires no frame (all of my design-oriented pieces are on this type of canvas). When I was shopping for canvases they were low on stock so I decided to try this. Fortunately the amaryllis was well suited to this format. I've found the biggest trick of all is taking the final picture. With such a tall canvas the image wants to paralax (meaning at least one side appears bent) in the photo. I finally found if I centered the image in the window of the camera and made sure I was focusing on the dead center of the image I could get it right--had to take quite a few photos!! At least that is entirely possible with a digital camera!

Original Oil
Size: 12" x 30"
Price: $720.00
email if interested-- quartonfineart@yahoo.com

Tuesday, September 14, 2010


I had posted this a few days ago, but decided I was unhappy with the pears being green. I haven't figured out a way just to delete a picture and then replace it (perhaps there is no way), so I had to delete the entire blog and enter it again. The mat is painted with an iridescent white which makes the painting have a different "sheen" from different angles of viewing.

Size: 20" x 30"
Gallery wrap museum canvas
Price: $1,295

Monday, September 13, 2010

Iris Blooms

These are some of the iris from my garden. I've painted so many iris thruout my career, but still love doing more. They are so prolific, but last such a short time. A painting of them is a good way to make them last a lot longer!!!

Size: 12 x 16
Price: $450.00
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Sunday, September 12, 2010

Casa Romantica

This was where we painted yesterday. This is a cultural museum called the Casa Romantica and is located in San Clemente, CA. At one time it was a private home for some lucky people, but is now a museum. It overlooks the ocean and the San Clemente Pier. The grounds are beautiful and there are many places to paint. Unfortunately for us they were hosting a wedding in the afternoon so we had to leave sooner than we would have liked. Hopefully we will go back soon!!

Size: 11 x 14
Price: $325.00
Painted on Belgian Linen panel
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Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Happy Callas

Wow! This is a change of pace!! Those of you who have been with me for a while (years) are familiar with my watercolors and the way I extend them onto the mat. This is a take on that except it is in oil. Ends up being rather graphic, but I love the wild color.

Original Oil
Size: 24 x 28
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Friday, July 30, 2010

Desert Sunset

I don't think my pictures do it justice, but this is a diptych of my memories of the desert and its wonderful sunsets. The colors are glowing in the original and I've included some of the desert vegetation in a whimsical way to incorporate more of the colors of the desert.

Original Oil
Size: (each piece) 24" x 30" or 24" x 60 for the total size
Painted on gallery wrap canvas
Price: $1,800.00
email if interested--quartonfineart@yahoo.com

Friday, July 16, 2010

Wave Catcher (Little Corona)

This rock is located in Little Corona, CA. It has been fighting the tides for as long as I can remember. I used to see it when I was a kid in high school and came to Corona in the summer to sunbathe (and meet guys). Now I just love to paint it. Now when I look at it, it transports me back to being a teenager. The whole area is beautiful.

Original Oil Painting
Size: 11 x 14
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Thursday, May 27, 2010

Palm #1

It seems I actually am doing somewhat of a "series". I've always threatened to, but rarely followed thru. Does that tell you something?? Anyway, have discovered how much fun these little guys are to paint!

Original Oil
Size: 6 x 6
Price: $60
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Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Friday, May 21, 2010

Palm #2

I really like these squatty little palm trees. They remind me of a palm tree "fireplug". We were in Palm Springs recently and saw a lot of these while there. I think I'll do a series of palm trees--they are fun and forgiving to paint.

Original Oil
Size: 6 x 6
Price: $60
email: quartonfineart@yahoo.com (to purchase)

Friday, May 14, 2010

Teacup from Mom

This is another of the teacups I inherited from my Mom.  I realize my elipses are a little "off", but liked it anyway.  The actual cup has a tiny chip in the lip, but the cup is never put to "practical" use so hopefully it will hang on.  I handled it carefully while bringing it into the studio to paint.

Oil on Canvas
Size: 6 x 6
Price:  $60
email me if interested--quartonfineart@yahoo.com

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

The Bells

I painted this recently at the Mission in San Juan Capistrano.  The courtyard, visible thru the archway, also contains the entrance to the Sacristy.  This was an especially busy day for the mission as it was Easter vacation for many children and they and their families came to see the mission.  It's always interesting with kids when they see someone painting.  You can barely have two marks on the canvas when they will say "that's beautiful!".  Hopefully some of the adults out there will think so, too!

Original Oil
Size:  12 x 16

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Spring at Heisler Park

Original Oil
Size:  11 x 14

While walking on the upper pathway at Heisler Park in Laguna Beach, CA I spotted the pink wildflowers bravely presenting themselves from the side of the bluff.  I loved the color contrast so proceeded to take my gear down onto the beach to get a good vantage point from which to paint them.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Three Stooges

I couldn't resist calling this painting "Three Stooges" because these birds seemed to stay together and fought for the top spot on the rock.  It was a beautiful day at Crystal Cove and these birds really caught my eye.

Original Oil
Size: 6 x 6
Price:  $60
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Monday, April 5, 2010

So. Laguna Bluffs

This was painted on location (mostly) in South Laguna Beach. I got there very early and was able to do a value study first to capture the shaded bluffs. Without doing a value study I find myself "following the sun" which is a problem for most plein air painters. The bluffs and ocean are always so appealing. Hope you like it.

Original Oil
Size: 11 x 14

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Montage Retreat

This was done as a study for a larger painting.  It definitely captured the atmosphere of the day I was there painting.  This area is definitely one of the most beautiful beaches in Southern Calif.

Oil Painting
6 x 8"
Price:  $65
Shipping:  Free

email me if interested:  quartonfineart@yahoo.com

Wednesday, March 17, 2010


As you may have noticed by now, I love animals!! I know I'm not alone in that category, so I enjoy painting them so others can enjoy my vision of them. These two cats belonged to my son and got along (most of the time) very well. When they were looking out the window I had to wonder if they were spotting birds they would like to get after (Oh, no)or just enjoying the beauty of the day and the warm sun.
Original Oil
Size: 6 x 6
Price: $60.00 + 8.95 to ship
Call or email if interested.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Eucalyptus Trees

These trees grow out in front of my large studio window. I love their graceful, long lines and the many varieties of greens within their leaves. However, they are very messy trees so if it was up to my husband they would be gone. There is also some aloe-type cactus that grows at the foot of the trees and when the trees shed they get all tangled up in the cactus (which has very sharp points) so it is difficult to keep it cleaned out. We live in a somewhat rural community so the white fence in the background is ranch fencing.

Size: 8" x 6"
Original Oil: $60
email if interested, quartonfineart@yahoo.com

Thanks, Lori

Tuesday, March 9, 2010


This was painted while standing in the middle of the riverbed in Irvine Park.  The climb down was fairly steep and a friend (much younger) helped me down and back up with all my painting gear--I felt quite daring!!  Anyway, it was a beautiful view and I was grateful for the help.  This riverbed is dry most of the time.  I've only heard one person say they'd seen it at one time with a lot of water in it.

Original Oil
Size: 6 x 8
Price:  $60

Call if interested--714-271-1135

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Tulip Time

These tulips were beautiful when I walked thru the front door of our local nursery.  They are one of my favorite flowers, but I can't grow them because we have too many moles and gophers here in rural Orange County, CA.  Guess I'll just have to be satisfied with paintings of them!

Original Oil
Size: 6" x 6"
Price: $60 + 5.95 to ship

Call me if interested--Lori, 714-271-1135

Friday, February 26, 2010

Fw: Ocean Elegance

A beautiful day -- a beautiful ocean.  This was inspired at Crystal Cove.  I am always intrigued with the crashing waves and love to attempt to capture their beauty.

Original Oil
Size 11 x 14
Price:  $385.00
email if interested--quartonfineart@yahoo.com
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Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Ballerina #2

Another in my series of tiny ballerinas.  She had the blues this particular day!
Original Oil
Size: 6" x 6"
Price:  $60
email me if interested:  quartonfineart@yahoo.com

Monday, February 22, 2010


This tiny cup was my Father's when he was little.  The inside is lined with a gold-like material so I'm not so sure how healthy that would be nowadays.  It has a little boy's angelic face painted on the other side, but I didn't want to get too fussy with the painting so opted to paint the plain side.

Original Oil
Size - 6" x 6"
Price:  $60.00
email if interested:  quartonfineart@yahoo.com

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Clip Clop

Last fall we were in a little town in the gold country of Calif. named Murphy's.  The town is delightful and it's like stepping back in time.  The gentleman in the buggy waits in town for people that want a ride in his buggy.  His faithful dog sits on the seat beside him and after they have dropped someone off at a desired location they trot back into town to wait for another "fare".  Dog and horse are beautiful--well fed and groomed so they made quite a picture.

Original Oil
Price:  $800.00
Size:  12 x 16 Unframed
email if interested--quartonfineart@yahoo.com

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Ballerina #1

Original Oil
Size:  5" x 7"
Price:  $60 plus 9.95 shipping
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Thursday, February 11, 2010

Gazebo View

This is a view from Heisler Park in Laguna Beach, CA of the gazebo that almost everyone visits if they are in Laguna.  Quite a few people have even gotten married there.   I was painting the scene when a young lady came along and seemed enchanted with the view.  I wasn't sure if she was waiting for someone or just enjoying the view and I'll never know as I got absorbed in painting and when I looked up she was gone. 

Original Oil
Size 8 x 10
Price: $110.00
Call me if interested--714-271-1135

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Old Fashioned Ladies

This is a painting of some of my old-fashioned iris. A neighbor gave me some bulbs and it was a great surprise when they bloomed in November. My other iris plants only bloom in the spring, but these seem to bloom several times a year.
Oil Painting
6" x 6"
Price: $60.00

email me if interested--quartonfineart@yahoo.com

Friday, February 5, 2010

Cloisonne Jar

This little jar was purchased in China by mar parent-in-law back in the 1920's.  It is a little gem.  I've always enjoyed looking at it and so painting it was very rewarding.

Original Oil, 6" x 6"
Price:  $60.00
email me if interested--714-633-8483

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Irvine Lake Boathouse

Irvine Lake in the summer is a bustle of activity.  In the winter it is so serene.  The most activity is a few ducks.  In another month the ducks will practically take over, but for now it is quiet.  I loved the placid feeling as I painted beside the water.  The one lone poplar tree that had not shed it leaves yet was a bright spark of color in an otherwise "green" landscape.  The few paddleboats (barely visible) were also accent colors.

Oil on luan mahogany
11" x 14" size
Can be sold framed or unframed
email me if interested--quartonfineart@yahoo.com

Sunday, January 31, 2010

Tea for One


I've had a busy weekend.  Over to Scottsdale and back in two days and now the thought of a peaceful cup of tea is very appealing.  This cup is one of several left to me by my Mother.  I keep them carefully guarded in my china closet, but have fun painting one or another of them once in a while.  Hope you enjoy this one--care to join me for a cup of tea?

Oil on Luan Mahogany
Size: 6 x 6
Price:  $60.00

email me if you are interested:  quartonfineart@yahoo.com

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Avon Calling

This very small pitcher is part of a collection that my Mother got from Avon many years ago.  I always loved these pieces and thought the color and design were special.  I'm starting to do a series of small images.  This piece is 6" x 6".  The daisies are from a very prolific bush just outside our bedroom window.

Oil Painting on Luan Mahogany
Size: 6" x 6"
Price $60.00
email me if interested--quartonfineart@yahoo.com