Thursday, December 8, 2011


A silver vase of roses from my garden. Staying loose was a challenge as the vase and flowers both had a lot of "intricacy" to them. Somehow for me it's a very soothing painting.

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Cheese Mouse

I've rarely used the little silver mouse figure (he really is designed to spear into a piece of cheese), but thought it was cute enough to paint. Hope no one is afraid of mice (even though he isn't real)!

Orig Oil
8" x 8"
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Monday, November 28, 2011

Wanna Color?

The little carved dog has been in my collection, along with the Panda, for a long time. So, it was fun to pair them up and imagine they are having a "play time". Probably dogs and pandas don't normally get along, but in a painting anything is possible.

Original Oil-SOLD
8" x 8"
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Sunday, November 27, 2011

Alta (Lido)

I know, this was already on my blog, but I inadvertently deleted it when trying to upload the new (hopefully improved) version of it. I added more color to the man's shirt and felt that added a lot to the picture. Previously it was gray and rather dull. Anyway, this is a restaurant in Lido in Newport Beach that has wonderful food and great coffee. It is very popular!! I saw this scene from down the block at Cannery Paints where I occasionally take a class from Dana Cooper. During the day we get to go eat at Alta's.

Original Oil: 11 x 14
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Friday, November 11, 2011

Rose Impression #1

Rose Impression #1 has been juried into the Randy Higbee 6" x 6" show in Costa Mesa. The gala opening is December 3rd. There will be a lot of talent there and the interesting thing about the show is that every piece of art can only be 6" x 6". Please try to attend the gala or come by later to view the show. Address is: 102 Kalmus Drive, Costa Mesa. (Very near the 55 freeway).

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Studio Dog

This cutie dog is always present at the studio where I occasionally take a workshop. He is so gorgeous! Very friendly and curious about everything. In this painting he is peering up over a split door to see what is going on.


Original Oil
6 x 6"
Price $39.00

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Thursday, October 20, 2011

Transcendence #1

As a change of pace I've been enjoying switching back and forth between realism and abstraction. I love the challenge of realism and then with abstraction, the fun of using different colors and materials. Incorporating metallic paints is something that works beautifully with abstraction but not with realism (at least for me).

Original: Oil - 24" x 30"
Museum box canvas - 1.5" deep
Price: $945.00
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Sunday, October 9, 2011

Sunflower Pumpkin-SOLD

I started this painting at Dana Cooper's workshop on Lido Isle.  Came home and decided to make a few changes so went out and purchased my own pumpkin and a mini-sunflower plant.  Sunflowers are fun to paint (such happy flowers!) and it was fun working in the fall theme with the pumpkin (Dana's idea).  I worked on this image in PhotoShop, but really couldn't get it to be as beautiful as the original.
Sometimes I think the photos look better after using Photo shop and I have to tone them down, but couldn't seem to get the saturation and sparkle with this one.

Original Oil
Size:  11" x 14"

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Sunday, September 25, 2011

I'll Be Right With You

This painting was done from a photo challenge created by Lee Brown of the website www.adaynotwasted. He is a professional photographer and took the photo of this waitress at a restaurant in France and then posted it for his followers to paint. The subject matter is out of my normal genre, but I certainly enjoyed the challenge.

Oil on Canvas Board
Size: 9 x 12
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Sunday, September 18, 2011


This little cutie (the dog) joined my son Dale's household a few days ago. She is a female Cairn Terrier almost 4 months old. She obviously plays hard and sleeps hard (with her friend). I was unfamiliar with this breed, but it looks like she is going to be a wonderful pet. It's so good to once again have a dog in the family! Welcome, Izzy!!!

Original Oil
Size: 9 x 12

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Rose Impression #2

We just got home from seeing the movie "Seven Days in Utopia". Really nice movie with a parallel to art. Very uplifting.

This painting is of a rose named after Lady Dianna. It's been a beautiful strong rose with lots of blooms. I don't know if it was named after her before or after her death, but I love it. The vase is from a collection I inherited from my Mother. I've tried incorporating it in my paintings before but haven't been happy with the result until now. It's not 100% accurate, but is fairly representative.

Oil Painting
6" x 6"
Price: $65.00 (includes shipping in Continental U.S.)
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Thursday, September 15, 2011

Rose Impression #1

I have some beautiful rose bushes in my backyard, so decided it was time to paint some of the roses. It's getting toward the end of the season so it's probably not a wise time to start on this endeavor, but we shall see. This one is called Floral Scent and has the most wonderful scent of any other rose I have. I can almost imagine the fragrance just sitting here looking at it!


Size: 6" x 6"
Medium: Oil on oil-primed panel

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Sunday, September 11, 2011

Crystal Cove Welcome

Sorry I haven't added to my blog for such a long time. I did Art A Fair again this summer and the show always seem to be "all-consuming". We had some other family medical issues that were time consuming and that's where my excuses end. Oh and also the computer! I don't know if many of you are this way--I try to limit my "computer time" and even at that I spend too much time on it. Not enough hours in the day!

If you would be interested in a print of the original, go to and prints or cards are available in several sizes. If you are interested in the original, email me at

Thanks, Lori

Monday, May 16, 2011

The koi pond at the Mission in San Juan Capistrano is always a magnet for grown-ups and children alike. I painted a couple of views on location, but wasn't happy with them so decided to do one in the studio so I could focus more fully. It was still a challenge, but I was happy with the final result so thought I would post it. Let me know--I'm open to all opinions (well, almost all).
We're getting ready for our Paint The Parks show starting this Friday night, Sat. and Sun. If you don't know about it and would like to come, email me and I'll give directions.

Size: 11 x 14

Monday, May 2, 2011

Limestone Canyon-The Sinks

We travelled for at least 30 minutes crowded into the back of a truck over very rough trails to get to this location. It was well worth it! We were far away from civilization and could see no reminders of it so we were allowed to imagine how it must have been way back when. There was such a feeling of vastness that trying to incorporate it all in a painting (particularly a small painting) was quite a trick. This was a very unusual experience and I think all of our painters enjoyed it.

Black Star Canyon

This was painted on a trip out to Black Star Canyon which is located in Silverado Canyon. Our group was able to go under the auspices of the Orange County Parks Park Rangers as the location is otherwise blocked to the general public. They offer trips into these back areas, but the areas are protected so the trips are watched over by the park personnel. You can sign up for the trips by Googling the Orange County Parks. Also there are pamphlets listing all the trips at the OC Park locations.

This painting will be available at our upcoming show May 21 and 22 at the grounds of the Katie Willard Library, corner of Irvine Blvd. and Jamboree in Irvine, CA.

Size: 11 x 14


Saturday, April 9, 2011

On the Road to Black Star

I painted this last week while standing at the edge of the road leading to Black Star Canyon. The panoramic view was spectacular and it was a beautiful day. Doesn't get much better than that! The following day was cloudy and stormy so we felt we had been blessed the day before with the sun. Black Star Canyon is in the Silverado Canyon area. I hadn't been there before but it is well worth the trip. Actually I shouldn't recommend it as I didn't quite make it to the canyon as this scene captured me before I got to the gate leading to the canyon. Next time I will go farther!


Sunday, March 20, 2011

Brea View

This was painted at a park in Brea, CA. The view across the highway was of the sandstone cliffs and fortunately from this perspective the busy highway wasn't visible. It was a beautiful day and a great discovery to find this park.

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Pelican Watch

I saw this view of the birds while I was painting at Corona del Mar, CA. The pelicans seemed very proprietary, like this was their rock!! I think pelicans are such amazing birds. A few years ago they had all but disappeared in this location, but they are back and I'm so glad.

Friday, January 7, 2011

Fall Color Anew

I previously posted this and then realized I didn't like it. After some changes so that it better reflects the feeling of late afternoon, I am happier with it. Do any of you painters ever have that problem? Somehow when I see it on my blog or on my site on Fine Art America, I suddenly see all my mistakes. Hopefully I will eventually get so I can see my problems before I've gone to the effort of posting them. Anyway, this was a painting done in the late afternoon at Irvine Park. The water looked like a ribbon--so amazing! It's been so cold here (for us) that we've gotten more fall color than usual.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Fall Color

Another painting from recent times at Irvine Park. It is so beautiful there and all the water in the riverbed is a real treat. I painted this while on the path that goes around the park right near the bridge.

Size: 11 x 14


Boy Koi Delight

I was painting at Sherman Gardens Library and Gardens in Corona del Mar. They have a wonderful koi pond and this lucky fellow is part of their koi collection.

Painting is 16" x 20"