Friday, December 21, 2012


This was a view in Laguna Beach right near the Laguna Hotel at dusk.  It was very peaceful and the birds were busily catching their dinner.

Original Oil
9 x 12
Price:  $325.00

Monday, November 19, 2012


Another painting of my little copper fondue pot.  Painting copper is really fun and I'm hooked on it for the time being.  Also the little Satsuma tangerine was a lot of fun.  I just went back to the market and bought a few more.  I'll try to paint them before the leaves totally wither up and die.

Original Oil
Size: 8 x 8"
Price:  SOLD

Wednesday, November 14, 2012


This is a little copper pot that I brought back from France many long years ago.  It is actually a fondue pot, but hasn't been used for that in quite a while.  I hadn't realized how challenging painting the handle of the pot would be.  (It is still a little off.) But, I loved the shadow it cast on the background.  That became the focal point.  The figs are from one of my fig trees.  I liked the combination thinking of possibly making fig jam.  Oh well, it was just a thought...

Original Oil
Size: 6 x 6"
Price:  $45.00 plus $5 shipping

Wednesday, October 24, 2012


Original Oil
Size:  9 x 12
Painted on Ampersand Gessoboard
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Tuesday, October 16, 2012


This is a little cloisonne container that my parents-in-law had for many years.  They were stationed in China back in the 20's and brought back lots of "little jewels".  I grouped it with the orange slices for the color combination and threw in the garlic for good measure.

Original Oil
Size: 8 x 8
Price: $68.00 plus shipping-SOLD
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Sunday, October 7, 2012


I called him Mr. Wonderful because is a very proud rooster.  I loved painting him with all his finery and beautiful colors.  He is one of the neighbor's chickens that comes under the fence into our yard.  I enjoy watching them root around and it's a good thing for us as they eat the snails and bugs.  I have a lot of iris plants and the snails used to be a huge problem, but not any more.  Long live the chickens!

Original Oil
Size 6" x 6"


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Sunday, September 30, 2012


This is the Key Hole in So. Laguna Beach by the Montage Hotel.  The area used to be called Treasure Island.  It is visible from the walkway on the bluff and during low tide people can walk down and go through the opening.  I painted this from previous works I had painted on location, but this is a studio piece.  Every time I visit this location it has a different appearance so I never seem to tire of trying to capture its beauty.

Original Oil
Size:  11 x 14
Price:  SOLD

Saturday, August 25, 2012


This painting is basically a re-make of a previous painting that came out way too dark.  Everyone talks about how flexible oil painting is and it certainly is compared to watercolor, but, if you get some area too dark on an oil it is impossible to get it light and bright again.  The same is true of watercolor, but to a greater extent.  Anyway, I always liked the painting and wanted to work it out more to my satisfaction.  It all goes back to the planning!  If I would have just done my homework and done the thumbnails and color studies initially, I would have been much better off!  Some day I'll learn my lesson.

Original Oil
Size: 11 x 14
Price:  $425.00

Wednesday, August 15, 2012


These three eucalyptus trees are in the front yard of my son's current home.  Almost every day I take our dog over to his house to play with his dog and when I get back in my car these trees are in full view.  They are probably early middle age by eucalyptus standards and have not gotten huge and bushy.  The afternoon light hits them just perfectly and I am inspired to paint them every afternoon so here they are.

Original Oil
Size: 9 x 12
Price Unframed: SOLD

Monday, August 13, 2012


My roses are loving all this heat.  All I have to do is keep them watered--lots of water.  This rose is the Iceberg that you see everywhere.  They are so hardy and need little care.  The jar is an old Ball canning jar which is always fun to paint.  I've basically reverted to my regular oil paints from the water-based oils.  I thought I could get along with the water based, but I switched back just to add something to a painting that I'd previously done in oils and realized how much better the regular oils are.  The ease of just using water instead of turp is a great temptation, but I'm deciding not worth it.

Original Oil
Size: 6 x 6
Price: $45.00

Monday, August 6, 2012


This was done recently with only the lifeguard, but I decided he looked far too lonely so I added a few people to the scene.  The place is the view from Heisler Park in Laguna Beach.  I was on the path above the beach.  The stairs lead down to the beach from that part of the walk.  I love painting at the beach--it's good for the soul--so calming and the sound of the waves plus the fresh air are a wonderful combination.  I've recently started painting on Ampersand Gessoboard per Carol Marine's suggestion and it is a wonderful surface.  If you are a painter and haven't tried it, I would highly recommend it!

Original Oil: 12 x 12
Available at Art A Fair in Laguna Beach until the end of August.

Sunday, May 27, 2012


Just a simple little Gerber Daisy in a cup, but I had such fondness for this little flower.  It was part of my Mother's Day Bouquet from my son and his wife.  For some reason this one flower just kept going and going.  It is now coming to the end of its run, but has outlived all the other flowers that were in the bouquet by at least a week!  Flower Power!!!


Original Oil
6" x 6"
$45.00 plus tax and $3 shipping

Monday, May 14, 2012


www.loriquarton.comA friend of mine owned an old Singer sewing machine which had belonged to her Grandmother and then her Mother.  She decided she didn't have room for it anymore and it was not in good condition so she was just going to put it out on the curb for the trash people or whomever came along.  I told her I'd try to sell it for her on ebay, but only got a couple of calls.  In the meantime I really wanted it, but didn't see a place for it to fit in our home.  However, when one of the interested parties came over they wanted to cut a hole in the top of it to make a different "working" sewing machine fit.  I couldn't stand the idea so virtually talked them out of it and decided to keep it and refinish it myself.  It was a huge job, but came out beautifully--maybe I should go into that business?  We found a perfect spot for it in the corner of our bedroom so I enjoy it every day.  Now all the other pieces of furniture in our home that could stand refinishing are "staring" at me.  Uh oh!!!  Not right away!


Sunday, April 15, 2012


I painted these palm trees once before several years ago and every time I see them they seem to ask to be painted again. They are beautiful and proud, thus the name "Roadside Sentinels". They are located near the Mission at the eastern end of Los Rios Street in San Juan Capistrano--away from the busy area where the restaurants are located. I think they are three friends withstanding the elements of time--much like many of us. Crazy, huh??

Original Oil on Canvas Board
Size: 12 x 16

Thursday, April 5, 2012


The view is from high on a hill above Laguna Beach. It was painted from a photo I took there on the 4th of July. I was so surprised when I realized I could see the lights of the cars toiling away down on Pacific Coast Highway. It was a beautiful night and the fireworks that followed were awesome!

Original Oil
6 x 6"
Price: $45.00 plus $5 shipping

Wednesday, February 1, 2012


The vase was a gift from my daughter a few years ago. It was made by one of the artists at Art A Fair and I had admired it when my daughter was at the show. So, I received it later as a present. I love it but was sad when I realized that because it was raku it wouldn't hold water. I have managed to over come the problem with some difficulty a couple of times by stuffing a heavy plastic bag into it to hold the water. However, it works better as part of a painting!