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.