Sunday, May 29, 2016

Circus Roses

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I just got done with my last spring workshop. I won't be teaching again until October, in San Antonio. People ask me all the time how to get into my workshops and the answer is - watch out for the announcements and sign up asap (they fill fast!). I'm only doing 3 workshops a year now, and I usually announce for next year in the fall/winter.

To the right are some photos from my class last week (I remembered this time!). As you can see, my kids were very studious and hard-working. They did some really great work and I hope learned a lot. We had a super fun time together!

On the last day, as usual, I took them outside to demonstrate how I photograph my paintings, and we took a group photo right afterwards. We snagged a guy from a nearby office to take our picture. Max did great, but he was shy and didn't tell us exactly when he was going to snap the photo. So we weren't all prepared. : )

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Down the Block

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This is another scene from NYC. There is a cool thing there that used to be an elevated train, but is now a public walkway up on the tracks. It's called the High Line. I was up there, walking along, when I took the photo for this one. I've wanted to paint it for a long time.

Above is a still life from my current gallery show - one of my personal favorites: "Being Cool with Dishes" - 12x24in. - $1000 - available through the Karin Clarke Gallery.

Tomorrow I begin another 5-day workshop, so expect a pause from me online.

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Reclusive Rose

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In the past I have drawn my roses very precisely, even gridded them somewhat. But the last few I've done (and other subjects too) I've gotten more interpretive with the shape and made adjustments where I thought it might look better. I think this means I'm growing! I'm showing the original photo here - honestly I thought it would be even more different.

Here is another of my current show paintings. "The Magic Hour" - 16x16in. - $900. The scene is from San Francisco, taken when I was walking from downtown to the Mission District. Available through the Karin Clarke Gallery.

Friday, May 20, 2016

Out Shopping

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I spotted this gal in New York City a couple of years ago. I've painted 45 scenes so far from the photos I took during that trip to NYC. I've got tons more, but I've already got the hankering to go again! It's such a cool place.

Here's another painting from my current gallery show. "Escaping the Bowl" - 16x16in. - $900 - Available through the Karin Clark Gallery.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Four Pear 3

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Here is the last of this pear series. On the first two I put the stems in near the end, and for this one I put them in after the pears and then painted the background around them. You decide which you like better.

And now for another painting from my current gallery show.

<- Available through the Karin Clarke Gallery. ("It's In Here Somewhere - 10x10in. - $600 - a scene from Times Square, NYC)

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Four Pear 2

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Here's version 2 of my pears. I felt the first one was a little tight, so my goal with this was to be a little looser, with bigger and fewer strokes. Here's a page with all my old pear paintings in case you're curious.

And here's another of my recently gallery show paintings, available through the Karin Clarke Gallery. ("Outdoor Seating" 12x6in. $500)

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Four Pear 1

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When I was all done with my last workshop, there were some good looking pears left over, so I decided to do a series, all with the same general composition, as practice. It turns out I like all 3, so here they are, starting with number 1.

Also to share, is the video of my interview with the mayor on the night of my recent show reception. It's weird for me to watch, but you might get a kick out of it. Fast forward to 1:45 to hear me talk.

Monday, May 16, 2016

Isuzu Alley

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Lots to report, so I'll make this quick: alley, Seattle, near Capitial Hill.

Last week I taught my first workshop in 1 1/2 years, which went really well. On Wednesday I remembered why I love teaching - on Wednesday things start to sink in, my kids get really quiet and productive, and they do really great work!

Unfortunately I completely forgot to take pictures, except for these two: the studio set up but empty of people, and two of my kids doing special "art workshop yoga."

TWO of my kids gifted me paintings. One is an abstract by Kristen, and the other is a portrait (of me!) by Piyali. Isn't that awesome?! I guess it puts a lot of pressure on my next group of kids ;) (which is next week, BTW).

And the last image, which I DID remember to take, is our group photo. You guys were awesome!

Sunday, May 08, 2016

The Path

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This was a total experiment. I decided it was the perfect subject for blocking in the whole thing and then putting the details in on top. As many of you know, this is not how I approach a still life. I am experimenting with lots of things.

"Father/Son Day" 10x10in. $600
Here is another painting from my show. All sales through the Karin Clarke Gallery.

I spent the entire day getting set up for my next workshop - 5 days starting tomorrow, in Springfield, OR. I probably won't post much, though I will try.

Saturday, May 07, 2016

Desert Oasis

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I took the photo reference for this one in Tucson 2 weeks ago, at Catalina State Park. I used a lot of what I learned from the various landscape demos I saw at the Plein Air Convention, tried some new things, and some new brushes. And I'm pretty thrilled with the result! More on this soon...

"Patterns in Pink" 12x12in. $700 - SOLD!
I also wanted to show you one of the paintings from my current show. My plan is to post them all here, eventually. All sales will be through the Karin Clarke Gallery (541) 684-7963.

Also, I got a really nice write-up in the local paper about the show. They didn't get all the details exactly right, but the big picture is accurate. : )

Friday, May 06, 2016

Saturday Market

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A market scene from San Francisco.

Meanwhile, I forgot to mention my show reception tonight at the Karin Clarke Gallery here in Eugene! I guess I figured most of you would be too far away to attend. At any rate, it was a lovely turnout. Among the visitors was the mayor of our town, Kitty Piercy, leading a tour of folks along with a gal with a video camera and another with a microphone. I was interviewed. My husband tells me I didn't say anything too embarrassing. He took some pictures.

Wednesday, May 04, 2016

A Rock Journey

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This is another one from Nevada, Valley of Fire. I started it outside, but ended up reworking pretty much the entire thing last week. It is rich with something I never encounter with still life - atmosphere. It's a great challenge for me. (Speaking of that trip, I just finished editing a 20 minute video of it, in case you're interested.)

I also wanted to show you one last painting from Taos. It was my favorite from the trip, and I traded it for one by Lori Putnam. Lucky me!

Monday, May 02, 2016


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Here is the last of this particular tomato series. I used both lights again (flood and florescent). I am loving the colors they create in the shadows.

Today my husband and I are off for a little R&R at the coast. We'll be gone a few days.

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Tomatoes Three

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For this one I used two lights - my regular flood and a softer florescent. You can see it does kind of funny/neat things to the shadows, which I liked. Also I could point the flood at just one tomato, creating some drama.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Tomato Reunion

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Another thing I've learned about tomatoes, is that a hard light (my usual flood bulb) can overwhelm these poor little guys. I pulled out my florescent for a softer light on these last two. I find I can see (and paint) much more of the volume of the tomatoes this way.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Pile o' Matoes

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I did 2 tomato paintings before this that were super rusty and...basically not post-worthy. The thing I was having trouble with was getting the dark reds dark enough. So I fussed and fussed and killed the poor things. My solution, finally, was to pick an average red from the tomatoes (a middle value that I saw, which turned out to be a red mixed with some blue and yellow), paint the whole tomato area with that, and then put the lighter and darker reds on top of that first color. I have seen, over and over, in myself and my students, trouble getting reds and yellows and oranges dark enough. In general. This is especially prevalent when the value changes are subtle, as in tomatoes and egg yolks.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016


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I've got two still life workshops coming up in May, so I'm trying to re-hone my skills. These apples helped me by participating in this little drama. I thought they were quite convincing.

Monday, April 25, 2016

Apples with Appetites

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These guys are looking at an empty plate. They haven't eaten in days. I wonder if they'll resort to cannibalism.

Sunday, April 24, 2016


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Here's another little apple scene. One of the reasons I end up painting so many apples is because they stay paintable for so long! It's hard for me to go out and buy more still life subjects when I have bowls of perfectly good apples at home.

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Our Glass House

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This is actually the first painting I did after returning from the plein air convention. I was particularly inspired after seeing a Jove Wang demo on the second day. The way he painted was like poetry. Even his movements after putting down each brush stroke were beautiful. His whole body was a part of the process. It was a real treat to see.