Sunday, January 25, 2015



Morning Light on Hamilton
9" x 12"  oil on canvas


The Virtual Paintout is an art challenge where one uses Google Street View at a specific location to find a scene to paint or draw. We have gone to the Philadelphia area this month.  I wandered around the streets looking for something to paint. I found this scene in Darby, near the city limits. The sun was just coming up, and one side of the street was bright, while the other side was still in near darkness. The water tower hovering above added to the charm. Here's the link - you can see what I painted from!

This piece is painted on all sides of the canvas, so it could be framed, or you could hang it up, just as it is.




To see more of my work, please visit my Gallery page at the Daily Paintworks, or visit my Facebook page. Thanks for looking!





Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Up Close and Personal
9” x 12”  acrylic on box-canvas
starting bid:  $125

Mini-carnations often grace my kitchen table, and often I have wondered how hard it would be to paint them. Turns out it’s pretty hard to get them just right. It has turned from a what I thought would be a quick’n'easy floral painting, to a very meticulous study, to a flower portrait. I may never need to get so involved again - it got very close and personal!

This is a wrap-around or box-canvas, and it is painted on all sides. It is 1.5” deep, and hangs flush against the wall. You could frame it further if you wanted, but it doesn’t need it.






To see more of my work, please visit my Gallery page at The Daily Paintworks, or visit one of the other sites I show at. Facebook has several groups devoted to painting. The Art of Flowers is one of them. Thanks for looking!




Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Painted Roses
8" x 10"  oil on canvas
Daily Paintworks Auctions
starting bid: $50

This is not a new painting, the one on the easel has turned out to be way more involved and is taking forever, so I am bringing this little piece out. You can bid on this at the Daily Paintworks, or visit my Gallery page there to see more of my work!

This piece is painted on all sides of the canvas, and doesn't need to be framed, but of course you could!  Thanks for looking!




Sunday, December 21, 2014

La Casa Vecchia
Rome, Italy
9” x 12” oil on canvas
starting bid:  $75

The Virtual Paintout has gone to Rome! Using Google Street View, I wandered around that wonderful city looking for just the right thing to paint. I was looking for something that would go beyond the familiar sites and express my love for this city. This is what spoke to me: a big old house that looks like it has sheltered generations of family members. It feels like it’s in the country yet it is still  in the city limits. You can easily imagine Nonna in the kitchen, Nonno out in the garden, the family coming together for Sunday dinner.

This little piece is painted on all sides of the canvas, so it could be framed, or you could hang it up as it is.





To see more of my work, please visit my Gallery page at The Daily Paintworks, or visit one of the other sites I show at. Thanks for looking!


Friday, December 12, 2014

Giant Sycamore
8 x 10”   oil on canvas
Daily Paintworks Auctions:

What a pleasure it is to paint a pretty little landscape such as this, even if it’s from a photograph. This giant is a sycamore, one of many at McClellen Ranch Park  where we were hiking - with me taking lots of pictures. Those pictures come in handy when you have an urge to paint a landscape but the weather has turned cold and rainy. 

This little painting is painted on all sides of the canvas, so it could be framed, or you could hang it up, just as it is.




To see more of my work, please visit my Gallery page at The Daily Paintworks, or visit my Facebook page, which has several groups devoted to painting. "Landscape Painters" is one of them. Thanks for looking!

Monday, December 1, 2014

A Garden in Terrace
Anne and Bruce’s Garden
12” x 24”  o/c
a gift

Sometimes, the best thing about being an artist is that you can escape the bustle of a wedding kitchen and slip out into the garden to paint. I had just such luck on a recent, happy visit to Canada.  The quiet of Anne and Bruce’s prolific garden called me away from wedding preparations - but even the flowers were being whisked away for table decorations as I painted them.

This is the finished painting of that garden in Terrace, B.C., and it is meant to be a happy reminder of important occasion in their lives. I only had a short amount of time to do the study and a limited palate of acrylic paint, so the finished piece is quite a bit different than the study (published earlier, but shown again below).





To see more of my work, please visit my Gallery page at the Daily Paintworks, or visit my Facebook page! Thanks for looking.




Sunday, November 23, 2014

Cityscape
Wiltz, Luxembourg
9” x 12”  mixed-media on board

The Virtual Paintout has visited Luxembourg this month. I liked this spot in Wiltz because it had lots of peaked roofs, old buildings, and a sense of history. How to paint it. It seemed more appropriate as a drawing, but I’m a painter. So, I compromised -  a little painting a little drawing, a lot of precision. And that was a challenge. But I had fun doing it, and I hope you enjoy looking at it!


To see more of my work, please visit my Gallery page at the Daily Paintworks, or visit my Facebook page! Thanks for looking.



Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Remnants of Summer
8” x 10”  oil on canvas
$50.

Nine feet from my backdoor, I pass this little scene daily. The heavy drought and long lasting summery weather have left a little of what was here before - it was lush in summer.  I have always meant to paint it, but never got around to it. But then there was a painting challenge on facebook (here's the link). Greg Summers (a terrific artist) hosts the occasional challenge, and this one is “Looking Out My Back Door”.  I love challenges like this, all entries are unique and special in their own way, and I get to see how other people paint where they live. 


This piece is painted on all sides - it can be framed, or you can just hang it, as it is.



To see more of my work, please visit my Gallery page at The Daily Paintworks, or visit one of the other sites I show - Facebook has several groups devoted to painting.  Thanks for looking!



Saturday, November 1, 2014

A Garden in Terrace, the study
(Anne and Bruce's Garden)
7" x 11"  acrylic on board

This is a study for a bigger piece. It was painted at the end of summer on a family visit to Canada. While everybody else prepared for a wedding, I slipped away with my paintbox. Terrace is located in western-central BC, with a much different landscape than ours in California. It's in a rainforest, and everything was lush and green, even at the end of summer. I was happy to get a chance to paint, even if it was just out in the backyard!

To see more of my work, please visit my Gallery page at the Daily Paintworks, or go to my Facebook page by clicking on the image on your left.  Thanks for looking!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Super Moon Over Ross Castle
County Kerry, Ireland
9" x 12"  oil on canvas


The Virtual Paintout went to County Kerry in Ireland this month to paint the sites using Google Street View. I found this old castle with its ruined tower and reflections in the lake, and I wondered how it would look during a supermoon. I just imagined it would look something like this... quite magical, don't you think? Of course you can see it by day, and even tour the castle if you click here.

This painting is painted on all sides of the canvas - it can be nicely framed, or hung up just as it is.

To see more of my work, please visit my gallery page at The Daily Paintworks. Thanks for looking!