Wednesday, August 26, 2015

The Wild Woods
Monterey, California
9" x 12"   oil
$75.

The Virtual Paintout has gone to the Monterey Peninsula to do some drawing and painting. Using Google Street View, we select a scene that appeals to us and try and capture it - via the magic of the internet and our artistic efforts!

I love the Virtual Paintout because it gives me a chance to experiment with different styles and colors,  to paint pieces I might normally never think to do. While I doubt very much I would stand in this little woods and paint this scene like I have here, it was fun to try it, and play around a bit! (You can see what it really looks like by clinking on the link here.)


This piece is painted on all sides of the canvas,  it can be framed nicely, 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!


Friday, August 14, 2015

Blue Moon
9” x 12” oil
starting bid: $75  

I went out to get the laundry and this is what I saw. Evening was coming on, there was a kind of mauve and violet light all around, and the moon - a blue moon - was rising up in the evening sky. The sun had not set yet, but the sky was overcast and cloudy, sort of a gentle ocher color. The moon, huge, luminous and grand, was a magical and mystical presence up in the evening sky.  It was unexpected so early, but very welcome and oh so beautiful!

This piece is painted on all sides of the canvas,  it can be framed nicely, 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!


Saturday, August 1, 2015



Sunflower Season
10" x 20'   oil
starting bid:  $150

It’s sunflower season again, and you’ll see sunflowers everywhere, in books and posters, coffee mugs and paintings - not to mention in most every garden. Such bright and happy flowers, we just can’t get enough of them!

This piece is painted on gallery-wrapped canvas,  it is quite deep - 1.5", and painted on all sides. No need to frame it. It hangs against the wall just as it is, comes with a wire, and is ready to go.




This is an older painting repainted. It's from a couple of years ago, and I was not happy with it then, so probably 65% is new.  If it looks slightly familiar, that's why!

To see more of my work, please visit my Gallery page at the Daily Paintworks, or visit me at Artistes de Studio, a site dedicated to studio work. Thanks for looking!

Wednesday, July 22, 2015




Southwest Sunrise
9” x 12” oil 
The Virtual Paintout is an art challenge, where one uses Google Street View in a pre-chosen destination to depict people and places there. And it is a challenge - to find one scene out of so many that interest you - using the unwieldy new google street view - but fun none the less. This month we are in Sante Fe, New Mexico. I chose this scene because I like how the early morning sun raked across the land, casting shadows onto that house with those blue window frames. I could imagine myself standing out there painting it.

This piece is painted on all side of the canvas,  it can be framed or hung up just as it is.






To see more of my work, please visit my Gallery page at the Daily Paintworks, or visit me at Artistes de Studio, a site dedicated to studio work. Thanks for looking!




Sunday, July 12, 2015



Not-So-Still Life 
18” x 24” 1.5”
  Daily Paintworks  $400

This piece is more than a still life set up, it's an exploration of shapes, color and textures. It is also bigger than the usual ones, which gave me room to try different things - slathering on with mounds of paint, wielding knives, brushes and scrapers. To say that it was an exercise in fun, or a journey of discovery seems redundant, but it was fun, and for every decision I made, every color I put down, I had to sacrifice other ideas and color choices. I think this is often what painting can be about, and why I love it so much! 



 
(some close-ups)


This piece is painted on gallery-wrapped canvas, and because it is quite deep, the painting goes around on all sides. No need to frame it (but of course you could), it hangs flush against the wall.



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

Wednesday, July 1, 2015


Red Geraniums
8” x 8” x 1.5  oil on canvas
sold

Geraniums must be the most commonplace of flowers, they are everywhere. People rarely take notice of them, while still appreciating them for their color and durability. What with this ongoing drought in California, they are one of few flowers still blooming, which is what made me take note of them! I’ve had them blooming by my back door for ages, and finally realized how nice they would be in a painting. 

This piece is painted on all sides of a gallery-wrapped canvas.  No need to frame it (but of course you could), it hangs flush against the wall.





To see more of my work, please visit my Gallery page at the Daily Paintworks, or visit me at Artistes de Studio, a site dedicated to studio work. Thanks for looking!



Saturday, June 20, 2015


Sunset at Lake Mõlsaküla
9” x 12”  oil on canvas

The Virtual Paintout is visiting Estonia this month. Using the Google Street View, we have traveled around to draw or paint the local landscape or scenes which might have caught our attention. This man-made lake across from some old castle ruins were what caught my eye. (You can see it here.) Though I was tempted by the ruins on the other side of the road, I especially liked the quiet and reflective scene of the sun going down over the lake, and knew that it would make a good painting.

This piece is painted on all sides of the canvas, so it can be framed, or hung 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.

Monday, June 1, 2015


Light Rail Stop
9x12  oil on panel

The light rail train sits at the transit station in Mountain View, where I live. The bright green trees and cool shadows contrast perfectly with the lovely violet blooms of the jacaranda tree, presenting a picturesque little scene.


This song played over and over in my head as I stood out there painting, I'll share it with you because it's just so beautiful. "The Train Leaves at Eight" by Mikis Theodorakis. 





This  painting is on linen wrapped panel. 

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




Friday, May 22, 2015

 Český Houses
Český Krumlov, Czech Republic
9” x 12”  oil on canvas

The Virtual Paintout is traveling around the Czech Republic. Using the Google Street View, we have toured the city of Český Krumlov.  Just outside the city center, I found this charming neighborhood where the rooftops were as numerous as the gardens and trees. What a pleasant place to visit or live!

This piece is painted on all sides of the canvas, so it can be framed, or hung 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.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015


Peonies
11” x 14”  oil
 $99

When the peonies bloom you have to just stop everything and paint them. They aren’t going to wait, so you have to get to work, and try and get it right the first time. If you're lucky, you capture what beautiful and special flowers they are.


This piece is painted on all sides of the canvas, so it can be framed, or hung 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.