Friday, August 19, 2016

Roadside Trees
9x12”  oil on canvas
starting bid:  $75

Norway was the destination for The Virtual Paintout this month. Using the Google Street View, artists are invited to paint or draw the local landscape of a chosen area. There are as many different approaches to the task as there are artists. It’s always fun to see what others have come up with, and there is some really nice artwork this month as always.

I found this wooded area on one of the many islands that make up the Norwegian coast, and thought to depict it in a rustic way, leaning a bit towards the abstract. You can see where I painted - using brush and palette knife - by clicking here

This piece is painted on all sides of the canvas, you can frame it, but you can also hang it up just as it is.



To see more of my work you can visit my Gallery Page at The Daily Paintworks, or visit me on Facebook. Thank you for looking!



Friday, August 5, 2016


Sunflower Tower
10” x 18”   oil on board

This tower of a sunflower was a pleasant surprise. Rescued from a path (I dug it up and brought it home) and planted in our garden, it began to grow, and grow! It soon got so big, with so many flowers, it began to fall over. Nothing else to do but race out and paint such a beautiful and prolific plant! 

Painted on masonite board with a strong rough surface to catch the many colors of the paint, it is rich in detail. It was really a lot of fun to paint!

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






Sunday, July 24, 2016

A Perfect Day 
9”x 12” oil on canvas
starting bid:  $75

The Virtual Paintout - an art challenge using Google Street View - has gone to Cambodia this month. I toured around villages, jungles, farms and cities looking for the best place to paint. I happened upon this lonely road on a stunningly beautiful day. It was so perfect, just as it is, that all I had to do was capture it. That was the challenge. You can see it for yourself by clicking here.

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





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







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Saturday, July 9, 2016


Color Therapy
9” x 12”  acrylic on canvas

This little painting was started in desperation but finished in whimsy. Desperation because of one thing and another - I didn’t have a clear idea of what I wanted, I was forced to use acrylics (which I sometimes like and sometimes don’t), and more etceteras than you can shake a stick at. But then it began to come around to something I liked and had fun with, something I actually looked forward to painting and trying new ideas out on. 

Sooooo - I honestly don’t know what to call it... “Untitled #...” beh, ,“Ch-ch-changes”??? No, that’s just plagiarism. “The Journey”??? Oh, please. “Reincarnations”? “Incarnations” (weird!)  ….well, it was a little of all those things, but it was also a kind of therapy. Maybe "Color Therapy” ??   Yep, we’ll go with that!  (And move on to the next one.)

The paint covers all sides of the canvas. It can be framed, but you could hang it up just as it is; it would look good that way, too.



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

Friday, June 24, 2016

The Cover Crop
9” x 12”  acrylic on canvas

I painted this for The Virtual Paintout, which is in Napa Valley, California, this month. Using the Google Street View, we create artworks as if we were there. Although everyone thinks of grapevines and wine when they think of Napa Valley, there is a second crop - a cover crop -which is also important, mustard.

When the grape harvest is in and winter is almost finished, the mustard is in full bloom. Mustard flowers carpet the area between the vines, their yellow hue stretching as far as the eye can see. Not only beautiful, the mustard plant is beneficial as well. It helps to prevent erosion, adds nitrogen to the soil and prevents the soil from compacting as workers move about the fields. And of course, the mustard seed itself is used in making mustard, another product of the region. Tourists come from all around for the Mustard Festival.

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




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







Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Shade Loving Flowers
8” x 10”  oil on canvas

Some flowers are meant for shady areas - begonias and impatiens come to mind. Lobelias like it both ways, happy in the sun or out of it. This little painting is a folly, part real life, part imagination - painted just for fun. I hope you enjoy it, too.



The painting covers all sides of the canvas. It can be framed, but you could hang it up just as it is, and it would also look very nice.






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



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Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Rose Parade
16” x 20”  oil on canvas


When I went out to the yard to collect some flowers for a still life, this is what I found - red roses in abundance. The irises had finished their show, the peonies not yet begun. But there were roses, a parade of them, mostly in red, each more magnificent than the last! 


This piece is painted on gallery wrapped canvas (1.5”); the picture continues on all sides. It hangs flush against the wall and does not need framing. 






And here's a close up of some of the different roses...








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

Monday, May 23, 2016


Sunrise
9” x 12"  oil on canvas
 $ 75


Painting the sunrise was my challenge for the month. The Virtual Paintout went to the coastal region of Maine, and by using Google Street View, artists are invited (or challenged) to paint or draw what ever catches their eye - as long as the scene can be linked back to the street view. I found this scene on Little Deer Island, and knew it would look good with the light, pastel colors of dawn. The light is soft, it’s cool and quiet -  the first fishing boat has just come in. A bit minimalist, I agree, but fun to paint! (You can see the scene by clicking the link here.)


This paint covers on all sides of the canvas. It can be framed, but you could also hang it up just as it is.



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




Saturday, May 14, 2016



 View From A Parking Lot
9" x 12"  oil on linen panel

I didn’t expect to find a spot so quickly, but when I got out of the car at Rancho San Antonio Open Space Preserve, this scene really called out to me. The layers of trees and hills just seemed to roll into each other and present the eye with a pleasing path all the way up into the low hanging clouds. This is a plein air painting, started on location but finished in the studio.


To see more of my work, please visit my Gallery page at the Daily Paintworks. If you follow the link, you can see how it would look. Thanks for looking!




Saturday, April 23, 2016


Mid-Day Sun
9" x 12"   oil on canvas
The Daily Paintworks  $75

This piece was painted for the The Virtual Paintout. We artists tour a pre-designated area, and using Google Street View, find something we'd like to paint or draw. The island of Sri Lanka was the chosen destination for this month.  I found my spot not far from the port, in the city of Colombo - this street is called Sri Gunananda Mawatha.  Though it is actually a bustling little area, I made things slow down a bit to when the day’s heat would impose a kind of quiet, so that sun and shadow would be the key players here.

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





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