Saturday, December 31, 2016

Happy New Year!

  
Winter Roses
9" x 12"   oil on canvas
 $75

This year it was the Peace roses that bloomed before the frost set in. It seems fitting - it’s New Year's, and once again we look forward to what might come. This is the time for wishes, hopes and a sense of optimistic promise. I wish for you the best - the best of what you can do or be, and the best of your efforts and desires. I hope this is a year of peace, happiness and good health for all who read this.

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!






Monday, December 12, 2016


Full Bloom
9x12”  oil on canvas


This was painted for The Virtual Paintout which is a painting challenge that uses Google Street View at a different location each month to paint or draw the landscape as if you were really there. This month we visited the Balkan country of Montenegro. On the Adriatic coast, it has mountains and harbors, old towns and new developments. However, what really caught my eye was this wonderful flowering tree in full bloom. (You can see it here.)  It provided such beautiful color, and created such pleasant shade in the yard, it seems like a perfect place to live, and was certainly a pleasant place to paint!

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!


Thursday, December 1, 2016

A Walk in Fauve Woods
11” x 14”  oil on canvas


The inspiration for this piece came from a trail at Stevens Creek Park in Cupertino, Ca. where we were hiking.  I knew this scene would make a great painting, so I snapped a picture. Other projects came first, so I just let the photo sit, until I had the time to paint it. How to paint it was then the question – whether to use realism, or let my imagination loose and paint it "creatively." Slowly, I began to see the scene in a Fauve style. Here’s a picture of what it really looks like. As you can see, I only changed it a little!



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



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

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Early Moon
9" x 12"  oil on canvas
$75

The Virtual Paintout is an art challenge which uses Google Street View and visits a new location to paint or draw the landscape each month. It encourages creative changes in a picture, as long as you stick to the street view as a reference. This month we have gone to Tijuana, Mexico.  I found this hillside with the sun shining directly into the camera, and knew I could make many creative changes. (You can see the original site by clicking here.) I had a lot of fun working with the landscape shapes and the colors, using artistic license to get exactly what I wanted. 

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




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


Tuesday, November 1, 2016


Late Summer Sunflowers
24” x 24” x 1.5”
Oil on gallery-wrapped canvas


This painting took it’s time coming to life. I thought it was going to be something quick and vague, with the idea of sunflowers, but really, a lot of paint and movement. But then the Muse took over and each sunflower developed it’s own personality and presence. I’m glad it turned out the way it did, it feels “right" to me, I hope you like it, as well.

Here's a detail shot:





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. But you could, of course!





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







Friday, October 21, 2016



Downhill
9" x 12”  Acrylic on canvas

The Virtual Paintout has traveled to Newfoundland this month. This is an art challenge using Google Street View to paint or draw a chosen location - as if you were really there.  I found this neighborhood in St. John’s - a city right on the Atlantic coast - and knew I could have fun with the view. The street here is on such a slant that it seems like the houses must lean a bit, too. Then I thought how fun it would be for a kid on a skateboard to go flying down the hill. (You can see how the street slants here.) I hope the residents of Victoria Street will appreciate my bit of whimsy! 

The sides of this canvas are painted  with solid violet. 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!




Saturday, October 1, 2016

Japanese Anemones
8" x 10"   Acrylic on canvas
The last flowers to bloom in my summer garden are the Japanese anemones. Simple and elegant, they don’t need much – just a little glass pitcher, to show off their beauty. 

The paint covers all sides of this canvas. This painting can be framed, but you could hang it up just as it is; it would look nice that way, too.




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

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Autumn Comes to High Street
9” x 12”  oil on canvas
sold

The Virtual Paintout has gone to Lancaster County, Pennsylvania this month to create some art. Using Google Street View as a reference, we are invited to draw or paint a spot that has captured our eye. Traveling through farmland and cities, I found this beautiful tree turning color in a charming neighborhood in Manheim Township . (You can see it for yourself by clicking here.) Since this is the beginning of fall, I thought it would make a nice painting as we transition from one season to the next.

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




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



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
sold 

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
NFS

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!



Friday, April 15, 2016

Sunset at the Beach
9x12”  oil on canvas

A marriage proposal, on the beach at sunset, with the people you love to witness, what could be more lovely or romantic? It was lovely and romantic, a truly beautiful moment in the lives of two very special people, and all of us there, but it was not the kind of sunset that comes to mind. Instead of the brilliantly colored sky one might imagine, it was cold and grey, with a storm moving in. But it didn’t really matter about the weather, the beach at sunset is a beautiful place to be. Congratulations to the very happy and wonderful couple!

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




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