Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Bridge at Benbow

The plein air group painted by the bridge behind of my favorite spots.  It was very cold.  8 x 10 on stretched canvas.

Friday, December 9, 2016

Wayta Chanin and Plant

We painted inside and this type lighting 'contre jour' ...against the light is a favorite of mine.  Her billowy white sheer curtain behind her simplifies the darks.  8 x 8 on linen panel.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016


This is my painting buddy, Peg.  We usually have a week long painting trip to Mendocino to celebrate our June birthdays.  Lots of painting gets done.  No house chores business or family...just paint.sold

Friday, October 28, 2016

Marci In Her Living Room

8 x 6 inches oil on canvas panel.  Our plein air group decided on an interior...the weather was iffy. 
Marci modeled for us.  I couldn't make out exactly what many items were but just painted the shapes I saw.  The massive urn was something very old from Turkey, I think, and used to brew tea. The lamp above was a floor lamp but I didn't like how it spliced the figure and beautiful chair so left that part out.  I have no idea what all the stuff on the table was.  Rich interiors like this really interest me and especially when red is explored. This painting is at auction on DailyPaintWorks.  For more information or to bid click here  sold

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Road Behind Benbow

6 x 8 inches oil on canvas panel.  I'm really liking these panels (Shark) which I got through ebay.  They accept paint in a most pleasant way.  It's hard to explain....They are only cotton but are so fine weaved they seem like linen.  This is the first in a series I've planned for Benbow.  I paint a 6 x 8 first and then on to a bigger if I like it.  This is early morning light. Available through Daily Paint Works

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Behind Redway School

Plein air group painted by the elementary school in Redway yesterday.  11 x 14 oil on panel lead prime.

Saturday, September 17, 2016

My Place Mid day

I've been painting every day outside to improve my plein air work.  I find it exhausting and exhilarating.  When it's going good I'm exhilarated and when it's not I'm exhausted.  The sun was beating down but I had an umbrella.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Old Friends

This Tercel and Nissan Pickup are like old friends and I hate to see them go but you can only keep old rigs in the yard so long.  They were a blast to paint and challenged my drawing skills.....A tree can be fudged a little but not cars. 

Oaks at Community Park

I realized after starting with the panel vertical the characteristics of the oak are better suited for the I wiped it out (always hurts a little) and painted it on the horizontal.  I'm wondering if I should have included figures to show the massiveness of the trees.  Firemen were playing Frisbee in the adjacent field and there were painters under the trees but I couldn't see them clearly so I left them out.

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Barn at Community Park

Painted with the group yesterday at the park.  8 x 10 oil on linen panel.

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Morning Light On Roses

10 x 8 inches on 1/4 inch board with lead prime.  Painted this morning as the light filters through the white curtains in my east studio window.  Available on DailyPaintWorks here

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Front Porch

6 x 8 inches on lead prime stretched canvas. Available at DPW auction...go here

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Women's Federation Grove

10 x 8 inches on lead prime canvas panel.  Painted this today with a nice group of plein air painters.
It is available at auction.  DailyPaintWorks here

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Setup in Garden

I was all set up to paint the sunflowers in my garden but I took a break and when I came back out this scene with all my gear and umbrella appealed to me more so I painted it instead.  5 x 8 inches on stretched canvas.  At DPW auction here

Friday, July 22, 2016

Pink Roses with Card

5 x 8 inches on stretched canvas.  I used a limited palette of cad yellow pale, permanent rose, cad red deep, viridian and white.  At auction DailyPaintWorks sold

Tuesday, July 19, 2016


30 x 40 oil on canvas.  My granddaughter visited for a month and I was able to get several paintings with her as model.  These are various cats that have been in my life over the years.  This was the key painting in my show at Piante in June 2016.  sold

Monday, July 18, 2016

Roses and Cup

Painted this today wet into wet paint in one setting.  8 x 6 inches oil on stretched canvas.  It is at auction DPW here

Friday, July 15, 2016

Golden Fields, Alderpoint

This was painted from Diana Anzini's porch.  8 x 16 oil on stretched canvas. I painted most of it plein air and finished up in the studio.  Available at DailyPaintWorks  here

Sunday, July 10, 2016


8 x 16 inches on cradled canvas board.  I love Oleanders even though all parts are extremely poisonous.  These are at the end of my driveway away from most things and present such a pretty site against the background woods.  This is painted today plein air with palette knife in places.

Sunday, June 12, 2016

"Little Girl."

I've had the little black and white reference photo of this little girl over 40 years.  I'm not sure who it is even, but the pose was so charming I've always thought it would make a good painting and finally got around to doing it.  6 x 4 inches oil on canvas panel.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Springtime, Benbow

6 x 8 inches oil on canvas panel.  I painted this today along with 5 other women painters who were doing the same.  It's totally plein air except for a few last touches in the trees back in the studio. It is currently at auction DPW here

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Peach Roses in Round Clear Vase

20 x 20 oil on canvas.  Another floral for the show.  I Like painting flowers especially roses.  Their lines are so full of expression and of course the colors are soft and beautiful.  It's easy to go overboard and get too sweet so the stripes and deep cast shadows help with this.  Painting is such a balancing act and demands constant attention. sold

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Red Roses with Apple

I've begun painting for the upcoming show at Piante Gallery in June.  Judy Evenson and I are sharing the gallery for the show.  I always like to get the big ones done first then glide along with the less intense (usually) smaller pieces.  This painting is 30 x 24 inches.  It's painted alla prima which is wet into wet paint.  When it dried in unfinished areas I had to repaint to maintain this approach.  Red is a color in a different can't mess with it by adding other colors to lighten or darken and if you do the beautiful redness is destroyed.  So these are reds right out of the tube and done with palette knife.  For a darker red I used cad red deep....for the lightest cad scarlet.  The rest of the items are studio props I use frequently.  I love shiny reflective surfaces.

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Winter Back Yard

This is the view out my studio (upstairs) window.  6 x 6 inches.  For more information or to bid go to DailypaintWorks.  here

Monday, February 8, 2016

Red Roof, Feb Trees, Comm. Pk.

This was painted last week in the Community Park.  A wonderful place to paint and just be.  Locals use it for exercise and walking dogs etc.   I was fascinated with the shadows on the bank and buildings and the undulating tree shapes.  For more information or to bid go here
opening bid $90

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Blue Bowl, Red Pears

I've always loved these bright colors together and looked for the props to accomplish it.  I first painted this setup many years ago in watercolor and it was not successful.  I photographed the setup and put it away and just today painted this small panel from the photograph.  It come allot closer to what I had in mind than the watercolor.  This 6 x 6 panel is at auction on DailyPaintWorks.  here

Formal Table with Bouquet

This small painting is from a photo and my feeling about it was very formal and quiet.  The loose carefree way I frequently paint didn't seem right so I tightened things up and like the way it turned out.  For more information or if you'd like to bid on this 6 x 6 inch painting go here sold

Thursday, January 14, 2016


This was painted  from a photo I took many years ago in Lake County on a ranch where I was busy painting a series.  It was a gorgeous place with many streams and natural artesian wells.  This small
8 x 6 inch painting is available through DailyPaintWorks auction.  here

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Spring Bouquet

This is quite thick paint done alla prima and is still very wet.  Limited palette (viridian, permanent rose, cad red deep, cad yellow pale and white) sold

Saturday, January 2, 2016

Model in Blue Shawl

This watercolor was done last year in Garberville's life drawing session. The group no longer meets and I sure miss it.  I offer this on DPW