Sunday, February 26, 2017


Friday was the last day of a big sale for a local art supply store in preparation of moving to a new location.   I decided to take advantage of the opportunity and buy some expensive oil pastels.   I have about three sets of inexpensive oil pastels and have periodically experimented with using them.  All drawing media intrigues me.  Tbis is a piece I first experimented drawing on a printed background mounted on foam board.  Here are some more colorful oil pastel experiments on top of acrylic printed pages in  a small sketchbook.  I find I like the look and feel of oil pastel over acrylic.  

Saturday, February 18, 2017



The source photo for my latest painting is from a recent trip to San Diego.  After putting this image through various photo app manipulations, I painted this landscape by scraping acrylic over a collaged surface which I had applied to a wooden cradle board.  This was a lot of fun to complete a painting without one actual brush stroke.  I wound up totally covering over the hand printed surface papers but the texture made a huge difference in the final result.  Originally, I had created a much more abstracted image but was struggling with the final touches and then went for a more traditional impressionistic solution.   I really admire many non-representational pieces by others.  Somehow, I find it very difficult to do.  I am trying to challenge myself to work in a more abstracted manner, at least part of the time.  This painting is going to be part of an exhibit of abstracted landscapes by my critic group friends.  I will share more details of where and when after I have the official information.

Friday, February 10, 2017


This is my painting that is on exhibit in the annual Signature Watercolor Show at Fallbrook Art Center.  I was in San Diego last weekend to visit my son and we drove the hour north to the charming mountain community of Fallbrook to attend the opening reception of this fabulous show.  Signature membership in a national watercolor society is a requirement to submit an entry, so the show is full of masterful work.  It must have been a very difficult job for the Juror, Dale Laitinen,  to select the show and award the prizes.  I felt honored to be included.   If you go to their website, you can read a list of the winners.   Unfortunately, there are no images except for Dean Mitchell's winning entry.  

This painting is on "reconstructed tyvek" which is my term for tearing up a failed painting on tyvek and sticking it back down on another failed painting on watercolor paper (or canvas, cradle board etc.)  I glue it down with YES glue so the paper will accept watercolor.  I like how the watercolor paint will seep into the crevices of the surface and create greater texture.  This has become one of my favorite surfaces for painting a very craggy face.  You can tear a sheet of tyvek if you first make a cut in the side of the paper with a scissors.  You can pick up free envelopes of Tyvek at the Post Office.  It isn't necessary to paint on the paper before tearing it up.  I just like to recycle failed paintings and the painted surface adds unexpected elements into the mix.  Try it both ways and see what your preference is.  If you want to purchase sheets of Tyvek, you can order them from  If you know of a place where you can order even smaller quantities of Tyvek, let me know.  

Thursday, February 2, 2017


"THE CLAN" centerpiece of Lifescapes Solo Show

Sunday was an exciting day.   After months of planning and lots of work getting ready. the opening reception for my first solo show was finally here.  My out of town children made the effort to come in to celebrate with me.  A beautiful day and so many friends and well wishers came out.  I am posting a video of the show for those of you who can't come by in person.  The exhibit is up through March 12th.   If you are in the area,  please stop by.  If you let me know when you are coming, I will try to meet you there and give a personal tour of the Museum and artists studios.  The Peninsula Museum of Art in Burlingame Ca. is a true hidden gem.  
 My husband and 3 sons are featured in the centerpiece painting above, The Clan.  Although my eldest son, Bill is very out of focus on this piece, he is featured in another painting in the show.  He is one of my favorite subjects and submits to my constantly photographing him.  My youngest son hates to be photographed so I have very little source material for paintings with him.  My middle son doesn't like me to paint him either.   My husband is a great subject and is pleased to be featured in some of my best efforts.  It is interesting how people feel so differently about being the subject of a painting, and we have to be sensitive to their wishes.  Either way, my family has been tremendously supportive of my art career and my appreciation and gratitude knows no bounds!

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