Sunday, July 26, 2009

Pond by the Pines



10 X 8 inch oil painting on canvas panel.
$250 (plus $1 shipping in the U.S.)

This was painted on an overcast day in our local mountains. My husband and I were exploring a 4-wheel drive road and came upon this small pond. It was such a beautiful and unexpected place I had to set up my easel and paint.

It’s very challenging painting on overcast days. I prefer having strong shadows and dramatic light and dark areas. With this painting I had to push my colors a lot to create something interesting.

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Sunday, July 19, 2009

Along The Pacific Crest Trail



8 X 10 inch oil painting on canvas panel.
$250 (plus $12 shipping in the U.S.)

My husband and I have hiked along many parts of the Pacific Crest Trail in California. The trail stretches from Mexico north all the way to Canada. This portion of the trail is in the mountains of Big Bear. My husband went on a three-hour hike down this path while I sat under a tree and painted.

A few of you asked about the house project that we are working on. Like so many families in Orange County, our house is small with barely enough room for our family of 3 (in spite of what you might see on TV, most OC families don’t live in mansions). My husband and I both run businesses out of our house too.

While an addition isn’t in the budget these days (neither is moving with the real estate market in it’s current state) we’ve decided to rearrange several rooms in the house so that the baby will have her own room and won’t have to share a tiny bedroom with my 4-year old son (yup, we’re having a girl!). That means scraping popcorn off of one ceiling, taking down an original 1970’s redwood ceiling (it sounds a lot cooler than it looks, trust me), dry walling, texturing, removing a horrible brown squeaky ceiling fan, installing lots of can lights, moving tons of furniture around, moving cable TV and internet connections and painting, painting, painting. My poor husband hasn’t had a day off in a month!

Hopefully, everything will be finished in the next few weeks and I can get back to painting, posting and visiting everyone’s blogs.

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Sunday, July 5, 2009

Spring Coastline



10 X 8 inch oil painting on panel.
S O L D

Today I decided to take a break from birds and paint a landscape. Normally, I would paint this en plein air (actually at the beach) but, since I’m half way through my pregnancy I’m finding that being comfortable is a high priority now so, I painted this in my studio (also know as my dining room).

It was a beautiful spring day when I snapped the shots that I used of Laguna Beach. This view is looking south towards Dana Point. Of course I had to run down to the sand, kick off my shoes and get my feet wet for a little while too.

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