Thursday, December 30, 2010

Tag for SmartPhones

Today I learned about these cool images called Tags. You may have seen them popping up in magazines, newspapers and even on your monthly statements (I just saw one on a medical bill). So what weird new art form is this you ask? Well, if you have a SmartPhone you can download a FREE Tag Reader application for your phone from Microsoft. After that you simply scan the black and white tag and BAM - your phone will automatically load the web page the tag directs it to.

Above is the Tag for my web site. Scan it and your phone will connect to my web site and all the content found there.

Imagine waiting in the Dr.'s office, flipping through a magazine and coming across a tag like this for something you want to learn more about. Instead of ripping out the page, taking it home and hoping you remember to look it up on your computer later that day, you'll be able to instantly access the information right where you are. THAT is seriously cool! Now, if only I had a SmartPhone.....

Of course you can always get to my web site the traditional way

Monday, December 20, 2010

Castle Rock Trail

8 X 6 inch oil painting on canvas panel.
$140 (FREE shipping in the U.S.)

This beautifully lit path is in the mountains of Big Bear on the way up to see Castle Rock. It's a short hike that ends with huge boulders you can climb on and stunning views of Big Bear Valley.

Along the way there, beside the trail, were many beautiful orange and yellow trees just waiting for me to find the best view of them to paint. As soon as I saw this scene with the trail, tree and rocks I set up my easel and began to paint.

Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Merry Kwanzaa and Happy Holidays! There, that should just about cover everybody. :)

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Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Gift Certificates Now Available

The art someone chooses to hang in their home is a very personal decision and can make the idea of giving a painting as a gift a bit daunting. Several of my collectors mentioned that they had a friend that loves my artwork but that they didn’t know which painting to choose as a gift. So, for the holidays I’ve created gift certificates.

Also, adding gift certificates to your wish list and then sharing your list with family and friends might help to put that special painting that is out of your budget within reach.

Gift certificates are available in amounts from $25 - $500, they can be used for anything on my web site and are good for one year from the date of issue.

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Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Urban Sunset

8 X 6 inch oil painting on linen panel.
$200 (FREE shipping in the U.S.)

My neighbors across the street need a new roof. Half of the roof is shingled in black and the other half is shingled in light gray. Attached to part of the roof is a patio cover that isn't painted and there are all kinds of things hanging off the patio cover (I can't quite make out what they are - maybe bird feeders). Why am I telling you all this? Because I am absolutely obsessed with the view above their rooftop. After it rains here in Southern California we are usually left with beautiful cloud formations. If you live in a place where clouds are a daily event you might think I'm crazy but it is a rare thing to see here. When the sun sets behind my neighbor's house and on those rare evenings after a storm, the sky puts on a dazzling display. Above is a painting inspired by that view.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Two Art Shows In December

Two of my paintings will be in this juried art show. This is going to be a spectacular show with some of the best artists in the country participating including; Carol Marine, Greg LaRock, Debra Huse, Calving Liang, Rick Delanty, Frank Gardner, Kim Lordier, William Wray and so many others. This is one you won't want to miss!

6" x 6" Art Show
Randy Higbee Gallery
102 Kalmus Drive
Costa Mesa, CA

Event Dates: 12/4/2010 - 12/23/2010
Reception: 12/4/2010 • 4:00 - 8:00 p.m.


My painting titled "Pensive" will be available for sale at the Segil Fine Art Holiday show. This is a juried group art exhibit featuring small artwork that is 9 x 12 inches or smaller and is open to all subjects. These affordable paintings make wonderful holiday gifts.

Segil Fine Art Holiday Small Works Show
110 West Lime Avenue
Old Town Monrovia CA 91016
(626) 358-5563

Event Dates: 12/4/2010 - 12/31/2010
Reception: 12/4/2010 • 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.

Friday, November 26, 2010

Set of 3 Holiday Note Cards

NEW note cards featuring my artwork are now available! Need a hostess gift for the holidays? Need a gift that's easy to ship? Note cards are the perfect solution! I will even gift wrap them and ship them for you, just let me know when you checkout. Individual cards and other designs are also available on my website.

Shown Here: Set of 3 Holiday Themed Note Cards

Size: 5 x 7 inches on glossy cardstock.

Note cards are blank inside. The set comes with 3 blank white envelopes.

Price: $8.70 includes shipping - CA residents, sales tax will be added to your total.

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Sunday, November 7, 2010

Village Lane In Tuscany

9 x 12 oil on canvas panel

Across the avenue from the small hilltop village of Cignano (pronounced Chin-ya-no) in Tuscany is this pretty lane. It leads to fields of olive trees and vineyards.

In my paintings I find that I gravitate toward scenes that have some evidence of people in them. While it's not a popular point of view, I do feel that we have a place in the land and I enjoy documenting the moments when our presence adds to the beauty of the landscape.

Which do you prefer, the pristine beauty of an untouched landscape or one where there is some evidence of humanity?

Also, I'm working on my first newsletter. If you would like to sign up to receive it there is a box on the left side of this blog. Subscribers will be the first to see new paintings fresh off my easel, have the opportunity to purchase them at a discount and receive news about upcoming shows. This form replaces my Feedburner sign up which never worked. So, if you signed up through Feedburner I would recommend using this new link.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Fendt House

8 X 10 inch oil painting on canvas panel.


This was painted as a commission for a friend. Her thoughtful husband called me a month in advance to see if I would be willing to paint a portrait of their darling house. He was planning on surprising her at her birthday party, which I was lucky enough to be invited to. When she opened her gift and saw what it was she got misty-eyed and then, I did too. It was a rare and very special moment I was thrilled to be part of.

The painting now hangs in the living room of their house, adding more charm to an already charming home.

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Monday, October 11, 2010


6 X 6 inch oil painting on canvas panel.

At the entrance to the small hilltop village of Cignano (pronounced Chin-ya-no) in Tuscany, I found this stone altar. With its small pot of flowers it greets anyone entering the village. Once inside the village there are pots overflowing with flowers outside every doorstep, along every patio and in every garden. It’s a beautiful place!

Reminder – You can see 2 of my paintings at the Small to Large Show.

Newport Harbor Nautical Museum
600 East Bay Avenue, Newport Beach, CA
The show runs September 15th - October 30th

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Friday, October 1, 2010

October Road

8 X 10 inch oil painting on canvas panel.

O’Neil Regional Park is already showing fall colors. The grasses are brown and a few trees are loosing their leaves. The change of seasons is subtle in California.

Baby Update: This month my daughter will be 1 year old (seems like I just left the hospital). She is almost walking and holds onto furniture to get around. She has a small vocabulary that mostly consists of “Da Da” with a few “Ma Mas” and “done” sprinkled in. She is tiny – the 5th percentile – because of that she is getting lots of use out of her baby clothes. It’s been a blast seeing her personality emerge and noticing the differences between her and my 5-year old son. How this first year with her has flown by!

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Saturday, September 18, 2010

Artists Choice Award 2010

At the opening reception for the Small to Large Show my oil derrick paintings won the artists choice award. There are many beautiful landscapes in the show and I am honored that my peers chose my artwork for the award.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Sea Breeze

8 X 10 inch oil painting on canvas panel.
$130 ($15 shipping in the U.S.)

That salty scent in the ocean air is wonderful. You can feel the moisture on your skin as the breeze blows your hair back and the sun warms your face. It’s a magical place.

Please join me at the opening reception for the Small to Large Show!

Opening Reception: September 18th 4:00 - 6:00 p.m.

Newport Harbor Nautical Museum
600 East Bay Avenue, Newport Beach, CA
Behind the carousel in Balboa Fun Zone

The show runs September 15th - October 30th

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Saturday, September 11, 2010

You're invited to the Small to Large Show Opening Reception

Have you ever wondered how an artist creates a huge landscape painting? Join me at the opening reception for the Small to Large Show at the Newport Harbor Nautical Museum to see how. The show features small field studies as well as studio enlargements. As an artist, I find shows like this one to be very instructive.

I am fortunate enough to have two of my paintings hanging in the show.

Opening Reception: September 18th 4:00 - 6:00 p.m.

Newport Harbor Nautical Museum
600 East Bay Avenue, Newport Beach, CA
Behind the carousel in Balboa Fun Zone

The show runs September 15th - October 30th

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

September Night In Siena

12 X 9 inch oil painting on canvas panel.
$385 (free shipping in the U.S.)

When I was in Italy recently I had the opportunity to spend the evening in Siena. Along the narrow streets of the city there are dozens of stores and restaurants. I enjoyed a nice dinner with a group of fellow painters and afterward we went to the Piazza del Campo (the center of the city) and ordered a gelato for dessert. Along the way back to our car I snapped a photo of this scene and decided to turn it into a painting.

This painting is also posted on the Artists Helping Artists Blog and if you are an artist and haven’t listened to the radio show found on the Artists Helping Artists blog then you are missing out! Leslie Saeta and Dreama Tolle Perry have put together a fantastic web radio show packed full of marketing ideas every artist should be aware of.

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Saturday, August 28, 2010

Lily Pond

14 X 11 inch oil painting on canvas panel.
$650 (free shipping in the U.S.)

The study for this painting I completed a year ago with the intention of doing a larger version of it. Family obligations kept me from this project until now. This, along with “Yellow Koi” was juried into the Orange Open Annual Art Show.

Lately, I’ve been trying to paint larger. Most plein air painters (painters who paint on location) don’t paint anything larger than 12 x 16 because the light changes so quickly that it’s difficult getting everything on the canvas in time. My comfort zone is right around the 8 x 10 size. Now however, I’m pushing my studio paintings to larger and larger sizes. It’s liberating having so much room and to be able to leave it on my easel and come back to it later.

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Sunday, August 15, 2010

Tuscan Sentinels and Another Honorable Mention

11 X 14 inch oil painting on canvas panel.


Saturday night at the opening of the Orange Open Art Show I found an honorable mention ribbon hanging on this painting. What a wonderful surprise!

While in Italy at the workshop I took in June, I was driven to a winery called Dievole to paint for the day. The grounds were extraordinary. This however, was painted in my studio after I got home.

For me, this painting contains everything I learned while I was in Italy. I realized that I needed to expand my palette when I got home and I ended up adding a blue and a yellow. The colors I added helped me to quickly mix a wide variety of warm and cool greens for this painting.

When I started this painting I used my photo as a reference for color and perspective but took liberties with the other elements. The large cypress trees needed some trimming as they had lots of branches hanging out from their sides. The cypress trees in the background I arranged to create a nice rhythm and add depth. I arranged the shadow in the grass on the right to frame the painting and I added small purple flowers near my focal point.

My goals for this painting came together easily after the workshop and this painting marks a milestone in my work. As an artist I hope to always be growing and improving, tackling new subjects and pushing myself.

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Thursday, August 12, 2010

Yellow Koi at the Orange Open

14 X 11 inch oil painting on canvas panel.

This painting, along with two others, are part of the annual Orange Open group show. If you are in the area this is a great show to see with artwork in all media. Free admission.

14th Annual Orange Open Juried Exhibition

at the Guggenheim Gallery on the Chapman University Campus
(The gallery is located on the southeast corner near E. Palm and N. Center St. just 3 blocks east of Glassell on E. Palm Ave.)

August 11th – 21st
Monday – Thursday Noon – 4:00 p.m.
Friday – Sunday Noon – 6:00 p.m.
Reception Saturday August 14th at 7:00 p.m.

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Thursday, August 5, 2010

Sunday, August 1, 2010

On The Line

9 X 12 inch oil painting on canvas panel.

Choosing a scene to paint here was very difficult. This small town called Radda in Italy had everything, scenic vistas, wonderful architecture and classic street scenes with tourists shopping. I was a bit overwhelmed so, I chose a quiet out of the way spot that had some colorful laundry hanging out to dry.

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Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Tuscan Hills

5.5 X 9 inch oil painting on canvas panel.
$150 plus $15 for shipping in the U.S.

Again, this scene is in Vagliagli. This was my final painting for the week and even though it's small, it contains some very valuable lessons I learned during the week. One in particular has to do with adding subtle color shifts to help achieve depth and interest (it's hard to see but there are 2 colors in the dark trees). Also, Greg encouraged me to push my highlights around my focal area even more by either lightening them or adding an alien color that isn't anywhere else in the painting in-order to draw the viewer's eye.

Thinking back on my time in Italy, one of the things that made the whole experience so wonderful was that all I had to do was to make sure my gear was packed and I was ready to paint. At home, my day consists of cleaning, feeding kids, entertaining kids, diapers, exercising, rushing around trying to fit everything in that needs to get done during the day and tons of multi-tasking.

In Italy, everything was taken care of. My meals were cooked for me, the dishes were done by someone other than me, the grocery shopping was taken care of, my room was cleaned every day by someone else and I didn’t even have to drive or navigate anywhere. All I had to do was show up and paint, it was extraordinary!

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Sunday, June 20, 2010

Tuscan Villa

9 X 12 inch oil painting on canvas panel.
$385 - Free shipping within the U.S.

It’s been a week since I got back from Italy and I’m just getting into the swing of things. The workshop was truly one of the most amazing experiences! The restored monastery we stayed in was beautiful, it was surrounded by rolling green hills and much of the food that was prepared for us was from surrounding farms (here is the web site of the group that organizes the workshop if you are interested Speaking of the food….while our group was painting there was another group there taking a cooking workshop. Our first meal was very good but then it got better and better and better as the week progressed. Honestly, I came home and asked myself why bother eating anymore because nothing I could cook would compare to the week of meals I’d just had in Italy. Then I felt guilty when my husband told me he’d made mac and cheese one night for dinner while I was away.

What about the painting workshop? It’s hard to go wrong hosting a landscape workshop in Tuscany because everywhere you turn there is a painting waiting to happen. I filled my camera with over 400 shots of photo reference and it was painful to pass up so many beautiful scenes. I did paint every day except one and that day Greg LaRock painted a demo for us. Because there were only two other painters in our group Greg was able to get around to our easels very often. He gave me tons of feedback, encouragement and dutifully answered all of my questions. And every night before dinner he would critique our paintings from the day, including his own painting, if he did one, which gave me a glimpse into his thought process when he examines his own work.

I’ll blog more about the trip in my next post. About the painting I posted here….

This was painted in the rolling hills of Tuscany next to a small village named Vagliagli (meaning valley of the wild garlic - pronounced val-yal-yee – yes, there really is wild garlic that grows there). Scenes from the movie Letters to Juliet were filmed in Vagliagli (the picnic table under the tree and the local Bar).

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Monday, May 24, 2010

Duomo View

6 X 6 inch oil painting on canvas panel.

This subject is a warm-up for a workshop I am taking in Italy in June. For a year now I’ve been talking about Greg LaRock’s week-long plein air painting workshop in Tuscany. My sweet husband volunteered to stay at home with the kids and told me that I should go this year. While, I am torn about leaving the baby (they change so much in a week), one of the things I’ve learned during this awful recession is to seize an opportunity like this when it comes along because it might not come around again.

So, I leave the first week in June. We are staying in a renovated monastery in the Chianti region in Tuscany. There are only 2 other artists going along which means lots of feedback from Greg. He tells us that because our group is so small we can go anywhere we want to paint. He has several exciting locations planned and I hope the weather is good. Honestly, I don’t have the words to express how much I am looking forward to this trip!

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Sunday, May 9, 2010

Forgotten Path

8 X 6 inch oil painting on canvas panel.
$140 ($1.00 shipping within the U.S.)

Painted at the same location as my last post. I think the lack of attention paid to this spot makes it interesting. Recently, I’ve seen heavy equipment parked next to the eucalyptus tree and soon this lovely spot may be filled with homes. I’ve been trying to capture several views of this place before it’s changed forever.

Our baby girl is growing and doing well. She is still tiny, about half the size of other babies her age. She is hitting all the normal milestones, sitting up, rolling over and using her hands to grab things. And of course she is making the cutest baby sounds, da da and ga ga with lots of smile and giggles during the day. I can’t believe she’ll be 7 months old on the 14th! Her first year is speeding by so much faster than my son’s did.

Happy Mother’s Day to all my mom friends out there!

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Thursday, April 8, 2010

Down the Path in Early March

6 X 8 inch oil painting on canvas panel.
$140 ($1.00 shipping within the U.S.)

The piece of property this was painted on has been for sale in my neighborhood for years. Apparently, none of the property owners have been able to get the city to approve their plans for development. Now it serves as a walking path for people out getting exercise and walking their dogs.

I love painting here because it has an overlooked natural beauty right in the heart of the suburbs. I enjoy walking by it and watching the grass turn brown in the summer, then the puddles develop along the path in winter, followed by the beautiful spring grass you see here.

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Saturday, March 6, 2010

O'Neil Park Tree - A Study

6 X 8 inch oil painting on canvas panel.
$50 (plus $15 shipping within the U.S.)

This was painted at one of our local regional parks here in Orange County. It’s a park rich in subject matter for a landscape painter. I’ve also heard it’s a great place to take the kids for a weekend of camping (have to try it when the baby is older).

This painting was a good exercise for me as I’m still working on getting back to painting regularly. After taking the last few months off I am out of practice. For those of you who are daily painters, you have no idea how much I envy the time you are able to devote to your work. Maybe someday I can be one too…..

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Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Feathers of Gold

7 X 5 inch oil painting on canvas panel.
NFS - A gift for my mother (thanks for all your help).

This was painted and given to my mother who came to help after the baby’s birth. She made a bunch of casseroles and froze them just so that I wouldn’t have to cook after she went home. Our busy family absolutely wore her out. Thanks mom!

The other day I found a cobweb on my easel. I realize that I just had a baby 3 months ago but I ache to paint again. It absolutely breaks my heart to be away from it. In place of painting I try to peek at everyone’s blog posts from time to time. I don’t often comment because I’m typing one handed (the baby is often napping in my other arm) but your work always inspires me. Maybe I’ll be able to paint again soon.

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