Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Saturday's Sunflowers - Original Impressionist Style Oil Painting of Sunflowers - Flower Painting

"Saturday's Sunflowers"
16" x 20" Oil on stretched canvas.
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After painting this same group of sunflowers on May 14th  I decided I wanted to have another go at them on a larger canvas. I had two reasons for this - one, I wanted to explore this subject during a longer painting session and really get into the nitty-gritty of the arrangement and number two, to cheer myself up by painting something I don't get the chance to paint very often. 

I had the flu a few weeks ago and have finally recovered. My kids have all been sick and now my husband has it. Needless so say, I haven't really left the house much. That combined with not painting for several weeks tends to make me grumpy and a bit squirrelly. Fortunately, these beautiful blooms were just what the doctor ordered!

There are still a couple of spots open in my June plein air (outdoor) oil painting class. Don't wait to sign up, class starts next week and this one will be my only plein air class for the next few months. Each week we meet in different locations in the OC every Thursday in June from 9:30-12:30. To get more information and to read what my former students have said about my class go to .

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Renegade in Pink - 6 x 6 Original Oil Painting of Flowers

"Renegade in Pink" 
6" x 6" Oil on masonite panel.
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There’s something about the lone pink flower in this arrangement that shouts “rebel." It stands apart from the others boldly flaunting it’s unique color. A pretty nonconformist marching to the beat of its own drum. 

This is one of a series of flower paintings I've been working on lately. Check out my page to see one that I am offering at auction with a starting bid of $29.

Monday, May 14, 2012

Spring Sunflowers - Original Oil Painting of Yellow Sunflowers - Kitchen Art

"Spring Sunflowers"
14" x 11" Oil on canvas panel.
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Every Monday night I teach a small group of students how to paint in an Impressionist style using oil paint. Last week I brought in a beautiful bunch of flowers that I found at Home Depot (believe it or not they have reasonably priced flowers there). You can see the still life set up below with my painting on the easel.

My students said it was a challenging exercise but one that they enjoyed doing. As a result of their hard work they went home with some beautiful art that they can be proud to call their own. It's truly amazing to watch each of them learn and grow in their skills each week.



Weekly Oil Painting Classes for Beginning - Intermediate Students in Orange County, CA

Every Monday Night 6:00-9:00
3851 S. Bear Street
Santa Ana, California 92704

Cost is $35 per class

Oil painting classes for beginning to intermediate level students. Using a hands on approach I guide each student through the painting process. I talk about color mixing, composition, focal point, color harmony, paint application, brushwork, selecting a subject and so much more. Class size is limited so that I can give each student lots of individual attention. Each week we will work from life or  from a photograph. In class I teach an Impressionist style of painting, working wet into wet paint (if you are looking to learn how to paint photorealistically or to learn the old master's glazing techniques then this is not the class for you). The classroom is located in the Room & Board shopping center around the corner from the Showcase Gallery, enter through the "Studio." Please email me for a supply list and more details at