Tuesday, November 27, 2012

On the easel

Here's one fresh off the easel.. And happy to be off too, as it was started weeks ago, and as usual, interrupted by life.. I have a whole set of photos that I need to have shot in high quality for my website..  Waiting for a foggy/cloudy day when my photographer (son) is available.. This was taken with my phone.. of course color and focus are compromised.. I tend to be picky about those things.. but not here.
"Light Catcher" oil/canvas  24"x24" 

Saturday, October 13, 2012


I feel a sensation in my mind that is the forerunner of an image that wants to appear.. Have been living with it for a time now, but it is getting stronger.. So what do I do?  Clean up the studio. Update my records. Clear the path so I have no more excuses for not making the jump to putting it down.. It's going well..

Found this unpublished post while cleaning up my blog drafts:

"Whom am I painting for? Every once in a while I lose track of why I paint.. The showing and selling side of being an artist is my least favorite part..but I feel I have a obligation to share my work as well as assume some fiscal responsibility.."

Thursday, September 27, 2012


The waves were really messy yesterday, but I took advantage of my session to check out, yet again, the "color of water". This is sort of a companion piece to the untitled painting in the previous post, a surfer's eye view of a swell sweeping by. I felt like I was looking at my painting all morning. So I came home and put the finishing touches on it. Photo does not show the smooth surface of the painting itself, or the luminous quality of the paint, and dang it, I don't know if I will ever get the color right. Makes me keep on trying. And I do like painting on a metal surface.

"a little texture" 

Monday, September 03, 2012

Dawn Patrol

"Dawn Patrol"
 The experience of being in the water, as the sun is just peering over the ridge, never ceases to fill me with awe. It is just one of the reasons I love dawn patrol, the experience of getting up to surf before sunrise.  To make this painting personal, and because I wanted a new "board" portrait, decided to add my beloved Mystic with the orange nose to the photo.. My last board portrait, "Mystic" sold, but it is now only a back up board. Can't imagine anyone wanting this one, as personal as it is.. Unless you can relate to this experience, it could be a giant pencil!

"glassy rise" oil/metal 
Because "dawn Patrol" drove me a little bit crazy, I decided to get simple with the untitled painting above. Still the slick morning look of a wave approaching as I sit on my board, but a foggy morning.. It is painted on stainless steel, which complements the piece as well as being really smooth to paint on.. I really liked the simplicity of focusing on such a simple detail...

Wednesday, August 01, 2012

Garage door

Our garage door, which is not a functioning garage, has been in need of a major paint job for at least 4 years now. My husband has intended every year to remove it and built a solid garage door-like wall in it's place, so I have been looking at chipped and peeling paint for all that time. I have also threatened to paint graffiti on to encourage removal of the door.. So, at last, plans have been drawn up, we have an estimate and a contractor lined up, so I decided it is now or never.. It was a lot of fun, such a relief from the painting I usually do.. plus haven't gotten any complaints from the neighbors... Hopefully we can remove it in one piece and someone will want it.. 

plastic from a fake flower found on the sidewalk

Temporary door

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

101 excuses

"foggy morning" oil/canvas, 16"x20"

I am shocked when I see the last time I posted on this blog.. And I believe "Board Meeting" was the last painting I finished. I don't even have the excuse of working on a large painting.. This version of "waiting for waves and wow the water is so beautiful" or "foggy morning" is a larger color version of "grey morning, 2010"  I do have legit excuses, maybe not 101, but a lot.

 I am hoping that because I have been out of the studio and away from work for a couple of months at least, something has been brewing in my mind.. The work of the plateau. It feels like being stuck, but maybe not. Guess I will find out!

I often wonder what it would be like if I was more obsessive and single minded about my work. As it is, there are so many things I enjoy doing, so many different things to explore: art, ideas, music, surfing,  life, etc. that it is always about a segmented mind. At least I finally accept that about myself, knowing it is just how this mind works. And more difficult as i get older to multi-task.

Thursday, April 19, 2012


remains of the day
Many thanks to Gail Biddle ( as well Shelby, Laurel J, Brock, and Brenda) who supplied me with some great ideas for names. Out of that process, somehow this came to mind...

"remains of the day"

Sunday, April 08, 2012

Board meeting

Yes, it really did look like this. And yes, some very nice waves rolled through between the meetings.. And yes, it does look totally flat between sets. I am so lucky to be able to do what I do.. And as I saw on a sign, "the only good suit is a wetsuit" ...

"board meeting" 15"x30" oil/canvas, 2012

Tuesday, April 03, 2012

Un-photogenic art

I was given a 6"x8" piece of plywood coated with homemade gesso and sanded. ( Thanks Jacek!) It is an amazing sensual surface to work on.. (an artist knows the feeling) Used a 4H pencil. Started at the bottom and worked my way up..Then I put a few light color glazes on top of the graphite painting to see what would happen..The medium I used, Neo Megilp (Gamblin)  is shiny and has dried hard. As always experimenting with depth in color.  Unfortunately, it is impossible to photograph accurately.  I think the camera must read "LIGHT!!" and doesn't know what to do.. more likely that I don't.. Did a little adjustment in iphoto, but couldn't duplicate the original.  Interesting project!

Monday, March 26, 2012

Moving on...

I have been on the proverbial plateau for a while, not inspired by much and not painting., although thinking I "should." HOWEVER, a change is in the air.. Could it be spring? The rainy days? An inspiring visit to San Francisco galleries ?  In any case, here are my latest offerings:

Along with glassy water, which is my idea of heaven, I am strongly drawn to the moving energy in the water that produces a swell which eventually turns into a wave.. "Pulse" is inspired by that energy..

"pulse" oil/canvas, 18"x36"  2012


"On the move" is a reworking of "horizon". I had been looking at "horizon" for some time now and although I was happy with it when I finished it in 2008, I had developed an uneasy relationship with it in the past few years.. (it worked as a study, but not as a large painting anymore) So, I decide to let it talk to me and see what was needed, willing to sand the whole piece and start over.. Figured I could always dump it if I ruined it.. Got ride of the horizon line first and added a fog bank that had caught my eye in the water a few weeks before .. that changed from a bank of fog to the way the fog feels when it is almost upon me, but not quite..like gazing into the unknown... added some foam in the foreground and more texture in the water.. I am happy with it now and feel like I am trying to spot something as I gaze into the fog.. So it never gets tiring.. Fog more "impressionistic" than my normal style of painting..

"on the move"  oil/canvas   2008-2012

"Horizon" ( as is this painting no longer exists) 

Friday, January 27, 2012

"Name this painting!"

Just finished this one. It has been on the easel since October...

I have NOT been working on it all that time.. Nov, Dec, and
 beginning of Jan. were filled with other life stuff.

Any idea for a name?

This was the underpainting.. My intention was to apply transparent layers of color to attain a luminosity.. As usual I  had no idea what I was doing. I think there is a methodical way to achieve what I was going for based on color theory,  but I sure don't have the experience or knowledge.. yet.