Thursday, October 3, 2013

Toward the Sea

Red Ribbon!  Toward the Sea won 2nd Place in Mixed Media at the San Dieguito Art Guild September show!  I loved painting the jumble of red roofs tumbling toward the Aegean Sea.

Toward the Sea is 12x12", Acrylic Media and Collage on panel.


Sold at Auction! I donated Radiance to the Whittier Institute fundraiser for Juvenile Diabetes in September.  It sold at auction after what has been generously described as a lively bidding session!  I'm so happy Radiance found a loving home.

Radiance is 11x14", Acrylic Media and Collage on panel.

Friday, March 1, 2013

Harbor Rhythms

Keep Painting Until the Mother Ship Returns How do you get to be a better painter?  H.C Dodd, artist and juror, responded: "Paint, paint and paint some more -  all day, every day.  In due time you'll find the special language that's yours alone."    Asked what his goals were, young artist Jess Woods replied  " To keep painting until the Mother Ship returns!"  I love that. Press on, brave hearts! 

Harbor Rhythms is 15x19"  Acrylic media on paper.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Ruby Sunset, Fishing Village

The Sum of Small Efforts  Some days working in the studio is like one step forward and two steps back.  Any progress is imperceptible.  And yet, as an old boss used to say: "If you don't show up on Sunday, don't bother showing up on Monday!"  Painting is kind of like that.  If you don't at least try today, tomorrow you'll show up and wonder "Now, which end of the brush do I start with again?" So when it seems like today's work was a lot of time with very little to show for it, let's remember a comment by Robert Collier.  "Success", he mused, " is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out". Day in. Day out.

This was a lot of fun.  Acrylic inks on 300-lb rough paper, paint, and collage papers I made, over. 

Ruby Sunset is 15x19" Acrylic media and Collage on paper.

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Village Seafront

Like Pulling a Piano Out of a Swamp! In the famous  literary publication Southwest  Airlines Magazine (April 2011) actress, singer and musician Zoey Deschanel  talks about creating something where nothing existed before.  "Sometimes being creative" she says, " is like pulling a piano out of a swamp. "  That girl knows what she's talking about. 

Village Seafront is 15x20" Acrylic Media and Collage on paper.

Monday, February 25, 2013

Dubrovnik, Sunday Morning

Devotions:  "You too can be carved anew by the details of your devotions."  In "Long Life, " Mary Oliver continues,  "The patterns of our lives reveal us.  Our habits measure us.  The different and the novel are sweet, but regularity and repetition are also teachers.  Divine attentiveness cannot be kept casually, or visited only in season, like Venice or Switzerland."  Just as you cannot visit painting "in season".  It has to be all the time, doesn't it? Thank goodness it's so much fun!

We were in Dubrovnik in the morning and walked atop the wall that surrounds it.  Then a noodle cake for breakfast!

Dubrovnik, Sunday Morning is 15x20" Acrylic media and Collage on paper.

Monday, November 5, 2012

Wine Dark Sea

Finalist!  Wine Dark Sea was selected as a Finalist in the Artist's Magazine's 2012 Annual Art Competition!  The December 2012 issue reports competition results.  This painting was such fun to make!

Wine Dark Sea is 11x15", acrylic media and collage on paper.


Mooring is 11x15" Watermedia and collage on paper.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Monday, June 25, 2012

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Hillside Afternoon

Hillside Afternoon is 10x10" Acrylic Media and Collage on Panel.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Saturday, March 31, 2012


First Prize! Entrittskarte won First Prize in Mixed Media at the San Dieguito Art Guild for April!  Join us Saturday, April 14, 6-8 pm for the Artists Reception at the Off Track Gallery in the Encinitas Lumberyard. 

Entrittskarte is 11x14", acrylic media and collage on panel.

Monday, February 6, 2012


First Prize!  "Moonrise" won First Prize for Mixed Media in the February 2012 San Dieguito Art Guild show!

Moonrise is 11x14", acrylic media and collage on panel.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Moon-Jeweled Midnight

Palette for Alzheimer's Association Gala March 23, 2012:  I created this piece to be auctioned at the upcoming Alzheimer's fundraiser.

This scene originated in a memory of a warm autumn night.   We had changed the clocks and there was an early moonrise.   The moon itself was tinged with gold, as you sometimes see around harvest time.   I reflected that it is only because of the gathering dark that we can see the beauty of the moon.  The leaves had fallen, but once again I pondered how it is only with the night that the dampness on the leaves can sparkle in the moonlight.  We artists obsess about light.  This piece celebrates the beauty which is only visible when light wanes.

Moon-Jeweled Midnight  is Acrylic Media and Collage on a wooden artist's palette. Palette measures approximately 11-3/4" high by 15-1/2" wide.

Friday, January 27, 2012

Wednesday, January 25, 2012


Shapes within Shapes:  Another way to enhance design is to make shapes within shapes.   This gives you the chance to practice some of painter Edgar Whitney's design elements, "repetition and alternation."  It makes for a very intriguing surface!
Sangria is 8x8", acrylic media and collage on panel.