Thursday, April 20, 2017

Scissors Lurking

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This is my third painting with these tulips. For this and the one before I used a soft florescent "daylight" bulb. I find these often work well for flowers because, unlike halogen, the light doesn't necessarily overwhelm (or shine right through) the delicate petals.

I will be demo-ing at the Plein Air Convention in San Diego next week (Wednesday at 2:20pm, for those going)! This morning I am beginning the long journey down to San Diego, stopping off to paint with a friend for a couple of days. Unfortunately this means I won't be able to ship paintings until I am back (May 1st). I apologize for the inconvenience!

Tuesday, April 18, 2017


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Here's my second attempt with these flowers. I went for simplicity. And glass. Glass is always fun.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Tea and Tulips

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I went to the store with the idea of buying sunflowers. I went to two stores, but the petals were all very ... crinkly. So I bought these interesting tulips that were somewhat green on the outside (when the petals were closed). They only stayed decent looking for a couple of days, so I painted them as many times as I could. This is number one.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Yellow Plate

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There used to be a whole row of these old trucks right outside of town. I went by one morning and took a bunch of photos when the light was good. And apparently just in time - soon after they disappeared and I haven't seen them since.

Saturday, April 15, 2017


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I found this super cool scene in Taos last year. I was walking around this little neighborhood with my friend Tia, taking pictures. She took one look at this old car and said, "This looks just like a Carol Marine painting." Yep.

Friday, April 14, 2017

Making Eyes

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This was my second attempt at asparagus and lemon. I did it a few days ago, and since it's been sitting on my shelves I can't help but see it as a squid, with lemon slices for eyes! Can you see it? Bet you can't un-see it now. At any rate, I really like this one. It was one of those rare ones that just fell off the brush.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Grill Me

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I was cutting up lemons and asparagus recently for dinner and realized they make an incredibly pretty pair. Normally we grill asparagus, but this was for a new recipe that gets wrapped in foil (with salmon!) and baked. It turned out really well.

Monday, April 10, 2017

Separate the Reds

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I've been experimenting lately with process. There are SO many different ways to go about painting. I've been using my island to ocean method for so long that I feel a little stuck with it. And I thought - if I go about things in a different way, will I get different results? And most importantly (for me right now), will I enjoy it more?

So for this one I laid in a kind of loose block-in for all the objects, moving around quite a bit, trying not to put any hard edges in until the end, when I started refining. I think this is probably a common method, but not for me.

I don't have any answers to my questions yet, but I will keep trying stuff.

Sunday, April 09, 2017

Saturday, April 08, 2017

Colorful Cups

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A lot of the paintings I admire have exaggerated colors. And while I love it, I find it is especially hard to achieve in my own work, as I am always so focused on getting the "right" color. So for this one I decided from the beginning that I would paint more by feel/intuition than by whatever my brain was telling me. And this is what I ended up with. I absolutely LOVE that it's so easy to experiment with these small paintings. I would say this is still the number one advantage of "daily painting" (painting small and often).

Wednesday, April 05, 2017

Orange and Blue Bits

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We are headed off for a few days of camping in the mountains. We've been working like crazy people and need a break!

Tuesday, April 04, 2017

Pink Dress

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I spotted this gal in Germany last year. She really stood out. In fact I don't think there was one guy who wasn't watching her walk down the street.

Sunday, April 02, 2017

Slice Off

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I painted this as an example for this week's Daily Paintworks Challenge. I thought it would be fun and, well, challenging. The instructions say you can slice up anything, and arrange it any way you like. But no one has taken me up on it yet! Be the first one...please?

Saturday, April 01, 2017

Waiting for Others

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In the photo reference for this one (from in front of the NYC downtown library), the guy was looking right at me. And when I first painted them, they ended up both looking at me. So after some deliberation I scraped off both faces and re-did them with the idea that they would be facing slightly away. It's a tiny thing - subtle, (and not easy!) but I think it makes all the difference in the world. I'm much happier with it now!

Friday, March 31, 2017

Lemon in Blue

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I used my little florescent bulb to light this one, which gives it a softer look than some of my still lifes. I still can't get over the fact that the plural of still life is lifes and not lives...

In other news, I am grateful to Plein Air Magazine for the article about me in this month's issue. To be honest I feel like the title is a tiny bit misleading ("Paint Daily but Know When to Stop") but I didn't get to choose it. Not that I'm complaining!

Also, I will be demo-ing at this year's Plein Air Convention in San Diego (end of April). If you're there, find me and say hi!

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Mature Gossip

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Here's another one from my New York City files. I decided to shoot for a kind of caricature of these ladies, and am really happy with how it turned out. Also I feel like the background successfully recedes. One of those two steps forward paintings, which is good because I've had some one step back paintings lately (didn't show you those).

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Arranged Lemons

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These lemon slices are being paraded around before the cup. He is their potential husband. He's not quite sure yet who he'll choose, though they all have a certain glow.

Monday, March 27, 2017


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I spotted this guy in NYC, in the park behind the downtown library, when I was there several years ago. I really need to visit again! Someday soon I'm going to run out of reference material.

Sunday, March 26, 2017


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It might not look like it, but this scene was incredibly complex and hard to paint. That probably sounds funny, being that it's on a 6 by 8 inch panel. But so many of the color mixes had just slight variations in color and value. And there were so many of them! Not just the cups, but the reflections too. It took hours. And at the end I thought, "This is a mess!" So I put it up to dry and came back the next day. Sometimes you can't see how it all comes together until after you've recovered from the trauma. ; )

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Spring Fling

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And now for something completely different. I found a patch of these lovely, sun dappled flowers in a Seattle neighborhood on a previous visit. Honestly I can't remember if it was spring or summer, so I apologize if the title doesn't fit. This is also my example painting for the Daily Paintworks Spring Challenge. Want to paint your idea of spring? Come join us!