Monday, April 23, 2012

Thank You Graniterock!

'Tripple Vision'
Oil on Board
8 x 8

As my show at Graniterock Design Center draws to close, I have been focusing on still life paintings. But before I go into that, I must thank the Wonderful people at Graniterock who have been so gracious and helpful throughout the 4 months my work hung in their gorgeous showroom.

When I initially brought my work in they helped me hang my paintings which included some trips up ladders and moving nails, etc. They hosted a lovely reception with delicious fruit and cheese, and maybe most importantly, they kept an eye on all my babies!

My walls at home have been terribly blah these past months, and I'll be happy to have rich color and texture back in my life. But I will miss having my work on display in such a lovely venue... So a HUGE thank you to the great people at Graniterock - you Rock!  :)

My work will be up through May 4, 2012, so if you haven't had a chance to see my show, you still have about a week and a half to get yourself to the Design Center and soak it all in!

And now a quick note on my granny smith, I placed this apple on a maple table which had 3 recessed lights shining down on it. This lighting created some very interesting shadow shapes that I was able to capture by getting the values and shapes right. Fun stuff!

Thursday, January 5, 2012

My show 'California Bay Area Paintings' is on display at the Graniterock Cupertino Design Center from January 4 to May 5, 2012.

Wine and cheese artist reception Saturday January 14, 2012, 4p.m. - 6p.m.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Holiday Reception at the Los Gatos Museums Gallery

You're Invited!

Join us for our 2011 Holiday Gala on:

Thursday, December 1
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Los Gatos Museums Gallery
24 N Santa Cruz Avenue
Los Gatos, CA

View the works of over 50 artists (of which I am one!) while enjoying festive refreshments.
Hope to see you there ~

Saturday, November 5, 2011

New Class, New Work, New Show!

Starting in January 2012, I'll be joining the faculty at the Triton Museum of Art, teaching 'Beginning Oil Painting' for adults, and young adults. I am really excited about this class! We will have great fun and cover a lot of ground while discovering the joy and beauty of oil paint. See Winter Session Class Schedule for a class description and registration information.

New Work in the Los Gatos Museums Gallery: I have several new paintings on display, including California plein air work, and a painting from my new Calfornia coastline series!

'Mission Carmel'
Oil on Canvas
12 x 12

Upcoming Solo Show: Graniterock Design Center in Cupertino, CA., has invited me to show my work in their gorgeous design center from January 3, 2012 through May 7, 2012. On display will be new paintings from my California coastline series. Stay tuned for more information regarding opening reception!
'West Cliff Crash'
Oil on Canvas
24 x 36

Sunday, August 14, 2011

"Art in the Garden" definitely an affair not to miss!

What a great event and wonderful experience it was! I'm not sure which was more fun - painting and hanging out at Yamagami's or sipping wine and viewing the end results - beautiful paintings by the five contributing artists. Either way, I have to say the event was a big success.

Both the Triton Museum of Art and Yamagami's Garden Center went out of their way to make this a beautiful and inviting event. Delicious appetizers, wine, beer and the most gorgeous and healthy plants in the valley - what more could you want!

Oil on Panel

Silent Auction

George Rivera
Executive Director at the Triton Museum of Art

My Yamagami inspired paintings

Silent Auction

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Frank Bette Art Center and Triton Museum fundraiser at Yamagami's

Opening reception for the "En Plein Air - Alameda and Beyond" - August 5 - October 1 - was held last night. Beautiful show, great plein air paintings of the Bay Area. I have four paintings in this show.

Next Thursday is "Art in the Garden - An Affair Not To Miss!"  Paintings I did while on location at Yamagami's nursery will be part of this upcoming event.

And - new work in the Los Gatos Museums Gallery - Be sure to check out some or all!

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Last week I had the great fortune to paint at Rocky Point, just off hwy 1 in Big Sur, California. The weather was perfect - no wind, cool temperature and just enough overcast in the sky to let me see colors clearly without the need for an umbrella. (Which, btw, recently broke on me when the wind picked up my easel and sent everything flying, including my pallette and turps...)

Anyway, back to Rocky Point, where I firmly planted myself between car and hill and had the best seat in the house! Out of this session came 2 paintings that I am offering at auction, see links below. I hope you enjoy the paintings.

Cyprus at Rocky Point
Oil on Board
8 x 8

'Rocky Point Blue'
Oil on Board
10 x 8

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Happy Birthday America!

When the suns shines bright, and the tomatoes are plump, you know it's summertime! And sometimes there's nothing better to eat than a home grown tomato picked straight from the vine with an added dash of salt.

In celebration of our country's birthday, I am putting up for auction this original oil painting of a home grown tomato with a starting bid of .99!! - You - the bidder - will determine final price.

If this proves to be as fun as auctions can be, I'll list more small originals in the auction format.

Happy 4th everyone ~

"Today's Tomato"
Oil on Board
12 x 12


Friday, May 13, 2011

New Work

Since the weather has been so awesomely lovely, I have been out painting at various spots around the bay. Below are 2 paintings completed on location, en plein air, at the Presentation Center in the Santa Cruz mountains.

'Presentation Pond'
Oil on Board
16 x 12
Click to buy

Oil on Board
12 x 12

Detail of Jesus statue

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Pinwheel Succulent

Another take on the 'Garden Bouquet'.
Stay tuned for an update on my Etsy store, where I will offer originals and prints for sale.

'Pinwheel Succulent'
Acrylic on Board
12 x 12

Friday, March 4, 2011

Garden Bouquet

How great to get to stroll through your yard and find such cool flora as this! I wish knew the name of the orangey-pink star shaped succulant that really set this arrangement apart, not to mention the aromatic rosemary, and budding ornamental plum. Very fun.
'Garden Bouquet'
20 x 16
Acrylic on Canvas

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Valentine Orchids

I painted these while visiting mom. She sketched a portrait of Stephen Levine, while I painted the gorgeous orchids on her dining room table, and wild doves gobbled up birdseed from the feeder which hangs on a crepe myrtle outside her dining room window.
'Valentine Orchids'
Acrylic on canvas
12 x 24

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

New Work in the Gallery

Still Lifes, Florals and Chickens! Must be Spring in the air, come see my new work on display at the Los Gatos Museums Gallery. I always find it a treat to visit the gallery and enjoy the variety of art on display. I'll be adding a new painting this week as 'Sunflower Bouquet' just sold.

Meyers Lemons I & II
12 x 12

The Married Life
11 x 14

Sunflower Bouquet
12 x 12

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Show at Filoli

I have been invited to participate in the current teacher/student art show at the Filoli Mansion in Woodside, CA.  Paul Kratter is an excellent plein air painter who has held workshops at Filoli. While there we gained access to paint in the formal gardens as well as the surrounding acreage full of magnificent California Oaks. It is always a treat to visit Filoli and see it in the different seasons.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Autumn Light Cool Fall

The best day painting is better then than the worst day painting, which is better than the best day staying home.  I can say that because for the past 2 weeks I have been domestically dutybound...

This morning was  blissfully calm, quiet and cool down in Coyote Valley, just north of Morgan Hill. The smells from some wild weed were delightfully aromatic, and the Canadian geese were apparently happy as clams honking loudly while flying overhead and  presumably heading south.

The Feed Shed
Oil on Board
8 x 10

Coyote Valley Oak
Oil on Board
9 x 12

Monday, October 11, 2010

Art at Axis

Several of my paintings are currently on display at Axis - the upscale new luxury high-rise community located in downtown San Jose. My large urban landscapes paintings look great in the welcoming lobby, and more paintings are hung in 'The Gallery in the Sky' on the penthouse floor.  The views from up-top are amazing!
You can view the lobby work during regular business hours and early evening. Ask the receptionist for a tour of the penthouse to see more.
Axis - 38 N. Almaden Blvd., San Jose, CA 95110 • 408.297.9888



Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Fresh Paint : Artist Reception and Show

My work is included in this show. Opening reception September 16, 2010, 6 - 8 pm. Come see the beautiful paintings and hear poets recite their inspirations from our work!

The Town of Los Gatos Arts and Culture Commission
Fresh Paint
By the Los Gatos Plein Air Painters
Founded by Nick White eight years ago, the
Los Gatos Plein Air group now boasts award-winning
artists painting in a notoriously challenging mode. This
exhibition features recent, never previously-exhibited art
work, entirely executed in the open air and on location by
12 artists, especially for this venue.
Curated by Jade Bradbury
September 9 – Nov. 4, 2010
Town of Los Gatos Council Chambers
110 East Main Street, Los Gatos

Reception: Sept 16, 2010

6 – 8 pm in Council chambers
Poetry reading & Refreshments
Monday – Friday, 9am – 5 pm

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

New Paintings

'Christmas in August'
Oil on Board
16 x 12

'Old Tractor in the Woods'
Oil on Board
16 x 12

'Red Tug at Aldo's'
Oil on Board
16 x 12

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Frank Bette Plein Air Paintout

What an event! Alameda has much subject matter for the out-of-doors plein air artist. I painted the ships, a turn of the century Victorian home, an old IH pickup truck, palms at the yacht harbor, an old warehouse, portraits of fellow plein air artists, and more.  Debra Owen, director of the Frank Bette Center, along with her many volunteers, provided a warm and welcoming atmosphere that included an artist welcome dinner, BBQ, and plenty of food and drink. The weather was good, a little wind, some coastal morning fog, and lots of afternoon sunshine, what more you could you possibly want!

Paintings are on display through the month of August at the Frank Bette Center for the Arts. 
Reception August 6, 2010, 7 - 9 p.m. at the Frank Bette center.

'Three Amigo's' finds new home with Alameda artist patron.

My paintings on display at Town Center, Alameda.

'Three Amigo's'
12 x 16
Oil on Board

'1000 Grand Street'
8 x 10
Oil on Board

'Summer Palms'
9 x 12
Oil on Board


'Portrait of an Artist'
(Alfredo Tofanelli)
12 x 9
Oil on Board

Painting a portrait of artist Ulrich Gleiter

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Frank Bette Plein Air PaintOut

Tomorrow marks Day 1 of the Frank Bette Plein Air Paintout. I'll be painting Monday thru Friday in Alameda, CA. as one of fourty artists selected to paricipate in this annual event.

Come to the Plein Air Art Exhibit & Sale on Saturday, July 31, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. at the Alameda Towne Center (Park Street at Otis Drive) Alameda.

This is sure to be a fun, challenging, and notable experience!

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Heritage Orchard, Saratoga CA.

'The Old Apricot Tree'
14 x 11
Oil on Board

'Heritage Orchard'
11 x 14
Oil on Board

I have never been drawn to paint orchards, so was a little reluctant to try my hand at it. I was out of my professional plein air boards so brought some inexpensive canvas panels I've had lying around my studio. Not feeling any pressure from my 'inferior' panel, I blithely jumped into painting an old gnarled tree with a moody sky. Before I knew it, I was lost in my painting and having a great time painting an orchard.

When I finished the first, I decided to take on a broader orchard view, and hence came painting number 2, 'Heritage Orchard'.  One of the things I love about plein air painting, is how connected I become to a subject once I've painted it. I suppose it can be likened to sharing a wonderful picnic with someone in a beautiful spot, making that spot forever special.