Tuesday, September 9, 2014


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There's something about water! Whether a water feature, a lily pond, a stream, a lake, the ocean, even a small fountain is so soothing and relaxing. It's an excellent place to go into what I like to call 'a no-mind state'. Love to go to that place when I'm painting. Everyone has a different name for it of course. Attempts to quiet our minds is not easy task to attain these days. Here's wishing this sweet little Koi peaking out from the pond helps refresh you!

Thursday, September 4, 2014

'Pt. Loma Lighthouse'

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Cabrillo National Monument and Point Loma Lighthouse in San Diego is an incredible place to visit. There are the most amazing tide pools, which even the children, seem to respect.  After all, what curious little one doesn't appreciate awesome sea creatures...

The colors are phenomenal when the sun highlights the prisms on the marine life found there.  Just be sure to check the tide schedule so you don't miss out!  We also bring little picnic lunches and sit on a bench overlooking it.  Now that's what I call living the good life!

Tuesday, August 19, 2014


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This loose little painting was rendered Plein Air on the beach. The plein air equipment was schlepped along on a cart that becomes a table.  The tires on this make it so much easier to get across the sand.  Took me sometime finding this perfect transport for hauling all the gear, food, drink, umbrella, chair, etc, but was well worth the effort.  The little back-pack holds a very small Open Box M pochade with brushes, paints etc. Easy to back-pack with walking or on a bicycle which I have done many times with this little one as well.  Also bought some really great zippered pouches from REI.  Love them!

I have another regular sized set-up that's larger.  James Coulter's system "Art Box and Panel".  Here's a link to the very first plein air painting I did with this set-up, "Side by Side".  It seems I bought mine around the same time  or right after Carol Marine and Jennifer McChristian did unbeknownst to me.  You can see them using it on the links James has set-up on his site.  That proved to be a confirmation that I did my homework and selected great equipment.  I personally think James put a lot of thought into this as it's pretty darn easy to set-up. 

I prefer standing when painting outdoors, but having the ability to hang out as long as I wanted sitting without having to leave for any reason other than nature - well what can I say, it was a very very good day!

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

"Seagulls Flight"

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An abstracted expressionistic view of seagulls in flight.  

Btw, for whatever reason, the colors in blogger seem to be more saturated with this oil painting.  If you're interested in seeing it's true colors, please go to Etsy.  Thanks much!

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

"Beach Ballet"

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My daughter took one look at this painting and said, "She looks like she's in a ballet en pointe position." I had to agree and thus the name, 'Beach Ballet'.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

"Great Expectations" - SOLD

My husband and I were walking on the beach after dinner one evening.  I saw this woman standing there just taking it all in.  She had assumed the frequently seen position of a pregnant woman near the end of her term.  Not only expecting, but one could notice she wondered what to expect as the time was drawing closer.  I'm betting they were 'great expectations'.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Abstracted Olives

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There are olive trees galore in California.  The weather here seems to be a perfect climate for them mimicking their Mediterranean homeland.  Whenever at a local farmers market, you will be sure to see a plethora of olive oils to sample.  Picking one however, is not an easy task.  Thank goodness we can keep coming back and try them all until we find our happy flavor.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

"Sandals" - SOLD

Sandals, they've gotta lotta sole! I LIVE in them year in and year out. They're my slippers, my friends, my easy to carry on a walk to the beach accessory. Even if you wanted to change your sandals into 'real' shoes before going out and oops forgot, they'd still be an acceptable mode of travel. Ya have to love that... May we all have many happy walks on the beach with our fashionable co-conspirators.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

"De Arbol Chilles"

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This hotty comes with compliments of a fabulous website for foodies called Provisions by Food 52 and James Ransom, photographer.  So many of us 'like it hot'.  Although it did take me a while to build up to the heat, once I was there I was hooked and now there's no going back.  Phew!

Friday, May 16, 2014

"Tiffany Leaves"

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Tiffany colored leaves surround this delicate bouquet of flowers with a soft, subtle hue. The textures and colors are so much softer in person.  This versatile piece of original abstract art would look perfect anywhere you chose to exhibit it.

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Crystal Avalanche

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This is the third abstract containing the glass concept.  A repetition of lovely translucent shards.  I thoroughly enjoyed the 'process' of creating these three pieces.  Each size being different and each with their own distinct color palette.

Monday, April 21, 2014

"Crystal Cascade"

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Resembling 'Beach Glass', but not the normal range of beachy colors.  All intermingling and doing their own melding and melting into one another as they fell into a pile finally settling on the bottom.

Monday, April 14, 2014

"Good Vibrations"

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Good Vibrations, 10 x 20 x 1, oil on Belgian linen, gallery wrap painted sides. 

There's a more accurate colored version of this painting on my website. For some reason, it is super vibrant on blogger so tried to tone this photo down a bit. Hope it works as everyone's monitors are calibrated differently. Ah the joy of being an artist. Having to take great photos of one's work is one of the bigs. After all, we're all about 'the image' coming across as correct in detail as possible. However, it's nice to know I'm not alone and I do think painting is one of the most joyful things in the universe, ever... so it's all good.

As for the title - vibrating and then some, I looked up the lyrics from the Beach Boys song and they seemed to apply. I changed the words and came up with this:
I love the colorful garb they wear
And the way the sunlight plays upon the pears

I hear the sound of a gentle word (yum-m-m-m-m)
On the wind that lifts her fruitiness through the air
Where would we be without humor. 
Hoping this brings a smile to your face!
AND if this doesn't make you smile, maybe THIS will!

Thursday, April 10, 2014


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Lakeside, 8 x 8 x 1.5, oil on canvas, gallery wrap painted sides. 

This little abstract is so full of Spring wishes that it bursts with subtle exuberance.  It's softer in person.  ALL paintings, no matter the subject, look way better up close and personal.  To those who are still battling the elements, here's hoping your Spring comes soon!

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

'Beach Glass'

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Beach Glass, 24x24x1, OIL on Belgian linen, gallery wrap painted sides. 

I love beach glass.  I like others of my kind find endless hours of time lost wandering the shores.  My proximity to the beach is a real plus.  I must again say 'yay' to that as I am one grateful cookie!  So hats off to the beach and the bits that are transformed into inspiration.