Monday, November 23, 2015


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A rich harvest of abstracted colors, shapes, shadows, dapple light...

Thursday, November 12, 2015


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It's getting to be that time of year again.  Time for clementines.  They're kind of special as they come out during the holiday season and that's just plain fun.  Bon appetit!

Monday, October 26, 2015


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A simply rendered olive branch.  

Olives - trees, branches, Kalmata, Spanish, stuffed with pimentos, garlic, onions, bleu cheese and more.  By themselves or thrown into a plethora of dishes, they're usually welcomed by most.  If not for eating, then for looking at in a garden.  What a variety of tastes and flavors and they're yummy in martini's too.

Friday, October 2, 2015

"Beach Scene"

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Relax, listening to the waves, children splashing and playing, a good read, not a care in the world, sunshine...  Bliss!

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

"Picnic Basket"

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Picnics, I LOVE picnics.  Have you ever noticed how great food tastes when you eat outdoors?  It's yummier than ever.

One of the picnic dates I recall with my husband was us quickly purchasing produce, etc from a local grocery store and packing an impromptu lunch before heading up to Pt. Loma very early in the morning to check the tide pools (another huge fav of mine).  

We were ravenous by the time we did eat our little picnic on a bench at the tippy top with seagulls politely flying by and giving us a wonderful aeronautical display.  One of our best days ever!  Am I blessed or what!!!

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

"Summer Chairs"

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Summertime and the living is easy are the thoughts that seize me when I look at this painting. It whispers 'take a break', 'come sit for awhile'...

Years ago I did a small version of this particular painting and just could not let it go as I love the feelings I get when I look at it. I have it in a coastal gray frame which is perfect for this piece.

So I did something I rarely do, I painted another version of mine on a larger scale. Changed the colors up a bit as well, otherwise very similar. I thoroughly enjoyed painting this for every reason imaginable.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015


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Elegant fascinators... Orchids are quite easily distinguishable from other plants. They seem mysterious, even exotic in nature. I often think of Hawaii when I look at them. A symbol of love and beauty. 

So if you're ever stuck for a present that will be sure to please, think of an orchid.  It's always a welcome gift.

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

"Velvet Violets"

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Regarding the computer calamity, back-up and running. I find I do have a few more necessary tweaks to make as I go along and still thanking God that I had a great back-up. My husband has been indispensable. My daughter helped me out as well and told me about Micks Macs in Santa Barbara.  It's about a 45 minute drive from us and I cannot say enough good things about him.

Now to posting.  When I was a child, there was a particular patch of flowers that seemed to be wild.  No one planted them to my knowledge. It was like a special present from God to me as I was the only one that would re-visit that spot to check up on them. Each one fascinators.

There were only two types of flowers planted there. Violets and Lilies of the Valley.  The intoxicating aroma of the Lilies of the Valley usually sent me into a state of wonder that anything could possibly smell that good, that unique. The violets were always velvety with deep luscious variations of purple.

It seems to me that I do not recall ever having seen either one of these flowers either growing in the wild anywhere that we have lived or in florists making these lovlies all the more mysterious.

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Computer died...

My Mac laptop pro died about two weeks ago and I am hoping to be back-up by this coming weekend. It's been a bit of a journey deciding which direction to go, but a decision was finally made, my laptop is being dealt with and back-ups were good, thank God. Springing for this large ticket item wasn't in the cards or so I thought. Ah life.

That's the reason I'm actually posting today. I normally let things like this pass and not say anything, but it occurred to me to post a reminder to back-up your work and not to put it off. 

Happy I have my iPad. Ciao!

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

'Apron' - SOLD

Photo compliments of both Food52 and James Ransom, Photographer.

If you haven't found Food52 yet, you owe it to yourself to visit their fantastic website full of wonderful products AND they also have great recipes.  Two gals, named Amanda and Merrill started it up in 2013 and they're going strong.

James Ransom is one of their still life photographers, love his work. Simple, clean, and for Food52, it's all about their products, not so much fluff to take away the focus. I'm old school and of the 'kiss' principle philosophy so I really gravitated to this site.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

'Delicate Bouquet'

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A sweet bouquet of lovely softness.  I've always thoroughly enjoyed having fresh flowers of my choosing to look at daily.  

It just so happens that we have roses, a wild variety, in front of our house which is taken care of by our HOA, yay.  When the guys were trimming them the other day, they left a few on a table I have on the front porch. So sweet.  

That's the next one up.  I'm having a great time playing with different approaches.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

'Bluebird' - SOLD

I have imagined several scenarios regarding what she is so intensely scrutinizing below.  It certainly has her concentrated attention.

It's always such a joy to see the young little ones in their season learning all they need to go off on their own.  No wonder she's called the 'bluebird of happiness'.

Thursday, June 4, 2015

'Beach Hypnosis' - SOLD

I love the colors in this painting as well as the abstracted scene. I can almost feel the sand slipping out beneath those cool water soaked toes. 

I considered calling it Quicksand cause that's what it's like when you're dazed looking out over the waves and totally mesmerized. Suddenly caught off guard by one of those waves dizzying effects making you catch yourself or fall over. Life is good!

Friday, May 29, 2015

'Kaleidoscope Oranges'

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A kaleidoscope has forms and shapes of colored objects bouncing off each other in a lovely little cylinder of light.  That's what it feels like at times to look at brilliant oranges on our So Cal trees that are so abundant here in Cali's orchards.

Bursting out amongst leaves and blue skies and grasses all around.  Diving in with sticky juices flowing out over hands that are quite eager to taste their sweetness.

We are so blessed to be close to their availability...  Farmer's markets abound here and I say yay to that over and over again.  Nothing like fresh picked!  Our thanks go out to all of those involved from planting to harvest.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

"I Can Do This"

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The simplicity and the statement this painting sets in motion juts off in many directions.  The old 'I think I can' is my first observation. 

I still rather like the I CAN do approach even though it's basically saying the same thing, I personally think it's stronger and more powerful to say I CAN than I think I can.  Kind of like it's already a done deal.  I just know this little boy WILL do it!