Monday, March 9, 2015

'Lifeguard Shack'


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These colorful pastelish lifeguard shacks are located up and down the beaches here in Ventura.  Kind of iconic at this point.  Very California.  

Just caught a breadth of salt air there for a minute.  I actually did hear a few seagulls fly by though.



Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Finally in 'new' studio

Some before picts with boxes, etc strewn all over...




















We've been in our new home for about 3 weeks now.  We're waiting for our shutters to be finished and installed and still have lots to do before I can get back to my usual schedule of painting, like concrete/landscaping the patio, garage organizing, things like that, but at least we're finally in.  We worked sooooo hard.  

It's such a pleasure for my husband Tim, (who is a musician) and I to have our very own studios.  As great as it was living right on the beach, it was just way too small for us and we're only like 10 minutes away from the water now so all is well.

My new studio is upstairs with scads of light which I cannot even say how much I missed.  Go to the light, lol...  It feels like I'm in a tree-house!

Tim had carpeting put in his studio and I opted for linoleum tiles, not real tiles or wood, cause I am not going to care about what does or doesn't land on the floor while in the pursuit of passion this time around.

Had a few mishaps (who doesn't) while moving and sprained left ankle and my right knee took a hit, but on the mend super fast and no longer using a cane to get up and down stairs.  We'd always been in a single floor home except for our first.  

This is a very nice new housing area for the Oxnard/Ventura which is very close to Whole Foods (fav), Target, lots and lots of restaurants, movie theater, and all kinds of shopping.

That's a paper shade (wish I thought of this idea) on the window until shutters are installed.  It sticks to the frame on the top and there are clips to hold it up.  There are still bins in the garage with paints, and other supplies like canvases etc, but this space holds a lot in the closet.  My sweetie pie, Tim set-up shelving and it's working out great (sorry I didn't get a pict of that).

And now, tada!  Here are some shots of the new set-up - yay!





Tuesday, January 20, 2015

'El Jardin Courtyard'

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El Jardin courtyard is right on Main Street in downtown Ventura where there are cute shops, hair stylists, quaint little bistros, and truly yummy sweets.  This hidden treasure is behind a gated passageway with steps leading up all the way through to umbrellas, delightful blue skies and strong shadows that seem to enlist the help of wee little birds to sing you into a blissful relaxed state.  Local charms are abundant!



Tuesday, January 6, 2015

'Umbrella Daze'


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Photo reference compliments of Claudia Ward Photography.

A rainy day at the bus stop.  Umbrellas up and everyone in quite a daze.  I painted this during our deluge of rains here in Cali.  Very grateful and appreciating the precious element H2O.

However, with that said, I am getting anxious to move into our brand new home with an upstairs studio promising lots of light and no longer sharing small quarters with my guitar slinging husband.  We'll both finally have our 'own' studios like before - soon?.  Yay!

Builders said delays came from the rain as in pouring driveway, Edison, etc.  But I know we desperately needed it.

Saturday, December 27, 2014

'Ice Sailing"


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Photo compliments of Claudia Ward Photography.

Just thinking about how much energy goes into one of these intense sport events is enough to make one run for a gallon of water and stretch those tired muscles.  In the zone after the swim and blurring out from intense speeds, these bicyclists are now going to have to run.  Yikes...   Phew, think I'll go rest now.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

'Bicycle Blur'


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Just thinking about how much energy goes into one of these intense sport events is enough to make one run for a gallon of water and stretch those tired muscles.  In the zone after the swim and blurring out from intense speeds, these bicyclists are now going to have to run.  Yikes...   Phew, think I'll go rest now.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

'Pomegranate'


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I'm sure I'm not the only one that knows about the benefits of the Pom, but just in case I thought I'd share the advantages of this powerhouse. Here's to your health!  Oh and no framing necessary as well.  Yay!

Health Benefits of the Pomegranate 
  • Most powerful anti-oxidant of all fruits 
  • Potent anti-cancer and immune supporting effects 
  • Inhibits abnormal platelet aggregation that could cause heart attacks, strokes and embolic disease 
  • Lowers cholesterol and other cardiac risk factors 
  • Lowers blood pressure 
  • Shown to promote reversal of atherosclerotic plaque in human studies 
  • May have benefits to relieve or protect against depression and osteoporosis 
Many studies show that the pomegranate is one of the most powerful, nutrient dense foods for overall good health. These clinical findings clearly show a correlation between pomegranate compounds and their positive effect on both human and animal cardiovascular, nervous, and skeletal health. This is one fruit that you can't afford to exclude from your diet!

Info from Dr. Fuhrman...

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

"Early Morning Light"


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This was a prime spot for early morning light and views of the LA skyline.  I loved how the houses were nestled in amongst the trees. 

Challenging myself to depict a vast amount of information in such a small format (6 x 8).  Have to say that I wanted to keep it as loose as I could and wore a path in the floor from walking back and forth while painting.  I kept thinking about putting a taller building in the background, but didn't want to draw that much attention back there as the houses, not the skyscrapers were my intentional focal point.

Monday, October 27, 2014

"Beets"


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First, what can I say, I tried repeatedly to get the 'best' photo  regarding the color red as possible.  This was the most desirable of them all.  It will read differently on different monitors as well. My apologies.  Photo compliments of Food 52 and James Ransom, photographer.

Beets...  What a veggie.  I have always disliked them immensely.  That is until I found out what amazing little wonders they are.  My husband loves them so when he would eat them, I would eat one or two and that is how I develop a taste for something I dislike until 'voila', I like them.  And lookout - I found yellow!  What??!!!  Loving veggies as I do, I was quite astonished that I didn't know they existed.

Whole Foods serves them in their buffet area - yay.  Yummy sweet delectable yellow beets.  Every time I bite into one in my salad they cry out with individuality.  There's so much goodness, I thought I'd share some of the info regarding this little powerhouse with a link here.  I hope you give them a go a little at a time if you don't like them and hope that you too, develop a taste for the little wonders.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

'Living Waters'


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The following attempt at poetry is what happens when considering  the element of water in a lily pond.

'Waters elliptical, elongated ripples reacting to the breezes above as well as the reflections of color and depth retires the soul to a temporarily relaxed state causing a purposeful search for more of the same.'

Is this what they mean by poetic license?  Thanks to those who suffered through reading it.  This did seriously happen while sitting in front of my sister-in-laws lily pond.  A little stream of trickling water into the pond itself, with dragon flies, flowers galore, lilies, gentle breezes, relections...  You almost become comatose sitting there.  And I have to say, I liked it!!!

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

"Three Little Pears"


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We're coming up on apple and pear season shortly.  I've already started to delve into recipes.  So in honor of the wonderfully delicious concoctions that shall spring forth, I thought I would honor the humble pear.  Bon appetit!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

"Leaps of Joy" - SOLD


COMMISSION

This piece is commissioned by Jenny Maginnes whom I have had the great pleasure of painting for a few years ago.  She also graciously allowed me the courtesy of using a photo I loved the minute I saw it, even named it straightaway, of the girls fishing, "Fisher Girls".

Jenny tells me she was able to  quickly capture this shot of the girls leaping off of the lifeguard stand which apparently is unique to their North Carolina beach and it became an integral part of the painting.  Talk about being in the right place at the right time to capture this rare mid-air shot.  Remarkable!

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

'Koi'



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FRAMED, ready to hang art.

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' - SOLD


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!