Wednesday, July 23, 2014

"Great Expectations"

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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.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

'Calla Lillies' - Plein Air

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Calla Lillies, 7x5, oil on panel, painted sides. En Plein Air. 

Plein Air Group met at Chris' house this time around.  She has a very lovely home with plants galore.  Plants that are quite large and very well established.  I brought my smaller pochade (cigar box type from OpenM) and a beach chair.  I rarely paint sitting down as trumping back and forth to get a good look from a proper distance, but I have to tell you with the birds, singing, a dog napping next to me, (Dude) and the ocean breezes gently rolling in, it was quite the dreamy day.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

'Raising Champions'

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Large original oil...  24 x 24 x 1.5, gallery wrap painted sides.
Photo complements of Claudia Ward Photography

I have painted horses on and off for some time now.  It's been awhile however since I've painted an true equestrian.  The very last one was a commission of a 'young' girl that I thought just might become quite serious regarding this arena.  So I thought with Spring just around the corner and horse shows gearing up, now would be a good time to have at it. 

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

"Strawberry Fields Forever"

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Oxnard and Ventura are known for fields of strawberries and tons of other fabulous fruits and veggies.  Lots of little road side markets are set-up all over and make an easy snack for travelers.  Grateful to have them!

Thursday, March 13, 2014

"Stairway to Heaven"

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This painting consists of OIL paint, not acrylic.  

It has a rich patina. There are layers and layers and layers of various pigments which peek through here and there keeping the mystery alive. Be warned: Various quadrants throughout this piece of artwork can make you linger over them and sigh. 24" x 24" x 1", oil on gallery wrap with painted sides eliminating the need for framing.  Thanks for taking a look!

Thursday, March 6, 2014


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Tulips and Poppies are some of my favorite flowers.  I think it's because of their elegant simplicity.  I say some because each species has their own amazement.  And each one has sooooo much going on regarding variety.  Variety within the varieties.  Flowers are the sweetest things God ever made, and forgot to put a soul into. ~ Henry Beecher