Saturday, February 20, 2010

Margaret Bowland

Yesterday I went to Los Angeles to see Margaret Bowland's work at the Thomas Paul art gallery. The above pastel was not included in her work, but I found it on her website and love it. I will admit, now don't chase me out of town, my initial response when walking into the gallery was "I don't like this and don't want to look at it". Well, when Peter Frank arrived I had no choice but to sit and look at her work for an hour and I have to say that in that hour I found I was really becoming comfortable with the work and finding a lot of things I'd like to imitate. I think at first I was put off by the exposed female genitalia, the strange pairing of women, black, white, though bald (model has a disease) and Latina dwarf. However, when you look at the way they are painted, and look at their faces you can really see an empathy between the artist and her models. The gallery owner told us that this little girl will often take her own poses and ask the artist, what am I, or who am I and the work goes from there. I am inspired by her work and will hope to take something from it to put in my own.

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Saturday, February 6, 2010


Yesterday my Critical theory class, with Peter Frank, met at the Scape gallery in Corona Del Mar to view the work of artist Ray Turner. Turner has painted portraits of local art collectors - for the most part on 12 x 12" pieces of glass. He then paints squares of various colors on the wall and arranges the portraits on the squares. The gallery contacts their collectors, invites them to attend a photo shoot, but tells them that just because he photographs them, does not mean he will paint them. Ah , how smart - dangling the carrot, instilling the fear of being left out... The guy knows what he is doing. The buyer chooses the background color and the gallery sends a painter to their home to paint the colored square on their wall. The portraits are very interesting. Each one is painted with colors and brush strokes unique to the sitter. He really seems to capture individual personality. There was one portrait that stuck out as not like the others. It was far too warm in tone and felt over worked - not as spontaneous as the others. The jaw line and neck appeared rubbed out. I commented on this and Peter Frank suggested that the subject may have had plastic surgery and this was the artists way of dealing with that. The gallery owner had over heard, came out and wanted to know which painting we were talking of. Sure enough, the woman painted had loved her portrait and claimed this is what she would look like after her "next" surgery. I was impressed that Frank had such a keen eye as to figure out what it was. The portraits were inspiring. I'd love to give something like that a go. Another student pointed out, that by painting on glass he was probably saving time by blowing up the images and putting the glass on top of the photos and painting directly. Hm. One can only say, why didn't I think of that first?

Friday, January 29, 2010


I had a surprise this semester. I was offered a position as a TA (teacher's assistant) for an undergraduate course on perspective. I laughed, thinking "I wonder who told the powers that be, that I could use a review in perspective"?
Well, my first class was on Thursday. It went well. It is a large class, in a small room, so much of the time I was just trying to figure out where to stand so I was not in the way. Basically the teacher (Scott Settle) demonstrates on the board and I wander through the tables checking to see that the students are putting their lines in the right places. It was tiring as I did not have a chance to sit down and they really don't take a break - for 3 and a half hours. I will get there early next week and try to fit a chair at the back of the room.
After perspective I hauled my stuff up to the MFA building where I met with Joe for our mentor meeting. I really liked Joe. He is very direct and easy to follow. He has a much grander picture for me that I admit I had. I realise that he is right in saying that in trying to figure out how to communicate content I left my style and personality behind. I now have to bring the two together - my work is starting too look too much like a product of LCAD. I spent today journaling, sketching, searching the web looking at other artist's work, images and finally after many hours of this I came up with a seed of an idea that I really like. Let's see if I feel the same way tomorrow!
I am learning so much about process!

Monday, January 18, 2010

New Website

Hi all and Happy New Year! Well, I had three goals for the break. One was to get a scholarship application ready to go out - it is nearly there, just have to pick up some docs from school and it will be ready to go. Two, is to get one of my thesis paintings repaired and at a state worth showing to my new mentor - Joe Gerges. I am almost there on that one. Will paint at least six hours today and get it there. The third thing was a new website. That is done! It is much easier for me to update and much easier for you and me to remember. Just go to Please let me know if you see anything I need to fix. One thing I have done is added a section called dailies, where I have put all of the daily paintings from this blog in one spot. They are much easier to view that way.
Above is a painting by Joe. I really look forward to working with him. His work is quite different from mine and I hope I can learn more from him about physiology - painting the figure in such a way that it tells the story through posture, expression and so forth. His work is realistic but not "pretty". I like that too. His web site is
I am no longer officially working with John Brosio. It is a good thing to get input from different sources. I do feel he has helped me immensely in my initial progress and I hope to connect back with him later in this MFA journey. His work is at
School starts tomorrow. I am just hoping I can make it down the mountain! The wind and rain are torrential today and are expected all week.

Sunday, November 1, 2009


" Kitchen Talk"


" Study of Madame Gautreau by Sargent"
This has been a very busy month, but enlightening as well. I feel like my brain is doubling in size. It is crackling with thoughts on Greenberg, Schapiro, Krauss, Benjamine, and others - their thoughts on modernism, what it means to be modern, grids, flatness of picture planes, and so forth. It gives me insight into my own work and why I make the decisions that I do.
I am very busy working on my thesis project -which you will not see for some time. But above are three paintings completed this month. The first - is one I start at the end of summer. I deliberated over how realistic to paint the cupboards and window, but decided I liked them as simple shapes, leaving the two mirrored figures at the center of focus. This painting will be posted on my website - for more information.
The second painting "Abstract" was an assignment given by my mentor John Brosio. It is something I had not really done before and I really enjoyed it. Painting abstract is very freeing. This painting is approximately 8 x 10", oil on canvas and will sell for $200.00 Shipping $5.00
The third painting is a study of Madame Gautreau - copied from John Singer Sargent. I chose this subject because I love how Sargent is able to communicate so much with such seemingly conservative brush strokes - wet into wet - painted all in one sitting. If he was not happy with the outcome, he scraped off all the paint and started over. It could be a long day for the model! It is the exact proportions of the original 12 1/2 x 16 1/8" and is oil on canvas. In another month I can put a varnish on it which will really gloss up the darks and push them back. This too is for sale $300.00. Shipping is $5

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Back to School!

I am now officially an MFA student at Laguna College of Art and Design and am taking a figure painting course from Joseph Todorovich - excellent artist. We are experimenting with different palettes to get the most realistic flesh tones. The Top two are using a limited pallet. The bottom one is a full palette. Each pose is a five hour pose. I am really enjoying revisiting the figure and honing my skills.
All of my course work is available for sale. Contact me if interested.

Friday, July 31, 2009

Little Corona Beach

Yesterday my little girl turned eleven so we spent the day at Little Corona Beach. It was lovely. Afterward dinner at Ruby's Diner. Hey, they have a pretty good selection of vegetarian dishes - easy to make vegan.

Title: Little Corona Beach
Medium: Oil on panel - with a little sand
Size: 8 x 10"
Price: $300.00
Shipping: $10

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Summer Time

I noticed these two girls when I was at the Smiley Library in Redlands last week - and had to sneak a few photos. I love books. I grew up in libraries- my mother being a librarian. No summer is complete without uninterrupted reading and trips to the cool and quiet library.

Title: Summer Library Time
Size: 8 x 10"
Medium: Oil on panel
Price: $300.00
Shipping: $10.00

Monday, July 20, 2009

The Eyes Have It

hat a crazy summer and we are only half way through July. I have been accepted to the MFA program at Laguna College of Art and Design. I start in September and am so excited. They are one of a handful of schools in the country that really focus on traditional methods and will guide on technique rather than just what outlandish message you have to give. Their faculty are all amazing artists, who are exhibiting in major cities around the country. So, I have been very busy filling out scholarship applications!

We have accepted an offer on our house and will be moving to a larger place - to accommodate teen age girl needs and bigger studio needs. We have been dealing with car issues - I hate car issues. Each of my girls have scholarships to Arrowbear music camp this summer so have had fun making music and friends.

This is a fun portrait of MaCall.

Title: The Eyes Have It
Size: 11 x 14"
Medium: Oil on panel
Price: $600.00
Shipping:$ 20.00

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Bracken Fern Manor

Yesterday I did some painting at Bracken Fern Manor - an interesting place in a little canyon near Lake Arrowhead. It was built by Chicago gangster Bugsy Segal in the 1920's - as a private club complete with gambling, booze, brothel and secret tunnels. It was active till some time after WWII and has fascinating gangster history - forced take overs etc.

So, here it is today as a quiet inn.

Title: Bracken Fern Manor
Medium: Oil on panel
Size: 12 x 14"
Price: $600

Monday, June 15, 2009

Angel Study

This is a study for a painting I have had in my head for sometime now. I will be painting this on a much larger scale.

Angel Study
8 x 10"
NFS yet - if interested please e-mail me at

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Crystal Cove on Memorial Day

We spent a lovely Memorial Day at Crystal Cove Beach with family. Currently on display at the Riverside Community Art Association Gallery.

Title: Crystal Cove
Medium: Oil on Panel
Size: 5 x 7"
Plein Air - complete with a few grains of sand!

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Another day at Heaps Peak

I spent another lovely morning painting at Heaps Peak Arboretum - here in the San Bernardino Mountains. Within a mile loop of pathway is such a variety of terrain and plant life - also other life. On my way back up the path, pulling my red wagon behind me, I encountered a beautiful snake making his way across. I did a little research and learned that he is a California Mountain King snake. What brilliant colours he had.

Today I painted a path through some mountain lilac in bloom.

Title: Heap's Path SOLD
Medium: Oil on panel
Size: 14 x 18"
Price: $700
Shipping: $40

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Pacific Dogwood

I enjoyed a lovely morning painting at Heap's Peak Arboretum - here in the San Bernardino Mountains. The dogwood trees are so beautiful right now. After painting I went for a nice hike - admired some springs, the mountain lilacs, lots of lizards and some really big squirrels! I ate my lunch under a tree and contemplated life. This painting is currently on display at the Riverside Community Art Association Gallery.

Pacific Dogwood
Size: 14 x 18"
Medium: oil on panel
Plein Air
Price: $700.00
Shipping: $40.00

Friday, May 8, 2009

Jeni Cat

This little painting is a commission - a tribute for a good friend now gone - Jeni's cat that is.

Medium: oil on panel
Size: 8 x 10"

Friday, April 17, 2009

Morning Light on Pansies

As I make my fruit smoothie first thing in the morning I stand at the kitchen window and look out at the pansies in my planting beds. I love how happy they look as the morning light skims across them. Pansies are definitely one annual that is well worth the money spent - coming up the next year in profusion.

Title: Morning Light on Pansies
Medium: Oil on panel
Size: 11 x 14"
Price: $600.00
Shipping: $20.00

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Thinking Ahead or Looking Behind?

Okay, this is way out of season, but sometimes you just have to paint what strikes you.

Title: Gingerbread House
Medium: oil on panel
Size: 12 x 9 "
Price: $300.00
Shipping: $10.00

Friday, March 27, 2009

Celebrating Spring

This is the painting followed the warm up. It feels very spring to me...

Title: Celebrating Spring
Medium: Oil on panel
Size: 8 x 10"
Price: $300.00
Shipping: $10.00

Thursday, March 26, 2009


Felt the need to paint sheep today. This was my little warm up.

Title: Lamb
Size: 5 x 7 "
Medium: oil on canvas panel
Size: $100.00
Shipping: $2.00

Monday, March 23, 2009

White Water Tree

Saturday I drove with friend's Wilma and Helga to the White Water Nature Preserve, where the PAAR artists were painting for the day. We found a good spot, got all set up for a few hours of painting. I decided to start with a warm up. Not five minutes in the wind burst through the canyon sending brushes, pallets, canvas and paper towels flying everywhere. I had yellow ochre and sap green on my lap, hands and paint box. Determined to stick it out, I managed to get this little painting done. At which point we decided to eat our lunch (in a more sheltered spot) and seek less windy locations. Not to happen that day. The wind continued to bring in a storm and we gave up. I hope to go back late this week. It is a fun location.

Title: White Water Tree
Medium: oil on canvas panel
Size: 5 x 7"
Price: $100.00
Shipping: $2.00

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

T and A - In Redlands

The other day I was waiting for my husband to come out of the bank, when I saw this scene across the street - in Redlands. It spoke to me.

Title: T and A in Redlands
Medium: Oil on canvas board
Size: 9 x 12"
Price: $300.00
Shipping: $ 5.00

Thoughts on the plight of the modern artist by Vic Mastis

Recipe: How to Make Artists Extinct
  1. Take competent artists and have them enter an art fair.
  2. Ask artists to donate their paintings.
  3. Ask artists to hang their artwork in restaurants and businesses without compensation.
  4. Make artists pay to have their artwork judged, hang art in a booth, and pay an entry fee.
  5. Promote anything but the art at the fair.

It's enough to make any artist lose interest. Artists work long and hard, but are expected to give their art away and pay extravagant fees to show their artwork and have it “judged”. Even art fairs ignore the basic needs of the artist.

Here's an example of a recent art fair I entered. Promoters paid musicians $6,000 to play during this one day event. Meanwhile, the artists only had a $25 first prize to fight over. Not to mention, artists had to pay for their own booth. When very few people showed up to the event, it was the artists who were short changed. The bands got paid no matter what. Talk about being on the bottom of the food chain!

One senator came into a St. Louis gallery and selected two paintings to “borrow” for her personal Washington D.C. office for a year. Yes, it looks great on an artist’s resume. But consider this: Senators get stipends to decorate their offices. Why is art work less of a value than the rug on the floor?

Restaurants and businesses are some of the worst. They talk about how they are letting artists display art on their walls. What is it really? Free decorating. Why won't these businesses buy or just rent artwork? Why must they decorate at artists expense?

Yet artists-- including myself-- continue to fall into this trap. The few times I've hung my art in restaurants, it's come back greasy. Not to mention, ignored by the patrons. Artists simply lose the ability to show that artwork or sell it during the duration.

We all like to help causes. We want to help non-profits, but there is a problem with donating a painting to some organizations for an auction. Auctions usually bring in only pennies on the dollar for what artists have worked on for months. One of the medium sized pieces I donated would have sold for $450 dollars. It sold for only $30. I would have rather donated cash.

Do people understand what original art is? Do they know how many years we've practiced? How many classes we've completed? The workshops we've took? The time we spend alone in our studios, pouring ourselves into our passion? Why aren't we respected as our own business?

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Friday, March 6, 2009

Quick Draw

Okay, not the best of photos, but well, I forgot to photograph this before submitting it to the Riverside Art Museum for an exhibit and a wonderful lady photographed it in situ at the reception for me. This is the painting I did on Saturday for the Quick Draw - where we were given from 9am to 11.30am to paint the Riverside Art Museum - celebrating 80 years since being built. It was originally the YMCA. Anyhow, Franz and the girls helped to get me set up, under a palm tree. We had lovely weather and I enjoyed painting that day. However, by the end of the day my foot did feel like it was going to explode!

Title: Riverside Art Museum
Size: 9 x 12"
Medium: Oil on Panel
To purchase please contact Riverside Art Museum. I can give more details.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Painting with PAAR

Today I had Franz drop me off at the Coffee Depot in Riverside on his way to work. I knew I would have at least three hours to paint - and with my broken foot would not be getting around much, so chose an indoor scene, a comfy chair and lots of detail. The Coffee Depot is a great place to hang out. It is the old rail way station - the line ran to Salt Lake. The owner and his wife have worked hard to restore it, even uncovered an old fire place which they did not know was there. It is full of cozy nooks to read books in - has a dark room just for people using their lap tops - and has tasty food too. I did not mean to do an advert, but really, I'd go back. I had a great time listening to people's conversations and am pleased with the painting. Technically this is not a plein air painting -as I was indoors - but I did complete it on site, and that is the requirement.

Saturday, as mentioned before, I painted the TACO STATION (top painting).

Both paintings will be on display Saturday at the Riverside Art Museum and possibly again later.

Title: Coffee Depot
Medium: Oil on Panel
Size: 8 x 10"
Price: $300.00
Shipping: $5.00

Title: Taco Station
Medium: Oil on Canvas Panel
Size: 9 x 12"
Price: $ 300.00
Shipping: $5.00

Monday, February 23, 2009

Sick Day

This was last week's project - based on my daughter Eloise and a day home from school with a fever - though still managed to get in a lot of reading.

The background is inspired by the ornamentation on the inside of a famous piano - though don't ask me which one...I thought it represented her imagination.

Title: Sick Day
Medium: Oil on Panel
Size: 16 x 20"
NFS yet...

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Redlands Art Association Mini Show

Great news! I was awarded the Past President's Choice Award for the painting Posse. It included a cash award and was a very nice surprise. I will say it pays to research your juror before you submit!

Saturday was the start of the Plein Air Painters of Riverside paint out. I had helpers, Franz, MaCall and Eloise, to assist in getting me set up and sorted. Of course after about 45 minutes of sketching the Historic Taco Station I realised that I did not have my brushes. Difficult to paint without brushes. So phoned Franz and the girls who were half way op Mt. Rubidoux and had to come down to scout out brushes for me. I was on my own, on a street corner - no other artists in sight. They did find a store and arrived with three flats (my favorite brush) - of varying sizes. An hour later - they made it 3/4 of the way up the mountain this time, it was time for lunch - at well, you can guess. I'm happy with just about any place as long as it has a salsa bar.

Friday, February 20, 2009

Redland's Art Association

The above three paintings have been selected for the 40th Annual juried Multi Media Mini Show at the Redland's Art Association's Gallery. There were 380 submissions and 120 accepted. The show will run through March19th. If you are in the area please stop by...215 E State Street, down town Redlands, CA.

Starting tomorrow I will be painting with PAAR (Plein Air Artists of Riverside) at their annual paint out. We will be painting at locations around Riverside throughout the week - ending next Saturday the 28Th with a quick draw painting contest and wet painting exhibit. Franz and the girls will take me down tomorrow, get me signed in, help me find my painting spot and set up, then they will go to the movies. Heaven forbid I need to use the bathroom! With my big boot and crutches, it will be an adventure!

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Broken foot!

Okay, we are snowed in and I have broken my foot - a Jones Fracture. I am pretty exhausted from hauling myself around on crutches but have a goal to work today - rather than just having my family fetch and carry for me! No school as well - that means kids under foot - ha ha.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Little Luxuries

If you've ever been without it, you'll know how much it can be missed!

Title: Little Luxuries
Medium: oil on panel
Size: 11 x 14"
Price: $600.00
Shipping: $20

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Vestiges of Rome; or, The I 10 in Redlands

The other afternoon we were enjoying some time in the park near the University of Redlands, when in the distance I viewed what I was certain was some sort of decorative colonnade - much like I used to see in Eaton Park in Norwich. I took my camera and walked closer only to find that it was not a Roman folly, but rather the I 10 Freeway. Never the less, it was still beautiful in the fading light.

Title: Vestiges of Rome; or, The I 10 Freeway
Medium: oil on canvas panel
Size: 8 x 10"
Price: $199.00
Shipping: $5.00

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Walking the Dog

Title: Walking the Dog
Medium: oil on canvas panel
Size: 8 x 10"
Price: $199.00
Shipping: $5.00

Monday, January 26, 2009

More Oranges

We had a stormy weekend with the fire going in the fireplace. These oranges were such a nice warm subject, unlike the M.C. Escher project I'll be doing at my daughter's school today. His work was very linear and cold - though wonderful.

Title: More Oranges
Size: 12 x 16"
Medium: oil on panel
Price: $600.00

Friday, January 23, 2009

Oranges and Cezanne

Last week we purchased a nice supply of oranges from some gentlemen in the Home Depot parking lot. I knew right away they would be the subject of a painting or two. This is not categorized as a daily painting. It took much longer and is much larger than a daily painting, but I was too impatient to jump right in, so was not willing to start with a daily.

As I was painting I found something emerging in this painting and quickly decided it was Paul Cezanne. I had not looked at any work by or thought of Cezanne in years. I went right to my book shelf, pulled out a volume of his work and immediately found the similarities.

So, for your viewing, I present "Oranges".

Title: Oranges
Medium: Oil on panel
Size: 20 x 24"
Price: $1000.00

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Have Joy!

Here's wishing much Joy to all of you this Christmas season! I am starting to get back on my feet, thanks to a terribly healthy diet and the support of many. I have much to be thankful for.

Title: Joy
Subject: my wonderful girls
Size: 8 x 10
Oil on canvas panel
Not for Sale

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Coming Soon - Off The Wall art exhibit at Riverside ART Museum.
I'll have eight paintings in the show.

Now in its 5th year this event features works of art for sale in $100 increments and priced at $100, $200 and no more than $300. Each artist may submit up to 8 original works of art and all art must be ready to hang at intake. All artists will have at least one piece exhibited during the preview and at the opening event. Art will not be sold until the opening party and sale and the sale will continue for an additional week with new works being continually hung. The sale will culminate with a Riverside Art Museum member Appreciation Sale on Saturday, November 15.
Admission to the public sale is free and entrance will be by numbered pass which will be distributed beginning at 4:00pm and continuing until the 6:00pm sale on Friday, November 7 in front of the Riverside Art Museum.

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Back to Basics

As my health continues to decline and I continue my fight with doctor's receptionists and nurses in an effort to see a specialist, I find I am in bed dreaming of creating. I long to get back to it, but do not have the means just now. I did start sketching in a pad on the couch the other night. It reminded me of how much I love just the basics of drawing. As soon as possible I would like to get back to life drawing. There is nothing so satisfying as successfully completing a drawing of what is really the puzzle of the human body. Training your eye to report to your brain then to hand distance, shape, perspective. It is a rather amazing process. Addictive as well. I find I can physically detect my brain switching gear when I start to draw.
This drawing is one I did while in New Hampshire. I do not recall the exact dimensions. If interested I will get her out of the portfolio.

Monday, September 29, 2008

September Wanes

As September wanes I find myself still drawn to my bed like a magnet. There are days when I hardly feel human, more like my cat who accompanies me there. This condition of mine was caused by a "harmless" little virus called the Parvo B 19. My daughter brought it home from nursery school five years ago. Unfortunately I was one of the lucky few adults to contract the full force of the virus resulting in permanent damage to my entire system. For some reason the virus likes to recharge at the change of seasons, though this fall is particularly worse than last.

I particularly like this art deco painting of a sleeping woman because she feels so solid, all there. I often feel I am fading away, not so for this sleeping beauty.

Thank you to those who bid on the painting and helped make the auction a success!


Thursday, September 25, 2008

Charity Auction

This painting is currently being held for auction at The proceeds go to help the Nielson family. (if you're not famliar wth their story click on their name to learn more about them) It is a great cause so bid away!

Not far from Running Springs, in the San Bernardino mountains, there is a place called Daffodil Hill. A woman started planting bulbs nearly 50 years ago and now they sweep over and around a mountain side. Unfortunately the recent fires did destroy some of the bulbs but it is still beautiful.

Title: Daffodil Hill
Size: 6 x 8"
Medium: Oil on panel

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

This is what I am doing...

For some reason fall is the time of year I always get hit hard - perhaps the kids going back to school - new germs floating around. I'll be back as soon as I can get myself out of bed!

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Snow Valley Reservoir in full colour

I spent the morning with Helga painting in the Children's Forest - near Running Springs. This is a colorful version of the Snow Valley Reservoir (used to fuel snow making machines during the winter).

Title: Snow Valley Reservoir in Full Colour

Medium: Oil on Panel

Size: 11 x 14"

Price: $300.00

shipping: $20.00

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Halloween Vigil

I could not resist painting some of my garden harvest.

Title: Halloween Vigil
Medium: Oil on panel
Size: 9 x 12"
Price: $ 300.00
Shipping: $10.00