Thursday, December 19, 2013

Poinsettia Study, 10x8 oil painting

Poinsettia Study
10x8 oil painting on canvas panel

I bought a little poinsettia to give some Christmas color to our house, and it's a great study for painting.

This painting is available for purchase through an online auction at

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Sunflower Trio, 6x6 oil painting

Sunflower Trio
6x6 oil on archival canvas panel

I painted this study from photos I took in my own garden this past summer.

This painting is available for purchase through an auction at

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Indoor Sunshine, 8x6 oil painting on Raymar cotton panel

Indoor Sunshine
8x6 oil on Raymar cotton panel

I paint a lot of sunflowers -- they just seem so happy to me.  Enjoy.

This painting is for sale at

Friday, November 8, 2013

Sunflower Happy, 7x5 acrylic on linen panel

Sunflower Happy
7x5 acrylic on linen panel

This is one of my entries in Gilbert Visual Art League's 5x7 Show on November 17 in Old Town Gilbert.  The show will be outdoors at Postino's Cafe, and it's part of the Art Walk event that day.  GVAL has almost 200 paintings for the show already, and ll of these 5x7 paintings will sell for $25 each.  If you haven't been to Old Town Gilbert, it's a fun place to spend a Saturday.

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Teton Afternoon, 6x6 oil painting

Teton Afternoon
6x6 oil on Raymar cotton panel

I painted this from a photo I took a few years ago, while on a trip to Idaho and Wyoming.  The Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks should be seen by everyone.  They are truly treasures.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Purple Cactus Flower, 6x6 oil painting

Purple Cactus Flower
6x6 oil painting on Raymar canvas panel

I often paint cactus flowers.  There are so many varieties and colors here in the southwestern desert.  I take as many photos as I can each spring when they bloom, and I painted this from one of my photos.  Thank you for viewing my art.  

Buy this painting through an online auction at Daily Paintworks.

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Sunset on the Salt River, 9x12 oil painting on archival panel

Sunset on the Salt River
9x12 oil painting on archival panel

I painted this from a photo I took along the Salt River north of Mesa, Arizona, in the Tonto National Forest.  This location was in the Phon D. Sutton rec area.  I've been to this area many times in the early morning and late afternoon to paint and take photos.  This past week I went there in the morning, and as I was hiking down to the river, a mountain lion crossed the path in front of me.  He was close (less than 25 feet), and I'm very lucky he wasn't interested in me.  This is one of the most beautiful spots on the river, but I won't go there again by myself.  It was frightening.  Mountain lions have been spotted in that area for the past few years, but this was the first time I've seen one.  I hope it's the last.

This painting is available for purchase through an online auction.

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Afternoon Shadows, 10x10 oil painting on deep-edge canvas

This painting is being donated to the Mesa Arts Center annual 10x10 exhibit and sale, which will occur on October 10, 2013 at the Mesa Arts Center in Mesa, Arizona.  This is the third year I've entered this show.  Since it's an event in Mesa, I chose a scene from a photo I took one late afternoon at Rancho de Tia Rosa, a wonderful Mexican restaurant in Mesa.  Tia Rosa not only has outstanding food, but the architecture is beautiful.  This painting is not for sale here, but it will be for sale at the show.  The price for all paintings at the show is $100.

Afternoon Shadows,
10x10 oil painting on deep-edge canvas

Friday, September 13, 2013

Carmel Mission Wall, 8x6 original oil painting

Last Spring I visited the Monterey area, and since I'm visiting all of the California missions I went to two missions that were close by:  Mission San Juan Bautista and Mission Carmel.  When I visited Carmel to do some plein air painting, I found that the mission was being renovated, so there were huge scaffolds on one of the basilica's domes.  Another complication was that some signature members of the California Art Club were there that day to paint as well.  I thought it might be pretty difficult to paint the scaffolding, and I sure didn't want to embarrass myself among this illustrious group of painters, so I settled on painting the exterior wall that had some nice foliage and shadows.  It was a wonderful day, and so nice to meet so many very accomplished painters.

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Red Rock Sunset, 6x8 oil painting

During the past year I've taken a few classes from Dick Heichberger, a master landscape painter.  He really focuses on the use of transparent color, and that "less is more".  I painted this in one of his classes from a photo I had taken in Sedona.

Red Rock Sunset
6x8 oil painting on Raymar cotton panel
Not framed

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Making Vintage Aprons, 6x6 oil painting

A few years ago, I got really interested in vintage aprons -- the kind our moms and grandmothers used to wear around the house.  I remember in the 1950s there were quite a few very cute styles.  Since I like to sew almost as much as I like to paint, I decided to make a few.  This painting is from a photo my husband took in the process of making matching aprons for his daughter and granddaughter.

Aprons have quite a history, and there are lots of websites devoted to vintage styles. Who knew they would become so popular again?

"Making Vintage Aprons"
6x6 oil painting on archival panel

Saturday, August 10, 2013

The Red Door, 6x6 oil painting on Raymar canvas panel

Mission San Luis Rey de Francia in Oceanside, California is the "King of the Missions". Named for King Louis IX of France, this was a former Spanish mission.  It iis still a working mission today, cared for by the people of the parish.  The Red Door is one of the many doors leading to the interior of the main building.  This mission has two asistencias, or sub-missions, associated with it.  Since the California missions were set up to be a day's travel between them, I often wondered how someone got from Oceanside to San Gabriel in one day (a distance of 89 miles).  I did some research, and I found there were ranches that provided lodging for travelers in-between.  The two asistencias (stations) for Mission San Luis Rey are Las Flores, near San Clemente and San Antonio de Pala, near Pala Mesa.  Some of these asistencias are still standing, and I plan to go back and visit them, as I visit all 21 of the California missions.

Monday, August 5, 2013

San Luis Rey, 6x6 oil painting on Raymar canvas panel

2013 marks the 300th anniversary of Father Junipero Serra's birth.  He founded the California Missions beginning in 1769.  San Luis Rey, the "King of the Missions", was the 18th mission to be built in California.  Although I've been to several missions throughout my life, I've been visiting all of them, and I"ve taken hundreds of photos for painting reference.  I've always been interested in their history, and I love the architecture of these places.  If you get to California, do make it a point to visit at least one mission and experience the history of old California.

Saturday, August 3, 2013

Yellow Cactus Flower, 6x6 oil painting

This past Spring I took many photos of the blooming cactus along the route where I ride my bike; and I painted this from one of those photos.  There are so many colors and varieties of prickly pear cactus, ranging from yellow-green to pink, purple and deep red.  The blossoms are many different colors, too.  The Sonoran Desert is a colorful place in the springtime.

Yellow Cactus Flower
6x6 oil painting on Raymar canvas panel

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Sunset Reflections, 6x6 oil painting on Raymar canvas panel

This colorful sunset sky is made even more beautiful by its reflection in the water

This painting may be purchased in an auction on Daily Paintworks at

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Cactus Flower, 6x6 oil painting on Raymar canvas panel

Cactus flowers brighten the landscape in the desert southwest.  They range from bright pink to peach, yellow and reds; and it's a delight to see them.  This cactus flower was on a smaller variety of cactus in my neighbor's yard.  I often take photos of these brightly colored flowers when I ride my bike on Spring mornings.

This painting may be purchased through an auction at

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Sonoran Saugaro,12x9 oil on Raymar Panel

Saguaros are found only in the southwestern US, and only in the Sonoran Desert.  I often wonder how these desert plants evolved.  Many of the cactus and trees in the desert have thick skins to protect them from the hot sun, and to hold water.  Saguaros retain water when it rains to the point that you can see them swell.   They can go for months without water in the 115 degree heat of the summer.  They can only grow when they're young if they are protected from the sun by other plants, so they are often surrounded by palo verde trees, mesquite and other saguaros. The odds are against them, but in spite of that, they are the iconic symbol of the desert southwest.  Survival of the fittest.

"Sonoran Saguaro"
12x9 oil on Raymar Panel

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Canyon Shadows, 6x6 oil on Raymar panel

I've been having lots of fun working in the booth for Scottsdale Artist's School, at the Celebration of Fine Art in Scottsdale.  For those of you who don't live in the Phoenix area, this is an annual event where 100 artists set up studios and work there seven days a week, for ten weeks, to show and sell their art.  The show will run through March 24.

I paint every day that I'm at the event.  Some good, and some not so good; but here's a little piece I did last week that many of the artists there have complimented.  This painting is framed, and it's for sale at the Scottsdale Artist's School booth.  I'm usually at the booth Thursday - Sunday, although I won't be there this weekend since I'm headed to California for a plein air painting event with the California Art Club.

If you come to visit the Celebration of Fine Art, please stop by and say hello!

"Canyon Shadows"
6x6 oil on Raymar panel, framed

Tuesday, January 1, 2013