Wednesday, June 29, 2011

New medium

I went to the art supply store (FLAX) in San Francisco the other day and bought myself this watercolor sketchbook with beautiful handmade paper. I also bought some watercolor pencils. I like the idea of them for having painting materials while traveling. The concept seems simple enough---draw with them, then add water and presto! What looked like drawing with colored pencil now turns into watercolor! I'm finding, however, that they need to be used in layers, just like watercolors. Of course they don't work in quite the same way as regular watercolors, so I'm struggling with them at the moment. Much more practice ahead of me!

Thursday, June 23, 2011


Tonight's dinner will include freshly harvested turnips from Foggy River Farm in Healdsburg. They are so beautiful that I decided to paint them before they are gone!

Monday, June 20, 2011


Even though it's gorgeous outside, I'm stuck at home waiting for the plumber. Therefore, I decided to paint my friend Dar's dog, Rizzo. Not sure if it's done or not; have to look at it for a while....

Fern Kagan said....

"The hardest thing about art is letting it be easy."

Friday, June 17, 2011

Finally....a cow painting!

I've been wanting to paint some cows for awhile but just haven't gotten around to it. These sweeties are Miss Betsey Bigelow & Mr. Asa Bigelow. They live on my friend Paul's farm ( in Connecticut. I'm going to visit them in July!


I did end up making several small changes. Can you spot them? 

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Vincent Van Gogh said....

"How difficult it is to be simple."

Today's work in progress

Yesterday on the coast, I took a photo of a marshy area on the way to Doran Beach. Today I decided to do a painting based on that photo. I just started it a few hours ago. I don't think I'll get to finish it today, but will post the finished version when it's done. I am trying to avoid getting too fussy with it, but the sky and water obviously have more layers to go.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

D.H. Lawrence said....

"One's action ought to come out of an achieved stillness; not to be mere rushing on."

My muse

Also known as "Wilson," "Mr. Wilson," "Willie Boy," "Shredder," or "Spawn of Satan," depending on whom you ask, he is a 3-legged Chihuahua Terrier mix. He is not an easy dog, but he is definitely memorable. In this photo, I was painting on Blind Beach, and Mr. Wilson was resting under his umbrella. He's old now, and the direct sun is too much for him.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Thomas Berger said....

"What is art but a way of seeing?"

Stein Collection

Went to SF this past weekend to see the art collection of Gertrude Stein & her two brothers, Leo & Michael, and Michael's wife, Sarah. Impressive, what a cutting-edge family they were. The art was amazing. I love the distinctive, Spanish eyes of Picasso's figures, though I was most drawn to the work of Cezanne overall. I've always liked his color palette. To see the paintings in person is so inspiring.

Friday, June 10, 2011

Working in my studio

Yesterday, I painted on the coast. It was completely overcast until, just as I was leaving, the fog started to break up. I couldn't finish the painting on location because I had to get home to get ready to go to a concert. Today, I worked some more on the painting in my little studio.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

R.D. Lang said....

"The range of what we think & do is limited by what we fail to notice. And because we fail to notice that we fail to notice, there is little we can do to change until we notice how failing to notice shapes our thoughts & deeds."

Finally...painting outside!

With my trusty paintbrush stand, a relatively small number of acrylic tubes of paint, a bit of glazing medium, my travel watercolors (and travel watercolor pad), I'm packing up the dog and heading to the coast today! What isn't pictured is the small canvas boards I'll carry for acrylic paintings. They are stored in a new 9" x 12" canvas carrier I got on sale at Riley Street art supply. I've been waiting for a non-rainy day to get out and paint!


The only part I might work on a tad bit more in this study is the blue of the sky behind the trees to the left. Otherwise, I'm moving on!

Monday, June 6, 2011

Leonardo Da Vinci said....

"The average human looks without seeing,
listens without hearing,
touches without feeling,
eats without tasting,
moves without physical awareness,
inhales without awareness of odor or fragrance,
and talks without thinking."

Favorite new studio find

Went to many fabulous local art studios in Guerneville, Graton, and Santa Rosa for the Art at the Source open studios event this past weekend. Met many very gracious, very talented, very interesting artists. Favorite find: The Barracks Artists in Santa Rosa, a group of 12 artists with studios in a big, old military barracks that has been converted into artists' studios. So much fun to walk from one studio to the next, seeing such a variety of creative work in one building. They are located at: 3840 Finley Avenue, Santa Rosa, CA.

Saturday, June 4, 2011

William Dobell said....

"A sincere artist is not one who makes a faithful attempt to put on to canvas what is in front of him, but one who tries to create something which is, in itself, a living thing."

On the easel today....

Just started this one yesterday, so it has a way to go. It's a study of part of a painting by Angel Fabela. Once again, the photo makes the colors look washed out. I've been taking the photos with my iPhone; I think it's time to start using my "real" camera to get better photos. Today, I'm going to visit local artists' studios open for Sonoma County's Art Trails. Love how inspirational it is!