Wednesday, December 29, 2010

March On!

"March On!" (Little Moment #32)
watercolor (6" x 6")
Painting on Arches paper mounted on archival museum board,
UV and archival varnish coated. Display easel included.
$150

As promised...here's the opposing team for this years Rose Bowl...TCU. 
Don't you just love a great marching band?
...and whats even better is many marching bands playing in the Rose Parade.
Can't wait to see these guys in their purple uniforms!

P.S. 
I just finished a bigger version of "Kick Off!

 "Kick Off II" (22" x 30")


Sunday, December 26, 2010

Kick Off!

"Kick Off!" (Little 'Scape  #26)
watercolor (5" x 7")
Painting on Arches paper mounted on archival museum board,
UV and archival varnish coated. Display easel included.
$150
available at 


Well Christmas is over....so you know what that means....bowl games!!! And here in Pasadena, of course, that's the Rose Bowl.  This year it is Wisconsin Badger's versus the undefeated Texas Christian University (TCU). Today's painting is no reflection on my allegiance...just that I thought red would be a better color for this piece.  Stay tuned for a piece highlighting TCU (their colors are purple and black).

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Title the Untitled #9

"Untitled #9"
watercolor (12" x 12")
$500



End of the month, end of the year. 
Time for titling the "Untitled"
Best title wins a set of note cards....
go for it friends!

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Vintage Colorado St. Bridge

"Vintage Colorado St. Bridge" (Little 'Scape  #25)
watercolor (5" x 7")
Painting on Arches paper mounted on archival museum board,
UV and archival varnish coated. Display easel included.
available at 
Continuing on the theme of local sites...I came across a vintage photo of our Colorado Street Bridge.  Look at all that is missing from the image...no freeway, no houses, no dam, no structures in the distance; and yes, that is the San Gabriel mountains in the background. 
1920's...that would be an ideal time for me...simplicity at its best.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Cool Cowboy Contentness

"The Lone Rider"
watercolor (12" x 12")
 $500

Today's painting is a larger version of an earlier painting I have done....I remember when I took this photo...
This cowboy seemed so very content...
and I suppose who wouldn't be, strolling along the nature path on horseback? 
Yes, I believe I would have a "contentness" about me too.  
But then I realized I was content too...being in the same place with this gentleman,
just was minus the horse (and cool cowboy hat).
I would like to find that "contentness" independent of me exercising on nature walks, hearing the birds chirping, river flowing nearby and being in the sunshine. 
Do you have that "Cool Cowboy Contentness" in your everyday life?

Friday, December 17, 2010

Colorado Street Bridge V

"Colorado St. Bridge V" (Little 'Scape #24)
watercolor (5" x 7")
Painting on Arches paper mounted on archival museum board,
UV and archival varnish coated. Display easel included.
$150
available at 


Well another local site...and the most requested painting for visitors and locals alike within the Pasadena area...."The Colorado St Bridge".  The Colorado Street Bridge is an historic concrete bridge with Beaux Arts arches, ornate lamp posts and railings.  Built in 1913, the initial design proved difficult due to finding solid footing in the river bed below. However, when engineers conceived the idea of curving the bridge, they  created a work of art.  
The Colorado Street Bridge was part of Route 66 until 1940 when the Arroyo Seco Parkway opened. 
Today, the bridge has received a Civil Engineering Landmark designation and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. 









Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Castle Green

"The Castle Green" (Little 'Scape #23)
watercolor (5" x 7")
available at 


Another local site for today's painting.... The Castle Green in Pasadena, Ca. . The Castle Green is one of Pasadena's most unique buildings, an imposing seven story Moorish Colonial and Spanish style building.  The Castle Green opened in 1899 as the second of three buildings in the Hotel Green complex, and was a lavish resort for easterners and others escaping winter rigors. The Hotel Green soon became the social center of Pasadena, playing host to vacationing tycoons and even presidents. It was also home to both the Tournament of Roses and the Valley Hunt Club. Because of its historical nature and preservation of interiors, a number of motion pictures and television commercials have been filmed in and around the building.

The Castle Green is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the State Historic Register, and the City of Pasadena's list of Historic Places.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

The Gamble House

"The Gamble House" (Little 'Scape #22)
watercolor (5" x 7")

I am always looking for local sites to paint....The Gamble House here in Pasadena, California is my latest venture.  The Gamble House is an outstanding example of American Arts and Crafts style architecture. The house and furnishings were designed by Charles and Henry Greene in 1908 for David and Mary Gamble of the Procter and Gamble Company. The house, a National Historic Landmark, is owned by the City of Pasadena and operated by the University of Southern California and is open for public tours. Its a great place to check out sometime.


Thursday, December 9, 2010

Welcome -Sold!

"Welcome" (Little Moment #31)
watercolor (6"x 6")
SOLD

Nothing says "Merry Christmas" more than a wreath on a door...welcoming family and friends.  
Come inside, its warm and cheery.  
It smells of fresh garland and hot cider simmering on the stove. 
If you time it right, you may even get a homemade cookie or two.  
Welcome!

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

The Surreal Experience

"Pink Cala Lily" (Little Moment #30)
watercolor (6"x 6")
Painting on Arches paper mounted on archival museum board,
UV and archival varnish coated. Display easel included.
$150

Have you ever had a surreal experience, a once in a lifetime experience...that only few people in the world will ever get to have...so beyond comprehension...that it truly goes beyond what you can wrap your brain around.  I like to think that it is these moments in life when you get to assess where you really are. 
 
How present are you?
What does this really mean in the grand scheme of things? 
Does this add value to you? 
Does this make you a better person?
Who was there to share the experience?
How will you remember this event?
If you were alone, would it have the same impact?
 
So its not really the fact that you saw and tried on the the 12th largest diamond in the world, with a value of $44 million dollars, it's really all about the people you met and the loved ones that shared the experience with you.


 

Monday, December 6, 2010

My Gift to You.... all gone-- sorry


My Gift to You...

the first 50 people who email me...
will receive a mini-package of special Christmas gift tags. 
They are the perfect finishing touch to those specially wrapped presents you will be giving this year.

Saturday, December 4, 2010

In Just a Moments Time

"Lumiere Francaise" (Little Moment #29)
watercolor (6" x 6")
Painting on Arches paper mounted on archival museum board,
UV and archival varnish coated. Display easel included.
$150




Where will you be in just a moments time?
Will you be in the shade of the cool French architecture?
Will you seek the sunny side of the alley-way?
Will you pause for a moment, gazing at the geraniums?
Are you lured by the light around the bend?
Where will you be in just a moments time?

Thursday, December 2, 2010

'Tis the Season

"Ellie"
watercolor (5" x 5")
available


Tis the Season...for the many holiday art shows.  I am pleased to say, that once again this year,  I am participating in the Segil Fine Art Holiday Small Works Show.  The other day, I dropped off my work and was entirely impressed by the vastness and quality of work this year.  If you are in the area...I highly recommend visiting the gallery.  More than that...this Saturday evening is the Artists' Reception (with wine and hors d'oeuvres) it is always a hoppin' venue.

You are invited:

Segil Fine Art
Eighth Annual Holiday Small Works Show
December 4 -31, 2010

Reception for the Artists
Saturday, December 4th 2010
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

110 West Lime Avenue
Old Town Monrovia, Ca 91016 
626.358.5563
www.SegilFineArt.com

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

6" Squared Exhibit

"I'll Be Home For Dinner"
watercolor (6" x 6")
available 

I am very pleased to share that "I'll Be Home For Dinner" was juried into the 6" Squared Exhibition and Sale at the Randy Higbee Gallery. This is a phenomenal show with an outstanding list of contributing artists, of which I am honored to be included with. If you are in Southern California...I highly recommend a visit...you will be dazzled by the gallery and by the artists showing. 
 
6” Squared Exhibition and Sale
December 4 - 23, 2010
You are invited:
Opening Reception Saturday, December 4th, 4:00 - 8:00 pm
714-546-2156

Randy Higbee Gallery
102 Kalmus Dr.
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
714-546-2156

Sunday, November 28, 2010

A Little Particular

"Outstanding Orchids"
watercolor (6" x 9")


I love flowers...I love pretty much all flowers.
My preference for a particular flower varies with the situation...or need.
I love the smell of tuber-roses. 
I am not fond of carnations.
I love monochromatic arrangements, sometimes.
I am not fond of the preaaranged store bought mixed bougets (control issue coming out). 
I love to arrange huge displays of flowers for events.
I am not fond of changing the water in the vases.
I love getting flowers from my husband.
I am not fond on receiving roses.
I love all flowers in the garden, except
I am not fond of marigolds (unless they are right next to a deep purple salvia or lavendar)
hmm...a little particular about my flowers you'd say.....but I haven't met an orchid I didn't like or love.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Beast of Life

"Fawn"
watercolor (6 x 12)
$250

Here she comes...straight on.  
Where will you go? 
Will you turn and run? 
Will you stop and embrace the big beast? 
Will you just freeze, and hope it will all go away? 
Life is like that...what will you do when the big beautiful beast of life charges you?

Friday, November 19, 2010

Off Course

"Cypress Lane"
watercolor (6 "x 6")
Painting on Arches paper mounted on archival museum board,
UV and archival varnish coated. Display easel included.
$150

Have you ever been walking along on, what you thought, was a straight forward path...destination in plain site? But then there is a curve in the road...and wait, it's going in the complete opposite direction of your destination?  Why? No apparent reason to avoid going straight. No visual mountain to climb. No treacherous river to cross. No farm land to trample over.  Why do we have to turn here, I cannot see why?  I want to go straight.  I see the rocks I need to avoid. I see the shrubbery I need to walk around.  I see the it very plainly, the way I "should" go....but really its the way I want to go. I believe this is how God has us in life....we may see the way to go, we may be able to clearly see the hurdles...we may even have the true destination in site...but what if God wants us just to stay on the path. It may appear like we are going off our pre-designed course, but what if it is just a more scenic route...a lovely meandering cypress lane in Tuscany. What if, by our own means, we got off course..and missed out on all that He intended.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

No Minus There

"Poinsettia"
watercolor (5" x 7")
Painting on Arches paper mounted on archival museum board,
UV and archival varnish coated. Display easel included.
Available

What a lovely time of year....and what captures the feel of the season more aptly than a poinsettia.
I do like this time of year: minus the cold...yes, I know, I live in Southern California...I am a self-admitted weather wimp.
I do like this time of year: minus the hustle and bustle...I am really trying to simplify.
  I do like this time of year: minus the important dates and deadlines...I still have issues with authority and structure.
I do like this time of year...its all about God's love and grace....no "minus" there.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Pasadena Museum of History

"Rose Bowl III"
watercolor (6" x 12")
$350
available at the  

I very pleased to announce that The Pasadena Museum of History Shop will now be carrying select works of mine.  As you can imagine, these works include local sights within the Pasadena area (i.e., paintings of the Rose Bowl, the Colorado Street Bridge, Pasadena City Hall, and The Rose Parade, etc.). In addition, they are offering a special set of J Hill Paintings Pasadena Note Cards. For anyone that is local or visiting, it is a great place to shop and take in Pasadena history.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

My Kind of Place!

"Catalina Pier"
watercolor (6" x 12")
$350

I love how this painting came out. For those that have been to Catalina Island, this may be a familiar site.  As a Southern Californian, we all probably have a memory or two of Catalina Island.  Some of us go on a regular basis, some of us..once every ten years or so...some of us only when we were kids. Either way, Catlaina Island is one of the most idyllic settings...small island, cute houses, and no cars allowed.  Now that is my kind of place!

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Saving Grace

"Little Moment #26"
(PAINTING OF THE MONTH)
watercolor (6 "x 6")
Painting on Arches paper mounted on archival museum board,
UV and archival varnish coated. Display easel included.

Well it's official, the season is close upon us....not to scare you all...but it really is coming soon.  I have a confession, even though I have started doing a few Christmas paintings..I really am not one of those people who are totally prepared for the holidays (you know who you are). I am lucky if I get Christmas cards in the mail, some years it just doesn't happen (and each year that happens I am OK with it..total growth on my part...but I digress)...and decorating the house...well, yea, that seems to get done later and later ever year (and I am OK with that too...another digression, sorry).  All that to say...regardless how I am ... you can get a head start on your holiday shopping: J Hill Paintings is offering Holiday Specials with all kinds of gift ideas and price ranges. Be sure to sign up here to receive the special email going out in the next week or so. And no worries...if you are that last minute holiday shopper (like me)...J Hill Paintings may just be your saving grace this year.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Lean On Me

"Lean On Me"
watercolor (5" x 7")
 Painting on Arches paper mounted on archival museum board,
UV and archival varnish coated. Display easel included.
$150
Well, this is the last of the pears...(for a bit at least). I loved doing this painting, because with every brush stroke I kept hearing the song "Lean on Me" in my head...and then that made me think of how blessed I am that I have the few key people in my life that I can truly lean on. Do you have a special someone in your life that you can lean on?


Sometimes in our lives we all have pain
We all have sorrow
But if we are wise
We know that there's always tomorrow

Lean on me, when you're not strong
And I'll be your friend
I'll help you carry on
For it won't be long
'Til I'm gonna need
Somebody to lean on

Please swallow your pride
If I have things you need to borrow
For no one can fill those of your needs
That you don't let show

 Lean on me, when you're not strong
And I'll be your friend
I'll help you carry on
For it won't be long
'Til I'm gonna need
Somebody to lean on

If there is a load you have to bear
That you can't carry
I'm right up the road
I'll share your load
If you just call me

So just call on me brother, when you need a hand
We all need somebody to lean on
I just might have a problem that you'd understand
We all need somebody to lean on

Lean on me when you're not strong
And I'll be your friend
I'll help you carry on
For it won't be long
Till I'm gonna need
Somebody to lean on

Lean on me... 

                                                                                - Bill Withers, 1972

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

One, Two, Three...So Fun -SOLD!

 "One, Two, Three...So Fun"
watercolor (7" x 14")
SOLD 
Yesterday was so much fun...I got together with Dori Dewberry to paint still lifes.  Dana Cooper dropped by for coffee, then Kelley Sanford called on speaker phone...so us Blogville artistas were all, well almost, in the same room. Dori has such a gift of setting up still lifes...I was like a kid in a candy store...which one do I do...where do I start, how long can I stay?  She painted a real cute pumpkin in a blue cup...check it out. I did three apples: One, Two, Three...so fun!

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Nothingness

"Little Moment #25"
watercolor, 6" x 6"
Painting on Arches paper mounted on archival museum board,
UV and archival varnish coated. Display easel included.

I have just a few minutes to post this blog...brownies are in the oven, Halloween decorations out, candy ready, and family is waiting to watch our favorite recorded show.  Just a few minutes...but I sit here with nothing much to say.  I don't really have the luxury of staring at the blank screen..the flashing cursor...the clock is ticking, and I have nothing to say. Ah...I guess I will let it be what it is meant to be...nothing. And, surprisingly enough... I am OK with the "nothingness".

Thursday, October 28, 2010

A Trio of Pears

"A Trio of Pears"
watercolor (8" x 8")
Painting on Arches paper mounted on archival museum board,
UV and archival varnish coated. Display easel included.
 $300


I had so much fun with pears a while ago, that I thought to try some more...I added one more to the mix!

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

St Elizabeth's Parish Courtyard -SOLD!

"Little 'Scape #19"
watercolor (5" x 7")
Painting on Arches paper mounted on archival museum board,
UV and archival varnish coated. Display easel included.
SOLD



I  haven't met a "peaceful courtyard" that I didn't like.  Actually, I love all courtyards.  Something about a fountain, lovely plants and flowers, the architecture, the sun dappling about and casting fun shadows, a park bench to sit and be still.  Yes, I love peaceful courtyards...and always love to paint them.  Today's painting is St. Elizabeth's Parish (Pasadena, Ca.) in the beautiful morning hour.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

What's Old is New Again- SOLD!

"Little 'Scape #18"
watercolor (5" x 7")
Painting on Arches paper mounted on archival museum board,
UV and archival varnish coated. Display easel included.
SOLD

What's the story here? I love capturing an image, and trying to figure out the back story.  Who does this truck belong to? It clearly has seen a lot of use.  Has it been forgotten? Has it been relegated to behind the barn till we can figure out what to do with it?  Is it waiting for the day when the family's teenager is driving?  Is it just passing the time till "whats old is new again"...and it will be highly desirable, like vintage clothing? Well, either way it was a blast painting it!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Because of My Fear

"Little Moment #24"
watercolor, 6" x 6"
Painting on Arches paper mounted on archival museum board,
UV and archival varnish coated. Display easel included.
$150
If you have been following my blog, you know I love to hike...and recently I had a scare with a huge rattlesnake (yes, I did say I wouldn't bring it up again...sorry).  Well, the other day I actually went back to that same place...I confronted my fears...I actually didn't realize how my fear was effecting me.  I realized that I have been avoiding my favorite walk, rambling by the river, missing out on my restorative mornings. Made me think, how our fears truly effect us.  Because of an event that occurred in the past,  I chose to miss out on something that means so much to me, something that restores my soul, something that grounds me, something that brings beauty and peace to my day. What else am I missing out on because of my fear?

Monday, October 18, 2010

Class Crashing

"Fall's Harvest"
watercolor (9" x 9")
On Friday I had the delightful experience of painting with fellow daily painters Dana Cooper and Dori Dewberry.  Oh, it was such a treat painting with my blogging artist buddies...this was one of several still lifes that Dana had set up for her students (Dori and I were "class crashers" for the day).  Its a fabulous studio that Dana teaches out of in Newport Beach, Ca....and I am looking forward to crashing again real soon!

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

"Being Still"

"Colorado Street Bridge, Pasadena IV"
watercolor (6" x 12")
Painting on Arches paper mounted on archival museum board,
UV and archival varnish coated. Display easel included.
$350
Available at

Do you ever get so focused on what you "have to do" that you loose sight of what you are doing?  In my world...its called not being present.  I have been so busy lately that this seems to be my constant state of being...and I don't like it. I have prayed for "stillness". And in His typically humorous fashion...God has answered my prayer and has really tried to show me what he wants me to do....slow down and disconnect from the electronics. Unfortunately, I can be a bit of a knucklehead sometimes....so on Thursday of last week, our neighborhood lost electrical power from 3:00 in the afternoon till midnight. Very inconvenient for all that I had to do.  Apparently..I didn't get the message, because I was so focused on preparing for the Pasadena Art Walk making up for "lost time", that again on Friday afternoon our neighborhood lost electricity, but this time it didn't come back on till 3:30 AM. Again, my husband plead with me..."please go and get present with the Lord so we and all our neighbors can get our power back" To make matters worse, early in the evening the electricity came back on for all our neighbors except those on our side of the street.
This week...I am really trying to be still.
P.S. As I was writing this and trying to "post it" our internet service went out......seriously!!! You all may not be hearing from me anytime soon....it is all part of His plan.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Joy Makers -SOLD!

"Little Moment #23"
watercolor (6" x 6")
Painting on Arches paper mounted on archival museum board,
UV and archival varnish coated. Display easel included.
SOLD

There is something about a Momma elephant and her baby...that always stirs something in me. So how can I resist painting those moments again and again? I can't. I think it is a blessing that there things that bring joy to your heart consistently...no matter where you are in life.  Momma and baby elephants are my consistent joy makers...what are yours?

Friday, October 8, 2010

Pasadena ArtWalk

"Little 'Scape #17"
watercolor (7" x 5" )
Painting on Arches paper mounted on archival museum board,
UV and archival varnish coated. Display easel included.
$150




For those of you that are local...I invite you all to the Pasadena ArtWalk:


When: Saturday October 9th,
              11 AM -  5 PM
Where: Colorado and El Molino St
               Pasadena, Ca 91101
              (in front of Pasadena Playhouse)


I will be in booth # 28 with lots of new paintings.
                             Stop by and say "hi!"

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Ripped off Summer? -SOLD!

"Little Moment #22"
watercolor (6" x 6")
Painting on Arches paper mounted on archival museum board,
UV and archival varnish coated. Display easel included. 
SOLD
  Fall is officially here (well as much as we Southern Californians get a "Fall").  It is cool in the mornings and crisp in the evenings...days are shorter...and its cold and rainy here today, with some trees actually turning colors.  But I feel like we got the short end of a weather stick...we only had two weeks of a "real summer"....one in the beginning and one just last week.  Other than that, it was kinda like an extended Spring. I know a lot of people are in delight with this...but it has made me think, that I got cheated (I love summer, the heat, the long days, the heat...did I mention I love the heat...). And I know that if I didn't know any better I would be gloriously content with the weather of late (like most people)...but NO...because I expected a hot summer, and didn't get one...I actually feel disappointed and ripped off. Crazy, huh?  Makes me think how my perspective and attitude of expectation affects other areas of my life?

Monday, October 4, 2010

Where's Kelley?-SOLD!

"Little 'Scape #16"
watercolor (5" x 7")
Painting on Arches paper mounted on archival museum board,
UV and archival varnish coated. Display easel included. 
SOLD
Oh dear..there was a little mis-communication.  I went down to the south and Kelley went north...I thought I was meeting her at her Provence lavender fields to plein air paint...by the time I got there, she was gone. Ah well...can't let a beautiful view such as this go to waste. Now where did she take off to....maybe she went to her lovely studio over looking the Siene painting a still-life?

Friday, October 1, 2010

Vineyard Visit

"Vineyard Visit"
watercolor (22" x30")
$1,350
PAINTING OF THE MONTH

Can you just imagine it? Strolling along the dirt road...the warmth of the sun...not too hot though...being lulled by the rhythm of the grape vines rows...drawn in by the barn in the distance.  I bet that's where they have the wine tasting set up. I envision, an old rustic picnic table under the big Oak tree...shade, wine, cheese and crackers. Now wouldn't that make for a lovely afternoon?  Thanks for joining me.

P.S.  To read about the inspiration of this piece...be sure to sign up for my Newsletter.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

"Title the Untitled" -SOLD!

"Untitled #8"
watercolor (12" x 12")
Painting on Arches paper mounted on archival museum board,
UV and archival varnish coated. Display easel included.
SOLD

Well, its been awhile...but here is another "Title the Untitled".  Remember, the best title wins a set of J Hill Paintings notecards and a mention in October's Newsletter.

Speaking of "remembering"; the old saying 'an elephant never forgets' is scientific fact. Matriarchs in particular have a social memory whereby they are able to remember old faces. This skill can be vital to the survival of the herd; when the female elephants encounter other individuals they do not recognise, family members bunch together defensively to protect their young. Most interesting, elephants show signs of grief over dead relatives such as gently touching the corpses with their feet and caressing the bodies with their trunks. So it is true, an elephants memory is superb. Me? on the other hand, not so good.  Those of you that know me can attest to this (if I remember who you are...just kidding ). But seriously, if you ask me what colors I used in this painting...I can't remember!