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.

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