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!