Monday, January 31, 2011

California Dreamin' - my version

"California Dreamin' - my version" (Little 'Scape #29)
watercolor (7" x 5")
Painting on Arches paper mounted on archival museum board,
UV and archival varnish coated. Display easel included.

Well when your friend steals a photo from you and paints a fantastic painting...and then challenges you to do the same....what is an artist to do? Kelley Sanford, is my friend, is the one who challenged me...but is also the thief.  To her defense she didn't out right steal the photo....she well, let me explain.  I often take photos out while driving around town (this one is on the way to my daughter's school) and then I email them to myself (from the phone).  Well, I inadvertently sent the photo to Kelley.....I said "ignore it", she said "I am snagging it"....I said "go for it". We artists have got to stick together when it comes to inspiration.  Check out her fantastic painting she titled "California Dreamin'".

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Pizza Time

"Pizza Time" ("Little Moment #33")
watercolor (6" x 6")
Painting on Arches paper mounted on archival museum board,
UV and archival varnish coated. Display easel included.

If you have ever been to will know what I am talking about here....nothing beats eating freshly made pizza at the local pizzeria, in a little quaint Tuscan hillside village. Except maybe sharing the experience with good friends under the umbrella. Care to join me?

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Silver Heron Gallery

"Moving Sand"
watercolor (6" x 6")
Painting on Arches paper mounted on archival museum board,
UV and archival varnish coated. Display easel included.

I am very pleased to announce that The Silver Heron Gallery will now be representing my work.  The Silver Heron Gallery is located in the lovely Depoe Bay along the Oregon Coast.  I am very excited for this Talley Woodmark, the gallery owner, has assembled an outstanding collection of original works by some of the world’s leading artists and it is placed in such a magnificent venue. My solo show will be in Spring...if you are in the area, I would love to meet you at the Artist's Reception.

A Solo Show:
Silver Heron Gallery
"Celebrating Little Moments & Little 'Scapes."

April 29th - May 31st, 2011

You are Invited:

The Artist Palate wine-tasting salon on the Silver Heron's mezzanine will host a champagne and hors d'oeuvre meet and greet for Ms. Hill from 1:00 p.m. until closing on Friday, April 29th

   Silver Heron Gallery
15 SE Bay Street Depoe Bay
 OR  97341
(541) 765-2886

Monday, January 24, 2011

Karen's Four Solid Young Men

"Rhys Skiing"
watercolor (6" x 8")
SOLD (commission)

My friend Karen has four magnificent boys...two (the youngest) are twins. I have already captured Dean's Ski Jump and Carl's High Jump.  Today's paintings are of the twins Sean and Rhys. As you can tell, all four of these guys are a very active bunch...I can't even imagine how Karen and her husband did so wonderfully in raising them.  But one can just tell...they are good solid young men.  Karen commissioned these paintings of her sons so as to give each of them a unique house warming gift.  Carl and Dean have received theirs.....but the twins.... well they have to wait a bit, as they are still in college.

"Sean Water-skiing"
watercolor (6" x 8")
SOLD (commission)

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Checking In- SOLD!

"Checking In" (Little 'Scape #28)
watercolor (5" x 7")
Painting on Arches paper mounted on archival museum board,
UV and archival varnish coated. Display easel included.

Don't you just love escaping for the weekend?....
treating yourself to a little R & R.
maybe you are a  golfer,
maybe you are a spa-er....
maybe you are a fabulous doing-nothing-er. 

What ever it is...nothing beats that feeling of pulling up to the hotel and checking in. 
This is the Langham Huntington Hotel in Pasadena, what's your favorite place to check into?

Monday, January 17, 2011

Running the Race

"Running the Race"
watercolor (6" x 8")

"...and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us"

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Poppies II

"Poppies II"
watercolor (21" x 14")
$750 blog special $600 

I was going through one of my drawers the other day...found this painting, and thought to share it with you all. This  painting was a result of a commission....I have a larger version (30" x 22") of this scene, a collector saw it and wanted a little smaller piece (21" x 14").  I painted this one...but it turns out she wanted California poppies not the European poppies...what's the difference?...well California poppies are orange...big difference. She got her orange California poppies. And today, for being a blog can have the red European poppies at a special blog price. 

Monday, January 10, 2011

Over the Lavender Knoll

"Over the Lavender Knoll"
watercolor (12" x 16")

My dear friend Kelley Sanford just jetted over to Provence to paint the lavender fields...still not sure how she did that over the weekend and that they were blooming...anyway, last time we ended up in France together...we never got it right..I was in Paris while she was in Provence, we kept missing each other virtually.  Yesterday, I was so inspired by her painting, that I followed her. Enjoy.

Friday, January 7, 2011


watercolor (12" x 12")

I wanted to share what happened to me and my daughter on Wednesday morning. It was an usual morning for us...yet in a quick second became life changing.   I was driving her to school, we were chatting while she was playing a game on my phone. We proceeded through an intersection ...out of the corner of my eye I saw a large white utility lift bucket truck...I was confused because he was going so fast and was very clear it wasn't stopping...I glanced up at the light confirming I had the then it was too late...he had rammed into the my side of the car, dead in the middle.  The impact was so hard that we were slammed and spun clear across the intersection and the SUV flipped over. There in the rubble of everything, as I am hanging upside down, I see my phone. I was able to call my husband and tell him what had just happened. Others on the scene called 911. My daughter and I were trapped (me hanging upside down) in the toppled and crunched overturned car for 30 to 40 minutes before the firemen could get us out. 

It is by the grace of God that we are not only alive today...but that we were unharmed in this violent accident.

I wanted to share with you, not the exploits of the accident, but that throughout this horrible experience I felt the hands of God upon us.  He was assuring me that we were okay....of which I could confidently assure our daughter that we were okay, and that as we were spinning around and flipping over, we were going to be okay. It is truly a miracle of God that we walked away unscathed, unmarred, and untouched. The only thing that touched us was the hands of God, holding us in that tumbling car. 

So when titling today's painting...many came to mind: "Grateful" and  "A New Beginning", but the one that stuck was "Untouched". Please enjoy.

P.S. On a humorous note...the first thing our daughter said while we were upside down trapped in the car "Mom, I think we are going to be late to school"

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Early Morning Commute

 "Early Morning Commute"
watercolor (9.5" x 9.5")

I remember those days in my previous life...rushing out the door to beat traffic...hunkering down into the one hour commute going east through downtown ...this was my old academic science life (before I found my purpose and passion.... did you all know I have a PhD in Microbiology and Molecular Biology...ran a million dollar research program, and taught at USC School of Medicine?). Anyway, this was a common scene for me...and still to this day, when we take a road trip and depart early in the morning hours...I still get that anxious feeling...have to beat the sun rising in the east.

P.S. If you are curious about me, my past and how I got to be an artist....listen to this interview by Gene Gee.

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Happy New Year! -Sold!

"TCU vs. Wisconsin" (Little 'Scape #27)
watercolor (5" x 7")

Happy New Year!!!
In our family...the new year roles in with the Rose Parade, then de-decorating the house back to a normal state, clean the house up from holiday clutter, make a nice lunch, then watchin' the Rose Bowl Game.  This year...I got a bonus...I painted while watching the game....Its always fun to see an image on the tv screen, and say "wow that would be cool to paint"...then my ever-loving and patient husband freezes the screen...and I run to get my camera. Just gotta love technology today. 
Congratulations to TCU...a fabulous game won!