Thursday, June 28, 2012

Hahamongna Wash Evening, plein air

"Hahamongna Wash Evening, plein air"
watercolor (7" x 10")
available, click here 

The other evening it was delightful weather,
and perfect summer timing
 (meaning that there was plenty of day light to play after dinner).
 So we as a family, decided to go hiking, gallivanting, and painting.
Many of you have inquired about my plein air approach and setup...
so I thought to include a few photos.
Here I am on the trail in. That's Starr our dog, she always goes along!
I get everything I need for painting plein in my back back. 
This is important, because when you have a 11 year old daughter and a rambunctious dog....we need to find ourselves off the beaten path and preferably near water for them to play in. 
That means hiking in some distance.

The easel I use is En Plein Air Pro. I love it! 
It is so light weight and durable...
and so very easy and quick to set up.

For plein air I usually paint a 7" x 10" or a 9" x 12"...this keeps things at a do-able size, especially for watercolor (where everything dries so quick out in the elements)

I use a value/view finder to see potential compostions and the light-dark patterns.
After which, I sketch out the painting

I fill up my water bucket, which conveniently hangs in the center of my palette (see the round hole?). 
I always have a helper on hand for these kind of duties :-)
Amanda always finds something to explore!

Let the painting begin!

Well, that painting did not come together at all!!! So,I wont be sharing it with you.  And this an artist, I use these "failures" as opprtunities to learn and push forward.

Here are some photos of the next day at Hahamongna Wash

See what fun the family has!!

Monday, June 25, 2012

Hollywood and Highland

"Hollywood and Highland"
watercolor (12" x 16")

This was the demo I did for the Chemers Gallery Summer Concert series.
A great evening of music, food, art and wonderful artisans demo-ing their talents. 
There are two more this summer, I will be at the August 9th one..would you like to join me?

Interested in today's piece? Its available, custom framed, and hanging in my studio.
Come check it out. email me

Friday, June 22, 2012


watercolor (9" x 12")

This is a companion piece to an earlier painting ("Crash!"), 
which too, is in my current "Clear Visions" show 

Hope you all have a fabulous first weekend of summer,
and if its too hot where you are...
just imagine yourself playing around 
in these fun ocean waves.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Evening Sail-SOLD!

"Evening Sail"
watercolor (16" x 12")

Feel those warm summer breezes...
the cooling bursts of ocean mists. 
The sound of winds cutting against the sails...
all this, in your own invigorating evening sail.

Monday, June 18, 2012

Colorado and Fair Oaks, Pasadena- Sold!

"Colorado and Fair Oaks, Pasadena"
watercolor (6" x 6")

Well...we are into our first full week of summer here!
For those of you that have been following my blog for awhile
you know what that means...
lots of family hikes (rock hopping, frog catching, dog romping pure fun!)
day trips and plein air painting!
Stay tuned!

Friday, June 15, 2012


watercolor (6" x 6")

We can be adrift and "bump" into another.
We can be set on a distinct path and "bump" into another.
Either way, I love how those "bumps" are not just mere accidents...
God has a plan...isn't that cool?
Can't wait to see what He has in mind.

click here to purchase

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

The Quiet Cafe- Sold!

"The Quiet Cafe"
watercolor (6" x 6")

Here's your two minute escape:
Imagine with me...
We have taken a spontaneous vacation to Italy,
Exploring the Tuscany region,
painting here and there,
tasting wine here and there,
shopping here and there.
Here, we find ourselves after a long morning of meandering a quaint village.
Ahh yes, lets take a breather here at this lovely quiet cafe.

Oh...dont forget Thursday evening I will be in Tustin, Ca at Chemers Gallery doing a demo with lots of other wonderful artists. Many things going on at the Enderle Center that evening (music, food, art, etc) check it out, click here.

Monday, June 11, 2012


watercolor (9" x 12")

This is one of my favorites from my current show at the The Michael Humphries Gallery.
It was an absolute delight, but a sure challenge, to do.
I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.
If you didn't get out to the opening, the show is is up till July 7th.
And if you aren't local, you can click here to see the exhibit.

Other news...this Thursday evening I will be down at another of my representing galleries, Chemers Gallery.
They have a delightful event planned, music, food, 
and art demos by some fabulous artists (including myself).
click here for more would be great to see you!

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Spot of Sun, NYC- Sold!

"Spot of Sun, NYC"
watercolor (6" x 6")

Can't you just feel it?
The cool shade. 
The pull of the sunny patch,
I just love walking on the sunny side of the street.
Do you think that speaks to my outlook on life?

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Sunflower Escape- Sold!

"Sunflower Escape"
watercolor (6" x 6")

The last 6 weeks or so have been filled with gallery deadlines, 
show entry deadlines, commissions, demos, teaching, etc. 
So, now that I am through those....
I am finding that I am not quite sure what to do with myself....
For this are a good escape.

Sunday, June 3, 2012

A Wonderful Evening

"Big Sur's Beauty"
watercolor (22" x 30")
available at The Michael Humphries Gallery

Well last night was the opening night for my current gallery show "Clear Visions".
It was a great evening...a lot of wonderful people came out...
new and old collectors,
new and old friends.
The gallery was jammed packed the whole night...
had to wait till 10:00PM to take this photo ...very cool!
I am thankful for all the support you all give me.