Wednesday, December 11, 2013


"Kefta" watercolor  (9" x 12")
SOLD commission

This was commission piece for one of my VIP collectors. 
She wanted a special Christmas present for her daughter (the owner of Kefta).
This painting was such a delight to do...loved it!

Don't forget...still time to pick up a special and unique gift for a loved one...or treat yourself! 
Sale on all small works ends Dec 16th, 2013
click here for gallery and to purchase

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Holiday Online Sale

Holiday Online Sale

All $95 paintings now $65
(and some special $45 pricing)

Free shipping  (USPS Priority Mail 2-3 Day)
Free gift wrapping upon request

Hurry Sale ends Dec 16th, 2013

***  First 10 orders receive a free calendar ***

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Karen Millers, London- Sold!

"Karen Millers, London"
watercolor (12" x12")

I very pleased to share that
 three of my works were juried into:

"Piccole Gemme d' Arte e Gioielli"

Little Gems of Art and Jewelry

Segil Fine Art Gallery 
Event Dates: 12/7/2013 - 12/31/2013
this Saturday 
December 7th, 2013

Segil Fine Art Gallery
110 West Lime Avenue
Monrovia, CA 91016

Monday, November 25, 2013

Abandonned- Bodie, California

 "Abandoned- Bodie, CA"
watercolor (7" x 10")

A delight to paint...
painted with one of my private students.
Busy getting ready for Thanksgiving,
wishing you all a very happy, loving and fulfilling Thanksgiving!

"Abandoned" is available...maybe the perfect gift?
Click here, if you are interested.

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Breezing By, Venice - Sold!

"Breezing By, Venice"
watercolor (11" x 28")

Hard to believe the holiday season is nearly upon us.
Time is certainly "breezing by"...
may the upcoming weeks bring joy and love to you and your family!

Monday, November 11, 2013

The Shore's Delight- Sold!

"The Shore's Delight"
watercolor (7" x 10")

Today's painting was done as a demo for a private student.
The lesson for her was to see the shapes and values
getting atmospheric perspective
....and playing with the color.
I think we had a bit more fun with the color!

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Through the Vineyard

"Through the Vineyard"
watercolor (6" x 6")

Wine tasting anyone?

Today's piece is available, click here if you are interested.

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

A Bit of Light, Venice

"A Bit of Light, Venice"
watercolor (12" x 16")

Hey local artists...
Still spots open for one day workshop:

"Putting the Color Back in Watercolor
Thursday, November 14th 
9-3 PM
Sierra Madre, Ca.

Come paint with me! 
click link below or call 626-355-8350 to register.

Monday, October 28, 2013

Mt. Rubidoux Hike- Sold!

"Mt. Rubidoux Hike"
watercolor (6" x 6")

This is the 4th year I have been commissioned to do the Provident Bank calendar.
Every year around the beginning of summer the CEO of the bank calls me up
and tells me that year's subject. 
There are 20 or so Provident Bank branches around the Riverside county 
and extending into Palm Springs area...
so he picks vistas/subjects that are relevant to the times or to those areas.
This year was Mount Rubidoux in Riverside, Ca.

Today's painting was painted as one of the insets for the calendar, 
and it can be yours, if you are interested. click here.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Key Lime Pie Factory

"Key Lime Pie Factory"
watercolor (12" x 12")

Well now....doesn't this look like the place to be.
Who wouldn't love some key lime pie?
Let's have a Sunday brunch, I will bring the pie!

Today's piece is available, email me.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Mama Conchita's

"Mama Conchita's"
watercolor (16" x 12")

Continuing on my storefront series.
Love the bright cheeriness of this piece.
How about you?
Wishing you all a fabulous weekend!

Interested in "Mama Conchita's", email me.

Monday, October 14, 2013

Evening Light, Little Whale Cove -SOLD

"Evening Light, Little Whale Cove"
watercolor (7" x 10")

I have been busy getting ready for my annual Open Studio event.
Do you live local in So Cal?
You can come, email me for invite.
It will be an evening of wine, appetizers,
 a painting demo, and special event pricing.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Butch's Smile

"Butch's Smile"
watercolor (18" x 24")

I had the most amazing experience...a few weeks back.
For my birthday, my husband and daughter took me to a very special place.
Vision Quest/Wild Things Ranch and B&B in Salinas, Ca.
We stayed in a tented/bungalow (my husband called it "glamping")
which over looks an elephant sanctuary.
We fed lions, tigers, and elephants, and 
then washed a ginormous sweet elephant called Butch.
Experiences beyond words...but maybe the paintbrush can capture.

Want to learn more about Vision Quest Ranch? watch this little video I found on You Tube, 
or click here for their website.


Friday, October 4, 2013

Gardening- Sold!

watercolor (6" x 6")

Just down the road from us is our local park and community garden.
At least once a season, I like to sneak in...(yes, I did just say "sneak")
and peak at what all the gardeners are growing.
Sometimes a photo-op arises,
a sometimes a painting comes of that!

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Tulips and Art Pottery Vase

"Tulips and Art Pottery Vase"
watercolor (12" x 9")

"Mr. Lincoln in Front" (12" x 9")

Something about the freshness of this piece I like.
It reminds me of "Mr. Lincoln In Front" that I did recently.
Actually, I think they make good companion pieces.

email me, if you are interested in seeing 
either of these fresh pieces on your wall.

Friday, September 27, 2013

Barnscape 8

"Barnscape 8"
watercolor (6" x 6")

Something about a red classic, right?

"Barnscape 7" ( 12" x 16")

I think I forgot to post "Barnscape 7".
This was a demo for my summer Monday night class
(what great bunch of people...I miss them!)

click here if you are interested in "Barnscape 8"
 email me if you are interested in "Barnscape 7"
or if you want the pair...let's make a deal!

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Don't Forget the Rib Eye Steak

"Don't Forget the Rib Eye Steak"
watercolor (12" x 12")

"Vesuvio's Bakery"  (12" x 16")
Starting a new series..."Storefronts"
and I am having fun with them.

 I am also getting ready for my Open Studio Event.
October 19th, 2013 (Saturday evening)
If you are local to Southern California....
this is a must!
painting demo...
and special pricing on my work!
Last year was a huge hit....
so much fun and so many paintings walking out the door. 
This is an invite only event me.... I will put you on the list.

Sunday, September 22, 2013

El Encanto, Bungalow Suite 1701

"El Encanto, Bungalow Suite 1701"
watercolor (9" x 12")

As promised, 
here is the bungalow we stayed in 
for our little Santa Barbara get away this summer.
I can't even describe it...
way too lush, way too decadent, way too "high designer", way too relaxing...
way too....well not "too much" that I wouldn't go back in a heart beat!
Because I would!

Monday, September 16, 2013

Tulips Uprising

"Tulips Uprising"
watercolor (9" x 12")
"Red Tulips" (6" x 6")
 Wishing you a happy day!
A day full of bright red flowers 
and beautiful blue skies!

These pieces make a great ensemble...
email me if you are interested
 in seeing them on your walls!

Thursday, September 12, 2013

El Encanto, Lover's Delight

"El Encanto, Lover's Delight"
watercolor (16" x 12")

Another painting from our quick Santa Barbara get away.
Still haven't shown you "our" bungalow,
stayed's coming.
Click here, here and here to see other El Encanto paintings.

Today's painting is available, email me if you want your own "El Encanto, Lover's Delight"

Monday, September 9, 2013

Mr. Lion

"Mr. Lion"
watercolor (22" x 22")

Can't you just picture him saying
"and that is MISTER Lion to you"

Thanks again to CW for the awesome reference photo...
still lovin' my virtual safari I have been on!

Today's piece is available....just email me.

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

White Lilies- SOLD

"White Lilies"
watercolor (9" x 12")

oh pooey!
Summer is over!
 I don't know what is worse,
that summer is officially gone
or that our "baby girl" has started 7th grade today.
oh pooey!
It's all just going way too fast!

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Vesuvio Bakery

"Vesuvio Bakery"
watercolor (12" x 16")

If you are local...
come paint with me!

2 One-Day Workshops coming up in Sierra Madre, Ca

"Watercolor: Don't Be Afraid of the Darks" 
Oct 3, 2013  Thursday 9-3

 "Putting the Color Back in Watercolor" 
November 14, 2013   Thursday 9-3 

Click here for more info

Monday, August 26, 2013

Mr. Lincoln In Front- SOLD

"Mr. Lincoln In Front "
watercolor (12" x 9")

Yep, that's Mr. Lincoln in front,
Princess Caroline in the center,
Audrey Hephurn in rear left,
and I think there is a Cary Grant in there,
 plus few others I can't remember.
How fun was it to paint these roses!
One of my private students brought these for us to paint,
I got such a kick that she was growing all these in her garden,
and she knew all their names!

Thursday, August 22, 2013

El Encanto, A Quiet Entry

"El Encanto, A Quiet Entry"
watercolor (6" x 6")

Another painting from our lovely Santa Barbara get away....
There are so many quaint and decadent bungalows at El Encanto,
it's a good thing we didn't have to choose which one to stay in.
This cottage wasn't ours...but can't you just picture 
the "Ahhh..." when you walk through the door?

Today's piece is available at Chemers Gallery.

Friday, August 16, 2013

El Encanto, A Room With a View

"El Encanto, A Room With a View"
watercolor (16" x 9")

Continuing on in our little Santa Barbara vacation
(read earlier post here).
Can't you just imagine checking into this room.....
beautiful vistas from the Santa Barbara riviera
overlooking the Pacific Ocean.
Nope, this wasn't our room....that's coming up, 
stay tuned.

Today's piece is available at Chemers Gallery

Monday, August 12, 2013

El Encanto, Welcome

"El Encanto, Welcome"
watercolor (16" x 12")

Picture this.....a fantastically luxurious romantic resort,
in the Santa Barbara Riviera...over looking the Pacific Ocean.
Warm sun, cool ocean breezes, birds chirping away.
Delightfully lush grounds, superb restaurant and a ridiculous spa.
What could make this even better?
When your husband sends you ahead on the train so you can enjoy
the peace and quiet (and spa) in solitude.
More please......

Friday, August 9, 2013

Walking the Dog, Hollywood Beach- SOLD

"Walking the Dog, Hollywood Beach"
watercolor (6" x 6")
One of the delights of having private lessons 
is that my students often will say 
"let's paint this"....and I get excited to do it!
Today's painting comes from Christine's session.
It was a treat!

Monday, August 5, 2013

Leadbetter Beach, Santa Barbara

"Leadbetter Beach, Santa Barbara"
watercolor (9" x 16")

Today's painting is from one of our little trips this summer.
Santa Barbara is a fabulous place to visit, and I imagine, to live too!

Special pricing on today's piece, email me if you are interested.

Monday, July 29, 2013

Towards the Sun

"Towards the Sun"
watercolor (6" x 6")

Wishing everyone a beautiful kick-back kind of summer day!

Today's painting is available, click here if you are interested

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Cheery Ones, Revisited

"Cheery Ones, Revisited"
watercolor (12" x 16")

For those of you that have been following my blog for a bit,
this one may look familiar. 
The original, Cheery Ones, was done a awhile ago.
I thought it would make a good demo for my students...
a great piece for a daisy lover.

email me if you are interested in today's piece.


Sunday, July 14, 2013

Looking Up Grand Ave, Los Angeles

"Looking Up Grand Ave, Los Angeles"
watercolor  (16" x 12")

Today's painting was the demo for my 
Monday night Summer students at the Creative Arts Group (Sierra Madre, Ca).
I had to split the demo up into two nights...too much for one night!
Its hard to stop a painting mid-stream,
then wait to start back up the following week.
I had to trick myself.....
I packed it away, pretending it didn't exist.

"Looking Up Grand Ave" is available, email me if you are interested.

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Let's Go

"Let's Go"
watercolor (22" x30")

Took some time off....still need more.
Back in a few, meanwhile enjoy my latest.

Monday, June 24, 2013

La Frigiliana, Spain

 "La Frigiliana, Spain"
watercolor (16" x 12")

Today's piece was a demo I did for Chemer's Gallery the other night.
It was a great evening painting with fabulous artists,
meeting new collectors,
reconnecting with old collectors,
and listening to fun music.

"La Frigiliana, Spain" is available at Chemers gallery

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Simple Carrots

"Simple Carrots"
watercolor (7" x 16")
available at Chemers gallery

 Are you local and
looking for something lovely to do this Thursday evening?

You are invited:

Enderle Center Summer Concert Series;
Chemers Gallery Artist Demonstrations

Thursday Evening
June 2Oth

Entertainment and artist demonstrations 
 (Sligo Rags, 2 time winner of Orange County Best Folk Band, 
will be playing Celtic Music)

Slate of Demonstrating Artists at Chemers Gallery
Dana Cooper - oil | Suzanne Currie - mixed media | Dori Dewberry - pastel
Julie Hill - watercolor | Ian Montelongo - acrylic
Soraya Montelongo - beaded jewelry | Kim Vanderhoek - oil | Jim Wodark - oil

Chemers Gallery
17300 Seventeenth Street
Enderle Center
Tustin, Ca 92780

Thursday, June 13, 2013

The Tall Family-SOLD

"The Tall Family"
watercolor (9" x 12")

We are back on virtual safari....many thanks to CW for the reference.
I just love this image....can't you imagine this family
staring back at ya...
quiet and still on the African plains. 

Monday, June 10, 2013

Laundry Day- SOLD

"Laundry Day"
watercolor (6" x 6")

Something about going back to the simple ways.
Can a washing machine and dryer bring a smile to your face?
I think not.
Can fresh laundry on a clothes line...with wooden clothes pins...on a beautiful sunny day,
bring a little tingle to your heart?
I think so.

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

NYC, A Different Day

"NYC, A Different Day"
watercolor (16" x 12")

Today's painting was another find deep from the studio closet.
I had done this for a workshop demo,
but it just wasn't "working".
(Not surprising that some paintings sometimes just don't come out....
ever try to stand in front of 16 people teaching, talking coherently 
all the while trying to produce a decent painting?)
Yesterday, in the privacy and quietness of my studio,
I worked on it a bit....
now its respectable.

It's available, email me if you are interested

Monday, June 3, 2013

San Francisco Tidbit

"San Francisco Tidbit"
watercolor (8" x 10")

I was just cleaning out my studio...
getting ready for my *online sale,
 and found this,
it was a "challenged" piece...
but cropping has saved it!

*online sale is exclusive to my newsletter day only....great deals!
sign up here (its only a few days away)

"San Francisco Tidbit" is available, buy here.

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Along California Blvd, Pasadena- SOLD

"Along California Blvd., Pasadena"
watercolor (6" x 6")

Can't you just imagine yourself taking an evening stroll down this street?

Tuesday, May 28, 2013


watercolor (10" x 10")

Today's piece was done as a demo for a private student.
I always enjoy my sessions with my on one..
helping them on their journey in exploring and finding their "voice"
in watercolor painting.
How will your "voice" be heard today?

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Lemon Tree

"Lemon Tree"
(20" x 10")
Don't forget...
an exclusive 
one day online sale 
coming up....
but only available to my newsletter subscribers.
click here to sign up.

Today's piece is available, email me if you can see it in your home.

Monday, May 20, 2013

Red Peppers

"Red Peppers"
watercolor (12" x 12")

Come paint with me...........

A new class being offered through Creative Artists Group (Sierra Madre, Ca)
June 24th- Sept 2

                                                           Mondays, 7:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Bring your watercolor paintings to a new level: learn how to make your paintings tell a story and be more engaging to the viewer, all with a fresh, loose and dynamic approach. Fundamentals of composition, value, color usage, brushwork, and the artist's impressionistic style will be covered. Students may work on their own or follow teacher's demo. Class structure will consist of critiques, demos, and independent work with individual attention. Please note this class is restricted to intermediate and advanced students.

click here for more info and registration


Wednesday, May 15, 2013

The View is Great Up Here

"The View is Great Up Here"
watercolor (30" x 15")

Another from our virtual safari...
thanks CW for the awesome photo reference.

This sloppy tongued fella is available, 
just email me if you are interested