Wednesday, April 27, 2016

new painting - Lani

new painting - Lani, oil on board, 4x4".  Available at

Lani is a seer who casts her visions into the atmosphere in the form of foretelling weather patterns.

(this painting is sold)

Friday, April 22, 2016

Ruya in Spectrum

oil on board, 11x14"
Happy to announce that my painting, Ruya, was selected to be included in Spectrum this year.  Thank you to the jury, and a big thanks again to Darla Wilshire for the commission.
For more info about Spectrum, visit

Saturday, April 2, 2016

new painting inspired by Letters To A Young Poet

oil on board, 12x16"
 New painting inspired by the book Letters To A Young Poet by Rainer Maria Rilke for the Dream Covers show (Artists Illustrating Their Favorite Books) at Krab Jab Studio in Seattle, WA.  The show reception is April 9, 2016.  6-9pm.  Visit the Krab Jab website for more info:
Also, you can read a bit more about the show and see all of the artists' paintings in Lauren Panepinto's article on the Muddy Colors blog:
This painting is available through Krab Jab Studio.
oil on board, 12x16"
**update** my painting took 2nd place juried pick in the Dream Covers show, announced on the night of the opening.  A big thanks to the jurors!  The show will be up til May 7th, and if you're in the area, I definitely suggest stopping in to see all the wonderful work.  All the work is also available for viewing and purchase through the KrabJab Studio website.
flier for the Dream Covers show at Krab Jab Studio

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

new painting - Faye

Faye - oil on board, 5x7"
new painting - Faye, oil on board, 5x7"
Available on

Faye dwells among the oaks of Elfin Forest.

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Using Unconventional Painting Tools

new Muddy Colors article - Using Unconventional Painting Tools - I share a bit about the different tools I use for mark-making.  Check it out at
click here for the link: Using Unconventional Painting Tools

Thursday, March 3, 2016

new painting - Venus II

new painting (oil on wood, 11x14") for the upcoming Venus show at La Bodega Gallery - an all women's exhibition - the reception is this Saturday March 5th, 5-10pm. The show runs til March 16th. 2196 Logan Ave, San Diego, CA.

Saturday, February 27, 2016

new painting - Lady of Mermaid Inn

new painting - Lady of Mermaid Inn
oil on board, 5x7"
posted and sold on Every Day Original here: - Lady of Mermaid Inn

Also, because my day to post on EDO coincided with my day to post on the MuddyColors blog, I've posted a bit of info about the painting along with some progression images on Muddy Colors here: - Painting Progression - Lady of Mermaid Inn

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

sketches from the Legendeer trip to Yosemite

ballpoint pen and gouache with leaf
I finally got around to taking some pics of some of the sketches and quicksketch plein air paintings I did when I was in Yosemite for the Legendeer CA expedition last year (Legendeer CA 2015).  The experience was wonderful beyond words - from the beautiful people who gathered together for the adventure to the beautiful views and hikes we went on - a memorable experience to say the least.  We spent each day hiking and sketching, divided into small groups, and then would meet back at the campsite to hang out, talk about our experience and sketch some more - a lot of times around the campfire into the wee hours of the night, to wake up the next day and do it again.  Our guides were wonderful people with a true love for the earth and what they do. They taught us so much about the environment.

oil on board, each painting is about 8x10"
I brought my easel and oils on a couple hikes (a big shout-out to a couple fellow Legendeers that were so kind to help me carry my stuff because I had a broken hand and was definitely not back to functioning at 100% yet!), and always had my sketchbook with various materials to sketch with.  I also picked up different leaves and things along the way.  A couple of these sketches I've posted have the leaves stuck to the pages of the sketchbook, and I sketched around them.  I was drawn to the pattern in the them that had been chewed by bugs, and thought it would be interested to try to incorporate in a sketch somehow.  The plein air paintings are about 30 minute each. The far left painting of the 3 posted here got a bit messed up from carrying it wet in my bag after painting it.

On the last day, we had the pleasure of painting Paula, who was nice enough to sit for us for a bit.  That day, it rained a little too, which was a great way end the amazing experience.
oil on board, portrait from life

ballpoint pen and gouache with leaf
I also added a bit to a couple of pages in my book of kells sketchbook, inspired by the Yosemite excursion:
acrylic on book pages with words "help to engage" showing through from text on page underneath

Monday, February 15, 2016

new painting - January

oil/acrylic on book page, 6x10"
new painting - January, 6x10", oil and acrylic on book page mounted on board


Friday, January 29, 2016

new painting - Selene

Selene - oil on board, 8x10"
Selene - oil on board, 8x10"

Selene is the light in the night sky, and her quiet song guides all who pause to listen.

Posted and sold on