Mendocino Headlands

30X40″ oil on canvas Yesterday I started this Mendocino California beach landscape.  I sketched out the initial scene quickly and will wait for it to dry to work on values and create more depth.  There are 2 parts of this painting that I love and won’t change. The sky and that one tree sticking upContinue reading “Mendocino Headlands”

Lemons

Here’s another huge still life I painted for my sister.  It’s a bowl of lemons.  Last time I was in Ukiah I only had time to sketch out the underpainting in acrylics.  She took it and hung it in her house alongside the huge pears.  Now that I see it hung, I like the waitContinue reading “Lemons”

Little Cuties

I painted this still life of mandarin oranges this morning.  I love the loose, fast, carefree feel to this one.  I was going to paint strawberries but we didn’t have any, so I grabbed a bunch of mandarins and set them up in the early morning light.  Their shadows were getting shorter as the sunContinue reading “Little Cuties”

Flying Nautilus

16X24 oil on canvas I grew up near the coast in Northern California.  As a kid my dad would go abalone diving in Fort Bragg with his friends and I would play around on the cliffs with my sisters.  It’s a wonder we are still alive.  At the end of the abalone diving day weContinue reading “Flying Nautilus”

Still life! Alla Prima Toilet Paper

6X6″ oil on canvas Alla prima seems like such a fancy term to go along with a roll of toilet paper.  But that’s what we have here.  Alla prima is a painting technique used by artists since the beginning of time.  It means wet on wet painting or “first attempt.”  Usually this type of paintingContinue reading “Still life! Alla Prima Toilet Paper”

Boise Sky After Thunderstorm

30X48″ oil on canvas You know what they say about the weather in Idaho? Wait 15 minutes, it will change.  I learned quickly that Idahoans like to say that.  I’ve been living in Idaho since 2003 and I’m on board with that saying now.  When there’s thunder and lightning, it pours rain, hails, and randomlyContinue reading “Boise Sky After Thunderstorm”

Mollie

Need a unique gift idea?  I’d be honored to paint your baby. oil on canvas 5X7″ Little Miss Mollie.  In my opinion this is the sweetest age and such a sweet little face.  A companion post to yesterday’s, this is Josh’s baby sister.  Kamie’s 5th and final baby (I think), she is adored by all.  Kamie hasContinue reading “Mollie”

Plein Air Tree

9X12 oil on canvas I painted this plein air style tree shortly after I took the plein air class in the fall.  The leaves on the trees were a little yellower and were starting to fall.  I painted this one in a fast loose style with greens and blues that I love.  I like theContinue reading “Plein Air Tree”

Ruby

Here we have darling Ruby.  Adorable, sweet, charming, huggy, spunky, quick, funny, smart Ruby.  She’s my cousin Heidi’s little girl, Atti’s little sister.  I painted this portrait from a photo my cousin sent me that was taken at a professional modeling shoot.  They had lights on her and fans and her hair was blowing inContinue reading “Ruby”