daily painting | deep sea life

More fun with older works on paper. I take the watercolor abstract, then work on top of it with acrylics (and draw with pencil, and then do some palette knife scraping, and add more pencil, and then sit down and look at it, and talk to it, and ask it what it wants). The previous watercolor is a kind of underpainting and peeks through. This one feels quite moody and I confess I had few expectations for this piece, but it developed into shapes and moving things that felt lively. As this feels like a transition time in my life — a passage, a leap into the unknown, a gestation — my daily work helps me work through emotions and helps me embrace my life and whatever the next chapter is for my art. And for me.

30″ x 22″ acrylic, watercolor, pencil on paper = $795




daily painting | all hands on deck

Oooh baby, I’ve found the perfect size claybord for daily paintings! My new favorite thing to paint on (except for paper, canvas, watercolor sketchbooks…). The smooth surface makes for lots of palette knife fun. Thankfully the furnace in my studio is working again, as the visiting Canadian arctic air is starting to wear out its welcome.

12″ x 12″ acrylic, pencil on claybord = $185




daily painting | fish in the sea

Back to my current pleasure of working with acrylic on paper. I do one painting, sit with it for awhile, then go back in and add another layer. Or two. Or six. Abstracts call to me to express myself deeply, emotionally, intimately and, I hope, authentically. This winter piece helped me work things out. Later today I will go in and work on another piece to try and heal my heart after this latest heartbreak in Florida.

22″ x 30″ acrylic, India ink, pencil, oil pastel on paper = $795




daily painting | titania

It was great to be back with the Tuesday night figure drawing group this week in Oakland. It’s a closed group, but sometimes a regular member can’t make it so I get to accept Scott’s invite. I’ve been experimenting with figure painting — different papers, watercolor sketchbooks, paints, and watercolor pencils. Mostly with dreadful results, but the exercises are useful. It’s a contrast, there — my loosey-goosey, quick watercolor style in a group of brilliant, traditional portrait artists who use oils. Our styles clash, but we laugh a lot. None of those guys take themselves too seriously, which is lovely.

5.5″ x 8.5″ watercolor and watercolor pencil on paper = $60




daily painting | marin headlands

The Marin Headlands (just north of San Francisco) holds many beautiful sights — hawks, coyotes, bobcats, foxes. Also wonderful old buildings dating back to WWII. I pulled off to the side to photograph this and its interesting shadows. After I got back in the car, 2 ravens flew down to the dirt road that ran up to this spot. One of them was just a few feet from my car, so I rolled down the back window for a better view of those luscious blue-black feathers. I said hello, and it cocked his head and looked at me. A shared a moment.

5.5″ x 8.5″ watercolor, pen on paper = $60




daily painting | heart chambers

I’m a bit nervous about how much to say about this one. Oh hell, I’ll do it: In my morning meditation a few days ago, my guide took me on a journey — to see the inside my heart. The purpose was to show how sturdy, strong, healthy and whole it was. After that I went to my studio to paint that impression. [There, I did it — I am never sure how personal to get in these entries, but this painting experience was deeply intimate and healing.]

30″ x 22″ acrylic, ink, oil pastel, pencil on paper = $795




daily painting | blue dog

Still working on those abstracts on paper in my studio. Almost out of paper, though. Must restock. There is something so wonderfully tactile about working on paper — it bends, it warps, it absorbs. It’s sensitive and needs more care than canvas. Love that — it has a life of its own.

30″ x 22″ acrylic, ink, oil pastel, pencil on paper = $795