daily painting | sunol pasture

These gorgeous hills in Sunol hold a surprising number of golden eagle nests and I am lucky enough to be part of a team that observes them. While I followed our team leader up into the hills on the trail, we passed this lovely scene. A few minutes later an eagle flew right over our heads — only about 10 feet up. The majesty of these birds is hard to describe. We observed another nest in the area and watched mom eagle bring a juicy rabbit for her 5-week old nestling.

10″ x 7″ watercolor, pen on paper = $90




daily painting | sandy’s rose

Yes, it’s been forever since I’ve posted a new painting! I’ve been sketching away in my small sketchbook, doing small watercolor sketches while looking after grandkids in San Diego, and working on preparations to teach this weekend’s urban sketching watercolor workshop in Alameda (sign up here!). I did several iterations of this rose from my daughter’s yard and liked this one (so did Sandy!). I like using my favorite Daniel Smith triad of quinacrodone magenta, pthalo blue, and hansa yellow lite.

10″ x 7″ watercolor, pen on paper = $90






daily painting | corners

Working on this slick surface of Ampersand claybord is satisfying and interesting, especially when I use various palette knives. The smooth surface also is fun to scribble on and create various effects as I cover the marks with acrylics. Come to E Bay Open Studios (first weekend in June at Gray Loft Gallery in Oakland) and see up close! Click on “about” button above for more info or, even better, send me an email and ask to sign up to get my newsletters!

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




daily painting | barnyard

OK this one isn’t exactly a daily painting as I worked on it over several days, and it’s a big one, but I wanted to post it here. It started as a stretched canvas of an older piece, and I wanted to rework it, keeping in mind the E Bay Open Studios exhibition this year (first 2 weekends in June). The “Barnyard” title came from the rooster-like image in the upper right, and it seemed to have lively elements in it like a busy farm. Cock-a-doodle-do, baybee.

50″ x 51″ acrylic, oil pastel, pencil on canvas = $3500 (stretched canvas)




daily painting | crayons & pencils

Making marks with pencils, graphite sticks and crayons is really floating my boat these days. It also feels like I am somehow connecting with Addiam, my artist friend who passed away last week, as I am using a box of crayons and materials she gave me. I think tomorrow I will work on a large piece and prepare for E Bay Open Studios (in June).

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