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




daily painting | addiam’s crayons

Oh I am glad to be back posting! Had iphone issues for days (no photos of art to upload) and was also a bit sidelined emotionally by a series of heart-wrenching funerals including that of my friend and studio-mate, Addiam Tsehaye, who passed away last week from cancer. She was 44. Somewhere along the way she gave me a box of crayons and pastels, which I wanted to use for this abstract. I miss you, Addiam. You were a bright light (you can see her ceramic work commissioned for Kaiser hospital San Leandro, 2nd floor, near main elevators, in a glass case).

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




daily painting | blue vase

Spring flowers on my coffee table, from the farmer’s market, in a vibrant blue vase which was a generous gift from a dear friend. I started with watercolor, but it wasn’t quite working so I jumped in with pastels and charcoal and it got  livelier. The composition was accidental—my sketchbook leaning open against the vase, the pencil, some votive candles, orange napkin in the corner. The way the light came through the window, backlighting the arrangement, was lovely.

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