daily painting | attractions

I continue to enjoy doing these small works on Ampersand brand claybord  — so I filled up an art supply drawer with them. Yesterday I worked on a large acrylic abstract on canvas and this one simultaneously. I’m finding I need to reconsider my creative expressions — how does one stay true to one’s artistic voice when professional art sellers want something else? An old dilemma. I think I’ll stick with “going deep” and heeding my own intuitions. It’s what I need to do.

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




daily painting | coffee-stained passion flower

This was a project that smelled great. I soaked watercolor paper in a pan of very strong coffee (happily messy; grounds went everywhere). I wanted to try drawing/painting on the dark, blotchy paper with different media, so I experimented with charcoal, pastels, and pen and ink. My favorite was watercolor (kind of an obvious choice, for me, duh). I tried a loose painting, then played with a white gel pen (fabulous fun!). May do more. Might not. It’s a bit rough to put up for sale, but if you must have it, pop me an email!

8″ x 6″ watercolor, pen on coffee-stained paper




daily painting | CCA hydrangeas

After two very fun weekends of East Bay Open Studios, I’m thrilled — seriously, can’t tell you — to be back into my painting routine. Was delighted to join E Bay Sketchers to roam around the CCA campus (Calif College of the Arts; formerly Calif College of Arts & Crafts) in Oakland. Since it is my alma mater, many memories were jogged. Visit the campus if you can and enjoy the very old unusual trees planted 100+ years ago (that host noisy, cheerfully singing bird familes), the bits and pieces of sculptures that adorn the gardens, and take in the history. A peaceful place.

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




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