daily painting | hornet’s neighbor

Back to posting! Been fighting a bug for a bit but am much improved; had to concentrate on recovering rather than painting. While the weather was lovely and sunny last weekend, I went with several sketching pals down to paint the navy ships near The Hornet in Alameda. I was drawn to the anchors for these ships — strong, sturdy. I think I am becoming stronger and sturdier too, and that is a marvelous feeling.

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




daily painting | ploughshare poppies

Another daily painting from my afternoon at Ploughshares Nursery in Alameda. While chickens poked around and investigated, I set up my paints. I loved these charming poppies. It’s a great place to buy plants for your garden too (or, in my case, potted plants for my deck) as they promote organic and natural growing methods, and you are contributing to the local community. The happy herbs I brought home that day are thriving.

5″ x 8″ watercolor, pen on paper = $50




daily painting | jicama and pals

My new love for still life painting — veggies! This jicama, carrot, lime and onion made for interesting color play (yes I know lime is a fruit :o). Had to get this one done as I needed the ingredients for a salad to take to my old neighborhood for a party in Redwood City (jicama is a starchy, crunchy addition). Was great fun to see lovely old friends and neighbors. Very generous & warm folks.

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




daily painting | pear-apple

I was doing a flower painting from a photo I snapped of a beautiful yard in Alameda. Then this pear-apple in my fruit bowl attracted me with its mottled patches and golden-orange colors. The flowers were abandoned. But I also got distracted by a great blue heron outside my kitchen window, catching fish and also closing in on what looked like an injured grebe up in the ice plant (the grebe escaped). Drama and life cycles and pears and rain and dark clouds and big winds! Life on the water is often glorious.

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




daily painting | ploughshare chickens

A fun afternoon at Ploughshares Nursery in Alameda. Free-roaming chickens supervising the activities of humans shopping for plants and garden supplies. I brought home thyme, oregano, mint and rosemary for my potted garden on my deck. Really relaxing in that lovely spot — I will go back for more (plants and painting!).

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