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




daily painting | atlas

As I am spending time in my studio again (furnace fixed! yay!), I am once more in love with watercolor paper. Creating abstract works is freeing, healing, liberating, cathartic, challenging. I started this one and thought it was done, but then decided to go back in and spend more time with it. Done now.

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