Monday, September 30, 2013

Day 30! ... Parked

This is the end of the 30 day challenge. I just want to say "THANK YOU" for following me, making comments and looking. It has really meant so much. I am lucky to feel supported by you. This is from a photo I took in San Francisco while on a photo field trip in Carol Marine's workshop. I spent a half hour yesterday on this and then I finished it this morning.  6x6 acrylic on gessobord. If you would like to see the artists participating in this challenge click here.
Thank you everybody!

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Day 29, Butterfly Work

I was a little panicked last night, as I had no idea what to paint for today. I ran across the photo reference for this at Wet Canvas. I had wanted to paint a bee but couldn't find an image that would work. So here is the end of my efforts for today. I got up at 5am and finished at 8:00am. Happy Sunday! There's only 1 more day left of the challenge. 4x4 acrylic on gessobord. Sold.

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Day 28, The Work Horse

Last April my friend and I attended the plein air convention in Monterey. On our last day there, we went around the neighborhoods and took lots of pictures. This truck is from one of those. If you ever have the opportunity to go to the convention, I would highly recommend it. Its like being around art rock stars. There is so much info shared. It was very inspiring to me. I am going this year again. Maybe I will see you there? 6x8 acrylic on cradled panel. Sold

Friday, September 27, 2013

Day 27, Hummingbird

You know how you feel when you have an off day? I feel that way about this painting but because I don't have time to paint something else, here it is. Thanks for looking! 4x4 acrylic on gessobord.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Day 26, Back Lit Kitten

Another image from the Wet Canvas image library. Kittens are so irresistible. I just can't help myself.
6x6 acrylic on gessobord. If interested click here.

Day 25, Black and White Kittens

Its day 25 and  I have survived. I had to say that since it rhymes. Okay, I am taking liberties. This is from an image I got at Wet Canvas. 6x6 acrylic on gessobord. Sold.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Day 24, Tulip Profile

Just a quickie. I did this in about an hour from a photo reference on Wet Canvas. This is a 4x4 on gessobord. Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, September 23, 2013

Day 23, The View

In April I took a workshop from Carol Marine. We went on photo trips during the week around San Francisco.. This was taken at the ferry building.  I did a smaller version in class (6x6) this is a 16x16 acrylic on cradled panel. To see other "30 in 30" artists click here. Sold.

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Day 22, The Commuters

I sat at a corner cafe in San Francisco and took pictures for about 15 minutes. Intersections have a ot going on. I learned that day, if you find a setting, they will come. This is a 9x12 that I finished today. Acrylic on cradled panel. Sold

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Day 21, Bird #3

This is from a photo I used at Paint My Photo. The hardest part of painting a peacock is the iridescence. Its been helpful that so far I have painted small. I could spend more time on this little 4x4 acrylic but its the weekend and there is more painting to do! To see the "30 in 30" challenge click here.

Friday, September 20, 2013

Day 20, Bird #2

My husband asked me "why did you paint a rooster"? Does that make a statement or what? Whatever, I haven't ever painted a rooster so that's why. A big thank you to Johnna Schelling who suggested another site you can get reference photos;  Paint My Photo. Its the site I used for this guy.  4x4 acrylic on gessobord.

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Day 19, Bird #1

I am surrounded by seagulls. They think they own the place! They sit at the top of our boat and drop mussels so that the shells crack open. We have yet to figure out a sure fire way to get them interested in our neighbors boat to hang out on (just kidding). As I leave off the boat everyday you can hear "crunch, crunch, crunch" as I walk on the broken shells...alas they have won. 4x4 acrylic on gessobord. To look at the other "30 in 30" paintings, click here.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Day 18, Puppy #3

Meet Neo. Yes, his parents are Matrix fans. Neo is a very sweet and mellow dog. This is from his younger days but he still has that sweetness today. I am hoping Neo will give Niko a few a good way. 4x4 acrylic on gessobord.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Day 17, Puppy #2

This is Niko at 12 weeks. He has been a holy terror and the love of our lives. He is half husky and half lab and all rascal! (as noted in my previous post). 4x4 acrylic on gessobord.

Monday, September 16, 2013

Day 16, Puppy #1 AKA Umm...the dog ate my homework, I mean painting.

This is Jack. There was a whole painting until yesterday morning. When I came from upstairs, I had to look twice, Niko had something in his mouth. Need I say more? At least this time I didn't have to take him to the vet to get a stocking removed. Jo Mackenzie, my artist friend always post how she learns something each time she paints. Well, I have learned to keep my paintings up higher. Poor little Jack :(.  Not quite 4x4 acrylic on chewed gessobord.   To see the other artists participating in the "30 in 30" challenge, click here.

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Flowers and Hat #3

This is my friend Sylvie. She is an amazing artist. You can check out her work at
Be sure to check out her murals.This marks the half way point! 4x4 acrylic on gessobord.

Friday, September 13, 2013

Day 14, Flowers and Hat #2

I have many photos of my workshop friend Mariane. We went to a little café at lunch which was also a winery. In the back of the building there was a beautiful flower field that had lavender and gladiolas. I think this is my 4th time painting her standing in this fleld of flowers. 4x4 acrylic on gessobord.

Day 13, Flowers and Hat #1


Yet another painting I did from using the Wet Canvas image library. There is something about the sun, a hat and flowers that I cannot resist. Thank you for stopping by! 4x4 acrylic on gessobord.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Day 12, Dragonfly #3

This is also a painting I did from a reference photo on Wet Canvas. This will mark the last of my insect series for awhile. So, I won't be "bugging" you. I know, I know but I just had to say it. :) 4x4 acrylic on gessobord.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Day 11, Dragonfly #2

When I was a kid, dragonflies were exciting to see. It was like seeing something magical. I think this guy can fall into that category with his red body and orange veined wings.

 This image comes from the Wet Canvas photo library. You have to register to use their site but there are thousands of photographs to look at and use. It is also a site to get lots of art info and participate in painting challenges.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Day 10, Dragonfly #1

Day 10 and this marks being 1/3 through the September challenge. Time goes by fast, especially when you are committed to posting a painting a day. I have more to do on the other dragonflies, so better get busy. My friend Margot furnished the photo reference for this painting. I wish I could talk her into painting more. The woman has talent! Thanks for viewing. P.S. I haven't decided if I am going to try to sell these or not, keep you posted!

Monday, September 9, 2013

Day 9, Sunflower #3

This is the last of my little sunflower series. I have had a lot of fun with them. I am usually not a huge fan of the color yellow but there is something about it that makes me feel cheerful and upbeat. Thanks for looking! Check out Day 9 submissions from other artists on Leslie Saeta's blog. 4x4 acrylic on gessobord. If interested click here for the Daily Paintworks auction site.

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Day 8, Sunflower #2

If it wasn't for the "30 in 30 Challenge", I would have titled this Dancing Sunflower. Thank you for viewing! 4x4 acrylic on gessobord. If interested click here to be directed to the Daily PaintWorks auction site.

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Day7, Sunflower #1

Whenever I think of sunflowers, I think of the Van Gogh paintings. He painted 7 versions of sunflowers in a vase. I will be painting 3 sunflowers not in a vase but each will be very different. This is a 4x4 acrylic on gessobord. If you are interested, click here for the auction at

Friday, September 6, 2013

Day 6, Beach #3

Although simplistic, these beach scenes are another way of looking for light changes. The sky is lighter at the horizon and the sand has some variation as well. The water also changes color from the distance. Hmm, maybe this is not so simple after all? This is the last of the beach series. 4x4 acrylic on cradled panel.

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Day 5, Beach #2

One of my favorite places is Barking Sands beach on Kauai. There is sand and beach for days! Bring slippers if you go. The sand gets burning hot. 4x4 acrylic on cradled gessoed panel.

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Day 4, Beach #1

This was the last of the 3 beach scenes I painted but I decided to post it first. I like it the best and it has more going on than the other two. The panel I used has a lot of texture to its surface and that is why it looks like I dry brushed it. I have decided that Open Golden acrylic paint is not heavy bodied enough for this type of surface. This is on a Dick Blick cradled studio panel. I plan on continuing to use them with my oil paintings though. 4x4 acrylic. 

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Day 3, Rose #3

I am having fun posting and having friends and family asking about the challenge. The "30 in 30 Challenge" has been one way to create excitement and interest about what I am doing. Thank you to all who have "liked" and commented on my postings! And thanks to those who just look! By the way, Rose #1 sold to my friend...Rose! This is an acrylic 4x4 on wood panel. SOLD

Monday, September 2, 2013

Day 2, Rose #2

This is #2 for the 30 day challenge but it also #2 of 3 of my little rose series. I think painting roses teaches me subtlety. Petals transition going from light to shadow but don't lose color. I am learning and having fun in the process! This is a 4x4 acrylic on wood panel. Click here if you are interested in bidding on it at the Daily Paintworks auction site.  Happy Labor Day!

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Day 1; Rose #1

This is the first painting of the "30 in 30 Challenge". It is a 4x4 on wood panel. I am trying to do 3 painttngs that have a theme. Obviously this first set of three will be roses. So for the next 2 days, that's right, you will see roses. Thanks for looking! SOLD