Friday, December 2, 2016

DPW Spotlight interview and "The Kayaker" : a painting giveaway.

The Kayaker
6x6 acrylic on cradled panel

I am very honored to be the "Spotlight Artist" this week on If you purchase a painting, you can enter to win this and paintings by other artists for 30 days. Click here to go to the main site. Look up at top for "artist spotlight". 

If you are on Instagram, follow me @kaethe_bealer.

Monday, October 3, 2016

Latest Commissions

acrylic on gesso panel

acrylic on cradled panel

Things are not at the same pace as the "30 in 30" but I am getting work ready for a friend's shop on Kauai (I'll announce details later), a group show at Studio Gallery and keeping up with commissions. I also have an exhibit for the "30 in 30" scheduled with the Harrington Gallery Nov. 17 thru Dec 17 in Pleasanton, CA. I will be giving a talk about the 30 paintings in December. Those details will be announced here on the blog and in my newsletter which you can sign up for on my website; .  It's good to be busy!

Friday, September 30, 2016

Day 30; Thanks for being along for the ride!

acrylic on cradled panel

Well its finally here, my last day of the challenge. Thank you all so much for the encouragement! All of the 30 paintings will be part of a show in November. I am finalizing the details with the Harrington Gallery in Pleasanton, CA.  I will be doing a talk there about the work. As long as you are not a heckler, please join me! I will be announcing those details in the near future!

Thank you Leslie Saeta for promoting these challenges! My challenge was to complete one painting a day. That is not always the case. I have done these where I just painted everyday until a painting was complete. Painting everyday or just painting consistently helps make you a better artist. I believe that for myself. It is what I have heard over and over again from the artists I have studied with. I still have a lot of mileage to put on my brush!

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Day 29

acrylic on cradled panel
I have one more day for the challenge! Yay!
The marina where I live has wonderful photo opps. I want to thank our neighbor Angelika who allowed me to use her photo from the other day. Angelika is also the award winner for the photo contest on National Marina Day this past June!

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Day 28

acrylic on cradled panel

Phil has to be one of the nicest people I have met by living on the water. He is usually out with his wife Janice but on this day, she was watching their grandchild. Phil would much rather talk about his grandchild than his work as a motion picture photographer. See his unbelievable photography here.

Its day 28!!!

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Day 27

acrylic on cradled panel

This is Lamb. He is a rescue living with my cousin Judy who does a cat foster and adopt program in Honolulu. Obviously Lamb has the run of the house.

Monday, September 26, 2016

Day 26

acrylic on cradled panel

I hope I didn't come across too much of a whiner yesterday. I truly have a lot to be grateful for and these challenges certainly have the benefit of making new connections which I truly appreciate.

This is a scene from a little clothing store on Monsarrat Ave in Honolulu. 

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Day 25

acrylic on cradled panel

I love painting but man...I am ready to get my sleep back! Thanks to everyone who has liked, looked and or commented here, Facebook and on Instagram! I have been super busy and haven't done a good job letting you know how much I appreciate you!

Today's painting comes from Terry Donato Weinmann's photography. I love her cat photos! Thanks Terry!

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Day 24

acrylic on cradled panel

I sometimes go down to Santa Barbara and see my friend Lynn who works at a hotel. We met being waitresses at the Hale Koa Hotel a very long time ago. I love nocturnes and I love pools! This is from a shot I took on my last trip. Its the hotel where Lynn works. She has graduated from her waitress days to management. 

Day 23

acrylic on cradled panel

I posted part 1 of this yesterday on Instagram. This is the final version.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Day 22

acrylic on cradled panel

If you want a challenge, just paint flowers...that's all I am saying!
Thanks to my dear art friend Jill who allowed me to use her beautiful photograph. She is also doing the 30 day challenge. See her beautiful work!

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Day 21

acrylic on cradled panel

We made a pit stop in San Clemente the other weekend on our way home. We were fortunate to see great art, crafts and a farmer's market. This is from the orchid booth. I think I was drawn to the image because of the negative shapes.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Day 20

acrylic on cradled panel

Only 10 more days to go! On a recent venture to San Diego, I saw this house and car. I couldn't resist the light and shadow. I want to thank my art buddy Bruce Katz (great artist btw) who helped me select this last night as my next painting.

Monday, September 19, 2016

Day 19

acrylic on cradled panel

Thanks to Laura Jane, Joel and JG from work who allowed me to paint their daughters Estelle and Liam! They are such cuties!

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Day 18

acrylic on cradled panel

If you have been following my work, you know that I have been studying with Stanley Goldstein, Tim Horn and Peggi Kroll Roberts. Today, I channeled Peggi. 
When I was home in May, I hung out with friends at their beach house. It was a beautiful day, just relaxing and talking story. 

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Day 17

acrylic on cradled panel

The idea for this came from my break room conversation with the guys..."Have you ever thought of painting a hamburger?"  What better time than now?

Today was an art filled day! I went to the open studio at Las Positas College and then took a break from figure painting to attend Carolyn Lord's talk at the Grand Theatre in Tracy, CA. If you are local. its a wonderful show to see. I learned a lot about the inspiration for Carolyn's work. The history of the area and how we use our space was compelling  in Carolyn's talk. I didn't know that Tracy was a railroad town or that Livermore was on Russia's hit list as the second target after DC during the Cold War. Learn more about Carolyn's exhibit "Local Presence".

Friday, September 16, 2016

Day 16

acrylic on cradled panel

I walk past here everyday. Everyday there is different lighting. This is what it looked like 3 days ago.

Thank you for being here!

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Day 15

acrylic on cradled panel

I am half way through the challenge! Since I live at a marina, I am always fascinated by reflections. I am surrounded by them!

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Day 14

acrylic on cradled panel

If you read my post yesterday, you will know that this is from In N Out Burger while I was waiting for my order. I had such  fun painting the color notes of the figures and background!

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Day 13

acrylic on cradled panel

I am always looking for a painting. While waiting for my "protein style", I saw this.

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Day 11

acrylic on cradled panel

Another scene from my walk on the beach in Carlsbad.

If you are in San Francisco, today( 9/11/16) is the reception for the Studio Gallery's "Delicious" group show, 2pm to 6pm There are a lot of great artists participating in the show. I heard Tim Horn, one of my mentors, might be there! You can see the paintings on line at the gallery's website. Click here. 
I hope to have Day 12 ready by tomorrow am!
To see the "30 in 30" challenge, hosted by artist Leslie Saeta, click here.

Saturday, September 10, 2016

DAY 10...

6x6 acrylic on cradled panel

I know, I know, I am running behind schedule posting to my blog and posting to the "30 in 30" challenge! I do have images on Instagram and on Facebook if you want to see my previous efforts. This image is from my recent road trip to San Diego. We stopped in Carlsbad and walked the beach. It was a beautiful day with great weather!

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

The Untitled Bird Feeder Painting

acrylic on cradled panel

This will be part of the "Delicious" show at Studio Gallery in the city. I posted it on Facebook last week and asked for suggestions on titles. All of the ones submitted were great! I haven't decided but here's my dilemma: Do I go with a fun, cutsy title or do I make it an inventory painting title? And then there are those titles that are not in either category. What are your thoughts? How do you title your work?

Saturday, June 18, 2016

David Shevlino Workshop

David Shevlino's demo the night before the workshop
 day 1 figure
 day 2 portrait
 day 3 figure
day 4 figure

In my quest to become a better painter, I had the opportunity to take David Shevlino's 4 day workshop at the Carmel Visual Arts in Carmel, CA.  First, I would like to say what a generous and nice instructor David is. He was very accommodating to requests to demo or spend time individually with our paintings. He is a master painter and I came away with having a little more comfort with using a bigger brush and how to lose edges. If you have any interest in learning more about David's work (he has videos and books), click here. BTW, the brushes he had on his materials list are from Rosemary & Co.  Painting the figure is good exercise for learning to paint everything else!

Monday, May 16, 2016


acrylic on cradled panel

Sorry if this came to your mail box twice! I was experiencing technical difficulties.

This is the pet bird of a family friend who has been very helpful to my Mom. Thanks Scott and Edie!

Tuesday, May 3, 2016


Acrylic on cradled panel

It's been awhile because our computer died. I think I figured out a work around with BlogPad Pro.

This year seems to be going by so fast. Maybe it's a whirl because of the many deadlines I am trying to meet. There are work deadlines, boat projects and of course artwork dates. There are a couple of shows I hope to enter this summer. One of them is the 59th Juried Exhibition at The Haggin Museum. It's a national exhibit (gulp!). It will be an honor if "Al" gets in.

I recently attended "Fresh Works" another juried show. Both of my paintings "Cafe" and "Dinner Party" were selected with "Dinner Party" receiving a merit award! It was an interesting reception. I think it was the first time I heard a judge, in this case, Richard Ambrose, talk about the selection process. He looked for skill and also work that spoke to him. What an honor it was to be there!

Mr. Ambrose is the executive director of the Richmond Art Center in Richmond, CA. There is a current exhibit (3/19-5/22/16) of Bay Area figurative artist David Park and there is no admission fee to the gallery!

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Worker Bee

oil on cradled panel

The inspiration for this painting comes from the pmp-art site. Photographer Paul Sherman posted the reference that I could no longer ignore. I hope to have this in the Valley Art Gallery for the spring show.

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Rockridge Rose

acrylic on panel

Thanks to my friend Kristie who furnished the inspiration of this little painting!

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Latest Commissions; The Pitts and Jean's Pup

acrylic on panel
acrylic on panel

Thanks for looking. I am trying to catch up on commissions! I love dogs! I also love cats too!

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Dashboard Hula Girl 2

acrylic on panel

I love Instagram. I found this photo reference on it and got permission from its owner to paint it. Thank you @spacecowboytx! 

If interested  in purchasing click here.

Sunday, February 14, 2016


acrylic on panel
This is a commission that is overdue. Thanks to all of you who have commissions and are understanding about it.Your kindness is really appreciated!  I have been working through the loss of my father and couldn't pick up a paintbrush. He was proud of me and the urge to paint has started to return. I am on it! 

I am posting a progression of "Cafe"on instagram. Come follow me @kaethe_bealer.

Here's a blog posting from that I thought was helpful about grief and art.