Monday, October 31, 2011

Child's Play

Child's Play  9" x 12"  oil on board

I had so much fun painting I Luv Mommy that I set up another slightly more complicated still life with crayons, marbles, and bits of modeling clay.  I don't finish this type of painting in one go, I have to let some areas dry so I can come back in and add another layer, so they take a few days to do, but lots of fun! I really enjoy doing still life on the days when it's cold and rainy outside but bright and sunny inside my studio. Perfect conditions every day!

Thursday, October 27, 2011

I Luv Mommy

I Luv Mommy  9" x 12"  Oil on Board

This piece was donated to an online auction raising money to help prevent maternal deaths world wide.  90% of these deaths are not necessary. Proceeds from the sale of this painting will be given to the Every Woman Counts fund. To learn more about this worthy cause or participate in the online auction please visit

Thursday, October 20, 2011


This is Ziva.  Can you tell she's a wee bit mischievous?

Wednesday, October 19, 2011



This little sweetie is Yi-Ying. She likes to draw and is filled with personality!

More about my series of faces:
 This ongoing series of faces are all the same size and medium.  8" x 12" oil on board.
It's called the Many Faces of Spirit.
I have no idea how many I'll do or what direction it may take. The idea behind this is that we are all very unique individual expressions of Spirit/ Source/ God energy and therefore we are all One. It still never ceases to amaze me how different we all look even though we all have two eyes, one nose and one mouth.  It's our subtle little differences that make up our expressions and personalities.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Study of Provence

Study of Provence  6"x 8"  Oil on Board

This is another field study from Provence.  I was trying to
use as few strokes as possible but still represent what I saw.

Friday, October 14, 2011

Terrace View

While in Provence we found a nice little cafe on a hill with a gorgeous view. We painted all morning and ended up staying for a delicious lunch.
A perfect day. What does your perfect day look like?

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Rainy Day Tea Pot

Rainy Day Tea Pot  6" x 6" Oil on Board

It rained one day while I as in Provence so I decided to set up a still life.  I chose this white tea pot and white cup thinking it would be a fun exercise to see how much color I could use besides white.


Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Hilltop Retreat

Hilltop Retreat  11" x 14" Oil on Board

France is covered with views like this, old castles, villages, and monasteries all perched on the top of a hill for better defense.  I did this painting on the Burgundy portion of my recent trip.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011


Gordon 9"x 12 " oil on board
I'm still working on my faces.  It's a project that will take a while.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Canal Cafe

This painting of one of my favorite cafes was done on the Burgogne half of my recent sejour in France. The barges run up and down the canal but I enjoy biking on the voie verte, or painting! Both very relaxing;)


Friday, October 7, 2011

Sur la Sorge

While in Provence we stayed in L'isle Sur La Sorge. It's a lovely little town and is a destination antique hunters. The afternoon lighting on this walking street really got my "wow" factor going.


Thursday, October 6, 2011

B and B

While I was in Provence at the workshop we stayed in a B and B called Le Temp de Chanson. This is a study I did of the outdoor terrace where everyone ate breakfast. A very nice Dutch couple bought this painting on the spot to take home to remember their vacation. That was really cool!

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

The Watercolorist

I spent about three weeks in September in France. The weather was perfect.  I did alot of painting, first in Provence at a workshop led by my friend Francesco Fontana and then left the group and went to my house in Burgundy. Francesco works in oils and watercolor, is a gifted teacher and runs a great painting holiday.  If you feel the need for a creative get away check out his website.
This is a painting I did of Francesco working on a watercolor piece in Provence.