Monday, August 14, 2017


Pearl - 30 x 30

I have had this painting finished for several months now and I have been pondering over a name for her.  Two weeks ago my family came over for a BBQ and I put them all to the task of naming this sweet cow.  Pearl was the favorite due to the prism of soft coloring within her white hide.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

New Exhibit

The group that I paint and show with, BASA, just put up a new wall at the Lafayette Library.  Their summer theme is "Build Your Brain" so we submitted paintings of good food, music, exercise and reading, as well as a collaborative painting of Einstein!

Hope you can stop by the Homework room and get some inspiration from our new exhibit!

 Beach Dance 24 x 24

Saturday, June 17, 2017

I Have So Much to Share

For the last 32 days I have been in the land of....


Can you guess where I have been?

I have been traveling in England and Scotland soaking up fresh images and colors - absorbing new culture as well as ancient ones.

Time to start painting....see you soon.

Saturday, December 10, 2016

Happy Birthday

Happy 100th our National Parks!

Hope you can join me on Monday at 
the Lafayette Library for a reception.

Julia Parker's painting will be there!

 BASA's collaborative piece "John Muir, Starry Range of Light 
is a beautiful focal piece for our National Park Series.

Suzun Almquist, Joanne Taeuffer, Marcy Wheeler, Sharon Tama, Jeanette Baird

Bay Area Studio Artists will be there to greet you too!

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Fall Paintings

Port de Honfleur

Honfleur is a beautiful little French village in Normandy where the Seine River meets the English Channel.  Saint Catherine's church is in the background. People are shopping and dining along the Quai and it thrills me a little to know that Claude Monet used to paint here!

As the weather turns cooler, I tend to refocus my painting on subjects that align with my mood.  The painting above was done over a months time as I grew restless working on all of the detail.  So in between breaks, I would paint something that was loose and less exacting - like the cows below.

Big Shoes to Fill

Gone are the paintings of children playing on the beach or dogs swimming in the backyard pool. Right now it is cows in a Autumn pasture and moody days in a French harbor.

Hope you are enjoying this time of year?

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Homer, Stanley & Elmer

All Ears

I had begun painting these three charming cows about two months ago and after getting it two-thirds done, I had to set it aside due to a wedding, home remodel and vacation. When I picked it up again this week, I was surprised by my hesitancy in not diving right in! I found I had other things to do even when I had be missing painting so very much.

Elmer was the last cow that needed to be done but I felt like I didn't remember how, or that I was painting on someone else's artwork. I soon realized that I just needed to get back in the flow of painting.  I put on some music and began by painting the background and sides.  Before I knew it, I couldn't stop as I was having too much fun!

I just love these three characters!!! The looks on their faces is one of curiosity and interest.

Do you happen to know what that skin fold hanging down from their neck is called? I looked it up online after painting two of them.  It's not a wattle but a dewlap.  Just excess skin with no known purpose.

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Unplugged Reception

Sunday was my reception for my Solo show "Unplugged".

If you have been following my art blog for a while, then you know that I have been working around the clock to get in my One Hundred Faces finished for the show!

I did it - even though it involved me bringing 6 on my family trip to Montana & Idaho.

Don't feel too sorry for me as this was my little painting area - a gazebo on the cabin grounds right on the Snake River!

And here all all One Hundred Faces hung on a special system that my husband designed so that the panels would hang flat and individual panels could be sold and replaced by a new panel. 

A few shots from the rest of the show and the reception.

I was most happy to have my mom come to support me - she even brought a basket of homemade Biscotti cookies that disappeared in no time! I can I can't!  We are having a wedding in our backyard in one month!  So I am off to plant some flowers.

And I couldn't be happier!

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