Friday, July 26, 2019

Morning Light

Morning Light - 30x30

Several weeks ago I was on Instagram and I came across a photo of the most amazing peonies which were lit so dramatically that I instantly fell in love.  Wendy Straderick from Essex in the UK, politely gave me permission to paint from her glorious photo. You can follow Wendy at wendysgrandgardens on Instagram.

I just finished this beauty today and it's patiently drying on my studio counter.

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

The Show is Hung

Artist Joanne Taeuffer and myself hung our new show at the Orinda Library Art Gallery on Monday.
The show is titled -  The 21st Century Flâneurs.

Lucky for us we brought along two Sherpa helpers and all looks great for the reception on Sunday!
Hope you can join us at the Orinda Library on Sunday, July 7th from 2:30 to 4:30.  There will be light refreshments and cold drinks.

Two other artists will be showing in the gallery cases.  Above is Kath Balamuth's beautiful work and below are the talents of Elaine & Robert Drew who are illustrators. 

There is a lot of new work to look at!  Hope you get a change to make it to the reception but if you're away for the weekend, please try and stop by the library sometime in July!

Orinda Library, 26 Orinda Way, Orinda CA 94563
Open Daily
M-Th 10 am - 8 pm, F & Sat 10 am - 6 pm, Sun 1 pm - 5 pm

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

21st Century Flâneurs

I will be showing at the Orinda Library's wonderful gallery during the month of July!  A good friend and fellow painter, Joanne Taeuffer will be joining me for a fresh show entitled ...

As you can see, we both paint in different styles and bring our individual points of view to our work.  Joanne often seeks out quirkiness and bold color while I tend to look for beauty and calm.....I raised three boys so I wonder why I need calm in my life!

PS - the impressionist flâneur  was someone who strolled through the modern world and observed and recorded that world.  We hope also to be such passionate spectators of the everyday!

Saturday, April 27, 2019

Bit by Bit

 In 2013 our family took a fishing trip to Idaho, Wyoming, and Montana.  This barn struck me as an old working beauty.  It was located near Victor, Idaho where we were staying.

It overlooks the majestic Tetons, foothills and lots of pasture land.

I would love to know it's history but I didn't think to ask anyone at the time.  It probably isn't standing any longer as it looked like one more winter might do her in.

So I painted it for a show I was doing in Danville, California called "Barn Dance" but I was never happy with the painting.

I kept playing with the mountains in the background. Then it stuck me that there was no entry into the barn (this was the back and I loved the view of the mountains).

So I added a door and lived with it for awhile.....but it was still too stagnant for me......

"The Old Guard" - 40 x 30

Two years ago I added a fence and a road and lowered the mountains.  I lived with that for awhile......mmmm......still there was something needed. I felt that this painting had a lot going for it so it was worth working with.  And yesterday I added cow.......there it is! Some!

Ahhh...I can breathe about you?

The above photo is from the show "Barn Dance" with the group of women I paint with -  Bay Area Studio Artists!

They are amazing!!!

Saturday, February 23, 2019

Finding Your Tribe

Finding Your Tribe
Bath, England
18 x 24

My husband and I took a trip to England & Scotland two years ago and I fell in love with the people, the countryside, the houses and tea time!

I painted this from a photo that I took near the Roman Baths of several school children running home from school as happy as can be. In fact it's the Bath Abbey in the background.

Saturday, January 5, 2019

2019 First Painting

Hello 2019

In 2014 my husband and I traveled to Normandy to spend some time at Mont-Saint-Michel.  It was so crowded with tourists climbing up the winding road to the top that I was about ready to turn around but when we arrived at the monastery and I heard the monks chanting, I was a goner! I loved that the sheep were in the field nearby.

Here is my first painting of the New Year - Mont-Saint-Michel - 24 x 36.

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