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Thursday, August 9, 2012


charcoal 8x8 on watercolor paper
I still have the baby crazies!!! I haven't used charcoal for a while. I forgot how messy it was, I had it up to my elbows and on my face somehow, but absolutely worth it of course.

Friday, June 22, 2012

What I am working on Today

22x21 oil on panel 2012
Sweet relief! I am sooo glad to get this painting onto canvas and out of my system! I have been thinking about it for so long! With little leaf vine and a small, bright orange koi added hopefully I will sell this. Disappointed in the photo where no justice is done, looks more realistic and somewhat sophisticated in real life. I am finding lately I am no photographer. It is much easier to capture a good, accurate watercolor for me, I suppose because the surface is (toothy?) -artist term for porous, so glare is rarely an issue. ok back to work...

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Soft Kitty

6x6 watercolor on coldpress canvas 2012
Named for and inspired by Sheldon on the sitcom "The Big Bang Theory" haha.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

9x11 watercolor 2012
Ok, I'm in full baby mode. My best friend is having a baby and as due date gets near, I have to say, I am Soooo excited! So much so, I'm even painting newborn's!! :) I dove right into this painting with no sketch so I got into a little trouble here and there because, as most of you may not know, watercolor is very unforgiving. Reworking can be scary and extremely tricky. Painting all these delicious little wrinkles was good practice for all the paintings of our little Sophia that are surely to follow in the near future. I can't wait!

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

The Lion King Mural in progress

The Lion King mural in progress, Acrylic on smooth wall
Believe it or not, this mural is in a 19yr old girls room. I will eventually be painting the entire room with the Lion King theme. The rest of this wall and the other 3 walls are still in the planing stages. I am looking forward to continuing this sky in these  rich, fiery reds and yellows. I don't remember if I have ever mentioned before that I do not buy pre-mixed paint colors. I rarely purchase  any other paint besides Black, White, Red, Yellow and Blue for any project, be it Large or small. I am auto-didactic so I of course was not taught this way. I do remember hearing or reading somewhere, that all any artist should need are the primary colors to make EVERY color that exist. So I guess I took that pretty seriously. I later learned this in only true if you start out with true or good quality primaries. If you are going to try this, make sure to look for true red, true blue etc. The same is true for choosing your black and white.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Geraldine Reaves

partial photo of 36'x36' portrait
acrylic on canvas
This is a portrait I painted recently of/for Geraldine Reaves. Geraldine is the founder of Open Arms Make a Difference. Open Arms is a non-profit organization that is dedicated to helping children of low income families in the Riverside Ca. area, providing them with food, clothing and school supplies. I worked from several photos for this painting. I will try to get a photo of the other half soon.

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Mural in progress

Reaves bedroom mural-day 2

This is a very crude photo of one of my murals in progress. The reference for this mural is a Tuscan lake where many weddings are held. I hope it conveys the idea for you, but I do I have much more detail to work out.  I also plan to paint the arch and two pillars to resemble stone or marble with the look of relief work (or carving) in my clients initials, I hope to be finished within a week, so I will keep you all posted.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

"the easy life"

79'x30' acrylic on canvas
This is a large portable mural painted on canvas. It could be fixed to a interior wall or a standard door to become your new ocean view. I was inspired to paint this scene while flipping through Architectural Digest. There was of course this gorgeous home but the easy looking evening ocean view made more of an impression on me. I added the torch, it is not original to the scene but I think it works well. Whenever I look at this mural, I picture my family and friends a little further down on the beach, picking up shells and roasting marshmallows around the fire pit, streaming in and out of the house with bare feet to stock up on snacks and drinks...the easy life.