Monday, January 21, 2019

Three Sisters

"Three Sisters"
10 x 10 inches, oil on canvas

There's something about the texture of the painted wood of these dolls that I just love painting.  Thinking there will be more of these to come....

Friday, January 18, 2019


"Cascade" houseplant oil painting still life by Sarah Sedwick 2019
9 x 12 inches, oil on canvas

Painting and Plants. Two things I love that go pretty well together. :)

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

The Jungle

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"The Jungle"
12 x 12 inches, oil on canvas

I gave my online students a challenge this month to paint interiors....and then, I had to try it myself! Proving that my green thumb is not just stray Pthalo, (though it is that too), here are just a few representatives of my plant collection.

Sunday, January 13, 2019


9 x 12 inches, oil on linen panel

Thinking looseness, and a cool, wintry color scheme in this one. The warmth in the spoons and in the white mug reminds me of late afternoon sunlight on snow...

Friday, January 11, 2019

The One That Got Away

"The One That Got Away"
8 x 8 inches, oil on canvas

I know that when I'm going to the grocery store and painting in the same day, I've got an opportunity to paint radishes - because they don't last long looking leafy green once you get them home!

I always enjoy painting - and eating - this veggie.

Saturday, January 5, 2019

The Fishing Hole

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 "The Fishing Hole"
8 x 8 inches, oil on canvas

Sometimes I struggle with title ideas ("Orange slices no. 64," anyone?), but this one came to me while I was working on the sketch!

Friday, January 4, 2019

The Fish Dish

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 "The Fish Dish"
10 x 10 inches, oil on canvas

Here's the value study for this one. Kind of fun to get back to ballpoint pen and sharpie! My forays into digital drawing have taken me away from sketches like these lately. 

And wow, here's the first time I ever painted this dish, in April 2008! Reminding me that this fish once had a buddy. But he got broken. 

 "Fish Dishes no. 1"
6x6" oil on gessobord

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Slices on Blue

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 "Slices on Blue"
9 x 12 inches, oil on canvas

First painting of 2019! I begin the year as I intend to go on. In the studio!

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Friday, December 28, 2018

Emptiness - A New Tarot Series Painting

12 x 12 inches, oil on canvas

The card in this one is the five of cups. Not the world's happiest card, particularly in the upright position:

"Forgiveness is vital with the Five of Cups, both of yourself and others. If someone has disappointed you, find it within your heart to forgive that person, releasing yourself from the disappointment. And if you are frustrated with yourself, know that you did the best you could under the circumstances and have now learned from your mistakes. Remember, too, that hindsight is much clearer than foresight and wisdom in the present moment comes from the mistakes of the past....

It’s time to shift your mindset and focus on what can go right from this point onwards. Be open to the brighter side of life and know many blessings are in disguise right now."    (-Biddy Tarot)

So, not without hope! I love the ambiguity of Tarot cards. Something in every interpretation for every situation. ;)

Monday, December 24, 2018

Merry Christmas!

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"Christmas in Blue"
8 x 8 inches, oil on canvas

Wishing you all a beautiful holiday! Thanks for all of your kindness and support this year. 


Friday, December 21, 2018

Silver Kiss

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"Silver Kiss"
8 x 10 inches, oil on linen panel

The metal teapot is new to me, thanks to a very productive antique-mall outing. This kiss won't be the last you'll see of him, I'm sure! As the saying goes, "I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship."

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Cup and Ladle

 "Cup and Ladle"
8 x 13 inches, oil on canvas panel

When I hear the words "canvas panel," I think of those cheap cardboard things - which are great for studies - but not so great for being durable, archival, or really nice to paint on. 

But! I got some canvas panels from Masterpiece recently - they've taken my favorite painting surface and applied it to a masonite panel instead of stretched on wooden bars. Thin, light, and strong. It's the surface I love, but without the bounce. A nice bit of variety for my studio life!

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

The Rose Gold Ornament

"The Rose Gold Ornament"
8 x 8 inches, oil on canvas

The words "Rose Gold" always feel so good together in my mouth.

Monday, December 3, 2018

Persimmons and Christmas Ornaments

"Persimmons and Christmas Ornaments"
10 x 10 inches, oil on canvas

I love December. It's so comforting to be in the studio when it's dark and rainy out, painting some shiny bright things.

Monday, November 26, 2018

Tea Paintings Galore!

 "Silver Surround" 
6 x 8 inches, oil on gessobord

Each month, I give my online mentorship group a theme to work from - entirely optional, and as a sidebar to their own projects, of course - and this month our theme was "Tea." Here are a few of their fantastic works:

Lately I've been saying that I get more out of mentoring these artists than they do from me. I'm sure it's true - they are such a diverse, talented, and inspiring group, and the things that I get to think about, the problems I get to help them solve, have taken me to the next level in every area of my art practice. I'm grateful. 

Curious what art mentorship is all about? Visit my website for all the info - or my FAQ page here.

Saturday, November 24, 2018

The World - A New Painting in My Tarot Series

  "The World"
12 x 24 inches, oil on canvas

Well, I took a temporary hiatus from my Tarot card series - more like an eight-month "I think I'm done for good" type break - but, proving once again that you never know when it's the last time you'll do something - here's a new one.

The cards are: (In the box) The Tower, The Emperor, Page of Wands, Justice, and - front and center, The World. I chose to leave out the text/titles on the cards. I've included it in previous pieces, but felt like letting the images speak for themselves here. 

Thanks for looking! 

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Cracked Rim

"Cracked Rim" 
9 x 12 inches, oil on canvas

I love painting blue and white patterns! (Which is exactly why a friend loaned me this dish.) I could have ignored that chip in the rim, sure, but I liked the way the warmth of the clay showing there echoed the colors of the orange.

Sunday, October 28, 2018

Grape Time - And A Private Workshop!

 "Grape Time"
10 x 10 inches, oil on canvas

I taught a private two-day workshop at my home studio this weekend, walking through my process from start to finish. Here's a look:

Thumbnail sketch on the right, 5-value study in the center, and the finished piece on the left.

My student's work, and a shot of her, painting away. It was a really nice weekend, thank you for painting with me, Valerie! 

Friday, October 26, 2018

California Pomegranates

 "California Pomegranates"
8 x 16 inches, oil on canvas

I was recently in Sacramento, teaching "Oil Painting Boot Camp" to a fantastic group of artists. One of them gave me these pomegranates, picked right in his own back yard! Nice people, beautiful weather, and the neighborhood I was in, Oak Park, was lovely. What a great visit!

Here's my value study, made with Procreate on the iPad:

If you're curious about just what "Oil Painting Boot Camp" might entail, you'll have several opportunities to find out in 2019 - including another in Sacramento in May, and on Bainbridge Island, Washington - a FOUR day version - in April.

And if you'd like me to visit your home town for a workshop, please get in touch. :)