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. :)

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Three Limes

"Three Limes"
12 x 12 inches, oil on canvas

Phew! I have been away from the easel - at least the home easel - a little bit lately, and I have a couple more workshops coming up in November, both with spaces still available. 

So...a last minute getaway to a sunny destination, anyone? I'm offering three-day "Painting the Dynamic Still Life" workshops in Tubac, Arizona and San Clemente, California! Click on the place names for more details.

Thanks for reading!

Tuesday, October 9, 2018


10 x 20 inches, oil on canvas

This plant - which I've painted several times this year - is surely growing, and so am I. So are you! 

Life is beautiful.  

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