Tuesday, May 09, 2017

Good Neighbors

Left over from our neighborhood Cinco de Mayo celebration, these little cheesecakes begged for their moment in the spotlight before being consumed. Thank you to Adele, who lives just over our back fence, for always making such lovely desserts for the parties. They were just the inspiration I needed to end my painting dry spot (and my diet).
I'm very happy that taking a month long break didn't set me back, as feared, but propelled me forward. There was a time when I didn't paint at all for many years. When I took it up again, spurred on by my painting daughter/muse, I was somehow beyond where I'd left it. Does anyone else observe, consider and quietly carry concepts and turn over solutions while it appears nothing is going on? Available here.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Glassy Again

Another go at the same glass subjects. This time with a few minor changes. Can you spot the differences? Take 15 seconds. Time's up! This time the little bottle didn't make the cut. AAww. Different spectacles and it's only 6x6". Extra credit if you could divine that last bit. But the main difference is subtle. I tried to use what I'd learned on the first and use fewer strokes and make it simpler to see what I prefer. I'm not sure. What do you think? Available here.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017


I painted this as part of the Thru the Glass Challenge on DPW. I love the colors and the composition and lively brushwork. As often happens when I photograph a painting, I can instantly see it differently and imagine changes. If I painted this again I would attempt it with fewer brushstrokes and colors.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Cat Nap in Dappled Sunlight

Discovered this guy on a park bench under some trees doing what I like to do in a patch of warm sun. It's a challenge painting dappled light and add to that he is fairly dappled himself with stripes and spots so I just went a little crazy with the brushes and I think it worked! Available here.

Friday, March 10, 2017

Tea With Mickey

Painted as a possible companion piece to the earlier Cup and Book. This is a much loved and very old Mickey Mouse book given to me by my daughter, Maddie, in which Mickey works on a newspaper. I've done that. Disney has Mickeys hidden all over Disneyland and I've hidden one here too. Can you find it? Use your imagination!
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Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Cup and Book

Teacups and picture books sized for baby's hands. Happy things in happy colors stacked haphazardly. Painted loose and messy, like my days with Baby Lyle.

It was fun scrambling to find items and stack for quick photos to paint for The Second Stack Challenge. Just when I got something set up near the window downstairs, the right light was gone. So I dash upstairs, with cups clattering and various items scattering but I caught that last ray! Available here.

Friday, February 24, 2017


This was painted while everything around me was blanketed in snow. It reflects a certain contemplative quality that I've been feeling lately. Along with avoiding social media, for the most part, and media in general other than brief news updates, I turn to the arts -- books, film, music and painting. I visited the American Wing of the Metropolitan this week and worshipped in the room of Sargeant. Available here.