Copper Kettle / Study

Color! The richness and variety of the orange in the kettle, fabric and flowers are complimented by the blue green of the foliage. To my eye this is irresistible!

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

By the Pond

Several weeks ago I participated in a painting event at the Fieldbrook Winery, which has a large lotus filled pond, green, green lawns and large trees. It was sunny and mild... It was like being in an illustration for beautiful California!
9" x 12"

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Climbing Roses

If I were a more dedicated gardener, my backyard might be more organized and better weeded, but I love the haphazard and reckless energy of the plants that grow here. I would never be included in a garden tour, but I bet I'd win a prize for enthusiastic growth! This study was made earlier this spring, when this climbing rose was putting on it's fanciest show.
9" x 12"

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Sally Holmes / study

These roses are like extravagant showgirls commanding center stage. I am approaching painting them timidly, a little at a time. This is one study, I am working up to a large painting, giving them their proper place on the stage.
7" 10"

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Backyard Garden

Well somewhat anyway .....It's June and even the roughest garden has its charms.  There will be variations on this theme,  it's too alluring to ignore. The large white Sally Holmes roses are the reigning divas these past weeks. They are truly majestic.

Monday, June 14, 2010

Briceland Kitchen

The kitchen in Briceland  is sunny and very inviting. The woodstove is the heart of the room,  people gather around it to fuss with the fire, move pots around and keep warm. It is the best way to cook, I wish I could have one in my house in town.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Black Pot and Begonias

I have a large black Mexican pot that has a commanding presence wherever it is placed. In this case it becomes the anchor for the rambling foliage of the red leaved begonia and the anonymous ( to me) trailing leaved plant. This is a study about how color makes pattern, which was the basis for many paintings by Matisse

8 1/4" x 9 1/8"

Thursday, June 3, 2010

The Fenceline in Fog /study

This little watercolor is a study for a larger painting. It was a very foggy morning and the trees were basically violet gray silhouettes standing at the end of a very moist pasture. I kept expecting to see grazing deer . It was very still.
6 1/2" x 8 3/4"
I am working on a large painting that has taken hold of my brain and won't let go until it is complete.
And I am also going to the Bay Area  this weekend , so I won't be posting again until next week.