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!

Monday, March 28, 2011

Meyer Lemons

For years I have tried to grow Meyer lemons without a greenhouse;  in my area this enterprise requires large amounts of optimism, perseverance and a little magic. So to that end, I set up this "altar" to the Meyer Lemon gods - Does anyone know the appropriate incantations I should chant?
30" x 22"

Friday, March 25, 2011

Rain Drenched Daffodils

I had to rescue these battered daffy's from the non stop stormy weather. They actually perked up a bit as I painted !
9" x 12" on hot press paper

Monday, March 21, 2011

Cyclamen II

This is another version of the delicate houseplants that brighten our stormy days.
 I am still loving the way paint soaks into the soft paper, creating the effects that only watercolor can produce.
My work is about the expressiveness of this medium, and the adventure of following this path.
22" x 30"

Tuesday, March 15, 2011


Inspired by Manet, I painted this small watercolor of hyacinths from my backyard.
The darks in the background flow and granulate due to the specifics of the pigments , these differences in how the paint sits on or soaks into the paper are inherent to watercolor - and makes it such a fascinating medium.
7" x 10"

Friday, March 11, 2011

Mendocino Art Center Classes

I will be teaching a workshop in watercolor fundamentals at the Mendocino Art Center April 16, 17, 18.
This class will be about the basics in the vocabulary of representational painting: color, value and composition, resulting in stronger and more expressive watercolors.
The Art Center is a beautiful place for this exploration - I hope all who are interested will attend

Dogwood Blooming

This rather dramatic painting is a departure from my recent soft watercolors. I am portraying the stubborn insistence of plants to keep to their blooming schedule despite wind and rain. I don't have the words to express this amazing annual miracle, here it is in paint.
28" x 22"

Thursday, March 3, 2011


The blossoms of a young Magnolia tree  in my yard are slowly opening. The weather has been very unsettled, hardly springlike yet.  I tried to capture this lovely event .