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!

Friday, December 27, 2013

Briceland Oak

This oak is a guardian spirit, and too large to fit in any one painting.
This watercolor is on paper 13" x 9 1/4"

Friday, December 20, 2013

December Morning

And some mornings those branches look more like this.....

8" x 19" (this view is not quite the entire image. Approximately 3 " are cropped from the full painting)

Friday, December 13, 2013

Sycamore Branches II

I see these branches when I wake every morning 
sometimes the light is clear and bright,  and the branches look like a big bouquet.
7" x 13" watercolor/yupo


Saturday, November 23, 2013

Front Porch

Come on-a my house ....A recent watercolor on Yupo   13" x 19"
Please scroll down to my last posts with images and information about my online studio sale . Browsers welcome, as are in person actual visitors ! Come on-a my house !

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Online Studio Sale- Information

have studio sales occasionally, and this time I'm trying something new.
 I have selected twelve small watercolors for sale online to my friends and collectors from November 21 through December 21. These paintings are unframed, price includes tax and US shipping. Please email me with any questions you may have - jeve@wavecable.com
 And old fashioned visits to my studio are always welcome !
Calla Lillies  9.5" x 13" $ 300
Community Park View  6 3/4" x 10 1/2"  $150
Greek Fishing Boats (yupo) 10" x 14"  $400
Good Fresh Coffee  9" x 12" $200
Gym Figure # 2  9" x 7"  $150
Hydrangea in Yellow Vase  8" x 11"  $200
Study/ Mendocino Headlands 8" x 12 1/4"  $250
Foggy Day (Pierce Point Ranch) 10 3/4" x 14 1/4" $300
Running Shoes w/ Sketch  9" x 12"  $150
Sonny Rollins 13" x 11"  $350
Colander and Tomatoes  9" x 11"  $300
Valentine Chocolates  6 3/4" x 10 3/4"  $150

Online Studio Sale Images

Friday, November 15, 2013

Ball Slam / 2 views

Figures in action ! Another in the gym series... I appreciate all the activity, energy and focus that provides this wonderful source material for the painter. And it's a playground for grownups.

Watercolor / Yupo  17.5" x 11"

Friday, November 1, 2013


This was painted in the office part of my studio, looking out into the back yard. If I had stood a little further back, it would have shown my computer which is on the desk in front of the chair , but it would also have shown how messy my desk is ! Better to leave it to the imagination.

watercolor 9" x 12"

Friday, October 25, 2013

Backyard Pears

This large watercolor,  "Backyard Pears " will be on display at the Sewell Gallery in Eureka, from October 30 to November 30. It is an example of the expressive qualities that are available when painting on yupo. I hope you will see it in real life at the show !

watercolor/ Yupo  26" x 40"

Friday, October 18, 2013

October Meadow


The beauty of these clear warm afternoons cannot be resisted.  This meadow in Briceland is edged
with madrones, mature oaks, fir trees and blazing fruit trees. Then the sun went over the hill , a cold wind blew, and the magic show was over.

watercolor on yupo 9" x 12"

Friday, October 11, 2013

Walnut Tree

Last week, I painted in Briceland with two friends. It was a brilliant, warm autumn day, and I did 2 versions of this walnut tree.
  This is the yupo version  9" 12"

Friday, October 4, 2013

The U-10 League

Girls soccer -they really hustle !

watercolor / yupo   12" x 15"

Friday, September 27, 2013

Town Square

Every town should have one, and we should all take the time to enjoy it !

watercolor on Yupo  20" x 20"

Friday, September 20, 2013

On The Counter

Newly harvested pears... ripening on the counter

15.5" x 39"     watercolor on Yupo

Friday, September 13, 2013

On The Table

This painting represents a departure in both treatment and composition. It is more informal, just the objects on the table, as they appear, rather than the usual more formal still life "set-up ". And it is painted in a looser fashion, which retains a freshness I really like.

watercolor on Yupo 25" x 20"

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Blue Still Life

Oh the artist has such a tough life,  take a bowl of green apples, add a pot of luscious purple petunias and what is a poor artist to do ?

23" x 20 "  watercolor on yupo

Saturday, August 31, 2013

Watermelon Slices

What can be more direct than these simple forms and clear color .

What fun !

Watercolor/ yupo   12 1/2" x 19 1/2"

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Sausal Creek

This painting of a rocky stream will be in my show at the Sewell Gallery in November. It's a strong image, but I am frustrated because I can't capture the details or color nuance or energy of this painting with my camera - I need a pro !

18 1/2" x 24 1/2"

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Brushes and Paints

This still life of my studio supplies will be exhibited in my solo show at the Sewell Gallery in November.  This exhibit will show the work I have painted on Yupo this past year.  My posts of the larger paintings will have to be re-photographed by a better camera than I have, but you can get the general idea!

watercolor on Yupo  18 1/2" x 24 1/2"

Friday, August 2, 2013

Beyond the Oak Knoll

A friend has a ranch in the rugged country of eastern Humboldt County, and this particular site is a magnet for the painters who visit there , a cluster of oak trees on a knoll with a view to a far horizon.
This is my version painted on Yupo , and begun on the site, the first time I attempted to paint plein air on Yupo. The technical specifics of this surface make it a challenge !
9 1/2" x 12 1/2"

Friday, July 26, 2013

Overcast at Shelter Cove

It was overcast at the cove that day, and I painted a watercolor on paper, and later, when I came home, I did a version on Yupo. For me this is an example of what the Yupo surface is capable of,  a lively active surface and clear strong color.

8 1/2" x 11 1/2"

Friday, July 19, 2013

Redway Beach

The beachgoers that come to this stretch of rocky sand and river are the characters that act on this enormous stage set. What is the plot of this summer play ?

watercolor on Yupo   111/2" x 18 1/2"

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Red Grapes

The next in the kitchen counter series...

on Yupo  11 1/2" x 18 1/2"

Saturday, July 6, 2013

In the Burgess Garden

A few weeks ago I participated in a plein air painting event. The weather was perfect, but alas, I was not ! My mistakes were many, primarily because the dark areas in the landscape became opaque instead of shadowy, and the subtlety of the water was lost entirely. So, I came back to my studio , and painted a version on Yupo, which captured the brilliance of the day, and the infinite variety of light on the water. Phew ! Yupo is leading me down a very different path....

9 1/2" x 12 1/2"

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Toaster and Oranges

Surprise ! A toaster still life .

These simple elements ; fruit ( or vegetables ) and reflective surfaces are  compelling subjects that I enjoy revisiting.  They are painted from life, as a landscape plein air painter will do.  I think of these still lifes as plein air of the kitchen,

watercolor on Yupo  9 1/2" x 12 1/2"

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Gym Figure #4

Heavy lifting !  And the last of this series.....

 watercolor on paper   8" x 9 3/4"

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Gym Figure # 3 (Tim)

Swing that kettlebell !   And this is a heavy one....

watercolor on paper  9 1/4" x 7 1/4"

Thursday, June 13, 2013

gym Figure # 2 ( Russell )

 Another in my series of figures at the gym . ( Wonder if I'll ever do this !  )

 Take a deep breath .....

watercolor on paper   91/8" x 7 1/4"

Saturday, June 8, 2013

Gym Figure # 1 (Lisa )

This is the first of a series of small paintings of figures at the gym. I like painting figures while engaged in their activity, not posed portraits. This interest began in 1987 when I painted the carpenters who built my house, and has continued intermittently since.
Watercolor painted on paper  10 1/4" x 8 1/8"

Monday, June 3, 2013

Morning Workout

5 figures, sharing a space, each focused on his own activity. The music is very loud , can you hear it ?

watercolor on Yupo  9 1/2" x 11 1/2"

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Figures at the Gym

At the gym in the morning, the light streams in the open door, silhouetting figures doing their gym practice.

This sketch is on Yupo, which keeps things loose !  9" x 13 1/2"

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Rose Riot

It's happened again - those unruly roses !
 A garden sketch.....

watercolor on Yupo  6" x 9 1/2"

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

and now, something different....

This is a preparatory sketch for a larger painting of figures working out in the morning at my gym.....

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Red Peppers

And they tasted as good as they looked !

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Rock / 2013 version

Each year this rock becomes a rock star , and demands to be acknowledged for it's stunning color, composition and overall beauty, in paint. So I comply. This is the 2013 Yupo version. Painted one lovely spring afternoon from my front porch.

8 1/2" x 11"

Monday, April 22, 2013

Tulips, Callas and Red Pears

Inspired by the energy of spring
Another painting on the very challenging surface of Yupo.

25 " x 20"

Sunday, April 7, 2013

April's Lilacs

Amazing lilacs !

watercolor on Yupo  19 1/2" x 24 1/2"

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Flowers for Madame Cezanne

 About color , with apologies to Cezanne......

13 1/2 " x 11"

Saturday, March 16, 2013


Every March, I paint the magnolias budding out on the young tree in my yard , and every year it's an amazing challenge. Such delicate beauty.

Watercolor on Yupo  19 1/4" x 13 3/4"

Friday, March 1, 2013

Oranges and Lemons

This watercolor is my version of a 17th century Flemish still life  by Justus van Huysum. I have been intrigued by this oil painting for a long time , and decided to try my version. In the original, the color has dimmed, probably due to the varnish , and there are no visible brushmarks . This, on the other hand, has strong color and the marks show, because of different pigments and process.
Fascinating !

Watercolor on Yupo  20" x 25"