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!

Saturday, December 12, 2015

Monterey Pines View

These large dramatic trees are a dominant feature in the hills and grasslands above the bay in Oakland. I am attracted to the strong silhouette. 

watercolor yupo  11" x 14"

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Sycamore Leaves

Large Sycamore leaves dangle just before they carpet the ground below

watercolor / yupo  26" x 20"

Sunday, November 8, 2015

View to the East

The path turns east, and the ridge of hills beyond the park appears on the horizon.

watercolor 20" x 26"

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Last of the Poison Oak

The vine is almost bare of leaves, but these few remain, and their rich color is like stained glass when the sun hits it.

watercolor 13" x 20"

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Still Strolling

And beside the trail lay this enormous fallen oak branch......

watercolor 13" x 20"

Friday, October 23, 2015

Oak on the Trail

Still walking on the trail, and around the bend is this magnificent oak... I think I'll take that little path on the right.
watercolor 20" x 13"

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Returning to the Trail

The path in the woods takes us back to the main trail, continuing the walk

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Walk In the Park....In the woods

and now we are on a path in the woods..

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Walk In The Park...

These are two of the first in a series of sketches I'm calling a  "walk in the park".

I'd like you to join me as I stroll....

First, on this path and beyond the blackberry bush, we go into the woods-

(to be continued)

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Plate of Apples

So now that they are picked, what comes next ? Cobbler ? Pie ? Sauce ?

watercolor  10" x 13"

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Backyard Apples

This watercolor is about late summer and the ripening apples in my backyard as the season rapidly changes.
watercolor /yupo  30" 26"

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Lilacs in Bloom

As I prepare for a show in September, I have been looking at work I haven't yet framed, and I came across this watercolor of the lilac shrubs in my yard , I worked on it a bit ( of course ) and now I'll show it !
Watercolor on yupo   25 1/2 " x 20"

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Briceland Oak

This old oak tree is the guardian spirit of our home in the hills. I have painted it many times , hoping to catch it's elusive magnificence , and I will continue trying !
watercolor on yupo 13" x 10"

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Canada Geese II

The deep shadows on the water of Alpine Lake attracts the Canada Geese as well as people.

  watercolor 20" x 26"

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Sun and Shade

This hydrangea shrub is a favorite subject for me to paint - the colors and textures are irresistible. This version is painted on Yupo.
watercolor  10" x 13"

Sunday, July 5, 2015


This lake is home for a large group (flock) of Canada Geese - adults and chicks. They get to cruise these lovely forested waters in the foothills of the Sierras.

watercolor on Yupo  20 " x 26 "

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Alpine Lake

After a rainstorm at Alpine Lake in the Sierras , the sky cleared to a brilliant blue with huge white billowing clouds racing along.
Watercolor on Yupo  20" x 26"

Sunday, June 14, 2015

"Springtime " winner

This recently posted painting on this blog,  was accepted as one of 100 entries in an international exchange competition with Chinese watercolor painters. I feel honored !

Saturday, June 6, 2015

Gym Figures

Morning workout - these women are not only strong they are amazing beautiful athletes -

This watercolor 13" x 10"  is from a composite photo - they move too fast to work from life !

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Garden Mayhem !

By God ! The backyard is totally out of control ! Call the authorities - Quick ! It's a flower riot !
This watercolor began as a plein air painting and continued in the studio as I tried to tame this unruly energy

watercolor on Yupo  13" x 10"

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Still Life with Fruit

This  was inspired by looking at the many still life paintings of Cezanne , in his compositional abundance, fabrics and rich color, he brought  his subjects to active life !

watercolor / Yupo  11" x 14"

Sunday, May 17, 2015


This is the rich tangle of growth I see every day - spring energy !

watercolor 10" X 13"

Tuesday, May 5, 2015


This is a demonstration of one of the painting possibilities available to painting on Yupo. Not my usual style , but free and fun and an avenue I want to continue to explore. Originally this was intended as an example for my  Yupo workshop, and a new pathway emerges !

Monday, April 27, 2015

Flowering Quince

This painting , " Flowering Quince " was awarded Best Still Life at the 57th Spring Exhibition by the
 RAA. Opening date for this show is May 1, 603 F S. Eureka.

This painting is a watercolor on Yupo. I will be teaching a workshop , Introduction to Painting on Yupo at Eureka Studio Arts on May 9th.

Friday, April 3, 2015

Girl with Bowl

This figure study was started during a session of our life drawing group, the difference for me being that it is painted on yupo , and shows it's characteristic intense color. My work on yupo will be on exhibit at Eureka Studio Arts beginning this Saturday at Arts Alive. I hope you will join us then.

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Backyard Lilacs

This is an 8 1/2 x 11" sketch I painted this afternoon . It's a wave of color every spring.

Friday, March 20, 2015

Rambling Rose

An untidy rambling rose , these lovely small clusters of yellow blossoms capture the spring light along the fence and into my rooms .
I will be showing my paintings at Eureka Studio Arts in April , to be followed by a workshop in May.
watercolor on yupo  13" x 19"

Sunday, March 15, 2015

At The Gym

This watercolor is from photos taken at different times in the gym - it's always a lively scene - and is my inspiration for the occasional  "figures in action " series.  Do you hear the loud music ?

watercolor/ yupo   12 1/2" x 18"

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Early Spring

This large painting was directly inspired by this warm spring which encouraged the flamboyant response of all things blooming.  26" x 39"
  It will be featured in an exhibit of my work in the Sewell Gallery in June. Also, I will be teaching a one day workshop , May 9th , at Eureka Studio Arts . For more information about the workshop , this is the link . https://www.eventbrite.com/e/introduction-to-watercolor-on-yupo-with-judy-evenson-tickets-15966736940

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Arranging the Bouquet

I get pretty excited with the enthusiasm of spring  energy - who can resist all that warm light, bright new blossoms,  fresh earth smells ?  I want that energy ! 
I cut some  branches from the very exuberant  pink and white flowering quince in the yard , and had to paint it before my curious cat deconstructed it !

watercolor on Yupo
19" x 25"

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Still Life

It's been stormy here the past few days, so I painted under the skylight and stayed dry and warm.

watercolor on yupo  14" x 17"

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Willows on the Eel River

The river is full and the willows are starting to bloom along the bank.

watercolor on yupo  10 1/2" x 14"

Sunday, January 25, 2015

White Turnips

This is a very important high level turnip convention, designed to be a fundraiser for Future Young Turnips and Beets of America - an organization we can all support !
watercolor 10" x 13"

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Winter Branches

A glimpse into the subtle beauty of winter.
watercolor 19 " x 25 "

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

January Oak

Strolling through the Community Park with a friend one fine January day, we came upon this magnificent oak tree in the big meadow....

watercolor 26 " x  13"

Wednesday, January 7, 2015


 The saturated color is intended to represent the intensity of effort of this athlete.
watercolor   9" x 12"

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Shoulder Thrust

There are many amazing people working out at the gym, testing their strength and skill. These figure studies show the separate steps before the final action is completed.  Each is a watercolor 13" x 10"