Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Frank Bette Center in Alameda, CA

Just got back from the Plein Air Paint-out in Alameda, CA. What really stood out to me was the friendly people in this little community. The town is on on of the many island in the bay of San Fransisco, and is mostly old lovely Victorian homes. Many lovingly keep up with lush gardens and huge old shade trees. Here is a picture taken by a photographer ( at the Plein Air event last Saturday. The painting is a little 6"x8" piece that I did at Morro Bay a couple of days before. I will get my images ready and post them soon on my website of all the paintings completed at this event. Check out the if you have a chance, they were the hosts for the week. Some one suggested that I sell my palette as an abstract, sadly, it would probably sell! I just need a good story to go along with it.

Friday, July 11, 2008

Abend Gallery in Denver

YEA!!! My frozen toes and 3 wipe offs were worth the effort. This painting won 2ND place at the Abend Gallery in Denver at the Plein Air Painters of Colorado Juried Show. While painting this piece I noticed that the other artists around me were comfortably talking and enjoying the weather, it was sunny but COLD. At least cold for a Arizona girl, I couldn't feel my toes. That's when I quit messing with it and probably saved the painting from my overworking it. It means so much to me to have been awarded this from the judge Ramon Kelly. I so admire his work. Wow, I need the boost right now. As my artist friend Leslie reminded me, paint the shapes, don't worry about what the subject is. I have always said I can't paint snow, I can't but I can paint shapes and that is a good start.

Monday, July 7, 2008

Catalina Island, Avalon Pier

Here is one of my favorite places. This is the green pier in the Avalon Bay. This little painting is a reminder to me that simple is better. I never meant for it to be a keeper, but just a study of the pier's shape and distinctive color. I put down what I saw quickly but decisively. And that is why it worked. Instead of over thinking the scene, I just went with what I know. I really like this piece, and it makes me smile remembering wonderful times I have had on the Island of Catalina outside of L.A. Now to get that same freshness, clarity of color only on a canvas
4'x 5' !!! Don't let the size of the canvas be an issue at all as to what goes on it or how. Treat them the same with the same plan for strong composition, placement, no matter if it is a 6"x8" little canvas board that hardly fits on the easel or a canvas measured in feet. Easier said than done, but it does help to force yourself to switch sizes regularly with in the same week if possible. Try it. At first it will make you crazy.

Thursday, July 3, 2008

Fminus at Changing Hands Bookstore

Sometimes a part-time low paying job can turn into a career. That's what happened to my eldest son Tony who did a cartoon strip for the State Press at ASU while a student there. He won an MTV contest that gave him an opportunity for a syndicated deal with United Media. His cartoon FMINUS is now all over the country. At the great independent bookstore, Changing Hands in Tempe, he is teaching teens how to draw cartoons. Check out for details or the Changing Hands website. Am I proud, you bet. He can draw unbelievable portraits and figures having studied under Henry Stinson since high school. Hard work and long hours have really paid off. Check out, and any of the cartoons with terrible parents, are NOT us! Who said you can't make a living with an art degree. Go Ton!