Tuesday, September 20, 2011

AZ-Eight Artists show in Flagstaff- Mountain Oasis Restaurant

Opening on Art Walk night Oct. 7, 2011 the AZ-Eight group will show at the Mountain Oasis Restaurant in Flagstaff, Arizona. The evenings are cool, lots of galleries, good food, music and just a real nice way to spend and evening. Each of us has one piece hanging in this show at Mountain Oasis. Work comes down at the end of October. My piece is 16" x 12" oil "Cast Shadows"- $950.00 was painted out at Lost Dutchmen State Park east of Phoenix.

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Socalpapa "On Locaton" Judge Jeff Sewell

What a fun day in Newport Beach at the Socalpapa Gallery. The Opening Reception for On Location was from 4:00pm - 6:00pm. Jeff Sewell was the Judge of Awards so it was really exciting for me to win an Honorable Mention in this show. The painting is of the Newport Back Bay, Ca. The show hangs until Oct. 30, 2011. Check out the Socalpapa website, they are a great group of people will good show venues, well worth the membership for artists.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

San Juan Capistrano

So worth the visit, the San Juan Capistrano Mission is beautiful. The old worn walls, worn walkways, old green bells, lavender, roses, zinnias all in bloom. Finished a nice little 12" x9, here it is in progress. Getting walls to look solid, but falling down at the same time- ugh. Hummingbirds buzzing me all afternoon. If you are traveling take only small canvas, 6"x8", 5"x7"- take only alizeran crimson, ultra marine blue, and any yellow and white. You can get really anything you need from these- keep the painting simple shapes, the colors accurate, the values accurate. Using that and a couple of photos just to get the details and proportions correct and you are all set to create a large piece in the studio. Don't stress that you have to create a show ready piece. With this mind set you will probably come out with a real nice piece. You are putting in paint what you want to remember about the place, the day, the air, the feel of the place. Check out in my blog where I wrote about the little paint box created by Jerry Pond. They are tiny, good for travel. They work well with gouache also if you can't take oils along.

Painting Crystal cove cottages

Painting the old cottages at Crystal Cove. The old cottages are leaning and broken down. Great subjects. This cottage is one of my favorites. Many are cleaned up and rent-able, something I will do in the future. I would love to be here at sunset and not have to go home! Ice plant covers the sand. Getting the white of the building to look "old white" was hard. More to come.

Laguna Canyon Rd- Big Bend pulloff

Here was a struggle, some days I feel like I fight through the painting. This is while in progress- the scene is so famous to those of us who study the California Impressionists. It is the view down Laguna Canyon Rd. of the Big Bend. Beautiful spot, oak trees, and mountain lion sightings.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Newport Back Bay Afternoon

Different angle looking at the Newport back bay from Bluff Rd between Jamboree and PCH. Beautiful white birds- where is my ornithologist when I need him?? Finished one nice small piece and scraped another. Chalk that one up to I learned something.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Laguna Beach California

Working on the roadside as you head into Laguna Beach. California painters have painted this scene since the 40's. It was so fun for me to be struggling with the same view they did. Hazy mountains in the distance, the winding hwy that leads into town. So beautiful, with oak trees, palm trees, eucalyptus, fresh green grass from the recent rains. Guy Rose, Marion Wachtel, John Gamble, Edgar Alwin Payne.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

"Back Bay Delight" SOCALPAPA "On Location" show

This 8"x 8" oil "Back Bay Delight" was painted on the road that winds through the Back Bay in Newport Beach, California. The water winds its way inland creating a thick marshland full of interesting water birds and sun washed cliffs. The show for SOCALPAPA called "On Location" has a collection of paintings done on location that also include a photograph of the painting on the easel. Opening Reception is Sat. Sept. 17th from 4:00-6:00pm. Located on the Balboa Fun Zone Boardwalk at 600 East Bay Ave. Newport Beach, CA. 92661. It is open Wed-Sun. I will be at the gallery tomorrow, Sept. 11, from 1:00 on if you are in the area. Please contact info@socalpapa.com if you are interested in purchasing this painting. It is framed in a dark wood wide edged frame with gold touched on the inside edge made by King of Frame in Costa Mesa.

Monday, September 5, 2011

Awards at the Women of the West Show 2011

Here is my good friend Terri Sanchez with her Best of Show award for the cool painting of the Garden of the Gods and shadowed snow. Really nice piece handled well. The opening was well attended and fun. Ann and Ron Wilcock do a great job of promoting their artists.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

"Tranquil" ranch scene in Colorado

This painting is a 10" x 20" oil on canvas, I didn't have time to muddy it up since the bees kept me moving! This area is west of Castle Rock on one of the side roads that parallel Hwy.25. This oil is available at the Earthwood Gallery in Boulder, Co.
Painted out on Pearl St. this morning and other than it being a nice day was a total washout for any painting to keep. Just a big pile of grey from scraping.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Colorado Countryside and old tractors

Colorado countryside has views every direction. Started off clear and warm then the afternoon clouds came in. This is an 11"x 14" oil - "Country Lane"
Lovely old tractor on the side of the road. "Best Days are Over", 8" x 10" in a metal look frame. Ready to go to Boulder tomorrow.
Here she is, isn't it neat? All rusted out, great colors hidden in and out of the engine.

Monday, August 29, 2011

Painting Colorado Ranches

Lovely barns and ranches south of Denver, west of Hwy 25. Rain and storms on and off so I am under my van back door. The lightening finally got too bad for me, I bailed and came back later in the afternoon. The sun came out again. so much green and wildflowers. This painting will go into the Boulder, Earthwood Gallery went done. It is a panorama shape. The Opening Night Reception for Women of the West is this Friday night. I really hope to have a few new pieces done here in Colorado to add to the show. Other than the lightening and bees, all good plein air day.

Painting in Colorado- Drive over Mount Evans, Co.

Is this sweet or what! A mom and baby mountain goat- I should have looked up the proper name but I am luck to get the photo posted at all. Took the drive over Mount Evans which is 14,000 plus high and no guard rails. But what views! The clouds are below you as you drive. Little summer flowers- green grass - and 43 degrees. A thick fog came in with rain within 6 minutes. Crazy and beautiful.
Summit Lake, cold wind, prehistoric shaped rocks, colorful lichens in pinks, yellow, greens, tans on the rocks. Yes, I am cold. When I left home it was 117 so bit of a change---
Bristle Pine trees, some over a 1,000 years old. All twisted and bent, thick and tough. Able to withstand the hard winds, intense sunlight, ice, snow yet grow. They hunker down to the ground. Strange sight to see but a good example of endurance.
Waterfalls come out of rocks along side the road, tumbling cold clear water.
Today I am headed south to the Larkspur area where I hear of many beautiful old farm building, and farm equipment. After painting last year in Victor I am more confident to tackle the machinery and old trucks. Hope to come home with a keeper to take into the Earthwood Gallery in Boulder---- rather than a nice pile of grey paint. Grateful to be here.

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Earthwood Gallery "Women of the West" 2011

Lovely old wagon full of flowers ready to be painted! Below is at the Earthwood Gallery in Estes Park right on the main drag. Ron and Ann Wilcox handle all my work.

Gyenn's Garden Shop- Painting in Longmont, Co

On the way up the 36 to Estes Park is Gwyenne's Garden Shoppe (4559 Highland Dr, Longmont, CO) and greenhouse, real neat place with unusual cool stuff for your garden. And this cool old bathtub filled with flower by two mail boxes. I met the gal that made it, Erica (hope I have spelled her name right!) so I named it Erica's Flowers, it is a 6"x6" oil on board and will be available at the Earthwood Gallery in Boulder, Co on Pearl St. Pics below are from in front of the Nursery. Cool weather, afternoon rains, seeing old friends, all good.

Sunday, August 21, 2011

"Snow Tones" oil 6"x6"

One more little piece a 6"x6" love working on the square format, great size for travel. Framed in silver ready for the Earthwood Gallery show! Western Light!

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Painting in Boulder and Estes Park, Colorado Earthwood Gallery

"Snow Melt" 14" x 11" oil on board
"Marshland Fall" 12" x 16" oil- frame silver wood
"Risky Crossing" 12" x 16" oil- frame dark wood Tuscan
"Working Farm" 12" x 16" oil -frame dark wood Tuscan
"Sunny Window" 12" x 24" oil on canvas-framed dark wood
"Snow Shapes" 6" x 6" oil on board - framed silver
"Retired" 8" x 10" oil on board - framed dark wood
"Spring Meltdown" 11"x 14" oil on board- frame dark wood
"Eucaliptus Moon" 20" x 16" oil on canvas
The good things about August in Arizona are the incredible monsoon clouds, they are spectacular and I look forward to that every year. The ugly part is the heat, and the humidity- both bad together. I am headed to paint in Colorado, bringing up a whole van load of paintings for the "Women of the West" show in Boulder, Co. and the "Western Light" show in Estes Park, Co. I will be posting the new pieces I finish while in the Denver area maybe even a short video or two to give you all the feeling of the place. Paintings are going into frames, canvas's toned, brushes and palette cleaned to be ready. Here are a couple of pieces already to go- I will post a list of all the paintings/prices this week with more to follow as I finish the new wet work. All are available through the Earthwood Gallery, Estes Park and in Boulder. I will be posting the Paintouts, one in downtown Estes Park on Aug. 25th, the other on Pearl St. in Boulder on Sept 1, with pics of the paintings and the art scene. All good!
Boulder Gallery Phone 303-444-3838
Estes Park Phone

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Painting in Laguna Beach

This Saturday, June 4th, I will be painting set up on the Sunset Terrace at the St. Regis Monarch Hotel. Here are a couple of 8"x 10" pieces I did on my last trip there. This trip I will head to Crystal Cove as well, one of my favorite spots. Will plan to also paint down in the Laguna Canyon to hopefully get a painting ready for the Socalpapa show at the end of the summer.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Randy Higbee Gallery 6x6 Show April 16

I am so pleased that my little 6" x 6" oil painting was juried into the
Randy Higbee Gallery 6 x 6 show . The opening reception is April 16th in Costa Mesa, Ca. All the pieces are framed in one of the King of Frames beautiful frames. I chose a wide deep gold frame that should set this little piece off very nicely. "Shadowed Gorge" is an oil on canvas- $480.00 Please give the gallery a call if you are interested in purchasing this painting.
102 Kalmus. Costa Mesa. Ca. 92626. 714.546.2156

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Painting 6" x6" - just the basics

Keeping small canvas on hand all the time is a really good idea. When the day is about over from painting, but you know you still have light for maybe a 1/2 hour at the least. You have time to pull off a simple piece, you don't have time to overwork it, just get down the basics. This can end up being scraped off, or a keeper or one to use as a launching point for a larger work. This little 6" x6" piece was finished up as the sun was going down in Sedona Az. I just don't get to go up there as often as I might like so when I am there I paint! I didn't want to let the opportunity go. I keep 5" x7", 6" x8" and 6" x 6" in my canvas box all the time now. They are also a real good idea when you just aren't sure you want to do a large piece of a scene but do a small one first, if it works then pull out a larger canvas and go for it. Give it a try.

Monday, March 7, 2011

PAAC Show at the Saks Gallery in Denver- June 2011

These two pieces made it into the Plein Air Artists of Colorado show in Denver this coming June. It always happens, right when I am feeling blue about my work something exciting happens to keep me going. These are both 12" x 16". The top one is "Working Farm" painted just south of Castle Rock, Co. and the bottom piece is "Risky Crossing" painted just south of Sedona.

Paint at Lost Dutchmen Mar. 16th/Toni Perrin

Here is an invitation from Toni Perrin to paint the deserts in the east Valley-

Hello APAP painters!

We will meet at Lost Dutchman State Park at 1 p.m. for a wonderful paint-out. You will find me at the Siphon Draw Trailhead (restrooms, ramadas) at 12:30.
Don't forget that there is a daily entry fee unless you have an AZ State Parks Pass.

For painters who prefer to work in the morning, please feel free to join the Sonoran Arts League Wednesday Troops at the Crosscut Trailhead which is the first right-hand turnoff just past the Park.

March 16: Two time options.
8:00 a.m Crosscut Trailhead
This is a trailhead just north of the Superstitions at Lost Dutchman Park.

Follow directions to Lost Dutchman Park (below), but do not go in.

Continue on 88 slowly and watchfully. The road is curved and signs are easy to miss.

About 1/4 mile north of the park entrance there will be a National Forest sign. Shortly after, the First Water Trailhead sign will be on the right. There is a short turn-off lane.

(If you see the 202 mile marker, you have gone too far.)

Turn right onto the dirt/gravel road. Go to the Crosscut Trailhead (1/2 mile in).

Directions to Lost Dutchman Park. Please remember that we are not painting there, but will be on the trail farther north.

Lost Dutchman State Park
6109 N Apache Trail, Apache Junction.
101 south to #60.
60 east to #88 (Apache Trail)
Left (north) on #88 to Lost Dutchman State Park (about 5 miles.)

1:00p.m. Lost Dutchman State Park. Please refer to the directions above. APAP Paint-out. Guests welcome. Separate instructions will come for this event.

I hope to see many of you there. If you plan to attend, please r.s.v.p. to me by the Monday before the event:

Toni Perrin (H) 480-473-3421 or by email. If I am not home, just leave your name and the fact that you are going to join us.

My cell phone, 480-473-3421, will not be turned on until Wednesday.

Blessings to you all and happy painting!


Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Newport Beach Gallery-Fun Zone

Painted this 10x 12" oil along the Cali. coast. I love painting the heavy atmosphere at the ocean. It is thick and greys out the distance. This painting "Never Still" will be at the Southern Cali. Plein Air Painters Gallery by the Newport Nautical Museum March 5, 2011. The gallery is right by the Fun Zone in Newport where you catch the ferry to Balboa Island. I will be headed out there to help out in the show, and to paint in Newport, always fun.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

APAP Spring Show in Sedona

"Salt River Marsh" 12"x 16"
Just received the jury results for the APAP Spring Show in Sedona this April- the top one- Salt River Marsh is a plein air piece and the one below was done in the studio from a plein air piece.
The Old Ones" 24" x 18"

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Painting in La Jolla, Ca

While in San Diego this weekend to watch Katie and the ASU Womens Ultimate Frisbee Team beat UCSD - I had about 2 hours of free time and finished up this little 6"x6" oil. I definitely needs some touch up but I like its rough finish. This was the day, warm sunshine, cool breezes, flowers everywhere, blue sky, could not be better. I really think painting in Ca. is the best in the winter and early spring before all the crowds. Wish I had longer to paint but I always wish that! Yes, this is the little paint box that Jerry Pond makes. Lightweight enough that I can carry it around all day and my shoulders don't hurt. That's important to me!