Sunday, March 29, 2015

Fine Art Connoisseur

I am proud to have a full page add in the April 2015 issue.


In other news, I had a nice day painting with Laguna Plein Air Painters Association, at the beautiful Irvine Regional Park.  Here is my painting done that morning.  After the morning of painting, we all got together to share our paintings and for a nice picnic hosted by LAPAPA..

Irvine Park Morning - 9x12 plein air pastel.  

Monday, March 23, 2015

Indian Canyon - Palm Springs

Last month, I had the great opportunity to paint with Albert Handell in the beautiful Indian Canyons, in Palm Springs, CA.  The beautiful old palm trees in this canyon offered a good chance to work on my painting skills of these particular trees.  I always learn so much when I am with Albert in one of his mentoring workshops.  It is also a great time to paint with other pastel painters, and to enjoy the time with everyone for a week.  The following paintings are from this week.

"One Palm"  12x16 Plein air Pastel

"Five Palms" 12x16- Plein Air Pastel.

"More Palms"  12x16 Plein Air Pastel.

"Palms and Bolders"  11x14 Plein Air Pastel

"Lion King Rock"  11x14 Plein Air Pastel.

Thanks folks, until next time.

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Winter in Taos and Santa Fe ....2015.

"Santa Fe winter snow"  12x16 plein air pastel.

At the end of January I took  a wonderful trip to Taos, NM with my good friend Nita Harper.  We were hosted by our friend and artists Peggy Immel and her husband who live in Taos.  We were so luckie to get there the day before a snowstorm.  So the next day while it was still snowing, we were able to paint from Peggy's garage, then from the front porch of one of her neighbors.  It was a very cold day for us who live in the land of sunshine, but it was a great opportunity to paint in the snow, even though it was about 15 degrees.  Such a fun time, thank you Peggy!!

"Morning snowfall"  11x14 plein air pastel

"Taos Winter View"  12x16 plein air pastel

"Winter Shadows along the Rio Grand"  12x16 plein air pastel.

"Along the Rio Grand"  8x15 plein air pastel.

"Late snow shadows"  6x8 plein air pastel.

Well, winter is over in Southern California, as it was in the 90's today, but painting snow was a great exercise with other colors and different scenes.  Until next time.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

2015 and time to post what I have been up to...

 March 2015 where did the time go, and I have not posted anything on my Blog.  Bad Me!!   Sorry folks, however, I have been painting, so I will try and catch you up in a few new posts...

Last fall,I spent a few great days painting in Zion National Park,  painting with my good friend, Terry d Chacon.  We stayed with my brother and sister-in-law, in Rockville, UT., they have such beautiful views from their home...  Some of these paintings were done from the back yard.  Thanks again  Bob & Karen Ford!!

"The Watchman in Fall" 9x12 Plein Air Pastel

"The Organ & Pulpit" 14x11- Plein Air Pastel

"Zion Morning Vista" 12x16 Plein Air Pastel

"Bob's View 1" 12x16 Plein Air Pastel.

"Bob's View, 2"  13x19 Plein Air Pastel.

"Zion Fall Afternoon"  12x16 plein air pastel.

"By the River" 9x12 plein air pastel.

"Bryce Morning"  7x18 plein air pastel.
I had lot's of fun painting fall colors in Zion, next, to paint Winter....  See my next post in a few days.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

My Bucket List trip to Italy

Last month, Oct. 15 to the 21st, 2014, I had the opportunity to travel to Italy with my good friend, Lilli Miles.  We took a 15 day land tour of the country, on a coach with 27 other great folks, who became fast  friends, and great travel companions.  For years I have wanted to see this beautiful country and all of the art, but had never been able to, so thus, this became a "bucket list" trip.  Because we traveled around the country from the south to the north, it was a busy sight seeing tour, but how else can one see so much in 15 days.  For this reason, I did not have much time to paint, however, I did take a little watercolor sketch book and a small travel size watercolor pallet, and did a few sketches, most happened in about 15 or 20 minutes, when I had a few moments in between events.  So  will include them in this blog, with a few photos from the trip.
We started and ended in Rome.

Here is the map of the Italy, I painted on the plane.  The cities we sent to were: Rome, Pompeii, Sorrento, Isle of Capri, Assisi, Venice, Bologna, Verona, Lake Maggiore, Florence, Cinque Terre, Siena and back to Rome.  (all in 13 days)  We were lucky we had arrived in Rome two days early, so we were ready for the the pace the trip required.

Fascinating Rome



Isle of Capri

Venice- Watercolor sketch.

Watercolor sketch - view of Venice.


Lake District, Lake Maggiore.  That's Switzerland in the far distance.
View from hotel room, the Duomo in the distance.

Watercolor sketch - Rooftops in Florence-

I'm back home, the trip was wonderful, but I have so much to paint here in this country also.  Next I will post my paintings from Zion National Park in the fall.  Just got back from Zion, but in the meantime, I am busy getting ready for the Open Studio Tour.  I will be one stop of three studio tours, with 6 artists displaying their work.  Please come by, and see all the great art, and get started on your Holiday shopping.

Hope to see you in December, come on by!!!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Best in Show Award - Enchanted Lands: Celebrating NM Public Lands

"Piedra Lumbre Morning" 11x14 Plein Air Pastel.
I was so honored to be awarded the Best in Show award for this painting, at the above named show with the Plein Air Painters of New Mexico.  The juror for this show was Richard Prather, an award winning artist and signature member with PAPNM, and OPA.  
Thank you also to the Plein Air Painters of New Mexico for this great show opportunity and the award.  The exhibition is at the Open Spaces Visitors Center Gallery, at 6500 Coors NW Albuquerque NM.  Open Tues. to Sunday Sep. 6 - Oct. 26, 2014.    


Friday, September 5, 2014

Painting in Beautiful Abiquiu, NM - I know why Georgia O'Keeffe loved These Vistas so much!!

Last week I painted in one of my favorite places, Abiquiu and Ghost Ranch,  New Mexico.  The time of year could not have been better, as the monsoons have left the desert a-blaze with wildflowers and green grass.  The contrast between the greenery and the red rocks are fabulous.  I was painting with Albert Handell with his paint-a-long Mentor-ship group.  It was a fun and creative week with six other artist from Colorado and New Mexico.  These are most of the paintings from that week.

"Piedra Lumbre Splendor" 7x18 Plein Air Pastel.

"Piedra Lumbre Again" 12x16 Plein air Pastel.

"Clouds Over Ghost Ranch" 12x16 Plein Air Pastel.

"Rim Lighting" 12x16 Plein Air Pastel.

"Abiquiu Morning" 11x14 Plein Air Pastel.
"Abiquiu Morning Clouds"  6x18 Plein Air Pastel.

"Red Rocks and Chamisa"  11x14 Plein Air Pastel.

"Albert's Inspiration"  12x16 Plein Air Pastel.

"Cottonwood" 12x16 Plein Air Pastel.

"Shadows of The Shinning Rocks" 14x14 Plein air Pastel.

Thanks for following my blog, I'd love to hear from you, and let me know what you think of my work.  Enjoy, until next time.   

Current Openings; Two Exhibitions:

I have paintings in the following two exhibitions, both opening soon.  If you are near either location, please stop in and see the show, both will be worth it.  Let me know what you think if you are able to go.

"Piedra Lumbre Morning"  11x14 Plein air Pastel.

"Diablo Canyon Morning" 11x14 plein air Pastel.

"Cliffs of the Back Bay"  11x14 Plein air Pastel.