Thursday, April 26, 2007

I am taking a break from posting work just
now because I am working on an art show
and a large commission. It shouldn't take too
long to re-emerge and post new work. I am
having a wonderful time doing all of this!

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Photographic Inspiration for "Poetry in Crystal"

Posted by PicasaI painted "Poetry in Crystal" from life, but here
is a photograph I took of that beautiful stopper
as it sat on my kitchen counter with the sun
coming directly in on it.

Sunday, April 22, 2007

Monterey Mission Sunshine

Posted by Picasa5" x 7" Oil SOLD
I was in this place on a day with air and sun of
the most perfect kind. The shadows were deep
and the reflected light rich and glowing. The best
part was being in this beautiful spirit-filled place
with two people very dear to me. I trust that the
peace and perfection I felt that day comes out of
the painting to you!

Friday, April 20, 2007

Poetry In Crystal

Posted by Picasa4" x 6" Oil $100.
This elegant stopper is a lovely remnant from
my parent's things. The decanter is nowhere
to be found. But the prism rainbows through
the crystal and the light effects were enticing
to attempt. This makes a good case for not
throwing bits of things away, not if they are
this beautiful.

Thursday, April 19, 2007

Kitty's Breakfast

5" x 7" Oil SOLD
This little fluff-ball lived a long time ago. My
Dad took the photo which may have been in
existence long before I showed up. The light
and the intimacy of this scene is what made
me want to paint it. Posted by Picasa

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Marbles #1

4" x 6" Oil SOLD
Having painted marbles on previous
occasions, I decided to do more of
them in this small format. I am always
amazed at how paint can turn into glass!

Monday, April 16, 2007

Shell #2

Posted by Picasa

4" x 6" Oil $100.
I seem to recall wrapping up this
marvelous ruffled-edge shell in a napkin
after a wonderful seafood meal. Small as
it is, it has everything going for it in
regard to tones or values.

Saturday, April 14, 2007


4" x 6" oil $100
Ah yes, I too have now painted
a pear. Is it not one of the
most coveted fruits for artists
to paint? The one with the
delicious curves and colors?
The one that reminds us of
violins, cellos and certain women?

Friday, April 13, 2007

Silver Light

Posted by Picasa 4"x 6" Oil $100
My friend gave me this tiny elegant candle
holder for my birthday one year. After painting
the holder, I decided to light the candle and see
how well I could get the effect of a flame and the
brilliance of silver.

Thursday, April 12, 2007

Scent Of My Mother

Posted by Picasa 4" x 6" Oil $100.
While there is no perfume in this bottle now,
I can still catch just a bit of it's scent from the
stopper, a reminder of my dear Mom. Painting
something so delicate and in such pale colors
was an interesting challenge. I think the design
for this bottle is a work of art in itself, especially
the elegant fan top.

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

The Rusty Key

Posted by Picasa4" x 6" Oil $100.
In these last three paintings I
appear to be in a turquoise frame
of mind! I do love the color and
it looks especially good with this
old key that was in a box from my
parent's home. What does it open?

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Shell #1

Posted by Picasa 4" x 6" Oil Sold
My Mother had an extensive and beautiful shell collection of which this is one. I wanted it to emerge from the somewhat mysterious background and present its lovely shape and patterns. You can expect to see more shells!

Monday, April 9, 2007


Posted by Picasa5" x 7" Oil $150.
First, why the name Funbun you may ask? Well
I had a dear friend whose family played a game
of hiding a well-loved stuffed rabbit in the
suitcase of whoever in that family was about to
go traveling. They'd end up in some foreign place
with this beat-up bunny for company.
Now of course this is not THAT rabbit. It is a little
Chinese fellow with that incredible turquoise glaze.
It actually has a broken ear that I glued on after it
had been sitting in a cabinet of my parents waiting
in vain for repair. I almost painted the messy glue
job I did, but then I decided to restore him to his
former glory via my paintbrush.
Sorry he didn't make it to this blog yesterday,
just in time for Easter!

Sunday, April 8, 2007

Rocky Gorge

Posted by Picasa5" x 7" Oil $200
My mother was wonderful at
painting rocks. Her medium was
watercolor and I have the pleasure
of seeing her work on my walls even
though she is no longer in this life.
I enjoyed working all the angles
and planes and then getting all the
different ways that the water looked.
I have a tiny, tiny little fan brush and
it was just the thing for the place in
the center of this piece where water
spills over the rocks.

Friday, April 6, 2007

At The Window

Posted by Picasa5" x 7" Oil SOLD
At the ocean's edge I was having
lunch with friends. There were huge
picture windows and the light was
especially striking. I was taken by
this young girl, so grown up, eating
with her family. In this painting, I
got to use my newly purchased
iridescent white oil paint for the
beautiful opalescent window light.

Total Concentration

Posted by Picasa5" x 7" Oil $200.
Well, you can see where I have traveled from this
and the previous few paintings - San Francisco.
What an experience to be in a park in Chinatown
where the older generation gathers daily to play
various board games. There were lots of games
going on of both men and women. I love the
total concentration for what they are doing and
none for touristas! I found that degree of focus
very admirable. I also was truly envious of the
very evident community spirit that was palpable
in the entire area. Maybe this is partly to do with
city life. I have seen this in New York City where
people will show up in parks and play chess together.
It is, as Martha would say, a good thing.

Wednesday, April 4, 2007

Out There

Posted by Picasa4" x 6" Oil $100.
Haven't we all done this? Stood at the ocean's
edge loosing all sense of our small bodies and
then soared off into the great space out over
vast waters? Ah, that is the truth...we are
able to soar freely anywhere. Let that be
understood and enjoyed as desired!

Tuesday, April 3, 2007

Can't Wait To Get There

Posted by Picasa5" x 7" Oil Sold
OK, so who doesn't want to go down this path
to the beach with them? To just walk a little
further and see the wide expanse of the Pacific
sparkling before you?

Monday, April 2, 2007

Pacific Ocean Gleaming

Posted by Picasa5" x 7" Oil Sold
I have had the special opportunity only a few
times in my life to see the Pacific Ocean. I grew
up on the Atlantic side of the country and am
very familiar with its look and its light. But the
western waters that border this great country
have a most special gleaming light that sort of
edges everything and I feel that in this little
painting, I captured what I wanted to convey.

Sunday, April 1, 2007

The Blue Balloon

Posted by Picasa4" x 6" Oil $100.
This child was at a street fair and
I grabbed the shot of her before
she moved on. I loved the adult
hat that nearly covered her entire
little head! When I was starting
this painting, she somehow became
reminiscent of a child in a Parisian
park when impressionism was in
full bloom.