Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Magic Hour at Little River

I feel supremely blessed to drive along California's majestic highway 1 and often at the "Magic Hour". Cresting the hill just south of the Little River Inn affords a spectacular view of this graceful Victorian reflecting the evening's golden light. It takes my breath away every single time, so I grab the camera and balance it on the steering wheel as fast as I can manage before I'm too far down the hill!

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Birthday Busy-ness

It's been quite a hectic week with festivities surrounding my husband's 70th birthday. We've been out of town for a family party and then hosted a great gathering here on the coast as well. Here is a painting I did of Tomas for a gift and a nice shot of our family and some of the friends that stayed over a 2nd night. Our boys are bookends in this photo and Tomas is wearing bright red behind Abe. Levi's amazing camera was used to shoot this colorful photo which was taken just yesterday morning. Hope to get back and track with new paintings asap. Thanks for hanging with me these past couple of years. It's been an amazing ride!

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Cock A Doodle Do

Believe it or not, this is an East Coast rooster. I ran across a photo of him as I was looking through some shots I'd taken years ago in Bucks County Pennsylvania. So much color out that way in the Fall, but this guy is dressed up this way in every season!

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Victorian Garden

As I was wandering around my little town one day, I stopped in my tracks to gaze across this lovely house and garden to the subtle background. In the mist you can see the faint outline of the steeple of the Mendocino Presbyterian Church, the iconic silhouette that defines our skyline. Besides that, it's quite fun to take this path to get yourself there don't you think?

Friday, March 14, 2014

Forest Dawn

This particular pathway holds many fond and poignant memories for me as well as countless others. This is the path to the Woodbutcher, a cabin made famous by a book titled the same. It is a spiritual place, a reflective place, a rejuvenating place and a place where the journey is as important as the goal.

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Radiant Radishes

I recently painted some cherries and while they are certainly more delectable than radishes, I think they might vie for first place in the beauty department. It is a barrel o'fun to go to the farmer's market just to catch sight of glorious clumps of color like this. They're also pretty stinkin' fabulous in a salad with their crunch and unmistakable zing.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Sunlit Blossoms

Sally at Pacific Star has the most fabulous collection of terra cotta urns and flower pots. She rearranges them from time to time and plants new things in them season upon season. They are almost as captivating as the view, but more often than not I have taken photos to paint from later and you have seen this subject before! This time though I delved into the watercolor palette and sat next to my almost 12 year old niece while we each worked on our own version. I wish I'd taken a photo of hers because I'd love to be sharing that with you, but maybe later. Hers was spectacular and even more vibrant than mine, so I was a tad envious.

Friday, February 28, 2014

All in a Day's Work revisted

I posted this painting a while back but the boat and boatman were BORING. Who would want a painting of Venice without a gondola and gondolier???? The initial reason for this piece was my being drawn to the dark buildings and the shadows they cast on the sunlit water. The boat was in the right place but it just didn't communicate well. I have had this painting hanging around my studio speaking to me about the times I've stood on the Academia Bridge, gazing toward the Grand Canal and daydreaming about Monet's paintings of that view. Disneyland in real life.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Wee Clump

Well, painting even a wee clump of cherries that measure 4 by 4 inches can take more than a wee bit of time. Though it's a relatively simple subject, there are many broken parts that make up the whole. I kept trying to simplify the background in order to make them pop and hope I've succeeded at making you want to pluck one off the screen and eat it. Cherries shown actual size.

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Pale Beauties

I took a shot of these lovely roses a gazillion years ago because I was mesmerized by their subtle colors and soft edges. I have looked at the photo as many times and decided that today was the day to do a 'quiet' kind of painting. Not a lot of drama but hopefully a calming feeling instead. Thank you Mark and Joanie Ellis for cultivating these beauties!

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Gladly Pay You Tuesday

Yep, it's an out of the box and into the wrapper painting for me, a double cheeseburger. Crazy enough, it wasn't even mine but just looked so great with those fries and that checkered tray liner that I HAD to take a photo. I was eating a falafel while my friends were indulging in this all-American staple and a good time was had by everyone there on the picnic bench in Mendocino. Kinda makes you hungry huh?

Monday, February 17, 2014

More Portraits

Liz Caudill today at 28

Lizzie as an 8 year old

My painting

I've been doing many more portraits than I've been posting, but I think I'll be getting back to some other things this week. Liz was hoping that she looked more happy, but it is VERY hard to hold a pleasant face for 2 1/2 hours. I asked her to take a photo of herself with a faint smile and give the painting back to me for revisions. Otherwise, it's been a historic day to see this darling girl pose in the same studio 20 years later. She lived on the coast between ages 3-12 and we've just shared a fabulous weekend visiting familiar places. 

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Portraits of Many Things

Long time no see, no hear from me, I know. I've been swamped with many things including some portraits and other busy work. I decided in the meantime to put a bug in your ear that I can do paintings of things that are near and dear to you. Below you will see examples of my paintings and the research photos I used to create them. A dear couple asked me to paint some important houses connected to their family's history, so the first 4 are from that special project. They each measured 8x10, so were a fun size for grouping on a wall to bring back all kinds of lovely memories. Have fun taking a gander and let me know if I might help you capture a special moment in time with something a bit more unique than a photograph. 
Besides that, Happy Valentine's Day to each and every one of you!

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Joshua Grindle House

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This house is a much loved and gracious landmark here in Mendocino. Many have enjoyed staying there when it was a thriving bed and breakfast establishment. Years ago, I did another version of  this composition in watercolor and the owners at the time bought it and used it as a cover for their cookbook of morning delicacies. If you're wondering what that strange tall flower is all by itself, it's called a Red Hot Poker around these parts and they actually grow in delightful little clumps. Beneath it are a couple of 'fried egg' flowers or the more common name, Matilija poppies. The fabulous white Victorian houses make the perfect foil for the lavish gardens that adorn them and aren't we all inspired by such glorious images?

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Kelly Street Path

Isn't this a path that universally beckons? Whether it's the end of the street I live on, or a beach on the coast of Sweden (!), we can all picture ourselves skipping out to the edge to fill our lungs with the sea air and wonder of it all. Many of you have walked out here with us after dinner but if you haven't, what on earth are you waiting for?

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Munching Cluster

Some people like cats, some like dogs and still others favor horses. While I also like many furry friends, sheep and lambs seem to pull on my heartstrings the most. I think I'd be scared to own a farm and tend them (!), but I love to look at them grazing in a field with their fluffy wool that catches the light just right. This big mama sheep seemed to catch ALL of the sunlight on this particular day while all the others play supporting roles in the periwinkle and lavender shade.

Update on France trip: There are still a couple of spots open if you or someone you know might like 2 weeks of soaking up the art scene in Paris & Monet's Garden besides painting sunflowers near Toulouse. Check out the details on my website at 

Monday, January 27, 2014

Snippet of Sun

This quintessential Mendocino scene must be my all time favorite. I paint it over and over during different times of year and under different lighting conditions. When we hike up to Mendo Video to snag a fun movie, we pass by this corner and I often carry my camera along 'just in case I'm seized by something'. On one occasion, it was so great to see just a sliver of sunlight behind the houses, radiating against the deep blue sea and calling my name. It's also awesome that no one endeavors to fix the broken down fences around here. Us painters would be up in arms.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Maui Paintings

It is finally time to share all of the new works I did way back in December while we were in Lahaina! Can you even believe that it was just last month we're talking about? It changed to 2014 and now it feels like long, long ago that we were basking under the tropical sunshine, smelling the plumeria blossoms and feeling the lovely breeze coming off the ocean. 
Most in this little collection was hung at the Village Gallery on Dickinson Street toward the end of our stay and it was quite festive with the poster painting included. They have a great 'art night' once a week and being able to enjoy an evening event in short sleeves is beyond fabulous. Yummy memories that I can now share with you dear followers and friends..............

Banyan Amble 9x12
This historic canopy draws hundreds of visitors to enjoy its shade and miraculous root system.

Heart of Lahaina 8x6
The Pioneer Inn truly is the heart of the village of Lahaina and graces Front Street & the harbor as well. A gifted painter and now dear friend Macario Pascual shared this plein air moment with me.

Island Haven 8x10
This lovingly remodeled beach house was like a magnet to my camera. Some nice ladies that were granted the joy of staying there bought this for the owner of the house as a gift.

Lahaina to Lanai 10x8
The harbor with the sunlit backdrop of the island of Lanai is always a delight to paint, even a small snippet.

Luminous Front Street 12x16
This fun slice of Front Street from the ocean side can be viewed from the lawn out in front of the library.

Olowalu Sundown 9x12
I had the privilege of discovering this new location with gifted local painter Carleton Kinkade. A more delightful sunset hour has rarely been experienced.

Simply Dramatic 9x12
My husband and I enjoyed repeated walks on the beach from our place of lodging into town and at all times of the day and evening. This is from an evening walk we took and I was able to snap some shots before the glow was gone entirely.

Simply Majestic 5x10
This is an inspirational scene from the Kahului/Wailuku side of the mountains and I loved the shadow patterns and billowing clouds against the rich darks of the trees.

West Maui Drama 12x9
On the Lahaina side, the west Maui mountains are luscious at any time of day, but especially so at the 'golden hour', so that's when I get really snap happy.

West Maui Icons 10x5
I did this smaller study of one palm against the mountain backdrop as a painting lesson with a new friend we met while in Lahaina. I tried posting it to the blog while we were there, but the photo didn't come through, so here it is AT LONG LAST!!!

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Once upon a time my boys and I drove down Highway 1 to Jenner on our way to Santa Rosa. A raging storm had recently subsided and we saw one of the most dramatic sky shows of our lives. Abe remarked that it looked just like a car commercial out there and we soon discovered a large semi truck carrying a silver Audi ready to be placed on a cliff for shooting! How awesome to also catch this lone boatman launching out into all this glory and wonder AND that I had my camera to shoot him. Ahhhh........

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Morning Dreamscape

Had a hankering for doing something ethereal and quiet after the riotous color of late. This scene could be just about anywhere, but it happens to be a view shared by some dear friends of ours in upstate NY. Such a lovely and inspirational vista to wake up to, right?
Off again for a wee visit with both our mothers and a surprise birthday party this weekend so I'll be shouting out again next week. Wishin' you well, hopin' for good things and prayin' for a great year for all.

Monday, January 13, 2014

California Majesty

Large bodies of water have been the norm lately from Maui to Malibu. This painting though is along the Big Sur coast, another larger than life view of aqua blueness. Sometimes I want to try my hand at 'spelling' distance and I'm intrigued by the receding bluffs as they change color. We've been blessed this past month with so many visions of grandeur and majesty. It's almost been a case of visual overload. Not.

Happy New Year from me and my darling family.

Friday, January 10, 2014

Vibrant Vines

I suppose I have a hankering for COLOR right about now. It's kinda gray and cold outside, so it's been fun leafing through some shots I took 'just yesterday' in late October and early November. I love these old vines that don't stand up straight, but splay out beautifully and catch the light just right.  

Monday, January 6, 2014

October Palette

I really am still alive and almost well. Caught a cold just before leaving Maui that has hung on through our visit with the boys in LA, but we're home at long last. 
Before heading to Hawaii, I had the privilege of visiting this delightful property near Philo and my friend Diane and I even had a tour of the main house up above which is full of fabulous art and sculpture. I have finally had a smidge of time to revisit the photos I shot and have come up with something new for you to look at after all these many weeks. I actually did paint constantly in Hawaii, but left everything at the gallery there. Hope your New Year is off to a smashing great start and that we'll continue to connect via this blog and any emails you are able to write. It isn't that easy to figure out how to post comments, so feel free to shout out to me at 
Blessings abundant now and throughout this coming year!

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

West Maui Icons

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Whenever I'm away from home and only using my iPad, it is a serious challenge to stay in touch. I keep trying to perfect the method and hope that I'm successful this time. 
Maui has been delightful in hundreds of ways, but I suppose the main blessing is the warm weather. It's perpetually summer here and the sunset colors abound virtually around the clock! Here is a peek 
at the West Maui mountains and an iconic image that spells Hawaii, the palm tree. I hope you feel warm and beachy just looking at it and be assured I'll post a lot more upon my return.

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Bye Bye for a Coupla Weeks

Hi Y'All- Just a quick shout out that we leave tomorrow for Maui and won't be back til the 18th of December. I'm showing new small works at the Village Gallery, Lahaina on December 13th, so will be focusing on that while we're away. I hope to resume some kind of normal schedule upon my return, but in the meantime want to wish you a splendid holiday season. Pictured above is my sweet little family that have been here this past week for Thanksgiving, so it's been non stop cooking, eating, cleaning and repeating! Blessings upon each of you and your families, your artsy fartsy friend, Erin