Monday, July 20, 2015

Musical Light

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Even though I chose to leave the Mendocino Music Festival tent out of my painting, I was still blessed to hear the music wafting about the bluffs last evening. Besides that, this scene is musical in and of itself with all the colors, curves, textures and history. Just love living here.

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Birch Grove

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Back at the drawing board so to speak, though mainly in preparation for my show and other commissions! Here is the one painting I did while in Sweden, at a delightful summer cottage owned by the woman in the center of the photograph below. We had a MOST delightful 2 night celebration of Midsummer there and even though we are wearing sweaters, the entire event was perfect. The sun did come out and we enjoyed a lovely meal on the deck besides a ferry ride amongst the islands of the southern Archipelago. You can glimpse the very birch grove behind us and it was fun to sit a spell and try to simplify the scene with my watercolors. Happy Summer One and ALL!!!

Friday, July 3, 2015

2015 Show at Highlight Gallery Mendocino

Back from our Travels

This is almost the entire show, though I neglected to shoot one last piece. We have hit the ground running since our return a week ago, getting all of these pieces framed, titled and price plus delivered to the gallery. I am so sorry I was unable to post from Israel and Sweden but will post some travel photos just for fun within a few days. Happy 4th of July everyone and thanks for your patience!!!

Friday, May 22, 2015

Upcoming Travels

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You haven't been hearing from me for a bit because we have been preparing for a month of travels in Israel and Sweden! These watercolors were done in 1986 after our first trip to Israel and I'll be taking watercolors again this time. Looking forward to showing you paintings of that little country and also of Sweden where my husband was born and grew up, so stay tuned. Summer Blessings one and all, Erin

Monday, May 11, 2015

Blue Door Inn

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More fun came during last weekend's class at the art center with Michael Reardon. I worked on this tiny watercolor of Mendocino's Blue Door Inn from a photo I'd taken and tried to treat the mass of trees as one large shape against the shaded white house. Even though Mendocino is so familiar to me, there is always a surprise waiting for me at different times of day and different times of the year. The late sun has to be my favorite lighting condition and I hope you like this example of that as well.

Our dear friend of 40 years, Mort

Today's portrait of Mort 7.5x8 pencil and colored pencil

After a great weekend away with both our moms, we had overnight guests that have been friends forever, Mort and Mary. I asked Mort to sit for our portrait group since he'd celebrated his 80th birthday last month and I thought it would be a neat time to create a small personal work of art. He suffered through the 2 hours and managed to finish smiling, something I tried to capture a bit better than in person.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Blissful Bluffs

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I had a most delightful weekend taking the class I mentioned earlier and here is another watercolor. The teacher had me make a sketch from my photo (the weather was terribly cold so I stayed indoors) and then put my photo away. I worked from my black and white sketch and did my best to come up with colors that were true to life and interesting. In reality the background bluff was darkest but I wanted to push it back, so here you can see all 3 images. Working under another person's tutelage is a bit like working with your non dominant hand as I mentioned the other day, but still a great experience. Hope to see his influence finding its way into my subsequent work!

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Keeping Watch

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I'm taking a watercolor class this weekend from a painter named Michael Reardon here at the Mendocino Art Center. I really like his clearly defined shapes and values plus his masterful and colorful grays. It was terribly cold and foggy today but I forced myself to join the group and paint the tree behind the center. It was challenging because not much comes naturally when you're trying to remember the things that the teacher told everyone to do. Kind of like painting with your less dominant hand or something, as a way to describe the experience. Anyhow, here is my effort and it's fun to tell you that I still love the process of learning, stretching and growing.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Victorian Diptych

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I just completed a 24x30 inch commission of the Albert Brown house, shown below. It was an historical painting, showing my client's grandmother on her horse in front of the house. I love our stately and grand 'ladies' that line Little Lake Street in quaint Mendocino and often paint them from many different angles. I spotted two tiny panels on my shelf today and decided to paint the house again, along with the Blair House (made famous by the TV show Murder She Wrote) in miniature this time. Hope you like the small and the big of it.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Wild Watercolor

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Yesterday at Pacific Star Winery north of Fort Bragg was, yet again, an other-worldly experience. The breezes were lovely, the sunshine just right, the company of friends superb and the wee glass of their orange muscat perfect for our picnic. Painting was an after thought, but so glad that my friends indulged me while they gawked and gazed. Glad I carry an emergency watercolor bag in my car at all times! 

Wednesday, April 15, 2015


Driving south toward Elk, one can be enthralled by one majestic vista after another. Such was the case yesterday when I went to visit an elderly friend and afterwards decided to continue south til I could find a pull-out in which to park and paint. The winds have been howling lately, but doing small paintings from the comfort of the front seat of my car is completely doable!
You haven't heard from me in quite some time for about 100 reasons. Most recently, we took a trip to Los Angeles to see our boys and that was action packed with no time to paint. Otherwise, we're still recovering from a flood that took place in our frame shop at the end of December. Believe it or not, it has taken that long to empty the space, rip out the sheetrock walls and ceilings, repair all upstairs flooring and all downstairs ceilings and walls, replace the contents and finally, to organize the contents. Horrific job, but it's finally looking rather spiffy!

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Albion Street Finale

Since moving into Mendocino proper some 6 years ago, we have had the supreme fortune of discovering even more nooks and crannies that we had in the previous 22 years. We walk around a lot and it blows my mind that there are more things to discover each time. The variables of season, time of day and weather condition certainly contribute to the phenomenon. Anyhow, there is a wildly colorful house behind the Sandpiper Jewelry store that has flowers blooming in front and in back. I crouched down in the alley behind the house one day and caught a bee line view to the house on the headlands, all framed and flounced by hundreds of colorful blossoms! Now I keep going back to see if there are variations of this stay tuned.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Gleaming Snippet

Once upon a time I had the privilege of being paddled along the Noyo River from an inland spot to the mouth of the harbor. So happy to have had my camera along because I have a wealth of new material that I never could have gained along the banks. So much fun zooming in on 'gleaming snippets' of harbor life, especially that brilliant morning when the sun was working its wonder.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Happily Strutting

Whew, LOOOOOOOOOOONNNGGG time you no hear from me. I've been in Maui for over 2 weeks and cannot post from my iPad. Had a marvelous time in that warm weather and loved the swaying palm trees and azure waters. I left all of my paintings at the Village Gallery in Lahaina but might be able to show them to you soon, once I get organized.
In the meantime, here is a fun little character happily strutting across a field of green. Hope you're cheered right up in the middle of winter and happy to hear from me after such a long absence!

Monday, January 19, 2015

January Morning

My husband and I took a ride out to Navarro Ridge Road early this morning to meet some friends and  on the way up the hill marveled over this scene. The sun was brilliant as the fog was giving way and I couldn't whip my camera out fast enough to capture the essence. I don't often share my photo reference, but wanted you to see that I interpreted what I saw with how I felt.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Cozy Corner

This is a westerly view from the house we used to live in at Englenook. Whenever people give me flowers, I tend to create still life set-ups and take photos to make them 'last' longer. I've been able to re-visit many a boquet this way and my heart is warmed all over again. Besides that, who doesn't want a cup of tea by the seaside while contemplating God's goodness in giving us a brand new year?

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Duck, Duck, Goose

'Back in the Saddle' so to speak, but only for a minute. Life is swirling around me like nobody's business and important things are demanding my time. However, painting is ALWAYS on my mind and I had started thinking that I had probably forgotten how. Stated leafing through photos and landed on this fun shot of the MacCallum House here in Mendocino and those cute geese just spoke to me. They said, "Let us out of this prison!", so here is my attempt at helping them realize their 15 minutes of fame. Happy New Year!!!

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Crazy Week

Hi There Friends and Followers,
  We have had a remarkable 9 days since Sunday the 21st. If you are my friend on Facebook you already know the story but for those of you that aren't, here is a re-cap.
  My mother in law who just turned 95 in September (seen above in April of this year) landed in the hospital in Sonoma County, so we raced down there to be by her side. She had suffered for a couple of months with problems swallowing and was depressed upon belief. They discovered via endoscopy that her esophagus was constricted, so they stretched it out and she awoke HUNGRY! Soon after, I received a call from my Dad (also pictured above) from ICU in Monterey telling me he'd suffered a stroke earlier that day. He was fine after having had the anti-clotting med administered and is recovering nicely. Thirdly, we received a phone call from one of our tenants that the overhead sprinkler in their apartment had busted and was flooding their space. We were still out of town so went into high gear making phone calls to get that remedied. We are now seeing professional people removing all of the contents and flooring of that apartment besides all the contents of our frame shop below in order to replace everything. We need new flooring upstairs and all new sheet rock downstairs, so are looking at 'being out of work' for a lengthy period of time. 
  Hoping to get back to painting very soon, so stay tuned! My studio is in a separate building, so I can still hit the easel and plan on it. Blessings on each of you and may each of us experience 2015 with joy, gratitude and confidence in God to handle the big and little things we all must face. 

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Books and Original Art

Still have a small batch of softcover books left and can send them out in time for Christmas if you've thought of somebody that would like one. I've also posted 35 original paintings to my website and to my Facebook Studio page that we're offering at a discount, so feel free to take a gander. Check out my workshops for 2015 and get inspired to travel or to tell a friend that might have wanderlust like me! Besides that we've been in and out of town a lot lately and plan to leave next week to see our boys in Los Angeles, so I apologize for not being in touch very much lately. I realized not long ago that I'm not as good at multi-tasking as I used to be and tend to get foggy headed when too many things pile up at one time. Thanks so much for tuning into my little online journal and I look forward to keeping you in the loop throughout the new year. Holiday Blessings one and all from your artsy fartsy friend, Erin 

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Radiant Ripples

Sometimes I get a hankering to paint something other than a landscape or seascape. However, the brilliance of the sun can still be seen in just about everything I do. It's been awfully rainy lately, so it's nice to share a piece of sunlit water crowned by this regal but simple pond creature. I'm not up on knowing my water fowl, so forgive me for not naming his species!

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Limitless Light

I happen to live in 'Amazing Sunset Land' and can jump up from the dinner table with my camera at the drop of a hat. It is always delightful to see a new set of colors and new cloud patterns appear as the clock ticks toward the closing of the day. Feeling blessed and wishing you a fabulous Thanksgiving.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

My very first book

100 softbound copies available for gift giving with a hardcover version to come after the 1st of the year. It's been a labor of love on the part of my designer Anita Thomas and my editor/sister Mary Calvez but the first batch is a wonder to behold. 60 pages including 51 full color images with my thoughts on painting each one. Here is the cost break down:
$25 ($32.90 w/tx & shpg) 3 copies for $70 ($87.33 w/tx & shpg) 5 copies $100 ($119.92 w/tx & shpg.) 
no tax if you're outside of CA 
email me at if you want to order!

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Moove Over

I felt like doing something light and lively recently, so painted a few animals in this 6x6 format. Dairy cows are sure happy creatures, evoking hundreds of  years of hearth and home, farm and family. Right? Funny trivia: I drink almond milk but I simply ADORE butter! 

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Upcoming Painting Holidays

February in Maui?

September in the Greek Islands?

Girl addicted to large bodies of water

Always looking forward to new adventures and am hopeful that 2015 sees you joining me in one or both of these wonderful places! Please message me at for details on these waterfront holidays. I take painters and non-painters alike and the skill level is wide open too.  Prepare yourself for an unforgettable experience and please pass the word.