Painting in Northern New Mexico

This past September, I traveled for a week with my friend and fellow painter Jean to the high country of northern New Mexico. Jean has visited there many times, and she guided us to many wonderful sights around Santa Fe, Abiquiu, and Taos. I know now why New Mexico is … Read More

Painting Evening Light

The evening light is golden and very attractive to painters. I set up at UCSC where there is a view of the Bay from up on the hill. The golden light was visible in the distant Eucalyptus grove, and the shadows were moving quickly as the sun set.

Sketching in Capitola

Minds grow when they learn new things. If you are inspired to paint subjects you haven’t much experience with, make a couple of outings first with only your sketch book and pencils. Find a great spot that includes some of the new elements. Bring a beach chair and make yourself … Read More

Painting Capitola Beach

The sun was out early this morning in Soquel. I have been waiting for a fogless morning to return to the village and finish some paintings. There was one parking spot left at the overlook above the beach. The Little Guards were lined up in their red suits and many … Read More

Painting at La Rusticana de Orso

Learning to Paint is a life long journey, and that is what keeps the voyage interesting! In the spring of this year, I attended a painting workshop at La Rusticana De Orso, a vineyard and gardens developed with inspiration from Italy. Two other SCOP artists also participated. Randall Sexton, a … Read More

Artists’ Retreat to Carmel – 2017

This year is my seventh to go on retreat with this group of artists. We have become close friends and encourage each other, offer ideas for improvement, and push ourselves to create even when the weather is discouraging. With the group spirit around us, we keep creating. I leave kitties, husband, … Read More

Tips for Artists: Painting Outdoors

Painting outdoors while gazing at the scene to be captured requires the painter to paint quickly before the light changes. Mixing three values, on site, of the main color fields can help you keep color clean and have piles to work from as your painting progresses.  Establishing your dark pattern … Read More

MBPAPA at the National Steinbeck Center

As a signature member of the Monterey Bay Plein Air Painters, I have paintings at Natividad Hospital and also the National Steinbeck Center in Salinas through June 15th. Vines with a View, a 12″ X 16″ oil on canvas panel painted plein air and shown here, will be at the … Read More

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