Scaling up your Painting

It is sometimes difficult to paint large paintings plein air. After all, when we set up our easels in the out of doors, factors like uneven ground, heaviness of large canvases and especially wind make the large painting effort problematic. Especially wind, which can come up at any time, can … Read More

Open Studio 2019

Saturday and Sunday, October 12-13, 19-20, 11am-5pm. As I write this, I am preparing my studio walls with paintings for display in our county’s Open Studio Tour. I will have many of my paintings which I created in the past year. You will also be able to see my working … Read More

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A Bit About Canvases

In this post, I want to share some words about the types of canvases available for paintings, as well as about framing. I’ll try to answer of few of the questions that seem of interest to my studio visitors. People have been creating art by painting for thousands of years. … Read More

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Big Sur Artist Retreat

For the past ten years, I have enjoyed 4 straight days of painting on the Big Sur Coast. During these four days, I paint like a fiend as there are no other responsibilities. I have been accompanied by some combination of nine friends, as we share meals, art books, and … Read More

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Saturday Ateliers

My Summer Ateliers (gatherings of artists to work together) are open to all former students and all members of the Santa Cruz Oil Painters.  Anyone who has taken a class, workshop, or private lesson from me is welcome.   These sessions are not a class situation, but rather an opportunity … Read More

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Framing from the Heart

Presentation is a term by which we mean primarily framing, plus where the painting is hung, and what surrounds it. Presentation provides the opportunity to enhance your paintings. Frames can quietly blend your painting in with other art works and furnishings within a room, or they can work to pop … Read More

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A Wildflower Spring

All the rains of winter have given way for  a spectacular spring wildflower bloom as the sunshine warms the land.  Poppies on the hills in So CA. My garden was also in bloom with drifts of calla lilies, forget-me-nots , rosemary and clematis. On our return trip from San Diego … Read More

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Winter Exhibits

Many of my paintings are on exhibit and/or for sale in a number of places this winter. I’ll mention 5 places in this posting. Art, Love, and Wine, Wargin Wines, 11 Hanger Way, Watsonville, through March 22. Open Saturdays and Sundays 12-5 PM. This is a Central Coast Plein Air … Read More

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Painting Yosemite Valley

This autumn I joined several of my painting friends on an adventure in Yosemite Valley. The group were all members of a Santa Cruz area painting group I helped form back in 2001. At least 15 members of that group went to Yosemite in the middle of October. We hoped … Read More

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2019 Winter Workshops

Two 3-Day Workshops I will offer two 3-day workshops early in 2019. Each workshop will run three consecutive days, giving the artist scholars the opportunity to immerse themselves in the study of a focused element of painting. Each workshop day will run from 9:30am to 4:00pm, with a half hour … Read More

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Open Studio 2018 Lucky Winners

Every year, I hold a studio show in October in my Soquel art studio. Visitors can see my recent paintings, as well as my variety of tools, brushes, lights, and other equipment of various sorts. I describe my painting process, and sometimes do demonstrations. A fun recent addition to the … Read More

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