Open Studio 2018

Saturday and Sunday, October 6-7, 20-21, 11am-5pm. The nip is in the air, end of September is here, and I am getting ready for our county’s Open Studio Tour. From the redwoods to the sea, and even out my short pastoral road, you are invited to indulge in art experiences … Read More

2018 Summer and Fall Events

Where to see my paintings this summer Here’s my current line up for summer and fall 2018. I am constantly adding new events, so check back regularly for more. Santa Cruz Art League Statewide Landscape Show: July 6 to August 5. Wisteria Antiques, 5870 Soquel Drive, Soquel. Watch Michele create … Read More

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Strictly Mission

Mission Furniture, Arts & Crafts Period, American Impressionist Roots During the recent Soquel Sip and Stroll, I discovered a wonderfully compatible business for my art, and I am now represented by Strictly Mission, a furniture, art and design shop on Soquel Ave in Soquel. This relatively new venue features mission … Read More

Hunkered down to study the waves

Travel Report: hunkered down to study the waves I just returned from my annual retreat to Carmel with artist friends. We painted for 4 days, ate out at fine restaurants and laughed a lot. The wind and fog during the retreat necessitated many layers of clothing, but despite the cold, … Read More

Painting with Texture

Oil paint by itself has a richness and thickness which provides texture to a painting. But that texture can be enhanced and added to with a variety of tools and techniques. This picture shows a few of the many tools available for this purpose. Shaping and lifting tools help you … Read More

Painting Clouds

Cloud formations provide a stimulating challenge for a landscape painter. After a spring rain, I often see formations of cotton-like cumulus clouds, billowing in from the sea. When choosing to paint them, it is quite helpful to prepare a draw down of grays, 4 values. Don’t let the darkest be … Read More

Learning in a supportive environment

I have been painting for many years, and it is truly a lifelong learning experience. I believe I learn something every time I pick up a brush. Each new landscape is a new challenge, different from all others. I attend artist critiques most months, with 5 to 20 artists taking … Read More

La Honda Creek Preserve

A new public access point has opened at Lower La Honda Creek Open Space Preserve. This preserve is located on the peninsula south of San Francisco by about 45 minutes, and north of my Soquel studio by about an hour. In December, Sue Elliott (of plein air muse) and I … Read More

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