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

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

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

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

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