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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Painting New England Fall Color

Two weeks each year the sugar maples and oaks do an unbelievable metamorphosis as fall turns to winter. This is Hadley, Massachusetts, and the mountains of the Mt. Holyoke range rise in the near distance. I took my paintings along, as it has been several years since I was able … Read More

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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.

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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Summer Vibrations in Los Gatos

Saturday June 24 & July 8: Summer Vibrations concert in Vasona Park, Los Gatos, CA. I will be on site and exhibiting a small set of paintings and prints at two of the 15th annual Summer Vibrations concerts in Vasona Park, Los Gatos, CA.

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