Friday, December 17, 2010

Ho Ho Ho

Well, I guess I was bad this year, Just got a new cast in time for the Holidays! But at least the screws are on the loose. Perhaps I will get a lump of vine charcole in my stocking.
Mmm what should I paint? Roses in December?

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Holiday Mission

Mission San Antonio.

This is my first plein air, out after breaking the old leg. I was sitting on a tripod stool for about three hours. Oh what can I say, Numb B!
Did a second painting last week but sold it before I could photograph it. So far I have done about 30 paintings since my fall on Santa Cruz. I wished to do one a day, but can't complain!

meet Taffy

Taffy. 5x5"

I was thinking of doing alot of small paintings, put them in great little frames and hang on Christmas tree... However sometimes a tiny painting is harder than a good sized one!


mmm, I think i will do a series of Holiday candy, if i don't eat it all.
sorry i am not sure how to rotate this poor kiss!

Up the Hill

An orderly parade of Palms march up the hill above our home.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Happy Halloween

My haunted house. I bought this for my 28 year old daughter Rose. Turns out this is a rare German doll house circa 1900. Furnishing it could cost more than redoing a real home!

mums the word

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Painting a Day

Yes I did promise to do a painting a day! Not always possible! But I really try, even when I don't want to. At least I do something like a small color study. Many of our sunsets are so wonderful how they turn the foothills shades of purples. Very hard to capture in just a few fleeting minutes!
So here a a couple of quickies.

Clyde Aspevig

Friday and Saturday I was lucky to go to Clyde's demo and talk. What a great man. I wanted to cement what he had shared, so I did my homework.

Indian Summer

And this is a Indian Summer Monday morning. One can see over 20 miles to Santa Cruz Island. Each canyon is defined.

Foggy Days

One day we are in the mist then the next we can see all the way to the islands. This is the misty Sunday.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010


Wow, we had the hugest lightning and thunder storm overhead last night! Coco was diving under cover.


A view of same cacti in oil!


A wonderful pastel teacher, Deborah Breeden, brought her class up to the ranch. I was lucky enough to set up near her and try my hand at pastels!
I belive this is called an Echiveria Cacti

Monday, October 11, 2010


When it promises to be a beautiful day, this is what I see out of my kitchen window looking North.
I found this Gothic frame on Ebay for $80. 18x28"

Friday, October 8, 2010

Last of the Ginger

Looking out of bedroom window to the South. We look forward to the blooms every July thru Sept. It's like living in Hawaii.

working on a 360o

Ok I am an honest person! perhaps a painting a day of each view from my ranch is a bit lofty. Now that I have gone back to work and trying to get around with a broken leg, not much time for a master piece each day!! haha , but I always keep my promises, so at least I do a drawing or exercise each day, even a quick still life while dinner cooks. These Avos were part of the menu!

Sunday, October 3, 2010


Looking n/w to Santa Barbara. Sunset thru Eucalyptus


Ok! I don't know what degree this is! It's looking s/w . From my dinning room window.

Rincon Mnt.

As many of you who know me will agree I don't sit still for a moment. Since I broke my leg and could'nt go to work. I have decided to do a 360 o. I will do a painting each day of the year (-5) of each degree of views from my home. This blog will be my Diary!

Monday, September 13, 2010

The View of my Demise

Santa Cruz Island

The view of my demise.

Yellow Banks, S/west
Climbed down the cliff with no problem.Try that with all your painting gear an a large wet canvas!

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Indoor faux Plein air painter.
These works are what I would consider un finished and way to diddely,Is that a word? You know what that means when you start painting little flowers in the foreground because you never stand back!
Sorry about the photo quality, as I can't set that up at command central.Aka, the dinning room.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Santa Cruz Island

I went to Santa Cruz Island with fellow painters for a week. Opps, Broke my leg on the last hour. And was carried out by a cute redhead!

Keep your eyes on the path , not the view!
Paintings to follow..

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Three Art Shows this weekend

Hope the fog lifts for The Maritime Museum Exhibit . I painted several new pieces in David Gallups workshop last week and the paint dried in time for me to enter the show!

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Carmel Spring

I went to Carmel to see Brian Blood demo. I was able to paint a couple of hours before, on of the most beautiful warm days ever!

16x20 framed and sold in 2 hours!

Monday, July 5, 2010

Rincon mountain and the Bluffs excercise trail

One of my favorite places to paint. Its amazing, while I paint, many people I know in the area jog by. My waistline grows and they firm up. Oh well, I would rather paint!

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Santa Barbara Art Show

For the last couple of years it has been hard on the local artists who show at this event, lot of drop outs. I began a couple of months ago and felt like things were turning around. Now all of a sudden lots of new artists have joined, I guess I will have to arm wrestle my buddies for a space!
I try to paint while I am at the show and time flies!

Lone pine

Mt Whitney,

Quick, before lunch.

Dust in the Wind.