Friday, December 9, 2011

Winery Reception

Paradon vineyard. Carpinteria, California. Not Tuscany!
Art reception tonight at Carr Winery in Santa Barbara. 6-9

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Carpinteria Cathedral

One of my larger plein air paintings for my ranch "bucket" list! 18x24. Although I have lived on this family ranch for 40 years, new vistas never cease to amaze me. so I had to add this to my List. Only about 3 or4 more large works to do. A triptic for my three daughters is part of that. I had hope to finish this challenge this fall, but perhaps by New Year is reasonable!
May your Holidays be filled with joy!

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Post for Daily Paintworks

On this rainy day I finished 15 paintings, started a new large vista from the ranch and posting to daily Paintworks!

rainy day set up

I usually do plein air painting ( painted out doors on location) but on a rainy day its great to take over the dining room and paint by the fire with Coco our Doxie. She tells me when to put another log on! I signed all finished these paintings and started a new large one of our ranch view.
FYI. A bought bed pads from drugstore, and put under my work area. You can make a mess and even wipe your brushes on them!! No worries about the linen table cloth under!

More rainy day

paradon vineyard

moonrise in Santa Barbara

Rainy Sunday

Today I was to exhibit my paintings at the art show along the beach in Santa Barbara and then attend special reception at Avante winery in Santa Ynez.. to rainy to go out of the house! So I am finishing ALL of by works and even signing them all. I have trouble doing a good signature, so usually put LAS my initials. I did sign 15 paintings today and my full name signature did get better!

Saturday, November 12, 2011

The Rose Arbor

Ranch Study of the rose arbor, trying a Colin Campbell Cooper approach, ha!

Still Standing

This old Euc. tree is still hanging on. Standing in the dunes of Carpinteria State Beach. I remember when it had a full canopy and big limb near the ground we use to sit on.
Painted on a very foggy day with Thomas van Stein.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Different side of Bird refuge

Thanks Larry

My good friend Larry Iwerks has been keeping some of my paintings at his Weldon Gallery. Alas he needs to sell it. So I have a herd back to the fold.


Santa Barbara Bird Refuge. The last rays on sun were touching the tips of the stand of three palms as the shadows spread over the fallen baby palm and the reflections.

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Arroyo Hondo Preserve

I am one of the artists invited to paint at a special fundraising event to help preserve the Gaviota coast. The Santa Barbara Land Trust holds an annual event at the Arroyo Hondo ranch. Art, food and wine will make for a great event!


Gallery 113

Santa Barbara Art Association Gallery 113. I am a featured artist this month. Come see the show! La Arcada next to the Art Museum.
Its good to see several painting hung together, although in this small photo I can see I need to work on proper placement in hanging!

Saturday, August 13, 2011

matillia poppy

One of my favorite flowers on the ranch.
I must have oldtimers, I cant remember where I put this or perhaps I sold it. Really girl, get your act together!

Reflecrions at Devereux

This is a large plein air and came together very aggreeably, while I was chatting with an interesting woman !
I used to ride my bike along the Devereux road back in my college days at UCSB. Never would have believed I would paint one day!

Historic water Taxi

I finally finished this painting of an Historical landmark , a water taxi in Santa Barbara Harbor.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Hydrangias and Poppy

Flowers from the ranch, my favorite, Hydrangias. inspired by my favorite artist Meridith Abbott! Paintings may be purchased from my Etsy site.

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Painting the town

Wow, It has been an eventful week in Santa Barbara's art community! My work and the Art show I chaired was in all the papers. Our Wilderness to Gallery show at the Faulkner was on the cover.
I was one of 20 chosen top artists to do a paintout and exhibit downtown. Too fun!!!

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Plaza Rubio

I'm a bad, bad girl. I sold the painting of my fav. house. and did not take a photo of it. It's soo hard being perfect! Ha.

I have been pretty good about keeping a diary or log of my work. I have painted over 250 paintings so far. I did an inventory of all my studies. There is a pile of them. Perhaps I should have a super sale on them , just for the cost of canvas! One great artist I know, threw a bunch of hers out and discovered next Satuday her neighbors sold them in a yard sale and made a killing!

Monday, June 13, 2011

Mission Rose garden

One of my favorite spots to paint. And looking the other way to the houses on Plaza Rubio is my next favorite,

Hotel Californian

Welcome to Hotel Californian, Or perhaps farewell? It could be torn down but at least it was painted and sold!

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

First Friday May 6

Celebrate First Friday in Carpinteria.
My shop on Linden will be having a reception, 5 to 8. Saturday will be an Artist open studio tour!
10 till 5. All my paintings will be hung. I hope to see all my friends and art lovers.

tres amigos

everyday I see my three palm tree amigos down the hill. hola!

Melting snow

Now this is done.

santa barbara shoreline 2

While I am at the Sunday Art show in Santa Barbara I like to paint the day!
This is the second of the series on the Cabrillo Blvd palms along the shore.
20 x 30 "

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Spring in Santa Barbara

Spring festival of flowers and eucalyptus overlooking the coastline of Santa Barbara. 18x24 oil on panel

Friday, April 8, 2011

Snow in Santa Barbara

While sitting at the Cabrillo Art Show one Sun in March, I caught the snow on the mountain tops. It melted that afternoon.
I thing I will keep working on it and post again soon.

gaviota spring

I painted this in a workshop with John Iwerks. A beautiful spring morning along coast north of Santa Barbara.
The board cracked at bottom so I cut that whole bottom part off and this is what we have! No problem!

Friday, March 11, 2011

Home Base

Home sweet home! My friend Susan and I got to paint from Shepard farm in the valley below!
They will be holding an art and farm sale Sat. and Sun. Local artists will paint and show their work!

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Waves at Flemmings beach Mauii

We had a great three day workshop with Billyo. sponsored by the Mauii Plein air invitational yearly event. 25 great artists paintout for a week and hold a exhibit at the end!
I will post my studies as I finish them this week.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Billyo giving Leigh a critique at Flemmings beach in Maui workshop.
What a great teacher!

Big Sur

An oldie but goodie per request of art show patron.
Beach at Big Sur.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Spring torches

Fire pokers at Wilcox Preserve in Santa Barbara. While I painted, Dolphins surfed behind me! 18x24"

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Far away

Who says a broken leg slows you down! One day I am at the top of Monticito looking down on Santa Barbara and the next I am up the coast at Hollister Ranch painting till sundown.

The bird refuge

santa barbara shoreline

February at Sunday beach art show.

Where did the time go?...

I really have been busy painting! Just not taking photos and posting. So catch up time!

Carpinteria , Jelly Bowl.

Saturday, January 1, 2011

The glass is half full!

Happy New Year!!!
I hope to be off to a good start. I started two paintings new year eve. and another big work on the 1st!

The glass is not finished, perhaps because it wouldn't stay put!