Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Beet Red

8x8 oil on RayMar panel

So I'm about to throw this other painting out the door in frustration. Thank goodness for therapeutic veggie art. I had roasted beets for the first time. Good thing I took a pic of one before it went into the oven.

Sunday, March 27, 2011


10x10 oil on gallery wrapped canvas

I've been struggling with a couple of other paintings so I was delighted that I was able to paint Jasper. He was like a breath of fresh air.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Natasha's Sunflowers

24x20 oil on gallery wrapped canvas

I had asked another talented photographer friend if I could use an image she took of some sunflowers she purchased. It took me over a year until I felt confident to do it justice.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Peace Orchids

18x24 oil on canvas
DPW painting challenge
Auction price starts at $25
Bid by visiting their website HERE

This is my first entry for the Daily Paint Works Challenge. I will be honest and had tried to paint to enter twice before but I didn't think my work was up to par at that time. What really pushed me this time is the proceeds going to benefit people and pets devastated by the earthquake and tsunami in Japan through the auction of these paintings.

My painting was inspired by a beautiful photograph shot by a talented friend Susanne Uy who generously allowed me to use her photo as inspiration. Thank you Susanne!

Friday, March 18, 2011


On a lighter note: this is BB. A friend commissioned a painting of her Vet's dog as a thank you; and yes that is a kayak she is sitting in so comfortably.

8x8 oil on board

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

A Mother's Love

A dear friend commissioned this piece as a birthday gift for her very talented college aged son.

She described how she was travelling along the country side in Northern California during one of the many summer heat spells. She saw out in the field a cow out in the dry shadeless field. As she looked closer, she saw what looked like a very young calf in this cow's shadow.

She thought this mother was doing her very best to protect her young baby from the relentless environment and how she could relate to how she felt about her son leaving for college and being on his own. My friend wanted to let her only son know that she too wants to always protect him from all that could harm him but she knows she could only do her very best and the rest to up to Destiny. I was honored that she would trust me to convey such a tender and loving thought.

This is 6x8 oil on canvas board.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Countin' My Blessings

I was leaving a SF art gallery at around 9:30 Wednesday night and walking to the Rapid Transit system to get across the Bay. I was walking at a quick pace for the two and a half blocks not only to get me there but to appear like I knew what I was doing late at night. I caught something out of the corner of my eye. It took a couple of steps before I realized the huddled mass was a person down for the night.I went back, snapped a photo with my phone and went back on my way. I could not get the image out of my head. I had to paint it to exorcise it from my thoughts.

With the disaster in Japan, and relatives and friends who have been affected there, it has been a somber time. So even though this man just has a flattened cardboard box and a jacket for his bed and pillow, it is dry and out of the danger of tsunami and earthquakes. I read one friend who had posted on Facebook that her local grocery store in Japan was all out of meat so she will be having sashimi for dinner. Bless her heart for finding her silver lining in that massive black cloud.

"Counting My Blessings"
8x10 oil on Raymar panel
$100 plus $5 for shipping

Paypal has waived all processing fees so donations can go directly to those affected by the disasters in Japan:

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Flowers for Flyinsaint

I have a very cool friend with a very cool nickname. We were talking about how we both loved orchid plants. I've always thought they were too challenging to paint. Our chat is the only reason I thought I would try and now I'm grateful for that. Thank you Terry!

"Ruby Red Orchids"
16x20 oil on artboard

Monday, March 7, 2011

Bah Bah Bah

During another chat with my artist friend regarding subjects we like to paint reminded how much I missed the animals. Thanks Hellenne! This one's for you.

8x24 oil on gallery wrapped canvas.
$85.00 plus $5 shipping

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Prickly Sisters

I was going through some older shots and found this image of my neighbor's cactus I took last summer. I felt warmer just painting the image.

8x6 oil on Raymar artboard
$45.00 plus $5 for shipping

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Sweetie and Buddy

30x24 and 30x12
oil on gallery wrapped canvas

This was a commission for a dear friend. She missed her furry family companions Sweetie (on the left) and Buddy. She gave me free reign and only requested it be large and as wild as I wanted. Well this took me longer than I wanted and I thank her patience.

I think the surreal background gives an ethereal feel to a heavenly feline playroom for this two.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Two toned Tulips

I saw this little image on the web. I added a few more blooms and made them all the same two toned color. I love tulips. They are such a happy flower.

8x6 oil on art panel
$45.00 - free shipping