Demo in process, Still Life in Chalk Pastel class

I am working on a two week pastel painting, a demo for my Tuesday night class. I will finish it up next week, but here are some in-progress images… Note that I am keeping as loose as possible, with overlapping edges that I can refine as needed. Symmetrical objects like vase usually need tweaking near … Read more

An enjoyable evening at Las Juntas Artist Association

This is me, demonstrating still life painting for a most gracious group of artists in Pleasant Hill, the Las Juntas Artist Association.    This is the second time I painted in front of this group… The first time, five years or so ago, I did an burnt umber underpainting and partial grisaille of a teapot … Read more

Beautiful Autumn…

Tomorrow is the first day of autumn, although here in California it may be hard to believe! Coming off of a triple digit weekend, the forecast is for mid nineties through Sunday, and finally reaching some beautiful 80’s next week. Beautiful plein air weather is coming up…!    My house and studio will be undergoing transformation … Read more

A little time for a summer break…

I am beginning a 3 week break on Monday, at least a break from teaching! Getting bids and prepping my house to get it repainted (no, I am not painting it myself). By mid September I hope to have my lovely but disheveled bungalow tricked out in fresh color! Not only that, I am taking … Read more

A Week in the Life…

I thought I would share my demos and artworks created during a typical week in my classes and open studios…. Rough and unfinished! Monday afternoon at Lafayette Studio, Chasing Nicolaides…. Modelled drawing in ink.   Tuesday afternoon at Civic Arts, Painting the Still Life in Color and Light… Grisaille underpainting in chalk pastel   Tuesday … Read more