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 few hands and feet to prepare for Saturday’s workshop…

We held the first meeting of the winter 2014 Tuesday night figure group last night… and our model was Simone. (Click on images to enlarge them) Because I am holding a Hands and Feet Drawing Intensive this Saturday, I decided to concentrate on 20 and 40 minute sketches in charcoal and graphite. The gesture page … Read more

Painting in Acrylic

I made something today. I prepared an inexpensive canvas board with acrylic burnt umber, and in 3 1/2 hours painted a portrait of the esteemed model Burr. Here it is: This painting started as a blank space, and now with the alchemy of light and shadow, brush and hand, eye and heart, I have a … Read more

Announcing a facebook page for Painting in Costa Rica

https://www.facebook.com/paintincostarica I am taking another group to Costa Rica this December 8-17 (which still gives me plenty of time to put up a tree!)We take so many photos and paint many pictures, I thought it would be nice for people to share them here. Our hostess Yarina Brooks and I have had four previous workshops … Read more

Teacher gets to be a student this weekend…. oh boy!

Doug and I are heading up to Willits this weekend to learn a thing or two from George O’Hanlon of Natural Pigments LLC; a California paint materials manufacturer who specializes in rare and hard-to-find artist materials. His Painting Best Practices: A Technical Workshop teaches skills that are “not taught in art school and universities—a thorough … Read more

I’ve added a new class for the fall…

I have added a Still Life Like the Old Masters class to the fall line up at Lafayette Studio. This will be the first time I have offered it on the weekend! The class is set up as two 5 week sessions; September 14 – October 2, and October 19 – November 16, Saturday afternoons … Read more

Today at Brannan Island

Spent the morning scouting locations to paint at Brannan Island… Windy and clear, beautiful vistas from all directions. The color of the expansive skies, clear and blue, is reflected in the sloughs surrounding the campground. We could frame views with Mt. Diablo in the distance, horizontal rows of light and color in the middle ground, … Read more