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 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

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

Mixing Color Workshop at Lafayette Studio

Don’t miss the Mixing Color Workshop! Come join us for our two day intensive workshop at Lafayette Studio! Demonstrations and practical exercises based on the book Blue and Yellow Don’t Make Green. Learn how to mix any color simply and accurately using only six tube colors. Color mixing becomes a breeze once you understand the … 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

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