Still Life Art

This watercolor was inspired¬†by a photo snapped after a whirlwind trip to Mexico City in the early 1980’s. The breakfast table was set in the early morning sun with newly acquired, hand thrown pottery, hand woven placemats, an antique weather vane, a ribbed tea pot, painted tile coasters, and a clay folklore figurine¬†playing imaginary tunes …

Watercolor: Mexican Breakfast Read More »

Packing Small and Traveling with Watercolor I mentioned in the last post that I recently returned from a vacation, and I’m dedicated to packing small, and traveling with watercolors. The little study above was painted on the plane on the way home. Five hours goes by much faster when you’re painting & listening to an …

Packing Small – Traveling with Watercolors Read More »

I’m back in the studio after a week-long vacation with family. The moleskine watercolor above was inspired by the¬†decadent dessert my husband and I shared towards the end of¬†the trip. Taking a small slice of time to relax with people I¬†love in the middle of a tightly packed¬†holiday season might¬†be my new Tradition. Sitting in …

Watercolor: Chocolate with Aloha ( & moleskine travel sketching) Read More »

This etching is from an artist‚Äôs proof in¬†an unprinted edition. (An Artists‚Äô Proof is a test print, and they’re used as a reference to make adjustments to the plate, so that¬†subsequent proofs will be¬†printed, till the final print matches what the artist had in mind for the etching.) ¬†The zinc plate for this etching (see …

Etching: Lilacs in an Amber Vase (& an inking and wiping video) Read More »

I went scouting for painting references at¬†the Los Angeles Arboretum a few weeks ago, with an upcoming fund raising exhibit at the Arboretum in mind. ¬†This watercolor of a prickly pear cactus in the sun (Opuntia) was one of the results of my wanderings in the garden. The gala event was this past Sunday, and …

Watercolor: Opuntia (& art show photos from last weekend) Read More »

I’ll be participating in a one-evening fund raising dinner and exhibit honoring Peggy Dark at the Los Angeles Arboretum on October 23rd. Five artists will exhibit¬†paintings inspired by¬†the garden, on site, tucked into little alcoves on the grounds around the arboretum, which will benefit the Children’s Learning Patio. I love supporting local venues in my …

Watercolor: Belladonna (& the magic of Gustav Klimt’s drawings) Read More »

Are you sharing the fruit of your artistic efforts with us online? With¬†Facebook, blogs, digitized museum collections and gallery¬†previews, the entire global art world is in your¬†studio. ¬†Every single one of us has a shiny, gold All Access Pass. Before social media and blogging, I had no idea there is so much talent out there, …

Watercolor: Yellow Roses (& sharing your art online) Read More »

This weekend, May 7&8 I’ll be at the¬†Sierra Madre Art Fair from 9:30-6:00 on Saturday and 9:30-5:00 on Sunday. If you’re in the area, stop by and say hello. ūüôā How do you talk to Patrons? How often do you show your work where you’re present at the exhibit? How comfortable are you when patrons …

Talking About Your Art at an Exhibit & a Watercolor: Ranunculus Read More »

Showing Your Art to the Public When you make art for the simple joy of creating¬†– there’s incorruptible¬†magic in the act. It’s fueled by your¬†own expression, your personal¬†sense of aesthetics, and your choice of media¬†&¬†subject. The entire adventure belongs to you. But as soon as you think about showing & selling your work – whether …

Watercolor: Afternoon with Wyeth (& the Pros and Cons of Artistic Exposure) Read More »

Surfing the internet¬†entices surreptitious visits¬†to other artists’ studios. The subject of each artists’ work varies; we’ve all seen magnificently executed art featuring everything from a bucket of fish heads to an artfully arranged pile of tangled nude figures. Why an artist choses to paint or draw a particular subject is their secret, but I presume …

Floral Watercolor Still Life – and why we paint what we paint Read More »

I went to the Getty Museum with a pile of friends last week (see photos below). Have you been there? According to my fitbit wrist band, I walked 6,435 steps, and climbed 22 flights of stairs that day. Plus, I saw a lot of beautiful architecture, two exhibits: one¬†on food and art, and a process-boggling, …

Watercolor: Meyer Lemon (& the Getty Museum) Read More »

I’ve posted a new watercolor & colored pencil tutorial on my youtube channel with this mini still life floral (above). New artists have asked about using colored pencil over watercolors, so this video demonstration is a short¬†primer on the supplies, and sequence of some¬†mixed media fun on a watercolor. I love¬†colored pencils by themselves, and …

Tiger Lily Polka Dot (& using colored pencil on watercolor illustrations) Read More »

This¬†week, TRAC 2015 (The Representational Art Conference) was held in Ventura, California November 1 -4th. TRAC¬†an academic conference that explores representational art’s place in the 21st century, and the schedule included several exhibits, both¬†onsite and off, and over 40 academic papers, ranging from neurobiological roots of¬†our love for¬†representational painting, to visual memory for representational landscape …

Watercolor: Cocoon Succulent & Roses Read More »

Last Saturday, I exhibited printmaking and watercolors at Art on Palm in Altadena, California. I hadn’t attended the show before, but my friends Catherine & Ovie Cowles, who are¬†also artisans, ¬†organize the event, and they’ve been telling me about it for years. The venue is absolutely gorgeous: a single-lane entry drive dips into¬†a canyon of …

Watercolor Floral Still Life Painting: Graham Thomas Roses Read More »

Productive in the Studio Happy September to you! Fall Art Festivals will start for me this weekend (If you’re in Thousand Oaks, CA, be sure to visit the Thousand Oaks Arts Festival and say hello!), and there are no less than five projects underway in my studio. It’s a race to the finish line to …

Pen and Ink Watercolor: Lean In Three (watercolor demo video) Read More »

What is a Still Life? From Wikipedia: A still life (plural still lifes) is a work of art depicting mostly inanimate subject matter, typically commonplace objects which may be either natural (food, flowers, dead animals, plants, rocks, or shells) or man-made (drinking glasses, books, vases, jewelry, coins, pipes, and so on).¬†With origins in the Middle …

Pen & Ink: Afternoon Snack (pen and ink art video demo) Read More »

In the last post, I started a new blog series called Link Love; I’m sharing artists (both painters & printmakers)¬†I enjoy¬†on youtube. There is enormous inspiration in hearing an artists’ voice, watching them create, and seeing their choice of supplies and studio layout. ¬†The¬†artist¬†might be 3000 miles away, but through their channel, you can visit …

Watercolor: Daisy Trio Floral Still Life Read More »

Hello there, and Happy Monday. The Autumnal Equinox is this Wednesday, September 23rd.  While summer hurls & bellows the last hot winds on us here in the West, I’m reminiscing about apple-picking in New England, and the bushel-sized wood-slat orchard basket of Granny Smith & Macintosh apples my nana kept on the back porch. I love summer and I’m not …

Watercolor: Sour Green Apples still life and floral painting Read More »

I went to a memorial for my lovely, kind-hearted, great uncle Bob yesterday. ¬†He was the last of nine siblings – my paternal grandfather was the eldest and Bob was the youngest.¬†Sad memorials are also splendid¬†family gatherings. My sweet¬†husband sat with me¬†at a big, round table squished against¬†a gaggle of my ¬†gesturing Italian cousins,¬†aged 65 …

Watercolor: Garden Harvest Read More »

This reduction woodcut goes wayyyy back, so I’m posting it as a nod to Throw Back Thursday. The first printmaking experience I had was at UMASS in the mid 1980’s. As soon as I walked into the print lab, and heard the clank of an old metal proofing press, inhaled¬†a whiff of ink, and stepped …

Woodcut: Avocado Pit Still Life Read More »

Spring roses are blooming in the garden, so I’m bringing them inside to edit my sphere of chaos with episodes¬†of¬†pretty. I’m moving my studio in a few weeks, so growing box-towers¬†occupy every corner¬†like sit-in protestors.¬†Little bud vases of roses (see below) here and there help diminish the¬†box-fort decor. Amidst the packing, I leave for San …

Drypoint: Bring the Garden Inside Read More »

Let’s Make a Collagraph, Shall We? Here is one collagraph in an edition of seven, made from a mat board substrate, printed by hand with ink, and then treated with color using a variety of media; one with watercolor, another with charcoal, a bright and impressionistic version with oil pastel and the print above with …

Collagraph: Sunday Morning (video tutorial) Read More »