Monthly Archives: February 2019

Waiting For My Turn

This particular model, Fantasia, is one of my favorites. Generally, before I draw people, I look to see what I think the subject is feeling and then I work to convey that meaning as well as her looks. Fantasia puts … Continue reading

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Crystal Pier on a Quiet Morning

Crystal Pier is an iconic San Diego landmark and very occasionally a quiet location. This Wednesday winter morning was one of those quiet times. The tide was out, the surf was gentle, the fog had not lifted, and the weather … Continue reading

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Gordon Shows Us How He Paints

I admire the exuberance and humor in the paintings of a local artist, Gordon Bashant. He uses primary colors, black outlines, calligraphy, strong values, and halos. It gives his work a boisterous happy feeling that I would like my own … Continue reading

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News of the Snowstorm

I am visiting my sisters in Prescott Arizona and we have been treated to sixteen inches of snow. We stayed inside in the morning and read about the storm, sketched and played scrabble. I had trouble conveying the mounds of … Continue reading

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Eucalyptus Grove in the Rain

My cousin Ann Lewis, who is an amazing plein air painter, visited me this past weekend. The weather was stormy but with only three days to paint together, we could not let the wild weather stop us from going out … Continue reading

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Intuitive Painting

I just finished a four-day workshop on intuitive painting with the Arizona artist, Stan Kurth. Above are three of my favorite paintings that I did during the workshop. We learned to develop paintings intuitively. Not from life, not from a … Continue reading

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Spring at EL Monte County Park

Spring at El Monte Park I drove 40-minutes into the hills to El Monte County Park and painted the granite peaks above the valley floor. Although the spring shine gave a greenish cast to the area, the dominant feature was … Continue reading

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