Well, here we go again. Another fresh batch of paintings is now hanging at the little adobe in Ventura, California.
Laura Jespersen and I are please to share with you new paintings that we have been recently working on. How recent?
Well, I finished two paintings yesterday, Artist’s Day at Rancho Camulos & Acres of Color. Both are acrylic on canvas and feature roses.
Artist’s Day at Rancho Camulos
I have chronic insomnia so painting in the morning is my Everest. What’s yours? I was happy that I would see old painting buddies and there was the promise of breakfast too. Perfect.
Here it is at the end of the first day. This painting took three sessions to complete. On April 29th at 10:30 a.m., I started painting part of the rancho, a tiny rose garden, palms and a giant tree in the background. The scene was backlit and saturated with color, my two favorite elements to put into a painting.
On May 3rd and 4th I finished this painting.
My goal is to finish my paintings on site. I have been getting faster, little by little and now I have a plan, to hopefully, finish my painting the same day.
I will be painting later today, Thursday May 5th. Wish me luck! I bought new brushes and I will be using cardboard to see if that helps. If it works I will report back!
Now let me tell you about the second painting
Acres of Roses
For each painting I create I always have a idea I am trying to get across. For this one, I wanted to transport to this place.
Welcome to my studio
Both of these paintings are now on my website in Originals.
I am getting ready for a print sale soon and I will be including these paintings too.
If you ever want to see one of my paintings via FaceTime or Zoom, just ask.
Happy New Year 2022! Thanks to everyone who watched the live painting session. It was really nice to see some friends and new faces on Facebook.
Below is the highlights of the painting session.
Well this was a fun painting to create. I started it on New Year’s eve and finished it on New Year’s Day 2022. This painting is for an upcoming show all about florals, owls and vistas.
As I go about my day I take a little 3.5 x 5″ sketchpad and I will stop when I see something that catches my eye. Fences, stepping stone, a pond, the promise of Spring. All of that is in here along with some little things too.
Happy New Year to all and may we find moments of happiness, no matter how fleeting, throughout the year.
More work is coming so I hope you will visit my website. Maybe it will inspire you to paint, laugh, read or walk. I love walking and discovering things along the way.
This painting isn’t available till March but the prints are available now. Thanks for coming along for the ride!
Hello there, I thought I would write down some things that have helped me along the way. My hope is this helps other creatives in their journeys. I would also love to hear what helps you! I love being connected to the wider world.
Painting first of all is a tactile process. It is juicy and gooey. I love mixing paint and then swiping it onto the canvas or wood. It brings you right into the moment.
I like that about painting. Sometimes, I’ll lose my focus and then I’ll have to slow down and reconnect. I’ll even have to redo a section if I get lost in the lovely paint! I try and stay loose and happy while I’m painting.
This isn’t always an easy process for me. I try and leave my expectations and worries at the door. I found that writing down my worries on paper helps. Building a task list is another one. There is something powerful about crossing something off on a paper list.
Once that is done, I can come to the work with clear eyes. Noise is another big problem for me. I usually am wearing noise canceling headphones when I work. It blocks out lawnmowers and barking dogs. The best time for me is when everyone has gone to bed. No noise at all!
I’m trying to create an upbeat atmosphere so I can keep going and relax into mixing color and working on sticking with my plan. I have to fight against changing mid painting! I do this by writing down the intrusive new idea and using it for the next painting, possibly.
Finally, the most important step. Protecting my mindset. Staying focused, relaxed, adapting to The negative self talk can be a real problem. I do little things to combat it. Making a schedule, watching deadlines and allowing myself time in the studio to get things done. I have a stack to finish or just start over on.
That might be the next step because I have a floral show coming up and I need to create a positive plan for that. Recycling paintings sometimes has to be done to move forward.
I will share with you a little painting video soon so you can see a floral come to life.
I am a curious person. Too curious at times. I hope this quest for knowledge will be easier than all the others. Ha! I am perpetually optimistic in the beginning of every journey. Probably, that is what helps me to get to the other side…eventually.
Take this painting. This nice little painting that I am no longer happy with. It needs more. People simply walk by it. Right now they don’t even see it. It is hard to compete out there against the old masters and modern masters. Everyone sees the best of the best on their phones. After three months of watching people walk by, I came up with a solution; it’s time to take it to the next level.
First off, some good news, I started walking again today! What a relief. After a little stroll, I had to ice my ankle, easy. I didn’t think I would be walking till after Labor Day, so I’m over the moon right now.
While icing my ankle, I decided to start working again and finish this painting, Suburban Nights. I started it in 2019 and set it aside for other deadlines. Now, was the perfect time to do some digital painting on the couch. I drink hot chocolate, snuggle up under a blanket. Add a sleeping cat and I am all set!
Walking after dark was one of my favorite things to do. My family and friends would get worry but I felt safe because this it what it looked like: deserted.
I’d walk by open windows smelling popcorn and home cooked second helpings. I would hear snatches of conversations, tv dialogues and snoring. Pizza delivery drivers and teenagers would cross my path, sometimes not even seeing me. It was all rather blissful.
Every once in a while I would encounter a dog walker, or a couple out on a walk. We would do a little wave and avoid each other to enjoy the night a little longer.
I don’t know if I will ever start walking again after dark because I need to make smart decisions about my ankle. Painting a memory, preserves it and it is a lovely way to paint.
I don’t know why Malibu feels so magical, other than all the films it’s been in and the idealized way of life. Wait a minute…yeah, that’s probably it.
One night, my youngest daughter and I were coming back from a wonderful weekend on Santa Cruz Island with her eighth grade class. Being stuck in traffic allowed me to observe the day fading away and the night settling in. It was so dramatic that I took some photos and later created these digital paintings. I should really say, here are my three versions of Malibu Nights.
I did a series because depending on the time, weather or season, you will get completely different colors from the same view.
Which one do you like best? Or do you like any? I wanted to do something dramatic and colorful.
I will be making prints this month (July 2021), 10” x 8” to start. Let me know if you you want a 20” x 16”
I am still on bed rest until after Labor Day. Ugh. Breaking up the boredom train, during bed rest is the order of the day. Since I can’t paint on location, I had to find a work around.
My solution is to have my Plein Air Thursday cohost send me a couple of photos from the location and I paint along with the group. Phew, boredom averted!
Right now, it is digital painting but as soon as I can sit up, I will be using my beloved acrylics once more.
Digital painting is a valid form of painting and many people are surprised to know that I do both. I strive to make my digital work have a life of its own. My digital work comes in a variety of sizes too. From a 5×7 card up to 30 x 40 inches. It is quite gratifying working with a collector on choosing the surface. Presentation is everything and there is a lot to choose from.
It is satisfying, knowing that my work is being collected. I hope that I am bringing a little joy, reflection or a calming element to others.
Tomorrow I will start working on my new print series. Before I broke my ankle, I had nine paintings to finish. I was able to finish three before my pain level dictated that I rest.
These will be printed small, 8” x 10” matted prints that are ready to frame in an 11” x 14” frame.
They can also be hand painted, varying slightly, to fit in a specific place in your home or office. As we are getting back to work and hoping for better days, brightening your environment is a great way to lift your mood.
I still have paintings at the gallery, there are seven or eight paintings left and there are some originals in the bins too.
You can see my work at Harbor Village Gallery & Gifts Too, located in Ventura California. Or you can make an appointment with me to talk about options and purchasing.