Wednesday, November 16, 2011

not exactly daily painting

I finished up my application for the signal box at 20th Street and Orange Avenue. Here are the other three images. 

I'll let you know how it turns out. just got a rejection for another proposal. uggggggh

Friday, November 11, 2011

I'm back

Maybe there's something to 1-11-11. I painted all day today for the first time in months...... I completely underestimated how much teaching everyday takes it out of the painting energy. Glad to have such interesting dedicated students but I have been in the studio in the am and not been able to get started. So leave it to a commission possibility to get me going. They want another signal box in Long Beach and while I'm not guaranteed, there is a chance. 

So here's what I did. The clients want depictions of a park at 20th and Long Beach Blvd. They have a community garden. Here are some sunflowers that were in bloom.

Saturday, October 8, 2011


We had a really light turnout for figure class this morning and I took the opportunity to paint myself. I am going to have to do something about the attendance in this class but today there was nothing but try to be graceful and use the models time wisely. Sarah and Karen were there and got good paintings. Here's mine. This was an hour pose. 14" x 11'.
I'm threatening to start daily painting again. There was so very much worry about money this summer that I am teaching every day. I'm grateful for the work but l know I need to paint to be the best teacher that I can be. More tomorrow.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

September 2011

This was my summer to teach. Although the mornings were free, I just didn't get any painting done. Here is the grand total of two that I did recently. I have to rethink this. Both of these were done really fast. The flowers in a morning and the landscape is from a recent event in east Hollywood called Artcycle. They had a plein air paint-off. The paintings had to be done between 2 and 6pm. I didn't finish teaching until almost 5. I rushed through traffic,  set up and just decided not to think about the fact I had a half an hour to paint. I got an honorable mention! One thing that was kind of bad was that I didn't see what Sarah was painting. We did the exact composition which was my bad. Sarah is a wonderful friend and if she was mad, she didn't say anything

Saturday, July 23, 2011


oil on canvas
18" x 24"

oil on canvas
16" x 12"
I've been so busy with the teaching schedule that I only now have started to paint. Here are two recent pieces. More to follow.

Monday, June 20, 2011

Saturday after class

oil on canvas
6" x 6"

We had a good class on Saturday. several college students came back to draw and give encouragement to the seniors who are leaving town shortly. 
After they left I went out on the roof to paint.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

middle of June

oil on canvas panel
7" x 5"
I really have to do some more work 

Monday, May 30, 2011

The end of May, almost

I got painting recently. After Mia graduated and we got back from the festivities in New York it took me a while to get reoriented. I got out on the deck with a student and did the cityscape on Saturday. It's a view I've done before but it's still hard to simplify and make the space work. It was windy and while the rest of the city was warm, it was very chilly on the 14th floor.

oil on canvas 
6" x 6"

Then I started back into a painting that I started two years ago. It wasn't quite right when I worked on it before and I just had it hanging in the studio until now. I'm not sure I am even finished now but I want to enter it in the Tarfest competition in Koreatown, unless I've missed the deadline.

oil on canvas 
30" x 40"

And finally I did this floral from a photograph I took at Susan Frommer's house in Murrieta. She has a native garden that is spectacular and we painted there several Thursdays ago. 

oil on canvas 
16" x 12"

Wednesday, April 20, 2011


I am painting today but just not the usual. I have a commission to copy a Cezanne painting and I'm using the clients print as a reference. I did this a whole lot in school and it's fun to go back and get into the artists head. It's harder that you would think. Will post photos at the end of the day. I've been working on it all week.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

week end painting

Things were very slow in the saturday afternoon class- just ne student who was working on a floral still life. I did one too

10" x 8"
oil on canvas

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Signal Control Boxes at First and the Promenade are all finished!!

I finished these last sunday and got on a plane to fly to New York to work with Mia for a week. She has a ton of work to do and I didn't get around to posting these. I'm really pleased with the project and wish I could do more.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

wednesday night

I got to Long Beach and fixed a couple things and I guess I'm okay with this now. Where are the booms on the boats. I'm thinking of going out to the Gondola Getaway dock in the odd chance that these boats are still there.
I'm soooo tired of working on the sidewalk. My knees hurt and I have a sunburn. But the third side turned out fine.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Tuesday night

The first photo is from the morning and I worked all day on side two and I am not at all sure I didn't screw it up. I think the green in the distant water probably works better. This is the worst, changing around a painting this big takes too much time. I'm hoping that I'm just tired and will wake up in the morning and know exactly what to do. 

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

The first box is all done

I just put the graffiti coat on these. There is supposed to be a rain storm this afternoon but I'm sitting in starbucks where I submitted my invoice on mylaptop. So nice to be off the sidewalk for a few minutes. I've had a cold so I'm fighting the temptation to go home.  Better not.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Rain Rain Go Away!!

Saturday I had to teach all day so it didn't matter that a big rainstorm was forecast. Today I started out an had a class at 9 and was thinking I could just go right down to Long Beach and get side three finished. I loaded the car and called Sarah Arnold who lives in LB and is the only person I trust to tell me if the weather is really too bad to go out. She said it probably was too wet so I stayed home and I'm soo glad I did. It's really a mess. The garage flooded- because our rain gutters were clogged. I had to go on the roof in a torrential downpour to clean them out. It took all afternoon to get warm again. I'm working on a blog for my class in Murrieta. Should also do major work on my website. An enforced day inside is almost a good thing.

Friday, March 18, 2011

Friday night

Drove down to LB and finished side 2. Got a good start at side 3 except there is work going on in the new bike station which looks very modern and cool. Apparently some spray paint might get on the box this week end and I just didn't have time to leave and go to Ace for a plastic drop cloth. I had to get back to LA to teach. so I hope all is well.

First Street and the Promenade

Now I'm working on two boxes at the new bike station in downtown. one side done and the other will be today

Long Beach and 47th Street is Finished!!

I taught in Murrieta this morning then had two cancellations this afternoon. It gave me the chance to rest a bit even thought I'll be out a little at the end of the month. Not good. But I do have lots of good signal box work.

On Monday I finished the box at 47th and Long Beach Blvd. I just love this neighborhood. People are freindly and interested and universally positive about having public art in on their streets.
These are photos from my iphone. The staff fro the insurance office were hospitable and I had visits from our public officials, Councilmember Rae Gabelich visited and another man from public works that said a recent national meeting on signal boxes concluded that murals such as these actually save the city money because they tend not to get defaced. Who knew?
and one more from far away

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Long Beach Blvd and 47th Street

this is day 3 in Long Beach. the weather was perfect for painting and nice people all day. people honk their horns and give me the thumbs up. 
not the best photo tomorrow but I will do an underpainting on the next side, then I have to go to Murreita to teach then back on Friday morning.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

first post in february yikes

oil on canvas
10" x 8"
One of my students asked how I'm doing on daily painting and this week I had to say not so good. Too many other distractions and lots of teaching. I am working on another commission for my friend in Murrieta and will post it when it's closer to completion. And still waiting on the paperwork to get started in Long Beach. 

Tuesday, January 25, 2011


oil on canvas
6" x 6"
I went out on Sunday with Sarah and Karen to Echo Park. It was hard to believe how beautiful it was. Warm sun, perfect light. I did some other paintings that were so, so but I liked this little bungalow with the pink gate. Alvarado and Fargo, if you're in the neighborhood.
I'm getting ready to start some more signal boxes and that's what I've been painting for the last few weeks. There's a new supervisor in LB who feels that if there is any empty space on the box, it will be tagged. I'm not exactly onboard with this because I put graffiti coat on the boxes and eventually they will probably get something but it can just be wiped off. I'll post the new images but here is one with the snowy egrets added to fill up the sky. This box will be at Long Beach Boulevard and 47th Street and I'm starting on two at The Promenade and 1st Street. 

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Figure painting on saturday

oil on canvas 8" x 10"
we had a model in the studio on Saturday. I ended up having a little time to paint too.