Friday, August 2, 2019

Do you ever graduate from the studio?

Ahhh it's the worst part of the job. Dr Lindsay came to the studio as she started her PhD program at UCLA but then she earned her degree and was offered a tenure track position in Oklahoma. Mara (right) came at age 12 but she just grew up and was accepted at a prestigious art school in Belgium. Both have worked here for 6 years. Jake became good friends with all of us. 
It's been a great privilege to work with you two brilliant women.

Monday, July 15, 2019

Water colors for just fun

Sometimes it’s just too much to take all the oil painting supplies down from the  the studio and out to the car, especially after such a long week. I’ve been keeping the watercolors handy and have these two paintings - one from the 4th of July camping trip and one from this afternoon.
Lundy Canyon and 5th and Bonito in Long Beach.

Saturday, July 13, 2019


This is all painted and sealed. 
Wilshire and Wilton

Friday, June 28, 2019

Side 3 finished

Bad light- will
Rephotograph today

Sunday, June 23, 2019

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Working on Side 2

I went out after the LIfe Drawing Workshop and stayed until 7pm. I was pretty tired but got a lot done. Classes will keep me away until Thursday then I think I can finish this side.

Sunday, June 9, 2019

Starting on another utility box

I'm working on a utility box on the northwest corner of Wilshire and Wilton this week. I put it off for weeks first because of bad weather then because the studio was busy and then because it's hard to pack everything out onto the sidewalk. But once I did, it's the best ever work. Friday a work truck pulled up and asked if I could use a pack of shop towels (yes!) Today I got a Sprite. Don't usually drink that but it was delicious. And I haven't even started painting. Many folks at this point thing I'm doing graffiti clean up maybe as a volunteer or community service. The boxes need some arduous prep before they can be painted but I'm ready to go. 



Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Memorial Day

Jacaranda on Chestnut and 10th
oil on canvas
14” x 11”

Friday, May 24, 2019

Jacaranda 2,3 and 4

oil on canvas
14" x 11"

This is my fourth day out painting the jacaranda bloom. There are a few streets in Long Beach where the city mandates that only jacarandas can be planted. It's tough on the neighbors but makes an absolutely display. 
On my second day I did a painting that didn't work.
The third isn't finished and will be used as a study for a new utility box in Los Angeles. More on that later!

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Jacaranda 1

"3rd and Hermosa"
8"x 8"
oil on panel

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

The jacarandas are blooming!

This time of the year the city has big patches of purple trees.
I'll be doing as many paintings as I can. I worked at 3rd Street at Hermosa in Long Beach yesterday..

Monday, May 6, 2019

Another painting of the website

This painting was part of the 30 day Challenge, Day 12 I simply looked out of ny 14th floor studio window on a rather chilly gray day. 
oil on canvas 
12" x 6"

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Koreatown with the Hollywood Sign

Koreatown and the Hollywood Sign
oil on canvas
8" x 8"
purchase information

I just put this one on the website. The winter skies were amazing this year. I did this one right after a storm. Everything turned pink at sunset.

Friday, April 19, 2019

New Paintings on the Website

I'm getting around to listing paintings on my website. There are quite a few in the studio and they are available for sale. I'm going to be posting them in the coming days. Here are three. The first two are from the 30 day challenge and the last one I painted a few weeks ago at the Poppy Reserve.

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Recently finished

In January I went to Avalon. Ig was beautiful and no one was there. I did two paintings of the same view. I pretty much finished the smaller one but only underpainted the larger. I finally finished it last week

12" x 12"
oil on canvas

8" x 8"
oil on canvas

And I just put a few touches on the poppies.

12" x 12"
oil on canvas

Monday, April 1, 2019

My Annual Trip

I drove to the Antelope Valley Poppy Reserve yesterday. It was a perfect day.
Although it was crowded I managed to find a spot to set up and got this 90% finished painting. Will take to the studio for finishing touches.