Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Close Up

This is the hotel from the beach side, from a photo I took over the weekend when I was painting in plein air.  During the season there is an ice rink right here in front of the hotel - and although the hotel has had the ice rink over the holidays for years, it is still just incongruous to see people skating in 80 degree weather. 

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Make it a Double

They were supposed to make it into a pie but ended up in this glass instead. 

Monday, November 28, 2011

November Sunflowers

The sunflowers are from the Poway Farmer's market.  They look like mums but came on a huge stalk that I cut down to put into this vase.  The Poway Farmer's market has the French Crepe maker next to the Hummus guy with 15 varieties of humus, next to the Mexican taco stand that smells like heaven and down on the same row is the Pepper lady, she carries at least 20 kinds of peppers, no exaggeration.   There is a guy next to them that sells these lemons that have fingers, they smell wonderful but are so odd to look at.  This is the end where all the action is.  On the other end of the market are the sellers with their  blueberries and strawberries, and other delicate fruits and vegetables and 250 grain breads under canopies to shield them from the harshness of the sun.  There are the dates with the samples arranged just so with toothpicks.   And flowers, flowers, flowers, east, west, north and south.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

The Hotel "Del"

I took a few days off from painting while my kids were here for Thanksgiving.  They are both wonderful as usual, made me laugh and made me cook.  They got to enjoy some great San Diego weather while they were here.  And it continued today, with the temps in the low '80s and not a cloud in the sky, I decided to drive to Coronado and paint.  This is an icon of a hotel in San Diego and after a walk on one of my favorite beaches I staked out a spot and did a quick sketch of the hotel.  This view is from the parking lot to the south.  Again, I used just the red, yellow and blue - keeping it simple and focusing on the values on a very sunny day.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Thatch Meadow Farm

Whenever I hear from my friend, Conky, I remember I still have so much material from her farm to paint.  Photos I've taken from the past two summers are high on my list of source material because the paintings come easy and stir such great memories.  I spent many summer days and evenings here,  in this creek with Conky,  our friend Lori and Conky's sisters when we were in elementary school.  We were clamming, swimming and just running around the entire farm as our mothers played scrabble in the icehouse and drank wine.  I plan to do a larger version of this when I have time, it's on the list.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Walnut Oil

I know some artists who use walnut oil as a medium but I only use it for cooking.   However,  for the life of me, I can't recall why I have it or what I last cooked with it - if anyone has any recipes calling for walnut oil, let me know.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Waiting for Merlot

A bunch of us did the Temecula winery tour back in the spring as a farewell to a dear friend that moved back east.  This is from a photo of one of the 'gang' and was taken at the first winery on our trip.   

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Camera Shy

6x6 Oil
After looking at this I sense the slight ghost of Van Gogh.  Not just because he did sunflowers but because of the different yellows in the painting.  Can a ghost be slight?  Is that redundant?
By the way, it will get down into the 20's overnight in the Twin Cities with a chance of snow this weekend.  

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Sun Bathing

Sunflowers and their personalities.  This one is a star, the lead, the last one standing.  It needs no introduction, no side kick. 

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

First Light

This is one of the lifeguard stands at the beach right below the Torrey Pines Reserve.  This painting is from reference,  from one of the many shots I've taken on my frequent hikes there.  It's early and the air is brisk, and I love how the stands get lit up by the sun when it has just started coming through.  

Monday, November 14, 2011

The "Mac" Book


The book is a very small Atlas with places in it like Persia and Burma and Siam.  There is also the area of French West Africa and the Belgian Congo.  Turkey is listed twice as "Turkey in Asia" and later as "Turkey in Europe".   "The Indian Empire" had 318 million or so people, (the book is quoting the 1921 census), and the US had 106 million in population.  I can't find the copyright but I assume it was printed in the 1920's. 

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Duck Pond - Kit Carson Park

Beautiful day in San Diego after long day of rain Saturday.  This is a painting of a small duck pond at Kit Carson Park in Escondido.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Poppin Pepper


Had to bring out the cadmium red for this pepper.  This was an exercise to loosen up and and I saw a demo painting of a pepper by a fellow artist and felt inspired.  I love red and love to put it on a canvas.  

Thursday, November 10, 2011


It's Thursday and I've being painting this persimmon for over two weeks now, on and off.  And it's still hanging in there.  I love the color and shape and it looks good in the silver bowl too!

Wednesday, November 9, 2011


Quick sketch of grapes with that beautiful little citrus from the gods, the lime.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Still Life with Onion

This green bowl.  The yellow onion.  The persimmon and garlic.  There is some harmonious color here.  And what's not to like about garlic?

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Silver Bowl

This silver bowl became shiny and beautiful after a bit of spit and polish.  (Quite a lot of spit and polish actually).  I had to get it to a point where you could at least see the reflection of the grapes in the bowl.  The background is a warm compliment to the cool silver bowl. 

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Rook on the Move

I think these are the Chilean grapes that are in season - more oblong and translucent that local california grapes.  I took this photo while the painting was still wet which is not what I like to do because if the light is not just right there can be a bit of a glare which I try to fight against.

Friday, November 4, 2011

Oh Daisy!

Quick sketch of the blue vase with daisies.  It's a beautiful evening to paint in the studio, rained all day in San Diego.  Sometimes when I paint I like to listen to Classical Minnesota Public Radio.  Yes, St Paul has a very good radio station for classical music, but not better than San Francisco or New York's classical stations, there are many more too.  I just really enjoy the weather reports.  Every hour the host gives the forecast for the day or evening.  Tonight in the Twin Cities area it was expected to be mild, in the low 30's, very clear, no precipitation.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Rook of the Year

Another piece from the chess set. Still using the limited palette.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

The Bishop and Granny Smith

I've started playing around with these chess pieces which are part of a fairly large set. 

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Persimmon and Pitcher

First day of November and the days are getting shorter.