Wednesday, January 28, 2015

California Blue and Gold - 8x10

I decided to change it up a bit for this one.  I wanted to use thicker paint and I also used a round brush that fought with me through the whole process. I'm happy with the result (and the thicker paint) but I think the round brush and I may be parting ways. 

 Oil on panel, 8x10 inches

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Carpinteria Mountains and Palms - 8x8

Another take on the scene from yesterday.  I wanted another go at those mountains, and who could resist that seagull perched up there? 

Oil on panel, 8x8 inches

Monday, January 19, 2015

California Winter by the Sea - 18x24

I was enjoying a beach afternoon with the little one the other day, I couldn't resist the light on our mountains or the palm trees set against this bright blue sky. 

Oil on canvas, 18x24
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Friday, January 2, 2015

Three Strawberries - 6x6

First post of the new year! 

Snatched these three ripe berries before my toddler ate them all (and by "ate" I mean she took one bite out of each before declaring "all done"). 

Oil on panel, 6x6 inches
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Thursday, December 4, 2014

November Beach Day II - 8x10

Another view of yesterday's beautiful beach spot. 

Oil on canvas panel, 8x10 inches

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

November Beach Day - 8x10

Can't beat this view.  Love this empty beach almost as much as my toddler does. 

Oil on canvas panel, 8x10 inches

Monday, December 1, 2014

Santa Barbara Courthouse - 18x24

Finally getting around to posting this piece, it's been a rough couple of weeks around here! Seriously, all I want for Christmas is for all of Lily's canine teeth to come in, 1 down 3 to go. 

Anyway, about the painting.  How could I not paint this? Bright whites? Purpley shadows? Gorgeous palms and red roofs? It's everything I love in one piece. 

Oil on canvas, 18x24 inches

Monday, October 27, 2014

What I've been up to for the past year

Just in case anyone wanted to have a peek at what I've been working on, here it is! It took exactly one year (to the day!) but it's finished! A series of ten commissioned paintings for the Cadence development in Las Vegas. 

It was a challenge, and an incredible learning experience and I'm so thankful for it. It was the perfect project for this season in my life. 

It was like maybe God knew I was going to slack off and stop challenging myself in my painting (what with a newborn and all), so He dropped this in my lap.  

"No slacking, here's something scary that's going to help you grow!" 

and also help pay the bills! 

and also not be so scary after all...

Thanks Lord. 

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Loon Beach Cliffs - 15x30

People asked me when I was pregnant if I thought the subject of my art would change after I had the baby.  I can confidently say that the things I'm drawn to paint are pretty much the same.  What has changed though is the size! If I'm going to sacrifice sleep to paint then I better paint something substantial! 

Oil on stretched canvas, 15x30 inches

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Loon Beach in Clouds - 16x20

I can't believe I have lived here this long and never ventured to Loon Beach.  Not only was it a quiet spot, but a new location to paint! 

Sometimes I love painting fog at the beach, something about the deep blue of the clouds contrasted with the gold tones of the sand, just perfect. 

Oil on stretched canvas, 16x20 inches, sides painted