Thursday, December 29, 2011

Sunset at Butterfly - 5x7

More of this beautiful Butterfly Beach sunset. 

Oil on panel, 5x7 inches

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Biltmore Wall - 5x7

More for my Butterfly Beach series.  I felt  like these guys were purposefully posing for me. 

Oil on panel, 5x7 inches

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Eureka South Dakota II - Landscape Oil Painting - 6x12

Now that Christmas is over I can post a couple of these Christmas commissions that I did.  This was one of my favorites. 

Oil on cradled panel, 6x12 inches

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Yesterday's News Press Article

In case you missed it: 

It's so encouraging that God keeps choosing to bless me this way.  Time and time again he opens doors that should be impossible, even when I feel like my art is terrible.  
It's enormously clear to me that nothing I do is by my own merit, skill, or talent.  It's only by God's blessing and grace that I'm able to make my living as an artist. 
There were so many times this past year where I took a step of faith (even just a little one!) and the day after I would get a call  with a new show opportunity, commission, news article, award, etc. Things that just shouldn't happen! 

I can't say that I learned how to be an awesome artist this year, but I can say my God is an awesome God. 

Merry Christmas everyone. 

Friday, December 23, 2011

Butterfly Beach Cliffs - 12x12

This is one of those paintings that I'm liking more and more the longer I let it sit.  I wasn't super thrilled with it the day that I finished, but now I'm glad I stopped when I did.  

Oil on panel, 12x12 inches 
Available at Divine Inspiration Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Butterfly Beach - 6x12

Look for a write up of my DI Gallery show in the Santa Barbara News Press tomorrow (Dec. 23), there should be pictures, yay!

Oil on canvas panel, 6x12 inches

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

December Nocturne - 6x12

Good news! Part of my show at Divine Inspiration Gallery will remain up until March 2012.  So those of you who didn't get a chance to see it still have time.   I will also be adding some new pieces to the show, hooray!

Oil on 2" cradled panel, 6x12 inches

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Palm Avenue - 5x7

The more I work on these night scenes the more I like them.  There will definitely be more of these in the future. 

In other news, I'm opening my studio this week for all you last minute Christmas shoppers :) Just send me an email if you would like to stop by! 

Oil on panel, 5x7 inches

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Rainy Day at Rincon - 8x10

This is by far my favorite of the recent rainy day scenes. 

Oil on canvas panel, 8x10 inches

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Coastal Roadside - Ventura Landscape Painting - 4x8

I've always been drawn to these fields, but I could never capture them (since the view was from the 101).  Luckily traffic was at a stand still one day, perfectly accommodating me. 

Oil on canvas panel, 4x8 inches

Monday, December 12, 2011

Clouds Over Rincon - 4x8

Still loving these clouds. 

Oil on canvas panel, 4x8 inches

Saturday, December 10, 2011

View from 101 - 8x10 - & 2nd Christmas Boutique

I'm not usually a fan of gray days, but it turns out I am a fan of rainy days :) I saw this scene while I was driving home from Ventura one afternoon.  

Also, don't miss the Carpinteria Women's Club Annual Christmas Boutique tomorrow afternoon! I'll be there selling prints, daily paintings, mini ACEO sized paintings for only $25, and more! There's also a raffle and food, it should be lots of fun, and a great way to get original Christmas gifts :) 

Sunday (tomorrow!) December 11, 1:00 pm -4:00 pm
1059 Vallecito Rd. 
Carpinteria, CA 93013

Oil on canvas panel, 8x10 inches

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Carpinteria Nocturne - 5x7

Today was wonderful! That's all I have to say, more details later :) 

Oil on panel, 5x7 inches

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Night Palm - 5x7

It's really a challenge to photograph these night scenes without getting too much glare, I think I almost have it figured out.  

Oil on panel, 5x7 inches

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

November Nocturne - Christmas Special #3

Another special Christmas auction, the starting bid for this piece will be just $49.  

Oil on Ampersand Gessobord 

Monday, December 5, 2011

Night Church - 5x7

I'm starting on a series of night scenes.  So far I'm really enjoying the change in color and mood, I think this is going to be a great exercise.  

Oil on Ampersand Gessobord panel, 5x7 inches 

Friday, December 2, 2011

White Egret - 4x4 - Christmas Special #2

Just like yesterday this auction will start at just $20.  

Oil on canvas panel, 4x4 inches

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Tiny Tangerine - 4x4 - Christmas Special

I'll be starting the bidding for this painting at only $20.  A little painting for a little price :) 

Oil on canvas panel, 4x4 inches

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Aceo Fun

I thought these 2"x3" canvases would be a nice little addition to my display table this saturday.  I thought about turning them into ornaments, but decided against it.  I plan to sell them with the easels for $25 each.  Come check it out this saturday! :) 





Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Red and Green - 6x6

Last of the apples, this one seems a little Christmas-y to me :) 

Oil on panel, 6x6 inches

Monday, November 28, 2011

On the Hunt - 4x4

I've been having fun with these tiny 4x4 inch canvases lately.  I thought they would make nice items at the upcoming holiday boutiques I'm participating in.  

Oil on canvas panel, 4x4 inches

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Apple Love - 6x6

Don't miss my Cyber Monday Sale! Going on now! Free shipping plus a free gift of your choice, visit my shop for more information.  

And for today, my favorite of the apple paintings! 

Oil on panel, 6x6 inches 

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Monday, November 21, 2011

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Honeycrisp - 5x5

I love when honeycrisp apples are in season! I never seem to get tired of them. 

Oil on panel, 5x5 inches 

Friday, November 18, 2011

Field in Golden Ochre - 6x12

The last of the cloudscapes for a while.  

Oil on deep stretched canvas, 6x12 inches
1.5" deep painted sides

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Yellow and Gray - 6x12

It's been kind of gray and cold out lately, it made me feel like painting a few of these cloudscapes. 

Oil on canvas panel, 6x12 inches 

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Clouds over Amsterdam - 6x6

This is the last in the series for a while, I got distracted again :)  

Oil on Ampersand Gessobord panel, 6x6 inches

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Clouds Over St. Peter's - 6x6

I've been wanting to paint this one for a while, but I was nervous about how all those statues would turn out.  They were much more enjoyable than I thought they would be. 

Oil on panel, 6x6 inches 

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Venice Canal II - 5x7

I completely forgot to post anything yesterday.  I guess that's what happens when I try to do all my Christmas shopping in one day.   I didn't get it all done, but I did get a good chunk of it out of the way.  Now I can focus on other holiday activities, like the two craft fairs I signed up for, and of course lots of baking :) 

Oil on panel, 5x7 inches

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Venice Canal - 6x6

One of my favorite memories in Venice was sketching I got to do there.  I must have sketched at least a dozen of these waterways, each one was unique and all I wanted to do was paint them!  

Oil on panel, 6x6 inches

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Church Near Ravenna - 6x6

Busy day yesterday,  I managed to melt a teapot and crack the stove all before 10 am.  I didn't even know I could break the stove.  It's ok, now I'll have the fun adventure of attaching a new stove top.  Luckily I live with an engineer, so I feel like we should be able to figure this out :) 

Oil on panel, 6x6 inches 

Monday, November 7, 2011

Friday, November 4, 2011

Afternoon at Versailles - 6x6

The opening last night was wonderful! Thanks to all of you who came out for it.  This was my first show where I was the only artist showing.  I think I have to conclude that it was a little less fun that way, I guess I enjoy conversing with the other artists, and not being the only one people came to see (that's so much pressure for an introvert like me!).  But overall it was a good night. 
Although, I did have several people ask me "so you really paint a new painting every day?" yes I do. "do you also lie every day?" What? Why would I lie about that? 
Hello, my name is Sharon, I paint, that's my job, and I do my job every day. "Schocking" right? (oh yeah, and I heard a lot of puns about my name too) .  Ok maybe this opening was just as fun as the others. 

Oil on panel, 6x6 inches

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Foggy Day in Berlin - 6x6 & Show Opening TONIGHT!

Here's a link to read more about my show opening tonight. I'm getting pretty nervous, and a little excited (nervcited? excivous?) I haven't even seen everything hung up yet.  I've been told that since we're listed as #1 on the passport, things are pretty busy right at 5:00 and tend to taper off by 7:00 (just FYI)

Also here's number 2 in my new series, which is getting me very excited for the Europe trip we're planning for next year!

Oil on Ampersand Gessobord panel, 6x6 inches 

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Foggy Day in Salzburg - 6x6

I spent a lot of time a few months ago going through sketches and photos I took during my time in Europe.  But then I got distracted preparing for my solo show and didn't get any of them painted,  that's what I plan to remedy in the next few weeks. 

Oil on panel, 6x6 inches

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Sunset in Eureka - 5x7

I was going to some old photos and found this one that I just had to paint.  

Oil on panel, 5x7 inches 
Click here to view in my shop

Monday, October 31, 2011

Westmont 5x5 Benefit

My alma mater sent out nearly a 1000 sheets of 5x5 BFK Rives paper to artists all over the country, the returned pieces will be sold at the exhibition (in the gorgeous new Westmont Museum) in December.  

I've never painted with oils on paper before and was a little nervous about how the paint was going to react with it.  I used about 5 coats of clear gesso beforehand just to make sure it was enough.  It turned out to be a great surface to paint on, no complaints at all!  I did a larger version of this cliff previously, and since I like it so much I decided to use it as the subject for this piece. 

Oil on BFK Rives paper, 5x5 inches

Saturday, October 29, 2011

In Between Classes - 6x6

I assume this couple was on a break from classes, judging by the backpack, either that or they were having a DTR (define the relationship) talk.  Whichever one, the light was hitting them perfectly and that's what mattered most to me!

Oil on Ampersand Gessobord panel, 6x6 inches

Friday, October 28, 2011

View from the Pier - 8x16

I wanted to do at least one painting for my show that was quintessentially Santa Barbara, I think this pretty much sums it up.  Turns out I could have included the Mission too (had no idea you could see it from the pier) but it was just too small and would have looked pretty awkward.  

Oil on cradled panel, 8x16 inches

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Stearns Wharf Sunrise - 5x7

More from the wharf...

Oil on panel, 5x7 inches
Click here to view in my shop 

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

The Harbor Restaurant - 6x6

This one was fun, lots of memories at this place. 

Oil on panel, 6x6 inches

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Three Tangerines - 5x7

I turn in the other half of my paintings to the gallery today, there's 54 in all, crazy! I'm getting excited for the opening next week, it will be part of Santa Barbara's First Thursday festivities.  November 3, 5:00-8:00 pm, hope to see some of you there! :) Click here for more information!

Oil on panel, 5x7 inches
Click here to view in my shop 

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Leadbetter Cliff II - 6x6

This one got snatched up before I even had a chance to post it. Sometimes that happens when I have visitors in my studio, which I'm never opposed to by the way :)

Oil on panel, 6x6 inches

Friday, October 21, 2011

Faux Lighthouse - 9x12

If you can't find a lighthouse to paint, paint the fake one instead? Or maybe it really does work, I have no idea, either way I wanted to paint it.   

Oil on panel, 9x12 inches
Available at the Santa Barbara Tennis Club, July 2012

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Early Morning Boats - 6x6

Thinking today that there has got to be a better way to arrange my studio. I feel like I'm always at my tiny desk, and my large drafting table goes almost unused.  That will be my next project after this show goes up :) 

Oil on panel, 6x6 inches