Saturday, October 13, 2018

Monday, October 8, 2018


The mountain has been surveyed, beginning the climb. Finished illustrations due Feb 15, 2019.

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Back in the book business

The Rainforest Grew All Around, illustrated in 2006, became Arbordale Publishing's top-selling book. For a decade, I've had the idea of doing something similar with the coast redwoods. In the meantime, a couple of kids' books on this subject have published. None are exactly what I had in mind, so this month I finally submitted a manuscript.

After 30 years that included13 books, I thought my illustrating days were over; but never say "never." If all goes well, The Forest that Lives in the Trees will release in 2019, and for the first time I'll also be the author. Both books are cumulative verse, but instead of "The Green Grass Grew All Around," mine is based on "The House that Jack Built" and focuses on the micro-forest high in the redwood canopy.

"Deep in the woods near a foggy sea,
There’s a hidden forest that lives in the trees..."

Time to dust off the watercolor brushes.

Monday, August 27, 2018

Lemon Series No. 1

6 x 6 in. oil on panel
This is my first small painting in two years. "Series" may be optimistic, I dunno--we'll see. Trying for a little higher key, less contrast than my usual.

Monday, August 6, 2018

Sunny Eucalyptus Revisited

24 in. x 18 in. oil on canvas
For a number of reasons, round one of this one sucked. I think I improved it a little. 

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Not Exactly Cherries

11" x 14" oil on canvas - NFS
This is for donation to a local gallery fundraiser. So yeah, I painted, and it may happen again.

Sunday, December 31, 2017


30x30" mixed media
I was surprised to learn that my employer, an attorney, is also a 70's genre rock singer. Her office suite has a lot of blank walls, so I used a photo from her band's website and did this as a gift. It was also a chance for me to play with texture and other techniques I wouldn't ordinarily use. I'm not painting regularly, though--think about it sometimes, but that's as far as it goes.  As someone with no background in law office work, learning the ropes as an estate paralegal is enough for now, thanks. 

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

One Last Illustrative Hurrah

I am pleased I was able to update this extremely trying illustration I did a few years back, in order to make it work for this project. Also the drawings for a 14-page commemorative coloring book, on which I've spent the past month.

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Still Wild

12 in. x 12 in. oil on canvas - Sold
One more auction before I head off to my out-of-town gallery show for a night, then return and start paralegal certification classes next week. Looking at my little studio and all the supplies, I have mixed feelings and some nostalgia, maybe even grief--but no desire to jump into another painting yet. I think I still prefer "having painted" to actually painting.

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Monterey Hills Redux

Almost Spring, Monterey Hills, 20 in. x 24 in.
New version, different format of an earlier work, for an upcoming August show in Salinas

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Monarch of Another Nation

8 in x 8 in. oil on panel - SOLD
 This is not something I would have thought of painting if not for the challenge. I still often do best with an assignment.
 I did not get all worked up about the Cincinnati zoo's recent killing of the gorilla to save a kid, but I find the confinement and exhibition of most primates disturbing.

Saturday, July 9, 2016

Pucker Up

8 in. x 8 in. oil on panel
Another take on this shot from a little tree on our patio. I love the subtle differences between the various shades of green and yellow.

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Summer Delights

The Daily Paintworks Fruit Challenge (click to see other entries)
6 in x 6 in. oil on panel - Sold
This week's Challenge is sure to get a lot of entries. The Challenges get a lot of "looks," though most seem to be other artists rather than buyers.

Sunday, July 3, 2016

Colorful Apricots

8 in. x 8 in. oil on panel

Another version similar to an earlier painting, from one of my many alternate shots. Three days since my last post. So much for being a "daily painter"--I have "stuff."