Monday, September 15, 2014

"Fairly" Hot Days

"At the Fair"
10x8  Oil on Panel

I went to the LA County Fair and this is all I got. Just kidding. It was a fun, HOT day and it's always enjoyable to watch kids having a blast.  I got several photos that might turn into paintings, this one just jumped out at me.  Can you feel the heat?

Friday, September 12, 2014

More Sunflowers

"Fence Line Flowers"
10x8 Oil on Panel
Thanks to a dear friend who shared a photo of his lovely sunflowers. Finished just in time for today's 30 in 30 Challenge.  Now off to the LA County Fair, hopefully, with some fun ideas for more paintings.  Always thinking like an artist.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Avoiding a Fight

"Picking Strawberries"
6x12  Oil on Linen

Nothing like going out to explore painting opportunities.  Leslie Saeta recently invited me to join her for the day.  So off we went and discovered a lovely field of workers picking strawberries.  I think I barely waiting for the car to stop before jumping out to capture this lovely scene.  That moment didn't last long.  A guy in a pickup quickly came to us and told us we couldn't take photos.  We explained that we were artists and wanted pictures to paint.  He told us again that we couldn't take them.  Not wanting to start a fight, we "agreed".  Go back in the car, drove 3 feet, jumped out again and starting taking more pictures.  What can I stopping artists on a mission.  Thanks, Leslie for a fun day. 

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Wilting in the Heat

"Heat of the Day"
12x6  Oil on Linen
On my walk home from church on Sunday, I passed a small community garden with these sunflowers.  It was already 90 degrees at 11 o'clock and like the sunflowers, I was wilting.  They were lovely nonetheless.  So grabbed a quick photo and here's the result.  BTW, I think the humidity followed me from the east coast.  Bad, bad, bad!!!!

Monday, September 8, 2014

Around Town

"Mills Place"
6x12  Oil on Linen
One of my favorite things about Old Town Pasadena is the alleys.  I have spent a lot of time wandering in and around Old Town.  This is the view from Colorado Blvd toward Green Street.  This is my 2nd painting in the 30 Paintings in 30 Days...ok, so I'm a little behind but the rest of September should be smooth sailing. More views to come.  

Thursday, September 4, 2014

New "Sketchbook" Class Announced

Come join me for a 5 week session of Sketchbook Tuesdays.  We will explore and sketch life in Old Town Pasadena as the morning begins.  This class is designed to ease the beginning and more experienced student into becoming comfortable with drawing from life.  This class is not about creating perfect sketches but helping students learn to see as artists and improve their skills.

We will meet at a different location in Old Town each Tuesday from 9 to 11.  All you will need is a sketchbook & pencils or pens.  What better way than to spend your morning sipping coffee and sketching your surroundings.  Class limited to 5.

5 week Class - $95
Begins Tuesday, September 23rd - Oct. 28th

Monday, September 1, 2014

The Challenge

"Communal Table"
8x10 Oil on Panel

Taking a 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge to get me back in the swing of painting on a daily basis.  Painting what inspires me.  I hope that you will follow my progress & we'll see where I land at the end of September.