July 2, 2015

Sonoma House

Acrylic on Panel - 5 x 7 inches

I've painted this place a dozen times, but I always put in way too much detail. This time I tried to simplify. I tried.

June 30, 2015

Across the Drive

Acrylic on Panel - 5 x 7 inches

I was staying at my folks' and was about to go out to look for a location, and saw this as I was looking out the front gate.

June 27, 2015

Favorite Accessories

Acrylic on Panel - 6 x 6 inches - SOLD

This is a commissioned piece of a cute toddler wearing her favorite heart-shaped glasses and a very colorful outfit.

June 25, 2015

Stow Lake

Acrylic on Panel - 5 x 7 inches

Two row boats on Stow Lake. The second boat is that tiny white blog in the upper left. I suppose it could be a giant swan, but they don't have any swans in the park. I wonder why.

June 23, 2015

Leaving Alcatraz

Acrylic on Panel - 5 x 7 inches

Last fall I got to go see the Ai Weiwei installation on Alcatraz. At night. I'd been there at night once before, and it's a great way to see the City and the Bay.

This is also my submission to the Daily Paintworks' Reflections Challenge. Go have a look at the other submissions.

June 20, 2015

Berkeley Garden

Digital Painting - Brushes Redux on Apple iPad

I agreed to go fruit picking on one condition – that I was going to pick no fruit and was going to draw instead. I brought my iPad and stylus and sat in the shade of an otherwise sunny back yard, and created this.

I was sure I could get that umbrella in one or two colors, but the more I looked at it, the more colors I saw. Still, I managed to keep it to a handful.

June 16, 2015

Fence Barn

Acrylic on Panel - 6 x 6 inches

This is a farm near here that has lots of brilliant white out buildings and matching fences. It is my submission to the Daily Paintworks "Picket Fence" Challenge. I tried Carol's method of painting the fencing as solid shapes and then carving out the negative spaces. Not as easy as I thought, but a good technique to try.

May 23, 2015


Acrylic on Panel - 8 x 10 inches

I used to like painting trees, but the more I try to simplify them, the less pleased I am with the results. I tried to do this tree with only two colors, but twenty minutes later I had about 50. I scraped and painted over, but it's still just not where I wanted it to be, or where I imagined it.

April 25, 2015

Kyoto Chef

Acrylic on Panel - 9 x 12 inches

He only paused for a brief moment before continuing his non-stop prepping of tapas for all the hungry guests. It was all so good I wanted to order one of everything.