February 19, 2015


Acrylic on Panel - 6 x 6 inches

There's a great cafe at Stinson Beach that is such the perfect spot to have some french fries and look out at the sea that we should really keep it a secret. 

February 12, 2015

Eucalyptus Stand

Acrylic on Panel - 24 x 36 inches

This is a studio version of a plein air piece I did last August. Very similar, and yet very different. And big!

February 10, 2015

Red Spot

Acrylic on Panel - 4 x 6 inches

I love this lemony colored building that I pass by quite often. Yesterday it was in full sun and a shiny new red car was parked out front.

February 9, 2015

Pittsburg CA

Acrylic on Cardstock - 4 x 6 inches

This is based on a snapshot from a late Summer evening, visiting our first friends in Pittsburg, CA.

February 8, 2015


Acrylic on Panel - 6 x 6 inches

My friends post photos of themselves as children. Sometimes I download them, thinking I'll paint them. Today I did paint one. I color corrected the source first, but I think that took out the charming tone of the old and faded print. I just didn't think I should try to emulate that in a painting. That's something that photo realists like doing, and I am no photo realist.

February 7, 2015


Acrylic on Panel - 4 x 6 inches

To keep my sketches fresh and loose, I'm painting them with a timer. 15 minutes on this one. Doesn't give the paint much of a chance to dry, so I have to layer it on thick and wet.

February 6, 2015

Snow Vineyard

Acrylic on Cardstock - 4 x 6 inches

It's not often you get to paint snow and vineyards at the same time. Certainly not in California.
A good friend of mine has a fledgling vineyard in New Mexico and recently posted a photo of this rare opportunity. Here's my take on the condition.

February 3, 2015

Floral with Oranges

Acrylic on Panel - 4 x 6 inches

This is my submission for the Daily Paintworks "Floral Still Life Challenge."
I did this one rather quickly and I've noticed the faster I go, the more "happy mistakes" I wind up leaving in. I could have spent 4 hours on this, but I don't think it would have been better. Just fussier. Your mileage may vary.

February 2, 2015

The Conservatory

Acrylic on Panel - 9 x 12 inches

I originally started this for the Daily Paintworks Challenge last week, but had to change a thing or two and wound up later than I thought. They still encourage you to post after the deadline anyway, so here it is. The theme "relaxation station" was intriguing and I realized I don't relax around here at all. I have to go out for a walk to chill out. And this is one of my favorite places to go.