My Little Herd

It feels so satisfying to bring paintings to completion, the multitude of little drips and details, the compositions, colors, textures, flow and glow and expressions – right down to my squiggly signature. Finding the right title is fun too – Unwilding, Periphery and Hinterland – thanks to author and friend Christy Ann Conlin for playing the name game with me! My little herd. Hinterland Periphery Unwilding

Rose Garden Blooming in the Studio

I have a little rose garden blooming in my studio, all Edens. I’m glad I managed to take a little snap as several have sold already! Also seen here is one of the many fabulous demitasses that my friend (and children’s former pre-school teacher) had given me as well as the painting it inspired by it (that I will be giving to her as a thank you gift for the …

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La Mariposa – Out of the Studio into the World

The state imposed humanitarian crisis at our southern border has me (and most of the country) up in arms. That means a paint brush for me. I wanted to paint a baby, naked but for a skull-faced tattoo on its back, caged with chain-link fencing. I would not have the baby completely vulnerable though, she would be covered in clusters of live monarchs as though they were keeping the her …

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Going Dark

Going dark on the social media front for a while as Facebook sorts out its operation and its commitment to its users. I’ll miss it as well as Instagram as they are both such great vehicles for staying in touch with and expanding your artistic community. Sigh! But I will have even more time to continue to dive deeper into my work and post more in my own blog where …

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Small Business, Big Applause

The Art Docents of Los Gatos were honored with a Commendation from Mayor Rob Rennie   at last nights’ Town Council meeting! So honored to be on the the Board of Directors of this dynamic group of volunteers that bring art to the classrooms of Los Gatos!

Red Wheelbarrow 2017 Launch and Reading

What a transporting evening of poetry and prose at the Launch Reading for the Red Wheelbarrow 2017 National Edition last night! So excited to be with curator and artist Sara Cole and editor Ken Weisner holding my very own copy of Red Wheelbarrow 2017! The book, the painting, the artist, the curator and the microphone, warming up and ready to go! Joe Miller of Works/San José hosting the launch and reading. …

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Albino Deer Cookies!

I think being an artist is a kind of compulsion, once you get an idea in your head, you just want to explore it and see it come to be!  It was kind of like that with my albino deer cookies, it’s not like there wasn’t enough to eat at the reception but I thought these little cookies inspired by my Bed of Ghost painting would be so cute! Tips? …

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Fade to White – 50 in 50 days!

I am delighted to share that I have completed my 50 paintings in 50 days for the Sanchez Art Center’s 50 : 50 Show, September 1 – October 1 in Pacifica, California!  I was juried into this show of 60 Bay Area artists by San Francisco gallerist Jack Fischer, with the idea of to exploring albinism and leucism in our native flora ad fauna. This show is a fundraiser for …

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New Crown for Lady Liberty

I have to share how excited I am about this…. I know the fabulous editorial cartoonist Michael de Adder from my art school days and have enjoyed his sharp and witty work for a long time now. So when I had the vision of the Statue of Liberty wearing a pussyhat early yesterday morning (after basking in the afterglow of this past weekend’s Women’s March) I messaged him…and like magic he …

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The Chelsea Hotel

While staying in Chelsea recently I couldn’t resist stopping by the Chelsea Hotel, of Leonard Cohen fame, and although I couldn’t stay in room 424, (big reno going on) I enjoyed hanging out by the front door (which I held open for a workman with a gigantic spool of electrical wire who in turn took this photo of me on my pilgrimage – he knew my selfies were not going …

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Close to finishing Orhan Pamuk’s fabulous novel Snow. I gave it to my husband last Christmas while he unknowingly gave me A Strangeness in my Mind. So masterfully written, I’m loving it so much I actually sat out in the snow, reading for a few chapters (in Kirkwood not Kars) until the sun shone less brightly and the cold and damp seeped through my snow pants. So sad to hear …

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Yet another magical window display at Bergdorf Goodman’s, this time a frosty insect fantasy in verdigris! Wow!

Pond Creature

I love the whimsy of this sequined tight rope walker in her heels above the dark waterlily pond with its fierce looking birds in this Bergdorf Goodman window display on Fifth Avenue! The manikin is looking a little amphibious herself!

Gorillas in Our Midst

Window shopping is at it’s best during the holidays and nowhere better than Fifth Avenue in New York City!  Bergdorf Goodman’s was far and away my favorite, each vitrine a world in itself! Beyond the artistry that’s gone into each one I loved the way these fantasies interplayed with the reflection of the city beyond the window! It’s a jungle out there (Trump Tower is across the street (beside Tiffany’s).

Rosy Day

Rosy day…Rosebud I, Rose Petals I and Rose Mandala IV were all sold in a special studio visit!

Goodnight Moon

Supermoon shining brightly over the studio tonight!

Social Justice in Moraga

Long time no see – but just because it was summer vacation and I was far to busy for blogging, doesn’t mean there wasn’t a lot happening behind the scenes that I’d love to share and I’m going to see if I can catch up! As usual, the post is loaded with easy links to click on where text is bold. Yesterday, for instance, I took in my painting, La …

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Beyond the White Hummingbird

The Australian Garden at the University of California Santa Cruz Arboretum has so much to offer, and while I was understandably blown away by the spectacular white hummingbird sighting, I thought I might share some of it’s other treasures… Rare Leucistic Anna’s Hummingbird in the Grevillea. Me in my official like birding outfit – meant to blend into the garden and attract hummers…worked! Showy Banksia Flight fight! Showy Honey Myrtle The Rufous …

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The White Hummingbird

I spent a perfect day with a white hummingbird – my new muse! This Leucistic Hummingbird, visiting the Australian Gardens at the UC Santa Cruz Arboretum, may be the first sighting of its kind in Santa Cruz County! I’ve been scouring the web for more info and it seems there have been sightings in Santa Barbara as well.  The Leucistic Humming bird (in this case most likely an Anna’s Hummingbird) …

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