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The Magic of Mistakes

November 11th, 2011

So this is how I did it… To get the accuracy in the pier sketch below, the correct perspective and spacing and such, I used my projector as a light box and traced the photo. Is this cheating? Kind of. But it is also a contemporary tilt ... 

To Crop or Not?

October 29th, 2011

I sometimes cheat by just tacking canvas to a large board. This way I can stretch and prime the ground of paintings but I don’t have to nail my self down to a particular size. It then doesn’t matter if the image strays off into its own tang... 

Planning Painting

September 23rd, 2011

Blue Picnic Oil on Canvas 30x24 2011 There are paintings drifting in my thoughts; snaps of thoughts and memories. They are breaths and wisps of colors and forms. If I let my mind not my brushes do the painting, if I over plan the final work ... 

Marathon House

June 3rd, 2011

I know that it is not throwing paint at a canvas but if William Leavitt's exhibition Theater Objects at is anything to go by that's okay, it can still be art. 3507 Marathon Street This Sunday, June 5 2-5pm it is our first open house, ... 

Art for You

April 28th, 2011

Artists should make a commodity that can be prized when they make Art, not seek something for themselves in making it. Well… What should the direction of Art be? I guess my question is, should Art be for the viewer or the artist. If I were ... 

The Conversation

March 28th, 2011

So really the culmination of my last week of looking and making is best said with images than words. It is a visual debate: on the one side representing figures by interpretation and drawing; on the other side analog or photographic representation. B... 

Time for a New Studio

March 28th, 2011

I heard two pops; I looked across the street at what I thought were kids playing with firecrackers. They were jumping around like the ground was on fire. Just then, as I watched, three more cracks in quick succession. One boy, who can’t have be... 

New Technique

February 17th, 2011

So I have to admit, it is hard. Before, I wrote about going into the studio with my little baby and continuing my practice as usual. The truth is that it is not that easy. For each hour I spend making art, there is two spent burping, feeding, roc... 

Been Counting

February 9th, 2011

Sorry, I have been counting. The hard financial reality is that I have to make money. so now that the business of making money and selling houses is out of the way, I am free to ponder Fine Art again. It is nice to have these things in their... 

He is looking over at me, giving me the eye, flirting with a cheeky grin. Speaking the only language that he as learned so far. Tongue out, arms out reached, light grunting; my baby says "food". As I have found particularly evident from using so m... 

Time to be a Mom

September 14th, 2010

Image inverted I had my first day back in the studio yesterday after having a baby. Armed with the little wriggling, giggling babe, a bunch of blank prepared canvases, and a plan for paintings that I had drawn up a month before, I stepped gin... 

Art of Motherhood

August 27th, 2010

I have not written for three weeks because I have been having a baby. It was not the easiest of births; passion and fear rather than a Disney arrival. I did get to experience all the different types of births that one can have. I got an ep... 


August 2nd, 2010

She had really long legs, looked a bit like a turkey, with a very small comb and a tentative step in her gait. I had driven out to Riverside County to pick her up. A nice but strange little man with a deep tan, an old dodge power wagon in his... 

I like painting commissions. Sure, it's of a dog. Not exactly high art, but finished thing will be loved. I am released from the constant art school critique in the back of my mind. I can settle down and play in a clearly defined pen. The p... 

The Unfinished Self

June 25th, 2010

I am often asked to provide a photo of me. A head shot like the one you can see of me with a friendly goat above. Ideally I would have one of me in the studio, brush in hand, canvas at the ready, the flair of creative genius zinging wildly in my unke... 

Bravo’s New Reality Show About Artists Bravo TV has a new reality TV show Works Of Art; it is like Top Chef for artists. It airs in the US tonight. A few months ago, I did a pilot for a show like it... 

The End

June 6th, 2010

I had paint on my nose and frustration in my hair from several unsuccessful self-portrait attempts. But the brush in my hand was a whip of determination snaking around me. I was going to make something in the studio that day work. I looked at The... 

Self Portrait

June 5th, 2010

I don’t want to paint big pink heads, when I started painting portraits; I looked for what I love about other people’s portraits. Clair Alexander is a London based portrait painter whom I really love, 

Navel Gazing

June 4th, 2010

Navel gazing is a very important part of being pregnant. First, like a probe on a turkey, my bellybutton is threatening to pop out as soon as I am ‘done’. Each day it expands a little farther. To my great delight, I was able recently to see the bott... 

The Finishing Line

May 21st, 2010

It all started with a great day in the studio. I knew exactly where I was going. The paintings came clearly and directly. I had a clear goal. I knew my destination and had a good map on how to get there. I had a plan; concept, sketches, canvases and ... 


May 10th, 2010

The canvas that I am currently working on is much toothier than I am used to. The texture of the surface is coarse; it is like painting on sandpaper. Which I like. Which I wanted. The paintings are of the shoppers in big superstores like Wal-Mart ... 

A Brief History of Me

May 10th, 2010

So I went to the studio and made a start. I am not satisfied just yet, but it is a good start. I find half the work of painting is done in my head; thinking about color combinations, gesture, and the back fat to bottom ratio. All of which I was worki... 

Plein Air Sans Brush

September 17th, 2008

Plein air sans brush All I could hear was the crunch of my boots on the parched cracked dust, crystallized into place by a pattering of rain earlier that month. There was what passed for a river up ahead eking a trickle out of the sand, snaking ...