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Superbloom 2019: Series from the California desert and Walker Canyon

Desert Garden 16 x 21 Lupine of the Storm 14 x 18 Coachella Valley Verbena 11 x 14 The Hills Are Alive 16 x 20 March wa...

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Sapphire Tower, star of the San Diego Botanical Garden

Sapphire Tower 20 x 16
Watercolor on Paper $2600
The San Diego Botanical garden is right near my new house and this spring the peruvian Sapphire Tower was the star of the garden. It was fun to paint this striking and bizarre flower!
We even bought a plant. It's tiny and may take 5 years to bloom.
Click on the photo for a larger view

Monday, May 20, 2019

Outdoorpainter.com article on advice for beginning plein air painters

Here are a few screen shots from the recent article from Outdoorpainter.com They asked previous plein air salon winners for their advice.

The other painters giving advice are: Kathleen Hudson, Joseph Gyurcsak, Michael Situ, Shelby Keefe, Dave Santillers, Carl Bretzke, Marilyn Wear, Ned Mueller and Eileene Basa

Saturday, May 11, 2019

CAC "Summer Impressions" includes "Lily Pond"

Lily Pond 9 x 12 Watercolor on paper $850

Summer Impressions
California Art Club Gallery at the Old Mill
San Marino CA

Reception May 23 5:30 to 7:30
5/21 to 9/28

Friday, May 3, 2019

3rd Annual Waterworks Exhibit at Laguna Plein Air Painters Association

Lupine of the Storm 14 x 18 plein air watercolor

"Lupine of the Storm" is part of  the 3rd Annual Waterworks exhibit in Laguna Beach at the Forest and Ocean Gallery.
May 6 to 20
Reception May 11 5 to 7
480 Ocean Ave
Laguna Beach Ca

Friday, April 19, 2019

Annual Juried Exhibit Front Porch Gallery,Carlsbad Opens April 28th

Above Black's Beach 12 x 12 $1250

Exhibition Details:

Annual Juried Exhibit
Opening April 28th
12 to 2 pm

4/28 to 6/15

open W to F 12 - 6
S S 11 - 5

2903 Carlsbad Blvd

Juried by Nancy Hills

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Superbloom 2019: Series from the California desert and Walker Canyon

Desert Garden 16 x 21

Lupine of the Storm 14 x 18

Coachella Valley Verbena 11 x 14

The Hills Are Alive 16 x 20

March was a wonderful month for plein air painting in the desert.
 Incredible first spring here in Southern California.
The first three were all painted with a mile of each other in Coachella Valley. The fourth is Walker Canyon.

Monday, February 25, 2019

108th California Art Club Annual Gold Medal Exhibition includes two of my Paintings

Winter White 16 x 20

Above Batiquitos 9 x 12

The Gold Medal Exhibition takes place March 3 to March 29 at 490 E Union St Pasadena

This is my ninth consecutive time in the Gold Medal Exhibition!

The California Art Club’s signature exhibition of contemporary-traditional fine art spotlights more than 300 sculptures and paintings of genres ranging from landscapes and seascapes to figures and still lifes. The exhibiting artists include nationally renowned representational artists who have been active in expanding interest in the California Impressionist heritage associated with the organization’s founding in 1909. While the artists employ time-honored fine art techniques, their featured works in this un-themed exhibition seek to innovate with modern messages that address societal issues from diversity to the environment.
In presenting the 108th Annual Gold Medal Exhibition at the location of the former Pasadena Museum of California Art (PMCA), the California Art Club returns to the venue that previously presented eight installments of its signature event – including the historic 100th Annual Gold Medal Exhibition.

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

NWS /Oceanside Museum of Art Exhibition through April 21st

Santa Monica Mountains 14 x 21 is on exhibit now until April 21st at the Oceanside Museum of Art exhibit of the National Watercolor Society: Southern California Inspirations. Past and Present

This Exhibition will also include several curated works from past SoCal-based NWS members: Art Riley, Barse Miller, Emil Kosa Jr., Hardy Gramatky, Jade Fon, James Green, Jake Lee, James Patrick, Marion Wachtel, Milford Zornes, Millard Sheets, Phil Dike, Phil Paradise, Ralph Hulett, Rex Brandt, Robert E. Wood.

The mountains in Southern California are younger and more angular than in Northern California where I  have painted in the past. 
The geometry of the rocks contrasts with the vegetation in a way that is very beautiful to me.
 I often think of fabric as I paint these patterned places. 

For More Information :


And for a wonderful preview of the exhibit (but it has to be seen in person!)

Sunday, February 17, 2019

San Diego Maritime Museum, Sea and Shore Exhibit

Dusk Point Loma 11 x 14

About the exhibits:

Arthur Beaumont “Art of the Sea” and “Sea & Shore” Plein Air Paintings On Display for a Limited Time at Maritime Museum of San Diego

Showing February 23 – September 30, 2019

Open concurrently with the Beaumont art exhibit, the Museum is proud to introduce “Sea and Shore” on display in the Compass Gallery located on the main level of the Berkeley. This art exhibit features submissions from members of the Plein Air Painters Association of San Diego (PAPASAN). The artists of the Plein Air Painters Association of San Diego have been on the plein air scene since 1999, painting the essence of San Diego, whose very identity is uniquely defined by the sea. PAPASAN members paint San Diego’s beautiful beaches, tidepools, estuaries, harbors and marinas. The art of painting en plein air, or painting outdoors, is an essential endeavor for an artist. Plein air painting is perhaps one of the most difficult genres to master. 
This group of professional fine artists are regionally and nationally known, have independently exhibited their works in museums and galleries throughout the country, and are members of national professional art organizations. Many of their works appear in national art publications, and some are included in recently published books such as California Light: Seascapes and Beach Towns. They continue to contribute to the artistic record of San Diego, especially documenting its vibrant maritime scene.
Book now! General Admission.

Thursday, February 7, 2019

"Blue Ridge" received Jean Shanahan Plein Air Award at the 10th Annual Signature American Watermedia International Exhibit

Blue Ridge 21 x21

I am pleased to share that "Blue Ridge" has received the Plein Air Award the 10th Annual Signature American Watermedia International Exhibition. The exhibit was juried by Soon Y Warren. It is limited to artists who have achieved signature status in a select group of watercolor societies. I am fortunate enough to be a Signature Member of AWS,NWS and a Master Signature of the CWA (MCWA).

I am thrilled to be accepted this year as I am now living a few miles away instead of hundreds.

I will be at the reception this Saturday and hope to see Southern Californian friends there!


Opening Reception Saturday Feb 9

On exhibit Feb 10 to Apr 21st

Fallbrook Art Center
Fallbrook, Ca


Sunday, January 6, 2019

Winsor Newton Award at California Watercolor Association 49th National Exhibition for "Seven Layers of Spring"

Seven Layers of Spring 15 x 21

Thank you to Iain Stewart and Karen Frey for selecting and awarding one of my favorite paintings of Mount Diablo in all it's exuberant spring intensity.

This is my tenth time exhibiting in this National since 2004 when, with beginners luck I entered for the first time and was awarded the Jade Fon Award by Charles Reid. This gave me a major boost in commitment to painting time as validation I needed at the time.  This is the fourth time I have gotten an Award in a CWA National.

Iain Stewart selected 74 paintings out of more than 500 entries and Karen Frey in turn selected 25 for Awards. I use mostly Winsor Newton watercolor paints so this Award is especially satisfying.

Here is the Catalog page where my painting appears. It is great to be placed with other fabulous award winning paintings, but I wish they had not omitted the word Award in the caption.

Reception January 12th 1 to 3 pm
The exhibit runs Jan 11 to Feb 16 2019
Firehouse Arts Center - Harrington Gallery
4444 Railroad Ave Pleasanton 94566
Admission is free to the public

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

"Winter Whites" first painting of 2019

Winter Whites 16 x 20

I am spending time learning to paint the ever changing ocean colors, forms and light.
I was drawn to the abundance of white foam here, it lent itself to being painted in watercolor with the very white white of my Arches Bright white paper being put to good use.