Friday, December 18, 2015

Afternoon Visit With Joan


"Afternoon Visit with Joan"
Oil on Wood
10"X10"

The warm yellow walls and rich red rug. The Dorothy Eisner painting of Maine. The inviting chairs and art everywhere. Conversation flows freely on subjects old and new. An hour with Joan in her Washington world. Friendship, greatest gift of all.

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Crosswalk in the Rain


"Crosswalk in the Rain"
Oil on Wood
12"X12"
SOLD
It feels good to be wet for a change. I am grateful for the rain and the rainbow it spawned as I visited my neighbor this morning. We both wondered whether it was his wife's signal from The Great Beyond. Not just one, but two big, bold rainbows arose from the Sausalito hills up to the clouds just as we were talking about her. Our dogs romped in her garden, as if nothing had changed. Her presence was everywhere. 

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Wine Country Rain


"Wine Country Rain"
Oil on Wood
12"X12"
SOLD


A gentle rain has been falling all day. One could fall into a melancholy mood if it weren't for the small tree in the living room all lit up, sparking sweet memories of my family gathered around. We need the rain, and there is more to come. We are the lucky ones who have a warm place to be, choosing to drown out the darkness with a reservoir of goodness and gratitude. 

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Welcome Rain


"Welcome Rain"
Oil on Wood
12"X12"
SOLD


Wet. And Wonderful.







Monday, November 30, 2015

Thanksgiving Moon


"Thanksgiving Moon"
Oil on Wood
12"X12"
Available for sale on my website.

Amidst avalanches of bad news, there was the moon, rising over Angel Island, spreading its soft light across the water and lighting up a lavender sky. It was a small moment that stayed with me all weekend as we bathed ourselves in Thanksgiving, just the two of us, savoring our quiet time together in the natural world. 

Monday, November 23, 2015

Sonoma Glow


"Sonoma Glow"
Oil on Wood
20"X16"
Available for sale here.

I kid you not. Highway 12, Sunday late afternoon, just as the sun was setting, passing by Kunde vineyards. A sight to behold and to hold onto for a generous dose of natural beauty.
Happy Thanksgiving.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Sonoma November Sunset


"Sonoma November Sunset"
Oil on Wood
12"X12"

The return of a crescent moon to the Sonoma sky last weekend was a welcome relief from the woes of life on earth. Peace and calm and quiet beauty filled the air as it did some months ago inspiring "Sonoma Summer Sunset."


"Sonoma Sunset Diptych"
Oil on Wood
24"X12"

Together belong together.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Self Portrait 11-18-15


"Self Portrait 11-18-15"
Oil on Wood
10"X10"

Your comments regarding "Self Portrait 11-12-15" have been duly noted. (Bobby, Lindy, Lee, Sisi, Judy) This is a little more me, but like everything else about me, it is still a work in progress.  

My mood was elevated today by Janet Cardiff's "The Forty Part Motet - A Sound Installation at Fort Mason Center," which I attended with a friend preceded by lunch at Greens.The setting, on a glorious, sun drenched day by the Bay would in itself have warranted the trip. But the music experience is sublime, and to share it with a friend amplified the pleasure no end. Don't miss it.



Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Olive Branch Bouquet


"Olive Branch Bouquet"
Oil on Wood
12"X12"
An olive branch is a powerful symbol. At this moment we need a whole bouquet to quell the fear and anger and sadness that has descended on the world. Gathered from wild olive trees in Sonoma, these branches grow across our meadow, helter-skelter, all on their own, bearing fruit despite the odds. Life goes on. 

Monday, November 16, 2015

Love Lives


"Love Lives"
Oil on Wood
8"X8"

The Promise of Love. Forever.
It was the best possible antidote to the darkness that shrouded the world this weekend.
They light the way back to optimism.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Self Portrait 11-12-15


"Self Portrait 11-12-15"
Oil on Wood
8"X10"

This is headed for the Biography section of my new website which has been a long time coming and is not yet complete but is at least up and running, words which could also be applied to me. 
I ventured out into the world this week, meeting an old friend at Paul Thiebaud Gallery where Wayne Thiebaud's recent and less well known paintings inspired the daylights out of me. I am still thinking about the beauty and haunting quality of "The Ballroom Couple" and "Blue Bottle." Then there is the simplicity of "Orange Flower" painted this year. The man is 94 years old! Dedication and spirit and doing is everything. 

Monday, November 9, 2015

Back To Health with a Yellow Bouquet


"Yellow Bouquet"
Oil on Wood
12"X12"

After a little hiatus, I am back.
Available for sale here.

Monday, October 5, 2015

Immersed in Motherwell


"Immersed in Motherwell"
Oil on Wood
10"X8"
SOLD
To be in a room full of Motherwells with a favorite friend on an October afternoon is deeply satisfying.  "Between Life and Death: Robert Motherwell's Elegies in Bay Area Collections" is perfectly presented in Gallery 11 at the de Young Museum. Apt title, "Between Life and Death." Pretty much sums up where we all are.

Friday, October 2, 2015

September Sky


"September Sky"
Oil on Wood
12"X12"

Our sky has been putting on a light show these last weeks, only slightly mitigating the sadness that comes with seeing summer slip away.

Monday, September 21, 2015

Enthralled By Frankenthaler


"Enthralled By Frankenthaler"
Oil on Wood
10"X10"
SOLD
Visiting the De Young Museum never fails to reveal something new. This time it was Helen Frankenthaler's, "Crusades" holding its own in a room full of Diebenkorns.  The orange, the green, and all that is unseen just below the surface drew me in, as did the man with his bright blue bag slung across his back, who stood transfixed for a long time taking it all in.
Less is more. 
John McPhee's New Yorker masterpiece, "Omissions" is all about editing. He writes about writing, but what he says could be applied to all art, and to life, for that matter.  What is essential? We all have a lot to learn. Read to the end. 

Friday, September 18, 2015

Between Sea and Sky


"Between Sea and Sky"
Oil on Wood
24"X24"

This is a better photograph of yesterday's painting. And for those of you to whom this is delivered directly into your e-mail, it should arrive without ads.  Little improvements make big differences.
I reached an actual person by telephone at Feedblitz, the blog delivery people. There is nothing like old technology to get things right.


Thursday, September 17, 2015

Between Sea and Sky


"Between Sea and Sky"
Oil on Wood
24"X24"

Calm resides somewhere in between, where words don't tread. 

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Sonoma Summer Sunset


"Sonoma Summer Sunset"
Oil on Wood
12"X12"

Peace and quiet and beauty beyond words.

Monday, September 14, 2015

August Still


"August Still"
Oil on Wood
12"X12"

Not a breath of air on an August afternoon. The world stood still as boats floated by in slow motion going nowhere. I was exactly where I wanted to be. In my rowboat, party of one watching the day unfold.

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Summer Surf


"Summer Surf"
Oil on Wood
20"X16"

Antidote to the heat wave. 

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Sailing Still


Sailing Still
Oil on Wood
12"X12"


Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Granite Surf


"Granite Surf"
Oil on Wood
12"X12"
SOLD
Not letting go of summer.

Monday, August 31, 2015


Splash
Oil on Wood
16"X20"
SOLD
Water water rock rock. A match made in heaven.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

August Surf


"August Surf"
Oil on Canvas
18"X24"

It was a cobalt kind of a day. Warm sun, deep blue water, and never ending waves crashing on the rocks. 

Monday, August 24, 2015

Island Surf

Island Surf
Oil on Canvas
24"X30"
SOLD
The sound, the spray, the coming, the going, the rocks, reflection,  warmth, and cool. Can't get enough of it.

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

A Walk to the Wild Side


"A Walk to the Wild Side"
Oil on Canvas
30"X30"

A walk to the ocean side of the island with a good friend, a chance encounter with artist,  Kathi Smith who is a lovely person and whose paintings are hugely inspiring, followed by leftover lobster for lunch, on the deck, in the fog, followed by a discarded old painting on a large canvas begging to be covered up. It was a perfect storm sparking the creativity I've been waiting for all summer.


Sunday, August 2, 2015

Eastward


"Eastward"
Oil on Canvas
12"X24"

August is here. Breeze, beauty, drama in the sky, and silver seas.  The islands are full of life. Time is fleeting. A reminder to savor just sitting and taking it all in.

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Race Against A Storm


"Race Against A Storm"
Oil on Wood
12"X12"
SOLD
After the chores were done today, all our plans went out the window, preferring to spend the afternoon on the deck watching weather come and go.  

Friday, July 31, 2015

Islesford for Lunch in the Fog


Islesford for Lunch in the Fog
Oil on Wood
12"X12"

Grey has never looked so bright as at Sue and Jeff's corner of the world yesterday at noon.

Monday, July 27, 2015

To the End of the Island and Beyond


To the End of the Island and Beyond
Oil on Wood
20"X16"

A walk to the end of the island at low tide on a Monday morning with friends warded off the doldrums that were settling in with grey skies.  

Friday, July 24, 2015

Time for a Shower


Time for a Shower
Oil on Wood
12"X12"

It took all day to gather up all the clouds and then it rained. Finally. A dramatic show.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Tidal


Tidal
Oil on Wood
24"X12"

There is an upside to cold foggy days. Even the rocks look soft, and color is hard to come by.
Light comes and goes behind an invisible scrim. And sound is muffled except for an occasional gull flying by or the resident osprey calling attention to her offspring in the nest lodged into the spindle on Long Ledge.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Jan's July Bouquet 2015

Jan's July Bouquet 2015
("Summer Bouquet)
Oil on Wood
12"X12"
SOLD
Jan came to dinner last night. It wasn't the first time she arrived with a beautiful bouquet from her garden at the head of the harbor. Last year it was peonies in a blue bottle, just before Hurricane Arthur blew through. This time she arranged a symphony of purple, magenta, orange, and rust flowers in a San Pellegrino Orange soda can, which has brought all kinds of optimism and exuberance into our house on this grey, foggy day.                                                                                   

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Settling Into Summer

Settling Into Summer
Oil on Wood
12"X12"

It takes time to settle in. To adjust to the light, color, air, and time. Starting over. Again. 

Friday, July 10, 2015

August Afternoon in Southwest Harbor


August Afternoon in Southwest Harbor
Oil on Canvas
36"X24"
$2900

Looking forward. And back.

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Silence is Golden


Silence is Golden
Oil on Wood
12"X12"
$850
SOLD
In Sonoma. In California. In the summertime. When the living is easy.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Sonoma Summer Morning


Sonoma Summer Morning
Oil on Wood
12"X12"
So much to celebrate. Family, friends, years gone by, and a sprinkling of good news popping up here and there in the world. June has been a flurry of activity. In the midst of it all, a morning walk with the dog brought me back to me. Walking down the road under the hot Sonoma sun and then into the refreshing cool of firs and old oaks, I felt in tune with what it is to be alive. Glorious.

Monday, June 8, 2015

Greening Ledge


Greening Ledge
Oil on Wood
14"X14"

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Peonies in the Afternoon


Peonies in the Afternoon
Oil on Wood
12"X12"

Just in the nick of time, my neighbor stopped by with a bunch of peonies,  saving me from a day full of doing and changing the whole trajectory of the afternoon.


Morning in Maine


"Morning in Maine"
Oil on Wood
24"X12"

Light. It's all about Light.

Monday, June 1, 2015

Admiring Mondrian 'Compostion in White, Black, Red'

"Admiring Mondrian 'Composition in White, Black, Red'"
Oil on Wood
10"X8"
SOLD
Art inspires, there's no doubt about it. 

Thursday, May 28, 2015

The Joy of Cooking


The Joy of Cooking
Oil on Wood
22"X10"

"The Joy of Cooking" goes way back. It belonged to my mother's friend whose notes written in the margins flag the best recipes and more importantly bring her memory back into our lives. Well used pages are splattered with flour and eggs, little reminders of years of family gatherings and celebrations big and small. Although I dial up recipes online on occasion, it is not as deeply satisfying as the history unearthed every time I delve into one of these old books.


Thursday, May 21, 2015

Man Superman and Three Machines


"Man, Superman, and Three Machines"
Oil on Wood
10"X10"

A word about reconnecting with old friends.
It does wonders for the soul.
A few words about 
Wayne Thiebaud's "Three Machines" and Mel Ramos' "Superman" greeting visitors at the de Young Museum. Art imitates life imitates art and spirits soar. 

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Once Upon A Time


Once Upon a Time
Oil on Wood
12"X12"
$850

Feeling nostalgic. 

Monday, May 18, 2015

Back in the Stacks


"Back in the Stacks"
Oil on Wood
10"X10"

$750

Back to books with their promise of knowledge and insight and maybe a touch of entertainment. Never too much of a good thing.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Way Beyond Words - Diptych



"Way Beyond Words"
Diptych
Oil on Wood
24"X48"
$3900

To feel well, calm, comfortable, loved, and whole in a complicated world is way beyond words. 

Monday, May 11, 2015

Light Laundry

Light Laundry
Oil on Wood
16"X20"
$1250
Nothing says summer like laundry on the line. Billowing sheets enliven the landscape, telegraph who's in town, and harken back to times gone by.


Monday, May 4, 2015

Calm in the Straits


Calm in the Straits
Oil on Canvas
24"X24"

Thursday, April 30, 2015

94109 - Yellow at Green and Larkin


Yellow at Green and Larkin
Oil on Wood
12"X12"

See this and more at STUDIO Gallery's "94109 - Local Artists Picture the Neighborhood" through May 11.
STUDIO Gallery
1641 Pacific Ave.
San Francisco, CA 94109
Mon.,Thurs., Fri., - 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Sat., Sun., 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Thanks to Studio Gallery's ongoing inspiration to open our eyes and see what's right in front of us.