Irises in Bloom

I made my annual trek to the Napa Country Iris Garden a couple of weeks ago. Just gorgeous there, as usual. I thought these photos would be nice to share on Mothers’ Day.

Painting at the Napa Country Iris Garden

 
 

In Progress

 

Amethyst Irises 18×14 oil on canvas


Van Gogh came to mind as I painted in this lovely garden on a hot, sunny day. I could not help but recall his beautiful iris paintings. I decided I wanted my irises to really stand out, and not get lost in a sea of green. I decided to go for Van Gogh, and I surrounded them with gold and yellow. I am pleased with the results.

Happy Spring!

30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge Accepted!

Summer seems to have slipped away. I didn’t paint as much as I had hoped to, but “Back to School” means back to painting for me. In September, I am taking on Leslie Saeta’s 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge! I think this will be a great way to get back into the swing of things, or at least get the paint brushes swinging again!  I will be sure to post my paintings here.

In the mean time, enjoy the last days of summer!

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Sand Castles

A Quick Sketch

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A Quick Sketch

On Friday mornings, you will often find me meeting with my fellow artists at the ACC/Art Critique and Coffee in Pleasanton. This is a fun, supportive group of artists that like to get together and share their work over a cup of coffee and a pastry. We meet at various cafes and restaurants around town. Sometimes we will even do a little sketching and painting.

Today, I did this quick sketch of my fellow artist, Gregg Skuce. While I was painting, a new business owner offered me a commission to do a painting of his new bakeshop. You never know where new opportunities are waiting for you!

First Impression

Crown Memorial Beach, Alameda, CA

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Crown Memorial Beach, Alameda, CA

I really enjoy painting at the beach. I took a trip to the beach in Alameda the other day. The first thing that caught my eye was this inviting scene. There was the path between the beach grass, with the ocean beyond, beckoning.