Sunday, March 9, 2014

Painting with Yellows and Oranges

I love experimenting with yellows and oranges and just feel good after painting with them. My new favorites are from Golden Acrylics, Dairydell Yellow and Indian Orange. Just little accents of them give the paintings a special glow.

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Sunday, March 2, 2014

Diptychs and Triptychs

There seems to be a trend lately for commissioned Diptychs and Triptychs.
I'm working on some now for the High Point Furniture Market and will see if the trend continues when I show them in April. The nice thing is that you can present a large size like the two yellow/orange painting that overall end up 40 x 80 and they are much easier to move and ship than one large canvas.

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Obsessed with Figure Painting

Twist 24 x 48 (sold)

Seated Woman, Yellow Background 30 x 48

Blue Seascape, Seated Figure 24 x 36

Ocean View Figure 24 x 48
So, it's true.... I'm obsessed with figure painting. In fact it consumes me and I have to make myself stop thinking about it so I can get my regular painting done. In my free time I look at figures online and read the stack of figure painting and drawing books by my bed. I took my first life drawing class in my early twenties and then again last year. I have to say that it made a lot more sense later in life (maybe because I was paying attention to the teacher this time around). It's taking time, but finally I have a collection that I feel comfortable enough with to take to the High Point Furniture Market and we'll see what the buyers think. In the meantime please enjoy my obsession.

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Painting a Collection

Abstract Cityscape Purples 36 x 48
Bodega Dunes Triptych-Haute House Furniture Neiman Marchus, SF
Horizon with Fuschia -Haute House Furniture, Neiman Marcus SF
Collection for Haute House Furniture- Neiman Marcus SF
A couple of months ago I was contacted by a long time friend, Casey from Haute House Furniture, who was putting a furniture gallery in the Neiman Marcus, San Francisco Store. He needed at for his walls and it needed to compliment his new collection.
I was sent photos of fabrics and color combinations and came up with what you see here.
While it's fun to paint freely whatever is coming into your head at the time, it's also rewarding to be able to thoughtfully plan what you are doing and fill the need of a designer or client.

Monday, August 5, 2013

Summer in the Studio

I'm loving this Summer in the Studio. The kids come and hang out... a little bored.... and then we're off to swim or home for lunch....then back to paint some more. It's been a nice calm before the busy schedule of art shows and the Furniture Market coming in the next couple of months.

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Seaside Greens

When I worked in my family's furniture business I was surprised to learn that for a time green was the number one selling sofa color. I don't know if it's the same today (I'm thinking "greige"), but I'm finding green to be such an intriguing color. Here are some new paintings exploring green....
Garden Party 36 x 48 Acrylic on Canvas

Lakeview Soft Green 16 x 16 Acrylic on Canvas

Blue Green Mix 22 x 28 Acrylic on Canvas

Green Landscape 16 x 20 Acrylic on Canvas

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Art Studio and Gallery Space

The before photo

I'm so excited about being able to share my paintings in a new studio and gallery space. 
It's in Petaluma in the Southpoint Lofts and open by appointment. 720 Southpoint Blvd. Space 203
 Visitors are welcome and can email me to come for a look.

Here's how it happened: 
When my family's San Francisco furniture showroom closed over the Summer I had the luxury of 5000 sq. ft. of storage space for art, shipping supplies, framing and files. Now that we have a tenant I tried to fit it all in with my home studio and suddenly had to shimmy through the front door to get into the house.
During all this moving I visited a friend from the Petaluma Arts Association at her class room and glass art studio. I couldn't believe what I saw and that there was an available space down the hall. Two days later with the help of my family we made an art studio and gallery space. The kids helped paint the walls and my husband took care of the heavy art desk.
It's been a dream to be able to paint and display the art in one space. 
The studio is open by appointment and I welcome you to visit.