Sunday, December 26, 2010

Saturday, December 25, 2010

I joined a new ACEO group on etsy called ACT. The first project is a cityscape. This is not a subject I've worked much with. After some debate, I decided to spend Christmas in Paris and painted this:

It will be available for sale soon.

Friday, December 24, 2010

Got two 16 x 20 canvases gesso'd for peace tree paintings today. One will be a green background with butterflies. The other a multi-colored background with dragonflies. Not sure which one I'll start with.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

New ghost painting, Lenore by an Olive Tree (from Poe's The Raven). Went into a private collection but prints are available.

In a white empire gown, the ghost of Lenore drifts among the olive trees, forgotten by all except the raven. The full moon illuminates the ghostly landscape. The night sky is in shades of dark red and burgundy. This Gothic fantasy landscape, inspired by the "The Raven" poem by Edgar Allan Poe, is an original acrylic painting on a gallery-wrapped stretched canvas (the 3/4" sides are finished off in black acrylic)--no need to frame. It has been lightly varnished to protect the paint and preserve the lustrous colors. The copyright watermark does not appear on the actual painting.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Peace Tree in Golden Glow Original Acrylic Painting:

The setting sun illuminates blossoming tree branching, arcing to form a peace sign. Some of the cherry blossom petals are dancing in the sky, which is in shades of glowing yellow and gold. A couple dark red dragonflies dance in the sky. This hope-filled piece, part of the Zen Mandala modern art series (visionary landscapes in a surreal Asian style), is an original acrylic painting on a gallery-wrapped stretched canvas (the 3/4" sides are finished off in burgundy acrylic)--no need to frame. It has been lightly varnished to protect the paint and preserve the lustrous colors. The copyright watermarks on the image do not appear on the actual painting.
Peace Sign Tree with Monarch Butterflies Handmade Art Pendant on Cord on ArtFire. From my original painting :-)

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Got a good start on the golden glow peace sign tree painting. For this one, I started with a 16" x 20" canvas and used my new Golden open acrylics. The background went on very similar to oils. I then wanted to get the main branches & some blossoms in while the paint was good & wet. You can't really simulate that after the fact. Worked for hours. Time for a break. The open acrylics will stay wet through the day and can even be reactivated. I was planning on some dragonflies as well, however, and I may want the paint to have set for those (easier to do the transparent wings).

Tuesday, December 07, 2010

New zen painting, The Moon in a Teacup

A blue dragonfly lands on an earthenware yunomi (Japanese teacup). The luminous full moon is reflected in the green tea it holds. Steam rises from the black tetsubin (cast-iron Japanese teapot), which is sitting on a woven mat. In the background, a couple more blue dragonflies flit among the green bamboo forest, twilight turning the sky lavender. This zen landscape is an original acrylic painting on a gallery-wrapped stretched canvas (the 3/4" sides are finished off in black acrylic)--no need to frame.

This is one of those paintings that's been on my mental "to do" list for I don't know how long.

Monday, December 06, 2010

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Saturday, December 04, 2010

I've had in mind that, for my next Lenore ghost painting, I'd set her in olive trees. Olive trees always look kind of spooky to me to begin with. Since I was there anyway, I asked Steve to take a couple quick photos of me (pretending to see a raven);
Then, I remembered there was a great olive grove at a nearby convent.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

New ponytail holders. Each one handmade from durable polymer clay.

Sunday, November 07, 2010

On Sale Now...Spring Morning Meditation, original green Buddha sakura painting from my Zen Meditation series. Regularly $650, only $119 today!

Monday, November 01, 2010

I'm thinking of spending this month doing a chakra series of paintings. I've been meaning to for years and I got a bunch of canvases on sale. I thought I'd do just the branches & sun/moons first, take photos for prints, then probably add cats, a different type for each painting.

Friday, October 29, 2010

New painting, Summer Sunset Meditation. Features a Native American woman meditating with a bobcat or lynx.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

New painting, "Spring Morning Tea":

The morning sun rises through the green bamboo. A beagle dog curls up on the ledge of the teahouse window. Steam rises from a black tetsubin (Japanese cast iron teapot), a cup sitting nearby, waiting to be filled. A few daisies sit jauntily in a purple pottery vase. Inspired by the Japanese tea ceremony. This zen landscape is an original acrylic painting on a gallery-wrapped stretched canvas (the 3/4" sides are finished off in brown acrylic)--no need to frame. It has been lightly varnished to protect the paint and preserve the lustrous colors. The copyright watermarks on the image do not appear on the actual painting.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

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Monday, October 18, 2010

New painting, Lenore in Lavender Moonlight:

In a white empire gown, the ghost of Lenore drifts among the tombstones of an abandoned cemetery, forgotten by all except the raven. The full moon illuminates the ghostly landscape of cypress trees and clouds. The night sky is in shades of lavender and purple, dotted with stars. In this haunted graveyard, calla lilies and red roses replace the flowers that were once brought. This Gothic fantasy landscape, inspired by the "The Raven" poem by Edgar Allan Poe, is an original acrylic painting on a gallery-wrapped stretched canvas (the 3/4" sides are finished off in purple acrylic)--no need to frame. It has been lightly varnished to protect the paint and preserve the lustrous colors. The copyright watermarks on the image do not appear on the actual painting.

Friday, October 15, 2010

These Anasazi pottery shards are so intriguing.


I haven't quite worked out how I'd like to use them yet but I could see them wirewrapped as focal pendants, or maybe even worked onto an ACEO or something.
I found these on this great thread on etsy. If you're an etsy seller, you should check it out.

Linda B's Blog: Etsy Forum Thread Frenzy Promotion

Linda B's Blog: Etsy Forum Thread Frenzy Promotion

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Today, I finally got a chance to get to these historic cemeteries in Half Moon Bay and take pictures. There are two adjoining, Pilarcitos Cemetery and Odd Fellows. You can't go into Pilarcitos Cemetery, but the white picket fence was low, and it's small, so it was easy to take photos. I hope to use these for future paintings in the ghost series.




Both cemeteries are overgrown and no longer used. Pilarcitos said it quit taking new "residents" in 1923. This was my first experience actually in a graveyard. It was quite peaceful.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Tomorrow night will be the first of our Promotional Frenzies.
Be here at 9:00 PM EST ;
http://www.etsy.com/forums_thread.php?thread_id=6652194&page=1

We hope to attract alot of Etsy sellers and would love to see a variety of different mediums represented. If you have a food shop, we'd love to see you too! The holidays are coming and that means lots of feasting on all kinds of goodies! This is a wonderful opportunity for cross-promotion, so come and tell your friends to be there too!

Saturday, September 25, 2010


Small rattlesnake moving across the trail at Arastradero Open Space Preserve (Palo Alto, California).

Tuesday, September 21, 2010


In a white empire gown, the ghost of Lenore communes with a raven (inspired by the "The Raven" poem by Edgar Allan Poe, "...when, with many a flirt and flutter, in there stepped a stately raven from the saintly days of Yore."). With a touch of the steampunk, her necklace has a silver key dangling from a chain with burgundy glass beads. The full moon outside the open window illuminates the ghostly blue landscape of distant cypress trees and drifting clouds, the night sky dotted with stars. In this haunted Victorian parlor, calla lilies climb the striped wallpaper. This Gothic fantasy landscape is an original acrylic painting on a gallery-wrapped stretched canvas (the 3/4" sides are finished off in red oxide (sort of an orange-brown) acrylic)--no need to frame. It has been lightly varnished to protect the paint and preserve the lustrous colors. The copyright watermark does not appear on the actual painting.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Finished the room today:

I was going to do dark drapes but then I realized it was pretty likely the raven will end up in front of them and I wanted to make sure he shows up.

I hope to do the ghost of Lenore & the raven tomorrow & finish it up :-).

Saturday, September 18, 2010

I very seldom do work-in-progress shots but I'm working on a new piece that combines my "zen moon" with more gothic elements. My favorite poem has always been Poe's "The Raven" so I thought I'd take a hand at doing a painting or two from it. This will (eventually) be the ghost of Lenore with the raven. I started out with a blank canvas and used artist tape to mask off the window. This was to both help give me guidelines to work with and to keep me from unnecessarily filling up canvas with sky, then covering it over.

Next, I painted in a night scene using prussian blue, white and a little pthlalo blue:

I still had prussian blue on the palette so I blocked in other elements (deciding on striped wallpaper):

And now, I added some warmer tones with raw sienna and red oxide:

That's it so far. I plan on doing a "sponge" effect on the wallpaper, and hopefully adding calla lilies to the stripes. After that, it's the wooden window frame. Then the drapes. Then the ghost of Lenore & the raven.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Starbee, an ice-white maltipoo puppy, curiously approaches the seashells and rocks scattered on the pebble beach. A maltipoo is a maltese and poodle mix dog. The inspiration for this piece was that amazing purple rock, which I saw at the tidepools in Moss Beach.

Starbee is my mom's puppy and she will be keeping the original painting. Prints and pendants are available

Sunday, September 05, 2010

It's the time of year when I particularly start thinking about all things spooky. Here's the new painting, The Halloween Tree, with black cat and crow:

Prints and pendants are available.

Wednesday, September 01, 2010

Been working on a new haunted tree painting (getting in the mood for Halloween, I gues :-)). Mostly in oranges & purples. The background and main part of the tree are in. I think I will finish the tree, then decide what other elements to add. Probably, a cat & crow.

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Winter Peace (cardinals in the snow) pendant, available at on my website:

Thursday, August 26, 2010

This seems to be my time to finish up some of these projects. Here's one I've been working on for months, Peace Tree with Blue Dragonflies:

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Here's the new painting, The Glance:

Across the luminous full moon, Sake (a snowshoe Siamese cat) meets the gaze of a crow. Teal autumn leaves dance in the night sky, which is in shades of plum and purple. This visionary landscape is an original acrylic painting on a gallery-wrapped stretched canvas (the 3/4" sides are finished off in black acrylic)

Friday, August 20, 2010

Finished a new painting with a big cat, White Tiger Meditation:

White Tiger Meditation

A white tiger watches protectively over a miko (Shinto shrine maiden), sitting in contemplation beneath a twisted pine tree. A torii sits on a distant hill. A full moon illuminates this tranquil scene. This Japanese landscape, from the Zen Mandala series (visionary landscapes in a contemporary surreal style), is an original acrylic painting on a gallery-wrapped stretched canvas (the 3/4" sides are finished off in purple acrylic)--no need to frame. It has been lightly varnished to protect the paint and preserve the lustrous colors. The watermarks on the image do not appear on the actual painting. Prints and pendants are also available.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Thursday, August 12, 2010

We tried a new park today, Almaden Quicksilver County Park. When we set out, the morning was overcast and cool but had burned off by the time we got there. Still, the trail we took uphill, New Almaden Trail, was mostly shaded.

The trail had passed through a grove of these lovely red-barked manzanita trees:

Upwards...

Finally made it to the top. I made the mistake of sitting down on the trail for a few minutes and needed help standing back up! My legs were like jelly--couldn't make them go.

On the way down, more oak trees, such as this interesting one:
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Wednesday, August 11, 2010

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Sunday, August 08, 2010

Got several new pendants made. Just waiting for it to get sunny enough to put on the resin. My new resin "UV cures" but I found that the sun has to be nice & bright. Tried it in the late afternoon once and it didn't set. You can buy a gadget with a UV light to cure it but my house is so filled with gadgets and I figure I live in California. It's not sunny here every day but it doesn't typically go more than a few and, this time of year, it's no problem at all. And I can always go back to my original varnish if need be.

Friday, August 06, 2010

Finished a new painting, African Sunset Meditation:

African Sunset Meditation

A leopard watches protectively over a woman in turquoise meditating on a glorious sunset in shades of yellow, orange, red and purple. This African landscape, from the Zen Mandala series (visionary landscapes in a contemporary surreal style), is an original acrylic painting on a gallery-wrapped stretched canvas (the 3/4" sides are finished off in purple acrylic)--no need to frame. It has been lightly varnished to protect the paint and preserve the lustrous colors. The watermarks on the image do not appear on the actual painting. Prints and pendants are also available.

This is my first painting with a big cat. I hope to do more (tiger next, maybe a white one).

Friday, July 23, 2010

New pendant, A Raven Remembers Spring:

Mermaid at the Golden Gate Bridge

A raven, or crow, gazes at the setting sun in the yellow sky. Ghostly, transparent cherry blossoms light on the tree branches. This visionary landscape, part of the Golden Glow modern art series, is offered as a fine art pendant, hand crafted by the artist. Made from polymer clay with the print baked into it, then sealed for protection with resin, giving the image a glass-like quality.

A couple years ago, I started making pendants of my paintings out of polymer clay. I should say, several years ago. That's when I got the idea to do it but it took a year to learn how to use the clay properly and do the image transfer with an inkjet printer.

I just got different transfer supplies for this, and here's one of the first pendants (the first to use both the new transfer material, and a resin coating). One wonderful thing about the new transfer materials is that I can do different shapes, such as this oval of my painting, "A Raven Remembers Spring."

I wasn't sure at first about the resin because it's so shiny...nearly blinded myself setting it out in the sun to cure (this type cures in direct sunlight). But I love it. For one thing, it's fully waterproof, fog proof, all that stuff. And it's thick enough to compensate for any little bumps or such in the image. As these are hand-sculpted, some degree of "handmadeness" is a good thing but you don't want to go overboard ;-).

Sunday, July 04, 2010

Finished a new fantasy painting, Mermaid at the Golden Gate Bridge:

Mermaid at the Golden Gate Bridge

A red-haired mermaid with a green tail watches the twinkling lights of the Golden Gate Bridge. The luminous full moon shines down upon the San Francisco scene, through a break in the clouds. The night sky is in shades of deep blue. This California fantasy seascape is an original acrylic painting on a gallery-wrapped stretched canvas (the 3/4" sides are finished off in black acrylic)--no need to frame. It has been lightly varnished to protect the paint and preserve the lustrous colors. The watermarks on the image do not appear on the actual painting. Prints and pendants are also available.