Friday, December 1, 2017

Gum Drops and Gems opening December 2nd at Nancy Dodds Gallery Carmel

In time for gift giving, I have five affordable 6 x 6 paintings at Nancy Dodds Gum Drops and Gems exhibit in Carmel.
The opening reception is Saturday from 5 to 7.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

American Women Artists Exhibition Under a Vast Sky at the Tucson Desert Art Museum until December 3th

Poppies Above the Bay 21 x 21 watercolor on paper
This painting and 144 other beautiful works by women from across the United States, are on exhibit until December 13 at the Tucson Desert Art Museum, 7000 E. Tanque Verde Road. Be sure to attend Under A Vast Sky: Symposium on Women in the Arts, November 4 from 9:00 am - 4 pm, at the Tucson Museum of Art, 140 N. Main Street. The event is free to the public. You can view the works in Under A Vast Sky on the gallery page.

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Painting California CAC book includes my work!

New Logo with tile
Final day!
Order the New California
 Art Club Book at 
a Special Pre-Publication

Painting California: Seascapes and Beach Towns
Skira Rizzoil's 
second book on the California Art Club,
 will be published this 
October and available at fine booksellers
 across the country.
 The 276-page book spotlights 200 works
 by California Art Club 
artists, who have focused on evocative 
seascapes, charming
 seaside towns, and beach communities
 from San Diego near
 the Mexican border to Crescent City,
 situated just south of
 the Oregon border.

While the book has a suggested
 retail price of $55.00,
 the California Art Club is offering
 to its members and
 supporters the opportunity to order
Painting California
 at this special pre-publication price:

$45.00 with free shipping
(a savings of $10 or 18 percent)

Orders at this pre-publication price
 will be accepted through 
Sunday, September 24, 2017
and books will be shipped in early October.

So don't delay, as quantities are limited.

Visit to place your order.

Monday, September 18, 2017

California Watercolor Association 48th National Exhibition to include "Blue Ridge" , juried by Dean Mitchell

I am very pleased to share that "Blue Ridge" has just been accepted into the California Watercolor Association 48th National Exhibition. The juror is Dean Mitchell!
It is one of 80 paintings he selected from across the country.

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Sonoma Plein Air Art Festival Sept 10 to 16th

I will be on the square in Sonoma on Saturday September 16th from 10 to 4 as a part of the annual plein air event . Now in it's 15th year, the festival has raised over 1 million dollars for Art Education in Sonoma County.

Here are a few paintings from years past:

A Thirsty Hill

Windbreak Chileno Valley

Pacific Promontory

More information and the complete schedule of events is at

Monday, August 14, 2017

Artists Round Table Materials Notes

Artists Round Table Materials Notes

In lieu of a handout, here are some notes for the demo for June 1


Are what strikes most viewers about my work. I worked many years to see and understand values.
Only with accurate values can one get away with expressive saturated colors

Tools are gray scales  like this one



I have many, many tubes of paint on my palette.
They are there for convenience in quick mixing in the field and opacity vs transparency

Recessive Colors (less saturated)
(used for distant elements)

Cobalt turquoise, winsor yellow, cobalt blue, manganese blue, permanent rose, yellow ochre, jaune brilliant#1 (holbein), burnt sienna

Advancing colors

Windsor green, winsor blue (the thalos) ultramarine blue, quinacridones (gold, burnt orange), cadmium yellow,pyrol orange, perm alizarin crimson,winsor red

Arches 300 lb hot press, bright white

Brushes Synthetics

Jack Richeson 9000 Signature Series Rounds 12 and 14

Escoda Prado 12 and 14 less thirsty for damp conditions

1/2 inch flats and large flat wash brush

Robert E Wood Palette

Always nearby paper towels or toilet paper

Artists' Tape