A little girl’s portrait

I have grandsons, and so we don’t get much girl-energy around here! These four sweet girls I have just painted have been a delight to paint, and even though I have not met them, I get a sense of their energy, honesty, mischievousness, and sweet & fun natures. This was painted from a photo taken indoors, and so the color was particularly challenging. We think of young children as being fresh, warm, and the colors were cool, yet the face still had a warm sense to it. Anyway—a little hard to capture!


Gallery on Daily Paintworks

If you have been wanting to add any of my little (or big!) paintings to your collection and wondering how — I now have a convenient spot to find and purchase them on Daily Paintworks. They accept PayPal, and I can ship anywhere in the U.S., and maybe even further away once I research that. If you are outside of the U.S., please contact me and we’ll see how that could work.


I am accepting commissions for portraits of children as well. Please contact me by comment here, or DM me on Facebook or Instagram. Thank you!

images of various artworks.

Pontessieve Village from a Winery

This distant view of Pontessieve Village was one I started while on my last trip to Italy. There were a lot of foggy, overcast days, but they sometimes make surprisingly interesting moods. This day had started out with a complete whiteout, but then lightened a bit as the day went on.

You can buy this little painting on Daily Paintworks, it is featured today https://bit.ly/3uhZLEM

a portrait series…

This has been turning into a series. Not a series related to each other in any way other than that they are all of children loved by others, who would like to see their dear faces frequently. I feel a bit Beatrix Potter saying “dear faces”, but that is kind of how you feel, especially as a grandparent. While in the midst of parenting, I know it is much more difficult to see the forest for the trees. Sadly, but there it is!


The big, calm skies of the Bay Area can be inspiring! A very fast painting with a big brush.

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El Cerrito Art Assoc. show this weekend

I am participating in this in-person show Saturday and Sunday, in El Cerrito CA. If you’re in the Bay Area, and the East Bay specifically, stop by, it’ll be fun! OPENING & ARTISTS’ RECEPTION iFriday from 7-9. elcerritoart.org.
El Cerrito Community Center
7007 Moeser Ln, El Cerriito, CA
Friday, October 1st, 7 – 9pm
Saturday, October 2, 11 am – 5 pm
Sunday, October 3, 11 am – 4 pm

Vegetable entertainment

I’ve been pressing my fruits and vegetables into service in the interest of getting frequent painting warm ups. These slim but fiery red peppers are deceptively compact, they deliver a powerful heat, and the white pepper is new to me. The red ones might be Thai peppers. White = sweet pepper, or maybe a bell? I’ll find out how hot is is when I slice it for cooking!

Since I have a light bulb with changing colors, just for fun I thought to try doing one scene with these same vegetables with different color cast shadows. There seems to be no color in my palette which matches either of the cast shadows, or maybe I just don’t know how to do that yet. If you have any insights, please share them!

This pepper painting started out as a 20-minute study. 8×10
the colored lights were overall darker than a plain white. 8×10