Show in Anderson Valley

With one foot in Alameda, one in Mendocino County—I will be joining two artists in a show at the Scharffenberger Cellers in the beautiful Anderson Valley. I will be bringing some urban scenes to balance out the bucolic!

Join us at:

8501 Hwy. 128, Philo, CA 95466 (707) 895-2957

Woods, Wine and Water
Explore the Intertwining of the Wild & Human

Maeve Croghan, Debra Lennox and Micaela Marsden

November 17, 2017 – February 15, 2018
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 17, 2017 from 5:30-7:30 PM


2017 Benicia Open Studios

Please join us at the studio of Jerrold Turner
640 East L St., Benicia CA 94510
Saturday and Sunday May 6 & 7

9 Plein Air Artists!
Sue Collins, Attila Cziglenyi, Jerrold Turner, JoAnn McMahon, Loralee Chapleau, JoAnne Uomini, Marshall Lockman, Sue Wilson, Micaela Marsden

You are specially invited by
Micaela Marsden


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hauled out to dry…

I love the old Monterey shrimp boat at China Camp, and pretty much every time I go there I have to do a painting of it. The old flat-bottomed row boat has a really interesting color-texture on the bottom, so it became the focus of this painting. I started this sketch late fall and just got back to it today, working on the shadows and highlights, correcting colors and changing the sky from grey to blue. It’s always fun to play around with color, so at one point I tried purple shadows, but that drew too much attention–now, maybe a little too dark. The sky is not actually that blue, that’s just my camera’s interpretation!493w


Hot off the easel—sold!

Painting in my back yard with cascades of flowers can be fun too! The nasturtiums were growing with leaves the size of dinner plates, and the ever-present morning glory was being, well, glorious, so I had to try a flower painting. As it’s not my usual subject, I had no idea if it would become something I liked, but I kept some of it graphic, and for a very fast painting, I think it turned out well.

Nasturtiums and Morning Glories painting
Nasturtiums and Morning Glories grow wild
mosaic of my kitty cat

While out in my garden, I unearthed a small mosaic memorial I made for my cat about 10 years ago.


Carmet Beach

This is an “alla prima” or “all at once” painting from a few months past up on the Sonoma Coast. It works better from a distance than right up close, as you get more of the feeling of the coast stretching off South. I may work on it some more, in the studio.

painting of Carmet Beach
Carmet Beach, looking south

American exotic mammals

The first time I saw a picture of a Mountain Goat it was obvious to me they were from another continent. However, it turned out that they are indeed North American, and live in the contiguous US!! Amazing. They have a quirky, appealing appearance! Still a bit to do to finish up this one.



more boats

urban boats
urban boats


urban boats
urban boats
urban boats
urban boats


A few small studies of boats – some more local than others.