Saturday, December 12, 2009

AOPR Holiday Art Fest and Sale

Last Saturday was the one day Art Festival for the AOPR members. Here is a glimpse of my "booth" showing some of my found object sculpture along with acrylic figurative painting and some of my oil dog paintings.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

AOPR Holiday Art Fest and Sale

Venue Sponsored By Jay Betts
2009 Holiday Art Fest
217 West Richmond Avenue
in Historic Point Richmond
Please Join Us For Holiday Gifts & Joy

Saturday, December 5th 11AM – 5PM

Swampy Joe (our Joe Bagley) & Guitarist Steve Morris performing

Art, Crafts, Jewelry, Prints, Cards, Clothing, Hot Cider, Cookies

AOPR funding comes from the generosity of our membership, individuals and sponsors.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Since last week...

when I was in New Mexico helping my friend Ann move in to her beautiful new home, I have returned and am playing catch up to get ready for the Artists of Point Richmond Holiday Fest and Sale. Hope to have some paintings, both figurative and dog portraits ready to go in time. In addition I'm working on some new sculptures which incorporate my paperclay birds, found objects and figures.

THis work in progress is titled Mother Nature: She's come Undone

...and Sunday I got into my cooking mode and made an apple pie and a veggie enchilada casserole. Called several friends to come and help me enjoy the feast, but everyone was already busy with other things. Hard to be spontaneous in this day and age when our lives are so filled. I think we're really missing a lot by not having more "free" time.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

A Day Late and a doggie short.

This is Carmine in his Halloween Pumpkin costume.

Carmine has many seasonal costumes. He is with us now after his person recently passed away unexpectedly. We are keeping him until and if we can find a loving home for him as he is a very special, well behaved boy. He would do really well with someone who could devote a lot of time and love to him. If you think you might be a match with this wonderful dog, email me at


Since I last posted we had some rain in Richmond and with the second storm came a flooded basement. I won't bore you with all the photos. Let's just say it was a mess and very discouraging. Some losses and lots of work to clean up. And with all we're hearing about mold..yuk! The last photo is of the clogged storm drain... the culprit in why we were flooded.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

My Good Mornings with Thekla

My camera was on my bedside table and I just couldn't resist taking this photo of Thekla this morning.  What a cute face to wake up to.  Think I should have named her Tudie though, as in attitude.  She definitely has one of her own.  She's been with me a year and as you can see from our profile photo she has grown into her ears.  

Friday, October 9, 2009

Theater of Dreams, Port Costa, CA

My interest in found object sculpture has made me interested in vintage ephemera.  While surfing the web I discovered that there is a well known ephemera artist living in Port Costa, practically in my own back yard, and that this weekend she was having a sale  of Halloween items in her studio.  The sale continues tomorrow.  If you have never been to Port Costa or Wendy's studio, I suggest you check out both.  Absolutely magical.  If you can't make it tomorrow, check her site for directions and future dates when she'll be open.  You won't be disappointed.   

More pictures of Port Costa including perhaps the most picturesque  post office in CA.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Today's Painting

I'm in Santa Fe this week visiting my painter friend Ann but promised to have this painting done for a friend in time for her son's birthday.  Carson was Jimmy's beloved dog and my Border Collie Dooley's nemesis.  Unfortunately both are no longer on this earth but they will always be with us.

Friday, September 18, 2009

Last Night's Drawing

Another Drawing from our Thursday night group session.  Last night's model sat for a longer pose and offered us this costume.  Lots of fun with pretty good results.  This is a pastel approx. 20 x 26 inches.  Price $225.  If interested in more information re purchasing, please email me.

Friday, September 11, 2009

Thursday Night FIgure Drawing Group

Every Thursday evening a group of 5 to 6 of us get together with a model to do a little figure drawing.  Here is last night's longer pose.  This is a pastel on paper, approx. 20 x 26 inches.

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Sausilito Art Festival

Living in Point RIchmond, it wasn't too hard to get to Sausilito yesterday even with the Bay Bridge closure putting more traffic on the Richmond/San Rafael Bridge. It was a beautiful day, lots of sun, cool breezes, great art, music, food, etc. Here are a few pictures of the fun.

This is NOT my date, but an incredibly lifelike sculpture by Marc Sijan.

Karin Jurick Challenge


Oil on Canvas
12 x 24 inches

This week I completed my painting for the Karin Jurick challenge, Different Strokes from Different Folks, which is posted o her blog approximately every two weeks.   Many of you may already be familiar with her work and her blog and web sites.  I particularly liked the subject matter of this challenge as it reminded me of Wayne Thiebaud's paintings of cakes and pies, etc.  Unfortunately I have a lot more trouble photographing and downloading pictures of my paintings than the actual painting itself.  It's still not quite right, but I'm posting it here to see how it looks on a computer screen.  The painting is oil on canvas, 12 x 24 inches. The frosting is heavy imposto a la Thieaud's pasteries.  Would look great hanging in a kitchen.  If interested in purchasing, please contact me at m email address,  

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Cleaning out the studio...

and getting ready to paint.  Found this photo of a cat painting that I did as a commission a few years back.  The cat's expression explains why I'm a dog person.

Acrylic on canvas

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Beautiful Day for an Art Show

Watercolor by Larry Cannon

My friend Larry Cannon is one of the selected artists exhibiting at this year's Napa Valley Art Festival.  Larry's wonderful plein air water colors have received many awards and much acclaim over the past few years.  If you can make it to this year's festival, be sure to seek him out.   

Monday, July 27, 2009

Friday night's opening...

was mobbed.  It was a little difficult to see all the wonderful works, but everyone seemed to be enjoying the event in spite of the crush.  Just means that a return visit will be needed in order to see everything.  But don't wait too long as some of the sold works have already been taken home by the lucky buyers.

Some Friends Who Attended

Marge Healy,  Pacifica Artist Friend

Bruce Hopkins, Berkeley Artist
Jack Kurzweil, Berkeley Art Connoisseur
Ann Painter, Santa Fe Artist

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Shore Bird

Found Object Sculpture
Bones, cotton fiber, paper clay, metal, wood, glass.


Friday, July 17, 2009



Friday, July 10, 2009

Hanjin Venezia (aka Cosco Busan)

Found Object Sculpture
This sculpture is made from various objects including bird bones and parts found along the shoreline of San Francisco Bay following the oil spill in 2007 from the Cosco Busan, since renamed Hanjin Venezia.  This sculpture is part of a series I am doing re damage to our environment and the effects on birds and other animal life.  

Wednesday, July 8, 2009


Here is the grid of 49 of the 50 dog paintings that will be in the 50/50 Show at Sanchez Art Center July 24th.  The 50th painting of Dooley (posted below) will be framed and off to the side along with an artist's statement and bio.  It should be an exciting show with 67 artists in all exhibiting in various media.  That's 3350 pieces of work!

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Other Recent Work - Oil on Canvas, 5' x 6'

This larger piece was done following a trip to Machu Picchu.   All objects and creatures are created from memory or imagination.  I call the bird a nor-egret as I experienced altitude sickness, but I'm still glad I went.  As for the bubbles, I've always been fascinated by them.

50/50 Finally Finished

Well, almost.  Need to clean up some edges and sign the backs, but other than that done.  It's been quite an experience.  Hope to see you all at the opening on July 24th.

Dooley #50

In Memory of the Best Dog Ever
Boarder Collie
Oil on Board
6 x 6 inches

Gracie #49

Sweet Girl!
Greyhound Mix
Oil on Board
6x6 inches

Clem #48

Who Me?
Oil on Board
6x6 inches