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Friday, June 21, 2013

Come paint with me in Italy!

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"Espresso Anyone?
Oil, 12" x 12" on canvas panel.
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I am pleased to announce I am offering a “Painting in Italy” Palette Knife Workshop - September 9 - 11, 2013. 

Are we going to Italy to paint? Well, kind of. 

My family and I will be traveling to Italy in August for two weeks. We will be traveling to northern Italy, Tuscany and the Italian Coast. Many of my students have asked me to host a workshop in Italy. But I think the costs are prohibitive for most artists. So instead, I am going to do the next best thing. I am going to bring Italy to my students! I cannot wait to share the hundreds (or thousands) of photos from my trip! So join me to experience “painting in Italy” in an affordable way. The workshop will be held in my Carriage House Studio in south Pasadena, CA.

On day one will be painting in Tuscany. Using photos taken from my trip, our day starts off with a unique painting demo in which I demonstrate painting with a palette knife. This demo helps students understand the basic approach and guides them to success using a simple step by step approach. We will focus on mixing the warm Italian hues and understanding values. And ... we will paint while listening to some wonderful Italian music!

On the second day we will all paint together and enjoy another painting demo. Today we will focus on using the palette knife to create visual interest and highlighting the focal point in your paintings as we explore the Italian coast and the beaches such as Cinque de Terra. That evening we will all enjoy a gourmet Italian meal at my home, cooked by yours truly!

The third day will be spent painting your own palette knife painting (using inspirational photos from Northern Italy such as Lake Como) with one on one instruction at your easel. 
Join me for this authentic palette knife painting in Italy workshop! Click here for more information and to register for this Italian experience.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Peonies in the Mason Jar

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Peonies in the Mason Jar
Oil, 11" x 14" on canvas panel
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It has been a very busy June ... I was in Hawaii for a week ... WORKING ... which means I was not on vacation. For 25 years (before I discovered art) I was a corporate event planner. My favorite client still needs my help (yippee!) so we spent last week visiting hotels and finalizing plans for this year's trip. It was wonderful and I loved every minute of it.

After taking the red eye home on Thursday the family and I flew up to Stanford on Friday for my oldest son's graduation. It was amazing and just having the five of us all together made it incredibly special. (The graduate is the tall one on the right. I think his youngest brother next to him is standing on his tippie toes.)
So I am back home and all ready to start a three day palette knife painting workshop tomorrow. I can't wait! I have painted in almost two weeks. Yikes! Check out my facebook page for lots of photos ...

Check out my upcoming palette knife painting workshops.

Saturday, June 8, 2013

The Dome at Notre Dame - SOLD

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"The Dome at Notre Dame"
Oil, 6" x 6" framed

This is the time of the year when I am busy painting college paintings. They make wonderful graduation gifts and I am very fortunate to be able to paint so many commissions. This is one of my favorites and painting "shiny gold" is very fun!
I will post more later in the week. Fortunately, they are all finished and in the mail so I am one very happy painter. Congratulations graduates!

Don't forget I am offering free frames on all paintings purchased between June 1 - 15. Any painting which is an 8" x 10" or larger is eligible for a free frame! This is my birthday gift to all of you!

 Check out my upcoming palette knife painting workshops.

Monday, June 3, 2013

Georgia Peaches - SOLD

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"Georgia Peaches"
Oil, 6" x 6" on canvas panel.

It's been a fun week as I have been able to focus more on painting and not as much on marketing.  May was marketing month in a really big way so June is painting month and playing with my boys month. Sounds good!

Today I painted all day in the Carriage House as we finished two paintings for Monday Open Studio. It was my only open studio in June but there are three open Mondays in July. I have a workshop later this month (June 18 - 21) with two spots open if you are interested.

I am offering a June Birthday Sale - Buy a painting (larger than an 8" x 10") and I'll include a free frame. I have some beautiful frames here so don't miss out. The promotion lasts until June 15th.  

Check out my upcoming palette knife painting workshops.


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