Thursday, May 26, 2011

Transitory Moment

Last February after finishing an afternoon painting and on my way to meet friends for dinner, I had some time to spare. So I pulled over and painted one more time before the day was done. I set up in a parking lot and grabbed this moment. A stranger came over and watched me create this painting. He was from Germany and had much to say about the transitory nature of sunsets. It was an interesting and slightly magical hour.

Transitory Sunset, 8 x 8 inches, is now available at Corktree Cellars, Carpinteria. If you go, I can highly recommend the New England Lobster Melt. Crazy good.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

New Show up at Corktree Cellars, Carpinteria

I am pleased to announce that yesterday I hung 16 paintings at Corktree Cellars Wine Bar and Bistro in Carpinteria. The restaurant is a wonderful spot for lunch and dinner. A great bistro with comfy atmosphere, great ambiance, and an eclectic and creative menu. If you go, be sure to try a tapas with you meal. I am particularly obsessed with the Truffle Parmesan French Fries.

Corktree Cellars, 910 Linden Avenue, Carpinteria

The show will be up now through August 23.

Winter Beach Day, 12 x 24

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Off The Trail, In The Flowers

If you haven't been to the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden in a while, now is the time to go. The Garden has made a remarkable recovery since the devastating 2009 Jesusita fire. There are wild flowers everywhere. Yes, the flowers are likely the result of seeding, so truly wild they aren't. But they are beautiful nonetheless.  The Porter Trail on the opposite side of the road from the Garden entrance is my spot in this painting. I painted this last month. The flowers were just starting their bloom. Sunny and I went for a run up there a few days ago and right now the flowers are even more spectacular.

"Off The Trail" is currently available at the Tennis Club of Santa Barbara "Local Color" art show until June 6.

Off The Trail, 11 x 14, oil on linen panel

Monday, May 16, 2011

The Path

The Path, 8 x 10, oil on linen panel

22 years ago we were dining with friends in the white room at Cold Springs Tavern, one of our favorite places for special dinners. All of us were consulting the menu with grave seriousness, which is funny because I think we had the menu nearly memorized, when my husband Tom asked: so what's everyone having?! Our friend Janet replied: hmmmm, I think, I'm.... going to have... a baby! 
What! That was a shock. For the timing and the actual news. Thats how we first learned of Brian. Seems like yesterday. Really! 
Last Friday, at the age of 21, Brian graduated USC. This young man is amazing and absolutely brilliant. Janet gave him a painting I created at Douglas Family Preserve. A little bit of Santa Barbara for Brian to take with him where ever his life's path takes him. 
Congratulations Brian. I look forward to seeing where you go.

Randy, Brian and Lauren

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Local Color, Sneak Peak

I hope to see you Friday Night at The Tennis Club of Santa Barbara. 
Here are two painting that will be in the show. 

The Homestead, Evening 
oil on linen panel, 8 x 10 inches

The Point 
oil on linen panel, 12 x 16 inches

Monday, May 2, 2011


It was so fun to create this painting for a special birthday gift given to a long-time friend from his thoughtful and creative-thinking wife. Thanks to Janet Rowse for asking me to paint this for Randy. I enjoyed the process and only wish I could have been there when he received his gift.
A special thanks goes to Dave Lombardi at Fast Frame. He did a gorgeous job with the frame. His input and expertise was much appreciated. I suggest if you are heading out this Thursday night for 1st Thursday stop by the Fast Frame Shop and Gallery, 1333 State Street, near the Arlington Theater. It should be a lovely evening to be out.