12.18.2012

PASTEL WORKSHOP AT SAN DIEGO MUSEUM OF ART

BECCA
pastels on Stonehenge paper

I know . . .  it's been so very quiet in my corner. 
All for a good reason.

I've been preparing for a pastel portrait workshop,
to be held at the San Diego Museum of Fine Art
on Saturday, January 12th. 

It's part of the Museum's Second Saturday Workshop 
Series, which features adults, one-day art workshops 
partnered with an exhibit. In my case, the exhibit is
America Behold!, and the participants gets a 
docent-led tour before taking the workshop. 

Exciting, isn't it?  

Click here to sign up and additional information of the program.

12.10.2012

BURSTING THROUGH

GOLDEN RAYS
6" x 6" pastel
Museum glass + gold frame
SOLD / Private Collector

Quickly descending the sun fell . . . 
with hot, golden rays burst through the dark clouds.

Even the night quickly approached . . . 
the spirits soared from the sight.

Majestic!

12.05.2012

PALMS, CLOUDS + THE SUN

SLIVER*
4 1/2" x 4 1/2" pastel
8" square archival white mat
*no glass nor frame
$85 - tax and shipping inclusive
Bold and dark the palms stood . . . 
while the pastel sky layered behind.

A sliver of the bright sun . . . 
cut through the night.

Hiding behind . . . 





12.03.2012

SOLD + ONTO A GOOD HOME

EVENING BLAZE
6" square pastel + 12" square gold leaf frame
Sold - Private Collector

Like little ducklings,
off they go. . . . 

Will miss you, 
but so fortunate to spread my art.

Thank you Patrons!

11.28.2012

COCKTAILS ANYONE?

PEPPERMINT 'TINI*
14"h x 11"w pastel
glass + gold frame
*Courtesy of Tirage Art Gallery

Now the holidays are upon us
and time to celebrate!

Opening reception of The Holiday Salon 
at Tirage Gallery in Pasadena is this Saturday,
December 1 from 2 noon to 5 pm. 

Additional information can be viewed here.

11.26.2012

SIMPLICITY + LIGHT

PINK POSEYS*
10"h x 7"w pastel
white mat, museum glass + gold frame
* Courtesy of Tirage Art Gallery

A swirl of turquoise,. . . 

dash of pink, . . 

and a splash of orange . . .

and backlit with bright light.

Such a simple little setting!





11.23.2012

PEEK + PEER AHEAD IN PASTEL

RED LOOK-OUT
6" x 6" pastel
12" gold leaf frame
$265 - tax and shipping inclusive

The end of the year is in sight.

Peek . . .

 peer . . .

and one can just snatch a glimpse
of the future.  

Anxiously anticipating!
  

11.18.2012

SOUTHWEST WEEDS

SCRUBS
6" x 6" pastel

Uncontrollable . . . 

scattered . . . 

beauty in the chaotic brush.

11.14.2012

I SPY RED ROCK!

SOUTHWEST GLIMPSE
6" x 6" pastel

It was high noon . . .
as the sun's rays slashed through the sky.

Blinding was the view . . .
yet the red rock glimmered. 

And the heat pacified my soul.



11.13.2012

DOTS DELIGHT

DOTS
7"h x 9"w pastel

And you thought halloween was past us - wrong! 

There is still candy hanging around.

Temptress!

11.09.2012

WOOLY AND WONDERFUL

LIZARD-SHEEP
assemblage
sold

Baa!

And how would you like to snuggle up 
with this sweet little lamb . . . 
er,  lizard? 

Only have till tomorrow to see the show.

11.08.2012

LAST DAYS OF TOYS

GOOD HAIR DAY
bisque doll, plastic, hair + paint
SOLD

This is the last week to view A Tiny Toyland.

What fun we have had and now many 
of the little critters are off to new homes.

So if you live in San Diego and wish
a final peek, please visit The Next Door Gallery 
at 2963 Beech St. 

11.05.2012

A TOUCH OF FALL

A TOUCH OF FALL*
6" x 6" pastel
*unframed and shipped in plastic sleeve
tax + shipping inclusive
$225




A skip to my step and face upturned . . . 
I soak in the autumn rays. 

The slight chill in the air . . . 
livens my senses.

And a majestic view of the tumbling 
rich colors that mesmerizes.

Fall is here!

10.31.2012

CANDY!!!

YORK
7"h x 9"w pastel

May your bag be full . . . 
and watch out for the black cats!

Trick or treat!

10.28.2012

SANDY IS BARRELING' DOWN

HEAVY CLOUDS (detail)
6 1/2"h x 4 1/2"w
graphite + acrylic

Cloaked and heavy . . . 
the dark clouds shrouded the sky.

While a dreaded anticipation . . . 
hung in the air. 

Waiting . . .

10.24.2012

WHEELED RIGHT OVER TO ALBUQUERQUE

WHEELING
24"h x 18"w pastel + gold leaf

And this is the second painting that is in Albuquuerque for
 the Pastel Society of New Mexico's 21st Annual Juried 
National Pastel Painting Exhibition. 

Honor, honor, honor!

10.21.2012

'FLYING HIGH' IS ON EXHIBIT

FLYING HIGH
24"h x 18"w pastel + gold leaf

Flying High just arrived in Albuquerque and anxiously 
waiting to be delivered to Pastel Society of New Mexico's 
21st Annual National Pastel Painting Exhibition. Honored 
for this pastel as well as Wheeling to be juried into the show. 

Now if I only I could be there too . . . 

10.12.2012

GODSPEED AUNT MARY

SKY OF SPLENDOR 2
6" x 6" pastel

It was just yesterday . . .
that we were all so young. 

With no thoughts or regard to tomorrow. . . 
just smiles and laughter. 

And today you are gone . . .
and will be greatly missed. 

10.11.2012

SIZZLING ALL THE WAY TO NY

SIZZLE . . . SUMMER
sold

Thank you Patrician Design in Albuquerque for the 
recent sale of this pastel!

Rumor is that it's traveling to NY.

10.09.2012

STUDENT SHOW + AUCTION IS APPROACHING

SQUIGGLE TREES
12"h x 24"w
pastel on artist canvas 
Created by: Olcay Boz, Penny Clews + Janetmarie Colby  

Here are 2 of the pastels created in the summer class
I taught this summer at UCSD Extension. 

Above, the artists Olcay Boz, Penny Clews and
Janetmarie Colby worked jointly on this piece for 2 hours.
And below, the artists were Amy Briere, Amber Francis
and VC Groves. 

They are on exhibit at Ray Street Custom Framing + Gallery
of North Park, with the first of two public receptions
this Saturday from 6 to 9 pm. 

100% of proceeds will benefit The Monarch School
in San Diego, for children impacted by homelessness. 

RED + GREEN LANDSCAPE
12"h x 24"w
pastel on artist canvas 
Created by: Amy Briere, Amber Francis + VC Groves



10.08.2012

AS THEY MARCH AWAY . . .

PIGS FLY - SHEEP / LIZARD -  JOY, JOY!
mixed media + found object sculptures
sold

Pictured are just three of the many sold little toys and prints 
from my exhibit A Tiny Toyland.  

A reminder the show will remain up till November 10th
and a big thanks to all who purchased as well as attended
the reception!  

10.06.2012

SEE YOU THERE!

BABY BLUE
wood, paint, fabric, metal + baby doll parts
sold

Tonight is the night!

The little toys are having their party.
If in San Diego, join them in the South Park's walk-about,
 in conjunction with A Tiny Toyland's reception.

For more information, please click here.

9.30.2012

SKY OF BLUE & WHITE

TREE TOPS
6" x 6" pastel

Bright blue day . . .

with a blanket of white . . . 

hugging the tips of the trees.

Exhilarating!

9.24.2012

STUDENTS PASTEL ART

FREE SPIRIT

The summer pastel class I taught at UCSD Extension was 
amazing! Everyone worked so very hard and created 
exceptional art.

Above, Free Spirit, was one of the communal 
pieees. We played musical art to give all experience 
working on a variety of substrates. After a set time, 
the board was passed to the next person to continue. 

And now most of the communal pieces will be 
framed and sold for a fundraiser to benefit 
San Diego's Monarch School for homeless kids. 
The event will be held and on exhibit at Ray

I'll be posting several of the pieces of the art, 
as well as additional information of the event
in upcoming posts.

Stay tuned!

9.17.2012

DON'T MESS WITH MOTHER NATURE

MOTHER NATURE*
26"h x 21"w x 20"d
Bisque, wood, paint, plastic + fabric
$295
* Courtesy of The Next Door Gallery

Love my little lady . . . 
and the grand dame is so regal. 

With closer scrutiny one can see that Mother Nature 
embraces all that is living. 

A Tiny Toyland will be marching over to 
The Next Door Gallery tomorrow. For now,
I'm wrapping up minor details while boxing 
the little critters for the trip. 

But they keep jumping out! 

9.05.2012

FILLING MY POCKETS

POCKETS OF SILVER LINING
4 1/2" x 4 1/2" pastel
8" square archival white mat, glass + black frame
SOLD - PRIVATE COLLECTOR

Encountering twists and turns . . .
as I wander and roam.

And as the sun filters through the dark clouds . . . 
know that I am so very lucky and protected.

May your pockets be full!




8.24.2012

MIRROR MIRROR . . .

ONE BLACK BIRDIE
10" x 10" mosaic

on the wall . . . 

who's the fairest of them all?

Why bugs of course!

Aren't little critters fun?

8.17.2012

A BELLY-FUL OF LAUGHS!

JOY, JOY!
11" sculpture
mixed media

Go ahead . . . 

smile . . . 

chuckle . . . 

giggle . . .

and laugh!

Enjoy your day.



8.16.2012

ZIP A SMILE ONTO YOUR FACE!

JOY!
10" sculpture
mixed media

Down in the dumps . . . 

Nasty politics . . .

Sensory overload? 

Then it's time to play with toys.

8.14.2012

CHOCOLATE ALL OVER MY FACE

PINK + CHOCOLATE*
6"h x 4"w pastel
Sold
Long gone . . . 

and stuffing chocolate into my mouth . . . 

YUM!

7.31.2012

WALKING THROUGH THE WOODS

SHADOWS + TREES
8"h x 6" w pastel on cradled wooden panel
glass + black frame
$275 - shipping inclusive
Walking the path while deep in thought . . . 

beauty unobserved . . . 

a loss.

7.26.2012

YIPES STRIPES

KIT-KAT WITH STRIPES
9" x 12" pastel sketch

I've been playing around with sketches to introduce 
new techniques and substrates to my current class. 

The kit-kat is on a textural handmade paper - which I 
have never used previously and unsure if I would use 
again with pastels. It just does not hold up to extensive 
layering, unlike the sanded base I typically use. 
Or perhaps I should change my method of execution? 

All in all, it's fun to try new things. 

7.24.2012

ACCEPTANCE INTO CLWAC 116TH EXHIBITION!

A BITE
14"h x 18"w pastel
framed 18"h x 22"w

See . . .  it pays to eat! 

Just received notification that this painting was 
accepted into Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club's
116th annual juried exhibition. The show runs
from October 2nd to the 26th at the National Arts Club
of New York City. 

Such a huge honor! 

7.19.2012

GLOW OF THE PINK FIELDS

PINK FIELDS
10"h x 8"w pastel on canvas panel

z - i - n - g!

experiment . . . 

new paths . . .

enjoy class!

7.15.2012

CLASSES ARE IN SESSION

Abstract Sketch
4 1/2"h x 3 1/2" w pastel
Tomorrow evening begins the series of summer classes at UCSD Extension that I will be teaching. Will be covering a huge range of topics and genres, so definitely will be fun as well as challenging for me.

The series starts with creating abstracts while learning to handle the stick of pastel. Opposite is a quick small-scale sketch for my introduction.

We'll even have a class of stylized landscapes on communal canvases. Now that's going to be fun!


7.14.2012

TIRAGE HAS A NEW SITE!

PEEK-A-BOO RED*
10"h x 8"w pastel 
16"h x 14"w glass + gold frame
*courtesy of Tirage Gallery

Tirage Gallery of Pasadena 
-which I'm so proud of their representation! - 
just revamped their website and it rocks.  
So clean, easy to navigate and a wealth of imagery
from national artists. 
Check out their new site here.

And see what they say about me (oh . . .  I'm blushing!)
here

7.11.2012

GLITTERING INTO THE NIGHT

ALL MY HEART IN GOLD (detail)
6"h x 4"w 
hand print, pencil + gold leaf

Subtle with a tiny bit of class . . .  who would believe?

Playing with hand printing my little dizzy dolls. 
Below are 2 renditions of my Ram / Pig as
 Circles + Squares. 


SQUARES 
4"h x 6"w
hand print, pencil + gold leaf

CIRCLES
4"h x 6"w
hand print, pencil + gold leaf