Feb 9, 2016

Woman on Rocks with Suitcase, Again

Woman on Rocks with Suitcase
12"x24"

I am so grateful for friends who welcome me with my baggage, who listen when I feel stuck, who get me laughing when I don't see any options.

Feb 6, 2016

Five Balls

Five Balls
36"x36"

"That hunger, that desire for success is nothing more than a fear of failure....And the odd thing is that when you are actually succeeding, it tends to be quiet and comes quit unannounced and without a lot of fanfare. You will, in fact, be the only person who ever really grasps or recognizes the internal successes. The work of the work is visible only to yourself."
--Teresita Fernandez

Feb 3, 2016

Turning Point

Turning Point
20"x20"

"How should we take account of, question, describe what happens every day and recurs every day: the banal, the quotidian, the obvious, the common, the ordinary, the infra-ordinary, the background noise, the habitual? How are we to speak of these common things, how to track them down, how to flush them out, wrest them from the dross in which they are mired, how to give them meaning, a tongue, to let them finally, speak of what it is, who we are."  --Georges Perec

Jan 30, 2016

Beach Fire #6

Beach Fire #6


I got a big dose of creative block last month after the holidays. One thing that helps is to return to old themes. Exploring something familiar in a new way can help to open the floodgates and get new ideas flowing.

Jan 19, 2016

Snowy Road

Snowy Road
10"x36"

My family and some friends went to the Ripple Creek Cabins up in the Trinities after Christmas. There's a part of me that is so rooted in the mountains. I taught school in the Sierras when I graduated from college, and I loved it so much when the first snow came. The city is great, but I have to go back to wood stoves and snow boots once a year...

Jan 16, 2016

The Amazing Vanishing Act #3

The Amazing Vanishing Act #3
14"x14"

I'm very good at this. Third child in my family, I could disappear when things heated up. I passed on the skill to my daughter, but I always know when she's starting to vanish.

Jan 15, 2016

Embrace #17

Embrace #17
20"x20"
What can I say? Where do paintings come from?  Wanting to remember tight hugs, feeling safe, everything's okay, don't worry I'm here.

Jan 13, 2016

Pacific Grove Art Center show




I have a solo show called Vantage Points going on now until Feb 25 at the Pacific Grove Art Center. The opening was Last Friday night, and I really felt like a princess--so many wonderful people and great music and food. Many thanks to the staff and members  who did an amazing job hanging and lighting the work. If you are down by Carmel and Monterey, please stop in.

Jan 12, 2016

A Toast #3

A Toast #3
20"x40"

Rather risky, a woman making a toast. After all these years of art and community and growth, I still would prefer to hide in the kitchen.

Dec 11, 2015

The Long Haul

The Long Haul

This is another painting based on a sketch from 20 years ago. The symbols from then still hold true for me, deepening with color and light.

Dec 9, 2015

Mother and Child #40

Mother and Child #40

I have a big box of sketch books under a table in my studio. Lately I've been going through them, tearing out pages from old ones and referring to them for painting ideas. I found one of me holding my daughter, and that feeling of warmth and heaviness came back to me so strongly. God, hold me this week when I am tired and overwhelmed....

Nov 29, 2015

Reunion in Headlights

Reunion in Headlights


When I was 23, I moved to a small town in the Sierras to teach first grade. Seems like someone else's life. But I still remember getting really lost one night, going to a dinner party. I drove up and down highway 49, and I finally gave up. I called my friends from a gas station down the hill and cried and said I couldn't come. "No! We'll all stand outside and wave!" they told me. There was no more wonderful sight than this wacky group of missfits, waving at me in the forest.

Nov 28, 2015

Silver Water, triptych

Silver Water, triptych
I have this painting in my living room, filling a wall. I want to remember that safe feeling of being held, when everything is so big.

Nov 25, 2015

Up in the Air

Up in the Air

One phone call, one slip up, one passing comment, one turn-and-leave, and suddenly everything is different. One plane ride, one pregnancy test, one I-do, one knock on the door, and suddenly some things are gone forever and new possibilities open up. The only constant is that crazy uncertainty.

Nov 24, 2015

Storm Coming

Storm Coming



Do you remember that feeling, when the wind picks up and everything is blowing and alive, and maybe change can happen and it will all be okay?

Nov 22, 2015

open table


 Every Wednesday night we have an open table--friends know they can drop by for a bowl of soup and a home grown salad. The challenge for me is that I get restless if I just sit when everyone is talking after the food is done. So I've started painting the people who come. I want to honor them and remember the night, and I also hope to create an installation of 30 or so portraits, all 12"x12". Stay tuned.



Nov 21, 2015

Beach Fire, Pink Sky

Beach Fire, Pink Sky

It's cold, it's blue, but we're together, and this sky is bigger than all of us.

Sep 22, 2015

Windy Hilltop

Windy Hilltop
40"x40"

"Beauty and Grace are performed whether or not we sense them. The least we can do is try to be there."  -Annie Dillard

Sep 18, 2015

On My Way

On My Way
12"x12"

Nothing scares me more than traveling, leaving my nest and routine. 

Sep 13, 2015

Slow Dance

Slow Dance
24"x20"

Another prayer painting for someone I care about very much.

Sep 10, 2015

Sojourners

Sojourners
54"x32"

A painting for my friends in the Church of the Sojourners in San Francisco, an amazing oasis on Potrero Hill where they

"seek to respond to Christ’s call by living together family-style, sharing our homes, resources, and friendship, our weaknesses as well as our strengths—not because living together is a requirement of committed discipleship, but because it is one real way we have found to provide us with numerous daily opportunities for forgiveness, humility, service, gratitude, worship, prayer, and other practicalities of sainthood which help build us into “the full measure of the stature of Christ.”

Aug 20, 2015

Parent and Child at Beach

Parent and Child at Beach
12"x14"

The more stressed and anxious I feel,  the more I want to paint peace.

Aug 17, 2015

Aug 14, 2015

Above the Fog Line

Above the Fog Line
30"x30"

This is one of those paintings that started out with a big group of people, running and leaping. One by one, they all got painted out, .leaving just this one figure, flying high.
After it was done, I remembered a place I worked 35 years ago in Alaska. An old local guy pointed at a ridge of mountains just across the border into Canada with seven glaciers on them and told me that only a couple people had ever hiked there that he knew of. The glaciers didn't have names. I never wanted to leave.
The more I experience, the more there is to tap into for my work.

Jul 28, 2015

Sojourner

Sojourner
20"x30"

After dinner we sometimes race to fog and drive to the Marin Headlands, hoping to see the sunset at the beach. Usually the fog wins, bringing an early dusk. A week ago pelicans flew in stately formation, and dolphins made circular leaps.

I usually arrive with baggage but am able to let it go in the course of an evening.

Jul 25, 2015

Yosemite Reader

Yosemite Reader

Just finished a crazy week, taking a friends' kids rides to camp, teaching another friend how to drive every night, cooking lunch for 100 homeless people over by the bus station. Painting got pushed to the back burner, but when I had quiet moments I painted this. Wishful thinking .

Jul 15, 2015

Pyramid

Pyramid
40"x40"

I knocked on my neighbor's door. "Erica, I need you and Dana to pose for a painting..." A common request over here. She gently climbed on the hood of her mother's car and onto her boyfriend's shoulders. They stood politely, facing left and right until I said, "Okay, I'm done." Dana took off, walking up the stairs with Erica screaming. I should have painted that.

Jul 12, 2015

Rooftop

Rooftop
16"x16"

It's been a crazy week. I had to ship three boxes to Left Bank in Cape Cod for a solo show. (Thank you, Audrey and Doug!) And I had openings for two group shows the last two Fridays at the Collector and Rhythmix. (Thank you, Janet, Christina, Sam, and Skye!) Both of my kids are home. Whenever I've had a spare moment, I've been teaching a friend how to drive. So much life, but when I had time in the studio, this is what came out....

Jun 30, 2015

Transcendence #2

Transcendence #2
40"x40"

Homage to Oakland, my town.
"Blessed are those whose strength is in You, who have set their hearts on pilgrimage. As they pass through the Valley of Baca, they make it a place of springs. The autumn rains cover it with pools."  Psalm84:5-6

Jun 27, 2015

Girl Dancing


Girl Dancing

I love twilight, when colors get so rich.
I pulled out a box labeled "ghosts" this week and read old journals. This painting was in response to all the storms I read about....

Jun 24, 2015

Breaking Bread

video

Here it is, the commission for Oakland City Church. Give it a minute or two to load...

Jun 23, 2015

Eye to Eye, Pink Sky

Eye to Eye, Pink Sky

Couples dancing, a metaphor I could return to every day.

Jun 21, 2015

Log Bridge Conversation

Log Bridge Conversation
I did this painting as I thought about a dear friend looking at another go round with chemo. May God be close and real to you, my sister.

Jun 12, 2015

Salon and Open Studio







Many thanks to everyone who came to my open studio last Sunday and the salon that followed. It was amazing! I feel so blessed to be surrounded by such creative people.

Jun 6, 2015

Day 9 of commission


Almost done... I hope to do the final tweeks the next two days and have it up at my open studio on June 7. Come by and see it on Sunday between 11:00 and 6:00.

Jun 5, 2015

Day 5 of the commission



The Oakland City Church commission is taking shape. It's 5'x9'. I have to sit on a low stool to do the figures--and then go upstairs and stretch afterwards! My favorite part is the girl on her father's shoulders in the middle

Jun 4, 2015

Day 1 of Oakland City Church commission


Here's the start of the chapel painting for Oakland City Church. The base coat was pink, and then I started fleshing out the basic composition. I love working big. Dana gave me a great gospel CD that gets me moving.

Jun 3, 2015

Chapel Commission

I'm working on a very fun commission, a 5'x9' canvas for the chapel of Oakland City Church. The congregation is very vibrant, a bright light in the Upper Fruitvale. I'm excited to do something on this scale with all races coming together and breaking bread.

Jun 1, 2015

Lighter Than Air #9

Lighter than Air #9
36"x36"
I was on TV! A news crew came to the Sou'wester when I was doing a residency there, and they included a 5 second clip of me. Check it out at http://goo.gl/9FFz47. It brings back the whole wonderful experience to me, complete with raindrops on my sketchpad. I can't wait to go back.

May 31, 2015

Little Trailer

Little Trailer
22"x22"
Another painting that was inspired by our time at the Sou'wester up in Washington...
I'll be having and open studio on June 7 from 11:00 to 6:00 and my home at 655 63rd St., Oakland. Please come by. You are welcome to stay for dinner at 6:00 with a salon to follow.  People are welcome to bring music or writings or something else they've created to share. The last time we did this, a couple performed a wonderful tango in my dinning room! It was their first real date, and it resulted in their wedding a year later. You never know what might happen at these things.

May 22, 2015

Woman on Chairs

Woman on Chairs

I'm so happy this painting found a home! Thank you, Christine and Buckner.

May 20, 2015

the Sou'wester

We just returned from a working trip to the Sou'wetser Lodge in Seaview, Washington. We originally stayed here 31 years ago on our honeymoon and were delighted to see that it is still a quirky, artsy sanctuary. Many thanks to Thandi Rosenbaum for continuing the spirit of the place.

I was inspired by the way the beach sand there is packed so hard that it becomes mirror-like, resulting in a continuing series of paintings. I also did a several paintings of the buildings and trailers. 5 days was too short! I want to go back!
The Sou'wester has a great artist residency program. Check it out at http://www.souwesterlodge.com/
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