Friday, April 14, 2017

2017 Artists Open Studio Tour


Saturday APRIL 22nd 
Sunday APRIL 23rd  2017
11am - 5pm

This year I will be making a change.  Instead of opening up my own art studio in Turlock, I will be joining Henrietta Sparkman at her Modesto studio.  We are # 20 on the map.
2409 Sherwood Ave, Modesto, CA.

FIVE ARTISTS: Henrietta Sparkman, Carol David, Chloe Fonda, Corrine Robson, Rhett Regina Owings

Henrietta works in a variety of media creating fascinating abstract works of art.
Joining us at Henrietta's studio are three other artists:
Carol David (impressionist pastel figures and California landscapes),
Chloe Fonda (watercolor abstracts and monoprints)
Corrine Robson (hand crafted jewelry).
Rhett Regina Owings (paintings, embellished paper cranes, note cards & prints)

$10 tickets/tour booklets will be for sale at our location:  2409 Sherwood Ave, Modesto, CA.
From McHenry Ave. turn onto Bowen then right on Sherwood.  
We will be open from 11 am - 5 pm.

Additional tickets are available at the Mistlin Art Gallery (Modesto), Carnegie Art Center (Turlock), Chartreuse Muse (Modesto), and the Oakdale Chamber of Commerce (Oakdale).

2409 Sherwood Ave, Modesto, CA.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Painting a California Castle - Yes a Real Castle!

Today we went painting at Kasteel Noz in Merced County.  This place is amazing!  Casper Noz started building his dream castle in 1991.  It is nestled in the rolling foothills east of Modesto in the Central Valley of California.  You can see more of this place by going to their website at:

It was a beautiful day, not hot, not cold, and most of all, for an artist, not windy!  After taking a tour, we set up our easels in the court yard and began to paint.  I wanted to catch the light on the round towers before it changed.  The red brick was a pretty color and Cad Red Light and Alizarin plus white did well to paint the sunlit parts.  Adding blue helped create the shadows.

Casper seemed to like my painting and he bought it!  Imagine, the Lord of the Castle bought my painting.  I did manage to get a quick photo of it and the castle.  Scroll down to see my painting.

All in all a very fun day!

My view
On my easel almost finished. 

Here I am painting by my car.
Breaking for Lunch

More Painters

Standing Guard

Saturday, March 11, 2017

More ACEO Drawings in Mixed Media- Cats - Trees and More!

Bird Watching
I have been exploring more small ACEO drawings in black & white.  So what is an ACEO you ask.  It is a small work of art - just 2.5" x 3.5".
I have mine matted to fit an 8" x 10" frame.  Drawing these tiny works has been fun.  I have been exploring using white charcoal, black and white ink pens.  A variety of subjects is always a challenge to draw so small.

My kitties give me endless subjects to draw and paint.  I especially like it when they are sleeping or sitting very still.  Lacey enjoys watching birds through the window at our bird feeder.  The birds seem to know he can not get at them!
 Leo, my striped tabby cat, gets into some of the most crazy positions!  He likes to sleep in an old chair in our living room on his back.   What a character he is!
Sleeping Kitty

Christmas Truck

About to Rain

This old truck at a fruit stand was all decorated up with garlands, of flowers and wreathed.

Speckled Bird

All Alone

Monday, February 27, 2017


Above Monterey Bay

I have been exploring drawing with a variety of mixed media including white ink, white pastel and pencil, black and brown inks and other pens.  It is interesting to see what a colorful scene looks like using just these medias.  I am working for a good NOTAN design and practicing for a possible painting as well.  I have been influenced by Vincent Van Gogh's drawings after reading Irving Stone's book "Lust for Life".  Vincent was an amazing observer of nature and used his pens magnificently!  

The drawings are small ACEOs.  An ACEO stands for "Art Card Edition Original" and they must always be to the standard size 2.5" x 3.5" a little bigger than a business card. Collectors are putting these into binders as well as framing them.  

Collectors trade these ACEOs like trading cards.
My drawings are on a variety of papers,  usually grays and dark greens.  I have some of them in auctions on eBay and on Daily Paintworks.  Below are a few I have been working on lately.  
If you would like to buy one of these contact me.  
Each of these have been matted to fit an 8" x 10" frame. 

You can click on an image to view it bigger. 

Calla Lilies in Pacific Grove - ACEO  - SOLD

Splashing Swan  - ACEO

               Sunset #1 - ACEO

             By the Sea -  ACEO

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Food Paintings on Daily Paintworks! Cakes, Cookies, & Lemons!

Chocolate Chip Cookies   5" x 7"  oil
Good enough to eat.
Painting food is fun, but so hard not to eat it too!  Yummy cake and cookies are a real challenge.  But I struggled through it to make these paintings.  Now I have a FOOD category on my gallery page on DPW.  

Carrot Cake on an Antique Saucer   6" x 6"  oil
Lemon   6" x 6"  oil
It was easier to paint this lemon 
since I did not have the urge to eat it!

Last Piece of Carrot Cake   5" x 7"  oilOh, but this piece of carrot cake....  yumm!



Friday, February 10, 2017

Trip to Monterey Bay And Moss Landing - Boats & Sea Otters!

I really enjoy the Central California coast.  The smell of the sea, the sound of the waves and the seals and the flight of birds in the air.  We go to the Monterey Bay beaches as often as we can.  It is always difficult to leave.  While there last week we spotted a number of sea otters just off the dock in Moss Landing.  

I did not have time to paint this trip, but I have painted there in the past.  Here is one of those paintings:
Moss Landing Bird Haven    oil

I call this "Moss Landing Bird Haven"  This is a great place to go bird watching.  There is a power plant in the distance and many pleasure and fishing boats dock there as well. 
You can buy this painting on Daily Paintworks.

Moss Landing is just west of Monterey, CA.  There are many interesting things to look at there including Elk Horn Slough which is a haven for birds, seals and other aquatic sea life. 

Here are some photos I took on this trip.  Can you see a future painting here?
The day was very overcast and threatened rain.  It made the colors almost look like a black and white photo.  The tide was way out when we were there.  

Geebes are one of my favorite birds.  They have such elegant long necks and swim so gracefully.  Now you see them, now you don't!  They disappear into the water instantly!  There were lots of them at Moss Landing on this trip.  So wonderful to see!

I hope you get to go to Moss Landing one day.  

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

First Spring Rose in DPW auction

 Now on Daily Paintworks this 6" x 6" Daily Painting called "First Spring Rose".

This is the prettiest rose in our garden and it always blooms first.  It is called Just Joey and is a lovely rose.  As it ages it expands and changes colors.  It is my favorite rose to paint.

The little ceramic owl was bought in Mexico when I was on a painting trip there in 1968.  He gets into many of my paintings!

This painting is now on display at the Tracy Grand Art Gallery in Tracy, CA. 

Below is how this painting might look framed.