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Private Beaches, Secret Kisses

Hello November. I just opened my shop at Harbor Village Gallery & Gifts in Ventura, California.  Mask – check, Hand Sanitizer – check. I started selling my paintings and greeting cards today. I will be selling more items but I am happy with the sales I had today.

My Sale sign says cards are $6.00 each, 3 or more are $5.00 each

There are ten artists at Harbor Village Gallery & Gifts in Ventura, California.  Everything is made by hand by local artists and nothing is imported. A rare sight indeed.  One artist left October 31st and I took her spot.  I was isolated for so long, I forgot how nice it was visiting,  from behind my mask and hand sanitizer, of course.

I have been painting waves since December 2019 but after reading, sketching and trying dozens of new methods, I am happy with my my new process. I am so happy, that I am throwing out the failed attempts.  There were many, attempts. That is what it takes though, when you are changing from oil to acrylic. I wanted it to feel the same. My acrylic paintings are much more refined, which was what I was looking for.  Working on specific skills was frustrating but I am much happier with what I can do now. It was like practicing scales.

My goal was to get my paintings was to keep the feeling of freedom, like I did get when I painted in oil.  Since oil has damaged my lungs and I can no longer use the silly paints, I had to learn acrylic completely.  Not an easy task. Not easy at all. I had to figure out what type of acrylic worked for me, there is heavy body, soft body, fluid and then it branches off from there with mediums and surfaces.

Seriously, I didn’t think I would find my happy place but I finally stumbled upon it. Luckily, I wrote everything down.  Now, I am happily painting in acrylic, without yearning for the good old days of oil paint. I look forward to painting more waves and beach scenes.

I also am happy to announce I have two paintings in the California Art Club’s Virtual Show: Welcome to California. The online show opens November 29th. The artwork will be available exclusively on the California Art Club website.

Sometimes I get one painting in to a show, sometimes I get the dreaded rejection letter but this time both of my entries were selected. One is in oil, Roadside Attractions and the other is in acrylic Gallery Opening. 

Take care out there and if you want to visit me on November 15th or November 29th, I will be there from 2:30pm – 6:00 pm.

Bye for now,


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Translucent Moment

Translucent Moment

Acrylic on linen mounted on panel

This painting is a simple celebration of color.

I have been painting a lot more lately because I am getting ready to start showing in November of 2020. Covid-19 has been so overwhelming, I am just glad masks, washing your hands, social distancing and shields have been so effective. Because of that, I am going to come out into the world once more.  The gallery where I will be showing takes all of these precautions seriously which is a relief. I will be showing at Harbor Village Gallery & Gifts in Ventura Harbor Village along with nine other artists.

It has been exciting getting ready.  Showing my work and chatting with people will be a nice change from just being around family members. I really want to give people the biggest selection of work to choose from. I have paintings that are 9 x 12 ( 22.86 x 30.48cm), 11 x 14 (27.94 x 35.56cm) and 12 x 16 in (30.48 x 40.64cm). I can paint larger but I do like working in these sizes too.