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Painting Broadbill at Ventura Harbor Village & my Studio

Well, this was an experience!

I started painting en plein air again. That means you stand in front your subjects and paint them. It’s part of my warm up for an event in May. More on that in another post.

Part of the plein air experience is to be part of the scene and respond to it. I was just trying to stand, it was really windy. It was also cold but the cold was kept at bay with my outfit. My outfit completely changes me from what I normally look like, which is muted colors and jewelry.

My plein air look

Black trench coat
Baseball cap
Giant black headphones
Black fuzzy booties

I look like I am in hiding out or I escaped from a cult but I was wonderfully warm.

Plein air painting keeps it fresh and challenging. There is no other way to get fresh color like this. The wind won out in the end as it was moving my arm too much. I did get to meet some nice fishermen.

I went home and started the studio version, using a photo I took, plus the plein air study. The study had all the lovely color information that I needed. The photo was for structure and all the fun bits on ships and boats.

I chose this vessel because it was black and white, a fun challenge to paint. Especially, since I don’t have black on my palette. White, yellow, red, blue and green is what I use.

Time to mix! That was fun mixing different shades of black. Green-black, blue-black, red-black and my favorite orange-black. It was fascinating seeing all those lovely colors inside the black.

So here it is.

11″ x 14″
on a cradled wood panel

I will be at Harbor Village Gallery on Friday, February 26th @ 11 am along with this painting, stop by and visit.

Take care out there,


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Pretending to Drive & Good Plane Fun

Well this was a big day over here. Not only did I have to wake up early but I had somewhere to go. Who knew leaving the house would be an event in itself. And, I did it right, hair, make-up, a new dress and jewelry too. It was a big event so I wanted to celebrate the moment.

What was the big event? I had to be at <a href=”; rel=”noopener” target=”_blank”>Harbor Village Gallery & Gifts</a>

To deliver two paintings. The last time I showed my work was March 2020. That feels like a hundred years ago now since so much has happened.


It was very exciting seeing the gallery again and people were in there shopping too. I am a hermit crab and have barely left the house so, it was a little jarring seeing people, other than family members. Socializing, that will be a while for me since my voice is still gone and my lungs get sore from walking or talking too much. Walking and talking people! Who knew you could age 30 years from the flu? I didn’t.

Anyways, it was nice visiting briefly, mask to mask with friends. and There were a lot of beautiful paintings in the gallery, as well as mine. I was giddy at dropping off my work. I know not everyone can make it to Ventura Harbor Village, so I thought I would share with you my photos. I hope people get to see it in person because my photographic skills are pretty basic. I couldn’t figure out how to shoot “Pretending to Drive”, a 16 x 20” oil and cold wax on canvas painting, to capture the sheen. That was annoying. My lungs limit my movement or I would have gotten it right.

One day I will get lights and photograph in the studio but that takes more money than I have right now. One day. One day.

Anyway, thanks for stopping by. The show runs from July 24th (hey, that’s my birthday) through to September 14th. I am so grateful to be showing again, even if it is just two paintings, it’s nice to have my artwork out there again. I have a mountain of paintings both physical and digital that I am trying to finish up but more on that later.

Take care and remember, you look darn sexy in that mask.