A hot morning on the trails above Crystal Cove.
Looking down from high hills over farms and fields below, in the Santa Ynez Valley near Santa Barbara.
This painting, well the composition anyway, was inspired by a great painting I saw online, from a similarly high vantage point. Unfortunately, I misplaced the name of that artist- so whoever you were, thank you very much.
So miniature eggplants are good for cooking. They’re not bitter, and you don’t have to soak them in salt water. This is also true of Japanese eggplants, by the way.
Food lesson over!
They are also fun to paint.
My favorite Easter candy- Cadbury Mini Eggs. I already have a bag in the candy drawer. Along with multiple boxes of Girl Scout Cookies!
This plein air landscape is from last Sunday’s California Art Club get-together at Lake Murray in San Diego. I got an early start and was working by 7:30, though the paint out started at 9. As usual, I got lost and the rest of the group materialized on the spit of land I was painting, instead of the one I was standing on.
I used to bike along this path all the time, past cows and barns and through the woods, in Blacksburg, Virginia.
Gentle gray light on brightly painted Victorians in San Francisco.
Such a beautiful city.
A Spanish new year’s tradition.
Two palms in front of a Streamline Moderne garage on Coronado.
The plums were not ripe, so I sequestered them in the painting studio. I love all the delicate purples and lavenders in the bloom on plums.
I love the tawny grass of autumn in San Diego. A major rainstorm today, everything will turn soft green soon as a new year begins.
Last year I went into a time of obsession with macarons, and I sampled as many as I could. I bought this chocolate one on a trip to Chicago.
This pink Italianate Victorian is, for me, the definition of real estate envy. I love the house and it’s in a great neighborhood- University Heights.
I really, really love these old houses. If I had the time, I’d become a realtor!