Saturday, May 28, 2016

'Moonlight, Houda Beach' by Jim McVicker

This was a daylight painting that never really worked. Two days ago it hit me that it would work as a night painting. I imagined a setting moon and this is the result. 10x14 watercolor on paperJ

Friday, May 27, 2016

"Mirrored" by Joyce Jonte

11" by 16"
Watercolor on rag paper.
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Thursday, May 26, 2016

The last Juno is mine. By RK Schlueter

Oil on 6" panel.
I always wondered why this one didn't sell, all the other Juno paintings sold -over twenty. It's my favorite. When I make paintings I feel they are destined for a particular owner eventually. Now it hangs in our trailer which is named after Juno...destiny.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

"Horse Farm, Mendo," by Alicia Tredway

18 x 24 oil on canvas.  This will be in Piante show June 4th. Judy Evenson and I are showing together and hope to see you all there. 

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Apples and Pears on Green by Andrew Daniel

Andrew Daniel
"Apples and Pears on Green"
Oil on canvas
12" x 12"

Northcoast Open Studios is June 4,5,11,12. Come hang out!

This is a still life I did about a year ago. I always fantasize about doing still lives. When I do them I really enjoy it too. The problem is, whenever I'm in the studio to paint vs. out on location I get overwhelmed with the stacks of unfinished paintings and end up grabbing one with the hopes of closure.

Monday, May 23, 2016


A beautiful day for the opening of the North Coast Regional Land Trust's Freshwater Farms Trail.  Several hundred community members and about 20 plein air painters celebrated the event.  This painting, "Freshwater Slough" is 9 x 12, oil on panel.

Sunday, May 22, 2016

'Trinidad State Beach Painters' by Jim McVicker

Another watercolor that will be in the show at the Upstairs Gallery, Arcata, Ca. in June. 10x14

Saturday, May 21, 2016

'Sea Stacks' by Jim McVicker

This was painted from above the Trinidad State Beach and will be part of our show, Jody Bryan, Steve Porter and Paul Rickard, at the Upstairs Gallery in Arcata, Ca, this June. Opening will be on Friday June 10 for Arts Arcata. 10x14 watercolor on paper

Friday, May 20, 2016

"Thinking About You" by Joyce Jonte

"Thinking About You"
Original watercolor and gouache on poplar.
5.5" by 7"
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Thursday, May 19, 2016

City Cat by RK Schlueter

Painted many moons ago.
This oldie reminds me of what I feel like right now as we inch closer to our destiny. Entering a new phase of life is exciting and scary. Painting will be the friend we take along. I will continue to blog here and at

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

"The Good Dog," by Alicia Tredway

This was painted from a photo of a friend's dog.  It really struck a chord with the dog was square into the camera and not to be ignored.  18 x 24 oil on canvas.  It will be in the Piante show next month.  Hope to see you all there.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

"Lavender Reflection" by Andrew Daniel

"Lavender Reflection" by Andrew Daniel
Oil on wood panel 9" x 12"
Contact artist

I painted this as a demonstration in my class last week. It was a small class, 3 students, so I was able to focus on my work off and on. It was one of the first times painting from life that I had started with a color idea, and tuned the whole process to my initial idea. The hills in the background had a slight purple tone, and I really leaned on that, filling it with a rich pastel purple, along with a reflected purple on the bottom. It was really fun! Felt like the choice was poetic, enhancing something I liked until it became the subject of the painting.

Sunday, May 15, 2016

'Early Morning Light, April' by Jim McVicker

A recent painting from late April, painted just up the road from our house. 16x20 oil on linen panel

Saturday, May 14, 2016

'View From Manila Dunes' By Jim McVicker

I painted this, 20x24 oil on linen, a few years ago on location. Since then I have spent many hours in the studio trying to make it work and give me the feeling I remembered from being out there. I think it has finally arrived where I want this painting to be,

Friday, May 13, 2016

"Dancer" by Joyce Jonte

15" by 24"
Watercolor and gouache on Baltic birch.

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Wednesday, May 11, 2016

"Loveseat," by Alicia Tredway

30 x 40 oil on canvas.  This painting was a struggle because it was a rougher weave than I'm used to and it didn't have any other prime besides gesso.  I usually at least do an oil prime but got in a hurry to begin.  This will be in the Piante show in June.  sold

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

"California Poppies" by Andrew Daniel

"California Poppies" by Andrew Daniel
12" x 12" oil on canvas
$400 contact artist

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This was my first floral for the spring. I did it in response to an invitation to a themed group show made up of Native Wildflowers. Initially, I had trouble finding a wildflower that had the presence and personality I was looking for, but once I came across some photos of California Poppies, I knew I had met my match! 

This painting was the start of a thematic exploration, that I had mentioned in an earlier post. I'm seeing that the demands of the flower's dynamic shape and delicacy is making it necessary for me to approach paint application in a very different manner. 

Ideally I want the shapes to dance like a free form abstraction, which means that I have to be very conscious of how I manipulate the edge of shapes, so that the eye isn't grabbed too strongly. Also, I have to be selective in how heavy I put down the paint, at times using thick impasto to grab the eye, at other times letting the shape trail off into mystery.

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Saturday, May 7, 2016

Friday, May 6, 2016

"Reclining Nude" by Joyce Jonte

"Reclining Nude" by Joyce Jonte
11" by 22"
Watercolor on arches 140 lb.
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