Young Girl

Still working only with Zorn palette; a limited palette of just four colors; titanium white, ivory black, yellow ochre, and cadmium red. Even with just those four, I feel there is so much colors I can reproduce. The Zorn palette works well with portraits and figures but with landscapes and still not quite sure.

Since the photo was from Pinterest and probably copyrighted, I cannot sell the painting.

Young Girl, 8 x 6 inches oil on canvas panel


I love the deep red of the mango. I bought one to paint. I have been attending a still life painting class taught by Philippe Gandiol, a native of France, but who now resides here in Davis for many many years and a second career artist. It’s interesting to know someone for many years and see their progression.

Recently I felt I needed a punch in the arm with my still life paintings. I wanted to go beyond the ACEO paintings of one fruit. Taking Philippe’s class is what I needed. I’m paying more attention to composition and more complex design. (Here’s a link to Philippe’s still life paintings.)

Mango, 3.5 x 2.5 inches, oil on paper

In Still Life with Mango, the mango is the focal point with its strong color. It sits somewhat in the “thirds” section. I paid attention to the circular direction from the mango into the flowers, down through the stem to the cut off bud, back to the mango. Normally I would painted the flowers how I see it, strong red but thinking about what is the focal point I push back the flowers by fading the colors.

Still Life with Mango, 8 x 10 inches, oil on linen panel

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Day 14, ACEO, Avocado Ripening

I found this avocado hidden. It was darkening, getting softer to the touch.

Avocado Ripening, oil, 2.5 x 3.5 inches
Avocado Ripening, oil, 2.5 x 3.5 inches

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Davis Art Studio Tour

The Davis Art Studio Tour turned out to be a very pleasant event. I met many people – artists, friends, friends who met old high school friends. And sold enough to make it worth the while to do it next year.

Lesson learned is to not to over do it with the food. Nobody really has time to slow down and eat. And have a sign in sheet.

My studio is in the front part of a two car garage. The other part is an office area with an inside utility/full bathroom. (Our house was originally 1000 sq. ft. with 3 bedrooms and 1 full bath). I’m usually working in the studio in the afternoon. The sun shines directly into the garage in the morning and is behind my house in the afternoon. I work with the garage door wide open and blinds purchased from Home Depot are used to provide more privacy. I don’t have to worry too much about fumes when I’m working with oils or encaustics.

More Portraits

These paintings were all done with four colors; transparent red oxide, cadmium red, titanium white and ivory black or payne grey.

I had tried to work only with red oxide, white and black. But I had a hard time with this strictly tonal panel so I started using cad red. It brought out more of the skin tones.

Virginia Yerxa Community Read Exhibit in Colusa

I had a great opportunity to participate in the VYCR Program in Colusa all Saturday afternoon. My husband and I had time to explore the beautiful view of the Sacramento River. After having lunch with the council, they took us to visit a store owner whose father had a very similar history has my husband’s father – coming from China at a fairly young age and working as a cook for the surrounding region in ranches. There’s a very strong Chinese American history in Colusa – a hidden underground city, opium dens, then later cooks….a now a respected grocery store owner.

We attended the lecture by UC Riverside professor on science fiction in Colusa’s firehouse. Very interesting and well attended. The rest of the afternoon was activities and exhibits including mine.

Roberta James did a fabulous job of pulling quotes out from “Fahrenheit 451” to match the paintings. We were impressed out it all fitted.

I want to thank the committee and particular Roberta and Elizabeth for all your effort in putting this program together so well.

Colusa 1






Colusa 3
This painting was sold