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Botanical revisted

My friend, Gerardo Aymard, sent me a photo today of the Tetracera boomii G.Aymard C. photoTetracera boomii G. Aymard C plant he had me illustrate back in 2003: Tetracera boomii G.Aymard C.   I had a plant pressing to work from….dead, brown, not terribly exciting.   Nice to see it in living color!

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I was recently introduced to Fuyu persimmons by a friend.   Love the orange-ness and not a bit astringent….two great reasons to have them around.

6"x6", Oil.

6″x6″, Oil.

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Espaliered Pears

These three lovelies were growing espalier at Filoli.  They got me all excited about pear season.   So, I rushed home and did this watercolor study.  I’m rather pleased with it.   You can purchase it at Daily, just click on Three Pears.

three pears, watercolor

Watercolor on aquaboard, 6 x 6 inches.

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I’m now selling on Daily Paintworks.

Shallots & Onion  I have set up a marketing presence on Daily Paintworks.   I’ll be posting new work every day (or there abouts) for sale.   You can see (and bid) on this painting, Shallots & Onion there now.

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What’s up next!


tiny - small pieces under $500

tiny – small pieces under $500

I’m thrilled to announce thatI will be taking part in a group show at the Studio Gallery in San Francisco!

Here are the particulars:

tiny – small pieces under $500, November 14th – December 22nd, 2104.  Opening reception: Sunday Nov. 16th, 1-6 pm.  11th Anniversary Party: Sunday, Dec. 7th, 1- 6 pm.  Gallery hours: Mon, Thu + Fri, 11 am – 7 pm; Sat + Sun, 11 am – 6 pm; Tues + Wed by appointment.

See me there on Nov. 16, between 2 – 4 pm.

Studio Gallery – 1641 Pacific Avenue (between Polk & Van Ness), San Francisco, CA 94109; 415-931-3130


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Open Studios 2014 Art Tour

My weekend for the Santa Cruz Open Studios Art Tour is October 11 & 12.   This last year I’ve taken a number of workshops with artists I really admire: Carol Marine, Ruth Korch, and Dana Hooper.   I’ve learned so much from them and think that my work has taken leaps forward.   Am excited to show samples of my latest efforts.  Open Studios 2104Girl Stuff web

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First Friday PopUP Museum Sketch Crawl!


About: An ephemeral ‘happening’, in collaboration with the Museum of Art & History, check out the MAH link to learn more!

Where: Abbott Square, brick patio near LuLu Carpenter’s

When: First Friday, October 4th, from 5:00 to 7:00 pm.

What to bring: Bring yourself, your work and your enthusiasm.  We will display your journals on folding tables in empty frames. These popup museum are open to the public, can people are allowed to touch exhibited content. Keep this in mind in deciding what journals or pages to share.

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June First Friday Downtown Santa Cruz

Talk about an embarrassment of riches….I’ve been invited to take part in TWO First Friday events for the month of June!

Oil paintings and watercolors on display at Chefworks First Friday.

I’ll be meeting and greeting people at Chefworks, 1527 Pacific Avenue,  Santa Cruz from 6pm to 9pm.  I have several new oil paintings I’ll be showing and a watercolor or two.





Science Illustration installation on display at the Art Loft First Friday in June.

I’ll also be taking part of an invitational group show at the Art Loft, 1319 Pacific Ave., Santa Cruz.  The show “Reflections of Nature” will feature my installation – on being a science illustrator, and will feature many original plates prepared for the NY Botanical Gardens, private journals, and random, cool,  science stuff (yup… a highly technical term).

On being a science illustrator – part of the “Reflections of Nature” group show at the Art Loft, First Friday Santa Cruz. in June.

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June Sketch Crawl – June 29 Gilroy Gardens Free Artist Access Day!!!!

Wonderful topiary at Gilroy Gardens.

Our second June sketch crawl is a visit to the Gilroy Gardens to take advantage of their FREE Artist Access Days!

It’s a great opportunity to have fun and make art at a truly unique venue.  And a great deal: admission is normally $30 and parking $10 per vehicle. But for us it’s all FREE!!!

Normal weekend hours are from 10am to 6pm.  We get to meet their Docent Coordinator, Jan Froom, at 9:00am, before the park opens to scope out our spots and set up to make great art.

But, you have to contact Gilroy gardens to register for this event.  Contact Jan Froom at (408) 840-7130  or email at

If you need to contact me re: this….my cell is (408) 966-5214.

Hope to see you there!!

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