Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Ideas From Sandy Ostrau

The focus of Sandy's workshop was reworking old paintings, unfinished paintings, and paintings that
never quite worked.  Here is what I did in class, the before and after versions, of an old unfinished painting.  The good news is, I have no lack of material for future work!

Sandy Ostrau's Work Shop

Sandy Ostrau is a fabulous painter, and WS teacher!  Last week, I was able to take a third inspiring WS with Sandy.  A lot of time was spent talking about  palettes, and color mixing.  She uses a 18 X 24 in, 1/4 in thick, plywood board, covered in freezer paper.  In her studio, she uses two of them!  Imagine, a huge palette!  One of Sandy's strengths, is her brilliant color sense.  See Sandy's paintings on her website,

The talented, painter, and blogger, Debbi Smith Rourke, came all the way from Austin TX, to be a part of this WS.  This was Debbi's second WS in  CA, with Sandy.  We are both inspired to no end by Sandy's paintings. See Debbi's paintings at,

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Nine Trees, and New Exhibit at The Lafayette Gallery

        One more painting, based on an another, earlier 6 X 6, enlarged to 20 x 20. This painting, and more, are now on exhibit at the Lafayette Gallery.  Please mark your calenders, Feb. 1, gallery reception, come one, come all, 5 to 7 pm. Hope to see you there.


Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Trees and Green Fields

This painting is a larger version of an earlier,  6 X 6.  Still having fun painting larger, and looking forward to more.

Thursday, January 2, 2014

The Red Barn

New work, for the new year.  One of my goals for this year is to work larger.
Here is an 18 X 18. I trying the baby steps approach. Stay tuned, bigger will follow!
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Happy 2014, to One and All

This has been such an exciting  time of year. We've celebrated everything in the past two months,
Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, my birthday, our 20th anniversary, winter solstice,
 Christmas, and now, on to the new year!
Here I am, with my ever supportive, and fabulous husband!
We both want to wish you Happy New Year.  May 2014 be your best year ever!

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