Clarinet as art


This is a work in progress/study.  I am working from a wonderful photo I found (check it out here).  I have to say, I much prefer working with brushes versus the poured paint. Back to my comfort zone!

I love the lower register of the clarinet. This is where the best sounds are found. I’m still deciding if the orientation is going to bother me. When you play, the keys that look like fingernails, are at the bottom. When I turn the canvas around, it just doesn’t look correct.


My morning in the studio

I took the day off from work today and spent the morning at the studio. I am happy that the heater is working (somewhat); the last few times I went in, it was pretty cold and hard to do art. I love having a space so close to Casse-Croute Bakery. The warm croissant and coffee was the perfect answer to the cold temp.

Lately, I have been experimenting with the poured paint medium. I am not quite sure if I am liking this process or not. There’s a good deal of giving up control and the mess is a bit more then I am comfortable with (and I like to be messy).

For this experiment, I placed the pouring medium directly on the wood block that I first painted and then added my paint into the medium. I tried to not move the board – I just wanted to see what gravity did to the paint colors. I am not sure what it will look like when it dries (another downside to this process, IMHO). I like more instant gratification!

Open Studio – tonight!


Please join me and my talented studio mates for our Open Studio Holiday art sale! I have my original paintings, prints, cards, magnets and pins for sale. Lots of unique and affordable gifts.

December 8th 6pm – 8pm.

62 S L St
Livermore, CA 94550


In addition, we will have a donation collection to aid the victims of the recent Ghost Ship fire in Oakland. We are devastated to know about the tragic fire and want to do our part to support the artist community.



It’s pouring….paint

On Monday, I had the opportunity to take an intro to Pouring Paint class led by Linda Ryan. It was fun and messy! There’s a lot of relinquishing control when doing this technique. I also learned that there are many variables that you have to consider when doing the pouring paint technique: opacity, gravity, how and if the paint sediment settles and how the color changes when it dries, just to name a few.

These are my first attempts. I am looking forward to seeing how they look when they are dry. I hope to do more – explore other color combos. Maybe I will try to do them in the 30 in 30 challenge. Yay! Another reason to buy more art supplies!

Reflections on a Beautiful Day

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Yesterday, I had a couple of hours to pass while my daughter participated in Orchestra rehearsal. The weather was ideal and I was just a few steps by the beautiful Lake Merritt in Oakland. I made it about 1/3 of the way around the lake. As I was walking, I felt so inspired by the city of Oakland. The lake just perfectly showcases the downtown buildings. I observed the beautiful blend of people from all backgrounds. Yes, it is a city with its problems (crime, schools, cost of living – to name a few). There are many things going darn right there too! This kind of day gives me hope and inspiration.