Taking A Break

8"x 10"
acrylic on masonite

This is the current entry for Karin Jurick's Different Strokes From Different Folks Blog. What I enjoy about painting people is having the time to contemplate and consider who they are and what they're doing instead of just passing them on the street.
It took several tries to get the drawing to fit within the space, a challenge I remember from Life Drawing class. I need more practice!

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Stress Less

6"x 12"
acrylic on canvas

I lived in Newport Beach, California throughout my high school and college years and whenever the pressures of school got to me, I would take a break and go for a run or a bike ride along the boardwalk. There was something about gazing out over the vast ocean that always put my comparatively small stresses back into a healthier perspective!


Coffee House #1

10"x 10"
acrylic on canvas

I hadn't seen my friend Beth since 5th grade (34 years ago!) until we recently reconnected on Facebook. She saw some of my art work posted on Facebook and asked if I would hang some in her new espresso and tea bar, Paradise Perks in Irvine, California. Beth has done a wonderful job of creating a beautiful and inviting neighborhood destination and I feel honored to be hanging my art there. Here is one of three paintings hanging in Paradise Perks and I plan to continue to add to the series but would like some help with names....for the series and the individual paintings. I would love to hear what you think!


Rest From Row

8"x 16"
acrylic on canvas
I am continually surprised by the Different Strokes From Different Folks challenges. A subject that seems simple can be hard and one that seems hard is often easy and enjoyable! I thought this would be a bit boring and was concerned about painting all the water and making it interesting, but I actually really enjoyed this painting and had fun with the water! That is the value of having someone else give you an "assignment". I am painting things that I may not chose and learning every time!
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