Friday, March 26, 2010


Conte on Paper
30 x 22"

After careful consideration and soul-searching, I've decided to shelve the oil paints for a while until I've had my baby. So...what do I do in the mean time? Well, the Yu Ji lecture I attended at LTCC last week gave me some inspiration to focus on drawing again - so I'm taking this as an opportunity to really work on my draughtmanship. I really enjoyed this drawing, and I think doing more of this sort of work will improve me as an artist. I'm horribly impatient, and usually work far too fast, so I think being able to modify my speed might help my painting when I get back to it. I've also ordered some watercolours and a lovely new moleskine sketchbook. I'll get my colour fix that way, and hopefully learn to handle a medium I know almost nothing about. Here's to new challenges!

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Two Fabulous Cupcakes

Two Cupcakes
Oil on Panel
6 x 6"

Here's No.2 in a series of lovely cakes from the Sugar Pine Bakery in Tahoe. Katie also makes wedding and other speciality cakes, pastries and scrummy artisan breads. You can email her for more details:, or call 530.542.7000

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Portfolio Development Class at LTCC

I'll be teaching the 'Portfolio Development' class at Lake Tahoe Community College in the Spring semester, starting on April 9th. Classes are on Fridays, 9- 10.50 am. This is the official description:

This course is designed to assist art students in preparing a complete portfolio which would be available for career and advanced study opportunities. The course will include the preparation, development and presentation of a portfolio of original art, photographing art in producing a slide and digital image portfolio, developing an artist's resume and an artist's statement. The course also addresses preparing the developing artist for the professional world of art: pricing of artwork, copyright, and an introduction to art galleries.

I'll also be covering a lot of online marketing and communications, such as blogging, building websites from templates, social networking, online newsletters and email etiquette.

The required text is 'Taking the Leap' by Cay Lang, available in the college bookstore, or online at (prices starting at $7.64 used)

Register now!

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

A Fine Creation

A Fine Fruit Tart
Oil on Panel
6 x 6"

We've got a fabulous new bakery in Tahoe, and I'm so excited I just had to paint some of their creations. The hardest thing was not eating it before I'd finished. A friend suggested one bite would make for a more dramatic painting, ....but I'm pregnant, so there's no such thing as one bite!

If you're in Tahoe, please visit the Sugar Pine Bakery at 3564 G, Lake Tahoe Blvd, South Lake Tahoe. You can read a brilliant article by Becky Bell on the bakery here: Tahoe Arts & Mountain Culture.