Sunday, March 28, 2010


untitled               oil on canvas        8" x 8"

male quail calling from vantage point

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Warm Days

Roses about to bloom

buds growing on cactus

5" lizard soaking up sun heat on the flagstone walk

The winter was mild enough this year that the Cassia did not die back to its roots and is blooming for the first time in three years.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

More Spring Signs

new leaves appearing on the mulberries

Carolina Jasmine on the west wall
Mt. Hidalgo in the distance

Ocotillo leafing

such sweetness...

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Monday, March 15, 2010

Spring Coming In

No one but myself knows the anxiety I go through and the trouble I give myself to finish paintings which do not satisfy me and seem to please so very few others.    —  Claude Monet

(Quoted in today's Palm Springs Art Museum e-newsletter)

poppies celebrating

mockingbird celebrating with Joshua Tree

Friday, March 12, 2010

Down Below

Also known as the Coachella Valley, location of Palm Springs, Desert Hot Springs, Palm Desert, and other delightful winter warm places...

Palm trees always make me think I am on vacation...

Wildflowers in bloom west of Desert Hot Springs with Mt. Jacinto king over all:

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Roadrunner Visits

Bright sun today — and cold wind...

Roadrunner outside the studio 

It turned and the camera caught the iridescence of its tail, which I had never seen before.

DREAMING OF SUMMER      oil on canvas    8" x 8"

Monday, March 8, 2010

End of the Rain?

Clouds lifting yesterday afternoon - could this be the end of our rainy winter?

MOJAVE WINTER STUDY        oil on canvas       12" x 12"

The real news is the blossoming flowering plum in the brand new sunlight this morning...and this is one of my favorite days, the anniversary of the birth of my amazing daughter Georgie.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Venus Returns

last night, as the sky darkened, there she was...

RETURN OF THE EVENING STAR        oil on canvas      8" x 8"

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Copal Gallery in Palm Desert

Alicia Armstrong in Palm Desert continues to show my work at Copal Gallery on El Paseo.  Copal Gallery will be open from 5pm - 9pm this Thursday in conjunction with the first Thursday Artwalk.
Work exhibited includes this painting which won Best of Show in the Painting/Drawing category at the Ventura Art Festival in November 2009:

AUTUMN RIVER     oil on canvas     60" x 36"