Sunday, May 8, 2011

Hope's Roses

12x12, oil on linen

Painted an outdoor still life with my painting buddy Hope Cunningham whose gardens are gorgeous. The light changed so rapidly I had to finish the painting in the studio. I'm not sure about the bright blue background, but it would be impossible to change at this point. I really like the orange and peel.
Thanks Hope, you are always so much fun!

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Spring Open Studio Tour

Please join me for the Tucson Spring Open Studio Tour this weekend, April 16 and 17 from 11-5. I will also be exhibiting beautiful work by my students and my husband David Johnson Vandenberg. 
Located at  Studio 2405, 2405 N castro, one block west of Stone, just north of Grant.

Night Blooming Cereus, 15x14, oil

Cup with Daffs, 8x6, oil on linen

Cup with Orange Wedges, 15x5, oil on linen

Cup with Oranges, 8x10, oil on linen

Iris, 30x60, oil on canvas

Friday, October 22, 2010

Nikki Westra Show at Temple of Music and Art

My Friend Nikki Westra is showing her unusal and thought-provoking collages at the Etherton Temple Gallery at the Temple of Music and Art (330 South Scott Avenue). The opening is tonight from 5:30 - 7:30 PM. View the Press Release. See the show online.
The show runs through November 23rd.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

American Women Artists National Juried Show

This painting has been accepted into the American Women Artists national juried exhibition to be held at Southwest Gallery in Dallas, Texas, October 9 - November 9, 2010.
Torch Cactus
30x24, oil on masonite

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Langnickel Royal Sable Brushes

If you are tired of seeing "out of stock" from your favorite online art supplier when you try to order Langnickel Royal Sable brushes, especially the 5590 series, I have found a  great supplier ---Hofcraft.

Always in stock and always give a 10% discount. Shipping is free with orders over $200, but the discount pays for your shipping. Ships USPS Priority, and each time they have arrived three days after my order.

These brushes are economically priced and work beautifully for applying wet on wet paint. Hey, Richard Schmid says he couldn't paint without them!

I receive no income or perk for this post---just good news to pass on.

Monday, April 26, 2010

Plein Air Paintings from Miracle Mile Historic Tour and Festival

I really had a fabulous time painting, so much so I wondered why I don't do plein air more often. The following is a painting I  had at the event that sold. The next two paintings I did for the show.

Here are two of Bob's three paintings. Wow,  I LOVE the brushwork.

This one is the Copper Cactus Motel by Hope Cunningham--tough angles very well done.

Friday, April 23, 2010

2010 Miracle Mile Historical Tour and Plein Air Art Event

Despite the unusual cold and cloudy weather, I've been "painting the strip" along with my friends Robert Goldman and Hope Cunningham the last few days, as part of the Historical Miracle Mile Tour and Festival's Plein Air Event. Our paintings are due tomorrow and my friend Phil Starke will be judging.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Tucson Museum of Art CRUSH Benefit--SOLD

The annual  Tucson Museum of Art CRUSH pARTy "Under the Stars" Silent Auction is this Friday from 6-9. Lots of incredible juried art to bid on and 65 wines to taste---sounds like a good time to me.
My donation is a 9x12 oil painting on masonite of a scene from Tucson's Barrio Viejo.


  April 9, 2010, 6-9pm

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Daniel Keys-A Painter to Watch

At a local women's art get-together this last week, a friend gave me a copy of the recent Art of the West issue featuring Daniel Keys. He is definitely worth checking out. BTW, he is only 24. God has surely blessed this young man.

Daniel Keys' website
Daniel Keys' Blog

The blog allows you to click and enlarge most of the paintings so you can really see the brushwork.

Hydrangeas and Peaches
Daniel Keys

Friday, March 19, 2010

When the painting isn't working

Ever sit down to paint, and it comes so easy you can't believe it? I wish that happened every time I paint, but those sessions seem to be the exception rather than the norm. And, when a painting isn't working, the only thing to do is wipe it out. Prolonging the inevitable is torture, and trying to fix  a painting gone wrong isn't gonna make it any better, ever.

I tell myself that the process is more important than the outcome, that I learn something every time I paint, and I paint everyday. Even after all the years I've painted, I know that progress is a life-long journey and the longer one paints, the steeper and slower the learning curve.

Humans, well animals too, respond to intermittent, positive reinforcement. This is why a trip to Vegas can wipe out your checking account. So, the times when painting is HARD and doesn't come easily, we persevere because of the times when it does work.

I also know that if I don't paint everyday, I'm not going to get better. Don't beat yourself up if a painting isn't working. Know that the subconscious remembers everything and that knowledge and experience will work for you in the next one.

I would love to know what other painters feel about this topic.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Art Opening for my husband David Johson Vandenberg

The opening for David's show is Thursday evening at Tansey Gallery(formerly Mountain Shadow Gallery) from 5-7:30. New work by our long-time friend Doug Shelton will also be showing.

For more information about the gallery and its location go to  Tansey Gallery.

Thursday, December 31, 2009

Recently sold paintings

It seems I've been sick for most of the month. Nasty, nasty cold. All of the following paintings sold during the Open Studio Tour. I am so eager for the New Year!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Mint Cupcake, oil on panel, 4x4

Gold Vase with Grapes, oil//linen, 5x3

Apple with Blue Bowl, oil/panel, 5x5

Tobasco, oil/linen, 8x4

Crayons, oil/masonite, 3x4

Tucson Barrio, oil/linen, 7x5

Three Marbles, oil/masonite, 4x6

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Open Studio Tour Nov 14th and 15

Come see me during the Open Studio Tour this weekend. For information about the tour go to

Open Studio Tour Nov 14th and 15

Come see me during the Open Studio Tour this weekend. For information about the tour go to

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Northern New Mexico, 8x6 inches, oil on masonite

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My family lives in Albuquerque so I have the opportunity to visit one of the most beautiful states in the country on a regular basis. This is a small ranch north of Taos.

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Flowers in Amber, 8x6 inches, oil on prepared masonite(1/4in.) SOLD


I really enjoyed the process of painting this still life. It is very painterly--I'm trying to use more paint and bravado with my brush strokes. I like the warm and happy feeling it evokes.