Red-tailed Hawk


#225/365 Paintings

I’m fascinated with these creatures, but keeping this one hidden in the dark – from bunnies who might feel slightly betrayed that I allowed the slightest amount of art on their fatal enemy. They are called the chicken hawk, but…

I tell the rabbits that it’s a redhead thing. They still snub the idea.


Swami the Llama


#223/365 Paintings

This Llama is a comedian. He lives with the family I’m visiting. I walked up to say hello, he ran up to me like an eager puppy. The tufts of his face hair flying up and down like he’d take flight any second. His eyes are as big as plums with a newborn’s expectations of my meeting his every need. He’s seriously in this for all the money… this life stuff.

Swami loves apples like nobody’s business, so I gave him a small pile in this painting.

Everyone should have a Swami in their life.


Hilltop Home


#222/365 Paintings

I’m visiting a stunning home in West Linn, OR with some super talented folks – friends of a dear screenwriter friend in Portland. This morning I played with pastels in their barn/art studio with one of their daughters. We listened to Sarah Mclachlan as she dove into the color lessons and some photographic memory exercises. She’s a realist/character painter — she enjoyed slopping around in the large world of color. Our manicures took on a whole new surface-powdered style. This is the pastel I painted of their home. We see horses, llama’s, dogs, sky and a landscape of charming homes on hills. I feel as though I’m could as easily be in Greece. So much to paint. So little time. Luckily, she and I are painting in the barn again tomorrow. We’ll focus on creating backgrounds for watercolor. I can’t wait.