Sunday, December 30, 2012

Road By Tomales - available

A little plein air painting I did with the California Art Club retreat a few months ago. 
original oil

Golden Trees - available

A plein air painting I did at McClatchy Park, near my studio.
original oil

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Gesture Sketches from our Tuesday Figure Drawing

We do short poses every Tuesday evening here at Patris Studio.  I wanted to try something different, so I took these old blue pieces of mat board, mixed up a pile of flesh tone paint for the light side, and a flesh color for the shadow side and one pile of dark color and painted these 2 min- 15 min. gestures.  So much FUN!!!!

Portrait Study - Lare the musician

3-hour portrait study I did during our Friday POP UP session a couple of weeks ago. 
"Lare" by Patris
22x28, conte on grey paper with white chalk

Monday, December 10, 2012

from our 2nd Saturday model session

Every 2nd Saturday from 3 pm - 6 pm, we have a model session in a vignette setting.  Lots of fun!!!This is my conte on gray paper drawing.

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Pop Up Friday's creative artists!

My 20 x 30 Acrylic gesture painting of our lovely model--60 minutes.  Getting crazy with the paint and expressive in a new way!

Monday, December 3, 2012

From the Red collection

Some fun new pieces from this new line of the Red Dress Collection. 

Friday, November 30, 2012

Work day at Patris Studio & Gallery.

Patris working on changing signage from the previous studio.  Pink bike is awesome transportation for plein air painting. (Can you see the painting in the front basket?)
Cuong, the most  amazing handyman in the world, checking upstairs.  Our fabulous "in-house" pasta chef is cleaning up from another production run.

Patris finishing up a new image for the Red Dress Collection.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Monday, November 26, 2012

Friday, November 23, 2012

New From the Red Dress Collection

Announcing the new line of paintings from the Red Dress Collection.

Available at the Crocker  Art Museum
 Holiday Art and Craft 
 Festival this weekend.

Monday, November 19, 2012

Quick Poses from Pop Up Art Session

These are the five acrylic sketches I did from the model during our Pop Up Friday session last week.  We did 5 poses ranging from 10 minutes to one hour.  Super fun and a great way to work quickly and just have fun. 

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Last Week's Pop Up Sketch

Here is the 24x30 acrylic painting I did in one hour at last week's Pop Up.  I gessoed the back of some old blue prints and they make great practice painting paper for quick studies. 

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Land Park Trees--Available

Plein air/studio painting.  I prefer painting on location, but seem to need studio time for final completion.

Monday, November 5, 2012

House Portrait--birthday gift

Here's a house portrait I did for a friend's daughter's special birthday.

Friday, October 5, 2012

Pop Up Friday Sketch

This is a 40 minute 16 x 20 oil painting sketch painted during POP UP today.  Great way to just get it all down.

Monday, October 1, 2012

Cupcake-- available

Cupcakes are fun to paint, but my light started melting the whip cream frosting! Love painting from life.

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Pink Bike--available

This is the painting I did for the Natsoulas Gallery Landscape Paint Out today.  It's for sale in the silent auction taking place tonight at Natsoulas Gallery in Davis, CA.

Friday, September 21, 2012

Portrait Study during Pop Up Friday

2 1/2 hour drawing during our Friday Pop Up session.  Find out more what the Pop Up Fridays are at

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Yellow Flower Vase - available

A Still life I set up last winter to study more about floral masses and arrangements.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Winters Creek - Available

A plein air painting I did in Winters this spring.
9 x 12
original oil

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Sunflower Yard

Another painting of the Sunflower Yard from Alameda Plein Air.

Monday, August 27, 2012

Sunflower Yard

Another plein air painting I did during the Alameda Plein Air.  Great sunflowers to paint in the front yard of this house.

Friday, August 24, 2012

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

House portrait commission

A house portrait commission I did for a happy client-
-I love this painting and how it captures what home is all about!

Monday, August 20, 2012

Balina Harbor--available

A plein air painting from the Alameda Plein Air event that I participated in a few weeks ago.
original oil

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Cathedral Statue - SOLD!!

This is a painting I did partly en plein air and partly in studio from the big cathedral downtown.
I sold it and then realized how much I love this picture of Jesus and his mom and wished I had kept it for myself.  

Friday, July 20, 2012

Painters Paradise, Oak Park - available

This is another painting I did a while ago during the Oak Park Painters Paradise Event.  I was trying to capture the festive feeling of the day. 
original oil

Monday, July 2, 2012

Near Cache Creek - available

This is a painting I did a few months ago out in Yolo County.  The mountains always remind me of growig up in Montana.

16 x 20
original oil

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Quick Demo for My Drawing Fundamentals Class

This is a 15 minute demo I did for my Drawig Fundamentals class to show the properties of light and shadow.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Portrait Study

Another 3-hour study I did during the long pose session at S12 a couple of Thursday afternoons ago. 
He was a beautiful model indeed!
red conte on toned paper

Friday, May 18, 2012

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Creek View - Available

Here's another view of Putah Creek that I painted during the Winters Plein Air Festival.  Scott Marin and painted under the bridge to avoid the scorching heat!

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Putah Creek-Available

This is a plein air painting I did during the Winters Plein Air Festival last week.  Available at Briggs Gallery in
Winters, CA.


Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Monterey - Available

This is a plein air painting I did down in Monterey.  I love painting in that area.
9 x 12
original oil

Thursday, April 26, 2012


Scott Martin bought cupcakes for his painting class and they looked too cute to eat, so I painted one instead.  Oh yeah-I ate one and painted one. 
6 x 6
original oil

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Painters Paradise--Quick Sketch

 This painting captures the festive feeling of the event in this 45 minute sketch that I did during the Painters Paradise in Oak Park April 21. 
oil on board

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Larry the Musician from Old I

This was a drawing I did during our 3-hour long pose session with the model at S12 from 1:30 - 4:30 pm Thurday afternoon.  Our model, Larry is a local musician over at Old Ironsides and he's a great model!

Friday, April 13, 2012

Red Dress- available

A new creation from the Red Dress Collection available at the French Cuff in Davis through April.
6" x 6"
original oil