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Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Reno Shop Now Carrying My Paintings

A New Location

As part of my rest and relaxation I took a kayak with a friend and the owner of 
Ryrie's Art & Home

She was inspired to select several of my paintings for her shop in Reno, NV.

One Tahoe inspired work

Hearts Made of Stone

Summer Peach

Six Figs on a Board 

Red Hot

Six Reds on a Board

Nine Lemons on a Board 

and Eggplant

If you are in Reno, stop by Ryrie's.
6135 Lakeside Drive

These small works are available now, but might not last long.

And check back here to find out about Art in the Tahoe Garden, presented by Ryrie, on August 14th.

Monday, July 26, 2010

Taking A Break

Taking a Break

Can you believe these fabulous peonies...from my garden.  And that is where I will be today and tomorrow, taking a break from creating in my studio.  After three consecutive weekends of shows, I need to unpack, reorganize and take a little bit of time for me.  So into the garden I go to dead head, weed, feed, and rejuvenate.  

And look who will come with me:  Mr. Jackson Pollock.

We will both love being in and among  the flowers.

He will be looking for voles as I find relaxation.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Fiber, Paint and Pearls
An Exhibition and Sale in The Brick House at Bartley Ranch, Reno, NV

Pearls, beautiful pearls.  The luster, color, shape and texture of these are a joy to work with, and they are a delight to wear.

My newest direction:  adding vintage pins to strands of pearls.  

Shown above is an old shoe buckle paired with huge single coin and smaller double coin pearls.  This necklace can be worn long or doubled, as shown, with the buckle in front or at the back of the neck.  Three wearable options!  All elegant.

This coming weekend I will be showing my jewels with three other designers in The Brick House at Bartley Ranch in Reno, NV. as part of Artown.

Fiber, Paint and Pearls
Sat, July 24,  10 to 5
Sun, July 25, 10 to 4

Jill Altmann, Toni Lowden, Pamela Hunt Lee, Arlene Wohl

Friday, July 16, 2010


Is every artist painting cherries right now?  The fruit is delicious, colorful, and irresistible.  

These irregularly shaped Druzy Quartz stones, strung along with pink toned pearls carry luscious tones of cherry as well as watermelon, peaches and strawberries.

The markets abound with apricots and peaches which seem to find their way onto the canvas as well.

It's ARTour weekend at Tahoe.  Stop by to see these paintings, this necklace and more....

Monday, July 12, 2010



This past weekend was the beginning of ARTour.  Thirty-one artists in the North Lake Tahoe and Truckee areas opened their homes and studios to interested people and patrons of the arts. It is always a time to meet interesting people, have engaging conversations, sell and buy original art directly from the artists.

The studios are open again next Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 10-5 each day.  Maps and additional information can be found at:

Friday, July 9, 2010

Tahoe Donner Installation

Tahoe Donner Installation

Two days ago, at the request of Spirit Gallery (located in Truckee, CA) I delivered several paintings to Tahoe Donner Lodge and Restaurant where they will hang for several weeks.

All of the paintings are water related.

All are inspired by Lake Tahoe.

Monday, July 5, 2010


8x10" study for 'Cracks'

The other day I was visiting with another painter about our palettes and which hues we use when we head into our studios to paint.  It was interesting to compare her full palette of many colors to my very restricted.  Several years ago I deleted black and allowed myself no more than four or five hues, including white.   When painting my Tahoe Rocks I was limiting myself to raw umber, burnt umber, pthalo blue, raw sienna, and titanium white.  Today, after going back to black under painting, I have reintroduced black on the palette.  

Acrylic on Canvas

As can be seen in the photo above, the 48" x 60" painting (on the upper portion of the wall) was created with raw umber, pthalo blue, pthalo turquoise, cobalt blue, titanium white, ivory black, and quinacridone gold.  I am still mixing color into the shadows, but blending it with some of the ivory black.