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I'm scheduled to teach several classes this fall through the Richmond Art Center.

Beginning Painting, Wednesday Sept 12– Nov 14 6:30–9:30 PM.

Painting Figure in Environment Monday Sept 10–Nov 19 9:30 AM–12:30 PM: $330
        this is o so rewarding, a stretch for the figure ability and painting ability, with models     every session.

The Figure: Starting Out Thursday Sept 20–Oct 25 6:30–9:30 PM
all about fast workarounds for accurate representation of human figures. A short class, challenging exercises, model every time.


Sign up on line at the Richmond Art Center Catalog


Tuesday Morning Live Model Sessions update 2/20/2018

A congenial group meets Tuesday mornings to paint and draw from a live model.  Location is Adelines Lab, 3140 MLK in Berkeley, near the south end of the Ashby BART station.  Posing starts at 10 ends at 1; best get there a bit early to set up. Always drop-in, $20. We have water, chairs, tables. Coffee shop nearby.

Please email your name and a little about yourself to: We will place you on the mailing list. This will get you weekly model info and schedule updates.

Facebook page: ArtJam: East Bay Figure Painters
Here are samples of work by our members:


The pictures on the wall change monthly, the regulars occasionally.

The pictures on the wall change monthly, the regulars occasionally.

The Beauty of Water: through July 24

Water landscapes, from 9 artists, selected by Arts Benicia's Mary Shaw and Celeste Smeland adorn the walls of the Benicia City Council chambers. Benicia City Hall
250 East L Street
Benicia, CA.


Meeker Haze

Open Studios: June 10-11, 2017

Saturday & Sunday

June 10 & 11


Lots to see: The garden, recent small & mid-sized l landscapes, fun figure gouaches and tiny bird paintings. I'd love to visit and get your feedback!

Class: Painting from the Landscape Outdoors

The class is for people who have painted, would like to try landscape, but feel they need help getting started,
or people who would like to try a different approach to the one they have been using, or people who feel they know how to start but want help (or just input) getting past the start.

I've been painting outdoors since 1978, in oils and watercolor. Mostly my work is driven by a feeling for the space and liveliness of a scene. I can offer tips on getting started with composition, color, and flow. It's all about the process.

I plan to take people to places nearby, where there is a bit of wildness, but also a bit of city. As a rather lazy person, I tend to avoid long walks with heavy equipment. (The struggle to set up can get in the way of the art).

If you think you might be interested in joining me, the class will generally meet on site Friday mornings at 9:30 or 10, and going till around 1. There will be 8 classes, starting the 4th week in June, the 23rd . First class meets at my studio and proceeds to to a site close at hand. (the Albany Bulb? the North Branch of the library?)
There will be a demonstration, tips on getting started, help along the way, and show-and-tell. We'll go twice to a spot unless it's impossible because of wind or other issues. We can communicate individually by email so you get the right equipment and materials from the get-go. If enough people want to try locations farther away, we could make a trip to Mt Diablo or China Camp, both State Parks.

The 8 week series will be $190. Want to give it a try? It could be fun.

I would love to hear from you if you are interested.

Gouaches at Meal Ticket

You can enjoy a great burger or fried oyster Po’ Boy while checking out 11 of my figure gouaches displayed around the room at Meal Ticket restaurant in Berkeley.

It’s a breakfast and lunch place, casual but tasty. If you decide you love one or two of them, they are available, all at the same price of $400. Contact me via email using the link on the “about” page.

Meal Ticket
1235 San Pablo Ave
(between Gilman St & Harrison St)
Berkeley, CA 94706

Vallejo Museum group show: Wilderness 50

Celebrating a half-century of the Wilderness Act, a group offellow landscape artists are showing scenes from protected American wilderness. I chose a favorite spot close to home. Just off the Limantour Road, the Muddy Hollow trailhead gives access to the coastal marshes, lagoons and Limantour beach. Or you can walk north toward Home Bay. I love the first open area after you wander through the alders and cross the creek. The trail is to your right; willows in the distance to the left block the view of the ocean.

Show is up September 4–October 11 2016.

Great work by the other artists!

734 Marin Street
Vallejo 94590

All-Berkeley Landscape show

Our Monday East Bay Landscape Painters are putting together an exhibit of work painted in Berkeley. Several of my pieces will be showing. It should be lots of fun, with all sorts of locales and styles represented. The show starts September 13, with a reception Friday, September 20. See you there!

Here is a little 18″ square painting that will be there:

Trail Crossing, Urban Ore


    Recently I complained to a group of friends that something was missing in my artistic life: A permanent studio for live figure drawing, where the fun creative setups could remain and evolve, artists could get together to explore changing themes, and different approaches to working from the model could be explored.

    Wei piped up that she had half a warehouse space that wasn’t being used; would I like to try something there. When I found out it was near I-80 on Gilman, had natural light and its own parking lot, I got really excited!

    That’s how we started. Wei and I want it to be the place where local artists can meet, learn, and evolve their ideas.

    725 Gilman Street Suite E : Behind A & G Pottery
    Berkeley, California 94710


    Landscape showing at the Milk Bar

    My friend Mary Armentrout and her dad, Steve Armentrout have a personal gallery open Sunday afternoons, 2–5 PM. It’s at Steve’s house on Blake Street in Berkeley.

    That’s 1518 Blake Street at Sacramento Street, Berkeley. They’ll have my landscapes up through August 24. We’ll have a little closing party that afternoon, if you’d like to visit.

    Here’s one of the paintings:

    Only Anytime, oil on canvas, 2013

      Au Naturel: 2012 Exhibit

      Au Naturel : 2012 Exhibit.

      Two of my gouaches were included in Clatsop Community College’s sixth annual Au Naturel: The Nude in the 21st Century. Portland Art Museum Curator


      Bonnie Laing-Malcolmson chose Sig and Friends for the Third Place award.