Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Ma 'Anax'+' Alaptipu

 
"Ma 'Anax'+' Alaptipu" 18"x 24" watercolor
Sometimes I can't really express the feelings I have working on a painting and surely this is one of them.  Let me just say how honored I am to be able to be able to paint this Chumash brother.
 
 
 

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Slop it on and make it work! . . . that's my go-to motto!


 It's been a busy summer so far what with kids out of school and a summer track and field club (my son not me!) But I've been managing working on some new paintings.  This is what I'm currently working on.  Can't wait to finish!


 Here's the slop in my palette.

 

Here's the make it work part!

Monday, May 26, 2014

My latest painting

 
 "Untitled" until further notice.  24"x 18"
I fell in love with this regalia, so beautiful with intricately woven feathers into the headdress and cape.  With so many of them similar in color, I had to focus on the nuances in each feather to make them come alive visually, as if they weren't already stunning to me! 
Here's some process photos.  :0)
 
 
 
 

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Under The Influence 1

 
"Under The Influence 1"
 
I hear Peeps are poised to take over the candy world this year infiltrating the store isles with a variety of flavors and even sizes now!
So, since they want to go even more global. . . this is my take on some guy who put Campbell's Soup cans on the art world map  ;0)
Oh, and Happy Easter everyone! 

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

"Life Lessons"

 
"Life Lessons"  18" x 24" Watercolor
 
Because at some point in your life, you're just going to have to learn to float!

 
This painting was pretty tricky, never having painted sparkly water let alone submerged/floating people before it created another one of those "what was I thinking" moments.


 
I think my thought process was something like this.  .  What a great image!  I should paint that!, well, maybe not, it looks kinda hard, but then again, it would be a great painting, oh I don't know, I've never done anything like it before, well what better way to learn!, Ok, I'll try it!, I think . . .  maybe after I do some easier paintings. . .oh, I'll just go for it! Ok I'll do it . . wait,  
I'd better stock up on chocolate. . . yeah, chocolate will make this easier.  ;0)

Monday, February 24, 2014

Totes Adorbs

 
"Totes Adorbs"  8"x8" watercolor
 
Here's a more current take on the Sweetheart Candies. . . love notes in the texting/tweeting world! 

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Spoonful of Me & You

 
Spoonful of Me & You
8" x 8" watercolor
 
How is it that I've never painted chocolate for Valentines?  Hmmm, maybe if it lasted long enough for me to paint? 

Friday, August 2, 2013

Friday Feature on Carrie Waller's blog

I'm very honored to be the featured artist on Carrie Waller's blog this week.  I had lots of fun answering questions and sharing stories about my, uh, mysterious past. 

(yup, that's me at about 1 1/2 years old)
 
Make sure to check out Carrie's blog by clicking on her name below and see some of her amazing work!  Thank you Carrie!  :0)

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Eh Kneek II

 
"Eh Kneek II"  16"x16" watercolor
 
 
Finally finished with this new painting of an amazing young girl turning out to be an even more amazing young lady.  Here are some of photos of the steps I take to get to the finished painting:


 
 

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Currently on my easel

Ok, so I don't paint on an easel and I have several things I'm working on but I thought since I haven't updated my blog in a little while I'd let you see one of the things I'm working on.  Thanks for checking in, I'll have some new paintings to show you soon!  ;0)



Saturday, March 30, 2013

Peeps y'all!

 
"Equality for all Peeps" 6"x6" watercolor by Pablo
 
 
"A Fistful of Peeps" 11"x14" oil on canvas by Geraud Staton
 
 
"Happy Hour Peeps" 10"x10" watercolor by Kathleen Ballard
 
 
"Little Bo Peep" 6"x6" watercolor by Chris Beck
 
(Jelaine Faunce is having a showdown with the Internet so as soon as she's laid down the law at the OK Coral, I'll post her image ;0)  )
 
All of the sudden, peeps are all the rage!  Lately I've seen more peep posts and pictures than I can remember.  I don't remember what got me started on painting peeps a few years ago and I never meant for them to take over but they have a way of, well, invading my space!  This year has been no exception even though I swore off peeps. 
 
I've been challenged by some of my most creative friends this time so how could I have turned it down?  I went simply for something I feel is important this time: 
 
Equality for all Peeps!
 
Make sure to check out every one's blogs by clicking on their names and enjoy the stories behind their paintings! 
 

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Valentines Challenge!

 
 
"OXO"  8"x10" watercolor by yours truly
 
Three boxes of Sweethearts and a bag of large Sweethearts later, I had the still life I wanted to paint!  Ok, four boxes but who's counting after the first two!  This was a sweet challenge to be a part of. . snicker snicker, had it not been for the candy, I might not have powered through a touch of the flu during the painting!  Suffering for art was not part of the plan but I'm so glad I was able to finish it in time to be part of the challenge with a fine group of painters.  Please check out their blogs to get the story behind their paintings!  just clickity click on their names  :0)
 
 
"Heart full of Hearts"  10"x8"  watercolor by Kathleen Ballard

 
"Candy Love"  6"x6" oil by Geraud Staton
 
 
 
"Playing with the Queen of Hearts"  6"x6" oil by Jelaine Faunce

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Desert Primrose

 
Desert Primrose 10.5" x 8"
 
I love these flowers, such a beautiful pink and a warm yellowish glow in the center, and then there's the lovely darker pink veins. . . in the spring, they look like a carpet of pink in the desert.  But really what got me to paint this watercolor was the bee on the glass.  So cool.
 
If you'd like to purchase Desert Primrose, please email me at
pvlara@sbcglobal.net

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Gumby Bears & Pokey Dots

 
Gumby Bears 

 
Pokey Dots
 
Happy New Year everyone!  I thought I'd start out the new year with a little fun.  I used to watch Gumby and Pokey when I was little and thought they could make an interesting painting, of course I had to put my own twist on them!   
 
I hope you had  safe and wonderful holidays, time to move forward!

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Triton Museum Statewide competition

 
I'm lucky to have gotten two paintings into this exhitition! 
Come by Friday Dec. 7th for the Artist Reception.
I'll be there and I'd love to meet you! 
 
From what I hear it's a fantastic show and I can't wait to see all the great art!
 

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Cover Girl!

 
I never would have thought in a million years that my painting "Honoring the Elders" would have made the cover of that local yellow pages!  What an honor!  
 
 Thanks to Jeweler
 
 and
 
 

Friday, November 2, 2012

Flower Girl

 
Flower Girl 20"x 20"  watercolor
 
It all started with this flower painting by my girl
 
 
She had asked if she could try my watercolors and this is what she came up with, that gave me the inspiration I needed to do a portrait of her, that and the fact that she NEVER lets her hair be put into braids or pony tails or anything, it's always free and flowing, so when she said I could braid her hair and tie it up like her Great Grandma's and she saw her self, she couldn't stop giggling.  I had a lot of fun painting this one, letting the paint flow and drip and make as much mess as Lily did when she was painting.   
 
Here's some of the steps it took to finally finish what is now one of my favorite paintings. 
 


 
 
I hope you enjoy seeing my latest work as much as I enjoyed painting it! 
 

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Happy Hallowee Peeps!


 
"FrankenPeep n' Bride"  7"x5" watercolor
 

"Bride of FrankenPeep"  8"x10" watercolor
 
 
"Skelepeep" 7"x5" watercolor
 
Happy Halloween everyone!  I'm just having a little fun with my peeps!  Have a safe and happy time!

Friday, October 26, 2012

Dia de los Muertos Challenge!

 
 "Fish n' Quackers" 8"x10" Watercolor by me
 
 
"One of These Is Not Like the Others" - 6"x8" - oil on 1.5" gallery-wrapped canvas

 
"Amor Eterno"  8" x 10" Oil on Canvas Board
 
 
I've said it before and I'll say it again, and then again next year!  This has to be my favorite holiday! For me it's visually exciting and full of cultural depth and to top that off, it's a time to celebrate with music and rejoicing and food to honor the loved ones that have passed into the next phase of the journey. 
 
I'm happy to have Jelaine join me this year with her Antonio - Huggy Bear - Fargas Pimp daddy and posse. . . . I just love her twisted mind!  ha ha ha
 
I'm also extremely happy to be introduced to the works of Geraud Staton, who's cunning wit that rivals Jelaines and a love of horror movies is a dude that I just had to know.  Just look at the expressions on the faces of his painting!  
 
What can I say about my painting?  well, a rubber ducky in skeleton drag and fish bones?  That'll work!  ha ha ha
 
If you'd like to purchase "Fish n' Quackers"  please email me at
 
 
 
 
 

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Shell Keeper

 
"Shell Keeper"

My little Yellow Hammer is admiring grandma's abalone dance necklace, trying to see if he can see his reflection in the shiny shiny :0)