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Artist's Blog

April 19th, 2015

Painting at Point Lobos during the Plein Air Convention!

I enjoyed a wonderful week painting during the Convention at Lover's Point, Carmel Mission Ranch, Point Lobos and at the Carmel River!

Got to catch up with many artist friends and enjoy their comraderie,
as well as attend several amazing demos,
by Tim Allen Lawson and Quang Ho! WoW!

Just to update you, I have many shows currently in California and Colorado!
Please check out my exhibits page!

Thank you to all of my friends and family for your love and support!
Lou and I appreciate everyone of you!


June 3rd, 2014 - Big catch up!

I have many shows currently in California and Colorado!
Please check out my exhibits page!

Thank you to all who came to our Art & Chocolate show in May!
Lou and I appreciate everyone of you!

April 2014 brought me to the Plein Air Convention and Expo
in Monterey again this year!
I was delighted to have two paintings on display during the event
and enjoyed every minute of the excitement, paint outs and comraderie!

I teach my next Courageous Color Workshop
on June 14th & 15th and June 21st & 22nd
Hope you can join us!



Open Studios 2013 - Santa Cruz
Two Weekends!
October 12th & 13th ... and
October 19th & 20th

1007 Lewis Circle
Santa Cruz, CA

Come by and see my newest paintings and say hi!


May 28th , 2013 - Thanks to all the wonderful art lovers
who made it out to our 'Art & Chocolate' Event on Mother's day weekend!
And a Big 'Thanks!' to all those who found something special
to purchase and bring home with them!
Lou & I appreciate all of your support and good wishes!


April 29th , 2013 - I was fortunate to be able to attend the
Plein Air Convention and Expo in Monterey in mid-April!
It was a-m-a-z-i-n-g! Five FULL days of intense ART demos and talks!

Here's a treat!
A few photos of Ken Auster racing thru a 1.5 hr. demo onstage - BIG!
Blocking in / Refining / Finish - What a rockstar!




March 11th, 2013 - Cool! Myself and Lou are featured artists this month on the
Plein Air Journal -
This is where
Judsons Art Outfitters write about items of interest
to plein air painters, such as artists, events, history, etc.
We were fortunate to meet the illustrious painter and founder, Carl Judson
at the Sedona Plein Air Festival
last year and he asked for some info on us.
We shared alot and he and Sarah have generously decided
to include us in their Plein Air Journal.

Judsons Art Outfitters
Judsons Art Outfitters is a great company that makes and sells all kinds of
equipment for plein air artists at good prices!
You can see two of their easels in the photo of me painting at the Grand Canyon!
Lou is the photographer and other painter!
5x7 Pocket box
9x12 Guerrila box

We do love playing with our 'easy to travel with' easel 'guerilla boxes'!

'Hills, Oaks and Brambles' - 9x12 oil, plein-air

December 31st, 2012 - Happy New Year to Everyone!
Thank you all for loving art and for your support in the past,
I really apppreciate all of you!

Lou & I just got back from painting in the Grand Canyon, Arizona
over the Holidays - and it was AMAZING!
It had snowed the night before we arrived
and to see the Grand Canyon capped with an icing of snow
is beautiful to behold indeed!
Check out my new Grand Canyon Paintings -

Here's a preview! 'Snow Capped Grand Canyon' 11x14 oil

Hope your Year Ahead is an Amazing One!


November 7th , 2012 - Just back from a fun and successful week in Sedona, Arizona!
with LOTS of amazing painting for the Sedona Plein Air Festival 2012!

I am now happy to announce new gallery representation there
at the BEST! gallery in Sedona -
Mountain Trails Galleries at Tlaquepaque

Stop in there to check out my new paintings of Sedona!
Tell them Hi for me! They are wonderful!

'Evening at the Medicine Wheel' -oil
9x12 in. painting image, 17x20 in. approx. Framed size

I look forward to hearing from you with any questions or comments
about my paintings and where to find them.
Please feel free to get in touch!


September19th , 2012 - Just back from Colorado
last week and LOTS of fun painting!

Getting ready for a new idea - A Collector's Private Preview!
on September 29th & 30th, 1pm-6pm
This gives my special collector's
who have already bought an original from me
a chance to come and see my NEW work FIRST!
and without the crowds of Open Studios!

'Coastal Majesty'- oil on canvas, 30in. x 40in.

The following weekend Oct. 6th & 7th
is Open Studios -
11am-5pm ONLY 1 weekend for me this year
as I am honored once again to be invited
to paint in the Sedona Plein Air Festival on October 20th -27th!

Come by & bring a friend!!



July 28th , 2012 - planning one more summer plein air workshop
in Santa Cruz Area!

August 7th & 10th, Tuesday & Friday
Hope you can join us!

Here's some eye candy from the last class!

Also coming up!, Check out my 4 day plein-air workshop
coming up in the Boulder, Rocky Mtn Park, Colorado Area!

September 1st, 2nd, 8th, 9th, - two weekends!

Join us for some painting fun & learning!
Two spots left!


June 20 th , 2012 - Great news! (See painting below!)
I plan to paint a big one from this smaller version.
'Color & Light' California Coast- oil on canvas, 8in. x 10in.
Won an Honorable Mention Award
at the
82nd Annual California Statewide Landscape
exhibit at the Santa Cruz Art League.
Juror: Nancy Boas, author of 'California Colorists: Society of Six'


May16th , 2012 - Thank you to everyone who made it to our Art & Chocolate event and
a special 'Thank You' to everyone who purchased
alittle art to enjoy at home!

'Color & Light' California Coast- oil on canvas, 8in. x 10in.
Won an Honorable Mention Award
at the
82nd Annual California Statewide Landscape
exhibit at the Santa Cruz Art League.
Juror: Nancy Boas, author of 'California Colorists: Society of Six'

Just added lots of new workshop days!
10 days in California
4 days in Colorado in Sept.
4 Days in Sedona this fall

Courageous Color
2 day, 4 day or 6 day
Plein-air Workshops

May 19th & 20th
Saturday & Sunday

May 26th & 27th
Saturday & Sunday

June 2nd & 3rd
Saturday & Sunday

4 day Intensive
Plein-air Workshop

June 27th, 28th,
June 30th & July 1st

Wed. Thurs. Sat. & Sunday


Only 2 spots left! ...
Courageous Color - Outside
4 Day Intensive!
Boulder, Colorado &
Rocky Mountain National Park

September 1st & 2nd
September 8th & 9th

Two Saturdays &
Two Sundays

SEDONA, Arizona
Courageous Color - Outside
4 Day Intensive!
Red Rocks
& a Full Moon!!

October 29th, 30th, 31st
& Nov. 1st
Mon. Tues. Wed. & Thurs.

Hope you can join us! The weather is amazing!



March 7th , 2012 - Just added four new workshop days!

March 17th and 31st
Two Saturdays

April 7th and 14th
Two Saturdays

Hope you can join us! The weather is amazing!

'West Cliff Arch' California Coast- oil on canvas, 9in. x 12in.


January 31st , 2012 - Just got my invitation to paint in the Sedona Plein Air Festival last week! Excellent! I always love, love to paint in Sedona!
Coming up Oct. 20 - 27th, 2012!


'Golden Moments Two' California Coast- oil on canvas, 8in. x 10in.

I've started a new 'Golden Moments' Series -
paintings of our beautiful northern California coast
along with two small figures just to show scale.
What a neighborhood! I am one lucky gal!


New Workshop Dates coming soon!

Courageous Color
2 day
Plein-air Workshop

March 3rd & 4th, 2012
Sat. & Sun.

Each day we will focus on different fundamentals
along with individual instruction at the easel. To reserve your spot,
Just contact me! -Click here to email me!


December 29 , 2011 - Hope you all had a joyful Christmas and have a wonderful NewYear's Eve and New Year ahead!

The sun is shining, get get out there! Happy painting!!!

If you're looking for a plein-air workshop or group practice with help...

I have only a few spots left!

Courageous Color
2 or 4 day
Plein-air Workshop

- January 4th & 5th, 2012
Wed. & Thurs.

- January 7th & 8th, 2012
Sat. & Sun.

Each day we will focus on different fundamentals
along with individual instruction at the easel. To reserve your spot,
Just contact me! -Click here to email me!


November 20 , 2011 - Hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving
& Holidays ahead!

I have lots of work up at Holiday Shows,
hope you can stop in and browse at...!

Artisans Gallery
'Home for the Holidays'

November 2nd - Dec. 30th, 2011
Artists Reception -
Friday, Dec. 2nd, 6-8pm
1368 Pacific Avenue
Santa Cruz, California
(831) 423-8183

Many Hands Gallery
'Holiday Show'
November & December, 2011
510 Bay Avenue
Capitola, California
(831) 475-2500

Davenport Gallery
November 2nd - 30th, 2011
Davenport, California

Earthwood Collections
141 E. Elkhorn Ave.
Estes Park, CO
(970) 577-8100

Earthwood Gallery
1412 Pearl Street Mall
Boulder, CO
(303) 444-3838


September 13th , 2011 - Here's a few of my new summer paintings!

'Open Spaces' 'Boulder, Colorado - oil on canvas, 24in. x 30in.


'Mission Rose Garden' San Juan Bautista, California
oil on canvas, 11in. x 14in.


'Continental Divide Sunset' 'RMNP Colorado
oil on canvas, 11in. x 14in.

September 6th , 2011 - It has been crazy-busy summer!
A good crazy! I've painted for the
'San Juan Bautista Plein Air Event'
in early August,
the 'Western Light' exhibit in Estes Park, Colorado in mid-August
and painted for and won the 'Artists' Choice Award' in the
'Women of the West'
exhibit in Boulder, Colorado
this late August/early September! Whew! It was exhilerating!

Also my painting above, 'Rocky Point, Big Sur ' oil on canvas, 30in. x 40in.
is featured large and in color in this weeks Santa Cruz Weekly Newspaper in a timely Cover article titled 'Fall Arts Review''
"looks pretty good!"

The smaller initial study painting for this large Studio piece above is
'Rocky Point, Big Sur - Small' 9in x 12in. acrylic on board - See below!

Both will be available for sale at my Open Studio Oct. 8th & 9th,
2011 from 11am-5pm at my studio
1007 Lewis Circle, Santa Cruz, California

(831) 462-9337 Studio - Cell (831) 240-3425
One Weekend ONLY! - Come by & see my new paintings!



June 29 , 2011 - 'The Artist's Magazine' just emailed me
that I received their
'International Finalist Award'
for their
Annual International Landscape Competition!
That's the top 2 percentof All international Landscape entries,
so I feel blessed about that!

I've scheduled a new outdoor landscape class for
Sunday, July 3rd - join us!

June 25 , 2011 - Thank you to everyone who sent their love and support for me & my husband, Lou Renner and his recent (June 1st) ruptured appendix and two week hospital stay! Thank God he was home and not up on a mountain when it happened!

Needless to say, his recovery has been top on our list
and all comsuming. Lou is home now, and finally off all
the antibiotics and pain meds, slowly building his strength back.

I am back teaching and painting for some big shows, watch out!

May 20th , 2011 - Thank you to all who made it to
my open studio event in early May -
it turned out to be a wonderful weekend event!
Lots of chocolate was enjoyed and artwork taken home.

The weather is clearing up nicely
for outdoor Plein-Air Workshops!
We went out on Thursday for some fun
farmland painting and home-made Gizdich pie! Yumm!
Outdoor painting has many pleasures
to help endure the ongoing challenges!

Plein-Air Workshops - May and June
My next Plein-air workshops are scheduled for

Tuesday, May 24th - Color mixing and Color Temperature

May 28th and 29th - Courageous Color - Edges and Brushwork

June 18th, 19th, 20th and 21st - Courageous Color -
Intensive 4 Day Workshop!

To sign up for a Workshop,
contact Maggie at (831)462-9337 or email

More info on Workshops - Click Here!


April 15th , 2011 -

Finally, here is my finished Oil demo 'Monet's Cliffs'
from the March Plein-air workshop day I taught along the coast!

This past week, my plein-air painting students
on edges and brushwork.
The weather was perfect!
We painted along the coast on the first day
and down among the rolling hills and wildflowers
of Carmel Valley on day two.

Here is my acrylic demo 'What should I title it?'
from this April Plein-air workshop in Carmel Valley!

Get ready for my upcoming Art & Chocolate open studio
with Lou, my husband, and 10 other artists on May 7th & 8th
We'll be at 1007 Lewis Circle, Santa Cruz, California!
Hope you all can come!


March 16th , 2011 - Thanks to the hardy souls who love to paint
and who took my weekend plein-air workshop this past weekend!
We endured cold and even sprinkles!
But WoW! The views could NOT have been better!

I call this place onlong the coast 'Monet's Cliffs'!
They are spectacular! One brave soul even perched himself
along the outter most edge of the cliffs-
See the dot on the distant cliff! That's what I call total immersion!

The cliff goes straight down on both sides of Sunshine's perch!
Look for my newly finished demo painting - posted soon!
This is one I had to finish later as I had lots of students to help
and sprinkles chased us away around 2pm.

All in all a great day was had!


March 2nd , 2011 - Just delivered 10 ocean paintings
to Davenport Gallery for their new exhibit titled
'Our Oceans'!
If you've never been to Davenport, California -GO!

It's right on Pacific Coast Highway 1
with fantastic views of the rugged ocean
right from the front door!

The gallery is impecably well done.
The small town there is a taste of 'oldstyle quaint'
California Coast!

My husband, Lou Renner also has two
Giclee 'ocean' pieces in the exhibit!

Join us for the Reception on March 12th, from 3-6pm.

Ten percent of the proceeds from sales
during this event will go to non-profit
'Save Our Shores'!


Jan. 27th, 2011 - I was just selected to paint in the

Invitational Sedona Plein Air Festival 2011 in October!

They select 32 award-winning plein air artists

from across the country to come to Sedona

and paint among their beautiful red rocks!

It is an exciting event!

Jan. 20th, 2011 - I just feasted (AGAIN!)

on the Post-Impressionist Masterpieces

from the Musee D'Orsay that were here in

San Francisco at the De Young Museum!

I had seen them before in Paris, France

and was bowled over back then!

They still produce an awe in me that makes me

'breathe in DEEP'

when standing right in front of such beauty & mastery!

I can't tell you how much this art moves me...

I can only say that it was Toulouse Lautrec, Gauguin,

Monet and Van Gogh that took my breathe away-AGAIN!

That's quite a mouthful and I inhaled deeply over and over,

hoping to breathe in some of what I saw!

I will never claim to be a self-taught artist,

I learn from every original masterpiece I am blessed to see!

Toulouse Lautrec - the master of drawing skills, absolute confidence and mastery of color!

Van Gogh - his emotions spilling out of the canvas!

Gauguin - the audacity! to use such provacative color in a landscape! Shocking!


Jan. 7th, 2011-The sunny winter weather is here

this week in Santa Cruz!

And the low-tide pools are amazing

with their winter delights! I'm drinking in the

Joys of Nature that fill my spirit

and fuel my paintbrush!

Watch out Color, I'm on the prowl!

HAPPY NEW YEAR Fellow Art Lovers!!!


Nov. 2010 - I've recently returned from an amazing time painting

Sedona, Arizona's beautiful red rocks

in the 'Sedona Invitational Plein-Air Festival!' - WoW!

The comraderie with 30 amazing artists invited from

all over the country was inspiring and warm.

My hosts, Julie & Katie were very gracious & special people

I hope to know for along time!

I have posted a few of my new paintings!

Click on the photo above and have a look!




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