Sunday, October 13, 2013


Visiting the beautiful grounds of the Old Mill in Pasadena was like a visit to Tuscany. We painted in the Pomegranate Courtyard and the pomegranates were plenty. I took many photos but hope to go back there to paint Plein Air. The ironic part of the whole visit was that I was in a workshop with Ruo Li on painting the ocean. So we stood there in the quintessential courtyard painting ocean waves from photos. I was happy on both accounts.
The story continues to amuse me because the photo I painted from was from last winter's trip to Kauai. All the wonderful worlds collide. Thus the name...Collision.

My study for this painting was to focus on the light that glimmers through the water while it sits at it's clearest state and the shadow the uplifted water throws on itself.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

El Pescador's Beach House

It was another gorgeous day and we were going to once again paint El Matador. It's one of those places where you can set up in one spot and just turn to paint another, and turn again...full of perfect compositions. What we didn't keep in mind is that is was Sunday and everyone else enjoyed the thought of being there. After circling the parking lot with no avail, we cantered down the Malibu coastline discovering new little places. Access was sometimes too difficult, and other times parking was the issue... until we landed upon El Pescador, a quiet little beach seemingly made for locals. By then it was nearly 4pm! Time for the rapid fire painting to begin. Three little sketches were completed in three light changing hours.
The sun was about to set. The brushes were dropped. The palette, scrapped and ready to renew. Quickly now, choose your moment and start painting. Brushstrokes mixed with loud "Oh MY"s and sudden change over to camera lens. Watching, painting, and then photographing until the crimson clouds turn dark and the air turns cool, no...cold. The quick pack up in jubilation from the moment turned to the heat blazing from the car as we wander our way back home tickled by the wonderful events of the day.

Two 6x8 gems and one 6x6 wave gem. Contact

Sunday, September 29, 2013

El Matador

I'm once again visiting the beautiful state of California.
Fine friends and beautiful scenery.

Day one and I start my journey painting with great artist friends.
First stop is Leo Carrillo, a favorite and familiar painting spot. After the first morning painting was complete, we are then off to a new spot. It is an amazingly surreal place where giant rock formations long ago found their way to the beach. The warm light reflects off the backlight giant boulders standing firm in their homes.

El Matador stands beautifully in any light.

Monday, September 16, 2013

Color Burst

Nothing beats a dreary day better than a 
burst of color.

Fresh cut flowers on the dining room table, 
big yellow daisies and bright pink tulips.

Life is good.

Color Burst
A 6 x 6 Burst of Happy

Original Oil
$250 Framed

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Silver Lining

Well it's an old saying and it usually refers to clouds
although the clouds are not usually the issue.

This "Silver Lining" was near the end of a very long and dark Alaskan winter.
Just along a busy well traveled road,  just a moment of the turn of a head, 
that's where I saw this silver lining.  

After driving by this little creek so many times, remembering the little house 
where the grandmotherly lady once lived and babysat my youngest child,
on this day I had to stop and take some photos.  

Silver Linings is an attitude, a memory, and a reminder that
the light that shines in the distance often reaches out to us 
like an old friend.

"Silver Lining"
9x12 original oil
$595 Framed

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Thursday, September 5, 2013

Maggie's Makin' Pie

Maggie's Makin' Pie

I could easily become an avid bird watcher, 
that is when I'm not painting them.  

This is the third blog post painting done on a slick gessoed panel.
Once again, I loved the ability to paint on and wipe off the oil pigments.
It allowed a very soft and abstract sense of light in the background 
and clarity and light in the foreground. 

Those beautiful magpies, so deep in color and contrast, brighten my day.
Maybe Maggie won't actually make a pie today 
but she certainly is adept enough to collect 
all the berries needed!

Maggie's Makin' Pie
8 x 10 oil on panel

$285 unframed

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Chinese Shade Tree

Chinese Shade Tree

In keeping up with a rapid fire painting challenge (one per day)
I found myself back at one of my many favorite photographs 
from our recent trip on the Inside Passage.

This one however is still very much on land.  It was a visit to a wonderful Chinese Garden.
There is a photo below that inspired this painting.
There was another inspiration for this painting too.
It was experimentation.

A hardboard panel, some oil paint put on, some lifting with towels, adding more paint, and lifting with a rubber point. 

I decided that I like it :)
The lure of a water color looking background 
and the strong popping colors of oil.
Simple strokes and a couple of details,
enough said.

Chinese Shade Tree
5 x 7

These certainly fun pieces to create and share 
but I am feeling the need to get back to some larger 
paintings again.  Perhaps I'll be sharing some previously completed 
pieces while working on new ones.

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, September 2, 2013

Rockport Jewels

Rockport Jewels

Well, here it is, day two of Leslie Saeta's 30 in 30 Challenge, 
and I am already a day behind.   I've decided to not be to hard
on myself and write and paint and share as my life recommends.

During this time, I hope to share some quick sketches that keep alive 
some of my recent travels and share them with you .

This wonderful day was shared with my sister-in-law while
I was visiting family in Massachusetts. 
(and you know I'm from there because I didn't even need spell check to say that correctly:)

She and I had just finished meeting up with painter Caleb Stone where we 
plein air painted at a quarry in Rockport.  The sun was hot, the water was deep there and the ocean was in the distant view.  
Perhaps that will be another days post.  
After painting, exploring, photographing, and eating lobster for lunch, 
she and I stopped at one more spot for some local seafood and a fabulous view.

These three sweet rowboats sat anchored by the dock within our tables view.
The warm wooden dories were bathed in the glow of the pre-setting sun.

Moments like these, I often feel how I would love to revisit but so many times when we try it isn't the same...
And there you have another reason why I paint.
I hope you enjoy the moment with me.

Rockport Jewels

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Saturday, August 31, 2013

Alaska's Inside Passage

Time for Travel

I am a true believer in there is a season for everything.
This has been a season of travel for me.
Most recently a trip with my dear cousin, traveling on a cruise ship through 
Alaska's Inside Passage, and then another week playing on the mainland.

Our trip started with us meeting in Seattle.  We spent the afternoon there and then spent two days in Vancouver before boarding the Coral Princess to discover new territories.

Day One...

Seattle's beautiful sunny weather (at least when we were there) greeted us with lunch on the pier under a giant ferris wheel, then a walk through Pike St Market but the highest point of the day was visiting the Chihuly Exhibit under the Space Needle.  A most impressive display of glass and light.
Enough to take one's breath away.

Day Two...
Vancouver, BC

A lovely time discovering the famous Gastown, a open air bus tour around the city and the stunning Stanley Park.   Funniest part was our guide.. nicknamed... 'Larry the Cable Car Guy'!

The Chinese Garden in non-other than China Town was delightful.  A wonderful volunteer guide who called himself Gary (I think because no one would be able to quickly repeat his real Chinese name) was so informative.  Unlike any other Chinese Garden I've visited, Gary explained the meaning behind Yin and Yang.  He pointed out examples all over the garden, in landscapes and in the decorating art of fen shui.

 Say "Hi" to Gary :)

 Plenty of shopping to do in Vancouver... especially window shopping!

The steam clock plays a wonderful little ditty every half hour

This one needs to be painted!

Although my paints were with me the whole time, I never had time to paint...
so, stay tuned for upcoming paintings!

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

"Who Am I"

Too much time has gone by since my last post.  
Many months, two trips outside of Alaska, a workshop, 
and some in-state travel and painting.  
So my blog may continue but not necessarily in chronological order!

After meeting the lovely and talented Michelle Dunaway last May in Vermont, 
I asked her if she would like to join Alaskan artists for a local workshop. 
She did indeed and I was fortunate enough to have a hand in locations and models but 
not without the help of others.  We had the most amazing three days.  
The weather was beyond Alaska perfect, our locations couldn't have been better, 
our models (all first timers) were perfect and Michelle imparted 
her wonderful artist spirit and knowledge to 15 Alaska artists June 7-9, 2013.

On the third day of our workshop we met at the 
Little Su River at the base of Hatcher Pass.  
Always a favorite place to paint, but add in Sydney with the 
Native Alaskan red blanket and mukluks and wow,  
A fantastic day! 

In the morning, Michelle demonstrated.  
This photo shows the very beginning stages of blocking it in.

In the afternoon, we painted... and so, here is my version of Sydney at the Little Su.

"Who Am I"
16 x 12

Thursday, March 14, 2013


24 x 36 Original Oil
Gallery Wrapped, no framing necessary

That feeling you have when you can not look away.  The moments when all the world slips away.  
The rustle of nearby grasses, a soft and gentle breeze 
and the song of the sea birds lingering in time.  
Filled with wonder, delight and a sense of peace, there is a time in space 
that you never want to leave.
The longer you linger, the more you see.

Whenever I fly east to visit family, I always love to visit my 
old stomping grounds of Newport, Rhode Island.  
Even in the winter, there is much charm and in locations like this, 
I can feel the hands of the clock simply stand still
as long as I'm willing to stay.

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Camo and Lace

Well, I have not quite kept up on the 30 paintings in 30 days challenge but I have blogged more and that is good for me.   Although I haven't painted and posted a daily painting I have been working... playing... uh, working daily.   Okay, so I love my job.

When asked to paint this portrait I was thrilled by this little girl with her auburn hair and fatigue  clothing with white eyelet lace and a pink ribbon!  So adorable.

I thought this time I might show a little more about the process.
Here is a photo of the very beginning stage and a photo of the almost done.  
A little tweaking still to do but it's always fun to put the oil paints aside for 
just a bit and play with the pastels.

Camo and Lace

I'll come back with the finished piece in a couple of days!  (I hope :)

to see more of my pastel portraits, visit my website at 

Angelini Studio

Monday, January 21, 2013

5th Avenue Anchorage, Dreaming of Paris

Take a stroll down 5th Avenue in Anchorage, 
and follow your nose to the best steak in town.  
Enter in and re-live boomtown Alaska, back in the days of the pioneer.  It was a new frontier only for the strongest.  

The gal with the red umbrella has just finished a fine, rare, blue cheese stuffed, fillet and is warm to the core regardless of the cold wet day.  Trust me, there's a big smile on her face even if you can't see it!

5th Avenue Anchorage,
Dreaming of Paris
12x16 Original Oil

If you're ever in Anchorage, you don't want to miss this one!
Club Paris has been serving since 1957 and going strong.

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Saturday, January 19, 2013

By the Light of the Ranch

Well, it's no secret to those who know me well that I tend to jump around a bit. 
I would love to have more qualities like those who have a definite path, always knowing what the next step is going to be, but as they say, you can take the girl out of spontaneity, but you can't take the spontaneity out of the girl!  Ok, so that's not exactly what they say, but I have moved back to my previous post when I said "Back on the Ranch" but there was a painting of boats! 
Now it's truly time...

Back on the ranch... here is a second painting from my visit to Rankin Ranch in California.  I was so tickled to be invited to a paint out weekend with the California Art Club.  There were some very wonderful people there as well as amazing artists.   My first painting from the trip "Counting the Herd" started my fascination capturing the light in a new way.  I loved painting that cowboy and have many wonderful memories and photos from that trip.  I hope this is the second of many from that series. 

"By the Light of the Ranch"
Rankin Ranch, California
10x10 Original Oil

Friday, January 18, 2013

Mystic Star

Well life on the ranch here has been none the less than hectic.  Okay, so it's not a ranch, but it was just last night, January 16th that we finally were able to celebrate Christmas with my oldest son and his girlfriend.   That's a little ridiculous but we sure had fun!

Mystic Star 
10 x 10 Original Oil

So now that I've had a chance, I've spent some time finishing another start from David Lussier's workshop.   When I spent that Saturday morning in the little town in Connecticut and I knew that I had to leave within 30 minutes, but knowing that he (David) had some of the greatest photos, and after his demo and new inspiration I knew I had to try.   At that time I decided I would quickly put as much as I could on a canvas using his photo of boats from Mystic.   I still see some areas to finish up on in this one but I just loved the composition.  I believe in some way, these boats are like salty dogs, sharing stories of the sea.  Just hanging out together, both very different but beautiful in their own way. 

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Garnet Barn

"Garnet Barn"

It was Saturday, Jan 5th, and I was scheduled to fly home on Monday.  
It was about the 4th time I had visited New England with plans to meet artist team 
David and Pam Lussier.   Facebook posts and phone calls were often shared, but we were never able to connect personally, so this time was it.  No excuses.  After contacting them, I found out David would be teaching his class in Willington, Conn.    It was an hour and a half drive starting around 7:30 in the morning.  Very out of character for me :) but it was a beautiful drive.  Back roads to the little town with morning light, 
fresh snow, creeks and barns along the way.   
Once arriving in Willington,  I found David's studio in an old mill on a 
pond with waterfall and all.  Wooden floors, track lighting and big beautiful windows make up the studio space and of course the walls were adorned with fabulous paintings that sparkle with snow and sea alike.  
David's paintings were an inspiration to start the day.   Both David and Pam are so very warm and welcoming with big smiles and hearts to match.  Shortly after introductions and set up David began his demo.  I'm walking away with some great nuggets, my favorite being how he uses his color wheel to create a palette that will ensure harmony through out his paintings.  

So, with feedback from both David and Pam, my Day 9 painting is from a lovely little Connecticut scene called Garnet Barn.

Garnet Barn
10x10 Original Oil

David Lussier showing his palette set up. 
David Lussier standing and Pam seated.  Both happily painting.

Garnet Barn

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Sparkling Water

Day 6 of the 30 day painting challenge is a fly day for me. Changing location from New England to Alaska. So today, I'll reminisce about a day gone by but very much cherished.

Sparkling water is sometimes something to quench a thirst or delight a tasty palette.... but speaking of palettes, sometimes sparkling water is a great opportunity to set up the paintbox and just try to capture a single moment of this joyful dance. A wonderful blinding light captures an eye and keeps it there as it does a melodious dance among the water. When the waves break upon the rocks, rolling, splashing and playing until it lays again only to return for another set. The sun often joins in on the playful dance and adds musical notes of color and light to entertain even the most somber soul. It's a place where the problems of the human race can seem very small and like the snowflake, no two are ever the same.

Monday, January 7, 2013

Newport Jewel

The coast of Newport, RI, also known as 12 mile drive, is a real jewel in itself and while some days are meant for still life, others are meant for plein air. The cold, ocean air at the beginning of January tends for quick studies though. At times it's hard to get started because of how amazing it is to just watch and be moved by the movement. Crashing sprays, breaking waves, light changing the colors and intensity of the deep living ocean. It swims within my veins. Then, as daylight gives hints that it will be leaving soon for another day and another place, I must set up quick and sing the song of color notes.

Quick studies, along with photos, are the souvenirs that will come home to my studio for larger and more detailed paintings. Until then, this little 6x8 will keep the moment alive.

Friday, January 4, 2013

Jewel of the Past

This 8 x 10 piece is a jewel of a memory. It's been on my mother's dresser from the day I was born. She has two of these perfume bottles and a little ring container. I would love to put more time into this one but the challenge of painting and posting daily (plus visiting friends and family, plein air painting, begin packing and daily road trips) it had to be a quick one. And because I'm sometimes a little crazy, let's add the challenge of cut crystal :P Really am happy about painting it for the journey.

Oh and speaking of plein air, it was delightful to hear from friends that my photo was on the cover of the Newport Daily News of Rhode Island! 29 degrees and painting the beach.

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Bejeweled Barrels

A second day of a 30 day painting challenge and a second day of the vineyards of Oregon. I haven't yet actually painted the vines yet but everywhere I looked, there was a painting to behold. The owners are artists themselves! Great wines and flowers for everyone to enjoy.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Jewels in the Vineyard

January 2nd marks the beginning of a 30 day painting challenge thanks to Leslie Saeta! I am excited and looking forward to the discipline (much needed by me :) and dually challenged by the fact that I am on vacation. But let this be a year of "no excuses" and I'm happy about that.

A quick post as my painting backpack is ready, the sun is shining and Newport is not far.

My theme for the 30 days is, like the song, "There are Places I Remember"

Remembering a visit to Portland with my husband and two sons, (a less frequent event now that they are grown) is always a favorite. These little jewels were found in a vineyard in Newburg, Oregon and painting yellow always brings me happiness. I hope it brings you happiness too.