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My Grandfather
Lewis G. Adams

architect, artist, humanitarian

February 24, 2017
These handmade brushes belonged to the most influential person in my life, my grandfather Lewis Greenleaf Adams (1897-1976). Grandpa was an architect, artist, loving husband, and humanitarian. His life was a wonderful mixture of artistry, athleticism, humor, compassion, frugality and generosity. He

Great Uncle Jim
Richard Cranch Greenleaf

artist, collector and beloved

February 22, 2017
Richard "Jim" Cranch Greenleaf (1887-1964) spent his boyhood on the family estate in Lenox, Massachusetts. Tutor educated except for one term at Middlesex School, he never attended college, and he never worked. He inherited his wealth from his great grandfather John Greenleaf and grandfather

Crystal Gazing and a Limited Palette

February 21, 2017
Recently old photographs of my family have fascinating and compelling me to reinterpret them in paint. Its a special way to connect to some really wonderful people. For example, Here, for example, is my aunt Lolo, and my father, Richard in 1927. They were Americans both born in Paris, France during

John O’Donohue on Creativity and the Divine Imagination

January 8, 2017
The late poet philosopher John O'Donohue's concept of beauty goes far deeper than popular culture's superficial view. He wrote, "At the deepest level, creativity is holiness. To create is to further the dream and desire of the creator. When the world was created it was not a one-off, finished

Leather Box
Short Video Demo

January 4, 2017
This leather box originally belonged to my grandfather, Lewis G. Adams. He has been my life-long inspiration and hero. An American art student in Paris during the 1920's, he became a major architect in New York City. He was also an accomplished watercolor painter. Above all, he was one of the most

Meyer Lemons
Annotated Video Demo

January 3, 2017
Meyer lemons are wonderful. They have a magic balance of tart and sweet. Perfect for making all manner of tasty treats. My favorite? Margaritas! The bounty of lemons arrives in late fall to early winter. I love that summer sunshine is packed in these beautiful fruit. These lemons were picked from a

Three New Roses

January 1, 2017
Maybe it’s California’s drought…   Walking in our backyard after a morning drizzle and seeing droplets on their leaves and petals compelled me to paint these lovely roses. The water is so precious in California now. A beautiful rain storm washed months of dust from our garden

Fresh Bread Provence
Annotated Video Demo

December 31, 2016
Fresh bread glistening and warm, the centerpiece of an perfect breakfast in Saint Remy de Provence. Savoring a gorgeous June morning with these treats, large cups of cafe au lait and hours of conversation is a wonderful time to

Santa Rita Hills
Annotated Video Demo

November 4, 2016
This is the view from the Lafond Winery's picnic area in Santa Barbara wine country's Santa Rita Hills. Lafond is hands down our favorite Santa Barbara County winery. The tasting room manager and staff are good friends as is the winemaker. Plus, many items we have purchased from their wonderful

Zorn Limited Palette

September 27, 2016
Andres Leonard Zorn (1860-1920) is known for using a limited palette. It is believed that Zorn reduced his palette to as few as three rather earthy colors - Yellow Ochre, Cadmium Red Medium, Ivory Black plus White. There seems to be some disagreement over the exact number of colors on his palette.

Richard Schmid

September 27, 2016
Richard Schmid is one of the few courageous and incredibly talented artists, late 20th Century artists who swam against the tide of pop, post-modern, conceptual and other movements to kept representational art alive. Schmid is not only a great painter he is one of the most generous and gifted

Peeled Lemon
Short Video Demo

January 4, 2016
The theme of this little painting, Peeled Lemons, is a favorite of mine - peeled fresh fruit with old books. This book is a prayer book dated 1715. I love the mix of textures. The intertwining of old and new intrigues me. The fleeting freshness of the lemon's peel and juicy meat dried within hours
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