Wednesday, May 31, 2006

self portrait with shirt on inside-out

acrylic on panel
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Tuesday, May 30, 2006

woman in front of refrigerator

woman in front of refrigerator
acrylic on panel
5 x 7
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lap swimmer

acrylic on panel
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Sunday, May 28, 2006

last-ever-open-studio +painting a day

gearing up for my last open studio!

untitled (two women and a horse - intuition)
acrylic on canvas 1997
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i've been doing open studios since 1992, and this will be my last.
Nothing omininous or exciting happening, just that I'm going to being showing my work only in galleries.

(ok, I will probably have the occassional jewelry trunk show -
I need an excuse to keep buying beads).

Now that classes are out for the summer, I'm starting back with my painting a day blog
(though it will probably be more like "7 a week", I get lazy about the computer part of things.)

come visit, and help me clear out the accumulated studio mess.
june 3 and 4, and 10 and 11
11 to 5:30

(or check out daily paintings at



Friday, May 26, 2006

going once, going twice......

the two shoshannas
acrylic on canvas
45 x 60 (click to see large)

a painting of mine, a lovely one, has come up for auction.
(It's very strange to see yourself refered to as "Claire B. Cotts American (Californian 1964- )", that weird question mark of space that follows the dash..... )

check it out...
live auction at Harvey Clars, saturday, june 4, 10:00am

landscape, petaluma (paulsen lane )

a landscape done with my painting class
Very fun!
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a schematic diagram. I encourage my students to try break the landscape down to its basic forms, as if it were a jigsaw puzzle.

blocking out color and value

a bit further along

my super cool new-to-me easel, an excellent garage sale find. (It's very james bond, with all sorts of neat gadgets, including retractable spikes!)

one of my talented students at work.

Tuesday, May 09, 2006

self portrait (with turkish scarf)

here is another painting that started as a demo in class

acrylic on panel

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self portrait

my painting class was working on self portraits -
here is something that started as a demo in class

acrylic on panel

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squash (and lemon)

acrylic on panel

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I painted this while visiting at my friend lisa's house.

She's an awesome painter, I've always wanted to try my hand at a little fruit still-life (she does really great ones)

you can see her work at