Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Siouxsie the Banshee

"Siouxsie, gesture one", charcoal by Nancy Roberts
Our model at the Brentwood figure group this week was the beautiful and talented Susan Monson in character as Siouxsie the Banshee.  Channeling a hippie vibe and playing a Native American flute, this Banshee can steal your soul by doing your laundry.
"Siouxsie, gesture two", charcoal by Nancy Roberts

"Siouxsie, gesture three", charcoal and acrylic by Nancy Roberts

"Siouxsie Seated", acrylic by Nancy Roberts

"Siouxsie Reclining", acrylic by Nancy Roberts

Saturday, February 20, 2016

Ready to Bloom

"Ready to Bloom", acrylic on canvas 12" x 12" by Nancy Roberts, copyright 2016
The cherry orchards in Brentwood will be blooming soon, but for now the trees are still bare. I love the structure of their gnarly trunks and lacy branches. Just before the bloom the twigs at the crowns of the trees take on a lovely russet color that glows in the Spring sunshine.

I started this at a favorite spot on Eureka Avenue a few days ago and finished it in my studio today. For anyone who's interested, here are some photos of my process:

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Sand Creek Valentine

"Sand Creek Valentine", acrylic on canvas 12" x 12" by Nancy Roberts, copyright 2016
Spent Valentine's Day painting with friends along Old Sand Creek Road in Brentwood. Recent plowing has created beautiful stripes on the gentle hills and remnants of an old almond orchard are in bloom. Now available at Delta Gallery in Brentwood,

Friday, February 12, 2016

Spring Terrain

"Spring Terrain", acrylic on canvas, 12" x 12" by Nancy Roberts, copyright 2016
Started this last weekend at Los Vaqueros Watershed, painting with a group of friends. It was a lovely warm day after weeks of rain and the sunshine felt like heaven.  First day of Spring!

Monday, February 8, 2016

Trolls Selfie

"Trolls Selfie", oil on wood, 6" x 8" by Nancy Roberts, copyright 2016
Here are a couple of my favorite models posing prettily. (Sold)