Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Dance of the Roses

Why do I paint roses? Every day I view them outside my studio. Oh, by the way, I had to rearrange my studio yesterday do to accidentally bumping my easal and having everything come crashing down all over the floor.
This measures 20" x 16" on quality canvas board and sells for $1500.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Hiking In Catalina

I originally published this on my website before I made changes, so this is the final product.
I discovered this site in Catalina State Park while hiking with neighbor friends. I plan entering it into an upcoming show. Wish me luck!
It measures 24" x 30" on stretched canvas and sells for $2800.

Sunday, October 3, 2010


Glad to be back home after traveling back east to Cape Cod, New Hampshire, etc. to see the beaches, fall colors and my dtr's new home. I painted it while there and the painting is hanging in her home now. An added bonus was meeting her neighbors while out in the street.
It is an oil, measuring 11"x14".

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Rose Melody

This painting, one of my favorites, sold at auction at my 50th high school reunion last week to a very special old friend, Ed Barazoto. I couldn't be happier!

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

The Golden View

Yikes! My 50th High School reunion in San Francisco at Balboa is coming up this weekend! And I haven't lost even one pound. ! Wow, how time flies. I painted this as a tribute to the occasion. The photo is thanks to Chuck Prudhomme, a fine artist in his own right. Thank you, Chuck.
It measures 11" x 14" on quality archival canvas board and sells for $695. Thanks for viewing!

Thursday, July 8, 2010


Can you feel the fire coming over the hill?! This is a revision of an older piece that I loved. Now that I have been making some progress in my painting, I see where it needed some adjustments. This is truly a real "Geri's" art work from her soul. I like it so much, that I think I will take the leap and enter it into some upcoming shows.
It measures 16" x 20" on stretched canvas.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Whiskeytown Lake

Would you believe a town is buried under that magnificient lake?! It was only a few minutes drive from my previous home and I did not find the time to go out there often enough. Now, ofcourse, I wish I had. I don't see too much water here in Tucson , Arizona! Painting glorious places where I've been feeds my soul.
This painting measures 11"x14" and is on quality archival canvas board.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Snow Passage

This is what an artist paints when she wants to cool off in this Arizona heat. The rains finally came.......Yipppeeee........I tried to warm up some of the cool blue snow with oranges and yellows, but the camera didn't bring those colors out, darn it.
This measures 16" x 20" on stretched canvas.

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Little banditos

This little piece was done as a study of temperature changes in shadow. My mentor, Phil Starke, was very pleased with it, as was I. To paint is such an explorative adventure, not only in the subject matter but also in learning about oneself!
It measures 10"x8" on quality archival canvas board and sells for $695.
Side note: Would you believe after two years moving to Tucson, that I finally finished with my house and studio and have all my paintings finally hung on my walls?! Ah, now I can settle in.......and paint without distractions. ( Yea, right).

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Canyon Color

Now this is called "Pushing color". I sure love doing that. It measures 12" x 16" on quality archival canvas.
I am late producing my newsletter. There is a special surpise on this one. Hope to get it out in the next few days.

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Backyard Shadows

One of the group of plein-air painters called the "Desert Brush Strokes" invited us over to paint in his backyard. I zeroed in on these rocks under the tree and was captured by the shadows beneath.
This measures 8"x10" on quality archival canvas board and sells for $495. You are welcome to subscribe to my newsletter. The next one will have an exciting tidbit in it.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Vacation Memories

My daughter, Corrina, and I spent such a lovely vacation together several years back at this gorgeous tropical island in the Caribbean where the Rockefeller's used to hang out. The canoes where THAT colorful! Talk about being pampered.
I just posted six others on my web site: WWW.GERIACOSTA.COM
This 10"x8" study on quality, archival canvas sells for $495.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

OPA Studio Painting Entry

We had only a few hours to paint for the Oil Painters of America Show and this is the result. After seeing it at a later date, I can see where I would have made some changes. It is what it is.
Measuring 14"x11" on quality canvas board, it is titled, "Studio Floral".

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Oil Painters of America's Studio Painting Entry

Back from an intense art week in Scottsdale. This is the unfinished piece that got entered into the studio show. You can view the finished piece in the next blog entry. Those roses are from my garden, by the way. Thanks for viewing, my friends.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Utah Travels

Haven't posted for a while.....soooo busy with painting, shows, exhibits, classes.......oh, yes, and I took up tennis is lovely.
This little gem measures 11"x14" on quality canvas board. I must say, I do like it. Hope you do, also! Posted latest ones on my web site: WWW. GERIACOSTA.COM

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Spring Has Sprung

So excited today to discover thousands and thousands of golden poppies on the hills here in Tucson, Arizona, that sprang up overnight. My friend, Terry, keeps her horse over in this area and just had to show me this beautiful site. Naturally, I took out my brushes immediately.
This measures 12" x 16" on quality canvas board. Oh, I forgot to sign it. Be right back.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

"Lone Master"

These Saguaros are treasured and protected here in Arizona. I understand that they can't be destroyed by man's continual growth and "progress".
This plein-air piece measures 14" x11" on quality archival canvas board. If interested in purchasing, just e-mail me. Thank for viewing.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

"High And Mighty Study"

Zion National Park walking trail was the inspiration for this study mentored by Phil Starke's online teaching program. It measures 8"x10" on quality, archival canvas board.
I am beginning to see such an improvement in my work due to his excellent teaching. Stay tuned to the larger piece in progress!

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

"McCloud Falls"

Discovering these magnificent falls up north near Mt Shasta was thrilling. Ofcourse, being an artist I just had to paint them. I did one of these falls previously a few years back, and I sure see the improvement in my work, thanks to taking online video mentoring classes from such a great teacher, Phil Starke. Thanks, Phil.

Friday, February 19, 2010


Sold American! This painting, "Gift of Love" was posted on my latest newsletter at a special price for my followers. The first responder request got the opportunity to purchase it. Congratulations!
I am currently working on a larger piece of the beautiful falls in McCloud, California. I visited there on a trip with my fellow past employees of the "Golden Umbrella". Stay toned.

Monday, February 8, 2010

Swirling Dancer

I observed this dancer at a show I attended in New Hampshire with my daughter and some of her friends. The movement and color just had to be captured.
This measures 10"x8" on quality archival canvas board. You can view more on my web site: WWW.GERIACOSTA.COM I will be sending out my newsletter VERY SHORTLY. For those who would like to sign up for it, see instructions attached.

Revised "Catalina Park Wash"

Sorry, but I had to tweek this painting I listed yesterday just a bit. I forgot to add some necessary detail that I forgot in my haste. Can you tell what it is?

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Catalina Park Wash

I actually see progress being made from all my hard work and studies! That's encouraging. It's a plein-air, (done on site) at Catalina State Park yesterday on a beautiful, sunny day. Would you believe it hailed here today and even snowed in the surrounding mountains?!
This one measures 8"x10" on quality archival canvas board.

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Exotic Dancer

This is a larger finished painting from a previous study I did. Watching dancers on stage swinging rhythmically to the music inspired me to paint. I wanted to capture that movement in the body and in the costume.
It measures 20"x16" on quality archival canvas board.

Saturday, January 30, 2010

"Gift Of Love"

This is my contribution to Valentine's Day, you happy lovers out there. More will be revealed in my upcoming newsletter. E-mail me if you wish to be included, thanks.
This oil painting measures 14"x11" on quality archival canvas board.

Monday, January 25, 2010

The Dancer Study

Painting this study for a larger one that I hope to enter into a show was so much fun. It is loose, expressive and colorful-just my style. Even my mentor, Phil Starke, liked it.
It measures 10" x 8" on quality archival canvas board. Stay tuned for the larger one!

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Dusk on Catalina

Here, I am trying to capture the warm, setting sun on the Catalina Mountain Range. I pushed the colores to make that happen.
This measures 8"x10" on quality archival canvas board. Thanks for viewing my latest study.

Sunday, January 17, 2010


Hey, I think I'm getting a hang of this painting thing......for today......some works I'm proud of, others just are notes on the journey toward the song....
Still struggling through magnificent mentoring with Phil Starke's on line classes. This one measures 8" x 10" on quality archival canvas board and you, my friends, are the first to see it!

Friday, January 8, 2010

Closer Image of Oro Valley Show

Getting out into the community. Nine paintings hang in this show. My latest work for comments: WWW.FINEARTAMERICA.COM

Community Showing

I'm getting my name out there in this new community of mine.
I was asked to be the first artist to hang paintings in the Oro Valley Town Hall. I was introduced at their meeting yesterday. The paintings will hang until Feb 18th if you happen to be up this way.