January 18, 2018

599 Oranges with Jeanne-Marie

Oranges599 Oranges with Jeanne-Marie
6x6 inches :: original oil painting on gessobord
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Last year when Jeanne-Marie Webb came from South Africa to teach in my studio @studiocrescendoh in #santaana, she brought with her a beautiful plate that she made to give me. A beautiful plate. I've been wanting to paint it for some time and today when I was fiddling around with oranges, I placed them on that plate and it felt just right. 

January 07, 2018

598 Private Dancer

Dander598 Private Dancer
10x12 inches :: original oil painting on linen board
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I referenced an image by @sean_archer_photo for this work.


January 05, 2018

597 To Face Another Day

Natural597 To Face Another Day
18x24 inches :: original acrylic painting with oil pastels and pencil on canvas board
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Looking out on the morning rain
I used to feel so uninspired
And when I knew I had to face another day
Lord, it made me feel so tired
Before the day I met you, life was so unkind
But you're the key to my peace of mind
'Cause you make me feel,
You make me feel,
You make me feel like
A natural woman

January 01, 2018

596 Resist the Moron

Resistthemoron596 Resist the Moron
24x18 inches :: original acrylic painting on stretched canvas
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I referenced the iconic image of the American cyclist who was riding next to the Moronic motorcade and gave it the finger. My kind of gal.

December 30, 2017

595 To Paint Something

Rose595 To Paint Something
8x8 inches :: acrylic and oil pastel on stretched canvas
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A constant struggle to find a way to temper my restlessness to paint everything by allowing myself to paint something.

I referenced an image by @flowerlinkla for this work.

December 22, 2017

Erin McIntosh :: MAY 19+20, 2018 :: Abstract Watercolor

Abstract Watercolor
2-day Workshop :: May 19-20, 2018
with Erin McIntosh

207 N. Broadway Street, Studio L
Santa Ana, CA 92701

Explore abstraction through watercolor, composition, and color in this fun and intensive two-day workshop. You will learn basic watercolor techniques, color theory, and approaches to abstraction. This class is great for beginners new to watercolor, for artists new to abstraction, or for seasoned artists wanting to rejuvenate and refresh their practice.

Watercolor fundamentals, techniques, and color: washes, gradients, wet-into-wet, glazing, drybrush, edge control, glazing. Practice techniques to gain more control. Explore color theory, color schemes, and using color to create harmony and contrast. Investigate color mixing, and the relationship between value and color. Create a composition using a methodical approach to both composition and color.

Abstraction – Build on day one by exploring various approaches to abstraction, loosening up, finding your marks, painting from your imagination, and constructing a painting through improvisation. Watch live painting demonstrations and apply technique and color lessons to more fully developed compositions.

  • Arrive & Settle: 9:00 :: Time for students to arrive, settle in.
  • Class Segment A: 9:30-12:00 :: Class time with Erin who will demonstrate and guide the 1st part of class.
  • Lunch & Stroll: 12:00 PM :: You can choose to brown bag it or take a stroll to one of the many hip and artsy eateries in the historic Artist's Village in Santa Ana, like C4 Deli, Chapter One4th Street Market, Cafe Calacas, and The Gypsy Den.
  • Class Segment B: 1:30-4:30 PM :: Class time with Erin who will guide the 2nd part of class.
  • Clean-Up & Depart: 4:30-5:00 PM

SUPPLY LIST: All participants are asked to bring the following to the workshop:


  • WATERCOLOR PAINT ... A LA CARTE (a suggested palette):
    • Cobalt teal, Ultramarine Blue, Lavendar, Quinachridone Violet, Cadmium Red Light, Hansa Yellow Light, Yellow Ochre, Burnt Sienna, Burnt Umber



  • Erin will have a limited number of art items on hand for sale.
  • Due to limited class size, the spot for this class is transferable but payment is non-refundable. Please read about this policy in our Studio Policies.

Please read class policies for Studio CRESCENDOh here. By purchasing this class, you are agreeing to abide by the class policies.

ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR: Erin McIntosh is best known for her process-driven, colorful abstractions that explore a range of organic and geometric forms. McIntosh has exhibited throughout the southeastern U.S. including Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport and The Museum of Arts and Sciences in Macon, GA. Her paintings have been published in New American Paintings and in Create Magazine. She currently is Assistant Professor at the University of North Georgia and has taught for The University of Georgia’s Study Abroad Program in Cortona, Italy. She holds two B.F.A.s and an M.F.A. in Studio Art from The University of Georgia. McIntosh’s paintings are represented by Gregg Irby Gallery in Atlanta, GA. She lives and works in Athens, GA.

MAY 19-20, 2018
Price :: $350

December 14, 2017

594 My Main

Nude594 My Main
6x8 inches :: original oil painting on gessobord
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I get a little tongue-tied when people new in my life ask me what I paint. I find myself saying that I enjoy painting the female figure. But the reason I get tongue-tied is because I also enjoy painting so many other subjects including portraits, flowers, still life, boats, dresses, and let's not forget ... dogs under water. But yeah, the female figure I guess has become one of my mains.

I'm grateful for photographers like @belovodchenko_anton who captures the female figure so well ... and whose work I referenced for this work.

December 13, 2017

593 Smoke Gets in Your Eyes

Waking593 Smoke Gets in Your Eyes
8x8 inches :: original oil painting on gessobord
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I referenced an image by @martabevacqua for this work.

They asked me how I knew
My true love was true
I of course replied, something here inside
Cannot be denied
They said some day you'll find
All who love are blind
When your heart's on fire, you must realize
Smoke gets in your eyes

#smokegetsinyoureyes #theplatters

December 03, 2017

592 You Still

Waiting592 You Still
10x10 inches :: original acrylic and ink on cradled gessobord
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This is my demo painting from last night's art walk, referencing an earlier sketch I did of @elizachemendia.


Who knows how long I've loved you
You know I love you still
Will I wait a lonely lifetime
If you want me to, I will

December 01, 2017

591 Studies on His Mind

Miguel591 Studies on His Mind
9x12 inches :: original oil painting on paper
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I painted one of my favorite models today, Miguel, who took time out of his college studies to sit for me. He's always so good at holding the gaze

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