Tonight’s Malibu Sunset

This beautiful sunset was captured on the Pepperdine campus by my friend Allen Haren, photo courtesy of Pepperdine University.

Winter Cupcake

Winter Cupcake art
Gayle Wheatley, Oil on Canvas, 12″ x 9″


Seattle’s Best

Seattles Best art
Gayle Wheatley, Oil on Canvas, 12″ x 9″
View of Elliott Bay in Seattle, Washington from Seattle’s Best coffee shop.

Magnolia Pod!

Magnolia Pod! art

This year’s Thanksgiving table was adorned with fall plants from the garden, which included persimmons, mini-pomegranates, pine cones, green shrub branches, brilliantly-colored leaves, and magnolia pods. I was fascinated by these pods, when a couple days after Thanksgiving, they began to open and all these crazy red seeds (berries?) started popping out. The coolest thing was that they would start out dangling from spider-web-thin white strings, which would later break and spill them onto the table. Isn’t nature enchanting?

Mini Cakes from the Peninsula, Hong Kong

Mini Cakes from the Peninsula, Hong Kong art

“2 Cakes + 2 Macaroons”
Painting by Gayle Wheatley
Oil on Canvas, 12″ x 9″

Afternoon tea dessert cakes and macaroons enjoyed at the Peninsula in Hong Kong.

Pistachio Strawberry Dacquoise

Pistachio Strawberry Dacquoise art
Gayle Wheatley, Oil on Canvas, 9″ x 12″
Enjoyed at Pistacia Vera in the German Village, Columbus, Ohio.

(If you were wondering what dacquoise is, wikipedia describes it as “a dessert cake made with layers of almond and hazelnut meringue and whipped cream or buttercream.”)


Mickey’s Halloween Party: SoCal’s Best Halloween Bash

Mickey’s Halloween Party: SoCal’s Best Halloween Bash art

G & T dressed to impress as Scooby Doo characters Daphne and Fred.

Halloween has come early this year! Disneyland’s got a fun new event going on Tuesdays and Fridays leading up to Halloween where you are free to don a costume, trick or treat openly, and enjoy the unique experience of reduced crowds and no wait time for rides! (At least, that is the way it was on the rainy night we went.)

It was kind of an amazing night with both T and I hand-picked by Disney staff to ride on a float in the Disneyland parade with a select group of costumed partygoers, and a bunch of fancy Disney monsters and dancers. What are the chances of being picked out in a crowd of hundreds of thousands? Anyway, all the kids loved our costumes, and we got frequent requests to pose in other people’s pictures. Now I have the unique challenge of coming up with an idea to top this amazing party for the actual Halloween…


New Portfolio Artwork

New Portfolio Artwork art

I’ve just finished a massive update of my artist portfolio. Under “paintings,” you’ll find dozens of new images, all organized by series. Plus under “illustrations,” you’ll find an entirely new third page of traditionally rendered illustrations that include some of my favorites—created with either watercolors or colored pencils. Additionally I’ve organized my digital illustrations into categories to make browsing easier. Click here to have a look!

Birthday Cake

Birthday Cake art
It’s been a long while since my last oil painting! But in the tradition of my Daily Paintress series (100 paintings in 10 months), it felt great to whip out a painting with a deadline of one hour. Ok, more like an hour and a half, but I was a little rusty.
Gayle Wheatley, Oil on Canvas, 12″ x 9″

My Favorite Night Shot from Hong Kong’s Peak, so far

My Favorite Night Shot from Hong Kongs Peak, so far art
I’m still going through all the photos from my trip to China…seems I fell into a total photography frenzy and took roughly 10,000 photos. (shame) But in my defense, I was there for a month…

Anyway, after years of reading and studying about Chinese art, history, culture, religion, and language, I finally made it to all the places I’ve always dreamed of seeing! Traveling to 5 cities in 4 weeks, the trip was a whirlwind of adventure full of gourmet delicacies, temples and palaces, visiting friends and relatives, and travel writing.

Highlights? Well, in HONG KONG, I had some of the best meals of my life! I also spent quality time with family, went to the famous bun festival, had my fortune read at a local temple, sipped afternoon tea at the Peninsula, bet at the horse races, bargained like crazy at the Temple Street Night Market, paid a second visit to the Big Buddha on Lantau island, had dinner on the Peak, got stuck in a tropical storm at Stanley beach, shopped until my feet hurt, and took a side trip to MACAU. Flew to BEIJING and hiked an un-touristy stretch of the GREAT WALL. Was awestruck by the massive Forbidden City. Saw the Summer Palace, Temple of Heaven, and a Beijing opera. Went to the World Fair in SHANGHAI, strolled along The Bund, and caught a train to picturesque HANGZHOU to explore the famous lake of Chinese lore. All in all, it was a fantastic trip full of wonderful experiences.

When I get through the photos, one day, I’ll show off some more of them! —G

Lunch and Light Drawing @ Bodega

Lunch and Light Drawing @ Bodega art
I love eating! And I love drawing my food. I am kind of a freak about it. Must run in the family because my sis is the same way! She runs the food blog, eat | food | yum, by the way. Together we are food-documenting fiends. These sketches resulted from my portion of our lunch together.
Lunch and Light Drawing @ Bodega art
For lunch?

served with corn and black bean salsa, jalapenos, cheese and a side of salsa

Smoked Salmon
capers, red onions, and goat cheese

Brownie (really a rich, fudgy cake)
with berry sauce, whipped cream and fresh berries

and….the best beer I’ve ever had—it was a pumpkin beer!!! Yum.

My Latest Obsession

My Latest Obsession art
I LOVE this guitar!!! It has completely gotten me back into playing music…
My Latest Obsession art
Did I mention how much I love it? It glitters!
My Latest Obsession art

My Latest Obsession art