Painting During the Coronavirus

The way the sun sparkles over the Pacific Ocean in the spring makes me feel like I am on vacation! This one is small and intimate. I love to make paintings between paintings. The bigger works take more time and a small one like this gives me immediate satisfaction. I love the feeling of accomplishment!
I started this on a surface that was not well primed.
The oil paint did not glide right and then it started seeping into the board!
I ended up wiping it away after three hours.
This is completely new for me- I am searching and exploring ways of interpreting the Pacific Ocean in a modern, abstract way. The whites are the raw surface. Totally unplanned mark making in the sky. Before I begin painting I mix all the colors I intend to use. This approach helps me work faster and more spontaneously in describing the vision I have in my mind.

Painting: Walk on the Beach

SOLD!  Considering we are in the middle of a global pandemic I certainly feel like my art is doing its job! New ideas, new levels, new challenges. I do not really paint clouds because we rarely have them in Los Angeles. There is a thick layer of fog that covers us in July and throughout the fall, but these are not the beautiful, fluffy little clouds that pick up the pinks and lavender tones in the sky. I worked on this painting for 2 days along with other stuff sprinkled in between. I love woking on an intimate scale. 8″ x 8″ because I can get my ideas out, see results and feel a sense of accomplishment. This work is now happliy hanging in the Pacific Palisades.

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The Making of a Painting

I love the way the sun sparkles on the Pacific Ocean in the winter. It took me three weeks to make this painting. It is 30″ x 36″. I want to share with you some images that I referred to in the production of this particular work. The David Hockney of a setting sun, the Richard Diebenkorn image of a neighborhood and finally the flowing tree painting by Renoir.

I am now working on an even larger one in a square format.

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Books and Tea

At the beginning of every year I make a vision board to improve my life in some way.  Do you see the photo of a woman sitting outside a cafe. This image inspired me to take time every weekend to relax and read. I even joined a book club (She Reads DTLA) that meets every month near the Arts District. Below are a few of the books I read last year. In addition, we read Mindy Kaling’s “Why Not Me”, (loved this honest portrait of a Hollywood actress’s life) “We’re Going to Need More Wine” (Yuck-I just could not get into that one) “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” By Rebecca Skloot (Fascinating!!!!!) “The Last Black Unicorn” By Tiffany Haddish (She is hilarious and I really liked the format of this book-almost straight dialogue)( I loved seeing her onstage at the Saban Theater in Beverly Hills-“She ready”) and “The Glass Castle” By Jeannette Walls (a sad story about addiction, tearful.)

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Yes! Thank you RISD XYZ for featuring me.  If you are a professional writer or visual artist, I would highly recommend the Vermont Studio Center. A whole month of pure artistic bliss! This invaluable experience has pushed my art to a whole new level-You can see the development on my website under: Flowers

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“My Life In France” by Julia Child was absolutely superb! She is incredibly upbeat and disciplined in her craft. I just loved how she followed her bliss in the kitchen, teaching, writing, cooking, eating and loving on her endlessly supportive husband. The drink I am sipping is a fresh pressed ginger, turmeric, cardamon, cinnamon, cracked pepper almond milk tea.

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Book Club discussion day of Piper Kerman’s “Orange is the New Black”. These ladies are tough and what can I say, I finished reading this book in a few days! As an artist, I must add that the book cover design is very successful. Simple, clean and modern.

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“Brave”- This was intense and very Hollywood.

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Here I am in my studio reading this book of short stories about writers who visit Paris. A fast read and great for in-between activities.

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Best in Show! Did you see this phrase on my Vision Board? well, it happened. I won $1000, got my painting on the cover and had an article written about my work in REED, a California Literary Journal. Hurray!

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Thanks for stopping by and reading my Blog!

Commission: Going to Miami

Ed, a California native, (now living in Miami) recently spotted a painting from my mobile home park series at his friend’s beach house in La Jolla. He was so excited, that he took it off the wall to find out who the artist was. Ed was looking for something similar to the piece “Holiday Weekend” on my website and decided to commission a painting and purchase a small study from another project I was working on. “Do what you do best” he told me. “I like the exaggerated palm trees, the shadows, the density of the neighborhood, the details, the cloudy sky, I just love, love, love your art” he said.

When I make my mobile home paintings, I am filled with intense joy.  I park my ego outside, get in the zone, stay curious and find myself endlessly challenged by this densely built environment juxtaposed with the sky and ocean beyond. I grew up on the coast, and consider myself a small town person living in a big city. At times, a little too trusting, but hey, that’s me.  Early on, my Father glanced at the work I was developing and said to me- “really Marisa, trailer parks? We sent you to the most prestigious art school in the country and you want to make paintings of trailer parks? And I said,  “That’s right Dad!”

I love the simplicity of the structures, consistent in size and materials. The sameness is what I personally identify with.  I was a uniformed, Catholic school girl until college and discovered at a very young age that we are all decorated differently on the inside.  The actual color of these homes and rooftops are a dull whitish color. I have taken great creative strides towards applying my own sense of color to evoke the neighborliness I feel these mobile home park communities possess. They are the last affordable frontier in Los Angeles and probably California. I love sharing this incredibly beautiful place and inspiring my collectors. Thank you so much Ed for hiring me to make this painting for you. I had a blast making it for you!





Commission: It’s a Good Morning

Commission complete! I met this collector and his colleagues of Riverstone Growth Partners, LLC at a Mobile Home Park Convention in Las Vegas over 5 years ago.  This June, Scott called and said, “We want you to make us a large painting of a mobile home park”. Below is the finished painting and all the steps leading up to the completion.




Oh my gosh, I match my art!




Based on our conversation, I sent Scott and Michelle these three options.


Painting table in the studio.


Sold this Compositional rendering to a collector in Miami (Ed).  Ed came across my work in a collector’s home in La Jolla and called to discuss his plans of hiring me to make a large painting for his home. I sent this study and a few others that were slightly similar to the one he liked in La Jolla. We both loved how the painting is unfinished on the edges. It suits the environment, a little frayed on the edges, natural, relaxed, and free from confinement.




Thank you so much Scott and Michelle for giving me this opportunity and for believing in my art! I enjoyed every minute of working on this project with you- Marisa MurrowIMG_7418

Bay Area Woody

I was commissioned to paint this vintage car from a classic car show in Pebble Beach recently. I had so much fun working on it! Here are some photos of the painting in progress. I love everything that has to do with transportation. How were get from here to there fascinates me. Tonight I walked past a hand painted Bentley in Culver City that was parked in the red. Fully loaded and they don’t care. Must be nice……..