a collection of daily paintings and drawings

Saturday, August 01, 2015

ANOTHER KISS candy still life oil painting

Another Kiss
oil on linen  4 x 4"

Another painting from my photo session with a Hershey's kiss. Such a good subject! : beautiful, sensuous, easily identifiable, and challenging. That aluminum foil seems to not want to be re-created. Painting on linen is much easier with these realistic studies, but my compatriots are urging me to go the next step and just use a gesso-ed panel. I'm afraid if I do that, every little fiber and dust mote will show up on the finished painting.
What do you think, linen or smooth panel?

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Friday, July 24, 2015

WINTER BIRDS watercolor paintngs

What better time to paint winter scenes than at a hot and steamy summer Art Festival?

Chickadee In The Pines
watercolor 6 x 8"


Winter Perch (Cardinal)
watercolor  6 x 8"

Thursday, July 09, 2015

UNDER THE SUN peony flower watercolor painting

Another painting from the Peony farm Linwood Gardens here in Upstate New York. 

Under The Sun
watercolor 5 x 7"

Saturday, July 04, 2015

HILLSIDE FARM (SOLD) plein air landscape oil painting

Started last September, with a little color boost from me (that is actually an oak tree, not a maple) and finished in my studio this week. I really like this painting because the colors are so harmonious, and the teeny tiny cows came out okay.

Hillside Farm (SOLD)
oil on linen 8 x 8 "

Thursday, July 02, 2015

SUNLIT PETUNIAS flower watercolor painting

White petunias always catch my eye, and they are pure pleasure to paint. These beauties were spilling out of a tub of flowers at the Chautauqua Institute a few years ago

Pure Pleasure
watercolor  33 x 14"

Monday, June 29, 2015


 I spent last week painting outside, when it wasn't pouring rain. This has been a very damp June. I wanted to capture that hazy quality of the air on a humid day. In the first 2 paintings, I was lucky enough to catch a bit of sunshine peeking out from a cloud, or the clouds parting just as the sun was setting.
These 4 paintings were all started and finished at one sitting. I have several others that need a bit of touch up in the studio. I'm working on that ever elusive trait for plein air painting: loose brush strokes.

June 23
oil on linen  8 x 10"

This painting is being auctioned with an opening bid of $100



June 24
oil on linen  5 x 7"


 June 26
oil on linen  5 x 7"

This painting is being auctioned with a starting bid of $35


Kilarney Park
oil on linen  5 x 7

This was painted from a photo I took in Ireland in February.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

SILVER LININGS #3 (SOLD) cloud landscape oil painting

This painting on copper looks so cute in its little frame. I ordered the frame a bit larger than the copper panel so it could "float". 

This painting will be in the Daily Paintworks auction.

Silver Linings #3 (SOLD)
oil on copper 6x6"

Saturday, June 13, 2015

CHORUS LINE marble still life oil painting

Well, this week's email is not full of good news. Several "thanks for entering, but the competition was tough" letters. Competition IS tough, but when one is competing in the thing they do best and it still isn't good enough, we say bad words.
On the other hand, I woke up to a beautiful bouquet of flowers on the kitchen table. I was wondering which one of my sweet guys had run out to buy this extravaganza so early in the morning (and where? Not the typical grocery store flowers.) Then, I realized all the flowers are from my own garden! And, I see peonies just starting to bloom too. Lots of lusciousness to paint. I am counting my blessings and giving myself a blue ribbon for being so blessed with good things.

Chorus Line
oil on linen  8 x 8"

Awww. Thanks Trevor.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

SPRING BECKONS calla lily flower oil painting

Another lovely calla lily from Nelson County, Virginia. Their sensual curves and that quirky little flip at the tip are so cool.

One of my favorite pieces of art ever; a photograph by Imogen Cunningham:

Spring Beckons 
oil on linen  6 x 6"

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

RAKISH ROSES (SOLD) rose flower watercolor painting

From John Keats' epic poem, Endymion, 1818:

A thing of beauty is a joy for ever:
Its loveliness increases; it will never
Pass into nothingness; but still will keep
A bower quiet for us, and a sleep
Full of sweet dreams, and health, and quiet breathing.

Rakish Roses (SOLD)
      watercolor 20x20"

Sunday, June 07, 2015

SUNNY SPIRIT (sold) sunflower floral watercolor painting

"I perhaps owe having become a painter to flowers."
-  Claude Monet

"Me too Claude"
- Barbara Fox

Sunny Spirit (SOLD)
watercolor  8 x 8"

Saturday, June 06, 2015

SWEET DREAMS daisy flower still life watercolor painting

I had a delightful dream last night (which nobody wants to hear about, I know) but I keep thinking about it, which leads me to other fantastic, fantasy adventures, which has kept a smile on my face all day. It occurred to me that our daydreams are one of the few things that bring delight without costing a cent.
To take the day and drive the coastal highway, ski the Swiss Alps, or lounge by a tropical sea wearing a bikini on your perfect body.
Have lunch with a departed loved one, a faraway friend, or an admired hero.
See yourself dancing like a pro by the light of the moon.
A world and beyond of possibility can take place;

Awe, wonder and magic;

In the mind.
So where will you allow your mind to take you today? Make it the trip of a lifetime. It's all yours. Have fun.
Sweet Dreams
watercolor  10 x 12"  $450

Friday, June 05, 2015

BEAUTY BEFORE ME lily flower painting

I am spending so much more time making sure I get things right: value, color temperatures, dimension, etc, etc.
Why can't I be one of those artists who paint the thing, says "yep", then moves on to the next one?

Beauty Before Me
oil on linen  6 x 6"

Sunday, May 31, 2015


Here is the side view of the copper panel. 

Saturday, May 30, 2015

A CAPELLA (SOLD) marble still life oil painting

Another painting for the show "The Condition of Music" at the Oxford Gallery in Rochester.

A Capella (SOLD)
oil on linen  6 x 6"

Friday, May 29, 2015

MOVEMENTS OF A LARGER SYMPHONY marble and music still life oil painting on copper

I finally finished this little darlin'. It was intended for an exhibition with a music theme, but that deadline is long gone. Painting on the copper is interesting; this was a cradled panel covered with a thin layer of copper. I left the edges unpainted, so it looks pretty neat. Gives it a bit of a 3D interest.

Movements Of A Larger Symphony
oil on copper  12 x 12"

Thursday, May 28, 2015

FLIGHT OF FANCY origami crane still life watercolor painting

Yes, I actually did make this origami crane, but I did not paint all the extraneous creases from folding it in the wrong places.

Flight of Fancy
watercolor  8 x 10"

Sunday, May 24, 2015

POISED ON A STARRY NIGHT marble still life watercolor painting

This little image is one of my favorites of my marble series. It is professionally framed with an off-white mat and white-washed wood frame. Shipping is included in the price. I am also sending out my newsletter any day now. A shoulder injury has prevented me from offering any workshops, but I am trying to get a couple of online demos up and running.

Poised On A Starry Night
watercolor   6 x 6"
framed  12 x 12"

Friday, May 22, 2015

REFRESHED (SOLD) vintage coke bottles oil painting

Thank goodness for Ebay: a treasure trove of so many interesting still life possibilities.

Refreshed (SOLD)
oil on linen  4 x 4"