a collection of daily paintings and drawings

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

WET SPRING landscape oil painting


A Wet Spring
oil on linen  7 x 5"
$145

It has been a wet Summer here in New York.  I cobbled this painting together from a Plein Air attempt in the soggy field, and an old photo of the buildings.


Saturday, August 23, 2014

Friday, August 15, 2014

WHITE QUEEN PEONY watercolor flower painting


White Queen Peony
watercolor 16 x 17"

Here I am with one of my White Queen Peony giclee prints on canvas. I am so happy with the way they look. We printed them substantially bigger than the original, at 24 x 26", but my printer (a wizard with photography and printing) made sure they came out crisp and vibrant. I will only have 25 of these prints made, both in this size and the original 14x15". Check out my website to order, or email me.

The original painting is available too.




Thursday, August 14, 2014

BERRY BUSH CHICKADEE bird landscape watercolor painting


Berry Bush Chickadee

Finishing up some small watercolors and beginning some more ambitious paintings this week. I need something new for the upcoming Niagara Frontier WC Society National show.
Plus, new demos are on my list of things to do (still).

Berry Bush Chickadee
watercolor  7 x 8"
$200

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

EXHIBITION at Rust Belt Books


Rust Belt Books 
202 Allen Street
Buffalo, NY 
through September

Artist's Reception August 17 
2-5 pm

Friday, August 01, 2014

WELL BALANCED marble still life oil painting


Well Balanced
oil on canvas  24 x 20"

I just took a batch of paintings to Rust Belt Books in Buffalo for an exhibition through September. Not sure why I greed to it, as the place is not really conducive to my kind of artwork. It is very funky, messy, and well, Rust Belt-y. I'm mostly concerned that my beautiful paintings will be safe there. The oils on canvas are much more fragile than I expected. The edges scrape up very easily, and they can get a dent if anything rests against them. 

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

HALF DOZEN egg still life drawing

Half Dozen
conte pencil on toned paper  5 x 9"
$85

 A quiet night of drawing at the library. I was the only one of my drawing group that showed up. We knew no model was coming, so I had brought a few still life candidates, including some ceramic eggs (splattered with chicken-poop colored paint to look authentic). I set them up on a glass covered table with really cool reflections and proceeded to draw.  After 2 hours, I was ready to pack it up- the light had changed, books dropping in the book drop kept making me jump, and that damn stuffed Orangutan (life size!!) in the children's section kept creeping closer.



Friday, July 25, 2014

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

"B" colored pencil portrait drawing


"B"
colored pencil  15 x 11"

Lynn's daughter Alyssa (Also known as "B") posed for the drawing group Thursday. Her skin is so beautiful and luminous, I just had to draw her in color. She looks like a Renaissance princess.

Friday, July 18, 2014

PINK ROSE WORK IN PROGRESS flower oil painting


Pink Rose 
Work In Progress
oil on canvas  30 x 40 "

I am having such fun with this rose. I love pink anyways, and the hints of orange, magenta, yellow, blue, and red just make it all luscious. Balancing the detail with the vague is the challenge now, but I think I am almost finished.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

THE WEE HOURS oil painting winter sunrise landscape


The Wee Hours
oil on canvas  8 x 8"
$175

This painting took on a bit of a fantasy quality as I worked to get the light hitting the waves of earth in the field. My husband said it reminded him of a Thomas Kincaid painting, which made me laugh. I like the colors and feeling of cold early morning and peacefulness in the old homestead. Sometimes we all need that Thomas Kincaid feeling.


Saturday, July 12, 2014

PRETTY PERCH watercolor bird landscape painting


Pretty Perch
watercolor  8.5 x 5"
$85

From time to time I get notices from friendly fans that someone is using my images for their own gains. Several Chinese companies paint "original paintings" for $39, but they are using (stealing) another artist's images to copy their "original". I really hate that, but other than emailing the company to take my image off their website, there is not much I can do. Some artists use watermarks on their images, but I think those can very easily be photo-shopped out. In fact, there are people who specialize in this service on graphic design service websites.
I don't have the time or inclination to chase down image thieves, but I appreciate a warning from y'all.

On a positive note, if someone asks me if they can use one of my images to teach a class, use it as a tattoo (my mouth says yes but my head screams "nooooooo!"), or post it on their own blog, I almost always say yes. I appreciate being asked.


Friday, July 11, 2014

SUMMER WHITES watercolor flower still life painting


Summer Whites
watercolor  5 x 5"
$65

I am back in New York, frantically entering a few art competitions with looming deadlines, and finishing up some paintings for delivery to Rust Belt Books for an exhibition in August.
It is good to have deadlines or I would get nothing done, but they do seem to come in clusters, sending me into a tizzy.
This painting was done from life. It is the third version of the afternoon, trying to get the color saturation right. 


Friday, June 27, 2014

WORK IN PROGRESS rose oil painting


Work In Progress
oil on canvas  30 x 40"

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I am off to a family visit and painting trip in San Diego for a week. I will be bringing my watercolors, but am wondering if my plein air box will fit in my suitcase....
hasta la vista

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

WITH THY SOFT SUN watercolor still life painting


With Thy Soft Sun
watercolor  17 x 26"


I am posting this older piece, as I don't have anything fresh of the easel at the moment. I just love this painting. After careful deliberation (and asking some artist friends there opinion) I decided to leave the background unpainted. So yes, all those white areas are the white paper. 

 I am heading back to California this weekend for some family time. And I will be taking my watercolors. Maybe I will bring my Plein Air box too! hmmm. I am always jealous when I see photos of artists painting on the beach. 

 This painting is currently in a gallery. Please contact me for purchase information.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

OPPORTUNITIES ABOUND still life watercolor painting


Opportunities Abound
watercolor  20 x 27"
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One of my marbles and origami paintings is included in the Arnot Art Museum 74th Regional Exhibition. The Museum is a little jewel in Elmira, NY, and lo and behold, it features representational work.  Can't wait to see the exhibit. The opening reception is Friday night at 5:30.



Saturday, June 14, 2014

PATTY pencil portrait drawing


A 20 minute pencil drawing. I usually don't draw the face full on like this, but this came out pretty well; a good likeness of the model.  I've been experimenting with pastel color pencils, but still prefer good old fashioned 4B pencil. And an eraser.



Friday, June 13, 2014

PRACTICE COMPASSION watercolor still life painting


My painting "Practice Compassion" won third place at the Niagara Frontier Watercolor Society Spring Show. The juror was John Salminan, and he said this about the paintings "I look at each painting several times. At first, the technical proficiency of the piece draws my attention, as I revisit the painting, a story or emotion that the painting conveys becomes more compelling."

 I think most artists are drawn to technique. You can always tell a visiting artist at an exhibition, because they have their nose right up to the painting. 

But, I think it is human nature to be impressed by any kind of mastery of anything. I am frequently blown away that my mechanic can drive my old car down the street, and know exactly what the problem is. That an experienced musician can listen for a few minutes, then join in perfectly with a band he has never played with before. That a construction crew can take a drawing, and a pile of timber, and build an amazing house. 

But, to touch the heart is a true gift, and something that technical mastery does not guarantee. I appreciate Mr Salminan pointing this out.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

HOLLYHOCKS AT SUNSET watercolor and acrylic flower painting


Hollyhocks at Sunset
watercolor and acrylic  18 x 12"
$550

The luscious pinks and vibrant blues give this painting energy, and a cheerful vibe.