a collection of daily paintings and drawings

Monday, November 24, 2014

ART IS ALL THAT MATTERS - Is it a blessing or a curse?


Jewels
watercolor  10 x 23"

I am back in New York after an week of emotional upheaval with my family in California. I love them, I love Calif., I love the sun and warmth, but thank goodness to be back in my studio. Creating is my meditation, my therapy, my prayer, my sanity. I wish I were a more complex person, but there you have it. I am my eyes and right hand, with a bit of grey matter and heart in between. Is it a blessing or a curse?

This painting is being offered in my Vintage art sale:

It's one of my favorites. Colorful, cheery, yummy; all in all, a darn nice painting.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

WELCOME SPRING still life Tulip watercolor painting


Welcome Spring
watercolor  15 x 6"
$100

This painting is being offered here and in my Vintage Art Sale:


Tuesday, November 11, 2014

DAY IS DONE landscape oil painting


Day Is Done
oil on linen  5 x 7"
$85

Some days have a glorious finish that makes everything seem good. We put down our tools and accept the gift of a sunset.


Sunday, November 09, 2014

PINK HOLLYHOCKS watercolor flower painting


This is one of my favorites. A touch of pink in any room is always a good thing.

Pink Hollyhocks
$250, framed



Friday, November 07, 2014

IT'S ABOUT SUMMER: Pear Trio watercolor still life painting


Pear Trio
watercolor  10 x 13"
$250

Really, it's not about the pears. Look at the colors in the shadows, the spots of light on the pears, and the warm glow on the lace curtain. It's about Summer: the light, the warmth, the smell. ...ahhh.


Wednesday, November 05, 2014

SUNNY ROOSTER (SOLD) watercolor painting


Sunny Rooster (SOLD)
watercolor  6 x 7"

I just love this little rooster, he reminds me of my wonderful trip to Ireland a few years back. He was scratching around Bunratty castle with his flock. It was a rare sunny day, and his feathers just glistened in the sunshine.


He is offered here as part of my Annual Vintage Art Sale.
See more original paintings:

Monday, November 03, 2014

VISIONS OF SUGARPLUMS AND OTHER LOVELY TREATS annual vintage art sale at Barbara Fox Art Studio

Yummy
watercolor  5.5 x 9"

Time for my annual Holiday 'Vintage Art" sale.
Every few days until Christmas, I will post several pieces of art from my "collection" of original paintings and drawings. These are all good work, they just haven't found the right home yet, and space is tight in my studio.
This is a great time to buy a gift of original art,
 and I hope you see something that will bring beauty and joy for yourself or a loved one.

see what I've just posted here:

Sunday, November 02, 2014

ALONG THE CREEK winter snow landscape oil painting


Along The Creek
oil  6 x 6"
$100
It's snowy out, so my 'no snow landscape paintings' ban is lifted.


Friday, October 31, 2014

CHICKADEE PERCH bird watercolor painting


 Chickadee Perch
watercolor  5 x 6"
$150 framed


One of my new bird paintings, framed and ready for the Open Studio this weekend.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

WHAT FRESH HELL IS THIS?




Came home after a wonderful day painting en plein air to discover that my husband had driven his truck into the garage. And not through the door. Time for wine and ice cream. And more wine.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

GOD GIVES US ALL A SWING, SO DON'T JUST SIT THERE





I had a dream last night that I sat on a swing and began swinging. The situation was: I was outside on my swing, and there were lots of people all sitting on swings all facing one direction as though we were going to watch a performance. After swinging for awhile, I noticed that everyone else was just sitting quietly in their swings. I was the only one swinging. So, I immediately tried to stop myself (remember how hard that is?) and tried to look like I had NOT been swinging, and had no idea how that had all started. I felt compelled to be a part of the un-swinging crowd, but I could not stop my momentum.
Now, knowing my dream is not about what swinging is a euphemism for, and considering I've always been a good girl, not a trouble maker, I analyzed this dream to be about my life spent doing what I am passionate about, despite how difficult it it is to find support for the arts in our society. I feel compelled to be someone I am not (a sales person, a techie, a schmoozer) in order to show and sell my work.
But creating? It is a joy, a prayer, a dream, a ....gift of a swing.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Thursday, October 16, 2014

FLOWER OF RICHES peony oil painting


Flower Of Riches
oil on canvas  30 x 40"

I just love pink.

Friday, October 10, 2014

NORTH POND lake sunset landscape oil painting


North Pond
oil on linen 5 x 7"
$125

Another painting from my adventures in the mountains. I am constantly amazed (living most of my life in the arid West) how lakes are called ponds, and rivers are called creeks here in the Northeast.


Thursday, October 09, 2014

BEAUTY, PEACE, AND ORDER ramblings from an artist with a messy house


I am preparing for my open studio November 1 & 2. 
I hope you are one of those lucky ones who can make a trip to Western New York to visit the 4 studios of East Otto Country. Or, sign up for my newsletter, and I will keep you apprised.

(I am Mill Street Art Gallery)

I always have new paintings, so my list involves vacuuming, dusting, and framing. All very un-loved activities, especially framing. But, I do love a clean space and well presented art. 
It's funny, the annoying things we have to do to get the results we love. I am not one of those people who think the mundane chores of life are meditative and enjoyable. They are just a means to the end, which for me are: 
BEAUTY, PEACE, ORDER, CALMNESS. 
I wonder, if I can keep these my goals, instead of more tangible things like a vacation, a possession, or some artistic accomplishment, I can find the time and energy to do the un-loved chores.   


Wednesday, October 08, 2014

AUTUMN PERCH chickadee bird landscape painting


Autumn Perch
watercolor  6 x 7.5"
$100

These leaves were a lot of fun to paint, and I think are a good balance to the more realistic chickadee. I sometimes think I am using too bright colors when I am painting fall leaves, but then I look outside and say "nah". I feel lucky to live in an area with such abundant natural beauty. At least, I feel lucky until January. Then the prospect of a cold, dreary Winter makes me blue. 


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another gem from autumn

Monday, October 06, 2014

KISS (SOLD) candy still life oil painting


Kiss (SOLD)
oil on canvas  4 x 4"

When things are slow, march out the old successes. Chocolatey goodness.

Saturday, October 04, 2014

WHERE THE NEW HOUSE GOES oil landscape painting



Where The New House Goes
plein air painting from September 2014


Where The New House Goes
oil on linen panel  7 x 5"
$55

Friday, October 03, 2014

PETE'S POND #2 landscape oil painting

Pete's Pond #2
oil on canvas  8 x 10"
$200

Last weekend spent painting at my friend's cabin. Day 1 was very overcast. I painted the pond using the muted colors I saw (see previous posting). The next day was as bright and beautiful a Fall day you could ask for. I tried to be a little more decisive painting alla prima, and this rather 'Fauve' painting is the result.




Pete's Pond (at top)
oil on canvas  8 x 10"
$200