a collection of daily paintings and drawings

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"

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: 
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"

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. 

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"

Friday, October 03, 2014

PETE'S POND #2 landscape oil painting

Pete's Pond #2
oil on canvas  8 x 10"

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"

Friday, September 26, 2014

PETE'S POND landscape oil painting

Pete's Pond

Painting en plein air at Carolyn and Pete's cabin yesterday. It started out grey and overcast, but when the sun came out later in the afternoon, so did all the bright colors! Lovely, lovely spot.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

QUIET PERCH chickadee bird landscape painting

Quiet Perch
watercolor  8 x 11"

This painting was accepted into the Niagara Frontier Watercolor Society Int'l show this fall. It's a little different from my usual, but NFWS has stringent rules for it's shows: NO OPAQUE paint. Only transparent watercolors on paper. I don't usually mind, because I use opaque white only as a final resort, but, some of my best paintings lately fall in that category. 
Anyways, I've had a lot of experience painting chickadees lately, but I put this little guy in a more realistic environment.  The whole painting has a very soothing feel to it. Those of you familiar with chickadees know they aren't usually still, and most likely he will be dive-bombing some other birds hanging around the bird feeder. 

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

MILL STREET LEAF still life oil painting

Mill Street Leaf

I picked up this leaf while taking a walk the other day. At the time, there were very few colorful leaves on the ground. Now, Fall is in full swing, and it is hard to keep my eyes on where I am going. So, I brought this raggedy little leaf into the studio and taped it too the wall. Lots of luscious colors. Painted alla prima.

Mill Street Leaf
oil on linen panel  6 x 6"

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

AUTUMN MEADOW landscape oil painting

 Autumn Meadow 

I've been away from my studio for 3 weeks, so am ready to get to the studio and start some new paintings. In my very slow way, I started this little landscape Thursday, then added some details Friday, and finished it up Sunday. Feeling a bit fussy about my process, I painted the same image very quickly/ alla prima/ impressionistic (bottom). It looks fresh, but just not my cup of tea. I think that sometimes when you get out of your comfort zone, you realize WHY you are comfortable there. It's not always such a bad thing. 

Autumn Meadow (painting at top of blog post)
oil on panel 8 x 10"

Saturday, August 30, 2014

A SMILING LAND oil landscape on copper

A Smiling Land
oil on copper  6 x 6"
This was originally the first step, but I stopped here because I liked the Impressionistic quality.
The orange colors are actually the copper showing through, and it shines in the light.
I love it when a painting just seems to paint itself.

Friday, August 29, 2014

THE COLLECTION watercolor still life marble painting

The Collection
watercolor and gouache  19 x 10"

Another recent "finish". I think I started it about 18 months ago. The marbles were a breeze, but I struggled with the background and the cast shadow. It was a good lesson that sometimes you have to stop looking at your subject and just try to figure out what would make the painting better.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

CAMELLIA STILL LIFE flower watercolor painting

Camellia Still life
watercolor 12 x 8"

I've been working on a few watercolor paintings, trying to finish them for entry in the Niagara Frontier Watercolor Society. I finished this one. Nice, but I wound up entering a portrait and a small wispy landscape with a bird. Not my usual thing, either of them, but I am all full of daring these days. Painting in oils will do that to a watercolorist I guess.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

WET SPRING landscape oil painting

A Wet Spring
oil on linen  7 x 5"

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

SPRUCE LAKE plein air landscape oil painting

Spruce Lake
oil on canvas  12 x 12"

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"

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.