a collection of daily paintings and drawings

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"

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"

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"

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"


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"

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"

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

Monday, June 09, 2014

DREAM OF SUMMER'S JOY watercolor flower painting

Dream Of Summer's Joy
watercolor  9 x 10"
framed $750

My painting extravaganza is coming to a close for awhile; I have several commercial illustration projects to work on. I will be posting some older work, and a few attempts at Plein Air painting planned for later in the month.

Here I am with my newest print on canvas. It is 24 x 29", and looks great. I have the best printer in the world: Lisa Langer at Pencil In The River Studio.

Saturday, June 07, 2014

FROM BLUE TO GOLD sunset landscape oil painting

From Blue to Gold
oil on linen  5 x 7"

This painting is from a photo I took of Lake Champlain when we were in Vermont last Fall. The lake and the mountains are MUCH larger, than they look here, but I wanted a less grand scale landscape for this teeny tiny canvas. 
A plein air painting trip to Linwood Gardens is on the agenda for this weekend. I hope the weather cooperates.

Thursday, June 05, 2014

GO WITH THE FLOW wine oil painting

Go With The Flow
oil on canvas  24 x 20"

I painted a series of "wines" for an exhibit at the Grape Center in Chautauqua County last year. This was the largest and favorite, though next time I think I will really tighten up the composition to the pour.

Saturday, May 31, 2014

A CRYSTALLINE CHILL oil landscape painting

A Crystalline Chill
oil on linen  6 x 6:

The last Winter scene until November! Unless it gets really hot, and a snow scene makes me feel better.
The definition of 'crystalline' fits this image.....
  resembling crystal: as
a :  strikingly clear or sparkling

Monday, May 26, 2014

ON A ROLL (SOLD) marble still life oil painting

On A Roll (SOLD)
oil  6 x 6"

This is one of my first oil paintings after 30 years of painting watercolors.

Sunday, May 25, 2014

AUGUST AFTERNOON landscape oil painting

August Afternoon
oil on linen board  5 x 7"

This was painted during the lulls of my open studio tour, working from a photo. Visitors love to see work in progress. 
I left it at a very impressionistic stage; very hot and summery feeling. I like the way the linen texture creates a look like it was painted with pastels.


Friday, May 23, 2014

MARIA WITH THE MAGENTA HAIR pastel portrait drawing

Maria With The Magenta Hair (SOLD)

Maria sat for our drawing group Thursday night. She has beautiful magenta colored hair, which I drew as shades of purple and hot pink.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

MARIA 2 charcoal pencil portrait drawing

Maria from Ellicottville, a week before she moves to San Diego
charcoal 12 x 8"

Friday, May 16, 2014

SWEET DREAMS watercolor still life daisy and teacup painting

Sweet Dreams
watercolor  10 x 14"

Sweet Dreams started as a white daisy, a white teacup, and white lace, but somewhere along the way, it just started to look grey. I painted the lace a 'tea-stained' color to give the daisy and teacup a little more oomph. My Mom did not like this strategy. Her comment was "It looks just like a photograph! (her highest praise), I feel like I can just pick up that lace and throw it in the wash."

Here are a few photos of my studio/gallery; all spruced up for the open studio tour this weekend.