a collection of daily paintings and drawings

Friday, December 26, 2014

DWELL ON DREAMS. Can one feel good about themselve, but still want to improve?


A merry day after Christmas, and I'm back to work; planning what New Years resolutions to resurrect from last year. Diet, exercise, and a tidier house are usually on the list, and I can honestly say I am getting better at these things. Isn't that what life is after all? A big self-improvement workshop? 

Dwell on Dreams
oil on linen 4 x 4"
$75

Monday, December 15, 2014

A DIFFERENT PATH FOR NOW. Winter landscape oil painting


The Favored Trail
oil on linen  8 x 10"


I have made a lot of changes in my art and my business the last few years, but have neglected to update my marketing as well. The blogs and daily painting sites worked so well for a time, but I've come to the conclusion that I need to shake up my marketing plan, just as I've shaken up my painting skills.
Thank you to all my readers and comment-ers. You have no idea how much your interest and support means to me.


Sunday, December 07, 2014

A JOYFUL DANCE (SOLD) flower watercolor painting


A Joyful Dance (SOLD)
watercolor  7 x 7" in 12 x 12" frame

Because we all need pretty flowers and to dance with joy every once in awhile.



Monday, December 01, 2014

THE BEST THINGS IN WINTER chickadee watercolor painting


Woodland Chickadee
watercolor  5 x 7"


What are the best things in Winter?
My immediate response is a trip to San Diego!

Living the cold Northeast for the last 21 years, I have yet to acclimate. I have learned to appreciate being indoors, appreciating my warm shelter and work space, and taking advantage of (painting) my beautiful surroundings. 




Monday, November 24, 2014

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


Jewels (SOLD)
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

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

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.


Friday, October 31, 2014

CHICKADEE PERCH (SOLD) bird watercolor painting


 Chickadee Perch (SOLD)
watercolor  5 x 6"



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

SUNSHINE GIRL portrait watercolor painting


Sunshine Girl
watercolor  11 x 11"


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.

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.   


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.

Friday, October 03, 2014

PETE'S POND #2 (SOLD) landscape oil painting

Pete's Pond #2 (SOLD)
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.




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.





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.

Friday, August 15, 2014

WHITE QUEEN PEONY watercolor flower painting and print


White Queen Peony
giclee print on canvas 24x26"

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.






Thursday, August 14, 2014

BERRY BUSH CHICKADEE (SOLD) bird landscape watercolor painting


Berry Bush Chickadee (SOLD)

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"

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. 

Friday, July 25, 2014

TUFTED TITMOUSE (SOLD) bird watercolor painting


Tufted Titmouse (SOLD)
watercolor  7.5 x 5"

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.

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