Monday, June 29, 2009

Carousel Ride

This painting was painted in the studio.  I still may be making a few small changes but did not want to wait to post it.  So many times, I will wait a few weeks before I sign a painting.  Sometimes, I may be too hard on myself.  We are our own worst critics.  
Happy painting !

Friday, June 26, 2009

Portrait of Elizabeth

Painting a portrait from life is something that I have done many times. The main thing that you have to keep in mind is that if your subject is lit by a cool light source, you will have warm shadows.  This is a model that I have been painting and sculpting for years.  She is truly a part of me. She is my child. 

Painting at MaryBeth's

I have been painting outdoors this week.  It has been really hot.  I painted at a friend's house and enjoyed the difficulties of trying to paint the elliptical shapes of lily pads, while little bugs crawl out of the grass and up your legs. Plein aire painting is so rewarding because it isn't something that is easy.  There are always elements of surprise. The lily pond flowers began to close up about an hour into the painting. After two hours of trying to beat the heat and elements, we agreed to paint and finish the next day.  Unfortunately, after a night of heavy storms, the lily pond did not look at all the same.  It was an adventure.
Thanks and happy painting!

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Back to blogging after short trip

I 'm sorry that I haven't blogged in a few weeks.  I have wanted to but with the beginning of summer comes lots of craziness.  I have painted two larger paintings and I will post them when they are finished in the next day or two. Here is what I woke up to this morning.  It was a great day for plein aire painting.  Beautiful sun shining through the toilet paper and trees.
Happy Painting !

Friday, June 12, 2009

Painting in NYC

I am behind in posting due to a recent visit to NYC and the end of school.  There are lot's of demands on my time and usually I try to get a painting in regardless but the exception seems to be when the kids are home for the summer and holidays.  I just returned from a trip in to New York to attend the Richard Schmid at the Salmagundi Club opening.  It was fun but nothing to compare to the rush I got from painting in Central Park and Union Square.  Next I hope to go up and stay for a week and just paint everywhere. Here are the two 6X8 paintings I squeezed in one day of the three day trip...just little studies but I think I caught the mood.  
Thanks for your interest !

Monday, June 1, 2009

Lake at the Winter Club

Here is the other small painting.  They are both 6 X 8.   Hope you like them !

Painting at the Winter Club

Today I plein aire painted with a friend.  We were out in the hot sun saying we should have remembered umbrellas.  I had to sit down and paint after rolling my ankle two weeks ago.  I found that since this was my first outdoor painting in a while, sitting down made me less anxious and I painted two very nice little paintings.  Love to hear what you think ! I will post both paintings today.  Thanks for viewing !