Tuesday, November 10, 2009


I went to a workshop with Jeremy Lipking. It was fun to see his studio and all the beautiful art. His wife, Danielle was a wonderfully nice person.  The time went by fast and I hope that I picked up some new ideas.  I think that the one thing that I came away with that was most important was to take my time with the initial decisions whether I am setting up a figure or a still life.  All in all, it was pretty expensive. 

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Tall Teapot

This is a painting that I painted when I had taken too much cough and migraine medicine.  I had a hard time focusing on all of the information that I have learned through the years.  I think that it helped that I could not focus well.  I thought only about shape and color and absolutely nothing else.  I can really see how Walt Disney, Lewis Carroll and so many others may have been more successful in an altered state.  I am not advocating this though as I really didn't like feeling so out of control.  I'll be reading the dosage information more carefully from here on out.
Hope you enjoy. I would love to know what you think or if you have had any similar experiences.

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Rainy days and puddles Final

Here is the finished painting.  The changes are small but important.  Thank you for following along with this demonstration of the development of one of the approaches I use in painting.

Friday, September 25, 2009

Rainy days and puddles step 2 and 3

Here I placed the darks while maintaining the lights.  I used only three main colors and naples yellow and a little white.  It was a challenge to keep the values while working with such a limited palette.  My palette consisted of a cool purple, warm red and a warm green.  The colors were pre mixed.
Hope this gives you ideas to try.
Thank you for following this demonstration.  I will post the final painting soon.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Rainy days and puddles

I am working on this painting and thought that I would post a progression. This first image is the drawing plus a wash so that I will stay in the color palette that I have decided to use for this painting.  Hope you enjoy seeing this develop and I welcome any comments !

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Sunset on the Ohio

Here is a painting I painted a few weeks ago.  It was a challenge because I found it difficult to get the correct values with it being just at sunset. I hope that I did justice to this beautiful scene.
Thank you for your thoughts.


Here is a 12 x 16 that just came together so easily.
I love these happy little clown flowers. I hope that you enjoy my interpretation of a bowl full of pansies.
I appreciate your thoughts !!

By the shore

I am back.  I am sorry that I haven't posted in a while.  We had a bout of swine flu that set me back and getting the kids back in school always creates time warps and you just don't get everything done.  I never stop painting.  Sometimes I can't get into the zone and don't paint very well but painting is like breathing to me.  I have to be doing something creative at all times. With that said, I will share some of what I have been doing that I didn't get around to posting.  This first painting is painted under the influence of John Singer Sargent.  I say this because I found a print of his beautifully framed at an antique shop.  This print inspired my composition. I will post both the master's painting and mine so that you can see what I saw and was inspired to attempt.

Monday, August 17, 2009

Tea Time

This painting came about slowly and is really nice in person.  The figure has an almost old fashion touch to the way I painted it. I think I must have had a muse from the past looking over my shoulder when I worked on it because it is how I wanted it but painted with me having no idea where the influence was coming from.  Does this make sense to anyone else?  It is my model obviously but somehow the overall feeling that I see tells a wistful tale. A longing perhaps.  Something in the tea leaves no doubt.
Hope you see something in it. Let me know if you do !

Monday, August 10, 2009

Antiques Roadshow

I am back after working on a couple of commissions and this larger painting.  I really am quite satisfied with the overall way it turned out.  I used a very rough linen canvas and I like the texture that it encouraged me to seek. Sometimes when you make a mistake and order loosely woven linen because you are unfamiliar with the company... it can be a good thing !
Hope you like it.  
I look forward to your thoughts!

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

mother and child

This is another larger painting that I have been working on. I was really happy with the way it just almost painted itself.  Working with babies is virtually impossible to do from life. This was a photo that I took a couple of years ago.  I spent many years painting portraits at an amusement park and festivals around town.  This involved all ages sitting for thirty minutes or more. Many times I was painting a baby in the mother's lap while the proud father tried to coax a smile.  I never quite understood why anyone would want their baby's portrait painted because the child changes so quickly as they grow month to month. 
With this painting, I think the interaction between the mother and child is what it's all about.  The relationship is forever rewarding.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Daydream believer

Really rainy outside.  I decided to work on a quick study of my daughter.  She has patiently sat for me for several portraits this summer.  I think there is a lot to say for practice and certainly important to actually paint from life.  This was an opportunity for me to work from what I have practiced and know in my memory.  I am pleased at the final painting.  I could have gone much further on it but it is really just a study and something that I wanted to keep so I will quit at this stage of the work.  Studio work is greatly improved with life study and plein aire.
Happy painting.  I would love your comments !

Sunday, July 19, 2009

View of the city

I have been working hard on a studio painting and neglecting my blog. Occasionally I get a nice day and head out to paint outside.  This was a beautiful day.  I will probably try to paint this painting larger by referring to the small study.  I will post it when I finish the painting.
Thanks for your interest !!

Friday, July 10, 2009

Blackeyed Susans

Today I painted these flowers that opened overnight.  I have to paint the flowers as soon as they open because the deer come in the night and eat them all.  The daylillies that I painted last week are all gone this week and there were loads of blooms.  I had them fenced off but a doe and two little ones came and the babies scooted under the fencing and gobbled them up. 
I am enjoying the flowers in paintings. This is another small painting 6X8.
Thank you for your interest and comments.

Monday, July 6, 2009

Blue CHina Plate

Today I painted a blue plate with one of the roses from my garden.  The rose smelled so nice and my Boston Terrier smelled so bad. My sister was visiting and she read a pretty funny book to my model and I and I painted a portrait after the small painting that I am posting. The portrait was a larger painting and will require another sitting.  I will post it when it is finished.
Happy Painting !


Well, I have fixed the painting of the first daylily but have not photographed it yet.  My problem with it seemed to be that the background was not the right value.  Sometimes, artistic license does not work the way you want it to.  This is a painting that I did of my impatiens in a pot on the back porch.  Plein aire in the comfort of the porch !!!  I appreciate your thoughts.

Thursday, July 2, 2009

First Daylily

Today is the first day that my Lemon Daylillies opened.  I cut the first one and painted it. I decided to use a light background which I have not been doing and I don't think I am satisfied with the way it turned out so I will continue trying this.
Let me know what you would advise. 
Thanks and happy painting !

Wednesday, July 1, 2009


Here is another portrait painted.  Joaquin makes a great subject.  He is very easy going and patient.  The reason this is so great is that it puts me at ease and I don't think too much about the sitter.  I can then get into the zone easily.  This portrait turned out nicely.  i have made a few changes since this photo was taken and may post the finalized photo later.
Thanks for your interest !

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 !

Monday, May 25, 2009

Memorial Day

I painted this painting of cherries today when everyone was busy relaxing on Memorial Day. I call this painting "Life is like a bowl of cherries".  Thanks to the men and women that keep us safe, we can all enjoy life in the best country in the world.
Hope you enjoyed this day as much as I did.  Thank you veterans and troops !!!!

Sunflowers in Blue Urn

Here is what I worked on last week along with the 6X8 paintings that I try to paint daily.  It is a 20x16 painting of Sunflowers that my daughter's boyfriend brought her.  He actually brought lilies with them and I have not been able to paint the lilies because of the holiday weekend and all the family things that go with it. I had fun painting the sunflowers in a blue urn that my mother bought at an auction. The hardest thing about the sunflowers was the strokes that created the petals. Hope you like this one.
Thank you for viewing !

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Blue Cloisonne Vase

This is a painting of a blue cloisonne vase that my mom gave me.  There are two of them and I have always loved the blue color. I hope you enjoy seeing this vase because I am sure I will be painting it over and over. You may get sick of them.
Thank you for viewing and let me know your thoughts.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Mother's Day

I am practicing blogging currently and getting my website updated.  As soon as I have finished the website, I will upload all of this and it will be out there in cyberspace.  Then I should be able to continue painting the small paintings almost daily.  Here is another one that I painted last week while I was getting ready to begin posting.  Let me know what you think.  Thanks !

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Two Tomatoes

Here is the first small painting (6 x 8) that I painted after switching to Rembrandt oils.  I think that the paint goes on much smoother and I am happier with the strength of the color.  I am not as happy with the fact that I used a verbena flower to paint and it wilted so quickly, I had to paint it out.  Good to know that painting verbena is not an option unless it is plein aire and still attached. Enjoy !