Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Poetry 8"x8" oil #377 figurative

Had a good day...felt good and my friend inspired me to paint, so I did.  Stuart Davis is an interesting painter...I see the visual poetry in his work although I don't really "get" it.  I may paint this one again with a different palette.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Rusty 17.5"x17.5" animal oil sold #375

This was a commission and the folks who bought it teared up when they saw it....what a wonderful feeling.  I have been really missing painting and need to rearrange my life so I can do it daily if possible.  Lisa Daria is over 900 on daily paintings...having painted at least one painting every single day for the last 900 or so days....mind boggling!


Friday, October 28, 2011

One Step In Front of the Other oil 2.5"x11" #374 still life

I have had some challenges lately that will be going on for a while so I won't be able to paint every day.  This is a challenge.  I modified the challenge and started at the top spending 5 minutes on each shoe.  I used my granddaughter's shoes because I wanted to illustrate the idea of putting one foot in front of the other....sometimes the only way to get through your challenges in life.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

It's Free oil 5"x7" #373 figurative

A deal that can't be beat is the free Staten Island Ferry to get a view of Lady Liberty.  I love her stylish but relaxed pose(the tourist and also Lady Liberty).

Monday, October 17, 2011

The Little Shopper 4"x4" figurative oil #369

One of the things I really like about the challenges is that when I have a few days or a week when I don't do the daily paintings, I can go there and get an instant idea and do a quick warm-up that gets me right back into painting in a very freeing way.  This challenge focused on a photo with a very busy background and the challenge was about how to handle the background.  I cropped the photo significantly so I didn't have much background to deal with and just kept the whole thing loose and suggestive (which works in painting but not so much in personal actions).  Carol Marine liked the little girl's dress.  I was fascinated with the universal concept of a little girl going shopping and mimicking her female adult shopping role models.  My granddaughter grabs her little purse and assumes the posture of the shopper.  I cut out her face, because I didn't really like the facial expression, and it sticks with the universal theme here.  $60 +SH

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Monday, October 10, 2011

Jackson 1 oil 6"x6" animal portrait sold #367

This was a commission from a long-lost friend.  So was the last post of Toby.  They are adorable grand-dogs and were really fun to paint.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

"Puk" Mask mixed media #365

This is a little is a mask to benefit out local arts organization, but it took me all day to make it.
This painting, "Sunshine Balcony" is being auctioned off at all proceeds will go to feeding starving kids in is a chance to do some good in the world and also get a lovely painting

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Hands oil 4"x4" figurative# 364

This was a challenge to paint your hands.  I have very thin wrists if you are wondering why they look that way.  I got the idea when I was playing around with some of the features of the imaging software.  So I painted the background with a bullet effect and it makes it look like praying hands or something spiritual...kind of cool.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

After Bourguereau acrylic portrait 12"x16" #363

I have done this exercise one other time, in a different format and on a different surface.  I am fascinated by the creaminess and blending of skin tones that Bourguereau was able to accomplish in his paintings.  Neither come naturally to me.  I really struggled with the limited colors I had, but it was fun anyway.

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Monday, October 3, 2011

AG at Three acrylic 12"x16" portrait #362

This is my niece who now goes by AG, at least at her volley ball games.  I always think she is precious but her mom swears she was a terror at 3.  There are no traces of this left in her personality, but she will stand up for herself and she is a fine athlete and scholar.  She makes us proud. Oh, she is quite beautiful too (inside and out).

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Blue Ridge Parkway 12"x16" #360 oil landscape

This is a notable bend in the road on the Blue Ridge Parkway.  It was designed to have almost no impact on the environment.  They built the road so that it sits on pillars instead of chopping out the side of the mountain.  As I was painting it I kept thinking about the mountain roads at home in VT that were so suddenly and unexpectedly washed away during hurricane Irene.  The day after I painted it, the local NC paper published a photo of this same spot during fall foliage....too funny.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Big Bend 12"x16" acrylic #358

I have been traveling for the last few weeks, first to Quebec then to NC.  When I arrived in the south, I was sneezing etc., and thought it was allergies, but found out soon enough that I had a really bad cold.  As a result, I didn't do anything but paint with my mom when I felt up to it.  My mother is 87 years old and she paints almost every day.  She had been working from a photo on this beautiful scene of Big Bend Park and finished it while I was visiting, so I did a small quick version of it early on (mine is the first photo).  My mom was a huge help all week in critiquing my work.  Her style, approach, materials, tools and surface are different than I normally use, so I had some obstacles to adjust to, but it was a fun process.  Her painting is 30" by 40" and is destined for a chiropractic office in Colorado.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Mini-rose 2"x3" oil floral #357

I have been having fun with a few mini-paintings.  They are so approachable because they are so small.  I have to admit I don't feel totally confident with flowers but I guess if I keep at it, I will figure it out.  Roses are hard to paint!

Friday, September 23, 2011

Sunshine Balconey 6"x6" oil on linen board #356 architecture

This was a group project we did at the recent workshop I attended.  It was like musical easels and everyone had the opportunity to paint on each others' paintings.  It was timed too.  I wasn't a very good sport and had trouble getting into the spirit of the activity.  When all was said and done, I came back to my easel, wiped off the work and redid it with some variation.  It looks like a confetti garden!

Friday, September 16, 2011

Italian Window oil 6"x6" #351 landscape

I went to a Dreama Tolle Perry workshop and this is the first painting I did.  I loved the workshop and learning how to use transparent colors for an underpainting.  She is a great presenter with loads of useful information.  It was at the Parish Center for the Arts in Westford, MA.  Laurie, our host, is awesome.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Monday, September 5, 2011

Carl 4x4" oil #340 portrait

It is really hard to catch my husband n0t smiling. I threatened him with no dinner if he wouldn't sit for a couple of seconds and not he was staring at the computer screen and working hard at keeping a straight face.

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Cloe oil 4"x4" #339

This is the newest member of our family, Cloe. She is my niece's first child and she is a beauty. We will have 2 more by Christmas....such a joy!

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Samara oil 4"x4" #338

This is part of my mug shot series, only I am painting mug shots of my family instead of the accused. This is Samara, my granddaughter, who brings such joy into our lives. She is full of fun and giggles and is 2 years old and potty trained, which is even better. She loves to dance and sing and say "good morning" to the sky and "good night" to the moon with her grandma.

Friday, September 2, 2011

Self Portrait 4"x4" oil #337

This was a challenge for Daily Paintworks. The idea was to do a painting using rectangular brushstrokes. I decided to do my favorite self portrait pose and kick the color up to comic proportions. It is a fun process and it torques your usual perceptions.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Big Hat Big Waves oil 6"x6" #336

What do you do when you are 2 years old and mom says the water is too cold because you are turning blue? Rather than get the blues, you sit on the edge and excitedly anticipate the waves taking over your seat. This is my grandson wearing his grandpa's sizable hat. I don't think I have ever seen him so excited as he was at the beach in June. The waves were big and they were really cold!

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Irene and the Old Mill #335 oil 6"x6"

I shot this photo during the camera was drenched after just a couple of shots and it was inside my raincoat! The river is not suppose to be banging up against the mill. The waves were as high as the second story balcony but fortunately, the mill held and so did the covered bridge near it. There was so much dirt being carried by the river that the air smelled like dirt and the normally crystal clear water was muddy brown. I am not sure it is powerful painting, but it was a powerful scene to witness. This river washed out some key roads in the area.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Thomas Travels to VT oil 6"x6" #334

I haven't painted for a few days because I have been distracted by hurricane Irene which blasted through VT with a vengeance. My son walked down from the ski area through the woods today because all the roads are washed out. I painted this commission because it was a cheerful subject and even though I have done it before, it was fun to do it a little differently, in oil, and a larger size.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Savoring the Sweet Beauty of Renoir 8"x8" acrylic #333

The advantage of doing a painting a day is in the routine, the ability to really practice a particular skill or technique, the need to be decisive, do confident brush work, and explore color. The advantage of spending more time on a painting, or revisiting it, is that you can make some better decisions and revise it for an improved painting. This one I revisited after doing one in oil I really liked. I realized I didn't like the original background painting so I changed it to this Renoir and like it much more.

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Embracing Monet's Sunset 8"x8" oil #331

I based this on a photo that I have already painted in acrylic on canvas, but I wanted to do one in oil on panel. I changed the background painting to Monet's "Sunset on the Seine at Lavacourt". He did a couple of these, in different seasons, as he did with many paintings. I liked the stripes on the woman's shirt and sweater and how the floor mimics the sunset. In the acrylic version all the colors were analogous which gave a whole different color harmony to the painting. I also did the acrylic with color washes.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

oil cloth 24"x24" oil #329

This is something different. It is an oil cloth for a small table I have. When I became a grandma I decided I needed to cover my tables so they didn't get scuffed up. This table is the one we use for our tea parties so I made it fun and whimsical. I put 6 layers of gesso down, do the painting, then cover it with 4 layers of polyurethane. It is very labor intensive, but it makes a traditional oil cloth that will last forever and is really durable. Lisa Curry Mair makes her living making beautiful floor clothes for individuals and historic houses and museums. I learned how to do it from her book. Check out her website to learn more
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Tuesday, August 16, 2011

à l'ombre oil 5"x7" #328

This is the second time I have painted this image with a few changes. The big news is that I finally learned how to do a website so please visit my new, albeit simple, website at

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Mug 4"x4" acrylic #327

I woke up wanting to paint. Yeah! It has been a while since I didn't have to push myself. This is for a DPW Challenge. There is a bit of glare on the photo and the blue shadow is not so blue on the painting.
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