Thursday, December 20, 2012

Monday, December 17, 2012

Light In the Darkness 5"x7" acrylic

I did this painting on Friday after finding out about the school shooting in CN.  I felt so broken hearted, as I think most of us did.  I needed to express this need for finding light in the darkness and did this rather abstract piece.

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Friday, December 14, 2012

Can I Play? 6"x6" acrylic

This is a little out-of-season (it is summer somewhere)...but I found an old photograph that just struck me by the story it tells, but also because it looks a bit like a Christmas ornament.

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Thursday, December 13, 2012

I'm Going to Have Blue Christmas (without you) 6"x6" acrylic

This was for a DPW challenge to use Magnesium Blue (which I don't have) to do a value study of a celebrity.  I had many more frustrating moments with this than I had anticipated.  I wanted to get the fuzziness of his beard, the soft furriness of the hat and coat trim, the fleshiness of his face, the twinkle in his eye and the grandfatherliness of his personality and not have it look creepy because it is all blue!  What do you think?  The whole time I was painting, the song "I'll Have a Blue Christmas" by Elvis, was playing in my head.  See an early version of this song at:

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Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Lufty 17.5"x17.5" acrylic

This is larger than many of the paintings I have done recently.  It was fun to paint big and loose.  I like the background which I did a little differently.  This is a commission.  SOLD

Friday, December 7, 2012

"Cheese" 6"x7" acrylic

It s a challenge for me to do portraits this small because it is a matter of choosing what to include and what to leave out.  I can only suggest someone's features when working this small and I have to keep in mind that it is more about the memory of the situation than the actual facial features that matter.  I like how the clothing looks so abstract and I like the colors I chose to show it.  SOLD

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Dready Hopper 6"x6" acrylic

I have done several paintings lately in acrylic and I remember how quick and easy it can be.  I love the way oil smears around and its brilliant colors, but acrylic immediately!  This painting I did as a value study in green first with a purple background, then I painting colors right over that.  I love the process, and the way the green kind of peaks out here and there.  I should have done the same with the purple.  Dready Hopper is a beer label that is a play on a beer named Heady Topper.  This is explanation for the bunny with the dreadlocks on the t-shirt.  SOLD

Friday, November 30, 2012

Fluffed Out 6"x6" acrylic

This is a large-ish, fluffed out house finch on a chilly, almost winter day.  The last few days I have noticed that the house finches that are showing up are a bit thinner and more ragged looking.  It is like those of us who choose to stay in a cold climate....we are survivors but a little rough on the edges!

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Hollywood 4"x4" acrylic

One thing you can say about bluejays is that despite their loud squawking and bullyish behavior, they are stunning to look at.  Kind of reminds me of Hollywood!

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Together 8"x8" acrylic

I like how sunny this is.  A couple of friends posed for me.  Folks in Vermont are so hearty.  I had on a down coat, hat, mittens and my friends had on light weight shirts and sandals.  It is early winter here, but I painted this in a spring-like setting to give it a feeling of warmth.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

View from the Lake House oil 6"x6"

My parents retired to a home they built on a beautiful large lake.  This is a view of the end of the cove where they lived.  It was the place that we all came together to celebrate our family, to play to eat, to laugh and spend an inordinate amount of time waterlogged.  As my parents aged, they had to move, but we are filled with wonderful memories of being together there.

Monday, November 19, 2012

Downy Woodpecker 4"x4" oil

A Downy Woodpecker on a Sumac bush.  Sumac bushes are so cool looking....very graphic when the sun shines through them and casts strong shadows.  The berries are fuzzy, more seed-like but they make a good lemonadish drink when you brew them.  I love the red against the background of heavy snow clouds.  This is more playing around with my new spatula brushes.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Cardinal 4"x4" oil

I am trying out some new things.  I got some spatula type paint brushes as a gift.  They are similar to a palette knife, but shaped like a paint brush.  Anyway, they are really fun to was like being a child again and just playing.  I have been wanting to do some birds as I have a pretty nice bird sanctuary outside my studio window and was inspired by Angela Moulton's beautiful little paintings of birds.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Late Afternoon oil 6"x6"

I think I might do this painting in a larger size and make it more textural with thicker and more varied colors.  I caught this scene when the light was glowing.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

The Reader 6"x6" oil

Sometimes I have the hardest time getting a good photo of a particular painting, and this is one of them...there is glare on it, so all I can say is that it is better than it looks!  I did a value study of this first.

Friday, November 9, 2012

Once Upon A Midday Deary 6"x6" oil

This was not so much a value study as it is a painting the emphasizes the mid  values.  I was swimming and looked out the window and this is what I saw.  Everything was bathed in shades of gray with the background completely washed out in fog. I punched up the foreground trees to a darker value to show a contrast.  I painted this from memory, so it is pretty much made up and I didn't want it to be about details, but rather shapes and design.  I can see pushing this to a more abstract level.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

VT Values 6"x6" oil

This is another values study using transparent oxide brown, Caribbean blue, and white.  It is of a local covered bridge that was washed out in Hurricane Irene, but has since been rebuilt.
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