Monday, August 31, 2015

Morning Jog

8"x8" oil
A fit young woman starts her day running across the Brooklyn Bridge.  This is a revised version of a painting I did a while ago.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Sumac Tryptic

7"x12" oil   starting bid $20
I am on grandma duty this week so I am posting paintings that I am putting on auction.

Monday, August 24, 2015

Little Mothers

6"x6" oil   starting bid is $17
If this looks familiar, it is because I have already posted it, but I decided to put it up for auction on DPW.  I won't get much chance to paint this week because my grandkids are visiting.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

A New World

6"x6" oil
I reworked an old painting.  I liked the figure of the woman and baby but didn't like the environment she was in so I decided on a soft ethereal world.  Of course everything is new for a baby, but I think that a new mother also experiences the world in a new and different way, as the surrounding take less precedent over the world of love and responsibility you feel for this vulnerable and fresh creature.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Thank You

8"x8" oil  NFS
This painting is different than my other work in a couple of ways.  To start off with, it is a concept painting.  I thought of an idea I wanted to illustrate and planned it out.  Then I did a very detailed drawing on the gessoed panel, as much work as if it was a finished product.  Then I painted it, using soft scumbled areas on the left, over the names of women who have helped me over the last 8 months as I have recuperated from surgery.  I like the idea of a child praying, as it represents such innocent belief and hope.  I am not selling it, but am doing another project with it.  I have always liked using text in painting as it adds an interesting pattern and another layer of meaning, but I seldom do this.  I am really happy with how this turned out.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Hole In One

8"x10" oil SOLD
I love it when people commemorate an important event by purchasing a piece of art.  Certainly getting a hole in one on the golf course counts as a significant point in time.  This is a gift from the purchaser, so if you recognize this guy, don't tell him!

Friends Forever

8"x10" oil  SOLD
This was a commission.  It is a gift from one friend to another.  I think it will be a great present to honor their long lasting and loyal friendship.

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Fistful of Kohlrabi

4"x6"  oil
I am a bit all over the place these last few days...back in the garden with this one.  Kohlrabi is such an interesting looking player in the food group.  I love the deep purple color of this one.  The challenge for me on this painting was finding the balance between enough detail and keeping it loose.  I also didn't find it easy to come up with the right colors for the hand and the background, even though I paint a lot of flesh.  When I am conscience of the "rules" I always struggle.  It really works better for me to not let my brain get in the way!  Do you feel like that?

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Rainy Day

4"x6" oil

This is what I saw driving home from the gym on this rainy day today.  I tried hard to hold it in my head so I could paint it.  I like how it turned out, especially since it is not my usual palette of super-saturated colors!

Monday, August 10, 2015

Big Radishes

11"x11"  oil 
I don't know why, but I love painting radishes.  Maybe the attraction lies in the gorgeous complimentary colors of red and green....maybe it is how round they are but have the funny little roots on the ends that make lovely shadows.....maybe it is the wilted greens that form such fun abstract patterns...don't know, but I love 'em.

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Taking a Break

5"x7" oil 
This painting was completed a while ago but I varnished it too soon and it smeared a thin layer of green over her body so I had to do some restoration.  I removed the varnish and did some touch-ups and revisions and it turned out better than I had hoped and I learned a new skill, so all is good!

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Up On the Roof

8"x8" oil 
I was having a discussion with another artist yesterday about those paintings that just keep nagging you to do something.  I know a lot of artists ditch them when they don't behave, but I am of the inclination to just leave them hanging around until I figure it out.  This is one of those pieces and I am glad I didn't give up on it, because I like where it took me.

Monday, August 3, 2015


5"x10" oil
I painted this plein air last fall of a hill of sumac bushes but it took me until now to finally paint in the black lines.  The coolest thing about painting plein air is that when you go back to look at the paintings you can remember how you felt, how the light hit and how it smelled.  I love the look of sumac bushes in every season.

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