Monday, May 31, 2010


This is a watercolor of birches at Farm and Wilderness in Vermont- the camp where we were this weekend. I have some photos of the cows and flowers that I will be using to do some oil paintings soon as well. This is a magical place where cell phones don't work- no wifi, no cell towers. We really escape when we are here, and worked very hard to plant the gardens that our children will eat from this summer at camp.

6x6"- watercolor on arches

Saturday, May 29, 2010

More Tuboroses

This is another small painting using the wonderful tuboroses!

We are off to Vermont for the holiday weekend- I will be taking my watercolors with me, and with any luck, will have some work to show upon my return!

8x8" oil on gessoed panel


Friday, May 28, 2010


I am free from jury duty! It was so interesting though- glad I did it!

This painting is of the flowers that Hawaiians use to make fresh leis! They smell amazing when they open.

8x8" Oil on gessoed panel


Monday, May 24, 2010

No new paintings.... until later this week...

I was seated on a jury at the Federal courthouse today, so I am not able to paint! As soon as I get my time back, there will be paintings! I am sketching though. Got a great sketch of an elderly gentleman sitting across from me in my sketchbook before we went into the courtroom!

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Irises from my garden

The Irises survived the rain. I felt that was a sign that I should paint them one more time.

These are darker than the first one, allowing for some variation on the theme.

8x10, oil on canvas


Friday, May 21, 2010

3 Irises

We have these gorgeous Irises that bloom every year, despite my serious neglect of our yard. I chose to paint them as they tend to grow- in a rather haphazard arrangement.

oil on gessoed panel, 8x10"


Wednesday, May 19, 2010

3 Eggplants

Eggplants are hard to paint! They have very little to use to show the viewer what is is they are looking at. I am happy with the results though.

oil on gessoed panel, 6x12"


Monday, May 17, 2010


I never cared very much for geraniums until I rented an apartment in NYC. The owners of the loft left much of their furniture and plants for us, and we were responsible for keeping the plants alive. The loft was huge, and had long window ledges with these small geranium plants lined up on them. For much of the year they were rough, spindly looking plants- less than desirable. But once a year, they bloomed. They were so beautiful- all different shades of pink and white- that I became an instant fan. Now, whenever I see geraniums, I think of our wonderful loft on 29th Street.

6x12" oil on gessoed panel


Sunday, May 16, 2010

2 Yellow Pears

This is a watercolor painting on arches paper. Sometimes I get into a kick of using watercolors to do quick studies. I find that they have wonderful movement, almost like the subject matter is dancing.

watercolor on paper, 6x9"

Saturday, May 15, 2010

three small bud vases

I loved these three small bottles, and went out into the neighborhood to find some flowers to put in them. This was a fun piece to paint. I find it really interesting to paint glass- you really have to be patient as you layer the paint on- it seems backwards that you need more layers to achieve "clear" glass- but that is how it works best!



Friday, May 14, 2010

Fluffed up dandelion

I painted a dandelion about a week ago, and never removed it from my studio. I went up to paint yesterday, and it had turned from yellow to the fluffy white thing that children love to blow! It has now become a series!

Oil on gessoed panel, 6x6"

100.00 SOLD

Thursday, May 13, 2010

One orange, partially peeled.

I don't typically reach for orange shades, so this was really fun. When I was a kid, my mother used to peel an orange without breaking thew peel into pieces- so she ended up with a whole peel, all in one piece, separate from the orange. I always try to do this now- even at 41 yrs. old! I am not very good at it!

Anyhow, enjoy!

oil on gessoed panel, 6x12"

125.00 SOLD

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Two More Apples

I decided to stick with the apples for another day. They are so cheerful! The perspective on this one was a bit harder to paint, but in the end I was able to finish with something I was happy with.

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Oil on gessoed panel. 6x6"


Monday, May 10, 2010


Onions, like garlic, are a challenge because of the neutral color. I had to rework this a few times to accomplish the sense that the skin of the onion was on top of the yellow middle.

This painting is oil on gessoed panel, 6x12"


Sunday, May 9, 2010

Two red apples

Reds are hard. I really had to experiment with all of the different red paint I had to find the perfect shade for these apples. I got it!

I am enjoying this arrangement with the fruit. There is a piece I did a while ago with two pears set up in a similar way. The shadows and the changes in depth of color adds some interest that I lose when they are side by side.

6x6" oil on panel


Friday, May 7, 2010

Tuscan landscape II

This painting is another interpretation of the earlier Tuscan landscape. I am enjoying painting the big sky and the winding road. Again, those well placed cypress trees mixed in with the wild landscape is lovely.

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This is an oil painting on panel, 6x12".


Thursday, May 6, 2010

Italian Entry

It seems like they do everything in a beautiful way in Tuscany- even decorating the stairs! This painting was a challenge because I enjoy the sheen of oil paint, but the black I was using was very flat. I usually don't use black paint from the tube. I tend to mix colors to make black, but this black tube of paint was so easy! Never again!

Oil on panel 8x10"

125.00 SOLD

Wednesday, May 5, 2010


My children still see beauty in dandelions, and this one came home with them the other day. I decided that I agreed, as long as they were not in my backyard! I have never painted glass before, so this was interesting to attempt. I think it turned out to be a charming little portrait!

6x6" oil on gessoed panel
100.00 SOLD

Monday, May 3, 2010

Tuscan Scene

Landscape- this painting comes from a scene in Tuscany. I am always drawn to combination of the well planned placement of the cypresses and the overgrowth of the natural environment.

I am also working hard to apply more paint as I work- the effect is satisfying. This is oil on panel, 8x10"

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Saturday, May 1, 2010

Spring Violet

Today was such a beautiful day here in the Boston area, that I thought another violet painting was fitting. This one is 6x6", oil on gessoed panel.

Tomorrow I want to try lilies of the Valley! They are coming up all over my property this year!