Friday, July 30, 2010

Two Giant Sunflowers

These flowers were too good to not paint twice!

I will be camping with my husband and son for the next few days, and will be doing some plein air painting while there- posts with the results will come next week when we return!

8x10" oil on artboard


Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Giant Sunflower

This is a painting I did after a request from a dear friend in NYC! Believe it or not, it took me a quite a while to find the sunflowers!

8x8" oil on canvas


Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Lake Ninevah

This is the scene you see when you walk into my daughter's camp in Vermont. The lake is beautiful, the forest peaceful, and the people are amazing. Every time we arrive, Madeleine goes running down to the edge of the water and smiles!

8x10", oil on artboard

Monday, July 26, 2010

More Summer Hydrangeas

More hydrangea! I am enjoying painting the still life bleeding off the edges at a diagonal- the flowers cut off on one side, and the leaves on the other.

oil on artboard, 8x10"


Sunday, July 25, 2010

Baby Weston

This is a commission piece- a portrait of a mother and her new baby. I truly enjoy doing commission work as it pulls me in new directions.

9x12" oil on canvas


Saturday, July 24, 2010

Summer Hydrangea

I love these blue flowers! The previous owners planted a small hydrangea bush in our backyard in the shade- not well placed, and actually, sort of in the way- but it perseveres and blooms despite the lack of sunlight and care! I love it!

8x8", oil on canvas


Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Exciting News!

I am very excited to announce that I got a booth at the Rhode Island School of Design's holiday alumni art sale! The show is on December 4 at the Rhode Island Convention Center, and I will be selling my paintings there!

I am finishing up a commission piece today, so I will not be posting a painting, but am so thrilled to have a spot at the Holiday sale that I had to tell everyone!

Also, this is a good time to mention that I can frame paintings for an additional 75.00. They make fantastic wedding presents!

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Brownstone Entry

This painting was done to exactly replicate a photo I took of this building. I took it from a strange angle, and had to wipe this painting twice before finally getting the proportions correct. I know it looks off balance, but it is finally correct! I am interested in changing the the perspective and angles of the subject matter- but it is hard- you instinctively want to paint what your mind says is right, not what is really there!

8x10" oil on panel

125.00 SOLD

Monday, July 19, 2010

Corner Market and White Truck

For everyone who knows NYC, this scene will be very familiar. The delis, of which there are so many, have a bounty of flowers out front all the time! When I first moved to NYC, I remember being amazed that I could have such gorgeous flowers so inexpensively all the time!

When I took this shot, the truck going by was perfect!

9x12" oil on canvas


Sunday, July 18, 2010

Brooklyn Brownstones

Here is the finished painting. I am really enjoying painting urban landscapes. This painting had an interesting challenge with the iron bars on the windows that stick out in that dramatic way- I am happy with the results though.

8x10" oil on panel

To purchase, contact me directly. This piece is for sale through Belmont Gallery of Art for 225.00 framed.

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Brooklyn Brownstones

This is another painting I am doing from the NYC photos I took a few weeks ago. This is another row of brownstones that I love so much! I am showing the photo, the sketch, and the greyscale wash. Tomorrow I will post the finished painting.

Stay tuned...

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Five Strawberries

The fifth one is hidden! Another still life with the wonderful fruit we have coming our way these days!

8x10" oil on panel


Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Three Limes and a Lemon

OK- I am back from my camping week- and will be posting paintings taken from my photos in the weeks to come, but first I needed a good old fashioned still life to jump start me!

I couldn't bring the oils, as I had originally intended, because we carried everything we needed for 5 days on our backs, and I couldn't figure out how to get the wet paintings out safely when the week was over (not to mention the fact that I couldn't carry one more ounce of stuff in!).

6x6" oil on panel


Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Water Tower

NYC is water tower capital of the world! I had to paint one image including a water tower. I took so many shots of NYC that I cannot be sure, but I believe this was the view from my friend's porch- she lives in a tall building on the upper west side and has great views!

Buildings are hard to paint. Especially when there is no foliage to mask the edges!

9x12" oil on canvas


Off to the Berkshires....

I am going to be in the Berkshires hiking and painting for a few days, and unfortunately will not be posting from there. The timing is good though, because it is too hot to paint in my studio this week!
Stay tuned....

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

4 More Figs

One more fig painting before I go back to painting from the photos of NYC. I am pleased with the light in this one.
Unfortunately the weather here in MA is very hot, and my studio is in the large attic space in our house! I am doing the best I can, but may miss a day here and there for posts due to the 100 degrees!

8x10" oil on panel


Monday, July 5, 2010

Four Figs

I am taking a break from landscapes and redirecting to still life painting for today. Figs are such a rich color- and because of their shape, tend to nestle up to one another nicely.

I have been struggling with backgrounds for a while now, but recently heard an interview with Carol Marine, another daily painter, where she said she always uses fabrics as drop clothes, and never makes it up. Here I have tried this and like the results. By the way, I highly recommend Carol Marine's blog-!

8x8" oil on panel

100.00 SOLD

Sunday, July 4, 2010

NYC Brooklyn Block completed

This is the finished painting with color added. Yesterday I posted the charcoal under painting and the grey scale wash.

We were in NYC with friends last week and did a half day in Brooklyn to see their old stomping grounds. I saw this block of row houses and knew I had my next painting. The light was beautiful and the trees were just full enough to be there, but not so much that they blocked your view of the scene.

9x12" oil on canvas
To purchase, please contact me directly. This piece is for sale through the Belmont Gallery of Art for 225.00 framed.

Saturday, July 3, 2010

NYC- Brooklyn block

I am finally back up and running with a new hard drive from Dell. What an ordeal!
I am posting two pictures today to show a bit more about my process. I begin with a blank canvas and a piece of vine charcoal. The vine charcoal is a good tool for drawing in the basic layout of the painting. I am then able to easily paint right over it. The second painting shows the "wash" I do in a grey scale to lay in the darkest shadows. Tomorrow I will finish the painting and post the completed piece with color added. The computer is reversing the order of the images- but I think you can tell which is the sketch and which has the wash added!