Wednesday, September 9, 2020

Delaware Canal Towpath

oil on linen mounted on board 6" x 8"

Wednesday, August 26, 2020

A Quiet Los Angeles

oil on paper mounted on board 6.75" x 9"

Wednesday, August 12, 2020

John Robert Lewis

 

oil on linen mounted on board 8" x 6"

Saturday, June 27, 2020

White Leghorn

oil on linen panel 12" x 6"


So much depends upon the beauty of the ordinary.

Saturday, June 20, 2020

Eyes Shut, Mouth Open

oil on board 8"x 6"

A few years ago a friend told me that if I painted "any more zoo animals" he would grab my paintbrushes from me (I had just painted a rhinoceros). Which I think was silly.

Anyhow, who wouldn't want to paint a monkey? Especially one with such great color, and with an expression that holds great significance in the charged atmosphere of late? 

Photo credit goes to Steve Evans. 

Friday, June 12, 2020

I Can't Breathe

oil on board 7" x 8"
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Here is you-know-who headed to Lafayette Square right after it had been cleared of protesters, briefly seen in front of a wall of graffiti.

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Jack at Five Months

oil on linen mounted on board 8"x6"

My grandson Jack! 

Saturday, May 16, 2020

Sour Cherries

oil on canvas mounted on board 5"x 7"
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I've never painted cherries before, and although it seemed very hard at first to paint them as looking obviously like cherries, I discovered that it's all in the reflection and highlights, plus of course the selectively saturated reds. 

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Grand Canyon

oil on paper mounted on board 6 5/8" x 10"

Still traveling in my mind, I painted from a photo of the Grand Canyon that I found on a Wikipedia page. I love trying to capture great distances in a painting. 

Saturday, May 9, 2020

Belgian Lighthouse

oil on paper mounted on board 7" x 7"

Since it's near impossible to do much traveling right now, I'm enjoying finding photos of some faraway places and turning them into paintings. 

This photo is from Facebook's "Artist Reference Photos", a free resource for artists.  

Thursday, May 7, 2020

Oregon Coast

oil on linen mounted on board 8" x 6"
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It's time to loosen up, after two months of working slowly and trying to put down everything I see. I painted this study in one five-hour shot and will continue this method until I feel like slowing down again. 

Monday, May 4, 2020

Fruit Machine

oil on linen panel 10" x 10"

The still life allows me to slow way down, and so does Pennsylvania's Shelter-in-Place mandate. 
I love painting slowly, sometimes even setting up a peephole viewer to get the colors just right, and work in little sections at a time. 

Saturday, April 18, 2020

Pink Ribbon Eggplant

oil on paper mounted on panel 11" x 7"

Dark purple eggplant is gorgeously colored and glossy, picking up surrounding colors with depth and subtlety. Yet they are so very dark that I like to place them next to lighter, more saturated colors. Plus I find this juxtaposition of the pink ribbon on the lumbering shape of the eggplant funny.

Saturday, April 11, 2020

Abby

oil on panel 8" x 6"
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This is my niece Abby, who will join the Milwaukee Ballet in the fall.  

Friday, April 3, 2020

Heartbeat

oil on linen mounted on board 10"x10"
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The world has come to stillness, and time seems to expand. Now there is more than enough time for painting, enough time for taking hour long walks, for reading, for catching up with people on the phone. Enough time to be really, really lazy, and for worrying about the future and then coming up with plans. 

Everyone please be as safe as you can! 

Monday, March 23, 2020

Seashells on Pink

oil on linen mounted on board 12" x 6"
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The trick for me as an artist is to not allow the anxiety from this pandemic to kill my desire to create. My classes are all cancelled, and my studio mates have moved back to their home studios, so I have plenty of time, which feels strange. 

Here is part of a poem a friend posted the other day that has been helpful for me. Perhaps you'll like it too. 

This is the time to be slow,
Lie low to the wall
Until the bitter weather passes.

Try, as best you can, not to let
The wire brush of doubt
Scrape from your heart
All sense of yourself
And your hesitant light.

If you remain generous,
Time will come good;
And you will find your feet
Again on fresh pastures of promise,
Where the air will be kind
And blushed with beginning.


-John O'Donohue

Excerpt from his books, To Bless the Space Between Us

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Jack at Three Weeks

oil on board 8"x6"

My first grandson, Jack, was born in December. It was lovely to work on a portrait of him, but not easy!

Friday, December 20, 2019

Eggplant

oil on canvas paper mounted on board 7 3/4" x 7"
Here's a quick study to prepare for a still life class. If I don't do the exercise myself, I'm not teaching it as well as I could.

Sometimes I spend a month or more on a painting, as perfectionism can sometime grab me by the heels, but it's important to sometimes just paint fast and not take it too seriously. Isn't there a cookbook titled "Fix it and Forget it"? I think sometimes that's good advice.

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Pink, Red and Gray

oil on linen mounted on board 10" x 8"
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This painting went through a lot of stages, from loose to tight to loose to tight...trying to find a good balance between the two. 

I like the compositional tension between the strong red in the background competing for attention with the more subtle colors of the shell. Bold, saturated colors usually come forward in a painting, dull colors retreat, so I suppose I was trying to see if I could break one of the rules and have it work. 

Friday, September 27, 2019

Late Afternoon Light, Late September

oil on paper mounted on board 6"x6"
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A painting I just finished- painting in a mad frenzy so I can get to my evening job. Painting quickly has its benefits.