Saturday, May 26, 2012

Kiwano Melon in a Brown Dish

oil on panel

I'm fond of this painting, and have been hanging on to it for a while, but now I've decided to list it for sale. This is a much better photo than the one I originally posted.

The brown of the ceramic dish holds the reflection of a Labor Day's blue sky.

Saturday, May 19, 2012

House Behind a House, Sellersville

oil on paper

This painting is not for sale yet. I'll be exhibiting it at the Gettysburg Festival in mid June.

This is a two-morning study of two homes in Sellersville, birthplace of the painter Walter Emerson Baum. While I was painting, a man stopped by to tell me that he bought his home from Walter Baum. In fact, I do believe Mr. Baum painted this exact scene (minus the shed), but so far I haven't found the image online.

Here is a painting of Baum's that I especially like:

Walter Emerson Baum
The Narrows  1936

Friday, May 18, 2012

Four Trees

oil on paper

These four trees live on a farm in Upper Bucks County. They happened to be arranged just right, so I painted them. The road is Creamery Road- sometimes I wonder just how many thousands of Creamery Roads there are in the states.

It's wonderful, wonderful, wonderful to be painting outside again. Life is better than good. Also, I have some new brushes, Silver Bristlon Brights. They are the best brushes I've ever used!

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Almost Scammed

I don't have a painting ready to post quite yet, but want to warn other artists who sell online about something that almost happened to me this month.

Someone emailed me a couple weeks ago and said she wanted to buy three paintings. I told her she could pay by PayPal through my Etsy Shop or Daily Paintworks Gallery, but she wanted to pay by check, and then have FedEx come to my house to pick up the work.  She gave me a story about being in Cancun for her twin sister's wedding, and her husband shuttling back and forth to London. She said he would send a check and asked for my address. Yesterday a cashier's check arrived for much, much more than the agreed payment.

I emailed her to ask if there had been a mistake. She answered immediately that she had been hospitalized and so communication had broken down between her and her husband, and thus he had overpaid. She asked me to subtract the price for three paintings and wire the rest of the money back.

On the advice of a friend, I called the issuing bank (Summit Bank in Madison, WI) and they told me the check is fraudulent, and that this is a scam that is happening with increasing frequency to people who sell online.

Just wanted to warn my partners in arms, my allies, my fellow artists!  We need to look out for each other, so please be forewarned!