Friday, October 5, 2018

Orange on Blue Plate and Lemon

This is a painting where I thought about why I paint. It's not the objects themselves, but their shapes and colors. My focus was on the process of painting and the enjoyment of the moment.

Sunday, September 9, 2018

Babel of Boxes

A babel of boxes is a scene of confusion where every box is pointing in a different direction and nothing stacks up neatly. 
Original photo. Painted from life. The set up looked different. It was lighter and shadows more defined.

This past weekend was the 67th Annual Stockade Villagers' Art Show. I received 3rd place for a small painting titled "Oh Radishes". Had a great time!

Tuesday, August 21, 2018


I've noticed that I haven't posted anything on my blog this month! It's because it all goes to either Instagram or Pinterest. I like my blog. The reason is, it's a platform for me to talk about my art, why I do it and what/who inspires me.
Above are drawings I've created recently and shared only on Instagram. They were done for the fun of drawing, to practice my skills and they weren't intended to develop into paintings. I have a small goal to create 100 drawings and the bottom left glass is #64.  You'll find these on Instagram. Others are private.
Drawing for me is important. I find it harder than mixing oil colors and even conceiving a painting. I'm inspired by artists with great drawing skills, like contemporary artists Sarah Sedwick and
Corey Pitkin. Of course, everyone has a different idea of great art, like my late friend Lorraine Roth who loved abstract paintings. 

Monday, July 9, 2018

Huge Summer Sales Event

Starting today until the end of the summer I am holding an (up to) 50% sale on my 
"Summer Sales Event"
Daily Paintworks Gallery
Prices range from $35 to $100.
There are over 50 paintings to choose from! Sizes range from 6 x 6 in. to 8 x 8 in.
Some paintings are framed, but most are unframed.
Shipping charges are extra.

Just click on this link My Daily PaintWorks Gallery and if interested in purchasing a painting, you'll be directed to PayPal where you can pay by PayPal or credit card. 
I'll ship your painting nicely wrapped by Priority Mail.

Friday, July 6, 2018

Giclee Prints

I have two beautiful giclee reproduction prints for sale. This is a limited edition print. 
To understand the difference between an original oil painting and a giclee print, please watch the Youtube video by Karen Talbot below.

Repeating Apples
33 x 27 inches on heavy archival paper

Jelly Bar Cookies
39 x 27 inches on heavy archival paper

Prints are not framed. Prices include shipping and handling. You can contact me at with questions or comments.

Saturday, June 30, 2018

Amber Vase and Two Oranges

It's fun to do a series. I've done four paintings of this amber vase. This is the current painting and is all about the reflection of the front orange in the glass. Surprisingly, each one is slightly different in color.  Below are my previous three.

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Amber Vase on White Plate

A second painting of the amber vase and lemon from a different angle and with a different set-up. The most challenging part of this painting was to simplify the vase's shadow and deciding on its color/value. This took me several days of musing.

Below is the drawing I did prior to the painting. I do lots of drawings of different setups. This is a way for me to choose my still life and help me really look closely at my objects.

Friday, June 15, 2018

Earthly Possessions

I've been invited to participate in The Smithy Gallery show "Earthly Possessions"
this month in Cooperstown, NY.
                         Show dates June 25 - July 27. Reception June 25th 5-7PM.
My work is in the lower left hand corner. These are the shoes I wore to my son's wedding this past December in Taiwan. I painted them in honor of his wedding and to celebrate the occasion. How appropriate that this and other object-related paintings of mine were selected for the show.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Amber Vase and Lemons

Lately, it's about directing the viewer's eye to the center of interest. It's the lemons and inside the vase! The tools used were de-emphasizing the cast shadow of the vase and increasing the value contrast of the lemons. I think it was successful.

Thursday, June 7, 2018

600th Blog Post

A friend gave me the book "The Elements of Color" by Johannes Itten.
I'd like to thank her and share two passages whose meaning I find true.

“ Only those who love color are admitted to its beauty and immanent presence.
It affords utility to all, but unveils its deeper mysteries only to its devotees.”

“Learning from books and teachers is like traveling by carriage, so we are told in the Veda. The thought goes on, “But the carriage will serve only while one is on the highroad. He who reaches the end of the highroad will leave the carriage and walk afoot.”

For me, painting is like walking up a mountainside.
The path is beautiful and full of wonders.

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Lemons in Pink Bowl

The focal point of this painting is the lemon on the left. It has the greatest value contrast. The shadows are anchored on three sides. I started this painting by thinking about color combinations and by laying out different objects. Once I decided on the setup, I worked on a drawing and then adjusted it to improve the composition. Seems like a lot of work, it was.  For the last three months, I've participated  in Sarah Sedwick's Online Mentorship Program to work on my drawing and painting skills. Tomorrow is my last day with her. I'll miss her. I strongly endorse Sarah because she is committed to her students and their success and she's a really nice person.

Friday, May 25, 2018

Art and Photography Festival at Lion's Park 2018

Join me and enjoy!
 The Art and Photography Festival In Lion's Park at the Niskayuna Train Station.
 this Saturday, May 26 (10-4pm)
A juried exhibit.
A promise of fine art and beautiful scenery.

Thursday, May 17, 2018


I've been working on my drawing skills. In the drawing below I followed the form with my hatch marks and kept it loose. In the painting above I kept the placement of my objects in the same location as in the drawing.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Orange Slices

Orange Slices on Purple Cloth. My goal was to lead the viewer’s eye into this composition with a shaft of light between the two orange slices on the left.

This was a sketch I did before the painting. I'm new to sketching on tan paper. There is "value" in doing a preliminary sketch and "value" in using toned paper. 

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Green Apples on Blue Plate

I went back into this painting the next day to darken some shadow areas, lightened and warmed up the table in front, created lost edges and painted over the drawing lines seen between objects. This made a difference in creating a more finished piece.

Friday, April 27, 2018

White Cup and Orange Slice

White Cup and Orange Slice using a mostly yellow and purple palette.

If you're in the Albany, NY area and are interested in learning more about oil painting, I've got a 1/2 day workshop at

Saturday, May 19th, from 11am to 4pm

Saturday, April 21, 2018

The Smithy Gallery (and other art shows)

I'm pleased to announce that I've been invited to participate in the group show "Earthly Possessions" at the Smithy Gallery in Cooperstown, NY this summer. 
Among the paintings of mine selected was The Things We Carry

The Things We Carry, an oil painting montage of 8 women's purses surrounding an image of symbolic purse contents, was inspired by the book “The Things They Carried” by Tim O'Brien. In the book Mr. O'Brien writes about the Vietnam War, it's aftermath, and what the soldiers actually carried in their backpacks and the emotions they carried both during and after the war. After reading the book, I was intrigued by what women carry in their pocketbooks, both actual and emotional.

Other spring and summer venues I'll be participating in so far are:

 2nd Annual Lion's Park Art Festival
   May 26th (rain date May 27th)

Stockade Villager's Outdoor Art Show
    September 8th

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Bagel and Knife

This composition started as a value drawing. In figuring out the value structure I was able to visualize the drawing as a completed painting.  I found that planning a painting in this way increases the likelihood that it will work out.

Saturday, March 31, 2018

How I Frame my Paintings -Update

I first posted this tutorial on February 2015. Since then I've found other/new floating frames that are worth a look: - Blick Grande Wood Floater Frames
Some of these frames may only accommodate painting panels with a cradled backing. In that case the panel attaches to the frame from the backside with screws. Other ways to attach cradled panels to floaters are with some sort of offset clips as shown below.   - Illusions Floater Canvas Frames 3/4" Deep - 1.25" Deep BLACK Floater Frames (7/8" rabbet)

My Post from 2015

Supplies needed (most are available at any local arts and crafts store):
  • floating frame (I recommend those at
  • hanging hardware: D-ring hangers and braided picture wire
  • clear all purpose household caulking (available at most hardware stores)
  • black foam board
  • mat cutter
  • mat cutting board
  • metal ruler
  • screwdriver
I'm using a 6" x 6" floating frame from but you can use any available size to match your painting. I paint on Ampersand Gessobord 1/8" flat panels available at Jerry's Artarama.

Attach the hanging hardware to the back of the floating frame. 

Using the mat cutter, ruler, and cutting board, cut two pieces from black foam board. One piece is 6 1/8" x 6 1/8" (the interior dimensions of the floating frame) to insert into the front of the frame. The second piece is 5" x 5" to place on top of the first piece.

Run a bead of clear household caulking around the inner ledge of the floating frame and press the 6 1/8" x 6 1/8" foam board in place. Place several dabs of caulking onto the 5" x 5" foam board. Center and attach it to the top of the larger foam board piece.

Place several dabs of caulking on top of the smaller foam board piece. Making sure that the painting and the frame are both right-side up (with the hanging hardware near the top of the frame), adhere the painting to smaller foam board.

The painting will appear to float in frame.

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Nectarines in White Bowl on Pink Cloth

The idea for this painting came after I drew the nectarines in a white bowl and then decided it would be a more interesting and colorful painting if I put the bowl on a colored cloth. Actually, the cloth is my husband's shirt and it wasn't my first color choice. My first choice was an orange shirt! Painting is a series of decisions. It can also be trial and error. That's what makes it both fun and challenging. 

Sunday, February 11, 2018

A tour of my Home Studio

My studio is in my home. It was the guest bedroom but I took out all the furniture and added all the things I need to paint. I must still think it’s a bedroom because you can find me there painting in my pajamas some mornings.

A tour of the second half of my home studio. It has everything I need. Small shelves to hold gesso panels while drying, a Sears utility cabinet for paints and tools, a mirror to view my work in progress, two fluorescent ceiling lamps and works by other artists to inspire me.

Log onto my Instagram account to see my paintings and other videos.

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Amber Bowl and Grapes

Last weekend I went to an antiques fair at the church in my neighborhood. It runs a few nice shows each year. This one was small and located on the bottom floor of their community building. Their summer show uses both floors and has stalls outside. I was looking for a still life object in cobalt teal (a new paint color I purchased) which I wanted to try out. I didn't find anything in that color, but found this little glass bowl. It took me a couple of tries, but I think I figured it out. 

Friday, January 19, 2018

Blue Color Charts

Artist's Magazine had an article and color chart in their Brushing Up section on blue oil paints by Michael Chesley Johnson, October 2013.
I decided to do a blue color chart of my own and here's what I discovered:

I love Ultramaine Blue and Cerulean Blue Hue. I know how to use them, they're creamy, opaque and mix well with the other colors on my palette.

Many blues are so close in color that my eye isn't sensitive enough to see a distinctive difference.

Manganese Blue Hue (Gamblin) is surprisingly transparent.

My chart shattered my belief that hues (mixtures) were inferior to pure colors. It depends on the color and manufacturer, e.g. Cerulean Blue Hue (Utrecht) is more opaque than Cerulean Blue Pure (Utrecht).

Cobalt Teal is a lovely color and it would make a great addition to my palette.

I knew that tinting a color with white would lighten it but may make it look chalky. Adding a bit of Naples Yellow to the white will dull it down but keep it light (I did that to the last three colors of my chart and will try it with the rest in the future).

I used all the blues in my studio for this chart. I hardly ever used all of them in the past and that won't change.

Magazines colors are pretty accurate but sometimes they are off.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Pears and Bag

In this painting I've combined two of my interests, pears and a paper bag. I've tried to paint each with facets. The pears are ready to eat now that I'm done painting them.
On another topic, I've just received my Gamblin order of blue oil paints (Cobalt Teal and Manganese Blue Hue) from and I'm excited to see how they work.

Saturday, January 13, 2018

D'Anjou Pears

It's the new year and I wish everyone good health. I'm ready to get back to painting. I haven't painted in about three weeks. Of course, I have the perfect excuse. My family and I went to Taiwan for my oldest son's wedding during Christmas week. I hope to post pictures on Facebook soon. This painting was inspired by two painters. Cezanne, whose fruit tumble around the canvas and Michael Weller, whom I discovered online. I love his greens and blues.

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Most Viewed 2017

 These are some of my most viewed images from 2017.
 Thanks to everyone for a great year.  

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Wedding Shoes

My son is getting married and this is a painting of the black patent leather shoes I purchased for the wedding. My dress is a lace sheath dress in charcoal with an illusion neck. It's very pretty and such an exciting time!

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Bag on Paper

I've been asked why paint a paper bag, it's not colorful like your other paintings? My answer was that I could see the finished painting even before I began. I'm thrilled when that happens because that's half the work already done for me. This happens when I'm painting a lot. This painting was both interesting and a fun challenge because of the minimal palette.