Friday, September 23, 2016

Deep Purple Vase and Tulips Conception

Remember, I wrote a post about a friend giving me a box of glass objects and it felt like Christmas in September?
Included in the box was a large, deep purple vase. I didn't think I could use it because I don't usually paint such dark objects other than plums.

In the meantime, I renewed my subscription to the Artist's magazine and discovered a pastel artist whose work moved me, Arlene Richman (check out her chair paintings!). The article was called Chromatic Compositions and it included the piece below.

I saw all the colors I liked, including the deep purple vase, and knew I had the other colored objects in my still life stash.

I set this still life up in my light box and tried to capture the feeling of the pastel painting which inspired it.

Below is my drawing which I drew from a grid and adjusted it to paint from life.

Yesterday I painted the orange and today completed the lower left hand corner.  I'm hoping I can figure out the colors of the vase. I have to work on seeing it abstractly and not what my mind tells me to do. 
If anyone can give me some color options for the vase, I would love to hear your thoughts.

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Pink Bowl and Three Plums

This painting looks modern and I hope it makes a bold statement. I laid out the bowl on a horizontal plane to match the panel's rectangular shape and I used a large brush to follow the forms. I'm happy with this painting because I accomplished what I wanted to do.

Friday, September 16, 2016

Saratoga Art in the Park


Art In The Park 2016
Fine Art Show & Sale
Saturday, September 17th, 10am-4p
For more information - Saratoga Art in the Park

I'm looking forward to a fun day. Hope to see you there.

Need another reason to come to Saratoga? Check out the  Saratoga Arts 30th Anniversary Invitational.

Friday, September 9, 2016

Amber Vase and Black-eyed Susans

Sometimes a box comes to you in September and it feels like Christmas. That's how I felt when a friend gave me a box full of beautiful glass objects to paint. This vase was the simplest object, but had the most beautiful colors when backlit. Admittedly, the other objects are the stuff of Janet Fish paintings, hobnail bowls and carnival glass.

Friday, August 26, 2016

Poodle Double Portrait

The photo image of these poodles, mother and child, was emailed to me by a woman who saw my work at an outdoor festival. I loved the pose and their sweetness. Here's how I painted it, I didn't use my usual colors, but used the three primary colors, naples yellow and white. This made my color decisions easier and I think made the composition more cohesive. 

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Pink Rose

I painted this pink rose at a Karen O'Neil workshop in July. I'm not quite sure why I didn't post it except that I had to go out of town two days later and I had a lot on my mind.  It's been hanging in my studio and I've come to like it. So I thought I would share a couple of things I learned; deep in the shadows the colors get warmer and more saturated and the tips of the petals reflect the background color. 

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Dressed in Pink

This golden retriever stopped by my booth to pose at this summer's Strawberry Festival in June. She looked so lovely in her pink bow and neckerchief and so eager to please. I couldn't resist. 

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Pink Bowl and Oranges Adjusted

This painting has been sitting around in my studio and I always thought it wasn't quite complete. It had two oranges so I added another one and it finally feels right. I now like the composition and the contrast between the translucent bowl in front and the solid oranges behind giving it more depth.

Friday, August 5, 2016

Yellow Pitcher and Cherry Tomatoes

This little yellow pitcher was a bit of a challenge. It's taken me a few days to work it out.  I'm not complaining because I understand painting is a matter of problem solving. I worked with small value shifts and pushed to make some of my yellows darker than they appeared. I have to admit that yellow sometimes feels like my undoing, but I persist.

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Rose of Sharon 2016 Study

This is a color/value study I did on gessoed mat board. I wanted to practice some new color combinations without feeling like I had to complete a finished painting. It's funny how painting without expectations can be freeing. The violet is a combination of Quinacridone Magenta and Cerulean Blue. This is my fifth year of doing a Rose of Sharon from my bush.

Friday, July 29, 2016

Karen O'Neil Rose Demo

I am fortunate twice-over. I attended an advanced Rose Workshop by Karen O'Neil at the Woodstock School of Art this July 18 and 19, and I also purchased her demo. This image doesn't do her painting justice. She used a small value range between #3 and #5 and within that range many half and even smaller value ranges! Her painting is also a delicate gray lavender which looks pinkish here. It took me a while to post this because I had to go out of town and I'm just getting back. I hope to put into practice the lessons I learned at her workshop.

Sunday, July 17, 2016

White Enamel Pot and Fruit

There should be a new category of daily paintings called weekly paintings. That's how long this painting took to complete. My goal is to work towards larger works and this is one step closer. I'm creating a composition with lots of items. I have other ideas I can work on in the future. 

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Monday, July 11, 2016

Drawing of At the Farmer's Market

I was going through my drawings and found this sketch of the painting, At the Farmer's Market. I always liked this painting and drawing too. It's one of those paintings that you keep for yourself.

Friday, July 8, 2016

Plum, Cup and Fork

I worked on the format of this painting to include diagonal, vertical and horizontal elements which add a clue to its design and engage the viewer. That's my story to this painting which won't be found in its descriptive, but (I have to admit) mundane name.

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Art in the Park this Saturday in Saratoga

Hope the weather holds out and there's a nice crowd of people. I'll be there showing my paintings. :)

Monday, July 4, 2016

Blue Bowl and Lemon

Here's something different. I set up this still life in front of my window this morning and my window faces east.  It was a challenge because the light and my shadows moved as I painted. I tried to adjust to the changes and paint what I saw. I think the colors are more interesting in and around the bowl than when I paint using a spotlight in my light box. When I do this again, I'll have to spend several mornings on the painting.

Saturday, July 2, 2016

Cooperstown Art Association National 2016 Postcard

For those who can't make the drive to Cooperstown, NY for the 2016 National show this month, but would like to know who were selected, here's the postcard. It looks like a really diverse group and the art which I saw at the drop-off was wonderful. I'm excited to be among one of the artists represented here.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Blue Bowl and Flower

I imagined the highlight of the composition in this painting would be the new blue bowl, but it turned out to be its blue reflection inside the vase. In person, if not in this photo, the vase has the look of water inside it. I'm always happy when the unexpected happens.

Monday, June 27, 2016

Olive on the Deck

This is the second and the last painting of Olive. She goes home in a couple of days. There is something to be said about actually having this little girl on site when painting. The colors can be more vibrant. The problem is, I'm always seeing more I want to put down. 
A quote by S.D. Chrostowska, "Among the untaught and unteachable skills that serve to illuminate art we can count the sense of completion: knowing exactly when to step back from a work." I have to thank my husband again for this quote and he reminds me that no matter what form of art you engage in, the importance is knowing when to stop.

Monday, June 20, 2016


I'm dog sitting Olive, my neighbor's long-haired Chihuahua mix. 

I did a drawing and then an oil painting of her.  
I hope my painting has done her justice because she's been a wonderful house guest.

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Blue Cup, Purple Bowl and Cherries

I've been painting, but I'm trying to hold myself to a higher standard so less paintings are making it out of my studio. I guess that's the natural course of things? I don't mind posting less because when I look back at my blog, I'm happier with how things look.  

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Exciting News

I just had the most wonderful news. My painting Tulips in Jar has been accepted into the Cooperstown Art Association's National Juried Exhibition. It's been a great month. A couple of weeks ago, my painting Big Reflected Cherries was awarded the Symanarts Painters Prize at the Annual Essential Art Regional Juried Art Show in Cooperstown, NY and sold. These are my first two non-local juried shows.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Teal Cup on Green

I tried to eliminate as much detail as possible, except for the background which was the fun part of painting this picture. I bought this cup and saucer at an antiques festival last summer and have plans on going again next month. I look for colored glass dishes and plastic plates and cups. So much fun. 

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Viewed from Above

I was fascinated by a painting I saw many years ago hanging at the Alumni Center at SUNY@Albany. It was a large still life painting using overhead perspective. I recently saw it again and this painting was inspired by it, but created on a much smaller scale. I like the perspective and how it abstracts the objects, making them just shapes and colors. Something worth exploring.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Pink Bowl and Oranges

The first version of this composition didn't work, so I scraped it off and tried something new. Here's a quote by  Marcel Proust, "Art resides not in the superficial appearance of the subject, but at a depth where that appearance matters little." I have to thank my husband for this quote and he reminds me that I have to try to go beyond mere representation and inject something of myself into the painting.

Saturday, April 30, 2016

500th Blogpost Giveaway


Thank you to everyone one who left a comment about my artwork or about this contest on my Facebook page or Timeline or my blog under the post about the giveaway. I feel very fortunate to have such wonderful followers. Two winners have been drawn through a random number generator. Their names will be posted on my Facebook and blog. The first winner is “Osagegypsy” and the second winner is Jo MacKenzie.
Congratulations to the winners of my 500th Blogpost Giveaway.

Friday, April 29, 2016

Two Bowls in Front

This painting took several days to complete. Part of the reason why was the ultra-smooth surface of the panel.  It's too smooth, even with several coats of gesso and I can't figure out why?

I'm giving one last call out to anyone interested in participating in my 500th Blogpost Giveaway. I'll be announcing the winners tomorrow. Good luck.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

The Little Dipper

This little Corgi is adorable. He's got lots of energy and is all boy. 
 If you know a Corgi you'll understand why they are so irresistible.
His owner says he's a natural star.