Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Blue/Green Bowl on White Plate

This bowl came all the way from a Florida thrift, which I visited with my mother a couple of weeks ago. A trip to the thrifts always ends with something new to paint. The bowl's colors were pretty, but subtle, and I tried to capture its airiness. I added an orange and plate and got circles within circles.  

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Blue Hobnail Bowl and Fruit on Striped Cloth

The month is almost over and I've had only two posts. The reason is that I've changed my focus from painting small and often to working on a larger piece and teaching.  I'm giving myself time to explore this new opportunity of teaching, which I really enjoy. 

Below is my still life set-up including a hobnail bowl a friend Michelle Winnie gave me. 
I generally simplify my objects when painting and this bowl is far from simple. 

My drawing

The textures and colors of this bowl were complicated. I tried to suggest its' texture by putting only a few of the hobnails located on the outside of the bowl. To add more would have been too fussy. Instead, I concentrated on getting the look of glass.

Playing around with Animoto

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Green Glasses and Plums

The low light in winter makes it difficult to photograph paintings. Some artists have figured out how to set up lighting indoors. Here's an article Lighting Tips for Indoor Photography that's simple enough for even me to understand. I haven't tried it yet so today I shoveled my deck and used the Carol Marine method of photography. See Carol Marine's FAQ and scroll down to How do you photograph your paintings?.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Clear Glass Goblet, Orange and Cherry Tomatoes

I've been painting a lot of fruit and dishes as usual. Glass is the most fun and challenging of still life objects I have in my studio, except for metal. I've been more selective about activities other than painting and that's made a big difference in my being focused. I teach two days a week and love it.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Value Study

It's amazing to me that by combining red, blue and green as well as other mixtures, you can get awesome blacks and grays. Inspired by a value study seen online it has become part of my first session when teaching.

Monday, January 30, 2017

Red Pear on Blue Square

I haven't painted pears in what seems like ages.
 I forgot how challenging they can be, especially these red pears.

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Orange on Blue Plate with Lemon

It suddenly became sunny in the northeast; I'm happy and I'm painting bright colors.  It's still January but I like to believe spring is around the corner. In this painting, I simplified each object, used large brushes, and limited my brushstrokes and also my colors to a few mass tones. 

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Lemon in Bowl

Lemon yellow and violet are fun complementary colors to paint together. Each wants to compete for superiority. I tried to give them equal billing in this painting. 

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Glass Goblet and Oranges

Looser and looser down the rabbit hole.
 Every time I feel myself tightening up I wipe off my painting (in this case yesterday's painting), take out a bigger brush and start again. I have no choice in the matter. I get a feeling in my gut that something is wrong and I know from experience it's the painting, not me or something in my life. In almost all cases, I feel better once I redo it.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Stacked and Plum

This painting was fast and loose, which worked out well since I've been busy organizing the Oakroom Artists' Winter Exhibition. The show was hung yesterday. There were lots of people helping out and I want to take this opportunity to thank them all. It's a great show with beautiful art and worth a visit.

Monday, January 9, 2017

Oakroom Artists Winter Exhibition

Artwork by 25 Oakroom Artists on view at the Unitarian Universalist Society of Schenectady
 From Jan. 13th - Feb. 28. 
Opening reception Jan. 22nd, 1:30-3:00

Friday, December 30, 2016

Repeating Apples

Wishing everyone a Happy, Healthy and Peaceful New Year.
My plan for the new year is to teach.
To view my profile and teaching agenda, click on the link in red

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Blue Plastic Cup

This little still life was fun and quick. I love the blues and a bit of lemon yellow.
It's for sale on My Gallery page for the holiday price of $50.

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Most Viewed 2016

    These are some of my most viewed images from 2016.
Thanks to everyone for a great year.

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Leeks and White Enamel Pot

It's taken me awhile to complete this painting. I worked on the colors of the wooden cutting board and the bottom of the leeks. It's done and I'm pleased.

My concern was how to make the bottom of the leeks interesting. I wanted the viewer's eye to roam the painting without getting stuck at the textured ends of them. Vegetables have such beautiful color and interesting shapes, I don't know why they get the short straw in painting genres.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

How I Develop a Painting

I spent the evening thinking about what I'd like to paint.  
The idea came to me in object and color combinations. I was inspired by paintings I've seen in the past in magazines, in museums and those of my favorite contemporary painters. I wanted the challenge of painting several objects on a larger
 20 x 16 horizontal canvas and not my usual 10 x 8.
It took a while, I had to buy the produce and gesso a canvas. 
I put things in and took them out and did a lot of rearranging. 
It actually took a lot of time.

 This was my original layout. It ended up with too many items.
 It was too busy and awkward.

 I liked this layout with the canvas vertical, but in the end, I didn't like the knife in for foreground. It was too heavy and it reminded me of a slasher movie. Although I liked the way it led the viewer into the painting.

I took the knife out. I squared up the image in photoshop to fit a 12 x 12 canvas and the perspective worked. I liked the foreshortening of the leeks. I could see this still life as a finished painting.

I drew it in and started with the hardest object to paint and those were the leeks. I paint from life with smaller paintings and also use a photo reference for larger work. 
The next session I might have to touch up what I've already painted and then go from one object to the next in the painting process.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Vacation Drawings

I went to Florida for 10 days to visit my mother and my husband met us there so we could all be together for Thanksgiving. It was wonderful to be with her. She's 93, vibrant and so sharp. We had a great time. Thanks mom. I couldn't not draw every day. Above are two of my drawings. The hand was inspired by the article The Drawing Board in this month's The Artist Magazine.

Three Apples

I'm back from vacation and happy to be painting again. Today these three red delicious apples were painted larger than life with a 1" bright brush. I pushed the darks and tried to get the shape in as few strokes as possible. 

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Red High Heels

I've changed my mind about these red shoes, actually about the background color. The painting is now more about the shoes and less about the message. 

It's a good feeling when you've realized your vision. My goal was to reference Wayne Thiebaud in this painting. He always made me think of the objects and people isolated in his paintings in a personal way. Likewise, I hope these shoes and their background makes you think of the wear on the shoes and the woman who wore them.

Below is an art show I'll be participating in through November, opening this weekend at the Uncommon Grounds in Saratoga Springs, NY.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Art News for November 2016

Below is a list of shows that I'll be participating in next month. Some are small and others large, but all will have a wide variety of art. 

Members of the Beekman Artists Coop. will be showing at Uncommon Grounds 
 402 Broadway, Saratoga, NY.
November 4 - November 27
Reception Friday, November 4th from 6 - 8 PM

Oakroom Artists will be having their 60th Anniversary Exhibition 
at the Fenimore Gallery 
at Proctors Theater
432 State Street, Schenectady, N.Y.
Reception Sunday, November 13 from 2 - 4 PM

Saratoga Art Annual Members' Show 
320 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, N.Y.
 Reception Saturday, December 3 from  6 - 8 PM

Saratoga Arts Annual Members’Show
November 5 - December 31

Victorian Streetwalk | Thursday, December 1, 2016 | Gallery Open Late 
Opening Reception + Holiday Potluck | Saturday, December 3 | 6-8pm 
First Night | Saturday, December 31 | Gallery Open Late

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Rainy Day Business

Studio Lighting 

It's getting darker outside, so I added another fluorescent light fixture. 

Much brighter and easier to see what I'm doing.

I'm drawing more. Here's a link to my  Pinterest Board of Drawings. These drawings have the shading and highlights of a few works I like. 

Yellow Apple on Pale Green Square. An analogous color scheme.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Blue Cup and Green Glass and Ecard

Clear colored glass, plastic solid Melmac dishes and plum. That's what this should be called except that title is a little too long and descriptive. In the meantime, I'm in the process of deciding what paintings to submit for three local shows next month.

Here's the ecard to the Oakroom Artists' 60th Anniversary Exhibition which, should be wonderful.

Saturday, October 15, 2016


I've been drawing lately. Both drawings are on 18 x 24 inch white sketch paper. The boxes above are an idea for a painting that I have been playing around with in my head. I love the simplicity and clean lines. The bottom drawing is of a Wayne Thiebaud painting called Boston Cream 1962 He's a favorite painter of mine whose work always inspires me. 

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Mack at the Park

Mack, a dog of a friend, is a standard poodle who visited me at this summer's Saratoga Art in the Park. He's a good looking sweet dog who didn't shy away from a head-on camera shot. Dogs are my tonic when I just want to have fun. 

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Deep Purple Vase and Tulips

Here's a new image taken with my phone. My old point and shoot may need to be retired.

I'm finished with this painting. It's more vibrant than this image shows. It was a challenging painting, but it turned out as I had hoped. As for the painting process, I learned an important lesson; I have to have a clear color plan before I begin each day. If I don't, then I can't paint. I'd paint and wipe it off too many times. After a while I'd walk away. Other artists don't paint like me, I know; I guess there are as many different approaches as there are painters.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Deep Purple in Progress

Here's a progress shot of my current painting. I tried to find colors that work and are accurate. Tomorrow I'm sure I'll see it with fresh eyes and make changes.  That's ok.

I've reworked my Website on Weebly. I've made some changes to include current paintings, but kept the current look.

Here's a painting tip:  I use glass cleaner for the final wipe down of my tile board palette.  It's good for wiping off oils at the end of the day. If you wait a day, it won't take out stains.

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.