Monday, December 30, 2019
Thursday, December 26, 2019
Monday, December 2, 2019
My previous post Green Vaseline Glass on Blue Plate has some information on this glass.
Friday, November 1, 2019
Wednesday, October 30, 2019
Wednesday, October 23, 2019
I had a busy year filled with group shows and lots of teaching. Teaching fulfilled several of my goals. A goal to pass on what I have learned to new painters, to dig deeper into my understanding the process of painting (my original goal) and to be able to communicate what I know effectively. I am especially proud of my last teaching experience, a library talk on how I use the color wheel. While I love teaching and meeting so many great people, it's time to spend more time on my own work, but I have one more workshop that I'm looking forward to.
Introduction to Oil Painting
Saturday, November 9th
11am - 4pm
Saratoga Arts in Saratoga, NY.
Thursday, October 3, 2019
It's time to think about hunkering down and concentrating on painting. After the flower beds are put to sleep, the window screens are put away, and the winter blankets are on the beds, I'll be in my studio again painting and taking the winter off from teaching.
I'm offering my last two “Introduction to Oil Painting” workshops this fall and they are:
October 12th@ Arlene's Artists Materials in Albany
November 9th@ Saratoga Arts in Saratoga
I've had a wonderful busy summer and achieved my art goals. I'm also proud of all the hardworking and successful students I had the privilege to teach.
Thanks everyone and let's plan on a productive end of the year!
Saturday, September 28, 2019
What a nice surprise to see my art on the cover of this fall's 2019
Saratoga Arts brochure. Saratoga Arts is a great organization that is all about promoting its members and their art.
To see their fall lineup of classes, click the link below.
Friday, September 13, 2019
Wednesday, September 11, 2019
Monday, September 2, 2019
Friday, August 30, 2019
Friday, August 23, 2019
Now that I'm not teaching for a while, it's time to get back to drawing and painting. I bought a small Moleskin Sketchpad at Grand Central Terminal on my way through NYC, but it's been sitting in my desk drawer. I didn't realize what a nice surface it has. Easy to draw and erase on. I hope to make drawing a daily habit again.
Monday, August 19, 2019
This painting Cantaloupe Wedges was painted after doing a demo for my color theory workshop on analogous lightening and darkening and complementary colors. It was a fun class and I was rewarded with dedicated and engaged students. To see their work view my Instagram page.
Monday, August 12, 2019
Learn how to use analogous and complementary colors to create eye-catching oil paintings. You'll learn how to compose a painting, learn paint mixing using the color wheel and how to simplify your brushwork to give your work a sculptural, painterly quality. Demos, painting exercises and one-on-one attention will be provided. Students will be able to create a colorful still life and become a more confident painter in their chosen subject matter, all while having fun.
Monday, August 5, 2019
I received the email below with these photos of my paintings on the wall mounted sconce shelves. I was surprised and delighted to see how they were displayed in this couple's recently renovated kitchen.
We finally hung your fourth painting on our series wall. We are so excited! It now finishes our wall in our newly renovated kitchen. It was so nice meeting you. Thanks for this purchase of your “Asparagus”. We love your work.
Here some photos for your portfolio.
Tuesday, July 30, 2019
Monday, July 29, 2019
Thursday, July 4, 2019
Colorful Still Lifes in Oil
Sponsored by Saratoga Arts, Art in Public Places
I am showing 15 paintings along with another artist in this charming setting.
Dates: July 3 - 27th
Location: Brookside Museum, 6 Charlton Street, Ballston Spa, NY 12020
Wednesday, July 3, 2019
Tuesday, June 18, 2019
I drew the shape of a color wheel and instead of placing colors in the segments I wrote down the names of items I had around the house - kitchenwares and foods. I started with secondary colors of green, violet and orange. I had a head of lettuce and it looked like it could stand up to being painted for a couple of days, the other items followed. Now when I say "What should I paint?", I can look at my chart and think about color combinations with actual objects in mind.
Tuesday, June 11, 2019
When I haven't painted in a while I like to create color charts. I do this to get back into the painting mindset. Today I created this color wheel based on a warm and cool of the three primary colors. The colors used were a mix of Cadmium Lemon Yellow and Cadmium Yellow Medium, then Cadmium Red Medium, Permanent Rose, Ultramarine Blue, Cerulean Blue and White. The outside ring is the primaries, then tints of those colors and then complements of the tints. Generally, color wheels are created with the three primaries that tend not to lean, but I wanted to demonstrate how these colors work together. I like how they work and even their grayed-down complements are beautiful.
Thursday, June 6, 2019
I'm proud that my painting Bag on Paper has been chosen as one of 50 works of art for this year's Fence Show Select Exhibition at The Arts Center of the Capital Region.
The show will run from June 17th to July 7th.
The reception is June 28th from 5-9 during Troy Night Out
All are welcome.
Friday, May 17, 2019
A cool find at the flea market, this large, deep blue vase. I thought, how will I paint this dark object? I saw it as a challenge and said "just have fun". There's no point in worrying! Paint shapes and not objects, paint colors while thinking about their values and saturation and make the composition interesting by moving the viewer's eye around the canvas and working those negative spaces into the composition.
If you're interested in learning about these painting concepts and more, you can join me on May 25th at Arlene's Artist Materials in Albany NY. Click on the link below to sign up.
Sunday, April 28, 2019
Wednesday, April 24, 2019
Monday, April 15, 2019
Wednesday, April 3, 2019
I have 16 paintings on display.
Part of being an Oakroom Artist member is to commit to a show every two to two and a half years.
These works have been put aside until now for this show.
Please join us for our reception this Sunday,
April 7th from 1:30 to 3:30.
The show runs the month of April
Oakroom Artists Gallery
Unitarian Universalist Society of Schenectady
1221 Wendall Ave., Schenectady, NY
Thursday, March 28, 2019
I had nine very attentive and talented students in my workshop
Colorful Still Lifes in Oils
at Saratoga Arts in Saratoga Springs, NY
this past Sunday.
Here's a peek at some of their work.👍
this past Sunday.
Here's a peek at some of their work.👍
Tuesday, February 26, 2019
Want to learn how to oil paint simplified forms using limited brushstrokes, put down a color and leave it alone for a bold clean look to your paintings?
Learn to paint loose and somewhat abstractly using deliberate choices in your drawing, values, colors, and brushstrokes and learn to stop overworking your canvas.
Joining me next month at Saratoga Arts for my workshop.
Sunday, March 24th, 2019 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saratoga Arts The Arts Center
Monday, February 18, 2019
Saturday, January 12, 2019
Friday, January 4, 2019
In a place of learning and books, there is no clear path to communication or leadership, much like in our news and government.
I wanted to find a way to visually describe my feeling about what I hear and see in the news. I see people subdued and things chaotic.
I referenced the biblical story of the Tower of Babel. I used a limited value and intensity range, much more than usual and I stacked the boxes so they faced different directions.
This painting may not be successful, but it's my attempt to make a political statement.
This painting and many Oakroom Artists works can be seen in the
Annual Oakroom Artists Winter Group Show
Unitarian Universalist Society of Schenectady UUSS
January 13 - February 25, 2019
Reception February 3rd 1:30 - 3:30