Wednesday, December 7, 2022

Focal Point

                           

Here's a large painting that is almost done. I'm giving it a rest and will come back to it and make any final fixes. It's 24" x 24" and was a lot of fun to paint. I'm calling it Focal Point because I see these objects leading my eyes up to the stacked cups. Anyway, my title can't name all the objects as I usually do, that would be too long!

Sunday, November 6, 2022

Eggplants, Limes and a Red Pepper


I paint every day to get to the point where I'm pleased with the outcome. The role of painting for me is to lose myself in the process and to enjoy it. When life gives me challenges, I have to remind myself of the pleasures it can reward. 

Proust on Chardin: Still life will become eminently alive. Like life itself, it will always have something new to tell you, some witchery to dazzle you with, some mystery to disclose.

Thursday, October 13, 2022

Deep Purple Pitcher, Red Bowl and Plums



I've again set up my studio to paint by artificial light. In painting glass this summer I learned I could read colors pretty well by natural light. I loved using the morning light from my east window, but now that's not possible,  I've gone back to artificial light and I'm seeing things differently. It feels awkward. I've come to a decision to paint opaque objects like ceramics. Now my light falls on the objects instead of going through them and makes painting easier. I hope to feel more in control again.

Monday, October 3, 2022

Painting the Light

During the months of July and September I took an online class with Karen O'Neil painting glass using natural light. I set up my still lifes in my east window where the morning light was cooler and generally consistent between 10:00 and 12:30. These set ups were simple and understanding how the cool light affected their color temperature helped. The big take away of these classes was not to think of my still lifes as objects but as spots of color, one against another and let the color create the form.  For more information Hawthorne on Painting.





Red Bowl and Apple


Red Bowl with Plum on Blue Plate



Green Glass Plate oil sketch

Sunday, August 7, 2022

Washington County Antiques Fair in August



I bought these three interesting glass objects at the fair yesterday. They'll make an interesting addition to my still life collection and I know will inspire another painting.

We got to the fairgrounds at 9 AM and stayed for an hour and a half thinking we could beat the heat, but no, it got too hot. This morning it was warm and damp and our house windows were wet with dew.  I wish the current world's administration would take global warming as an actual threat.
 

Sunday, July 31, 2022

Red Glass Bowl and Three Plums on White Plate


 This painting was done in conjunction with a class I took online at the Arts Student League with Karen O'Neil. The focus of this painting was color temperature. I painted this over six days. The set up was arranged in an east window on sunny mornings and I painted from 9 - 11:30. The sky was a clear blue and that casts a cool blue light and the shadows were warm. My interest in this set up was the cad red light at the base of the bowl.

Tuesday, July 26, 2022

July Sales of Three Small Painting






These three paintings were purchased by a very nice couple. Pink Bowl and Lemons and Cantaloupe Wedges paintings were bought at The Blooming Arts Gallery "Let it Grow" exhibit in Clifton Park and the Green Apples on Blue Plate off of my Daily Paint Works site. I'm sure all three will look lovely in their  home.

Wednesday, July 6, 2022

Summer Sales Event 2022


 
Huge Summer Sales Event

40 Daily Paintings to choose from

60% - 75% off  at

$25.00 each

where

Dater Woods Neighborhood garage sale on July 8th 9am -2pm  and

on the 9th from 12pm -2pm on Willowbrook Terrace in Halfmoon.

28 Willowbrook Terrace

Clifton Park, NY 12065

Saturday, June 18, 2022

The Blooming Artist Gallery


I was unable to make the opening reception for this show because my husband and I were vacationing in Italy. When I went today to see the show, I was surprised to see one of my paintings in the front window, three others were in the gallery.  It looked good. Thank you The Blooming Artist Gallery.


                                                         Great show!

Sunday, June 12, 2022

Italy Summer 2022 - Rome, Florence and Venice

There were so many beautiful paintings and sculptures in these three cities it was hard to decide which to post, so I decided to post images of these cities' monuments and buildings. I'm including a couple images of our food, one of our fun Spritz drinks and a memorable gondola ride. We loved it.


Colosseum in Rome


St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican


Trevi Fountain in Rome


Ponte Vecchio Florence


Grand Canal in Venice (left side of image)


Grand Canal (Right Side of image)


Snack


Spaghetti with Seafood


Spritz drinks


A farewell gondola ride on the Grand Canal

Friday, March 25, 2022

March Drawings


 I continue to draw almost everyday. It hasn't resulted in a painting, but what's nice is that I really enjoy it. Here are some of my sketches.






Friday, March 18, 2022

Turnip, Scallions and Lime





This was one of those paintings that painted itself. I didn't rework it and was satisfied with the first take. It's nice when that happens.

Monday, February 28, 2022

Working on my sketches from Sarah's online Still Life class


 

I've been drawing almost everyday. It's something I enjoy and can do within 30 minutes. Hopefully this leads to me routinely doing thumbnail sketches prior to painting.

Sunday, December 26, 2021

Camino Real by Te-Amo






It's a funny coincidence. Camino Real by Te-Amo is a Mexican handmade cigar company and has a shop located in Valley Stream, NY next to the town I grew up in. I bet my dad would have shopped there for his cigars. I bought this old box at a flea market this summer with the idea of painting the lid. Painting on objects is like tole painting. It makes a fun, useful box. 


Thursday, December 23, 2021

Most Viewed 2021


 These are some of my most viewed images from 2021.

Thank you for a wonderful year and best wishes for a Happy New Year.

Wednesday, December 22, 2021

Juried Small Work Show

               r gallery at Arlene's


                                              

Juried Small Work Show

December 10, 2021 to January 8, 2022

Opening Reception: December 10th, from 4:40 to 5:30pm

I have three of my favorite small still lifes in this show. The reception is Dec. 10th from 4:30 - 5:30. They'll be on display until Jan. 8th. Come look at the show and while you're there, support Arlene's.

Monday, December 20, 2021

Still life with Lemons, Teapot, Green Glass Bowl and Rubber Plant






There is a quote by Henry Miller that a writer takes a path in order to become the path. It is the same with painters. To paint often and freely is to open oneself to all that we are and hope to become and in so doing fearlessly share ourselves with others.

Friday, November 12, 2021

Blue Petal Plate, Lemons and Beer

 




Blue Petal Plate, Lemons and Beer 12 x 12 in. oil on gessobord. 

My submission to the Saratoga Arts Annual Members Show.

                                Nov. 18th through Jan. 8th, 2021

Reception + Membership Special Nov. 20th 12pm-4pm

saratoga-arts.org



Thursday, October 28, 2021

Glass Paintings









I recently attended the Woodstock School Online Live Classes. These paintings are my copies of  demonstrations of glass by Karen O'Neil.  Glass is abstract and challenging because there isn't much to see. It helps to have something that adds contrast to the glass or a couple of highlights that make it shine. It's not about painting the glass, but what's around and behind it that makes it interesting.

John Bokor is a painter who I just discovered and whose works makes me happy. He is an inspiration to me to paint more complex still lifes.

Sunday, September 19, 2021

Friday, September 17, 2021

Stockade Villagers' Outdoor Art Show 2021


This past weekend was the 70th Annual Stockade Villagers' Outdoor Art Show. I received 2nd place for my body of work on display, see below. Thank you judges and all the people who stopped by for making this such a fun and successful day.  


Thursday, August 19, 2021

Stockade Villagers' Outdoor Art Show In the Stockade Historic District Schenectady, NY

 


A great outdoor art show and sale in Schenectady’s Historic Stockade neighborhood September 11th, 2021 10am-4pm  (rain date Sept 12th)

I'm excited to announce that I'll be showing my paintings as well as judging along with another Oakroom Artist in awarding the James Gilliland/George Weinheimer Memorial Award.

Sunday, July 18, 2021

Working with Color in Oils Workshop




The focus of this workshop will be color theory and color mixing. We'll begin by discussing the color wheel and how to use it, what it means to use analogous, near complementary and complementary colors; you'll learn about color intensity and how to create saturated and dull colors, and you'll learn what color temperature is and whether your color is warm or cool. This workshop will include demos, hand-outs, painting exercises and one-on-one time with the instructor. Students will also learn how to put it all together with a few good compositional rules to create a colorful alla-prima still life painting. A supply list will be provided upon registration and supplies are not included in the cost of the workshop.

For more information click here

Arlene's Artist Materials

57 Fuller Road 

Albany, NY 12205