Monday, May 10, 2021

Pears and Wine


A classic still life composition with just the cheese omitted. 
 There is a passage from Proust about the author Bergotte, where he stands moments before his death in front of Vermeer's The View of Delft, whereby he becomes transfixed by a patch of yellow on a wall in the painting, causing him to reflect on how he never became the writer he should have been.
In my paintings I try and find that little patch of yellow.

Wednesday, April 28, 2021

White Teapot on Teal Plate with Citrus

 I've worked on this painting longer than I usually do because of the challenge of the teapot in shadow. I wanted it to have color reflected from the plate, but also be in shadow. A pop of Phthalo green, Cerulean Blue and White is fun and that's on the inside rim of the plate.

Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Broccoli on Blue Background

I've always wanted to paint a stalk of broccoli but I wasn't ready, silly as it seems.  I also found it a simple subject, but hard to paint. There are lots of fading in and out of the stalks and textures I wasn't as interested in; it was the colors and angles that mattered. I settled on these background colors that I felt went well with the broccoli.

Tuesday, March 23, 2021


Now that it's spring I see a lot of Robins hopping around. Never having painted a Robin before, I thought I'd give it a try. Pretty bird and fun to paint.
Btw, you can thank my husband for the corny title.

Saturday, March 20, 2021

March to March Art Show 2021

The show at the National Bottle Museum in Ballston Spa, NY has a wide variety of compelling art. There are over 30 regional artists and close to 100 pieces of art. One of their largest to date.

The theme of this show is very specific. All art must have been created between March 2020 and March 2021.
I have three pieces on display. I hope you have the chance to come and see it. My three paintings are just above the sign.

Friday, March 19, 2021

The German Landscape Challenge

My painting The German Landscape Challenge, a 6 x 6 in. oil on gessobord from 2015, is on its way to Australia to join two older daily paintings purchased in 2012, In the Spotlight and Grapefruit on Pink Plate. It's funny to think a German landscape scene painted by me is now purchased by an Australian, we're so global!

In the Spotlight

Grapefruit on Pink Plate

Wednesday, March 17, 2021

Tiffany Cigar Box Painting

I enjoy painting and drawing my son's and daughter-in-law's cat Tiffany. She's a sweet furry cat that lounges around their NYC apartment. Here she is on the lid of a cigar box. A purrr-fect place to store small items.

Thursday, March 11, 2021

Purple Cabbage, Scallions and Radishes

When I was at the supermarket looking for still life objects to paint I chose these three vegetables, a purple cabbage, scallions and radishes. It wasn't random. I had an image of a monoprint by Mary Beth McKenzie. It was the cabbage that drew me in. The challenge was to fit the other objects in the composition. I struggled to keep it simple, and at times felt like I lost the battle. I can still work on it, but I won't. It's time to move on.

Wednesday, March 3, 2021

Seven Lemons


10 x 8 in. oil on Ampersand panel

I set up my light box for this still life. I haven't used it in a long time, but there was so much ambient light in the room I had to limit its source. It helped a lot. Btw, I propped my still life on a Priority Mail Box. It's what I use to ship my paintings.

Monday, February 22, 2021

Five Lemons on Blue Plate


I know I can't attempt to paint anything unless I've already painted it in my head. I don't hope to figure it out along the way. To get inspired I look at art online and in books. I choose my subjects and imagine their layout, go shopping (for the lemons), set up the still life, do an actual sketch to get the dimensions right and then draw it onto my surface. The colors have already been picked and I know how I want to paint it and how it will look.
The interesting and fun challenge, is it same or different from what I imagined? 

Friday, February 5, 2021

Pink Glass Mug, Green Glass Saucer and Orange


I find drawing helps me decide what to paint next. If I can imagine the drawing as a painting, then I'll move ahead with it. If I can see it in color, then I'm excited to get started.

Saturday, January 23, 2021

Green and Blue Glass Objects Process

I thought it would be fun to show you my process.

 Set up

Pencil drawing

Small test painting

Sketching it onto a 20 x 16 in. canvas

                                                                     Green mixes

Blue mixes

Finished painting

Thursday, January 21, 2021

Green and Blue Glass Objects

I stretched this canvas on a 20 x 16 in. frame and applied five coats of gesso. The surface was very smooth and a pleasure to paint on. The paint just glided on! This painting's focus was on the color not the detail of these transparent glasses. I'm not a methodical painter rather more impromptu, but the pandemic has given me a new view of time, so I didn't rush and I'm pleased with the outcome.