Saturday, November 22, 2014

Cocktails at the club

Oil on gessobord, 6" x 6"
It's the season for holiday parties!

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Watercolor sketches of ceramics

The Handicraft Club in Providence has a wonderful collection of ceramics in their dining room and I have wanted to do some paintings of them for a long time. I finally got some done this fall, getting there an hour before my class started. These are all watercolor, pen and pencil with some white gouache on Arches paper, 1"-3" high.

Sunday, November 16, 2014


Over the years I've been fortunate enough to have my portrait done a few times, and I thought I'd share them. This was done by Kate Huntington, an extremely talented and devoted artist here in Providence RI. She made me look better than I actually do.
This was done by my high school art teacher, Mr. Chen, as a demonstration for the class.

And this was done by my friend April, the humor illustrator, when we worked for the card company and I had been asked to do "some quick watercolor illustrations"- 20 of them- in a week or so. I guess I seemed kind of stressed.

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Waves and rocks- sold

Gouache on watercolor paper, approx. 7" x 9"
From my archives (meaning, I did this a couple of years ago and forgot I had it). I was at the Sachuest Wildlife Preserve, near Newport RI.

I really like gouache because it dries fast and can be worked over
immediately, or re-wet and wiped off. When I was an illustrator
I did a number of still life paintings at home to improve my skills
with the medium and with painting things like flowers.
I sent them to American Artist magazine and got my first (and only)
cover of a national magazine...

Wednesday, October 29, 2014


This is the second time Rich has modeled for us in his top hat. He's an amazing model, barely moves and never takes a break.
I've been really happy teaching my portrait class at the Portsmouth (RI) Arts Guild. They're really getting into the swing of it. The top photo (below) is my 15-20 minute demo; the rest is my students work.


Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Tanker and tug-sold

Oil on gessobord, 6" x 6"
Walking on the East Bay Bike Path the other day, I saw two huge tankers making their way into the harbor. I hung around and watched while this one pulled up to the dock and then was pushed to face the other way.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Sketch at the diner

A quick sketch this morning at the Seaplane diner, catching up on the TV news. Pencil and white gouache on gray paper.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Skiff at sunset oil painting-sold

Oil on gessobord, 6" x 6".
Another in my skiff series, from a photo I took on Cape Cod this summer. I love the way the setting sun turns everything orange...

Thursday, October 9, 2014

A few more illustrations

Some things I'm still pretty happy with even though I did them a while back. "Sister" and "Congrats" are both 3 panel fold-outs, painted with gouache on paper. "Congrats" has a glitter overlay. The "Husband" illustration was done in ink with a brush and pen; the design was stamped on the card in a shiny blue leaf.

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Marigolds and tomato- sold

Oil on gessobord, 6" x 6"
Casting about for something to paint the other day- I had a few tomatoes from the garden, some marigolds in a pot outside, and my favorite brass tea set.
Click to bid.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Greeting card illustration

A few illustrations from my former life as a greeting card illustrator. Watercolor and some pencil or marker on Strathmore or Arches paper. That was before everything had to be done on the computer, in order to save time and money. Most of the type was machine set, but I did the lettering on the Spanish card. To get that humorous look that they wanted, I used my left hand.

I also want to put in a word for another artist, Jackie Garner, who has just written a book called "The Wildlife Artist's Handbook". She has done some fascinating work in Egypt, sketched in ancient tombs where no photography is allowed and helped identify wildlife for the scientists.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Zig zag cloud

Oil on gessobord, 6" x 6"
Yesterday, at Colt State Park in Bristol RI. $100.00 + S/H