Thursday, February 16, 2017

Moon setting

Oil on panel, 6" x 6", $100.
I looked out my window very early the other morning and saw this scene. That little oak tree holds onto its leaves all winter, giving a little color to the winter landscape.  I realized it would make a great little painting, so I worked from memory but then finished it from observation early the next morning.

Oil on canvas, 18" x 18"
I liked it so much I had to do it larger. I didn't include the larger shed in the first one but decided it was a good element for the second piece.

Sunday, January 15, 2017


Oil on panel, 6" x 6"

I lost interest in painting for a good part of the last year, but have been getting back into it lately. When I heard about a master class that George Nick was offering, I decided to sign up for it, because so much of what I have been painting just felt so uninspired. 

The first assignment was a 16 x 20 still life in no more than 6 shades of black and white. So I decided to paint my husband's hiking boots.

The thing about using such a limited value scheme is that it forces you to simplify and, in the process, to eliminate edges and other unimportant details. I'd never painted such a big value study before, and I found it liberating. I would recommend it as an exercise to anyone. It forced me to simplify the shadow areas and let them blend into the background.

Boots, 16" x 20" oil on canvas

The photo heightened the contrast in the background of this painting, in reality it's a little flatter and less brushy looking.
After I painted the big black and white, I painted the 6x6 in color, letting any detail in the shadows remain indistinct, and detailing only the light areas.

Friday, January 6, 2017

Oscar and the Artist Co-op

These portraits were actually done quite a while ago but they remain among my favorites. I just reframed them and they are now on display at the artist co-op that I joined about a year ago in Warren, RI. It's called Made in Warren and I'm really enjoying being a member. A great group of people and a lovely storefront on Main St. in Warren.

"Beer for Breakfast"- this was to be a 3 week pose. I did the pastel as a study for an oil painting. The next week he showed up with a shaved head! Just not the same. The painting didn't survive. And no one was having beer for breakfast; it was just the name that popped into my head.

Monday, December 5, 2016

Meadow with Goldenrod

Oil on canvas, approx. 7" x 14"
This is a painting I did last year. I did most of it on location; then pulled it out recently and realized it was much too dark. Getting the values right can be a challenge when you're painting something complex and don't have much time. Luckily I had taken a photo so I reworked it more to my satisfaction.

$250.00 plus shipping

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Yellow Hollyhocks- sold

Back to the hollyhocks that I liked painting so much last summer, only this time they're yellow.
Oil on panel, 6" x 6"

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Sketching at the Coffee Depot

I was so happy when this girl with the red cap sat down at the table right in front of me.
 Pencil, colored pencil and white paint on gray paper, approx. 9" x 12"

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Recent portraits

Oil, 12"x16"

Oil, 12" x 16"

Oil, 9" x 12"
I've been enjoying painting portraits again. Here are a few done recently. I'm scheduled to teach a few classes in the spring, at the Portsmouth Arts Guild and the South County Art Association in Rhode Island and a workshop in Westport, Massachusetts. Email me if you want more info.

Friday, October 28, 2016

Drawing the music

It's great to be able to listen to music and sketch at the same time.
The other night I attended a practice session of a group of musicians who meet every other Wednesday night at the Barrington Community Center in Barrington RI to play from the Django Rinehart songbook. They are a fantastic group, and I couldn't believe that my friend and I were the only ones there listening to them.
There were about eight people, including this accordion player, another guitar player and a pianist hidden in the corner.

The frying pan and spoon playing was at a different event in early September, the Fiddle and Folk Fest, at Haines Park, also in Barrington. It's been going on for several years now and it's free. If you like this kind of music and live nearby, put it on your calendar for next year.

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Take a deep breath

"Fall Foliage", oil, 5" x 7"

I've been thinking of resuming blogging for a few weeks now but have been putting it off because I didn't know what to say. The last time I posted on my blog was May 29, when my husband was in the hospital. He passed away in early July.

We were together for almost 40 years, so adjusting to life without him has been sad, uncomfortable,  lonely. I'm so grateful to the friends and family who have helped me get through this difficult time.

Recently I started painting again, going out with my friend Ann for a few plein air excursions and meeting up with the portrait group I've been going to for quite a few years. Keeping busy, putting one foot in front of the other, you get used to your "new normal". Time does heal, slowly, and getting out on a warm autumn day in the woods is restorative.

Sunday, May 29, 2016

The Harpist- sold

Oil on panel, 6" x 6"
I've been spending a lot of time in the hospital lately as my husband recovers from surgery. It has occasional bright moments, such as this harpist sitting in a shaft of sunlight by the escalator.

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Black and white

Another portrait done with Panpastel and Sofft knife, charcoal pencil and white pencil on gray paper.

Saturday, April 9, 2016

A few portraits

 I'm going to be painting a portrait demo at the Westport Art Group this Tuesday night. Open to the public- suggested donation $10.00.
 So nice to get back to my portrait painting group at the Portsmouth Arts Guild! The lovely Lauren modeled for this 20 minute demo I did for the class, using the Zorn palette.

I've been going to figure drawing more often lately and trying to do at least one portrait drawing while I'm there. This was done with a Sofft knife and Panpastel on gray paper, highlighted with white.