Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Sun and Shadow

More hollyhocks!
I'm realizing more and more how important it is to paint wet into wet to get the look I want. But sometimes you have to walk away for an hour to let the paint get tacky, so you can put paint on top of wet paint without having it lift off. This seems to be most important with with transparent colors like alizarin crimson.

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Skiff from above- sold

Oil, 6" x 6"
As seen at one of the many yacht clubs where I hang during the summer...

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Pastel portrait

After not using pastels for a very long time, I decided to go back to them last night to do a portrait. I stopped using them because I didn't like the dust, they're a pain to frame, and they're fragile. But I've missed drawing, and the softness and ease of layering colors over one another to build up the image. My surface was a gray Canson paper. I'll probably be doing more of these in the future.

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Brewster General Store

Oil, 8" x 10"
I painted on Cape Cod the other day with two good friends. The General Store in Brewster was a fun subject and we had a great spot in the shade across the street. If I painted this realistically, the bottom would have been all cars and trucks. Traffic on the Cape in the summer!

Saturday, August 8, 2015

Magenta- sold

More hollyhocks... I love painting these.

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Blue moon-sold

Oil, 6" x 8"
After waking up early and seeing the blue moon going down, I decided I'd paint it from memory the next morning.

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Painting at Coggeshall Farm

We had a good time painting at historic Coggeshall Farm in Bristol RI on Wednesday afternoon. It was hot, but we were in the shade and had a nice breeze. One of the costumed interpreters modeled for us. 

I'm cheating here, I didn't like the paintings that I did of our models so I'm posting a little painting I did from photos later of two of the farm people taking a lunch break, with the resident cat.

Oil, 6" x 6"
I thought everyone else did a great job on their paintings and drawings of the model. Thanks to Jill, Janice and Suzanne for giving me photos of their work.

 There was a roaming flock of chickens and turkeys who were very curious and poked around in our painting gear to see if there was anything they could eat. Turns out chickens are a lot more vocal than I realized.

 Feeding time came after we were all done. I got a lot of great photos that may eventually get turned into paintings. Check out the Arts on the Farm page for upcoming events.

Monday, July 27, 2015

Seaside garden- sold

Oil, 6" x 6"
Pink hollyhocks, blue water and sky- couldn't resist. These are little paintings but I'm tempted to paint them really big.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Red Hollyhocks- sold

Oil, 6" x 6"
I found these hollyhocks in the afternoon sun at a public garden not far from home and knew I'd be painting them. Luscious color, beautiful light...

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Colors of the Azores

Oil, 8" x 8"
I recently got back from a trip to the Azores. Didn't do much drawing or painting while I was there, unfortunately- too busy sightseeing. I did this from a photo when I got back. It's a colorful place- you wouldn't see bright orange houses or white houses with lime green trim in New England, but there it just looks right.
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Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Rock and rose

Oil, 6" x 6"
Painted the other morning at Westport Town Beach/ Allens Pond Audubon Preserve, MA. The soft hazy light and sparkles on the water were really appealing.

Sunday, June 28, 2015


Oil, 6" x 6"
I met this little guy when I was out painting one day last week. Who could resist such a cute face? He's much more interesting than the landscape I painted...