Thursday, October 30, 2008

Farmhouse, autumn-NFS

Oil on canvasboard, 6" x 8"
If you want to paint landscapes, you're constantly on the lookout for places to paint. There are certain requirements- first, of course, there has to be a view worth painting. Second, a place to park your car. It's good if it's not very far from your house. And, it should be legal for you to be there.
I found this place to paint the other day which fit my requirements except I'm sure I was on private property, but I have a feeling no one will bother me if I go back there to paint.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Sunlight crossing stream- sold

Oil on canvas, 6" x 8"
I went out painting the other day with a friend to Osamequin, a nature preserve a couple of miles from my house. Now that the leaves and marsh grasses have turned color, it's really beautiful. I did another little painting that I'll post tomorrow. I'm planning to go back later this week but with the rain and wind we're having right now there may not be any leaves left on the trees...

Monday, October 27, 2008

Autumn Rose

Oil on canvas, 6" x 8"
I'm pretty sure this will be the last rose from my garden this year. Too bad, that delicate pink goes so well with the autumn foliage.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Two brushes

6" x 8", oil on canvas
This was a quick demo I did for one of the classes I taught yesterday in Providence. These brushes, pot and can have been sitting on a shelf for months and I finally got a chance to paint them.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Shore siesta-NFS

Oil on canvas, 6" x 8"
I couldn't resist sneaking a photo of this girl at the beach this summer. The long graceful line of her body was beautiful, even though it really didn't look very comfortable.

Monday, October 20, 2008

Bartender, The Hot Club- sold

Oil on canvas, 6" x 8"
The Hot Club, a casual, laid-back bar on the waterfront in Providence, derives its name not from the qualities of its clientele or staff but from the fact that it actually used to be a boiler room. The wall of windows on the west side allows the late afternoon light to come streaming in.

Friday, October 10, 2008

A date at Rick's- sold

Oil on canvas, 6" x 8"
Rick's is a great place to go for cheap food and beer, picnic tables on the patio and bean bag tossing. I loved the way the sun came slanting in and framed the heads of this couple at the bar.

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Table by the window-sold

Oil on canvasboard, 6" x 8"
I've missed painting people so I figured I'd do a few restaurant/bar scenes. I tried and tried to get a good photo of this. I've found that paintings that are dark are often the hardest to photograph because no matter how you try to angle it, the light always seems to bounce off the dark areas, causing flares of light where they don't belong. Scanning works best but this was too wet. 

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Monday, October 6, 2008

View from the Lobster Pot- sold

Oil on panel, 8" x 10"
The Lobster Pot is a restaurant in Bristol, RI. I dropped some work off at Gallery 297 in Bristol and then sat in the parking lot of the restaurant and painted this. 

Saturday, October 4, 2008

Painting on the porch

Oil on panel, 8" x 10"
I painted this on the last day of my trip, on the porch, because it was raining. We were supposed to leave that day but couldn't because the ferries weren't running. If you're familiar with Block Island, below is a photo of the breakwater at Old Harbor near Ballard's. Not a good day to be out on the water.

Friday, October 3, 2008

Spring House Hotel-sold

Oil on panel, 8" x 10"
Another of the Victorian-era hotels. I painted this in the late afternoon. Unfortunately I didn't have my camera with me. As the sun set, a rosy pink-purple shadow started at the base of the building and, within what seemed like a minute, covered the entire thing. Now I know how I'd like to paint it if I go back again.

Thursday, October 2, 2008

The Narragansett Inn

Oil on panel, 8" x 10"
The wonderful thing about Block Island is the Victorian-era architecture. There are a number of hotels built during this time that are still standing. This is the Narragansett Inn, at New Harbor.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Block Island again- sold

Oil on panel, 8" x 10"
Another view from the Southeast Lighthouse, looking a little more to the south. I loved the goldenrod and chicory (the blue flowers) beside the mowed path.