Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Storm clouds, Bristol Harbor

Oil on panel, 8" x 10"
I delivered a few paintings to Gallery 297 in Bristol the other day and stopped to do this painting on my way home. By the time I finished the sky was completely gray and it started to rain on the drive home.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Seagulls' roost

Oil on panel, 8" x 10"
A second painting from the day at Black Point. This rock in the center was actually covered with seagulls. Despite an abundance of rocks, it seemed to be the only one they liked. I thought about trying to paint some of them... maybe next time.

Monday, May 25, 2009

Fishing at Black Point-sold

Oil on panel, 8" x 10"
Ann and I went to Black Point in Narragansett the other day to paint- a new place for me. I felt fortunate to have two people fishing from the rock the whole time I was painting. They added the perfect focal point.

Friday, May 22, 2009

The shade garden- SOLD

Oil on canvas, 8" x 10"
One of the things I really like about painting outside is the way birds and other wildlife eventually decide to ignore you and just go about their business. In my backyard where I painted this, the sparrows are the exception. They were VERY unhappy that I was there, and very vocal about it. Of course, the fact that they had a nest with hungry chicks about 10 feet away from my easel just might have been the reason. TOO BAD SPARROWS! It's my yard- although I did take breaks every 20 minutes or so to go in the house and let them tend the young'uns.

Thursday, May 21, 2009


Oil on panel, 8" x 10"
We've had some beautiful weather this week, very dry and clear. I got over to my favorite spot in Barrington and did a little "en plein auto" the other day.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009


Oil on linen, 6" x 8"
These 2 women in their straw hats were shopping in Charleston.

Monday, May 18, 2009

Rocks, Jamestown

Oil on panel, 8" x 10"
I think painting rocks is an art in itself. You don't want to paint every fissure, but you have to paint enough to make the structure convincing and interesting. And, what color ARE they, anyhow? Gray, brown, blue, pink? I'll have to go back and try again with this scene.

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Seaweed and rocks

Oil on panel, 8" x 10"
I never thought I'd find seaweed an enticing thing to paint, but the sharp sunlight the other morning on these rocks created a stunning color contrast. 

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Incoming tide-NFS

Oil on canvas, 11" x 14"
I actually started this painting about 2 weeks ago, but- time and tide change so quickly! I had to wait through a week of rainy weather before I could get back and work on it again, then finished it from a photo.

Monday, May 11, 2009

Girls on the beach

Oil on canvas, 8" x 10"
On the beach near Charleston there were a couple of teenage girls having fun digging in the sand like kids much younger. I caught this one in a very graceful pose. I'll post the second tomorrow.

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Oh so fashionable...-sold

Oil on linen, 6"x 8"
I just loved the colors and the light hitting the mannequin in this window.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009


Oil on canvas, 6" x 6"
I caught this couple having a somewhat animated conversation at a restaurant in Charleston.

Monday, May 4, 2009

House in Edgewood

Oil on panel, 8" x 10"
I painted this house the other day. It's kind of stiff looking- that's what can happen when you sit in your car to paint...

Friday, May 1, 2009

Spring trees-sold

Oil on panel, 8" x 10"
I painted at Colt State Park in Bristol the other afternoon. It's hard painting trees with that feathery spring foliage! In its earliest stages it's more red than green, and can end up looking more like fall. I didn't like this when I left the park, liked it more when I got home, worked on it some more and ruined it, then brought it back somewhat-- it's hard to know sometimes when to put the brushes down and walk away.